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Hage Geingob: Namibia’s president dies aged 82

Namibia’s President Hage Geingob has died while receiving medical treatment at a hospital in the capital, Windhoek. Vice-President Nangolo Mbumba announced that Mr Geingob had died in the early hours of Sunday morning. “At his side was his dear wife Madame Monica Geingos and his children,” Mr Mbumba said in a statement. The 82-old leader…

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Igad: Sudan leaves regional bloc over attempt to end war

Sudan is suspending its membership of north-east African bloc Igad over an attempt to mediate the brutal conflict in the country. Igad has been trying to end the nine month-long war between Sudan’s army and rival paramilitary group the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). On Thursday Sudan’s government criticised Igad for inviting the RSF’s chief to…

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Timket: Ethiopians leap into pool during holy festival

Celebrations have been taking place in Ethiopia’s historic holy city of Gondar for the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian festival of Timket. The celebration, which marks the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan, is considered one of the most important religious festivals in the country. But this year things have been more subdued than usual because…

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