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MP at 19: Girl makes history

One of Uganda’s longest serving members of parliament, Sam Kuteesa (Mawogola constituency), had been in active politics for 13 years by the time the country’s youngest MP-elect Proscovia Alengot Oromait was born in 1993. Mr Kuteesa, the present foreign affairs minister-designate, joined Parliament in 1980, having been elected member for Nyabushozi on the Democratic Party […]

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Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s plan to get married this weekend was thwarted on Friday after a magistrate ruled he was already married to a former flame, the latest twist in a scandal that has gripped the southern African nation. The dispute – which has seen two women challenge his wedding plans – has handed […]

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, regarded by the West as a bulwark against Islamic militancy, died overnight in a Brussels hospital after a long battle with illness. Speculation that Meles, 57, an ally of Washington who twice sent troops into neighbouring Somalia to help crush rebellions, was seriously ill had grown after he failed to […]

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The mostly Chinese audience erupted in cheers, and fireworks lit up the sky, when it was announced that the home candidate, Yu Wenxia, had been awarded the coveted title. “When I was young I felt very lucky because so many people helped me, and I hope in the future I can help more children to […]

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Up to 31 people including at least one Sudanese minister were killed when a plane taking them to an Islamic festival crashed in the south of the country, an official and state media said on Sunday. The plane went down in mountains around Talodi, a town in the border state of South Kordofan, while taking […]

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party has made a raft of amendments to the country’s draft constitution to restore the president’s powers. A draft produced by a cross parliamentary committee last month had diluted President Mugabe’s powers and compelled him to name a successor. That document had already been approved by Zanu-PF’s ruling coalition partners […]

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Tension reigned Thursday in oil-rich Gabon where the main opposition said its television station was torched after violent clashes between its supporters and police in the capital Libreville. But the government said police gave a “measured reaction” to Wednesday’s unauthorised protest in support of main opposition leader Andre Mba Obame and nobody was killed despite […]

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Koffi Olomide, one of Africa’s most popular singers, has been charged with the assault of his producer and held in custody overnight. The star was arrested after a fracas on Wednesday at a hotel in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Correspondents say the courtroom was packed to see the star, who […]

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Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations has called on Ghanaians to unite their words and deeds after arriving in Ghana yesterday for the funeral of the late President John Evans Atta Mills. Speaking to Ghanaian news station, TV3, outside the residence of the late President after praying for former First […]

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Mozambican Parliament is planning to introduce a bill seeking to legitimise polygamy. This comes after a parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Human Rights and Legality went around the country to collect peoples’ views over the matter. The chairman of the Committee, Mr Teodoro Waty, said any person who wished to marry more than one […]

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