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

Iswap claims two terrorist attacks in Niger on May 3

The Nigerien Ministry of Defense says two attacks occurred on Sunday. One at midday: the army claims to have intercepted “a column of vehicles coming from Tumbun Fulani”, a locality 24km north-east of Bosso. The second attack occurred around 5:45 p.m., at the border crossing with Nigeria. The Nigerien Ministry of Defense deplores two deaths […]

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Relatives of coronavirus victims seek justice in Senegal for return of bodies

In Senegal, relatives of nationals who died from the Covid-19 abroad have decided to take their case to the Supreme Court to force the authorities to accept the repatriation of dozens of bodies, some of which have been blocked for weeks. According to the collective, 80 Senegalese died of the coronavirus outside the country, including […]

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Soudan appoints first ambassador to Washington in more than twenty years

As Sudan is returning to the concert of nations, Washington and Khartoum are drawing closer and closer. The United States has agreed to receive a Sudanese ambassador on US soil for the first time since the mid-1990s. Noureldin Sati is the newly appointed ambassador to Washington. The experienced diplomat served as ambassador to France in […]

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Senegal makes largest seizure of cocaine its history

The Senegalese navy seized off the coasts of the African country this week 5.1 tons of cocaine, the largest seizure in the history of the West African nation used as transit by global traffickers. Fouladou, the coast guard, on April 28 at dawn, Le360.ma reports, intercepted a vessel; Ainez, carrying 5.145 tons of cocaine. They […]

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Chad bans death penalty for terrorists

The National Assembly adopted a new law on terrorism on 28 April. The main innovation: the new text abolishes the death penalty which was reintroduced in the summer 2015 following the terrorist attacks of Boko Haram. In June 2015, when the country had just suffered the first attacks of Boko Haram, the government passed an […]

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Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou’s appeal has been postponed until 5 May

The Beninese journalist, Ignace Sossou was sentenced last December to 18 months in prison on a cyber-harassment charge following a complaint by the public prosecutor. The journalist was accused of “harassment” by the public prosecutor after posting on tweeter. His appeal trial was scheduled for Tuesday 28 April, but as soon as it opened, the […]

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Guillaume Soro’s lawyers ask for the suspension of his trial

Guillaume Soro, the former president of the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire who has been in exile in France since end December 2019, is due to be tried on Tuesday 28 April at the Abidjan criminal court. Last week, the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights demanded that the Ivorian state suspend the arrest […]

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Guinea-Bissau: ECOWAS recognizes Umaro Sissoco Embalo’s victory

Nearly four months after the second round of the 29 December 2019 presidential election in Guinea-Bissau, ECOWAS recognized Umaro Sissoco Embalo’s victory. The victory of Umaro Sissoco Embalo was contested by his PAIGC rival Domingos Simoes Pereira. The West African organization has asked Embalo, who has been de facto installed in the presidential palace since […]

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Zimbabwe faces malaria outbreak as it locks down to counter coronavirus

At least 131 people have died from malaria in Zimbabwe in a new outbreak, adding pressure to a country already struggling to deal with Covid-19. According to the Ministry of Health, the fatalities occurred in 201 outbreak clusters, mostly from malarious provinces such as Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East. Meanwhile Zimbabwe’s lockdown has been extended […]

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Footballers support communities face COVID-19 challenge in Africa

As coronavirus pandemic is spreading in Africa, governments take various measures including curfew and lockdown in some big cities to stop the disease. Thousands of people are affected by these measures and needs for food and medical supports become urgent. In order to help populations in Africa, banks, NGOs, governments as well as individuals are […]

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