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  • Somali Siege

#1 – Siege At A Somali Restaurant

Somali security forces say they have ended a deadly siege of a beach-front restaurant in the capital. At least seven people were killed in the attack along with two assailants, the siege ended just before dawn on Friday morning. Read More >> Source: Voice Of America

  • Mugabe Demo

#2 – Chaos At Zimbabwean Opposition March

Police in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, are firing tear gas at those trying to gather for a big anti-government march. They are also beating protesters with batons. Read More >> Source: News Day

  • Oscar-Pistorious

#3 – Oscar Pistorius’ Sentence Stands

State prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, says Judge Thokozile Masipa minimised the seriousness of the crime Oscar Pistorius committed, when sentencing him. Read More >> Source: eNCA

  • Gabon Elections

#4 – The Lines Are Drawn For Gabon’s Elections

The opposition in Gabon is presenting a slightly more united front than usual for this Saturday's presidential election, raising expectations that the vote could be closer than in previous years. President Ali Bongo Ondimba is standing for a second seven-year term, his main rival is former AU Commissioner Jean Ping. Read More >> Source: BBC

  • Migrant Ship

#5 – Migrant Boat Attacked Off Libyan Coast

An unidentified speedboat fired at the Bourbon Argos, a migrant rescue boat chartered by MSF, hitting the window of the bridge. The team managed to retreat to the ship’s safe room before the armed men boarded the Argos. Read More >> Source: The Guardian

  • Moz Coalition

#6 – False Start To Mozambique’s Ceasefire

The two sides have been holding stop-start talks aimed at ending a conflict that resumed in 2013. The violence has threatened transport links for mining companies in the coal-producing nation and slowed down trucks headed to neighboring countries. Read More >> Source: Mail & Guardian Africa

  • Guinea Muslims

#7 – Muslims In Guinea Miss Flight To Mecca

A group of Guinean Muslims who paid to travel to Mecca for this year's Hajj pilgrimage have been left stranded at the main Islamic centre in the capital, Conakry, while they wait for their visas to Saudi Arabia. Read More >> Source: BBC

  • Burkina Cotton

#8 – How Can Burkina Faso Boost Its Economy?

The country may sell a Eurobond to help accelerate growth in an economy that’s become increasingly reliant on income from gold mining. The West African nation needs $9.5 billion to carry out a five-year investment program following a year of political upheaval that rattled investor confidence. Read More >> Source: Bloomberg

  • Juba CBD

#9 – South Sudan’s Cabinet Wants To Triple Spending In Next Budget

The cabinet approved a budget proposal for the 2016/17 fiscal year that caps government spending at $520 million, a 187 percent rise over the year that ended on June 30. However, with earnings from its main asset - oil - heavily disrupted, it was unclear how the government could finance such a level of spending. Read More >> Source: CNBC Africa

  • Kenyatta Laughing

#10 – Why #IfAfricaWasASchool Trended

It’s simple - if Africa was a school these are the characteristics and generalisations the alumni would be known for. From relations between countries, presidents with dyscalculia, jollof-wars and the 92-year-old principal who also taught your grandpa; Africans are great at satire. Read More >> Source: Mail & Guardian Africa