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Thousands rally for release of protest leader Zefzafi

Several thousand people took to the streets of Morocco’s northern Rif region to demand the release of the leader of a protest movement. Nasser Zefzafi, 39, who had been on the run since Friday, was taken into custody on Monday “along with other individuals” and transferred to Casablanca. His arrest was ordered

Kenya inaugurates new Chinese-funded railway

Amid concerns of its high price tag, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has inaugurated a Chinese-built railway, the country’s biggest infrastructure project since its independence. The red-and-white diesel train left from the port city of Mombasa on Wednesday on its journey to Nairobi, carrying Kenyatta, Chinese dignitaries and citizens from around the

“How The Challenge Initiative will help Nigeria achieve Family Planning 2020”

Victor Igharo

  Victor Igharo is the Nigeria program manager of The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program working in the area of improving access to family planning and childbirth spacing services to women towards achieving Family Planning 2020 across 4 hubs of the world: Kenya, India, Senegal and

Kenya launches multi-billion dollar railway amid concerns over costs

Kenya has unveiled its first new railway in a century. The first section of the multi-billion dollar project is now operational after two and a half years of construction. The route will eventually connect Kenya to several of its neighbours and is the country’s biggest infrastructure project since independence in 1963. But

Tennis in Africa: Two sisters in Mali are dreaming big

Africa has never had a tennis grand slam singles champion. Kevin Curren was the last African finalist at a major and that was more than 30 years ago.   But two young players in Mali are hoping to change that.   Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque reports from Bamako, The post Tennis in Africa: Two sisters

UN warns of mass displacement in war-torn CAR

Resurgent fighting between rival militia in Central African Republic has displaced at least 88,000 people in the month of May alone, amid further deterioration of security conditions in the country, the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR) has said. The agency said on Tuesday that 68,000 people were internally displaced while more than 20,000

South Sudan soldiers face trial for rape and murder

Thirteen South Sudanese soldiers accused of raping five foreign aid workers and killing John Gatluak, their local colleague, appeared before a military court on Tuesday, a case seen as a test of the government’s ability to put people on trial for war crimes. The attack, one of the worst on aid workers

South Africans demand better protection for females after murder wave

South Africans are demanding better protection for women and girls after a recent spate of brutal murders – mostly committed by male spouses or partners. The 2013 killing of Reeva Steenkamp by Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, her boyfriend, drew global attention to the issue of domestic violence in South Africa. Two weeks

Uganda's cricket team dream of reaching the World Cup

Uganda are aiming to reach the biggest tournament in world cricket. Right now they’re hosting an international tournament for third tier teams that one day hope to qualify for the World Cup. Al Jazeera’s Malcolm Webb reports from Uganda’s capital Kampala. The post Uganda's cricket team dream of reaching the World Cup

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