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Meghan Markle recycles blue Veronica Beard for South Africa museum visit

Meghan Markle recycles blue Veronica Beard for South Africa museum visitThe duchess swapped into a blue Veronica Beard wrap dress for the occasion, one that she had previously worn on her royal tour of the Pacific last fall.



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Africa to seek declaration of global climate emergency at UN summit

Africa to seek declaration of global climate emergency at UN summitAfrican countries plan to call on the United Nations to declare a global climate emergency, among a set of demands to be presented at a climate summit in New York on Monday organised by the U.N. chief. Backed by African climate change negotiators, the statement is also expected to say that countries’ climate action plans should be made legally binding, to ensure the 2015 Paris Agreement goals to limit global warming are met. African governments will also likely request more international funding to implement their plans to brake heat-trapping emissions and help their people adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas.



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'It's really terrifying': Trump administration allows US hunter to import lion he killed in Africa

'It's really terrifying': Trump administration allows US hunter to import lion he killed in AfricaA hobby hunter from Florida has been given permission to can import a lion trophy from Tanzania – the first time the US has allowed such an import since it ruled the species should receive special protection three years ago.Carl Atkinson shot the animal dead during an £80,000, 21-day safari in 2016.



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Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from S. Africa

Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from S. AfricaAt least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria’s president said on Tuesday. Private Nigerian airline Air Peace plans to operate two flights with Boeing 777 aircraft, the first leaving Lagos late on Tuesday to return on Wednesday with evacuees. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday called for the immediate voluntary evacuation of all Nigerians wanting to return home, and Air Peace offered free flights last week.



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Nigeria's Buhari to visit South Africa after attacks

Nigeria's Buhari to visit South Africa after attacksNigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will visit South Africa next month to reinforce the bonds between the two countries after a wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks, the South African presidency said on Saturday. South Africa’s MTN Group and supermarket chain Shoprite have closed all stores and service centres in Nigeria after their premises were attacked. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday at least 10 people had been killed, two of them foreign nationals, in violence that began in Pretoria and spread to nearby Johannesburg.



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South Africa wakes up to fresh anti-foreigner violence

South Africa wakes up to fresh anti-foreigner violenceSouth African police patrolled central Johannesburg on Tuesday after the financial capital was hit by a new wave of anti-foreigner violence. Rocks, bricks and rubber bullets strewed the empty streets of Alexandra after mobs plundered the township overnight, burning and looting the shops in their path. AFP photographers in Alexandra said police presence remained heavy and that rubber bullets were still being fired to disperse the crowds.



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Japan PM wraps up Africa meet with debt warning aimed at China

Japan PM wraps up Africa meet with debt warning aimed at ChinaInvestors in Africa must beware of burdening countries with “excessive” debt, Japan’s prime minister warned Friday, an apparent swipe at China whose Belt and Road policy has been accused of saddling poor nations with crippling debt. Speaking to reporters at the end of an African development conference outside Tokyo, Shinzo Abe emphasised that countries in the G20 group of top economies, including China, had committed to the concept of “debt sustainability”. “In providing assistance to Africa, we have to take note of the debt burden of the recipient country and take care that the debt burden does not become excessive,” Abe said when asked about China’s influence in Africa.



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South Africa sends troops into 'warzone' township

South Africa sends troops into 'warzone' townshipSouth African president Cyril Ramaphosa ordered troops into the suburbs of Cape Town to quell a crime wave that municipal officials say has turned the city into a “warzone.” Hundreds of soldiers will be deployed into sprawling area of townships known as the Cape Flats to combat gang-related violence that saw 14 people killed in 24 hours last week.  More than 900 people have been killed in gang-related violence in the Cape Flats in the past year.  Last Friday, six women between the ages of 18 and 26 were murdered by unknown gunmen at a home in a shanty town in the area. The next day another five men, aged 18 to 39, were shot dead and one was injured in two separate shooting incidents in the township of Philippi. The victims included three members of the same family: Sonwabo Zwilibi's, 17, and his brother Aphiwe, 18, and their cousin Sikelela Zwilibi, 25.  Six policemen have also been shot and injured in the past week.    Bheki Cele, the Police Minister,  said the military deployment would last three months and see troops backing up police officers.  “We'll go door to door, we'll collect every illegal firearm, we'll collect all criminals that we want, we'll collect all outstanding criminals that have been on bail and that is happening from two o'clock this morning,” he said.  The opposition Democratic Alliance, which control Cape Town and the Western Cape province, welcomed the move.  “We have truly reached a state of emergency, which threatens the stability and reputation of the city,“ said  Jean-Pierre Smith, a DA mayoral committee member for safety and security.   He said the people of the Western Cape needed the army “because they want safety.“ More than 20,000 people, or 57 per day, were murdered in South Africa last year.  Under apartheid, South Africa’s Group Areas legislation assigned all the different racial groups to separate residential and business districts, mostly in urban areas  Many people of mixed race who used to live close to the heart of Cape Town were uprooted from their homes in the 1950s and moved to the Cape Flats, a treeless, sandy area of ancient former beaches, so that the inner city would be exclusive to white people.   “This situation has its roots in the history of South Africa. People were removed from their homes and dumped far away to areas where there was nothing, no society no shops, nothing,” said Jakkie Cilliers, head of African Futures & Innovation at South Africa’s influential Institute for Security Studies. ”This created a generation of alcoholics which had a particularly violent impact in the Western Cape.”



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Africa cyclone death toll surges past 600, 'worst yet to come'

Africa cyclone death toll surges past 600, 'worst yet to come'The death toll from a powerful cyclone that pummelled swathes of southern African countries, flooding thousands of square kilometres, on Saturday surged past 600 as diseases stalked tens of thousands of survivors. At least 417 people have died in Mozambique, according to government, bringing to 676 the total deaths when combined with those from neighbouring Zimbabwe. Cyclone Idai smashed into the coast of central Mozambique on Friday last week, unleashing hurricane-force winds and rains that flooded the hinterland and drenched eastern Zimbabwe leaving a trail of destruction.



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3 students killed in South Africa school walkway collapse

3 students killed in South Africa school walkway collapseJOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least three students are dead and 23 injured after a walkway collapsed at a school outside Johannesburg, South African officials said Friday.



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