Latest News July 10, 2015

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  • Congo-Kinshasa: Lawyers Want Presiding Judge Off Lubanga Sentence Review
    [Lubanga Trial Website] Thomas Lubanga’s lawyers have sought the disqualification of Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi from presiding over the upcoming review of the prison sentence imposed on Mr. Lubanga by the International Criminal Court (ICC) due to “circumstances which manifestly cast doubt on her impartiality.” However, the prosecution requests that the defense application be dismissed because “a reasonable and well-informed observer” would not apprehend bias by the judge.
  • Nigeria: Naira At Record Low Against Dollar
    [Daily Trust] The naira yesterday hit a record low of 237 to the dollar on the black market, the traders confirmed to Daily Trust.
  • Tanzania: Greek Debt Crisis Affects Dar, Says BoT Chief
    [Daily News] Greek debt crisis has contagiously affected economies of East Africa, including Tanzania forcing it to shelve its plan to raise US $600 million through a private placement managed by the Rand Merchant Bank of South Africa.
  • Zambia: Waive Visa Requirements
    [Times of Zambia] In March this year, a report by the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) indicated that Mauritius, Rwanda and the Seychelles had scrapped visas on countries whose nationals belong to the regional body.
  • Africa: DIY Treatment of Malaria Nets Could Foil Resistant Mosquitoes
    [SciDev.Net] A ‘home-dipping’ kit that allows people in remote communities to treat their mosquito nets with insecticide has passed a stringent safety test in Tanzania.
  • Angola: President José Eduardo Dos Santos' Regime Is Afraid of Books
    [Maka] A Maka Angola reader has raised a pertinent question concerning the detention on 21 June of 13 activists who were busy discussing methods of peaceful protest against what they consider to be a dictatorship. Two more activists were detained in the following days, and all fifteen were accused of plotting a coup d’etat.
  • South Sudan: In Paul Malong's Kingdom – Politics On the Periphery
    [African Arguments] To his numerous supporters, Paul Malong, the chief of staff of the SPLA, is known as King Paul. He is lionized for his strategic military brain, and his ferocious determination to conquer back all the territory in the hands of Riek Machar’s rebels.
  • Kenya: MPs Predict Terror Attack During Obama Visit
    [The Star] Al Shabaab is plotting to embarrass the government during US President Barrack Obama’s visit, a National Assembly committee said yesterday.
  • Africa: Why "Powered" Africa Is Key to Its Economic Transformation
    [Africa Progress Panel] History teaches us that Africa will not be able to lift people out of poverty, substantially improve well-being, and reduce inequalities, if it cannot sustainably power itself. The paradox is stark. The region has stunning landscapes, scorching sun, vast water resources to produce cleaner, cheaper and widely accessible energy. Yet, today, more than 600 million people or two thirds of the continent’s population live in darkness, without electricity. Today, the continent has less capacity to generate and tra

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