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

Chinese President Xi Jinping seeks deeper economic ties with Senegal

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Africa on Saturday for a four-nation visit during which he will be seeking deeper military and economic ties. It is the first overseas trip of Xi’s second term as president. In Senegal, the first leg of his Africa tour that will also take him to Rwanda and South Africa, […]

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Congo election remains on track, says Kabila

President Joseph Kabila of Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday said a presidential election in December would go ahead as planned but he declined to say whether or not he intends to enter the race. Congo, which is nearly the same size as Western Europe, is in the grip of a crisis over whether Kabila […]

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Mali: killings could undermine July’s presidential election – UN

The UN human rights office on Tuesday said killings of almost 300 Malian civilians in fighting between rival militias this year, could threaten the outcome of the upcoming presidential polls in the war-stricken nation. Mali’s incumbent president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita, who took office in 2013 and opposition frontrunner Soumaila Cisse are expected to be the […]

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West Africa-Sahel: signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) told the Security […]

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Obama ends two-day visit to Kenya, first since leaving the White House

Former US President Barack Obama has completed a two-day visit in Kenya, his first to Africa since leaving the White House. In Kenya, his father’s birthplace, the former US president met with both President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga. Obama applauded efforts by Kenyatta and Odinga to work together, after a prolonged and […]

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South Africa: UAE to invest $10 bln in Tourism and Mining

South African presidency last weekend said the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has pledged to invest about $10billion in the southern African nation’s economy, including the tourism and mining sectors. Saudi Arabia committed a similar sum with a focus on energy during a Middle East visit by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the presidency said in […]

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Ethiopian rebel group declares unilateral temporary ceasefire

Ethiopian rebel group declares unilateral temporary ceasefire

An Eritrea-based Ethiopian rebel group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), on Thursday announced a unilateral temporary ceasefire, saying it has instructed its forces operating in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state to implement the temporary ceasefire. In a press statement, OLF said the unilateral ceasefire was made to accelerate peace talks with the Ethiopian government for […]

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China-built free trade zone inaugurated in Djibouti

The China-built International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti was inaugurated last week in the presence of several African heads of state. The $370-million project consists of three functional blocks located close to all of Djibouti’s major ports, and the pilot zone will have four industrial clusters, focusing on trade and logistics, export processing and […]

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AfDB Convenes Africa Energy Market Place

The inaugural edition of the Africa Energy Market Place (AEMP) was held July 6-7 with the participation of more than 300 public, private and civil society stakeholders, including government agencies, development partners and investors in the energy sector. The two-day workshop discussed the technical, commercial, regulatory and financial issues in Africa’s fast-growing Energy market. The […]

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ICC orders release of Congo “warlord” Jean-Pierre Bemba

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ordered the release of former DRC vice-president, who was acquitted last week of war crimes. The Hague-based court has ordered the interim release, “under specific conditions”. He will be released as soon as the court’s Registry makes the necessary arrangements. Upon release, Bemba is expected to leave the […]

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