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Fighters from the Tuareg separatist rebel group MNLA take shade under a tree in the desert near Tabankort.  Mali's government and Tuareg-led rebels resumed U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Algeria on Monday in pursuit of an accord to end uprisings by separatists seeking more self-rule for the northern region they call Azawad. Picture taken February 13, 2015. (Souleymane Ag Anara, Reuters)
Mali government signs peace deal, Tuareg rebels delay
March 1, 2015
The Malian government signed a peace agreement with some northern armed groups on Sunday but the main Tuareg rebel alliance asked for more time to consult its grassroots. The deal, hammered out in eight months of tough negotiations in neighbouring ... Continue Reading →
'Mathabile Mosala. (Pic: Meri Hyöky.)
‘Mathabiso Mosala: 50 years of activism in Lesotho February 26, 2015

Eighty-three-year-old ‘Mathabiso Mosala lives in a bustling, chaotic part of Maseru. Her house is located on one of the city’s main roads, crowded with shops, pedestrians and heavy traffic. Street vendors line the pavement outside her gate, their shouts mingling with the incessant hooting of taxis driving past. Mosala, or nkhono, as many fondly call …

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Row in SA over bodies of Nigeria church victims February 24, 2015

A row has erupted in South Africa over the identity of one of the bodies of dozens of South Africans who were killed in the collapse of a Nigerian church building last year. One family suspects they were given the wrong body and has commissioned private DNA tests and warned they would want the “right” …

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President Robert Mugabe cuts his birthday cake with his children and his wife Grace Mugabe during a 21st February Movement celebrations rally held in honor of his 89th birthday at Chipadze stadium in Bindura on March 2 2013. (Pic: AFP)
Anger in Zimbabwe over ‘obscene’ Mugabe birthday bash February 19, 2015

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party on Wednesday denounced as “obscene” a planned bash to celebrate President Robert Mugabe’s 91st birthday at a time the economy is on a downturn. Mugabe turns 91 on Saturday and each year his Zanu-PF party lays on a lavish party using funds raised through public donations. This year a belated feast is …

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Kazungu Kassim (R), head of a Burundi albino association, listens to proceedings inside a courtroom in Ruyigi, eastern Burundi on May 28 2009. Prosecutors in Burundi asked for life sentences for three people on trial for allegedly murdering albinos to sell their body parts for use in witchcraft. (Pic: Reuters)
Tanzania: Albino toddler killed for witchcraft February 18, 2015

The mutilated body of an albino toddler has been found in Tanzania with his limbs hacked off, the latest such killing for body parts for witchcraft, the police said on Wednesday. The United Nations condemned the attack, warning that with general elections looming – when people may turn to witchcraft to boost political campaigns – …

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M&G Multimedia

Malawi floods leave learners displaced
Malawi floods leave learners displaced
February 9, 2015
Unicef follows Rita Nota, who is staying at Bangula Primary School since the floods left her family homeless, as she att
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Clampdown on Ethiopia's independent media
Clampdown on Ethiopia's independent media
January 22, 2015
The Ethiopian government’s systematic repression of independent media has created a bleak landscape for free expres
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Bill Gates on health and poverty in Africa
Bill Gates on health and poverty in Africa
January 21, 2015
Bill and Melinda Gates believe poor people's live will change rapidly in the near future. M&G's Health reporter Amy
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More forced evictions in Swaziland
More forced evictions in Swaziland
December 19, 2014
Family homes are being destroyed under the orders of King Mswati III, to make land available for a Science, Innovation a
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Voices of Africa Multimedia

A peek at Ethiopia’s first ever sci-fi feature film
A peek at Ethiopia’s first ever sci-fi feature film February 18, 2015

You either love sci-fi movies or you hate them – but a sci-fi love story based in Ethiopia? That’s sure to pique everyone’s curiosity. Directed by Miguel Llansó, Crumbs is a a Spanish-Ethiopian co-production that premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January. From Indie Wire: “Crumbs tells the story of diminutive superhero Gagano (played by Daniel Tadesse), a junk collector, who …

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‘The Nairobians': A Kenyan crime drama TV series
‘The Nairobians': A new Kenyan TV series about crime syndicates and ivory trading February 6, 2015

The first official trailer for The Nairobians, a forthcoming television series from award-winning Kenyan director David “Tosh” Gitanga, has started making the rounds online. Gitonga’s debut film, Nairobi Half Life, a crime drama about a young actor from the upcountry trying to make it big in the capital, was Kenya’s first ever Oscar submission, and, according to its producers, the …

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