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Emmanuel Vitus Agbenonwossi is a West-Africa-based bilingual [French and English] journalist specialized in economic and political issues. With a Master’s Degree in Communication studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, his interests are new media and digital journalism.

US calls for cut in UN peacekeeping forces in Mali

The US deputy ambassador to the United Nations Cherith Norman has called for a new approach to address the growing instability in Mali. Norman has called on Wednesday the Security Council to reduce the size of the 15,000 strong peacekeeping force in Mali. According to her, it was time to recognize that peacekeeping missions were […]

Ethiopian Airlines to construct new $5 billion airport

Ethiopian Airlines will start constructing a new $5 billion airport later this year, the state-run Ethiopian News Agency reported on Wednesday. The airport, which will cover an area of 35 square kilometers, will be built in Bishoftu, a town 39 km south east of the capital, and will have capacity to handle 100 million passengers […]

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Rwanda Opens its Embassy in Rabat; Sets up with Morocco a Bilateral Cooperation Monitoring Committee

Rwanda has officially opened its embassy in Rabat this Wednesday January 15, in the presence of Rwandan Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Olivier Nduhungirehe and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. The opening of the embassy is the normal outcome of months of blooming diplomatic relationships between the two nations. The two countries have also […]

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Sudan: Situation under army’s control

Sudan: Situation under army’s control

The shooting that broke out on Tuesday January 14 in Sudan’s capital Khartoum and the city’s airport in a rebellion by an intelligence department was countered by the army. The Sudanese army stormed a number of intelligence sites to end the rebellion. Two soldiers died and four were injured in the clashes. According to a […]

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Niger: President fires army chief after extremists’ attacks

The president of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou has fired the head of the army after two of the country’s deadliest attacks killed over 160 soldiers. Ahmed Mohamed led the army for over two years. He was replaced by Major General Salifou Modi, the government announced after a cabinet meeting. Militant attacks in Niger have risen over […]

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Ethiopia: parliamentary elections scheduled for May or June

Ethiopia will hold a parliamentary election in May or June, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday. Abiy Ahmed, who took office in April, has pledged to open up the state-dominated economy and has taken steps to end decades of hostility with neighboring Eritrea. This year election will be the first under Abiy. “On the […]

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DRC: Killings and violence “may amount to crimes against humanity” – UN

DRC: Killings and violence “may amount to crimes against humanity” – UN

The United Nations said killings, rapes and other barbaric violence committed by an ethnic armed group in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo against a rival group may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide. “The widespread nature of the organization, the systematic nature, is certainly characteristic of crimes against humanity,” UN human rights […]

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Protecting refugees in Europe: UNHCR calls for a ‘year of change’

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has called on the European Union (EU) to make 2020 “the year of change for robust refugee protection”. On Thursday Jan.9, the agency issued a set of new recommendations, as Croatia and Germany preside over the EU Council during the next 12 months. After years of shifting policies and heated […]

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DRC: world’s worst measles outbreak killed over 6,000 – WHO

A measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed at least 6,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported. According to the UN health body, the epidemic is the world’s largest and fastest moving with around 310,000 suspected cases in the central African nation. The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency […]

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Chad: public sector workers launch strike

The public sector in Chad has started a strike Tuesday in response to a call by the country’s trade union. Union members voted to strike after negotiations with the government broke down on Saturday, January 4. Workers are also calling for the government to lift a 50 percent reduction in specific general increases (AGS) that […]

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