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Gambian President Gets New Title

Gambian President Gets New Title

The Gambia’s long-serving President Yahya Jammeh has had the title of Babili Mansa added to his name. The Mandika-language phrase can be translated as “chief bridge builder” or “conqueror of rivers.” A statement from the presidency said Jammeh should now be known as “His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa.” He

South Africa: Zulu King Pleads For Calm

Following the increasing xenophobic attacks on foreigners in South Africa, Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, has appealed for calm. The King had been accused of fueling the attacks, which have killed at least seven people, after saying foreigners should “go back to their countries.” More than 300 people have been arrested in the unrest. Thousands packed

Kenyan Rapists Bag 15-Year Jail Term

A court in Nairobi, Kenya capital has convicted three men yesterday for the brutal gang rape of a schoolgirl. Kimberly Brown one of the counsels to the victim said the sentencing will have a ripple effect across the nation, “and hopefully the region at large.” A worldwide outrage had earlier greeted the first punishment meted

Sierra Leone Vice President Sacked

Sierra Leone’s Vice-President, Samuel Sam-Sumana, has been sacked for seeking political asylum in a foreign embassy, the president’s office said on Wednesday. President Ernest Bai Koroma said the Vice President was sacked because he had “abandoned” his duties. On Saturday, March 14, Sam-Sumana said he had asked for asylum in the US because his life

Simone Gbagbo Appeals Court Ruling

Lawyers to Simone Gbagbo, Ivorian First Lady have decided to appeal the 20-year jail term she got for her role in the post-election violence that killed over 3,000 people. Gbagbo’s counsel, Habiba Toure said “We lodged an appeal in the highest court…The procedure is irregular and must be nullified.” Surprisingly, prosecutors who argued that Gbagbo

Abacha Loot: Switzerland to Return $380 million to Nigeria

Geneva’s public prosecutor, on Tuesday, said that Switzerland will return $380 million (360 million euros) to Nigeria, as part of funds looted by Sani Abacha, former Nigerian military ruler. The prosecutor also announced that it was closing a 16-year case on the funds. This follows a July 2014 deal between Nigeria and the Abacha family,

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