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Saudis Unhappy with Jerusalem Status

Saudi Arabia has condemned the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, amid growing international criticism of the move.

In a statement, the Gulf kingdom said President Donald Trump's announcement was "unjustified and irresponsible".

But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as "a historic day".

President Trump's move reversed decades of US policy. The fate of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.

PTSD for US Inner-City Children

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is well known as an issue for returning soldiers. But it is far more pervasive in US inner cities.

For the BBC's America First? series, Aleem Maqbool is exploring health and social issues where the US, the richest country in the world, does not perform well in international rankings.

To read the article titled, "US inner-city children suffer ‘war zone’ trauma" click here

Suicide Bombing in Nigeria Market

A female suicide bomber pretending to wait in line for food handouts detonated her explosives on Saturday, killing at least 13 people at a crowded market in northeastern Nigeria, authorities said.

A second female bomber killed herself and wounded many others, according to witnesses in the town of Biu, about 185km from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

To read the article titled, "Who is responsible for providing electricity?" click here

Mugabe's Nephew Ran Away

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, says he is proud to have served in his uncle’s governments, but says he won’t be returning to Zimbabwe soon as his safety isn’t guaranteed.

Zhuwao, who was in South Africa and on his way back to Zimbabwe when he got wind of last month’s military takeover, said his farm had been looted and his workers beaten.

SA Calls for End to Libya Slave Trade

South Africa has joined the international community in strongly condemning and denouncing reports of slave trade of African migrants in Libya.

“These inhumane acts are incongruent with the ideals of the African Union and relevant African and international instruments, including the African charter on human and peoples' rights,” said the department of International relations and cooperation in a statement on Wednesday.

Hope - New HIV Vaccine

Researchers announced the launch of two big studies in Africa on Thursday to test a new HIV vaccine and a long-acting injectable drug, fuelling hopes for better ways to protect against the virus that causes AIDS.

The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time in more than a decade there are now two big HIV vaccine clinical trials taking place at the same time.

Manangagwa - Zim's New Leader

Zimbabwe's state-run broadcaster says incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa will arrive today and be sworn in on Friday.

The report posted online says it has it "on good authority" that Mnangagwa will arrive at 18:00 today at a military air base in the capital, Harare.

Mnangagwa has been out of sight since he fled the country shortly after his firing by Robert Mugabeearly this month. Mugabe resigned Tuesday amid impeachment proceedings.

Uganda Seeks Arrest of Visiting al-Bashir

Ugandan civil society will be approaching the country's courts to have Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, arrested. Al-Bashir landed in Uganda on Monday. 

The Ugandan Coalition for the ICC said civil society group Uganda Victims Foundation had filed an application seeking an arrest warrant for al-Bashir. The application will be heard at the International Crimes Division of the High Court in Kampala on Wednesday afternoon. 

Robert Mugabe International Airport

Zimbabwe will upgrade its main airport at a cost of $153 million in an effort to attract more visitors, state media reported on Thursday, as authorities renamed the airport in honour of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Harare International Airport will from Thursday be known as Robert Mugabe International Airport and is expected to undergo an upgrade so that it can handle 6.5 million passengers a year, more than double its current capacity.

Millions face Starvation in DRC

More than three million people are facing starvation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), says David Beasley the head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), who is appealing for aid to avert a humanitarian crisis in Kasai province.

In an interview with the BBC Beasley further warned that hundreds of thousands of children could die in the coming months if urgent aid was not delivered.

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