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South Africa's ANC party nominates two candidates in leadership vote
The vote to choose the next president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party was set to get underway Sunday evening, after the party officially nominated two candidates to lead Nelson Mandela's historic liberation movement.



Candidates vie to succeed Zuma as head of South Africa's ruling ANC
Members of South Africa’s scandal-hit African National Congress (ANC) party gathered Saturday in Johannesburg to elect a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. FRANCE 24 takes a look at the two main candidates vying for the top spot.



FRANCE 24 journalist wins UN Correspondents award for 'Timbuktu Revisited'
FRANCE 24 journalist François Rihouay was awarded the 2017 Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast journalism on Friday for his video report “Timbuktu Revisited”. The prize is one of the UN Correspondents Association awards.



Exclusive video: South Sudan, a cursed land
For the past four years South Sudan has been torn apart by civil war – and the situation in the country is desperate. Famine rages across all conflict zones and the first victims are often displaced people. As battles are lost on the ground, families are forced to leave everything behind to try to survive. FRANCE 24 reporters Charles Emptaz and Olivier Jobard spoke to people in the eastern rebel-held Jonglei region as government troops led an offensive to take the regional capital of Waat.



The challenges awaiting the new leader of South Africa's ANC
After a decade in power, marred notably by corruption allegations, South Africa's Jacob Zuma is set to hand over the leadership of his ruling ANC party to either his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or his vice-president, Cyril Ramaphosa. Whoever wins the upcoming vote will be faced with pressing challenges for the country. Among them are land reform, education and housing. Our correspondents take a closer look.



S. Arabia pledges $100 million and UAE $30 million for Sahel anti-terror force
Oil-rich Gulf countries pledged 130 million euros Wednesday towards fighting jihadists in West Africa’s Sahel region, as French President Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders in a bid to boost a fledgling five-nation military force.



Niger's Agadez: Pearl of the Sahara turned migrant hub
Niger's desert city of Agadez has long been at the heart of migration routes. Once home to camel caravans, Agadez is now one of the primary transit points for migrants hoping to make their way to Europe through Libya. It is here that French President Emmanuel Macron wants to set up migrant processing centres so that asylum seekers don't make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. FRANCE 24's team on the ground reports.



Macron visits Algeria in a bid to reset relations
French leader Emmanuel Macron made waves when he visited Algeria in February as a presidential candidate and raised his nation’s colonial past. Today he returns for the first time since his victory, and observers expect a very different discourse.



Benin buoyed by Macron pledge on African heritage
French President Emmanuel Macron made a surprise announcement during his recent African tour, saying in Burkina Faso's capital that one of his priorities was to restore African cultural treasures.



Egyptian presidential hopeful Shafiq appears in Cairo after 'kidnap' mystery
Former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik, who returned home from the United Arab Emirates after announcing his bid for Egypt's presidency, appeared in Cairo on Sunday to say he was still considering his run in next year's election.



Fate of 'deported' Egyptian presidential hopeful remains uncertain
Former Egyptian prime minister and current presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq was deported on Saturday from the UAE, where he was living in exile, his family said, adding that his current whereabouts are unknown.



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