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

Zimbabwe: Vice President responding to treatment in South Africa- Gov’t

Zimbabwe’s Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is receiving medical treatment in a hospital in South Africa and wishes to come back next week, the Zimbabwean government has said following speculations that the General is in bad shape after he was injured in a bomb attack during electoral campaigns in June. George Charamba, Presidential spokesperson has told […]

Violence will not deter Somali people in their pursuit of peace, says UN chief

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has strongly condemned the twin suicide attacks that hit Saturday Baidoa, southwestern Somalia, and reiterated the Organization’s support and solidarity with the Somali people and Government. In a statement by his spokesperson, Guterres said “He is convinced that indiscriminate violence and attacks will not deter the Somali people in […]

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Sierra Leone revokes $400 million airport deal with China

Sierra Leone’s government has terminated a $400 million deal to build a new airport with Chinese labor and loans, Reuters reported. The plan had repeatedly been criticized by international financial institutions for the additional burden it would place on Sierra Leone’s external debt. Sierra Leone has accumulated more than $220 million Chinese debt in the […]

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Egyptian ex-President Morsi’s son questioned by police

Egyptian police detained the youngest son of ousted President Mohamed Morsi from his home in Cairo early on Wednesday, family sources said. A statement released by Attorney General Nabil Sadek late Wednesday ordered the release of Abdullah Morsi on a 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($280) bail, after questioning by Egypt’s Supreme State Security Prosecution. Abdullah, a […]

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Cameroon: opposition claims ‘authentic’ results show Kamto won

Maurice Kamto, leader of Cameroon opposition party, Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon, has declared himself winner of the October 7 presidential election in the central African nation. The 64-year-old lawyer in a speech in capital Yaoundé said he had won a decisive mandate and tasked the incumbent to organize an orderly transfer of executive […]

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Tunisian President Extends State of Emergency

Tunisian President and Nidaa Tounes party leader Beji Caid Essebsi last weekend announced the extension of the state of emergency for another month. The decision to extend the state of emergency was made after Essebsi on Friday discussed with Interior Minister Hisham al-Furati and Defense Minister Abdul Karim al-Zubaidi the country’s security situation. The state […]

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Cameroon vote count begins, results expected within two weeks

Polls have closed in Cameroon on Sunday in an election widely expected to extend the rule of President Paul Biya, one of Africa’s last multi-decade leaders. The election was marked by a few incidents of unrest in Anglophone separatist regions, where rebels sought to prevent voting. Voter turnout in the English-speaking regions was low. The […]

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DRC: Surgeon Denis Mukwege wins 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Surgeon Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad. The Congolese doctor, known as the rape surgeon, is a crusading gynecologist who has spent more than two decades treating appalling injuries inflicted on women, victim of sexual violence, in DRC, while Ms […]

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World Bank could suspend funding to Tanzania over new statistics law

The World Bank may suspend funding to Tanzania over a new legislation that would punish anyone who questions official statistics. According to the World Bank, the law would undermine the production of useful and high quality data. The international lender stated that the amendments could also have serious impacts on the generation and use of […]

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Cameroon Election: Ex-football captain Samuel Eto’o endorses Biya

Cameroon’s best player of all times, Samuel Eto’o Fils, announced Tuesday that he will vote for incumbent President Paul Biya in the October 7th presidential election. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with the outgoing president, Samuel Eto’o offered his full support to President Paul Biya. He called on Cameroonians to vote for their “one […]

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