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Burkina Faso leader refuses to quit after day of violent protests

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw Parliament set ablaze. Opposition figures said around 30 people had been killed and 100 injured as tens of thousands took to the streets in protest […]

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The booksellers of South Sudan

In 2012, as civil war loomed – and with just a quarter of the South Sudan’s population able to read and write – Awak Bior’s decision to found a bookshop may have seemed risky. But for Bior it was a necessity. “Literacy rates are very low in South Sudan,” she says, sitting on a wooden […]

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Zambia’s President Michael Sata: A no-nonsense man of action

Zambian President Michael Sata, who has died aged 77, rose from cleaning railway platforms in London to his country’s highest office, where he vowed to sweep away corruption but leaned heavily on political foes. Sata died in the British capital where he had been receiving treatment for a long-rumoured but undisclosed illness. For supporters who […]

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From wife-beaters to peace-preachers: Tackling domestic abuse in Zimbabwe’s hinterland

Jairos Maruwe used to beat up his wife so badly he once knocked her unconscious and broke her arm. It landed him in jail at least once, but it was the way he was raised. “We grew up thinking that women are our tools and we can do whatever we want with them,” the 34-year-old […]

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Sierra Leoneans in Britain answer Ebola ‘call of duty’

Watching with horror as the Ebola crisis ravages their country, Sierra Leoneans in London are mobilising to help their compatriots fight the deadly virus back home. Health workers are taking leave from their jobs in the state-run National Health Service (NHS) to volunteer in Sierra Leone, where at least 1 200 people have died so […]

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No kissing or sex please, you’re students – Zimbabwe University

The Zimbabwe students’ union on Thursday made war not love over a new code of conduct banning students from kissing on campus at the country’s top university. In a circular displayed at halls of residence, authorities at the University of Zimbabwe said students “caught in any intimate position such as kissing or having sex in […]

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Ebola and the outbreak of stupidity

Given the extent of the Ebola epidemic, it’s obvious that people should take proactive and preventative measures against it. The death toll has exceeded 4 500, and the worst-affected countries in West Africa are battling to contain it. On the one hand, volunteers like Kathryn Stinson, bloggers like Edith Brou and sites like Ebola Deeply are genuinely doing their bit to help raise awareness. […]

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Idris Elba to release Mandela-inspired album

Idris Elba to release Mandela-inspired album

From the looks of things, it seems that Idris Elba has taken his passion and admiration for Nelson Mandela very seriously. Moving beyond his recent role in the Justin Chadwick biopic, Elba was so inspired by the research he did as part of the preparation for his role in Long Walk to Freedom that he […]

Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Channel O Africa announces Music Video Awards nominees

Nominees for the 2014 Channel O Africa Music Video Awards were announced in Johannesburg last Thursday. Dominating the nominations this year are South African rappers Cassper Nyovest and K.O, as well as Nigeria’s Davido with five nominations each. Nyovest is nominated for most gifted male video, most gifted newcomer video, most gifted hip-hop video, most gifted southern video as […]

Boko Haram victims speak out

HRW interviews with victims of Boko Haram abductions in Nigeria reveal forced marriages and religious conversions, physical and psychological abuse.

Swaziland: Royal family's trail of destruction

Swaziland residents share their stories of being kicked off their family's land by members of the royal family and politically-connected individuals.