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US and North Korea meet

US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un concluded an extraordinary summit on Tuesday with lofty promises by the American president to take care of a "very dangerous problem" and Kim forecasting "major change for the world".

They signed a document that Trump described as "pretty comprehensive", but he declined to describe it, saying the details would be revealed later. The document signing followed a series of meetings at a luxury Singapore resort.

Paris hostages freed

A four-hour hostage standoff in central Paris ended with police moving in, arresting the armed suspect and freeing the people held in a ground-floor office, France's interior minister announced late on Tuesday.

"All the hostages are safe and sound," Gerard Collomb said in a brief statement. At least two people had been held.

There was no indication of an extremist motive, police said.

Peace protest on Ethiopia-Eritrea border

Residents of the flashpoint town of Badme on Ethiopia's northern border protested on Monday Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's move to hand over the town to Eritrea, a government spokesperson said.

Abiy announced last week that he was reversing years of policy and would accept a 2002 United Nations-backed demarcation of Ethiopia's border that would see Badme made part of Eritrea.

Big voter turnout for Zim election

When Zimbabweans head to the polls to elect a president and parliamentarians in general elections gazetted for Monday July 30‚ Zanu-PF's Emmerson Mnangagwa will learn what voters think of his ouster of former president Robert Mugabe late last year.

Voters want a free and fair election in 2018‚ after allegedly rigged elections previously‚ and are planning to turn out to vote in their numbers.

SA voted on UN Security Council

For the third time in a decade, South Africa is set to be voted onto the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member tomorrow. South Africa is the only African country standing, and its candidature to represent the East and SouthernAfrican group was already endorsed by Southern Africa last year and the African Union in January.
 
While the vote on Friday is by secret ballot, South Africa is considered to “have it in the bag,” and is predicted to get well over the two-thirds required to secure a seat.
 

Nonprofit Sustainability is the Responsibility of Leadership

Money in the bank does not necessarily mean that your organisation will be sustainable.

A strong sense of being mission-driven, measuring impact and sharing results is what leaders of charities and nonprofit organisations (NPOs) should strive to embed into the consciousness of everyone involved in the organisation, this is how an organisation can shift the status quo from fretting over money to creating future plans. 

Boko Haram suicide bombers kill nine

Three suicide bombers killed at least nine people in separate attacks in the southeastern Niger city of Diffa near the border with Nigeria, shattering several months of calm in the troubled region.

The attacks occurred late Monday in the city, a regional capital that is a frequent target of the Boko Haram jihadist group, a local official who requested anonymity told AFP.

Kidnapping in eastern DRC

At least 20 civilians have been kidnapped since the weekend in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a stronghold of multiple armed groups, officials said on Wednesday.

The kidnappings are understood to have begun on Friday, some 75km north of Goma, the capital of North Kivu province.

"They have been taken between last weekend and today in different locations," said Jason Ntawiha, an official in the town of Rutshuru.

Keita to run for re-election

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will run for re-election in July, his office said on its Twitter account Monday.

The 73-year-old leader had been widely expected to seek a second five-year term in the troubled Sahel nation.

The election is set for July 29, with a second round planned for August 12 if no candidate obtains an absolute majority of votes.

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EU to observe Zimbabwe polls

The European Union will deploy observers to Zimbabwe's general election expected in July, the first time in 16 years the bloc will monitor polls in the southern African country.

The EU and Zimbabwe's government signed a memorandum on Monday outlining guidelines for election monitors.

Zimbabwe formally invited the EU in March to send an election observation mission.

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