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April 9 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Apr 9 2014, 09:07:00

Warrants were issued for the re-arrest of the editor of the Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko in Swaziland on Wednesday (9 April 2014).

It happened when they attended the High Court to attempt to have Judge Mpendulo Simelane stand down from hearing a case against them. Both men are charged with contempt of court after they wrote articles in the Nation magazine critical of the Swaziland Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi.

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Apr 9 2014, 09:00:16

We sometimes joke that often when we're online the only other person who's consistently awake and on Twitter (no matter where he is in the world) is Binyavanga Wainaina. It's like, if you blink, you miss out on some pronouncement by him. Though he has been an active social media user for a while now, it was after he came out on January 18th, that he has gone into overdrive. And you can't look away. No one else we know, talking about Africans and their relations to the West (not on Western terms), is in such blistering form right now. Take Sunday night when--from a hotel balcony in Dakar; he was in town to give a lecture--he just went in

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Apr 9 2014, 08:09:26

Michael D. Higgins is the first president of the Republic of Ireland to conduct a state visit to London, 16 years after a peace agreement ended centuries of conflict between the UK and its former colony.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Apr 9 2014, 05:43:21

A group of international artists have begun placing giant posters with children's faces on the ground in Pakistan's troubled tribal regions, in a bid to generate empathy among drone operators in the US.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Apr 9 2014, 04:36:48

Several administrative buildings in eastern Ukraine remained under the control of pro-Russian protesters on Wednesday, in what US Secretary of State John Kerry described as operations by "Russian agents" ahead of international talks next week.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Apr 9 2014, 02:36:47

Spain's parliament on Tuesday rejected a Catalan petition calling for a secession referendum in the country's wealthy northeastern province, with 299 lawmakers out of 347 voting against the separatist movement.

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From Constitutionally Speaking Wed Apr 9 2014, 01:50:47

Courts are often not well placed to act as mediators in highly charged political disputes. The ANC's attempt to use the court to deal with the DA's claim that the Public Protector's Report "showed that Zuma stole your money to build his R246 home" is a case in point. Election campaigns tend to get extremely [...]

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From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Apr 9 2014, 01:44:00

The Swazi public have been banned from visiting the new King Mswati III Airport in Swaziland in case they wear out floor tiles in the passenger lounge.

The no-visitors directive has been issued by the Swaziland Civil Aviation Authority (SWACAA). The airport, formerly known as Sikhuphe, was opened in March 2014, but no commercial flights have used it and none are planned.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Apr 9 2014, 01:37:35

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus believed to have killed more than 100 people in Guinea among the "most challenging" for health workers since the deadly disease emerged four decades ago.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Apr 9 2014, 00:15:06

The United States, the European Union, Russia and Ukraine will meet at ministerial level next week to discuss the Ukraine crisis, the EU said on Tuesday, in the hope of offering diplomatic progress in the conflict.

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