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

AfDB questions Africa’s annual $35bn food importation

African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday lamented the negative effects that huge food imports had on the African continent. Speaking at the Center for Global Development event held in Washington DC, the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister indicated that the continent must break the food import chain and aim for self-sufficiency in food production […]

DRC: MONUSCO airlifted 3,900 tonnes of election materials

Election materials distribution has kicked-off in 15 election centres in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said on Wednesday. The United Nations Mission in the central African nation (MONUSCO) has already dispatched 3,900 tonnes of election materials around the country’s 107 satellite stations. “As I speak, a helicopter is making a final rotation between Kinshasa […]

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U.N. expresses concern over rampant insecurity in Burundi

United Nations Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday urged officials in Burundi to end the impunity of the government-allied militia called the Imbonerakure. Unidentified bodies have been found across the central African nation after night raids on opposition homes by militias, a top U.N. rights official told Reuters on Tuesday. According to […]

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Tunisia: Economy expected to recover in 2017 – PM

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Sunday indicated that the economy will start to regain growth in 2017 as the North African Nation revived its tourism industry and state phosphate production. Six years after an uprising that ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, economic growth in Tunisia remains below the long-term average. “The tourism […]

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Libya: HoR and boycotting PC member slams Serraj for calling foreign intervention

Libya’s internationally recognised Parliament; House of Representatives has charged nominal Prime Minister Faiez Serraj for calling for foreign intervention in the south of the country as fighting rage between HoR-backed Libyan National Army (LNA) and Misrata forces backed by the Serraj-led Presidential Council. Voices have risen in Libya noting the involvement of Chadian mercenaries fighting […]

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DRC to finance polls with internal resources– PM

The new Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Bruno Tshibala on Wednesday indicated that the central African mineral-rich nation will organise next presidential polls with the country’s internal resources. “We see no disadvantage to this that there is a booster that would come from our partners, but we will make every effort […]

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Algeria’s Foreign Exchange Reserves fall to $109 bln in February 2017

Algeria is on course of depleting its coffers as its foreign exchange reserves continue to dwindle to stand at $109 billion dollars at the end of last February, said governor of Algeria’s central bank, Mohamed Loukal. Battered by the slump in oil prices, Algeria’s reserves followed a decreasing trend from $194 billion in 2013, $178 […]

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Algeria, a key partner in fight against terrorism – US State Department

US State Department has hailed cooperation with Algeria in the fight against terrorism adding that the North African country is key US partner in this fight given its rich experience. The accolades to the North African country came from Justin Siberell, Coordinator of the US fight against terrorism on Thursday on receiving in Washington Algeria’s […]

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Mali peace conference urges talks with Jihadists

Mali’s national peace conference closed proceedings this weekend with a call for negotiations with Jihadists in the country’s north in a bid to end successive separatist uprisings in in the West African nation. The Coordination of Movements of Azawad (CMA), the former rebel alliance, and Mali’s opposition groupings had previously boycotted the conference, citing lack […]

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UN Security Council adopts historic resolution against Boko Haram

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution this weekend providing for greater support to strengthen the capabilities of the regional multinational force that is trying to defeat Boko Haram insurgents and Islamic State extremists in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. The council indicated that the regional troops need logistical, mobility and communications assistance […]

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