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Fri,22Jun2018

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South Africa's local litmus test

Parties are competing for control of 278 municipalities in this year's local government elections. But above all, it is a litmus test for african National Congress (ANC) rule since it came to power 22 years ago.

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South Africa's city hall cliffhanger

Photo©MICHAEL SHEEHAN/AFPAs municipal elections hit the country on 3 August, Nelson Mandela Bay is a litmus test for the ANC. If Mayor Jordaan has shored up some of the party's popularity locally, deep faultlines of poverty and discontent make this a knife-edge contest with national repercussions.

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Zuma sweats as South Africa votes

Photo©Denis Farrell/AP/SIPATens of millions of South Africans braved the winter chill to post their ballots in the country's local elections, widely seen as a litmus test for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its corruption-tarnished leader Jacob Zuma.

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Malnutrition costs Ghana economy $2, 6 billion annually

File photo©Matthew Abbott/AP/SIPAGhana loses $2, 6 billion annually due to problems associated with poor nutrition in children, a United Nations report has revealed.

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Pan African Parliament members in relocation drive over Jo'burg insecurity

Photo©Nasser Nasser/AP/SIPAMembers of the Pan African Parliament say violent attacks against them in South Africa are on the rise after that country's government withdrew certain security privileges.

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US bombing inflicts heavy losses on islamists in Libya

File photo©Gaia Anderson/AP/SIPAUnited States warplanes carried out a series of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Libya's coastal city of Sirte, the latest salvo of a longer-term campaign by the West to combat the Islamist group's foothold in the North African country.

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South Africa: Police, army to patrol 650 election hotspots

Photo©Peter Dejong/AP/SIPASouth Africa's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it has identified almost 650 election hotspots, which would be patrolled by the police and the army ahead of Wednesday's local government elections, which observers see as a litmus test for the ruling African National Congress.

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