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

Côte d’Ivoire: Trial of Laurent Gbagbo’s son Michel postponed

The trial of Michel Gbagbo, the son of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, accused of broadcasting “fake news” has been postponed on Friday, local media reports. The 47-year-old was charged in May along with the general manager of influential news portal koaci.com, Laurent Despas, for announcing the disappearance of political prisoners in the country last […]

Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe battles over $1.35 million ring

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary. According to the state-run media Herald, the first Lady has paid Lebanese businessman, Jamal Joseph Ahmed $1.35 million for a diamond ring in 2015, but was supplied with an “inferior […]

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Angola: President Joao Lourenco slashes his predecessor’s legacy

Angolan President Joao Lourenco has ordered the immediate closure of the Office for the Revitalization and Execution of Institutional Communication and Marketing of Administration (GRECIMA). According to local media, Journal de Angola, President Lourenco issued the closure orders via a press release that relieved GRECIMA boss, Manuel Antonio Rabelais, of his post and transferred the […]

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Gabon unveils $300 million new port Harbor

The Gabonese government on Saturday, unveiled a $300 million port as the central African nation seeks to modernize the existing Port of Owendo. The new port was constructed in partnership with Olam group from Singapore and will be partly managed by French logistics company, Bolloré. The project will allow the country to revive the economy […]

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Senegal adopts $6.7 billion finance bill for 2018

The Senegalese government has adopted the Finance Bill for 2018 with a budget of 3,709.10 billion CFA francs ($6.7 billion), about 10.4% increase compared to 2017. According to the Council of Ministers, the 2018 budget is oriented towards the main social priorities and privileges expenditures that have direct and immediate impact on the daily life […]

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No presidential polls in DR Congo until mid-2019

There will not be elections to choose the next president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) until 2019, the electoral commission said. Elections were due after President Kabila’s mandate expired in December 2016, but the polls did not take place because of the unavailability of a voters’ register and insecurity in parts of the […]

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Burkina Faso: Ex-minister Bassolé released from prison, placed under house arrest

Burkina Faso’s former foreign affairs minister, Djibril Bassolé, has been released from jail on Wednesday, pending trial for treason. Djibril Bassolé who is accused of alleged involvement in a coup attempt in 2015, left the military house of Ouagadougou on Wednesday to a presidential villa under military surveillance, local media reported. The defense team of […]

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Sub-Saharan Africa to record slow growth – WB’s Africa Pulse report

Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy is growing more slowly this year than expected, the World Bank said on Wednesday. According to the Bretton Wood institution’s Africa Pulse report, the slow growth of the region is largely due to weak investment and productivity. The Bank said the downgrade to 2017 projections was due to various conditions, including the […]

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France to welcome 3,000 refugees from Africa by 2019

France will welcome about 10,000 refugees by 2019, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday after meeting with the President of the UN High Commission for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. Out of the 10,000 refugees who will be granted asylum, 3,000 will come from sub-Saharan Africa. France will start “in the coming weeks” missions in Niger and […]

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Two UN Peacekeepers killed in DRC

Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several injured in an attack on their base in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN spokesperson announced. “The injured peacekeepers have been evacuated to Goma for medical assistance,” said spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at the regular news briefing at UN Headquarters, in New York, […]

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