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Kenneth Kaunda dies aged 97

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and liberation hero, has died aged 97 at a military hospital in Lusaka where he was being treated for pneumonia, his son Kambarage said on Wednesday. Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the southern African nation won its independence from Britain, until 1991, and afterwards …

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The Netanyahu Era Could Be Over

A coalition of Israeli political parties announced Wednesday night they had agreed ​to a deal to form a new government, paving the way for the exit of Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, notified Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he had …

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Chaos rocks Pan-African Parliament

Claims of gender-based violence have rocked the Pan-African Parliament after representatives tussled over the next president of the institution’s bureau. The incident happened during a session on Monday as the legislators listened to a presentation by an ad-hoc committee formed to harmonise proposals on how to elect the next president. …

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[videopress XAw4P4ZL] By AP TEL AVIV, Israel — Thousands are rallying in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, calling for coexistence between Jews and Arabs. The demonstration on Saturday night was one of several held across Israel to call for peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the wake of 11 …

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Hamas and Israel agree to ceasefire after 11 days of intense air strikes on Gaza

Officials from both sides have confirmed the truce, reporting that the ceasefire will begin at 2am, local time Israel has accepted Egypt’s proposal for a “mutual” ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement on Thursday evening, after several days of mounting international …

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Somalia leaders in blame game after talks collapse

By Abdulkadir Khalif Somalia’s top leaders are trading blame after the collapse of the much-anticipated talks meant to provide certainty on elections. The blame game ensued on Wednesday evening, dampening optimism that had been expressed earlier in the week, going into talks. Information Minister Osman Dubbe admitted there had been no …

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Putin signs law allowing him to serve two more terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday gave final approval to legislation allowing him to hold office for two additional six-year terms, giving himself the possibility to stay in power until 2036. The 68-year-old Russian leader, who has already been in power for more than two decades, signed off on the …

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Africa’s second coronavirus wave was much worse than the first, analysis shows

By Ivana Kottasova, CNN (CNN)The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has hit Africa much harder than the first wave, a new analysis has shown. Daily new infections across the continent were approximately 30% higher during the second wave, according to the study published in The Lancet journal. Its authors …

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Sassou Nguesso, ‘Emperor’ of oil-rich Congo, wins election

By AFP Nicknamed the “Emperor” by some peers, Congo’s veteran President Denis Sassou Nguesso on Tuesday won another five-year term that will see him steering his country for over four decades. A former paratrooper who swapped his combat uniform for fine tailored suits, Sassou Nguesso is one of the world’s …

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