Legal Fate of Sudanese Teen Fuels Debate Over Child Marriage

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -A legal battle over a teenager in Sudan who killed her husband as he tried to rape her has shone a spotlight on widespread child marriage in the African nation, campaigners said.

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -A legal battle over a teenager in Sudan who killed her husband as he tried to rape her has shone a spotlight on widespread child marriage in the African nation, campaigners said.

source: AllAfrica News: Sudan

In Hunt for Clean Jet Fuel, South Africa Swaps Tobacco for Weeds

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Cape Town -When a South African Airways Boeing 737 took off from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg two years ago, headed for Cape Town, it was powered by an unusual fuel: tobacco.

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Cape Town -When a South African Airways Boeing 737 took off from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg two years ago, headed for Cape Town, it was powered by an unusual fuel: tobacco.

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

UN Central Mali G5 Military Base Bomb and Grenade Attack Leaves Six Dead

[Deutsche Welle] A daylight attack by militants in Mali on a UN compound has killed at least six people. A car bomb and rocket propelled grenades were met with return fire from G5 troops.

[Deutsche Welle] A daylight attack by militants in Mali on a UN compound has killed at least six people. A car bomb and rocket propelled grenades were met with return fire from G5 troops.

source: AllAfrica News: Mali

Ceasefire Deal Violated Within Hours

[Deutsche Welle] South Sudanese government forces and rebels have blamed each other for breaking a newly adopted ceasefire. It’s not the first time peace efforts have failed to put a stop to the country’s civil war.

[Deutsche Welle] South Sudanese government forces and rebels have blamed each other for breaking a newly adopted ceasefire. It's not the first time peace efforts have failed to put a stop to the country's civil war.

source: AllAfrica News: South Sudan

French Soldiers Killed in Attack

[Deutsche Welle] French soldiers on patrol in troubled northern Mali were targeted in a bombing on Sunday, the third attack in the country in as many days. The attack claimed two French soldiers and wounded dozens.

[Deutsche Welle] French soldiers on patrol in troubled northern Mali were targeted in a bombing on Sunday, the third attack in the country in as many days. The attack claimed two French soldiers and wounded dozens.

source: AllAfrica News: Mali

OPINION: UPND Violence Crusade Subtly Cloaked as Self Defence

The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has for last 48 hours been wallowing in self-pity. The party through its president Hakainde Hichilema have been on rampage lamenting how they have been on the receiving end of political violence. … Continued

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The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has for last 48 hours been wallowing in self-pity. The party through its president Hakainde Hichilema have been on rampage lamenting how they have been on the receiving end of political violence. Hichilema has had everyone believe that his cadres have had their arms folded in the heat of political harassment and attack. It has almost been made to look like the UPND has been devoid of violent tendencies.  It is a narrative that has largely gone one sided. The UPND aligned voices like political commentator MacDonald Chipenzi and Zambia Civic Education Association (ZCEA) executive director Judith Mulenga have picked on the victim mantra and broadcast it before the world. What everyone should be alive to is that the UPND has gone into overdrive mischaracterizing a call for violence as self defense. They have subtly been telling the whole world that they should be free to practice violence as they claim to be a victim of it. They are slowly becoming at home with violence as their only way to achieving political power. Has not their vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba been a living chief priest of violence? In any case, who are the originators of the Panga for Panga doctrine? Did not GBM recruit some youth at his Villa Elizabeth gymnasium in a matter that infamously became known as unlawful drilling?  The blame game is all too good but political players should take an honest introspection of their actions. Any sane person would admit that the UPND did not lose the elections in Chilanga because of violence. The UPND know too well about the garbage that the candidate they fielded in Chilanga came with. To go to town and whine about being victims of violence when in reality they should be reworking their electoral strategies smacks of hypocrisy. What Hichilema should be telling his followers is how they are going to regenerate the party ahead of the 2021 general elections. Understandably opposition politics are difficult in any set up but even the most elementary of opposition politicians need not be reminded about how the late Michael Sata got down to work after the 2006 elections that he narrowly lost. Rather than sustain the cry baby mentality that has become part of the UPND DNA, Hichilema should roll up his sleeves and get down to win over the masses through a well-orchestrated campaign otherwise the mayoral elections provided yet another political disaster. The post OPINION: UPND Violence Crusade Subtly Cloaked as Self Defence appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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DR Congo Will Open Virunga, Salonga Parks to Oil Companies

[Deutsche Welle] Kinshasa has defended its right to declassify sections of the parks over the protests of environmental activists. The two UNESCO World Heritage sites are home to countless rare plants and animals.

[Deutsche Welle] Kinshasa has defended its right to declassify sections of the parks over the protests of environmental activists. The two UNESCO World Heritage sites are home to countless rare plants and animals.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

French Development Agency Provides 18 Million Euros for Urban and Geothermal Development

[Addis Standard] A signing ceremony of two grants Agreements took place at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) between Admasu Nebebe, Ethiopian State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Frederic Bontems, Ambassador of Fra…

[Addis Standard] A signing ceremony of two grants Agreements took place at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation (MoFEC) between Admasu Nebebe, Ethiopian State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Frederic Bontems, Ambassador of France to Ethiopia and Mr Ignace Monkam-Daverat, the French Agency for Development (AFD) Regional Manager in Addis Abeba, for a total of 18 million euros.

source: AllAfrica News: Ethiopia