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Madagascar health minister separates siamese twins

In most countries health ministers are seen as bureaucrats more interested in paperwork than medical miracles. Not in Madagascar, where Mamy Lalatiana Andriamanarivo recently picked up a scalpel and separated conjoined siamese twins in a...

UN tells DR Congo to protect refugees after deadly shooting

The United Nations refugee agency has called upon the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government to protect refugees and asylum seekers after Congolese soldiers shot and killed at least 39 Burundian protesters. The UNHCR said that...

Peace Ark to offer free medical services in Sierra Leone

The Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark on Tuesday arrived at the shores of Sierra Leone, with a mission to deliver free medical services to 2,000 people until September 26 2017. A ceremony was held...

Four African nations to face U.N. voting ban over non-payment of dues

Four African countries have lost the right to vote at the United Nations General Assembly over the lack of payment of membership dues.   This announcement affects Somalia ,Guinea Bissau and the island nations of Sao...

Kenya’s top judge accuses police of failing to protect judiciary

Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga has accused the country’s Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinett of ignoring calls to protect the judiciary following the Supreme Court’s nullification of the August 8 presidential election. “JSC notes with...

UN commission urged probe into Burundi abuses

A United Nations commission has urged the International Criminal Court to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Burundi, saying it had compiled a list of alleged perpetrators of violence during the country’s two-year crisis. The...

South Africa’s top court to hear appeal against “lenient” Pistorius sentence

South Africa’s Supreme Court has set aside November 3 as the date it will hear the state’s appeal against the six-year sentence handed to paralympian Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend. The state...

Kenya’s CJ tells those against independent judiciary to seek referendum to abolish it

Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga has condemned verbal attacks on the judiciary by political leaders allied to the ruling Jubilee Party, saying they should seek a referendum to abolish it if they were dissatisfied...

Zimbabwe to rename airport after President Mugabe

Zimbabwean authorities have approved a plan to rename the country’s main airport after President Robert Mugabe, beginning November 2017. Local media report Transport Minister Rugrare Gumbo to have confirmed the move, saying he had already...

Kenyan electoral body chair suspends 3 staffers ahead of October 17 vote

Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebukati has suspended the body’s ICT Director James Muhati and two other staff members for failing to discharge their mandates. In a memorandum that leaked online...