Weekly news roundup: June 27, 2014

Tripoli voters trickle in on election day

Libyans voted on Wednesday in a legislative election  that authorities hope will end political turmoil. Security in Tripoli and Benghazi was tight around some polling stations, while totally absent at others. – BusinessDay Live.

Cairo Criminal Court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to seven years

Three journalists, including an award-winning Australian reporter, have been accused of terrorism-related activities in sullying Egypt’s image and posing a threat to its security. The defendants have been sentenced to at least seven years. Al Jazeera strongly rejects all charges. – BusinessDay Live.

Monrovia slum falls victim to eroding coastline

Residents of West Point, a densely-populated slum in Liberia’s capital, hope to be relocated from the beach as environmental degradation subjects the community to loss of land. – Inter Press Service.

Abuja mall blast proves fatal

Twenty one people were killed and seventeen injured on Wednesday in a bomb blast that targeted one of Abuja’s busiest shopping malls. Nigerian soldiers confronted two suspects escaping the scene, leaving the one dead and the other injured. – Daily Trust.

Bangui hospitals bear the spasms of national violence

An outsourced surgeon working at one of three main hospitals in Bangui accounts of the unrelenting casualties that result from the ongoing sectarian violence in the neighbourhoods of Central African Republic’s capital city. – The Guardian.

Khartoum: journalists rally for press freedom

The Sudanese Journalists’ Network (SJN) organised a sit-in in Sudan’s capital on Thursday, demanding the release of El Jareeda newspaper’s correspondent, Hassan Ishag, who was detained by security forces more than two weeks ago. – Radio Dabanga.

Kampala hosts first ever International Climate Change Conference for Children

Uganda’s capital will be hosting the first ever international climate change conference for children in two weeks. The event is expected to bring together 200 child delegates from across the world. – East African Business Week.

Harare administration comes to grips with Zim’s urban influx

A government-approved programme to give micro-loans and training to young people in rural areas is helping to stem the influx of migrants to Zimbabwe’s urban centres. – IRIN News.

Chitungwiza houses face demolition by the thousands

About 14,000 houses in and around Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, are facing demolition after the Chitungwiza Municipality filed a High Court application on Thursday to demolish the structures. – SW Radio Africa.

Maseru comes sixth in UN yearly murder ratings across the globe

In a recent study by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime on the most populous cities of 137 countries worldwide, Lesotho’s capital makes the list of top ten cities with the highest murder rates. – The Guardian.

Durban municipality destroys dozens of homes

Forty-eight informal houses were demolished by eThekwini Municipality in Cato Crest settlement on Sunday. The settlement was built illegally on land earmarked for housing, officials say. – Daily Maverick.

Cape Town poor tap into new food markets

A market for locally sourced produce is growing in Cape Town. An IRIN News report questions whether this burgeoning trend can stimulate urban agriculture as a means of livelihood for the city’s poor. – IRIN News.

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