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South Africa's Zuma to launch ANC manifesto in Mandela Bay PORT ELIZABETH: South African President Jacob Zuma launches his African National Congress's election manifesto on Saturday in Port Elizabeth, where the party risks losing an important local poll in August. Losing power in Nelson Mandela Bay municipality would be doubly embarrassing for Zuma and his party since the area was a stronghold of the ANC's fight against apartheid and later named after its greatest liberation hero.The president has faced calls to resign from within the ANC since a court ruled this month that he breached the constitution by ignoring an order to repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent renovating his private home.Zuma survived an impeachment vote last week thanks to the ANC's big majority in the 400-seat national assembly and hopes to now put the scandal behind him. He is required by law to step down in 2019 after two five-year terms.An Ipsos poll late last ...

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Liberia's president names new finance minister, central bank governor MONROVIA: Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf named a new finance minister and central bank governor late on Friday, as the West African nation seeks to recover from a two-year Ebola outbreak. The epidemic, the world's worst on record, has killed more than 11,300 people across the region, more than 4,800 of them in Liberia.Boima Kamara, formerly the Central Bank's deputy governor for economic policy, was named minister of finance and development, replacing Amara Mohamed Konneh ...

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Boko Haram send 'proof of life' video of Chibok girls: CNN KANO: Boko Haram has sent a "proof of life" video which shows 15 of the more than 200 girls abducted by fighters from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok two years ago, CNN reported on Wednesday.The video showed the girls wearing black hijabs in an unspecified location, stating their names, that they were taken from Chibok and the date of the recording -- December 25, 2015, the broadcaster said. Two of the three mothers of ...

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Boko Haram violence, climate change drive hunger in north Cameroon YAOUNDE: H arvesting a crop in Cameroon's Far North Region is becoming an increasingly uncertain proposition. Armed conflict between Boko Haram militants and Cameroon's armed forces in the region has made it difficult for some farmers to access their fields, deepening food security, said Felix Gomez, the World Food Programme's country director. At the same time, the region is hosting 75,000 Nigerians who have fled that country's Boko Haram insurgency and 82,000 internally displaced people ...

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Djibouti incumbent president Guelleh wins -provisional results DJIBOUTI: Ismail Omar Guelleh won a fourth five-year term as Djibouti's president in an election on Friday, securing 87 percent of the votes cast, provisional results announced by Interior Minister Hassan Omar on Saturday showed. Guelleh, who ran on the UMP party ticket, also won the last election in 2011 with almost 80 percent of the vote. In power since 1999, he has overseen Djibouti's economic rise as it seeks to position itself as an ...

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Sudan's Darfur votes in referendum boycotted by rebels KHARTOUM: Sudan's conflict-hit Darfur region starts voting Monday on whether to unify its five states, a long-standing demand of rebels seeking greater autonomy, but ongoing instability means insurgents are boycotting the referendum.The three-day vote is expected to maintain the five-state system, which President Omar al-Bashir's ruling party says is more efficient but which observers say gives Khartoum greater control over Darfur.The ethnic minority insurgents who rebelled against the Arab-dominated government in 2003 claiming their region ...

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Kenyan finance minister says financial system sound, governor warns bankers NAIROBI: Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Friday that the country's financial system was very sound, a day after privately-owned Chase Bank Kenya was put under receivership. Central bank Governor Patrick Njoroge said he had warned commercial officials of stern action if they put depositors' money at risk. Rotich told a news conference the ministry was working closely with the central bank to isolate and contain the impact of two closed banks on the ...