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ICC Acquits Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo of crimes against humanity after seven years of incarceration in The Hague. This comes as the West African Country prepares for her presidential elections next year. According to a report by Bloomberg, Gbagbo, 73, has been acquitted ‘because the

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Coup in Gabon as Military Takes Over Power

Juniors officers say they have seized power in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader's family has ruled for 50 years. Soldiers in the west African country say they launched a coup "to restore democracy". They took control of the national radio station at 04:30 local time (03:30 GMT) to read a short

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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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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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Ethiopia Gets First Female President

Ethiopian members of parliament have elected Sahle-Work Zewde as the country's first female president. Ms Sahle-Work is an experienced diplomat who has now become Africa's only female head of state. Her election to the ceremonial position comes a week after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a cabinet with half the posts taken

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Interview: Africa’s Richest Woman Isabel dos Santos on Life and How to Start

By: APO Many people around the world are familiar with Aliko Dangote, a Nigerian who is often described as Africa's richest man. But Isabel dos Santos, 45, an Angolan businesswoman, is Africa's richest woman and the eldest child of Angola’s former President José Eduardo dos Santos, who was in power from 1979

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Louise Mushikiwabo

Louise Mushikiwabo: Meet the Rwandan Woman Heading French-Speaking Countries’ Community

Until last week, Louise Mushikiwabo was the powerful minister of foreign affairs in the government of Paul Kagame in Rwanda. She has now been replaced by Dr Richard Sezibera, another powerful figure in Rwanda’s politics. Sezibera is a former secretary general of regional East African Community. Mushikiwabo will be taking on a

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Uganda's Rebecca Kadaga

LGBT Vote: Ugandan MPs ‘Win’ Battle against Homosexuality Activists at IPU Geneva

A group of seven Ugandan MPs, including speaker Rebecca Kadaga, triumphed during a vote on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) at the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). The MPs at the IPU in Geneva were Mourine Osoru  (Arua district), Abdulatif Sebaggala (Kawempe North), Rose Kabagyenyi (Kisoro District), Esther Anyakun  (Nakapiripirit District),

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Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the only black African to become UN secretary-general, has died. The 80-year-old "passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness", the foundation named after him said. His home country, Ghana, has declared a week of national mourning. Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and

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