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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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The Netherlands Returns Nigeria's Centuries-Old Stolen Artefact

The Netherlands has returned to Nigeria a 600-year-old stolen artefact, the Ife Terracotta, which has been received by Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the Netherlands has returned a 600-year-old artefact to Nigeria. This comes after the artefact was reportedly smuggled using fraudulent papers through Ghana to the Dutch country. Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Harry van Dijk, handed over the Ife Terracotta to Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture. The repatriation of the small but "priceless" Ife Terracotta has been a long journey considering it was reportedly smuggled out of Nigeria in 2019.

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