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Belguim city to celebrate Mandela centennary

The city of Ghent in Belgium is celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela, this as city authorities are planning to erect a monument of the former South African President.

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Vietnam jails former oil executives

A former oil executive was sentenced to life in prison and a former high-ranking Vietnamese government official received a lengthy prison term on Monday at the end of a major corruption trial.

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Zimbabwean youths warned against drug abuse

Zimbabwean youths have been warned against the abuse of drugs such as 'musombodhiya' bronchclear, histalix, betaco and marijuana, as these are some of the causes of unexpected deaths amongst youths in the country.

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N West applies for official provincial funeral for Mangope

South Africa's North West Provincial government has applied to the Presidency for an official provincial funeral for former Bophuthatswana homeland leader, Lucas Mangope.

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Weah to be sworn in as Liberian President

George Weah will become the 25th president of Liberia as he will be sworn in as the new President on Monday, a landmark moment that marks the troubled country’s first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.

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Anxiety for US federal workers facing government shutdown

Thousands of federal workers faced anxiety about the status of their jobs and pay checks after US Senate leaders failed to reach agreement to end a federal government shutdown before the work week begins on Monday.

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Tanzania cancels licences to drugs, explosives vessels

Tanzania has cancelled licences given to two ships to fly its flag after the vessels were seized carrying illicit drugs and explosives.

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"SA President must step down before 2019 elections"

South Africa's ruling African National Congress’ (ANC) National Executive Committee has agreed that President Jacob Zuma must step down before election campaigns for 2019.

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Madikizela-Mandela receives honorary doctorate

South African struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has received an honorary doctorate, in absentia, from Uganda's highest institution of learning.

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UN seeks release of more Ethiopian 'political detainees'

The United Nations on Friday welcomed Ethiopia freeing 115 detainees, including a senior opposition leader, this week, but called for it to review the status of thousands still jailed and to loosen anti-terror laws and curbs on activists and media.

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