[New Zimbabwe] ZANU PF politicians in the Midlands have seized a foreign-owned gold mine and allowed party youths to mass onto the property in what is seen as a vote buying gimmick ahead of elections due this year.
[MalariaMustDie] Njediko -Nigeria has more cases and deaths from Malaria than any other country in the world. It’s entire 177 million population is at risk from the disease.
[Deutsche Welle] One of the world’s largest diamonds has been found in the Letseng mine in Lesotho, a small country surrounded by South Africa. The diamond was found by UK mining company Gem Diamonds and could be worth up to $40 million.
[This Day] Abuja -The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has explained that the federal government decided to issue only $3 billion Eurobond and not the entire US$5.5 billion recently approved by the National Assembly, saying doing so enabled the optimisation of the price of the notes.
[News24Wire] A security guard who allegedly sexually assaulted at least 87 school girls at a Soweto primary school will not be applying for bail, the Protea Magistrate’s Court heard on Wednesday afternoon.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Abuja -The launch of Nigeria’s first state-owned DNA lab will speed up rape cases and should encourage more victims to seek justice, prosecutors and rights groups have said.
[New Zimbabwe] Top government advisor Professor Ashok Chakravarti said Zimbabwe currently needs $1 billion to deal with the current liquidity crisis.
[UN News] With a new outbreak of violence erupting in the Central African Republic (CAR), a senior United Nations humanitarian official today urged warring parties to protect vulnerable civilian populations as a matter of priority and ensure free movements of relief aid workers.
[East African] Ugandan writer Innocent Immaculate Acan won the fourth annual Writivism Short Story Prize for fiction for her story Sundown.
[UN News] With the United Nations climate conference (COP21) starting in Paris in less than two weeks away, the World Health Organization (WHO) today underlined that climate change is already causing tens of thousands of deaths every year, and called on countries to take strong actions to address the issue.