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The Stories You Need To Know: South Africa’s Name Might Change, Fraud In Mining Sector Costs Tanzania $84 Billion, And More

SA Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa says he will lobby for the ANC to consider changing the country’s name to Azania and other stories.

SOUTH AFRICA–Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa says he will lobby for the ANC to consider changing the country’s name to Azania. Read the full story here.


EGYPT–An agreement for the capital Cairo to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia passed an Egyptian parliamentary committee on Tuesday. Read the full story here.

TANZANIA–Fraud in the mining sector since 1998 has cost the country $84 billion, according to an investigating commission. This was blamed on foreign companies failing to declare revenues. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–According to News24, the Zimbabwe Communist Party (ZCP) says it’s working towards the “equal sharing of the country's wealth,” after it “successfully” held a meeting of its steering committee members in Midrand over the weekend. Read the full story here.

 

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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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