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

ICC orders release of Congo “warlord” Jean-Pierre Bemba

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered the release of former DRC vice-president, who was acquitted last week of war crimes. The Hague-based court has ordered the interim release, “under specific conditions”. He will be released as soon as the court’s Registry makes the necessary arrangements. Upon release, Bemba is expected to leave the […]

Katumbi holds peaceful rally in DRC, Kabila ready to hand over power

Democratic Republic of Congo self-exiled opposition leader Moise Katumbi has addressed thousands of supporters during a rally on Saturday. The businessman and former governor of the copper-producing Katanga Province has used a video link on Saturday to speak to his supporters ahead of December election that he hopes will end the reign of President Joseph […]

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DR Congo’s PM to sign new mining code despite miners’ opposition

Democratic Republic of Congo Prime Minister will sign into law this Friday regulations to immediately implement a new mining code that will replace the previous 2002 law. Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu said the regulations would first be adopted at a cabinet meeting on Friday and then signed by Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala in the evening, […]

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Burkina Faso: BOAD grants $72M for development projects

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) approved a $72 million financing to Burkina Faso for the implementation of development projects, Xinhua reported, quoting official sources. The amount will be steered towards water and local development projects under the National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES) initiated by the government. $18 million will thus be earmarked […]

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Ethiopia “accepts 2000 peace agreement” to end Eritrea border war

Executive Committee members of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) on Tuesday said the Horn of Africa nation will fully accept the 12 December 2000 Algiers Agreement between the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia. The two neighbors fought a war from 1998 to 2000 over the border dispute, which left about 80,000 people […]

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Somalia: 27 Al-Shabaab militants killed in US airstrikes

The United States Special Forces have killed about 27 al-Shabab terrorists in northern Somalia, US Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement. According to Africom, the Saturday strike was conducted in cooperation with the Somali government southwest of Bosasso. Africom provided no additional details. The strike is the latest in a series of similar missions […]

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I’m free to run again in 2020—Côte d’Ivoire’s Ouattara

President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire said he is free to stand for a third term in the 2020 presidential election under the country’s new constitution. Ouattara, 76, made the statement in an interview with French magazine Jeune Afrique. “The new constitution authorizes me to serve two terms starting in 2020,” Ouatara said, adding that […]

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CAR approves new Court to probe war crimes

Central African Republic has approved a law creating a special criminal court to investigate allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the war-torn nation, lawmaker Ernest Mezedio told Reuters. According to Najat Rochdi, UN humanitarian coordinator in Central African Republic and deputy special representative of the United Nations in the country, the special […]

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Malian ‘Spiderman’ made French citizen after rescuing child from Paris balcony

A young man from Mali is being praised as a hero in France after he scaled a four-storey building to save a child dangling from a balcony last weekend. Video of the rescue showed 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbing up the building in just seconds to rescue the child, to cheers from onlookers. French President Emmanuel […]

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France reopens embassy in Gambia, extends $50 m aid

France’s foreign affairs minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyn on Monday announced that France would reopen its embassy in Gambia’s capital, Banjul. The diplomatic mission was closed in November 2013, with France explaining that Jammeh’s regime was not open to any productive collaboration. According to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyn, Gambia is designated as a ‘priority country for French official development […]

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