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

Burkina Faso’s Kabore pledges to boost ties with China

After ending its official diplomatic relations with Taiwan’s government last year, Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has pledged to further the development of ties with China. President Kabore made the remarks while meeting with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the capital, Ouagadougou. According to Kabore, Burkina Faso is ready […]

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Burkina Faso: 13 killed in intercommunal violence

Inter-communal conflict has claimed at least thirteen lives of civilians in central Burkina Faso, the government said. Burkina has seen a spike in Islamist attacks in recent months as jihadists seek to increase their influence in the West African Sahel nation. According to local media, armed men on motorbikes descended on the village of Yirgou, […]

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One candidate “clearly won” Congo election – Catholic Church bishops

The Roman Catholic Church bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Thursday said they already know the winner of the December 30 presidential elections, according to tallies from more than 40,000 observers deployed by the church across the country. According to the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) bishops, it was clear which […]

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Sudan restricts social media access to counter anti-govt protest

Sudanese authorities are blocking access to popular social media platforms used to organise and broadcast nationwide anti-government protests, local media reported. In a country where the state tightly controls traditional media, the internet has become a key information battleground, according to Reuters. “There was a discussion in the government about blocking social media sites and […]

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Niger troops kill more than 280 Boko Haram fighters

Nigerien troops and air strikes have killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants since last week, the defence ministry said. The government of the West African nation started an operation against the group last week in a region where militants have been fighting for more than nine years to carve out an Islamist caliphate. 200 […]

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DRC: Congolese await vote results of first peaceful power transfer

Congolese are waiting for Sunday election results which will unveil the successor of the outgoing President Joseph Kabila two years after the electoral process was delayed over logistical problems. Millions of Congolese Sunday cast their votes except some 1.26 million in some regions of the country, including the eastern city of Goma the vote has […]

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DR Congo gives EU rep 48 hours to leave before partial election

In Democratic Republic of Congo where voting has been further postponed into meaningless in some regions, Kinshasa has asked the European Union to recall its representative citing targeted sanctions against 14 Congolese officials. The European Union had sanctioned the officials for their roles in repression of anti-Kabila protests. Among the affected officials are Emmanuel Ramazani […]

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Sudan: Death Toll Rises Amid Growing Turmoil Over Bread Price Hike

Several Sudanese cities and towns have been rocked since last week by widening anti-government protests, triggered by a rise in bread and fuel prices. The demonstrations, which started on December 19 in the city of Atbara, quickly spread across the country, including to the capital Khartoum. In some cities, security forces have used tear gas […]

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Genocide: France drops charges against Rwandan officials

French investigative magistrates have dropped charges against nine Rwandan officials investigated over the death of the country’s president in 1998. French judges have dropped the long-running investigation into the shooting down of a plane carrying the former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. A judge accused Tutsi rebels, led by the current president, Paul Kagame, of the […]

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EIB invests €495 million in transport, energy, internet across Africa

The European Investment Bank has formally agreed a total of €495 million of new financing for three projects to support sustainable transport, clean energy and internet access projects in North, West and East Africa. The three projects, signed at the summit attended by heads of state and government from across Africa and Europe, earlier this […]

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