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The Stories You Need To Know: Zimbabwe Calls For End To Sanctions, A Notorious Storm Hits Cape Town, Ivory Coast International Player Dies

Zimbabwe's calls for end to sanctions, and other stories from the continent.

ZIMBABWE–President Robert Mugabe called for sanctions against the country to end while speaking at the UN oceans summit on Monday. “The effects of climate change are not discriminatory, so please down with your sanctions,” he said. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA–A notorious storm has led to the destruction of homes in Cape Town. Power cables have fallen in some areas and trees uprooted. Read the full story here.

SWAZILAND–There’s a huge influx of Asian nationals in Swaziland. There has been a committee tasked with investigating the issue. Former MD of the local bank Swaziland Building Society, Joseph Ndlangamandla, who is part of the committee, believes the solution is to expel all Asians and other foreigners from the kingdom. Read the full story here.

IVORY COAST–Former New Castle United player Cheick Tiote, who had just moved to Beijing in February, is dead at 30. He is reported to have collapsed during training on Tuesday. 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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