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The trial of RFI's Hausa-language correspondent in Cameroon, Ahmed Abba, has been postponed for a month, by which date he will have spent 17 months in prison, because experts had failed to provide a report on the contents of his computers and mobile phone at today's hearing. France Médias Monde again called for his release and the dismissal of complicity with terrorism charges.
The United Arab Emirates has added a breastfeeding mandate to its child welfare law. The country's federal council has approved a requirement that all children must be breast fed until the age of two. The clause will go into effect after it is signed by the president. Council members said mothers who are not able to breastfeed should use a wet nurse. The law would apply both to locals and to expatriates, who make up most of the Gulf country's population. RFI spoke to Tracy Kavanagh, a lactation consultant in the United Arab Emirates, who says the new law could cause problems for many mothers.