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Senior Editor for Medafrica Times and former journalist for Swiss National Television. former NGO team leader in Burundi and Somalia

French hostage freed in DRC

Armed attackers freed a French national and three Congolese kidnapped in March during an attack on a gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Interior Ministry said in statement. “The president of the (French) republic welcomes the news of the liberation of our compatriot kidnapped on March 1 in the east of Democratic […]

Djibouti opens new 690-hectare mega port

Djibouti has opened the country’s latest mega port with world-class facilities and equipment on Wednesday. The $590 million Doraleh Multipurpose Port designed by China and co-founded by Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA) is one of four new ports of the tiny nation that can handle $7 billion of goods every year. The bulk […]

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Gambia freezes exiled leader’s assets

The government of Gambia on Monday seized over 200 assets of exiled former President Yahya Jammeh after it was discovered that he illegally withdrew millions of dollars from state coffers. Yahya Jammeh unlawfully withdrew over $50 million from two state accounts between 2006 and 2017, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou told journalists in Banjul. Jammeh took […]

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Africa’s economy to grow by 3.4 % in 2017 – Report

Africa’s economy will grow by 3.4 percent in 2017, and 4.3 percent in 2018. The modest recovery from the worst performance in more than two decades last year will be driven by better oil production and commodities. This came in an Economic Outlook report, co-authored by the African Development Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation […]

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CAR: Pope prays for war victims, calls for “guns to be silenced”

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to violence in the Central African Republic as ongoing attacks by Christian militias have killed scores in the War-torn nation. At his weekly Sunday noon prayer at the Vatican, Pope Francis made an appeal for the “guns to be silenced” in the Central African Republic. “Unfortunately painful […]

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Tanzania: US grants $526mln to fight AIDS

The United States has approved $526 million aid to Tanzania over the coming year to fight AIDS and help people infected with the virus in the East African nation. According to estimates, about 1.4 million Tanzanians are living with HIV in the nation of around 50 million people, with about 850,000 of them currently on […]

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Kenya seeks additional $3.5 billion loan from Eximbank

The Kenyan government is seeking additional $3.5 billion loan from China Eximbank for the construction of the Nairobi-Mombasa railway line, local media reported. This additional loan from China Eximbank will help the East African nation to finance the construction of the third phase of the Nairobi-Mombasa railway project. The Nairobi-Mombasa 270km railway is the first […]

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Angola: opposition pushes for clarity on president’s health

The opposition in Angola on Wednesday called for an official communication on the health status of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s to quash death rumors in the oil-rich nation. The 74-year-old Dos Santos, Africa’s second-longest serving ruler, travelled to Barcelona for a private visit on May 1, Angola’s state-owned news agency Angop reported. Since then, […]

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Zambia: Hundreds pray for jailed opposition leader

Members of the Zambian United Party for National Development (UPND) have been gathering across the Southern-African nation to pray for opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who is facing treason charges for allegedly plotting a coup d’état against president Edgar Lungu. In capital Lusaka, prayers were held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Hichilema’s wife, Mutinta, […]

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Gambia gets $500 mln from Afreximbank

The African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) on Tuesday announced the disbursement of $500 million to revamp the impoverished Gambian economy. This financial support will allow the West African smallest nation to regain its marks after 22 years of isolation, due to the dire human rights record of ex-president Yahya Jammeh. “We would be doing integrated […]

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