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Rwanda to hold first ever presidential debates


Rwandan presidential candidates will for the first time in the history of the country's elections appear in a live television debate ahead of August 4 polls, said the National Electoral Commission (NEC) of the country on Wednesday.

Somalia gives citizens direct line to advise government


Somalia has launched an official email address through which the public can advise the government.

Gunfire erupts near police bases in Cote d'Ivoire, no injuries reported


Gunfire erupted near several police installations across Cote d'Ivoire's main city Abidjan late on Wednesday, witnesses and a police source said, in what appeared to be a renewed bout of insecurity following months of military mutinies.

South Africa could leave ICC after row over Sudanese president


South Africa has rebutted criticism from the International Criminal Court (ICC), arguing that it was not obliged to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir when he attended the African Union Summit in Johannesburg in 2015, as he had diplomatic immunity.

South Africa bans live hen sales to contain H5N8 outbreak


South Africa has banned the sale of live hens throughout the country in a bid to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu. According to Reuters, the government confirmed on Monday that no humans have been infected.

Tanzania's President: No place for teen mums in schools


Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has said that schoolgirls who get pregnant will not be allowed back to school, arguing that their return could "encourage other girls to engage in sex".

Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for deadly Mogadishu attack


Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu, where 31 people, mostly civilians, were killed. Wednesday’s blast was one of the deadliest to hit the city in recent times.

Kenya launches flagship standard gauge railway set to transform nation


MOMBASA, Kenya, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday launched the passenger train service of the 480-km Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), paving way for the nation's endeavor for industrialization and prosperity.

Egypt's Sisi says Egyptian forces hit terror camps in response to Minya attack


Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday that the Egyptian forces hit terrorist training camps after the shooting attack that killed 28 Copts in Upper Egypt's Minya governorate.

Tunisian people support PM to combat corruption in Tunis


Tunisian people take part in a parade to support Prime Minister Youssef Chahed in his fight against corruption in Tunis, capital of Tunisia, on May 26, 2017.