Western Sahara:Pope Francis Receives Sahrawi Children in Vatican

[SPS] Rome -Pope Francis received Sahrawi children in the Vatican in Rome, in presence of Polisario Front’s representative in Italy Omar Mih and representatives of associations supporting the Sahrawi cause, as well as thousands of people from all over the world who came to visit the Catholic Church headquarters.

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Zimbabwe:U.S. Ditches Political NGOs Ahead of Polls

[The Herald] The United States (US) has suspended funding to several civil society organisations after investigations exposed non-compliance with set principles and gross abuse of funds meant to oil regime change manoeuvres in the country ahead of the July 30 harmonised elections, The Herald can reveal.

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South Africa:Can Subsidised Rentals Help Solve the Housing Crisis?

[GroundUp] The housing shortage has come to a head this year with a massive increase in land occupations. For example in Cape Town in 2017 the Anti-Land Invasion Unit removed 15,000 “illegal structures”. Just in the first four months of 2018 this number is already 26,000.

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Djibouti:From Djibouti to Jeddah, the Western Indian Ocean Needs Security

[ISS] Crimes like piracy, illegal fishing and the smuggling and trafficking of firearms, narcotics and people continue to threaten security in the Western Indian Ocean. If left unopposed, they severely hamper shipping and the growth of blue or ocean economies.

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South Africa:2-Year-Old ‘Too Young to Testify’, Rape Allegation Against Creche Worker Withdrawn

[News24Wire] A creche, situated in an upmarket Cape Town suburb, is at the centre of rape allegations involving a two-year-old girl and a creche employee, but the case has been removed from the court roll because she is too young to testify.

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