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

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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Chinese company to invest $147 mln in copper project in DRC

China’s Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co will invest $147.2 million to build a copper project in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the company said on Tuesday. Democratic Republic of Congo is Africa’s top copper producer and the world’s leading miner of cobalt, a mineral which has seen a surge in demand due to the manufacture of […]

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Elections, regional security, economy top agenda of ECOWAS summit

West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS last weekend urged Nigeria and Senegal to ensure peaceful, free and transparent elections next year. The call was contained in a final communiqué of the 54th ordinary session of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government in Abuja. Nigeria and Senegal will hold general elections in February 2019. […]

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DRC poll delay: UN Security Council calls for Continuous dialogue

The United Nations Security Council has called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the postponement of presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, until December 30. The polls, previously scheduled for Sunday December 23 were delayed by the country’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Taking […]

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Intra-African Trade Fair records $32.6 billion in concluded deals

The inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), held recently in Cairo, was marked by the signing of deals valued at $32.6 billion, according to preliminary figures released by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank). Afreximbank, which organized the trade fair in collaboration with the African Union, said that the amount represented the value of 100 deals concluded […]

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DR Congo presidential election delayed until December 30

The Electoral Commission of the Democratic Republic of Congo has postponed to Dec. 30 the long-anticipated presidential vote scheduled for Sunday. The vote could mark the first democratic transfer of power since the country gained independence in 1960. National Independent Electoral Commission President Corneille Nangaa met candidates or their representatives earlier on Thursday to inform […]

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Congo Decides: More than 100 killed in clashes days before vote

More than 100 people have been killed in clashes between rival ethnic groups in Democratic Republic of Congo, days before Sunday’s long-delayed presidential, legislative and provincial elections, in the war-torn mineral-rich nation. According to local media, the fighting between the Batende and Banunu ethnic groups broke out on Sunday over the disputed location of a […]

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