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Rwanda Scraps Tax On Sanitary Pads 

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Rwanda Scraps Tax On Sanitary Pads 

Rwanda has scrapped taxes on sanitary pads following South Africa’s move a year ago.

Ministry of gender and family promotion said, in a tweet, it was moving in the right direction as the government has added sanitary pads to a list of goods that are vat exempted.  He said this would make them more affordable.

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Most activists have held that the unavailability of pads, stemming from their cost, continued to affect especially school girls across Africa. There has been a sustained push for governments to scrap the taxes.

Consumers expect to pay much lower amounts for pads as soon as the directive begins to be implemented.

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Zambia and Kenya provide sanitary pads for schoolgirls. The U.N. Children’s agency, UNICEF, estimates one in 10 African girls miss school during their periods, which means they fall behind in their studies, and often drop out of school.

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In neighbouring Uganda, oxford university researchers have found absenteeism was 17 percent higher among girls who had no access to sanitary towels or information about puberty.

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Germany Hosts Summit On Peace, Politics In Libya

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Germany Hosts Summit On Peace, Politics In Libya

Leaders from 12 countries met in Germany on Sunday, in hopes of laying a foundation for a lasting cease-fire, between Libya’s rival governments.

German chancellor Angela Merkel invited to the summit world leaders, as well as representatives from the united nations, the European Union, the African Union, and the Arab League.  Libya’s two main rival leaders, former general Khalifa Haftar and Fayez Sarraj, were also present.

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Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who support Haftar and Sarraj respectively, spoke before the summit on Sunday, with Erdogan calling for Haftar to abandon what he called a “hostile attitude.”

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Turkey and Russia helped broker a fragile cease-fire in Libya which took effect last week, but both sides have accused one another of breaking it.

The leaders made a commitment at the summit to curb continued foreign interference in the conflict.

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U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who also attended, emphasized, before the summit started, “the need for a lasting ceasefire, a return to a U.N.-facilitated political process, and the end of all foreign intervention in Libya.”

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Internet Slows Across Africa As Major Undersea Cables Falter

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Internet Slows Across Africa As Major Undersea Cables Falter

Some millions of Africans have been experiencing extremely slow internet connectivity since late last week.

The problem is caused by cuts to two major undersea cables along the west African coast.  A fault developed by the West Africa Cable System, WACS, has caused major telecom companies and internet service providers to lose connectivity.

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Countries across the west, central and southern African coast have been suffering slow internet connectivity since Thursday.  Reports say even some mobile phone users are affected as well.

The WACS connects parts of the continent to the United Kingdom, and the South Atlantic submarine cable, which extends as far as to Portugal and Spain.

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Openserve, the company that operates these cables, said in a statement on Thursday, there is reduced speed on international browsing, international voice calling and mobile roaming.

The company has called on clients to be patient, because undersea cable infrastructure repairs are complex, and can be time-consuming.  Services are affected in Ghana, Cameroon, The Republic of the Congo, Angola, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and parts of South Africa.

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Son Of Noted Muslim Preacher Shot In South Africa

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Son Of Noted Muslim Preacher Shot In South Africa

In the coastal city of Durban on Wednesday, a South African activist and son of a deceased prominent Muslim preacher is fighting for his life in a hospital after he was shot outside a court.

65-year-old Yousuf Deedat – son of Sheikh Ahmed Deedat – was shot in the head as he walked towards the Verulam family court on the outskirts of Durban with his wife, Police colonel Thembeka Mbele said.

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Deedat was rushed to a hospital for medical attention after an unknown suspect who fled in a car in an unknown direction opened fire, shooting him in the head.

On Wednesday, Deedat’s family said in a statement that “he is in critical condition in a local hospital. While his injuries remain severe, we remain hopeful for Deedat’s recovery.”

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Yousuf’s father, Sheikh, who died in 2005 was known across the world as a respected public speaker and writer who published several widely-distributed booklets on Islam and Christianity.

Sheikh was a prominent South African Muslim missionary who held several interfaith public debates with evangelical Christians. He was the founder of the Islamic Propagation Centre International, which aims for Islam to be heard and understood across the world.

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Police said they were still investigating the reason behind his shooting.

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