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

KSA-Egypt: 17 pilgrims dead, 118 feared poisoned in Mecca

Around 17 Egyptian Hajj pilgrims have died in the Saudi holy city of Mecca according to the head of the Egyptian delegation Major General Amr Lutfy who also said 118 have fallen sick over an alleged poisoning. Saudi authorities are investigating what appears to be an unknown “poisoning” epidemic in their hotel, London-based The New […]

Freedom of choice is crucial for refugee returns, UNHCR official stresses

Refugees should never be pressured to decide if they should return to their home countries, a senior UN official has said. The statement was made by Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection with the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, who on Thursday completed a four-day visit to Tanzania, which is hosting more than 340,000 refugees […]

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Mali: Incumbent President re-elected, opposition cries foul

Mali’s Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected in a run-off against opposition rival and ex-finance Minister Soumaila Cisse. The Ministry of Territorial Administration declared Keita the winner of the repeat poll held on Sunday with 67 percent of ballots cast. Soumaila Cisse angrily vowed to contest the results by using “all democratic means.” He […]

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Mali: Vote counting underway after Sunday poll

Malians on Sunday cast their ballots in a runoff presidential election overshadowed by security concerns, allegations of fraud and the threat of Islamist extremist violence. Incumbent president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, is the favorite, having won 41% of the vote in the first round two weeks ago while the challenger and former finance minister Soumaila Cisse, […]

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DRC’s Kabila will not run in December elections

Joseph Kabila will not be a candidate in December elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, government spokesman Lambert Mende told reporters in the capital, Kinshasa, on Wednesday. According to Mende, the 47-year-old president, in power since 2001, has appointed Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary as his successor. Shadary, 57, is the permanent secretary of Kabila’s […]

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Ivory Coast Succession: Henri Konan Bedie’s PDCI pulls out from ruling coalition

ouatarIn Ivory Coast, things are falling apart as the ruling coalition is bitterly divided over who will succeed President Alassane Ouattara when he steps down in 2020. Former President Henri Konan Bedie’s Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast (PDCI) on Thursday announced its withdrawal from the coalition with the Rally of Republicans (RDR) of President […]

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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara announces amnesty for ex- first lady

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday announced amnesties for about 800 people, including former first lady Simone Gbagbo to boost to the post-crisis reconstruction in the West African nation following the post-electoral crisis of 2011. Among the others granted amnesties by Ouattara on Monday were former defense minister Lida Kouassi and former construction minister […]

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Mali: German peacekeepers clean explosive devices from the “road of death”

German peacekeepers from MINUSMA, the United Nations Mission in Mali have embarked on a mission to patrol the “road of death”, searching for clues of explosive devices. Located in the southwest of Gao, in the middle of the savannah, the road is one of the most dangerous in the war-stricken northern region of the West […]

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Exiled DRC tycoon to try entry via Zambia to contest key election

Exiled opposition leader and multimillionaire Moise Katumbi will not attempt to land in DR. Congo after his private jet has been barred from landing on Friday in Lubumbashi, capital of Katanga Province. The political heavyweight will instead try to enter via Zambia, his party said Friday. The 53-year-old former governor of the mineral-rich province has […]

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Congo’s Bemba arrives in, prepares to Challenge Kabila

Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba arrives in Kinshasa on Wednesday to submit his presidential candidacy after a decade in prison in The Hague. The president of the Mouvement de Libération du Congo (MLC) has declared his intention to run for president, shaking up Congolese politics ahead of a long-delayed election in the Central African mineral-rich […]

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