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Defiant Chaka Chaka says she will ‘return to Uganda and perform’

Celebrated South African musician and global children’s ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka says she will come back to Uganda and perform, following her controversial departure from the East African nation on the eve of New Year’s Day. ‘‘I can assure you. I will come back to Uganda and perform. This is my motherland,’‘ Chaka Chaka tweeted. She went on to reiterate …

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Africa’s wealthiest man, Aliko Dangote ends the year US$4.3 billion better off

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, became $4.3 billion richer in 2019 as his fortune continued to grow on the back of investments in cement, flour and sugar. The 62-year-old Nigerian businessman and Africa’s most prominent industrialist ended the decade with a net worth of almost $15 billion, making him the 96th wealthiest man in the world, according to the Bloomberg …

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Ivory Coast says presidential candidate Soro plotted a coup

Guillaume Soro, a former rebel leader in Ivory Coast and a candidate in next year’s presidential election, could face life in prison over an alleged coup plot that involved amassing weapons, the country’s public prosecutor said on Thursday. The Ivorian authorities issued an arrest warrant for Soro on Monday, prompting him to call off a planned homecoming after months overseas. …

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Liberia’s President Weah lashes out at former Vice President

President George M. Weah addressing wide range of national issues confronting the country on Friday, December 20, 2019 tongue-lashed former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai pointing out that his time (political relevance)is gone; and inciting people to oust his government is no need because he had 12 years and messed up things that “we are catching hell and tough time …

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Eight die in Philippines after drinking coconut wine

Eight people died and hundreds were taken to hospitals in the Philippines after drinking coconut wine believed to contain high levels of methanol, authorities said Monday. The victims all attended gatherings over the weekend in the town of Rizal, southeast of Manila, and complained of stomach pains after drinking the wine, known locally as “lambanog”. Nine victims are in a …

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Trump will address Congress amid impeachment drama

The top Democrat in the US Congress, Nancy Pelosi, has written to President Donald Trump inviting him to give his State of the Union speech on 4 February amid the partisan impeachment battle. The annual speech would come during or soon after his trial in the Senate, where he is likely to be acquitted. He was formally impeached by the …

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Trump becomes third US president to be impeached

Donald Trump has become the third US president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he remains in office. The House voted on two charges – that the president abused his power and that he had obstructed Congress. Both votes fell along party lines with nearly …

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African countries borrowing like it’s the 1990s – IMF

Record commodity prices and low global interest rates have encouraged African countries to borrow as they did in the 1990s, but now some are struggling to pay up as their revenue slows along with economic growth. The debt of governments as a percentage of gross domestic product in sub-Saharan Africa has doubled in the past decade, heading back toward the …

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Uganda landslides: More bodies recovered as toll increases to 13

Eight more bodies have been recovered in Bududa and Sironko districts following landslides in Bugisu sub-region triggered by heavy rains, bringing the death toll so far to 13. The search and rescue team led by police and Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) retrieved the bodies using an excavator on Friday and Saturday. However, more are feared dead as several people …

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Are you ‘brain-dead’? Turkey’s Erdogan slams French President Macron

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron’s warning that NATO was dying reflects a “sick and shallow” understanding, telling the French president “you should check whether you are brain dead”. The comments drew a swift rebuke from the French foreign ministry, which summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Paris to protest over what a French presidential adviser called “insults”. …

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