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

WHO gets Congo’s go-ahead to launch Ebola vaccination experiment

The World Health Organization has been authorised by officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo to use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country as the virus spreads in the central African nation. According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the organisation has agreement, registration, plus import permit and the vaccinations could begin by next […]

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Mali’s opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé launches presidential bid

Mali’s opposition leader Soumaïla Cissé was sworn in on Saturday as a candidate for the July 29 presidential election by thousands of his supporters in a stadium in capital Bamako. The former minister of finance who lost against the current president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in 2013, warned against fraud in upcoming polls. “Let us be […]

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Alleged Chinese factory pollution kills dolphin in Gambia

The operations of Chinese Golden Lead Company have led to the death of a dolphin on the shores of Gambia’s Gunjur beach, residents and activists in the West African nation said. Hundreds of youths from the coastal fishing town of Gunjur have protested against the company for polluting Gambian waters. Golden Lead, a Chinese fishmeal […]

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Gambia to sell ex-ruler’s luxury cars, planes amid mounting debt

Gambian government is selling several planes and a fleet of luxury cars bought by former President Yahya Jammeh as the West African nation seeks to reduce crippling debt contracted by the former leader. Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia’s former leader who fled the country a year ago after losing his latest re-election bid, acquired vast wealth, […]

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Swahili becomes first native African language to get Twitter recognition

Social media platform Twitter has officially recognized the use of Swahili as a language on the platform. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment. The social media now approves Swahili words and offers translation. It started detection of the language in tweets and subsequently offers a close to perfect translation as with […]

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Mauritania pledges to supply electricity to Mali

Mauritania will supply electricity to Mali up to 40 to 50 megawatts. This decision is the major result of a short visit Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, paid to Nouakchott, on Monday. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, Malian Prime Minister, led a large delegation of his government, made a visit of a few hours in Mauritania […]

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Burkina Faso: Cereal production declines to 4 million tons

Burkina Faso has harvested 4 million tons of cereals during the 2017/2018 crop year, a drop of 11% compared to 2016/2017, a balance sheet published by the government showed. The sharp drop in production for crops such as rice and wheat is mainly due to drought, armyworm attacks and grain-eating attacks, according to Ecofin news […]

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Zimbabwe: several Zanu-PF bigwigs lose in party primaries

In Zimbabwe, several Zanu-PF bigwigs, mostly politburo members and Cabinet ministers and allies of President Emmerson Mnangagwa were defeated in primary elections of the ruling ZANU-PF, results showed on Thursday. It is the first elections of the party following last November’s resignation of the long-ruling 94-year-old Robert Mugabe. Voting in the primaries, which took place […]

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Rwanda: police arrest 23 Congolese refugees to break up protest

Rwandan police arrested 23 Congolese refugees after two days of clashes in which one refugee died. Rwandan National Police had reported that one refugee had died and 20 others were injured after its officers were attacked by the refugees in western Rwanda’s Kiziba camp. The camp is home to 17,000 Congolese refugees. It was not […]

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Kenya’s president begs for forgiveness from Kenyans

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday called on Kenyans to forgive him for ‘damaging the unity of the country’ during the East African nation’s last presidential polls. In his 5th State of the Nation address to the joint session of the National Assembly and Senate on Wednesday, President Kenyatta conceded that last year’s elections threatened […]

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