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Zuma wants arms deal corruption charges set aside


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South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma wants corruption charges relating to a $2.2 billion arms deal to be permanently set aside, his lawyers said on Friday, when Zuma made his fourth court appearance since the charges were reinstated.

Zuma, who was ousted by the ruling party in February, faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and money laundering relating to a deal to buy 30 billion rand of European military hardware for South Africa’s armed forces in the late 1990s.

The case is a rare example of an African leader being held to account for his actions. Zuma denies wrongdoing.

On Friday, judge Mjabuliseni Madondo adjourned the case to May 20, giving lawyers time to prepare for a debate on whether there should be a “permanent stay of…

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Trump Judicial Nominee Set To Fail Amid Voter Suppression Charges



Tim Scott — the lone African-American Republican in the Senate — sealed Farr's fate by saying on Thursday that he opposed the nomination.
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Calls on African Governments to reduce taxes and charges threatening the viability of airlines :: Kenya


African Airlines Assiociation (AFRAA)( Secretary General Abdelrahmane Berthe addresses 50th AGM in Rabat, Morocc

The 50th Annual General Meeting (AGM} of African Airlines Association (AFRAA) kicked off in Rabat, Morocco on Monday with calls on African Governments to reduces taxes and charges threatening the viability of airlines on the continent.

AFRAA Secretary General Abderahmane Berthe said it was pitiable that African air traffic currently accounted for a meager three percent of world traffic yet the continent carries 16 per cent of the world population.

He said besides high costs  imposed by Governments, inadequate infrastructure in many countries, restriction of market access, blocked funds in some countries and control rules inherited from   archaic bilateral air agreements  were…

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Dominica Opposition Leader and former prime minister to answer charges of incitement


Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton, and former prime minister Edison James, are due to appear in court early next year on a charge of incitement in relation to public disturbances that occurred in the capital, on February 7, last year.

If convicted they could be jailed for 15 years.

Linton, James and another United Workers Party(UWP) member, Dr. Thomson Fontaine, will appear in court on January 22 next year to answer the charge of incitement.

A bench warrant was also issued for Fontaine, an opposition Senator, who has failed to make an appearance at the magistrate’s court for the last two sittings.

But the charge of obstruction of justice against Linton, along with opposition legislator, Joshua Francis and another senior member of the main opposition United Workers Party…

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Ajay Gupta, Riled by South African Graft Inquiry, Denies Charges From Afar


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Marooned outside South Africa, Ajay Gupta has been obsessively following the news from home with increasing frustration. Nearly every day for the past couple of months, witnesses at a high-profile inquiry on corruption have painted his family as the masterminds of the government looting that has engulfed the nation.

The accusations infuriate him. But Mr. Gupta and his two brothers, who left South Africa early this year when President Jacob Zuma was forced out of power, have no plans to go back and give their side of the story — at least not yet. They say they fear wrongful arrests if they return to South Africa, a country where their power appeared uncontested less than a year ago.

The inquiry’s leaders have rejected the Guptas’ offers to testify by video…

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After Troubles in Myanmar, Facebook Charges Ahead in Africa


Over the past year, Facebook has faced a reckoning over the way its plan to connect the next billion users to the internet has sown division, including spreading hate speech that incited ethnic violence in Myanmar and disseminating propaganda for a violent dictator in the Philippines. But even as the company admits that it was “too slow to prevent misinformation and hate” in Myanmar and makes promises to be more proactive about policing content “where false news has had life or death consequences,” Facebook’s efforts in the developing world appear to be speeding up rather than pausing to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself.

In mid-August, Facebook said it was making progress in Myanmar by adding more Burmese speakers and changing its content-moderation policies to make it…

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