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Chinese Ambassador To South Sudan Signs Peace Deal As International Witness

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Chinese Ambassador To South Sudan Signs Peace Deal As International Witness

Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan, He Xiangdong, has signed South Sudan’s peace agreement on Tuesday in Juba to be an international witness.

The event was witnessed by Ismal Wais, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD, special envoy for South Sudan.

China is urging the international community to support the peace process in South Sudan. It says the current agreement provides an opportunity for South Sudan to end its conflict and focus on development.

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IGAD, the East African regional body, which mediated the peace deal, says since it was signed in September this year, violence has significantly reduced in the country.

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And it says the implementation of the peace deal is progressing well.

The signing of the peace deal with china as a witness is seen as an important step for South Sudan because it provides the international support for the deal

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Juba has been keen to secure this as it tries to implement the agreement and is determined to bring peace back to the country.

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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

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Zimbabwe: Government, Civil Servants Agree Salary Deal

Zimbabwe government and civil servants have finally agreed to a salary accord after the government increased its offer to four hundred million dollars, up by fifty million.

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This means government workers and civil servants will each receive an increment of a hundred twenty-nine dollars effective on April the first.

Negotiations for a further salary review, possibly in June, will continue with consideration of other non-monetary incentives.

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Apex council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander, says the welfare negotiations will continue until the welfare of civil servants improved.

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Niger’s Top Court Outlaws ‘Fifth Wife’ Sex-Slave Maids

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Niger's Top Court Outlaws 'Fifth Wife' Sex-Slave Maids

Niger’s top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as “fifth wives.”  This ends a decade-long legal battle by one victim that lawyers say could inspire others in the West African nation to seek justice.

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UK-based anti-slavery international, says the “fifth wife” custom, also known as “wahaya,” is when, in addition to the four wives permitted by Islam, rich men take on other, unofficial wives who live as domestic and sexual slaves.

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Thomson-Reuters Foundation says a Nigerien court had initially ruled in favor of the victim’s master, but she appealed the decision.  Last month, the Niger court of appeals ruled that her first marriage was never valid and that all “fifth wife” marriages are illegal.

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

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Gunmen Abduct Student Football Team In Cameroon

Gunmen have abducted twenty University of Buea male football team members in Cameroon’s southwest. A report says university Vice-Chancellor, Ngono Horace Manga, has confirmed the incident.

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The Vice-Chancellor is quoted as saying armed men stormed the university’s football ground and ordered the players who were training for an upcoming competition to leave with them.

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Manga also said the kidnappers contacted university authorities and demanded a ransom.  He did not disclose the amount for which they were asking.

No group has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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