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  • Uganda MPs reject 'bribe' linked to age-limit bill

    November 2, 2017 12:11 PM 380

    Some Ugandan MPs have rejected the cash released by Parliament to facilitate consultations on a bill seeking to scrap presidential age limit. So far, 10 lawmakers have rejected the millions of shillings, with the latest one being Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza. Ms Kiiza, the Kasese Woman MP, on Thursday returned USh29 million to Parliament

  • Burundi bans women from playing traditional drums

    November 2, 2017 7:46 AM 344

    Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has introduced strict controls over the country's renowned drumming rituals, banning female drummers and limiting the sacred tradition to official events. It says the "entire population of Burundi recognizes it as a fundamental part of its heritage and identity". Today, the drums are played for entertainment: but for centuries

  • With China flexing muscle in seas, India guards all entry, exit points of Indian Ocean: Navy chief

    November 2, 2017 7:15 AM 226

    With China flexing its muscle in the seas, India now guards every entry and exit point of the Indian Ocean, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba has said. India now guards every entry and exit point of the Indian Ocean - one of the most militarised regions of the world with at least 100 warships, including those of the Chinese People's Liberation

  • Akombe heads back to work at UN

    November 2, 2017 5:43 AM 234

    Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe returned to work at United Nations Headquarters in New York City two weeks after she resigned from the electoral agency. Dr Akombe, who shocked many by resigning from the electoral commission less than a week to the repeat presidential election confirmed to the Nation that she had indeed resumed her job at the UN but with a caveat

  • A Year of Donald Trump: Key moments

    November 2, 2017 3:29 AM 207

    Delivered on the steps of the Capitol, Trump's grim-toned inauguration speech depicted America as an economic basket case overrun by crime, street gangs and other blight, and attacked the politicians standing by him on the podium as pampered opportunists who prospered in government while everyday people missed out. Trump pledged to stop "this American

  • Liberia's Supreme Court halts election preparation over fraud accusations

    November 1, 2017 8:20 PM 66

    MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia’s Supreme Court has halted preparations for next week’s presidential run-off vote between former soccer star George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai until it considers a challenge to first round results by a losing candidate who alleged fraud. The decision casts further doubt on the Oct. 10 poll that losing parties say was marred

  • Eritrea opposition: Security forces kill 28 protesters

    November 1, 2017 5:29 PM 98

    Groups raise alarm as security forces open fire on protesting students after government crackdown on Islamic school. Security forces killed at least 28 people in rare protests in the Eritrean capital, an opposition group has claimed, raising concerns from human rights groups and activists. The violence witnessed in demonstrations in Asmara on Tuesday

  • Togo, Guinea leaders mediate deepening Liberia election dispute

    November 1, 2017 4:25 PM 72

    Vice-President Boakai was due to face former international footballer Weah in the November 7 runoff vote. The presidents of Guinea and Togo held mediation talks Wednesday with all sides involved in Liberia's disputed election, following a Supreme Court announcement it would summon the country's electoral commission to explain alleged fraud and irregularities

  • Liberia court orders temporary halt to runoff election prep

    November 1, 2017 3:05 PM 77

    Monrovia - Liberia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a temporary halt to preparations for next week's runoff presidential election as it awaits a hearing on complaints alleging voting irregularities. Representatives of the National Election Commission and those who filed complaints should appear before the court on Thursday, the court said in a statement

  • Gunfire as rare protests hit streets of Eritrea's capital

    November 1, 2017 2:00 PM 85

    Addis Ababa - The United States embassy in Asmara has issued a warning about protests and gunfire in the Eritrean capital, though details of the rare bout of unrest remain unclear. Eritrea is one of the world's most repressive countries and demonstrations are uncommon, but the embassy had on Tuesday issued a statement about "gunfire at several locations