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Ghana jails journalist, commentators

Photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAA journalist and two radio panellists in Ghana were on Wednesday sentenced to 120 days each in jail for threatening to kill the country's chief justice and other judges.

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Trades with Goldman too complex for Libya's sovereign wealth fund - witness tells court

Photo©Richard Drew/AP/SIPANine disputed trades that Libya's sovereign wealth fund (SWF) entered into with Goldman Sachs were unsuitable by "dint of risk and complexity", according to an expert witness at a trial in London's High Court.

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Ugandan opposition leader released on bail

Uganda's opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Photo©Michele Sibiloni/AP/SIPAUgandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was on Tuesday granted stringent bail following his arrest two months ago on treason charges.

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Italian lawmakers defy Egypt's Al-Sisi

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo©Thomas Harwell/AP/SIPAIn early February, the semi-naked corpse of an Italian citizen, Giulio Regeni, was found dumped by the side of a road in Cairo.

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Ghana vows to crackdown on hate speech

Photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAGhana has threatened to crackdown on hate speech following claims by an opposition legislator that the head of the country's electoral body got her job after sleeping with influential people as well as threats by two political commentators to kill certain judges.

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Former Nigerian ministers charged with laundering 4.9 bn naira

Nenadi Usman. Photo©Tim Chong/ReutersTwo former Nigerian ministers have been charged with theft of over 4.9 billion naira ($17.4 million) of government funds and money laundering, the financial crimes agency said on Tuesday.

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South African president Zuma's appeal denied

President Jacob Zuma. Photo©Themba Hadebe/AP/SIPASouth African President Jacob Zuma's efforts to avoid trial on corruption charges have once again failed after a court dismissed an appeal to have the charges withdrawn.

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Egypt: Court decision 'a political case'

Egyptian judge, Mohammed Shirin Fahmy, second right, reads the verdict against former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. Photo©Amr NabilA judicial decision delivered over the weekend has worsened Egypt's relationship with Qatar and hurt the country's reputation for press freedom.

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Liberia grand jury indicts Sable Mining, officials for bribery

Photo©ReutersA grand jury in Liberia on Wednesday indicted government officials, including the speaker of parliament and the head of the ruling party, along with London AIM-listed Sable Mining on charges including bribery.

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South Africa's prosecutor say Zuma's case must be challenged

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. Photo©Themba Hadebe/AP/SIPASouth Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will appeal a High Court decision settings aside the withdrawal of a number of corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma.

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Ghana: Supreme Court orders voters' register cleanup

Photo©ReutersGhana's Supreme Court has ordered the Electoral Commission to immediately start expunging illegal names from the country's voters' register ahead of November general elections, which analysts predict will be fiercely contested.

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Zimbabwe central bank sued over failure to revive currency

Zimbabwe's central bank has been sued by a disgruntled citizen over its failure to revive the local currency that was abandoned almost seven years ago due to runaway inflation. 

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Gambia: Over 30 protesters in custody, 15 freed

President Yahya Jammeh seized power in a 1994 coup and is regularly denounced by rights groups and foreign governments for ruthlessly stamping out political dissent . Photo©Sunday AlambaMore than 30 protesters remain in custody in Gambia nearly a week after their arrest for demanding free speech and electoral reform, though authorities have released 15 others, opposition sources said on Wednesday.

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Pressure mounts on South Africa's Zuma to step down

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. Photo© Ivan Sekretarev/AP/SIPAA group of South African lawyers has joined the lobby trying to force President Jacob Zuma to resign following a damning court ruling that condemned his failure to repay public funds, saying the judgement must be respected.

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South Africa: Judge dismisses bid to block release of Polish immigrant who killed anti-apartheid hero'

Janusz Walus testifies at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing at Pretoria City Hall in this August 20, 1997. File photo©ReutersA South African judge on Thursday dismissed a request by the justice minister to block the release from prison of the killer of anti-apartheid campaigner Chris Hani, the latest twist in a saga that has revived memories of the country's liberation struggle.

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South Africa: Winnie Mandela to appeal court decision after losing claim to ex-husband's property

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Photo©ReutersFormer South African leader, Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela says she will appeal a High Court decision that she has no claim to the late icon's home in Eastern Cape.

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Fresh push for South African President Zuma to resign

South African President Jacob Zuma. Photo©ReutersSouth African President Jacob Zuma has come under renewed pressure from civil society and some veterans of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to resign, days after the opposition failed in its bid to impeach him.

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South Africa MPs vote on Zuma impeachment

South Africans have become wary of their parliament's role in holding the executive account after a stinging ruling by the Constitutional Court last week.

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South Africa: Ruling party's women's wing backs Zuma

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma. Photo©ReutersUnder fire South African President Jacob Zuma has received strong backing from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) women's league amid calls for him to step down.

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Ghana: 9 unlicensed TV channels shutdown

File photo©ReutersGhana's communications regulator – the National Communication Authority (NCA) – has closed down nine cable television channels broadcasting without requisite licences for years and churning out content deemed inappropriate for viewers.

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