Africa: Explainer – What Is Quantum Machine Learning and How Can It Help Us?

[The Conversation Africa] Artificial intelligence refers, among other things, to machines’ capacity to demonstrate some degree of what humans consider “intelligence”. This process is being driven by the rapid advancement of machine learning: getting machines to think for themselves rather than pre-programming them with an absolute concept. source

Zimbabwe: Celebrating Nipsey, Embracing Eritrea, Zimbabwe

[The Herald] As the mighty people and nation of Zimbabwe are in the middle of celebrating their 39th year of independence and territorial integrity, the African Diaspora is being moved by the recent loss of one of Mother Africa’s glorious sons Ermias Joseph Asghedom, better known as Nipsey Hussle. source

Zimbabwe: Mavhaire Testifies in Former Power Utility Boss’ Case

[The Herald] Former Energy and Power Development Minister Dzikamai Mavhaire on Monday testified in the case of former Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) boss Stanley Kazhanje who is being accused of concealing a transaction from his principal involving Wickell Chivayo’s company, Intratek Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited. source

South Africa: Justice for Former Rwandan Spy Chief Murdered in South Africa?

[RFI] The suspects in the murder of ex-Rwandan spy Chief Patrick Karegeya could be brought to justice. A South African judge on Thursday ordered the case to be handed over to prosecutors who will consider whether to issue arrest warrants. The case threatens to embarrass President Paul Kagame, accused of being “directly linked” to the […]

Zimbabwe: Court Battle Looms Over National Social Security Authority Board

[Zimbabwe Independent] The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) are bracing for a bruising court battle with the government after authorities rejected the labour movement’s nominees to the National Social Security Authority (Nssa) board without explanation, businessdigest has established. source

Sudan: Forces for Change Present Vision for Civilian Govt to Military Council

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -The signatories to the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a broad coalition of opposition parties including the Sudanese Professionals Association, a major force behind the Sudan Uprising, have rejected the seizure of power by Sudan’s military, and called on the public to maintain the protests and sit-ins. source

Namibia: Elevator Saga Not Reported to Anti-Corruption Commission

[New Era] Windhoek -Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director Paulus Noa said yesterday that the corruption watchdog has not received any formal complaints on the much-publicised ‘illegal installation’ of an elevator at a state-owned guesthouse occupied by former Vice-President Nicky Iyambo. source

Zimbabwe: Let’s Consolidate Hard-Won Uhuru – Mnangagwa

[The Herald] President Mnangagwa yesterday said Zimbabweans will only consolidate their hard-won independence through unity and focusing on economic development that will lead to the attainment of Vision 2030. The Head of State and Government said Zimbabwe was moving on and would “surely” rise again with the implementation of initiatives espoused in the Transitional Stabilisation […]

Sudan: Protesters Rally Against Military Rule in Khartoum

[VOA] The main protest group camped out in Khartoum since the ouster of former President Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese Professionals Association, called for a mass rally Thursday. Protesters are demanding that the transitional military council, which replaced Bashir and says it has been detaining symbols of his regime and subjugating loyalist forces, allow for a […]

Sudan: Heed Calls for Justice

[HRW] Sudan’s transitional military council should uphold their commitments to human rights and justice for past crimes by transferring Omar al-Bashir, the deposed president, and other Sudanese fugitives to the International Criminal Court (ICC). ICC states parties should step up pressure on the council to surrender al-Bashir and other war crimes suspects to the Hague […]

South Africa: DA ‘Horrified’ About Dead Babies, Amputated Limbs At Charlotte Maxeke Hospital Laundry

[News24Wire] The DA said on Thursday that it was “horrified” by a report that amputated limbs and dead babies were found regularly at the laundry of Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. source

Ethiopia: MSF Launches Intervention As Displacement Crisis Leads to High Malnutrition Rates

[MSF] New York/Addis Ababa -Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched a medical intervention in the Gedeo area of southern Ethiopia following a nutritional assessment in late March, which found malnutrition rates above emergency levels for children under five. The international medical humanitarian organization is calling on other humanitarian agencies to urgently scale up […]

Zimbabwe: The Invisible Trauma of Women in Zimbabwe’s Liberation Struggle

[This is Africa] The narrative of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle focuses on the heroism and exploits of men, largely ignoring the experiences of many young women in liberation camps and the discrimination and abuse they suffered at the hands of male soldiers, says Mako Muzenda source

Mozambique: Government Working for Post-Cyclone Recovery – PM

[AIM] Maputo -Quelimane (Mozambique), 18 Apr (AIM) – Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario declared on Wednesday that the government is working for a successful post-cyclone recovery, with agriculture playing a key role, so that dependence on donated food in the cyclone hit areas will not last for a long time. source

Sudan: Two of Al-Bashir’s Brothers Arrested

[allAfrica] Al Jazeera has reported that Sudan’s military rulers arrested two brothers of deposed President Omar al-Bashir as hundreds of people marched in the capital, Khartoum, calling for a swift handover of power to civilian leadership. Abdullah and Abbas Hassan al-Bashir were taken into custody as part of a continuing campaign of arrests against “symbols […]

