Gambia suspends death penalty en route to abolition

Gambia suspends death penalty en route to abolition

Gambian President Adama Barrow on Sunday announced a moratorium on the death penalty as the West African country rebuilds its international standing following the removal last year of its longtime authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh. Capital punishment is on the decline across Africa, where governments executed 22 people in 2016 compared to 43 the previous year, […]

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South African police hunt for allies of Zuma extends to China, India and Dubai

South African police hunt for allies of Zuma extends to China, India and Dubai

South Africa has widened a corruption probe into allies of ex-president Jacob Zuma to other countries including India, China and Dubai. Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula made the announcement days after South Africa issued an arrest warrant for one of the brothers of the Gupta business family, close associates of scandal-plagued Zuma who was forced to […]

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Tokyo plans tallest wooden skyscraper

Tokyo plans tallest wooden skyscraper

A Japanese company is planning to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper, to mark its 350th anniversary in 2041. Sumitomo Forestry said 10% of the 70-storey W350 tower would be steel, combined with about 180,000 cubic metres of indigenous wood, enough to build about 8,000 homes, and trees and foliage on balconies at every level. […]

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Sex scene rules would be ‘censorship’ star says

Sex scene rules would be ‘censorship’ star says

Hollywood star Andy Serkis says new rules surrounding the filming of sex scenes could amount to “censorship” and stifle creativity. Actors’ union Equity is considering bringing in guidance for intimate scenes on stage and screen in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The proposals, being discussed this week, could ban actors kissing with tongues and […]

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Expectant mothers resort to pills for light skinned babies

Expectant mothers resort to pills for light skinned babies

Health experts have warned expectant mothers to desist from taking skin bleaching pills in order to have babies with fair complexion as it could result in birth defects. An obstetrician at the Healthlinks Medical Clinic, Dr Clarence O. Addo-Yobo, who gave the alert in an interview with The Mirror, warned that swallowing bleaching pills could […]

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Ethiopia risks becoming Middle East type military dictatorship – Ex-US envoy

Ethiopia risks becoming Middle East type military dictatorship – Ex-US envoy

A former ambassador of the United States has expressed worry at political and security ongoings in Ethiopia. “In Ethiopia, instead of an all-parties reconciliation conference, I fear a Middle East type military dictatorship takeover and a zero sum game bloody outcome. USG, do not let it happen,” he said in a tweet on Friday evening. […]

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has died in South Africa, a senior official in his MDC party has said. Mr Tsvangirai, 65, a former prime minister, had reportedly been suffering from colon cancer. “He died this evening. The family communicated this to me,” MDC vice president Elias Mudzuri told Reuters. Mr Tsvangirai’s career was […]

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All parties need a stake in Ethiopia’s future, says opposition leader

All parties need a stake in Ethiopia’s future, says opposition leader

Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has lost its authority and all parties should be involved in mapping the country’s future, an opposition leader said on Friday, a day after the Prime Minister resigned. Mulatu Gemechu, deputy secretary of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, said the Horn of Africa country needed a completely new political system. “Ethiopians now […]

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Ethiopia declares state of emergency to curb spreading violence

Ethiopia declares state of emergency to curb spreading violence

A state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia by the country’s Council of Ministers. The announcement was made on state-run EBC on Friday evening, barely 24-hours after the resignation of Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn. There has been no word on the duration that the measure is expected to last. The Addis Standard portal reports […]

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