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

China announces ban on ivory trade, new hope for Africa

China, the world’s largest ivory importer and trader on Friday announced the ban of all trade in ivory by the end of 2017. The move comes as a potential game changer for African countries engaged the fight against elephants’ poaching. According to The BBC, China’s ivory factories are to be officially shut down by 31st […]

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Ivory Coast’s ex-first lady acquitted of war crimes

Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo has been acquitted by the Abidjan Assize Court   on Tuesday for her role in 2010 and 2011 post-election violence. “The majority jury declares Simone Gbagbo not guilty of the crimes charged, pronounces her acquittal and orders her to be released immediately if she is not detained for other […]

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Cameroon: Main opposition party calls for federalism

Cameroon’s main opposition party, Social Democratic Front, SDF, has called for federalism on Monday as Anglophone crisis continues to deepen in the Central African nation. Residents of the Southwest and Northwest provinces are pushing for federalism since December last year saying that they are being politically and economically sidelined by the Francophone government. According to […]

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South Sudan: U.S., UN accuse Juba of ‘deliberate starvation tactics’

The United States on Thursday joined the chorus to warn South Sudan’s government over “deliberate starvation tactics,” that are leading to a humanitarian crisis in the World’s youngest nation. About 50,000 people have died in South Sudan’s civil war, which began in December 2013 as a result of a struggle for power between President Salva […]

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CAR: Armed groups, UN forces occupy schools – HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday said armed men and United Nations peacekeepers in Central African Republic have occupied schools, preventing pupils across the country from receiving an education. Central African Republic descended into chaos in 2013 when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew the Christian president. The Christian anti-Balaka militia retaliated with a backlash […]

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A Ghanaian becomes first black female neurosurgeon in top US University

Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, a Ghanaian neurosurgeon trained in the United States, has become earlier this week, the first black woman in 30 years to be accepted as a resident at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s neurosurgical department. The prestigious program, ranked second in the United States, accepts just two to five residents. Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, who moved […]

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Benin: MPs to amend new constitution this week

Members of Benin’s parliament will scrutinize a draft bill to amend the tiny West African nation’s 1990 constitution on Friday, local media reported. The new text, according to Justice Minister Joseph Djogbenou, will correct the shortcomings of the present constitution. “Changes to the constitution are calculated to inspire confidence in the country’s fundamental law, strengthen […]

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Congo: Runner-up in 2016 poll launches new political party

The runner-up in Congo’s election last year, Guy-Brice Parfait Kolélas, has launched his political party in the central African nation on Sunday, local media reported. According to Kolélas, the party called the “Union of Humanist Democrats” (UDH-Yuki), aims to cut the bridge with the Congolese Movement for Democracy that was created by his late father […]

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Rwanda: green party leader to challenge Kagame in August polls

Rwanda’s opposition leader Frank Habineza this weekend said he would challenge incumbent President Paul Kagame in the August-scheduled presidential election. Rwandans have voted in a referendum on a constitutional amendment last year to allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term in office this year. The leader of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda […]

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About 5,000 Boko Haram hostages rescued

Regional joint security forces have rescued over 5,000 Boko Haram hostages in a week-long operation, dubbed Thunder 2, in mountains along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, official said. “The hostages freed consisted mostly of women, children and elderly people,” Cameroon’s Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary told a news conference. According to him, 21 Boko Haram suspects had […]

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