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    Nigeria Anger Over Blogger Abubakar Sidiq Usman’s Arrest

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    Nigerians have reacted angrily to the arrest of a prominent news blogger by the anti-corruption agency for “offences bordering on cyber-stalking”. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had abused it powers by arresting Abubakar Sidiq Usman, the governing party’s youth wing said. His followers have launched a #FreeAbusidiq campaign on Twitter. Last week, Mr…

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    Oscar Pistorius Treated In Hospital After ‘Slipping In Cell’

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    A prisons spokesman said the injuries were “minor” and he had been returned to prison after Saturday’s incident. Carl Pistorius said on Twitter his brother had “slipped in his cell” and reports he had injured himself intentionally were “completely untrue”. The athlete is serving a six-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013….

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    S.African Ordered To Pay $10,000 Over Monkey Facebook Comment

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    South Africa’s Equality Court in KwaZulu-Natal has ordered a woman to pay $10,000 (£6,900) to the  Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, which deals with the impact of apartheid, for comments she made on Facebook. Penny Sparrow caused a social media storm at the beginning of the year when she used the word “monkeys” to describe New Year’s revelers on Durban’s beach…

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    MultiChoice Scraps I Am Cait Show

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    Leading South African-based entertainment company MultiChoice says it will no longer broadcast I am Cait, a reality TV show about the transgender journey of Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner, in order to abide by “regulatory environments” in Africa, and because of “concerns” raised by some of its customers. The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) ordered that the show be pulled, effectively censoring it…

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    Ethiopians Die In Floods And Landslides After Heavy Rain

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    At least 50 people in Ethiopia have died in floods and landslides caused by heavy rain, a state-affiliated broadcaster has reported. The rainfall follows one of the worst droughts in more than 50 years, made worse by the El Nino phenomenon. Administrators in the southern district of Wolaita said 41 people had died in landslides…

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    SABC Radio Introduces 90% South African Music Quota

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    South Africa’s national broadcaster SABC has brought in a new quota system, requiring 90% of the music played on its 18 radio stations to be homegrown. SABC says the move, which has been hailed by local musicians after years of campaigning, will promote South African culture and heritage. There will be a special focus on…

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    Nigeria Unions To Resist ‘Criminal’ Fuel Price Hike

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    Nigeria’s trade union federation has said it will resist what it calls the “criminal” 67% rise in the petrol price, as fuel subsidies are removed. The government announced on Wednesday that the price was to increase in a bid to ease crippling fuel shortages. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said the rise from 86.5 naira…

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