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Botswana votes in first real challenge to ruling party

Botswana polls opened on Wednesday for a general election that is expected to provide the first genuine challenge to the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in its five decades of dominance over southern Africa’s wealthiest and most stable nation. Whichever party wins will have to move swiftly to transform the economy, which since independence from […]

Johannesburg’s black mayor resigns over DA race row

One of the most senior politicians in South Africa’s historically white main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has resigned his post and quit the party over how it handles race. Herman Mashaba’s election victory in 2016 saw him become the first non-ANC mayor of Johannesburg since 1994. But at a press conference on Monday he said: […]

Ebola survivors battle grief and stigma in eastern Congo

Arlette Kavugho was discharged from an Ebola ward in eastern Congo in March, but her troubles did not end there. When the mother of six tried to return to work as a seamstress in her hometown of Butembo, her customers were too scared of catching the disease, despite doctors’ assurances that she was no longer […]

Kenya’s president refuses to sign the budget over rate cap

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has demanded that lawmakers remove a cap on commercial lending rates, refusing to approve the 2019/20 (July-June) budget unless the limit is lifted, a document sent to parliament from the presidency showed on Thursday. The move was the latest in a running dispute over the rates cap, which the government and […]

Erdogan says can no longer ‘keep track’ of Trump’s tweets

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could no longer “keep track” of the tweets by his US counterpart Donald Trump as tensions mount over Ankara’s operation against Kurdish militants in Syria, in comments published Wednesday. “When we take a look at Mr Trump’s Twitter posts, we can no longer follow them. We cannot keep […]

Egypt archaeologists find 20 ancient coffins

Archaeologists have found more than 20 ancient wooden coffins near the Egyptian city of Luxor, the country’s antiquities ministry says. The coffins, whose brightly-coloured decorations are still visible, were uncovered at the Theban necropolis of Asasif, on the River Nile’s west bank. They were in two layers, with the ones on top across those below. […]