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UK, South Africa sign health, science partnership as President Ramophosa’s visit continues



As part of the fruits of South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to the United Kingdom, the two countries have announced a new health and science partnership.

The annoucement was made on Wednesday, the second day of President Ramaphosa’s state visit to London, the first such official guest hosted by Britain’s King Charles.

Britain announced a new set of research collaborations as Ramaphosa toured the Crick Institute, the biggest biomedical research facility in Europe, and Kew Gardens, with Charles’ brother Edward.

British foreign minister James Cleverly pointed that through the partnership “the UK and South Africa have shown global leadership in joining together to protect people by preventing the spread of dangerous diseases, and by working to halt climate change.”

Ties between South Africa and the UK include a shared language (English) and cultural links, similar systems of law and finance, and a shared passion for the same sports as well as a common interest in promoting trade and a rules-based international system.

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US Justice Department indicts citizens for financing separatist fighters in Cameroon



The United States Justice Department has revealed that three US citizens of Cameroonian origin have been arrested and charged with raising funds for separatist fighters in the Central African country.

In a justice department statement, the three people indicted were named as Claude Chi, 40, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; Francis Chenyi, 49, of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Lah Nestor Langmi, 46, of Buffalo, New York.

They indicted three who were alleged to have solicited and raised funds for supplies, weapons, and explosive materials to be used in attacks against Cameroonian government personnel and security forces.

They held senior positions in an organization that supported a group known as the Ambazonian Restoration Forces and other separatist fighters in Cameroon’s Northwest region and had been raising funds for them since 2018.

“In addition to more than $350,000 the defendants raised through voluntary donations, the indictment alleges Chi, Chenyi, and Langmi conspired with others to kidnap civilians in Cameroon and hold them for ransom,” the statement said.

“In some instances, U.S. citizens were extorted for ransom payments to secure the release of their kidnapped relatives living in Cameroon,” it added.

Two English-speaking regions began fighting the military with the aim of forming a breakaway state in 2017, which they call Ambazonia.

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Russian billionaire, Yevgeny Prigozhin says slain Zambian student, Lemekhani Nyirenda, died while fighting for Wagner Group



There is word from Russia on the death of a Zambian student, Lemekhani Nyirenda who died in Ukraine Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, has claimed the slain student was a fighter for Wagner Private Military Group.

Prigozhin’s comment comes days after the South African country’s government demanded an explanation on the matter.

On Tuesday, Prigozhin’s Concord catering group said Nyirenda had been recruited by Wagner. Prigozhin and other Wagner representatives have toured Russian prisons offering amnesty in return for signing up to fight for Russia in Ukraine.

“Yes, I remember this guy well,” Prigozhin said in a written response to a question from a reporter as to whether the Zambian had been fighting for Wagner.

Prigozhin said Nyirenda had died a “hero” and that he was “one of the first to break into the enemy trenches on Sept. 22”.

Zambia’s foreign affairs minister, Stanley Kakubo, last week in a statement revealed that Russia had notified Zambia about the death of 23-year-old Zambian student, Lemekhani Nyirenda, but did not provide details.

Zambian authorities earlier this week resolved to send a delegation to Russia next week to retrieve the body of the deceased.

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