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Death Penalty: Global Abolition Closer as Record Number of Countries Vote to End Executions

After a record number of UN member states today supported at the final vote a key UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International’s Death Penalty Expert Chiara Sangiorgio said: “The fact that more countries than ever before have

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KENYA: Nairobi Governor Suspends Ban on Matatus from City Centre

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko Tuesday suspended a ban on matatus from the city centre. Sonko said the move is aimed at allowing further consultations among affected parties in order to find a lasting solution to the problem of congestion. “I have noted with deep concern the plight of Nairobi residents as a result

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Ugandan Startup KAINOafrica Launches New e-Learning Platform

Ugandan startup KAINOafrica is piloting its e-learning solution KAINOtab in three schools, offering teachers, students and parents access to online guides and textbooks, assessment tools and educational games both online and offline. The KAINOtab academic content hub is available via web and mobile apps, with the startup describing itself as an

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Cameroon Stripped of Hosting 2019 AFCON

Cameroon have been stripped of hosting next year's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), says the Confederation of African Football. African football's governing body (Caf) says it is because of delays in the progress of Cameroon's preparation for the tournament, due to start in June. Officials made the decision at a meeting on

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How the President’s Initiative on Skilling the Girl Child is Transforming Communities

Namabozo Violet graduated with a diploma in architecture but failed to find a job. She joined a class of hundreds of thousands of Ugandan youths who are unable to find employment after studying. But there is a vulnerability side to the story. But a country with almost 51% of its population

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Labour Ward Selfie Lands Midwife in Trouble

A nurse in Malawi has been suspended pending further investigation after a selfie of her in a labour ward was posted on social media. The selfie was widely shared provoking uproar on social media. Joshua Malango, public relations officer for Malawi's Ministry of Health, told the BBC Focus on Africa radio programme

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Africell Secures $100m Loan to Expand Services in Uganda, DRC

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution has announced it will loan $100 million to Africell Holdings to expand access to telecommunications in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The loan will be used to expand the availability and quality of affordable mobile telephone

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