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  • EgyptAir pulls magazine after Drew Barrymore article

    16 October 2018 7:16 PM 21

    Egyptian officials say EgyptAir has removed the latest edition of its in-flight magazine over a contentious article it published, purportedly based on an interview with American actress Drew Barrymore. They say the carrier had agreed with its publisher, Al-Ahram advertising agency, to stop printing more copies of the October issue of the magazine, Horus

  • Algeria MPs padlock parliament in protest against speaker

    16 October 2018 6:24 PM 31

    Around 200 deputies kept Algeria's parliament locked up for several hours on Tuesday in a protest action to press demands for the house speaker to step down. "We're here to demand the speaker resigns," Abdelhamid Si Affif, the head of parliament's foreign affairs committee, told AFP after the protesters blocked the entrance with a chain and padlock

  • Egypt extends state of emergency for another 3 months

    16 October 2018 5:20 PM 33

    The government declared a state of emergency after an Islamic State affiliate bombed two Coptic churches in April 2017, killing at least 44 people, and it has been renewed once before. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's latest renewal was published in the official gazette on Tuesday. Parliament is expected to approve it within seven days, and it has already

  • Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

    16 October 2018 5:20 PM 20

    Liberia's government says it is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care. The More Than Me organisation says in a statement that founder Katie Meyler has taken a leave of absence until a separate, independent audit requested by the charity is complete. Meyler's work had been praised

  • 30 killed over two months in fighting in CAR diamond hub: UN

    16 October 2018 4:26 PM 24

    At least 30 civilians were killed in August and September by armed groups in and around Bria, the diamond hub of the restive Central African Republic, the UN said, adding that some of the killings could constitute crimes against humanity. The militias have been battling one another ever since the 2013 overthrow of long-time leader Francois Bozize, a Christian

  • Ethiopia gets first female defence minister

    16 October 2018 1:02 PM 30

    Ethiopia's new Cabinet is now a record 50% female, including a woman defense minister, after lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously approved the nominations put forward by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. "Our women ministers will disprove the old adage that women can't lead," Abiy said while presenting his choices. Aisha Mohammed Musa will lead the defence

  • E Guinea strongman hands out top military posts to family

    16 October 2018 12:00 PM 21

    Equatorial Guinea's president Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who has ruled the small, oil-rich state with an iron fist since 1979, has appointed several members of his family to top military positions. His graft-tainted son Teodorin Nguema Obiang, who is already vice-president, was appointed major general in the army to mark the country's 50th anniversary of independence

  • Malema demands proof of Shivambu's involvement in VBS scandal

    16 October 2018 10:47 AM 27

    Brian Shivambu is the latest party implicated in an explosive forensic report into the collapse of VBS Mutual Bank seeking to have it reviewed. According to a damning report titled The Great Bank Heist compiled by Advocate Terry Motau and law firm Werksmans attorneys, Shivambu – owner of Sgameka projects – received R16m from VBS. He has since denied

  • Human rights lawyer charged for pointing his finger at policeman

    16 October 2018 8:13 AM 35

    Human rights lawyer Richard Spoor has been charged with assault for pointing his finger at a police officer, GroundUp reported. Spoor is an attorney for Xolobeni residents opposed to mining in this remote part of the Wild Coast. Spoor was arrested and appeared in court on September 25. He is set to appear at Bizana Magistrate's Court on October 25. His charge

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian 'excited' after Museveni gives them Ugandan names

    16 October 2018 8:00 AM 21

    The office of Uganda's Yoweri Museveni says the president has given United States rapper Kanye West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian Ugandan names. In a Facebook post, his office revealed that Museveni had given West, who changed his name to Ye last month, the Ugandan name Kanyesigye, which means "Ï trust". Museveni also gave the rapper's