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

Somalia: 200,000 bags of charcoal smuggled out to Iraq – VOA

Over 200,000 bags of Somali charcoal arrived in the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, a Somali official at the United Nations told the VOA on Monday. According to the U.S. radio, Somalia regretted how over two hundred thousand bags of charcoal had left the country. Somalia is losing trees at an alarming rate to an […]

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Rapper Akon eyes solar investment program for Sierra Leone

Popular African-American Singer, record producer and philanthropist, Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam has promised to provide 5,000 solar street lights and 2,500 traffic lights to support Sierra-Leone President Bio’s energy agenda. The Senegalese-American vocalist Akon known for his R&B-style vocals, met with the president in New York on the side-lines of the ongoing United Nations […]

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Kenya: Inflation hits 12-month high due to VAT on fuel

Kenya’s inflation rose in September, pushed higher by an increase in fuel, transport and food prices, the statistics office said over the weekend. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the rate rose to 5.70 percent year-on-year from 4.04 percent a month earlier, while on monthly basis, inflation was 1.02 percent from 0.31 percent […]

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UN chief celebrates spirit of hope in Mali, calls for greater international support

As climate change, poverty, violence… and other countless challenges hamper the stability and development of Mali and the Sahel region, a high-level event on Wednesday explored progress made in the implementation of the UN Support Plan for the Sahel (UNSS), and galvanized renewed commitment for the Malian peace process initiated in 2015. A few weeks […]

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Canada warns citizens against traveling to Cameroon

The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory for Cameroon cautioning its citizens on the security situation ahead of October 7 presidential election. According to the safety and security advisory, demonstrations could occur before, during and after the elections. The Canadian government advises its citizens to avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking […]

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UN Assembly: AU chair welcomes partnership between the NBA and Africa

Rwanda’s President and head of the African Union Paul Kagame on Monday welcomed a partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States and the African continent. Kagame who was speaking in New York at a reception hosted by the NBA, ahead of the UN General Assembly, said that picking some African players […]

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Egypt: Siemens Wins 8-year Contract to Run Combined Cycle Power Plants

Germany’s power Siemens will operate and maintain Egypt’s three power plants for eight years, under an agreement signed with Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), Trade Arabia reports. Under the agreement, Trade Arabia notes, Siemens will provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services (O&M) for the Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus power plants. The plants, each […]

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Senegalese capital Dakar to host 2018 CAF awards gala night

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed on Wednesday Senegal will host this year’s ceremony for the 2018 CAF Awards. Nigeria and Ghana had been hosting the prestigious banquet between them in recent years. The continental football body has broken tradition, awarding Senegalese capital, Dakar the hosting rights of the 2018 African Footballer of the […]

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Burkina Faso: Fears of resurgence of female genital mutilation

Equality Now, a women’s rights organization, is calling on the Burkinabe government to toughen its efforts in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the wake of a report that 50 girls had suffered complications after undergoing the illegal procedure. The circumcisions reportedly took place in the first week of September in the Kaya […]

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Migration: Angela Merkel meets Algeria’s invisible president, PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has rarely appeared in public since a crippling stroke in 2013. Algerian television channels showed images of Merkel and Bouteflika talking together during her one-day visit to the country on Monday. Initially set for February 2017, the meeting between the two leaders was […]

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