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[Shabelle] Somali security forces backed by the Southwestern state army killed seven al-Shabab fighters and injured five others on Saturday in an operation in Bardale town in the southern region of Bay, an official confirmed on Sunday.

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[This Day] The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has called on Nigerians to support the education of the girl-child to ensure even development in the country.

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[Daily Trust] Doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild in Lagos State are set to begin three days warning strike from Monday, over issues that affect their safety and welfare.

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[Namibian] President Hage Geingob says the ruling Swapo Party did not directly receive funds from the Fishrot scandal.

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[RFI] In an effort to strengthen women's rights, Sudan's Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari has announced that female genital mutilation (FGM) will be banned throughout the country, and women will no longer need a permit to travel. Non-Muslims will also be allowed to drink alcohol in private.

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[GroundUp] The City of Cape Town Anti-land Invasion Unit accompanied by law enforcement demolished five shacks at a site called Xakabantu in Vrygrond, in the rain on Thursday afternoon.

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[Dalsan Radio] Former Somalia Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah has passed on in Turkey on Sunday.

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[Dalsan Radio] Former Puntland regional state leader Mohamed Abdi Hashi has died in Nairobi while undergoing treatment on Saturday morning.

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[Dalsan Radio] Egypt has rejected a request by Ethiopia to postpone a settlement on points of disagreement surrounding Ethiopia's controversial Renaissance Dam.

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[allAfrica] As of July 11, confirmed the COVID-19 case total from 55 African countries has reached 559,446.

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[The Conversation Africa] A number of Africa's fragile democracies have become vulnerable to the sword of leaders assuming wide-ranging powers under cover of emergency responses to COVID-19. Partly for this reason, Good Governance Africa has published a set of articles that conceptualise COVID-19 as a wicked problem. A "wicked problem" is exemplified by multiple stakeholders interacting in complex and unpredictable ways. It is difficult to identify and even more difficult to solve.

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[Govt of SA] President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category 1 as a final farewell for the late Regent of the Royal House of the amaRharhabe, Her Majesty Queen Noloyiso Sandile.

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[The Conversation Africa] As COVID-19 becomes the most intensely covered virus in history, there are important lessons to be drawn from the media's reporting of another global pandemic: HIV/Aids.

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[The Herald] The Government will deal ruthlessly with land barons and assist more than 10 000 families that were illegally settled in Mutare, Rusape and Chipinge in Manicaland province over the past two decades.

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[ISS] The G20 is taking a lot of flak lately. It's a global club of the world's richest and most significant economies, but its reputation has diminished since its heyday when it successfully managed the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis.

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[Oil in Uganda] Tullow Oil Plc shareholders are set to approve the company's sale of all its assets in the Lake Albert Development project to Total E&P Uganda BV.

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] A record number of women join Malawi's new cabinet with hopes to push for change

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[ISS] President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration is in the process of pushing through dubious constitutional amendments under the cover of COVID-19, reversing years of effort that gave rise to Zimbabwe's current constitution.

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[GroundUp] The City's Disaster Risk Management says flood kits, sand and milling will be provided to affected informal settlements.

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[The New Humanitarian] Washington D.C. -- After three years of conflict, tentative ceasefire talks are underway between the Cameroon government and secessionist fighters demanding independence for the country's two anglophone regions.

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[Zimbabwe Independent] A fresh wave of farm takeovers facilitated by government has intensified under the guise of trimming farm sizes, sparking fears of a renewed assault on white farmers, who feel besieged and are now rushing to court for legal recourse.

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[DW] Burundi's turnabout in handling the COVID-19 pandemic raised expectations of change in the country. But hopes were dampened by President Evariste Ndayishimiye's appointment of controversial figures to the government.

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[ISS] African countries are increasingly trying to coordinate COVID-19 responses with those of their neighbours. This is done largely through regional economic communities, and is a potentially important response to the pandemic. Yet their efforts have had mixed results.

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[DW] The COVID-19 pandemic brought everyday air traffic to a halt. But African airlines are preparing to take to the skies once more. Many airlines are facing a difficult path ahead to stay competitive.

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