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At least 55 elephants die in Zimbabwe drought

A severe drought over the past two months kills the animals in Hwange National Park. Reported by BBC News

Zimbabwe: Police Profess Ignorance Over Human Rights Activist Dewa Arrest

[New Zimbabwe] Police have claimed they have no knowledge of who arrested human rights activist Sithabile Dewa on arrival in Harare a few months ago after a meeting in Maldives that authorities claim was meant to discuss the overthrow of the government. Reported by allAfrica

Zimbabwe: Anger Over Vendor's Death

[New Zimbabwe] The country's biggest opposition has reacted angrily to the death in State custody of a vendor on Saturday. Reported by allAfrica

South Africa: Can Children Legally Use Cannabis?

[New Frame] Adults in South Africa are legally allowed to possess marijuana for personal use. Now there are controversial moves to decriminalise the use of cannabis for children. Reported by allAfrica

Rwanda: Rwanda Bans All Single-Use Plastics

[East African] Rwanda becomes the first regional country to issue a complete ban on all single-use plastics and retailers have three months to clear their stocks and find alternatives, while industrial users and producers of single-use plastics have a two-year deadline. Reported by allAfrica

Zimbabwe: Govt Urged to Protect Women in Access to Water Fight

[New Zimbabwe] GOVERNMENT must obey international treaties which it is signatory to particularly those against the discrimination of women the Community Water Alliance (CWA) has said. Reported by allAfrica

Congo-Kinshasa: Time for major press freedom reforms in DR Congo

[RSF] Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave a joint press conference in Kinshasa today at which they called on the DRC's new government to prioritize two major reforms in order to keep its promise ... Reported by allAfrica

Haringey v Yeovil: Two men arrested in Somerset after reports of racial abuse

Two men are arrested by police investigating reports of racist abuse during Saturday's FA Cup match between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town. Reported by BBC News

South Africa: The DA Has Been the Most Difficult Coalition Partner - Mashaba

[News24Wire] Pulling no punches as he stepped down, outgoing DA mayor Herman Mashaba said the DA has been the most difficult coalition partner in the City of Johannesburg. Reported by allAfrica

South Africa: Herman Mashaba Resigns from Johannesburg Mayorship, Democratic Alliance

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Herman Mashaba will no longer serve as mayor of Johannesburg after resigning as a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), IOL reports. Speaking at a press conference, Mashaba said: "It is not in my nature to wait for people to push me, I have lived my life on my terms. ... Reported by allAfrica

Zimbabwe: 61% Pupils Turned Away Over Fees

[New Zimbabwe] At least 61% of children attending public schools were this year turned away from attending classes for failure by their parents or guardians to pay school fees. Reported by allAfrica

Sudan: Safeguarding Sudan's Revolution

[ICG] Sudan's post-Bashir transition holds the promise of civilian rule but also perils, among them renewed insurgency, economic stagnation and backsliding into autocracy. Outside powers should press the military to adhere to its power-sharing pact with the opposition. Authorities in Khartoum ... Reported by allAfrica

Botswana: Opposition Promises Developments in Tati West

[Botswana Daily News] Masunga -Former president, Lieutenant Gen Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, has commended Mr Biggie Butale for being the first leader of the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) . Reported by allAfrica

Mozambique: Renamo Asks Court to Annul Nacala Results

[AIM] Maputo -Mozambique's main opposition party, Renamo, has asked the court in the northern port city of Nacala to annul the results of last Tuesday's general and provincial elections in Nacala because of a series of irregularities and discrepancies. Reported by allAfrica

Namibia: Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking Gets Boost

[New Era] Windhoek -The United States of America continues to boost assistance towards Namibia's fight against wildlife trafficking. Reported by allAfrica

Mozambique: Renamo Says Election 'Total Violence' Violates Peace Accord

[Mozambique Political Process Bulletin] Frelimo 71% landslide likely Reported by allAfrica

Zimbabwe: Doctors Launch Crowd Funding Initiative to Replace Salaries

[New Zimbabwe] Striking doctors have set up a crowd funding initiative appealing for donations from the public after government denied them their October salaries. Reported by allAfrica

Somalia: Kenyan Police Launch Manhunt for Al-Shabaab Militant in Border Region

[Shabelle] Kenya's security officers said Friday they have launched a major manhunt for al-Shabab militant behind the recent murder of 11 police officers near the border with Somalia. Reported by allAfrica

South Africa: Crime Was Brought to Africa by European Colonialists - Baleka Mbete

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete has raised eyebrows after a 49-minute interview with Al Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan where she blamed South Africa's legacy of crime on Europeans who colonised the country. "Criminality has been in South Africa for three centuries, ... Reported by allAfrica

Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast all fail to qualify for 2020 CHAN

Ghana, Senegal and Ivory Coast all fail to qualify for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) on Sunday after aggregate defeats in their qualifiers. Reported by BBC News

Zimbabwe: Anti-Sanctions Campaign Plagued By Lack of Political Buy-in

[263Chat] The Anti-sanctions crusade has been dealt a double whammy ahead of the 25 October march with many political actors outside the ruling party itself failing to identify with its spirit, however calling on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration to self-introspect before calling ... Reported by allAfrica

Southern Africa: Stop Anti-Sanctions Charade, Mobilize Drugs for Zimbabwe, SADC Told

[263Chat] Opposition MDC Secretary General Charlton Hwende has chided the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for its stance on sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe saying the bloc should rather donate drugs or maize to improve the lives of impoverished Zimbabweans. Reported by allAfrica

Herman Mashaba: Johannesburg's black mayor resigns over DA race row

Herman Mashaba hits out at his party's promotion of a colleague who had praised aspects of colonialism. Reported by BBC News

Zimbabwe: Govt Urged to Probe High Defecation Cases in Rural Areas

[New Zimbabwe] The government has been urged to probe the high cases of continued open defecation in rural areas where in some communities, people are shunning toilets due to cultural beliefs, risking the spread of infectious diseases. Reported by allAfrica

Nigeria: Nigerians in Shock, As Police Free Hundreds From Koranic School 'Horror'

[RFI] President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a crackdown on illegally-operated Islamic schools in northern Nigeria after hundreds of boys were rescued from so-called reformatory centres, where they were reportedly chained to walls, beaten and abused. Authorities described conditions as "places ... Reported by allAfrica

Nigeria: Chances of Newborns Reaching Age Five Vary Nearly Four-Fold Among Local Govts - Study

[Premium Times] A child born in Garki Local Government Area of Jigawa State has less chance of celebrating its fifth birthday than another born in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State, a new study has shown. Reported by allAfrica

Ethiopia: PM Abiy Ahmed Launches His Book 'Medmer'

[Addis Standard] A cover of the Afaan Oromoo version of PM Abiy's book is displayed in Millennium Hall Reported by allAfrica

Liberia: Cummings, Urey Hold Tete-a-Tete

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -A day after verbal exchanges brought previously rumored strains within the Collaboration of Political Parties (CPP), the leaders of both the Alternative National Congress and the All Liberia Party reportedly sat down for a tete-a-tete Monday to squash out their ... Reported by allAfrica

South Africa: Helen Zille Wins DA Federal Council Chair Vote

[News24Wire] Former DA leader Helen Zille has won the race to be the DA's new federal council chairperson, completing a dramatic comeback within the party she once led. Reported by allAfrica

South Africa: Sex, Racism and Bullying - Inside Gavin Watson's World of Corruption and Deceit

[News24Wire] Gavin Watson, the former CEO of corruption-tainted facilities management company Bosasa, led a life far removed from that of a devout Christian and struggle figure, an image that he so carefully crafted. Reported by allAfrica

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