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

Tunisia: who was Slim Chaker, the Minister who died for children cancer?

Tunisia’s health minister Slim Chaker died on Sunday after a charity marathon to build a clinic for children with cancer, officials said on Monday. According to the officials in the ministry, Slim Chaker, 56, fell ill after running some 500 metres in the coastal town of Nabeul. He died of a heart attack later in […]

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US troops killed in ambush in Niger by suspected terrorists

Three members of the US Special Operations Forces have been killed and two others wounded in Niger near the Mali-Niger border, reports say. According Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, a spokesman for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany, the patrol had come under “hostile fire”. Several Nigerien soldiers are also said to have died […]

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Kenya: WFP cuts food rations for over 400.000 refugees by 30%

The U.N. World Food Program on Monday announced that it will cut food rations by 30 percent for more than 400,000 refugees living in camps in Kenya. According to the UN agency, the decision is due to insufficient funding as it needed $28.5 million to cover the food assistance needs of the 420,000 refugees living […]

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Madagascar: Plague outbreak kills scores – WHO

The World Health Organization on Sunday warned that a highly infectious, deadly form of pneumonic plague is spreading rapidly in Madagascar after the outbreak has claimed 21 lives in the Indian Ocean Island. Pneumonic plague which a severe lung infection is caused by the bacterium Yersinia and transmitted from person to person, has been detected […]

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Senegal: National revenue records a surplus of 560 billion CFA

Senegal’s economy has recorded a revenue surplus of over 560 billion CFA, data from the West African nation’s office of economic planning, policies and finance revealed. The economy may grow 6.8 percent this year, the most in sub-Saharan Africa after Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, according to the International Monetary Fund. Senegal is one of the […]

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Chad: African Union surprised at U.S. travel ban

The African Union on Tuesday condemned the latest United States (U.S.) travel ban which has included Chad. An executive orders signed by President Trump on Sunday has suspended business and tourist visas for Chadians. The move, according to Washington comes as Ndjamena fail to share terrorism-related and other crucial information requested by the U.S. Seven […]

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Donald Trump’s extends US travel ban to chad, others

Starting next month, business and tourist visas for Chadians will be suspended as United States of America’s President Donald Trump on Sunday added the central African nation to the countries affected by the United States travel ban. Chad, North Korea and Venezuela are on the latest ban list signed by President Trump on Sunday. According […]

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Rwanda: Nine people charged with plotting a coup d’état

An opposition leader and eight others were arrested and charged on Wednesday with forming an armed group and seeking to overthrow the Kagame government. The accused were arrested as part of investigations into formation of an irregular armed group. The indictments could see them jailed for life under the Rwandan law. Among the suspects, Boniface […]

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Rwanda, France move to strengthen mutual interests

Rwandan President Paul Kagame met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, as diplomatic relationships between the two nations remain hostage to the 1994 genocide, Reuters reports. Rwanda and France have an on-going dispute about the circumstances surrounding the 1994 plane crash, where most victims […]

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Zimbabwe, Opposition Leader Tsvangirai hospitalized

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader and candidate for the 2018 presidential election Morgan Tsvangirai has been urgently hospitalized in South Africa, his party said. “President Morgan Tsvangirai, who flew to South Africa for a routine medical procedure, is in a very stable condition contrary to morbid media reports that he is critical and is battling for his […]

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