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The Stories You Need To Know: UK PR Firm Apologizes For Controversial Campaign, Niger Army Accidentally Kills Civilians, And More

Key stories from South Africa, Malawi and Niger.

SOUTH AFRICA–UK-based PR firm Bell Pottinger has apologized for the work they did for Oakbay Investments, a firm owned by the controversial family that is involved in corruption allegations for capturing the state. Read the full story here.


South African Twitter was vicious with their responses (you can read some below):

 

NIGER-The Niger army has killed 14 civilians which were mistook for members of Boko Haram. The civilians were unarmed farmers in a restricted zone around the village of Abadam, next to the Nigerian border. Read the full story here.

MALAWI–Eight people, seven of them children, were killed in a stampede before a football match in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Read the full story here.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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