South Africa: Which MP Got a R864 000 BMW From Nehawu? Find Out Here

[News24Wire] While allegations of the largesse meted out to South African politicians – notably those belonging to the governing party – rocked the country over the last few months as the Zondo commission into state capture heard evidence, the 2018 edition of the Register of Members’ Interests made for rather boring reading. source

Nigeria: Presidential Tussle – I Always Beat You in Every Election, Buhari Tells Atiku

[Vanguard] President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, took a swipe at the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the recently concluded presidential election, describing him as a serial loser. source

Malawi: Malawi Piloting the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

[Nyasa Times] Malawi government says a vaccine against malaria could be a vital new tool in the fight against the debilitating illness as the Ministry of Health starts immunising children in the world’s first large-scale pilot of RTS, S — the candidate vaccine that is furthest along in development –from April 23 2019. source

South Africa: You Won’t Get Nabbed for Eating a Hot Cross Bun, Says Traffic Authority

[News24Wire] The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) allayed fears that a hot cross bun could land you in jail for drunk driving after a video of a breathalyser test showed a startling result after an officer ate one of the Easter buns in a test. source

Uganda: Human Viruses Threaten the Future of Chimpanzees

[The Conversation Africa] Respiratory viruses of human origin infect wild apes across Africa, sometimes lethally. In Uganda, outbreaks of viruses of human origin have been discovered in two different chimpanzee groups. Moina Spooner from The Conversation Africa spoke to Jacob Negrey about the outbreaks and why they happened. source

Africa: Climate Crisis Hits Poorest Half of World’s Population Hardest – London Protesters

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -The poorest 50 percent of the global population are being hit hardest by climate change – but have done the least to cause it, the leaders of a protest that has paralysed parts of London said on Wednesday. source

Ethiopia: Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein Probe ‘Labour Abuses’ in Ethiopian Factories

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Fashion giant PVH, which owns Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, said it will investigate reports that Ethiopian workers who make clothes for their high-street stores routinely face verbal abuse and discrimination and earn as little as 12 cents per hour. source

Nigeria: ‘You Cannot Muzzle the Media’ – Nigerian Journalists On Press Freedom Under Buhari

[IPS] New York -When Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president-who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985-and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and called for […]

Eritrea: From Empowerment During War, Eritrean Women Must Fight Gender Discrimination in a New Peace

[IPS] London -As the first anniversary of the swearing on Ethiopia’s Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed rolled around last week, Ethiopians – and observers worldwide – marvelled at the pace and scale of radical reform he has brought to the formerly repressed country in the past year. source

Africa: Innovators Working to Meet Africa’s Unmet Health Needs

[allAfrica] Praia -An exhibition by the 30 WHO Innovation Challenge finalists was officiated by President of Cabo Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The innovators exhibited their innovations on the three-day WHO Africa Health Forum in Praia. The initiative attracted over 2 400 applications. Entries came in from 77 countries, 44 of them […]

Egypt: Egypt’s Sisi Plans Changes to Constitution to Rule Till 2034

[RFI] In Egypt, members of Parliament started voting on constitutional amendments which, among other things, will enable President Abdel Fatah al Sisi to remain in power until 2034. But he is not taking into account the tide of young people who might thwart his plans. source

South Africa: Former KZN Police Boss Instructed Booysen to Shut Down ‘Panday Investigation’ – State Capture Inquiry Hears

[News24Wire] Former KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Hawks boss Johan Booysen says former KZN provincial commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni instructed him to shut down a sensitive investigation. source

Guinea: Create Special Unit to Probe Protest Deaths

[HRW] Nairobi -The government of Guinea should set up a special task force of judges to investigate the conduct of the security forces and others engaged in unlawful acts during protests. The government’s failure to adequately investigate a dozen alleged killings in 2018 by the security forces and several alleged killings by protesters risks fueling […]

Libya: At Least Two Killed in Shelling On Tripoli As Foreign Powers Unable to Agree

[RFI] At least two people have been killed in shelling in Tripoli, nearly two weeks into an assault on the Libyan capital by the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar. Foreign powers have been unable to present a united front in the face of the latest violence in the country. source

Mali: Judges Approve Mali Reparations Implementation Plan in Al Mahdi Case

[International Justice Monitor] International Criminal Court judges have approved the final plan for implementing reparations in the case of former Malian militant Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, who was convicted in September 2016 for the war crime of attacking religious and historical monuments. The three-year plan comprises of three categories of reparations: individual, collective, and […]

Nigeria: ‘How Firm Supplied 6.7 Million Litres of Petrol and Was Paid for 19 Million’

[Guardian] Abuja -Prosecution witness, Chidi Nweke, has told a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Apo, Abuja, how two directors of Origin Oil and Gas Limited, Adegbite Adetoye and Ponle Abiodun, defrauded the federal government of over N735 million in subsidy scam. source

South Africa: Two Women Allegedly Linked to ‘Resurrection’ Miracle to Appear in Court

[News24Wire] Two women arrested for fraud in connection with the “resurrection” of a man by Alleluia Ministries International’s Pastor Alph Lukau are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. source

Nigeria: Biafra Leader Nnamdi Kanu to Atiku – Ask Buhari to Go for a DNA Test

[Vanguard] The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who is on the search list of the Nigerian government, has decided to offer a legal advice to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. source