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The Stories You Need To Know: The US Wants A Working Relationship with Zimbabwe, Lesotho Election Results, #CapeStorm Claims Eight Lives, Burundi’s Fuel Shortage

The US wants a working relationship with Zimbabwe, Lesotho election results, and other stories from the continent.

Kenya – A couple from New Jersey face 10 and 20 years sentences each after they brought a Kenyan woman to the States and exploited her for domestic labor in their home. Read the full story here.


Zimbabwe – US President Donald Trump’s administration is urging Zimbabwe to make political and economic adjustments to enable a “robust working relationship between Washington and Harare.” Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs at the US department, Carol O’Connell, said that during her visit to Zimbabwe. Read the full story here.

Lesotho – Former Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane's ABC party won over Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili's party in the recent election. The ABC now needs to form a coalition in order to govern. Read the full story here.

South Africa – The destructive storm that hit Cape Town on Wednesday has left at least eight people dead. Read the full story here.

Burundi – The country’s fuel shortage crisis isn’t going anywhere. The shortage has forced the government to introduce rationing of fuel. As a result, food prices have risen, and more than 400 000 citizens have fled the country to the central African region. 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 Kaunda's passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital 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 human beings, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

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

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