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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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Senegal Protests Result in First Confirmed Death

Several reports have confirmed that one protestor has been killed in demonstrations taking place in Senegal following opposition leader Ousmane Sonko's recent arrest.

At least one protester has been killed in the ongoing anti-government protests in Senegal, according to several reports. The protestor was killed during clashes with the police in Bignona, southern Casamance region, although the cause of death is still allegedly unknown and under investigation. The protests, which now enter into the third day today, are in response to the arrest of opposition figure, Ousmane Sonko, who was arrested for reportedly disturbing public order and participating in an unauthorised demonstration. His arrest comes ahead of a scheduled appearance at a Dakar court on a charge of rape.

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