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Ethiopian Airlines Embarked Its First Flight to Buenos Aires with an All Women Crew

Inspirational and empowering, to say the least.

Ethiopian Airlines is on a mission to connect Africa to the world with women at the forefront.

The airline dispatched an all women-operated flight from Addis Ababa to Buenos Aires, utilizing its standout B787 Dreamliner, on International Women's Day. This is the airline's sixth gateway to the Americas adding five weekly flights to the capital of Tango.


"We are all the more happy that the flights will be launched on 8 March, International Women's Day," Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO, says in a statement. "To mark this important occasion and as part of our commitment of mainstreaming gender into our core business, we have made the inaugural flight on 8 March an All Women Operated Flight. "

Although the airline first began this initiative becoming the first African airline to fly an all women crew out of the continent in 2015, this inaugural flight shows their continued effort of keeping gender equality at the core of their business, as well as setting an example for the aviation industry as a whole.

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Senegal Denies Release of Former Chadian President Hissène Habré

The Senegalese judicial government has refused to release Chad's imprisoned ex-president Hissène Habré on the alleged basis of his health concerns.

The Senegalese judiciary has refused former Chad president Hissène Habré's request to be released from prison. Habré faces life imprisonment for crimes against humanity including rape, kidnapping, slavery and executions. The decision by the Senegalese judiciary comes after the 79-year-old former statesman's lawyers reportedly filed for his release on the basis of health concerns.

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Wild Cape Town Fire Mostly Contained

A 35-year-old man has reportedly been arrested on charges of arson. This, after firefighters had been battling to put out the Cape Town fire that caused extensive damage.

The Cape Town fire, which had been ablaze for more than 24 hours was reportedly contained by over 250 firefighters. The fire started on the famous Table Mountain range this past Sunday morning, and quickly advanced down into neighbouring suburbs and university buildings. Additionally, a man has been arrested after he and two others were found setting bushes alight, which counteracted the firefighters' efforts.

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Lesotho Becomes The First African Country To Export Cannabis To The European Union

Lesotho has made history by becoming the first certified African country to supply the European Union with cannabis for pharmaceutical use.

Africa's international cannabis trade is off to a superb start with Lesotho landing a lucrative deal with the European Union (EU). MG Health, a Lesotho cannabis company located deep in the country's lush mountainous region, has reportedly received the official approval to export its cannabis flower as a pharmaceutical ingredient to the European Union.

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