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Suspected Islamists Kill At Least 19 In Latest East Congo Attack

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Suspected Islamists Kill At Least 19 In Latest East Congo Attack

Three health workers helping to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo`s eastern region have been killed and four others critically injured following a fresh attack by armed groups in the restive Ituri province.

On Wednesday, the administrator of Beni territory Donat Kibwana, says suspected Islamist rebels killed at least 19 persons during a raid that occurred overnight in the village of Maleki East Congo, in a series of attacks causing anger at the perceived inaction of the army and U.N. troops.

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Kibwana blamed the attack on the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a jihadist rebel group originally from Uganda whom United Nations figures show, have killed at least 80 persons in 14 raids since the army launched an operation against them late last month.

The U.N. peacekeeping mission said in a statement on Wednesday that it would be unable to end the ADF’s violence if its forces were under attack from local people.

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The who said on Tuesday, it was relocating 49 staff after crowds attacked a UN base in the town of Beni accusing UN forces of not protecting them from rebel attacks.

Ebola responders have previously been targeted by militias and people who do not believe the fatal virus is real and also have deep suspicion about how the vaccine is administered.

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DR Congo is experiencing the world’s second-worst Ebola epidemic on record, that has killed nearly 2200 people and infected more than 3,000.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said Congo has reported more than 250,000 suspected cases of measles this year, including more than 5,000 deaths. The figures mean that measles has killed more people in DRC than the Ebola outbreak.

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Zimbabwe Arrests Vice President’s Wife Over Fraud Allegations

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Zimbabwe Arrests Vice President's Wife Over Fraud Allegations

Former wife of Zimbabwe’s vice-president, Marry Mubaiwa is appearing in court today Monday on six counts bordering on fraud and money laundering. Vice-president Constantino Chiwenga`s now estranged wife allegedly attempted to solemnize her marriage to Chiwenga without his consent. Marry was accused of forging a marriage certificate without Chiwenga’s knowledge while he was sick.

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She is also facing charges of exporting foreign currency in breach of the exchange control act, and concealing transactions involving proceeds of crime, in violation of the money laundering and proceeds of crime act.

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Marry was arrested on Saturday and is being held at a police station in the capital, Harare. The couple was customarily married after Chiwenga paid a bride price to her parents in 2011.

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Zambia’s President Asks US To Withdraw Ambassador Over Gay Row

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Zambia's President Asks US To Withdraw Ambassador Over Gay Row

Zambia has asked the United States to recall its ambassador Daniel Foote, following his criticism of the jailing of two men for being in a gay relationship.

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The diplomat said last month, he was “horrified when a judge sentenced the men to 15 years in prison. He called on the government to review the case.

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Zambian president Edgar Lungu said he did not want people like Foote in his country. Lungu said he was waiting for a response from Washington on the ambassador’s recall. Homosexual relationships are illegal in Zambia.

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Namibia Rhino Poaching Drops In 2019, After Sharp Rise Last Year

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Namibia Rhino Poaching Drops In 2019, After Sharp Rise Last Year

Ministry of environment and tourism in Namibia is reporting that poaching had dropped to 41 rhinos killed this year so far.  The figure during the same period last year was nearly 72.

The world’s second largest white rhino population, after South Africa, resides in Namibia.

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An N.G.O., save the rhino, says poaching to feed mostly east Asian markets has vacillated since peaking with 95 rhinos in 2015.  It fell to sixty the next year and 36 in 2017.

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Namibia has been cracking down on poachers and is also lobbying against the rules that govern the global trade in endangered species. Other countries have rejected proposals to relax restrictions on legal hunting and exporting of white rhinos.

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More than 300 persons were charged with poaching offenses between 2014 and last year.  All were Africans, except for 17 Chinese.

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