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Saudi crown prince visits Algeria

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived Monday in Algeria, where hundreds of people have been protesting the visit over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The powerful prince and his large delegation were seen being greeted on a red carpet at Algiers airport by Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and members of his […]

China pledges to build a 650-seat parliament in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s information minister on Friday said Chinese officials have pledged $46 million for a new parliament building, to be built on a plot of farmland outside the capital Harare. The building, extending over a total floor area of 33,000 square meters, will replace the current parliament building, built in the colonial era. An artist’s impression […]

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Côte d’Ivoire-local elections: Ouattara’s ruling coalition wins Majority

With 92 mayors and 18 regional councilors, Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling alliance won a majority in local elections that were contested by its former coalition ally Henri Konan Bédié. The PDCI, led by Henri Konan Bédié, alleged electoral fraud and filed appeals before the country’s Supreme Court, challenging the results in several constituencies. Violence […]

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UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted, abused in South Sudan

Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN’s top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release. The development reportedly happened in April, ahead of the signing in August of a new peace agreement […]

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Kenyan government unveils next year’s budget

Kenyan Treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich has unveiled the 2018/2019 budget in Parliament, local media reported. The expenditure will help finance President Uhuru Kenyatta’s so-called Big Four agenda, which seeks to boost agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and home building to drive economic growth. The record budget of 3.07 trillion shillings is expected to be financed through […]

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Billions of dollars in remittances flowed to Africa in 2017 – Report

The World Bank and other development partners have revealed that the total money transfers by African migrants to their region or country of origin surged from $34 billion in 2016 to $38 billion, in 2017. The amount includes intra-African transfers. According the Word Bank’s report “Migration and Remittances: Recent Developments and Prospects”, released on April […]

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UN, AU voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau

The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference. “The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the Secretary-General of the United […]

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UN Secretary General calls for Enhanced UN-AU Cooperation to Counter Terrorism

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for upgrading cooperation between the world organization and the African Union to counter the scourge of terrorism, pointing out that no single nation, institution, or organization can defeat terrorism in Africa or anywhere else. António Guterres, who was addressing a special meeting of the African Union Peace […]

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Al Qaida Attack Kills 14 Soldiers in Mali

Al Qaeda has hit again in northern Mali killing at least 14 Malian soldiers and wounding 18 others in the worst attack on security forces in the West African country in more than a year. Malian military Spokesperson said that 17 terrorists were killed on the scene of the attack, which targeted a military base […]

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Algeria Bans Imports of 900 Products to Curb Spending

Algeria continues to implement time buying measures to compensate for falling oil revenues. The country has banned imports of a list of nearly 900 products including mobile phones and household appliances as its foreign currency reserves are expected to further fall to $85 billion in 2018, down from $194 billion in 2013. The ban was […]

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