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

Cameroon: doctors down tools over low salaries, working conditions

Cameroon’s public hospitals are almost at a standstill as thousands of doctors nationwide downed their tools on Monday, demanding a pay rise and better medical facilities. The doctors union SYMEC, led by Dr. Pierre Yves Bassong, called on doctors nationwide to observe the two-day strike action, which is the second since April that left patients […]

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CAR: Five Peacekeepers Killed, Ten Injured in Attack against MINUSCA

Five peacekeepers of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) were killed in an attack by the Anti-Balaka rebels, and 10 others, 9 Moroccan and a Cambodian, were injured and evacuated. Four Cambodian peacekeepers were killed on the spot, while the fifth victim, a Moroccan who has previously been […]

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Sierra Leone’s 706-carat diamond auction fails in Belgium

Sierra Leone government on Thursday fails to sell one of the world’s largest diamonds at an auction in Belgium. The large stone of 706-carat was discovered by a Christian pastor, one of thousands who work in the informal mining sector dominating the diamond-rich West African country. The chief auctioneer and head of the National Minerals […]

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IMF team to visit DR Congo as economic crisis deepens

International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Christine Lagarde on Thursday proposed a visit of IMF officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to check the state of the central African nation’s economic crisis, the finance minister told Reuters. According to Finance minister Henri Yav, the head of the international lender addressed a letter to the Head of […]

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Tanzania: John Magufuli pushes for mining companies reforms

Tanzania’s ‘Bulldozer’ John Magufuli on Tuesday announced plans to enforce a new rule requiring mining firms to list on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange bourse by August. The move according to the president will increase transparency in the East African nation’s mining sector “By listing these companies on the stock exchange, we will be […]

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DRC: 4,600 people flee homes daily – UN

About 4,600 people flee their homes every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the political and humanitarian crisis deepens, the UN said on Monday. According to the United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA, 3.7 million people were displaced within the central African nation by the end of March – more than double the 1.6 […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Rebellious soldiers seize control of second biggest city

Demobilized soldiers in Côte d’Ivoire have launched mutinies in the West-African nation’s largest city Bouaké, early on Monday, Reuters reports. The former rebels have erected barricades, blocking traffic in the city; the news agency reports said quoting military sources. The rebellion in Bouaké, a city of half a million inhabitants, 350km north of the economic […]

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Sahara: the Polisario losing ground in Africa, across the world

The Algeria-backed Polisario, which is claiming sovereignty over the Western Sahara territory in Southern Morocco, is losing more ground in Africa day by day. On Friday, the separatists were dealt another blow as Malawi announced that it withdrew its recognition of the pseudo-Sahrawi republic proclaimed by the Polisario. The announcement was made by Malawian Foreign […]

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Senegal: NBA opens first Academy to unleash African talents

The NBA, major men’s professional basketball league in North America, opened its first NBA Africa Academy on Thursday in Senegal. The inauguration of the African academy based in the third-largest city of the West African nation, Thies, follows similar NBA projects opened last year in China and other projects in Australia and in India. According […]

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Somalia’s youngest minister shot dead by Police

Somalia’s youngest minister Abbass Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji has been shot dead in an incident close to the presidential palace in capital Mogadishu. The Mogadishu mayoral spokesman confirmed the death of the 31-year-old minister, disclosing that he was mistakenly shot by government forces who mistook him for a militant. Local media reported that the slain minister […]

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