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US to cut troop figures in Africa by 10 percent | News


The US army will withdraw hundreds of troops conducting counterterrorism operations across Africa over the next several years, the Pentagon has said, in a move that comes amid efforts to prioritise resources “for long-term competition with China and Russia”.

Currently, about 7,200 US military personnel are based in dozens of African nations, with notable footprints in countries such as Somalia, Nigeria and Libya.

Commander Candice Tresch, Pentagon spokesperson, said on Thursday that figure would be reduced by about 10 percent over the next few years.

Tresch did not specify which countries would see a drawdown but said the cuts would leave “counter-violent extremist organisation” activities largely untouched in several countries, including Somalia, Djibouti and Libya.

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BetKing Preview: South Africa vs Nigeria: Gernot Rohr’s men to avoid defeat in Johannesburg


It’s no small rivalry but the West African giants have just enough in them to get the desired result this weekend

It’s the clash of Africa’s two biggest countries as South Africa and Nigeria renew their rivalry in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Bafana Bafana would be disappointed they could not get maximum points in their double header against lowly Seychelles last month which hindered them from taking top spot.

However, having thumped Nigeria 2-0 in the reverse fixture last June, they are (2.20) with BetKing to get another one over their continental rivals.

The Super Eagles will be in buoyant mood having seen off Libya home and away by an aggregate score of 7-2 to move to the summit of the log.

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South Africa vs Nigeria: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview


Having beaten Libya twice, Gernot Rohr’s men would secure a place in the Africa Cup of Nations by overcoming Bafana Bafana in Johannesburg

South Africa suffered an unpredicted setback in their goal of qualifying for the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations in October as they were held to a 0-0 draw to already eliminated Seychelles.

And Bafana Bafana must overcome Nigeria in Johannesburg if they are to stand a chance of making their ninth appearance at the biennial African football showpiece.

For Nigeria, they are out for revenge after being stunned 2-0 by Stuart Baxter’s men in Uyo back in June 2017. A win would see them earn qualification, while even a draw would suit the three-time African champions as it would leave them needing only to get a draw against out-of-form Seychelles at home.

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Widespread plagiarism detected in many medical journals based in Africa


Efforts are under way in Africa to spread awareness about research integrity.Credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty

African medical journals have a plagiarism problem. A study that looked at nearly 500 papers in 100 Africa-based journals found that 63% contained some form of plagiarism.

The study, published in BMJ Open on 8 November1 by researchers based in South Africa, Croatia and the United Kingdom, sampled the papers from African Journals Online (AJOL), a database that aims to boost the visibility of journals from the continent.

They randomly selected five papers published in 2016 from each of the 100 journals — fewer for journals that did not publish five articles that year. They ran the final sample of 495 papers through plagiarism-checking software.

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Cocoa processing is not a golden ticket for west Africa


IN 1876 TETTEH QUARSHIE, a blacksmith, smuggled the first cocoa beans into Ghana, hidden beneath his box of tools. He is now celebrated as a national hero; his trees, planted in the hills outside Accra, are a tourist attraction. But did cocoa make him rich? “No,” says a guide. “He harvested for the first time, and then he died.”

West Africans have been seeking fortunes in cocoa ever since. Like Mr Quarshie, they have been short of luck. Ghana and Ivory Coast produce about 60% of the world’s cocoa. Yet they mostly sell unprocessed beans. Their cocoa-export earnings are equivalent to less than a tenth of world chocolate sales. Power lies with a small group of trading firms and chocolate-makers in rich countries. “We send raw materials, they add value,” sighs Owusu Afriyie Akoto,…

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South Africa parliament panel backs constitutional change on land | News


A parliamentary committee in South Africa has backed a recommendation to amend the constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) aims to change the constitution to allow for the new legislation to address racial disparities in ownership that persist more than two decades after apartheid’s demise in 1994.

Its legislators on the Constitutional Review Committee, along with those of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters voted in favour of the proposed change on Thursday. The amendment was rejected by the main opposition Democratic Alliance.

“South Africans have spoken, loud and clear, and we listened to their cry,” Lewis Nzimande, co-chairperson of the committee, said in a statement.

“This has truly been a massive project. We have…

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