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East African Countries Move to Ban Skin-Bleaching Products

JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN East African countries moved a step closer to approving a ban on skin-bleaching products.

The East African Legislative Assembly passed a resolution this month to ban the manufacture and importation of soaps, …

Dutch, UK First to Vote in 4 Days of European Elections

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS Dutch and U.K. polls opened Thursday in elections for the European Parliament, starting four days of voting across the 28-nation bloc that pits supporters of deeper integration against populist Euroskeptics who want …

CAR Slates Three Days of Mourning Over Massacre

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC The leader of the Central African Republic proclaimed three days of mourning starting Thursday for more than 50 people killed this week in a massacre attributed to an armed group called …

South Africa’s Ramaphosa Starts Crackdown on Corruption

JOHANNESBURG South African President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa is showing signs of cracking down on corruption Wednesday as the country’s new parliament voted him to lead the country for a five-year term.

South Africa’s lawmakers were sworn …

5 Rights Activists Charged in Zimbabwe, Lawyers Say

HARARE Authorities in Zimbabwe have charged five human rights campaigners arrested earlier this week, accusing them of plotting to overthrow President Emmerson Mnangagwa, lawyers said Wednesday.

“The five were charged with subverting a constitutional government,” …

Fuel, Electricity Shortages Force Zimbabweans to Go Solar

The Zimbabwe government recently announced long power cuts due to low levels of water in Kariba dam on the border with Zambia � the country’s main hydropower source.

Collins Chigwagwa runs a small barbershop in …

Electronic Trade Helps Cameroonian Farmers

Information technologies are changing the lives of some Cameroonian farmers who previously depended on brokers to market their goods. Now, these farmers can use the internet to find customers directly, cutting out some intermediaries and …