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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Gets Tepid Turnout at Final Public Sendoff

HARARE – The flag-draped coffin had arrived, followed by black-clad family members, their heads bowed. Several dozen suited dignitaries marched in, chests puffed out. Military members stood rigid and proud. All of the pomp and circumstance one would expect at …

Nigerian MPs Face Backlash, Lawsuit Over Luxury Car Budget

ABUJA – It’s unprecedented.

Thousands of Nigerians have joined a lawsuit seeking to block members of the Senate from using public money to buy luxury cars. The suit was initiated by rights groups that became tired of government corruption.

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Health Status Unclear for Tanzania Journalist Arrested for Sedition

DAR ES SALAAM – A Tanzanian journalist arrested in July after criticizing the president in print appeared in court Thursday, looking weak and having trouble walking.

Prospects for Erick Kabendera’s release were dashed Thursday when the government prosecutor said the …

South Sudan’s Kiir, Rival Machar Meet for 3 Hours in Juba

JUBA – After meeting for three hours Wednesday at South Sudan’s State House, President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar pledged to resolve all outstanding issues holding up the formation of a unity government in November.

The two leaders …

HRW: Children Imprisoned in Nigeria on Terror Charges Face Brutal Conditions

ENUGU, NIGERIA – The Nigerian military has detained thousands of children in harsh and degrading conditions for suspected involvement with the armed Islamist group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday.

The report documents how Nigerian …

Pope Presses Need for Dignity of Work for Madagascar’s Poor

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR – Pope Francis is pressing for the poor to have the dignity of work with a visit Sunday to a hilltop rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil rather than scavenge in the biggest dump of …