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  • South Africa's ruling party meets to discuss President Ramaphosa's 'Farmgate' scandal

    South Africa's ruling party meets to discuss President Ramaphosa's 'Farmgate' scandal

    The panel said Wednesday that Ramaphosa needs to explain the theft of at least half a million dollars hidden in a sofa on his game farm. The scandal, known as "farmgate," has led to calls for the president to step down.Ahead of the party's National Executive Committee meeting, ANC chairperson Gwede...

  • Biden: Willing to talk to Putin about ending war in Ukraine

    Biden: Willing to talk to Putin about ending war in Ukraine

    Biden said the U.S. “will never ask Ukraine to compromise” to end the war without the consent of the Kyiv government.Earlier, before their private discussions, Biden said as he welcomed Macron for the first state visit of a foreign leader during his presidency, “France and the United States are faci...

  • Namibia’s ruling party chooses first female presidential candidate

    Namibia’s ruling party chooses first female presidential candidate

    During a prolonged party congress, members of Namibia’s ruling Swapo party re-elected Netumbo-Nandi Ndaitwah, the country’s deputy prime minister, as its vice president.According to the Swapo constitution, she will be the party’s candidate for president when the incumbent, Hage Geingob, completes hi...

  • Russia donates 260,000 tons of fertilizer to Africa

    Russia donates 260,000 tons of fertilizer to Africa

    A ship chartered by the World Food Program left the Netherlands carrying 20,000 tons of the fertilizer destined for the southeastern African nation of Malawi. The ship will take about a month to reach Beira, in Mozambique, and then would be transported overland to Malawi, which is a landlocked count...

  • Comoros security court sentences ex-President to life in prison

    Comoros security court sentences ex-President to life in prison

    A state security court in Comoros gave a life sentence to former President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi.Sambi is charged with treason and the court said it found him guilty of selling Comorian passports to people in Gulf countries.

  • Thousands flee drought and hunger in Somalia for Kenya

    Thousands flee drought and hunger in Somalia for Kenya

    UNHCR says it has profiled 80,000 new refugee arrivals from Somalia to Kenya in the last few months. Relief agencies say the influx is straining their capacity to help.

  • Rights activists demand release of arrested Ugandan opposition leader

    Rights activists demand release of arrested Ugandan opposition leader

    Kabuleta's party is demanding an explanation for his arrest, which they likened to an abduction. Ugandan police accused him of promoting sectarianism, while Human Rights Watch accused authorities of muzzling government critics.A video circulating on social media Monday afternoon showed six men walki...

  • What Is China's 'Zero-COVID' Policy?

    What Is China's 'Zero-COVID' Policy?

    China surprised the world when it locked down the entire city of Wuhan during the initial outbreak of the virus in 2019, confining more than 11 million residents to their homes. Since then, China has continued with the same methods, making them part of its zero-COVID policy.

  • Tidy Japanese fans clean up at World Cup

    Tidy Japanese fans clean up at World Cup

    Japanese players are famous for doing the same in their team dressing room: hanging up towels, cleaning the floor, and even leaving a thank-you note.Barbara Holthus, a sociologist who has spent the last decade in Japan, said cleaning up after oneself is engrained in Japanese culture.

  • Wife of jailed Belarusian Nobel winner to accept his award

    Wife of jailed Belarusian Nobel winner to accept his award

    Bialiatski, 60, won the prestigious prize in October together with Russian rights group Memorial and Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties, which is documenting "Russian war crimes" against the Ukrainian people.The prize will be presented to the trio at a formal ceremony in Oslo on December 10.