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[News24Wire] The trial of a 22-year-old man, who is accused of raping a seven-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Dros restaurant in Pretoria, is expected to kick off in the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

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[News24Wire] The mother of a young KwaZulu-Natal woman who went missing three weeks ago, is grateful that her daughter has been found alive after the unconscious student was dropped outside their home on Sunday morning.

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[This Day] Rising debt levels are fuelling vulnerabilities in Nigeria and other African countries, especially as external debt is shifting from the public to the private sector, experts have warned.

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[This Day] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend wrote the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnagwagwa, over the demise of former President Robert Mugabe, saying both Zimbabwe and Africa owe the deceased a debt of gratitude.

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[This Day] Abuja -President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend wrote the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnagwagwa, over the demise of former President Robert Mugabe, saying both Zimbabwe and Africa owe the deceased a debt of gratitude.

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[Vanguard] Venita Akpofure has become the 15th housemate to be evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Naija season four tagged 'Pepper Dem'.

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[Deutsche Welle] Sudan's military dashed initial hopes of democracy when it seized power following the ouster of autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir in April. But a new Cabinet means representative rule remains within reach.

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[Deutsche Welle] In a fresh outburst of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg, at least one person has been killed after police clashed with looters. The violence follows a week of attacks on migrant-owned businesses in South Africa.

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[Deutsche Welle] The pontiff has urged the crowd to build history "in complete respect for the earth and its gifts." Around 1 million people gathered to hear Francis say mass in the Malagasy capital.

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[The Conversation Africa] Digitisation could change the game for Africa's smallholder farmers. Technologies like drones, satellites and apps all have the ability to make farming much easier and simpler. Of course, technology is not a panacea to all the challenges smallholder farmers face - but as it gets cheaper and easier to access, it can make their work much easier.

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[The Conversation Africa] Today the northern region of Sudan that borders with Egypt is mostly desert. But this part of the Nile's valley was once home to a powerful African civilisation called Kush. It traded gold and the products of inner Africa to Egypt and the Mediterranean world beyond. Kush was a major power in this region for over 2000 years, reaching its largest extent when it conquered Egypt and ruled as its 25th Dynasty from about 725-653 BCE.

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[The Conversation Africa] The new African free trade zone came into effect at the end of May 2019. All of the African Union's (AU) member states are now legally bound to allow African goods to be traded without restraint throughout the continent. But there are some security concerns to be considered.

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[The Conversation Africa] South Africa's Finance Minister Tito Mboweni recently published a package of economic policy proposals that warrant serious consideration. They are aimed at reviving the flagging economy whose growth over the past five years has averaged only 1.1% while the real rate of unemployment has climbed towards 40%.

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[The Conversation Africa] Zimbabwe is going through its worst socio-economic and political crisis in two decades. Crippling daily power outages of up to 18 hours and erratic supply of clean water are just some of the most obvious signs. Meanwhile, an inflation rate of over 500% has put the prices of basic goods beyond the reach of most people.

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[IPS] Manila -Being part of a platform where leprosy-affected people from all over the world can freely interact, exchange and share opinions, ideas, experiences and strategies was always something Tasfaye Tadesse dreamt of.

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[IPS] Manila -Organisations of people affected by Hansen's Disease or leprosy agree that a global network of volunteer groups is key to eradicating the disease, but concrete steps need to be taken to move the idea from an often-discussed concept to a reality.

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[IPS] Bulaway, Zimbabwe -Former Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe, who died this week, aged 95, leaves a mixed and divisive legacy.

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[Deutsche Welle] President Paul Biya's rival in a 2018 presidential race, Maurice Kamto, and his 90 co-accused appeared briefly before a military tribunal on charges of insurrection and rebellion after rejecting the vote.

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[Deutsche Welle] Zimbabwe's youth felt betrayed by the greed of Robert Mugabe and his generation. The former autocrat may be dead, but there are those in government who carry on his legacy, Blessing Vava writes in this guest commentary.

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[The Conversation Africa] One wishes one could say "rest in peace". One can only say, "may there be more peace for Zimbabwe's people, now that Robert Gabriel Mugabe has retired permanently". Zimbabwe's former president has died, aged 95.

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[Radio Dabanga] Juba -The SPLM North (SPLM-N) faction headed by Abdelaziz El Hilu, has decided to enter into negotiations with the Sudanese interim government. SPLM-N spokesman Jaber Kumondan Komi said in a statement that the armed movement seeks to reach a comprehensive and just peace agreement that addresses the root causes of the Sudanese crisis.

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[Radio Dabanga] Jebel Marra -Dozens of residents demonstrated in front of Golo military garrison in Central Darfur on Friday after one person was killed, and four others were wounded in an attack by unknown gunmen in Jebel Marra on Thursday night.

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[Daily Trust] Many heads may roll as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) plans to go after more people allegedly linked with an investigation into the $16bn power projects awarded under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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[Leadership] Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, lamented the colossal losses recorded in the xenophobic attacks in Lagos, revealing that over 5000 jobs were recorded in the state.

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[Leadership] The Nigeria Police Force has refuted media reports of the purported bomb blast at the South African embassy in Abuja, and assured the citizens that there is no cause for alarm.

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