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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 […]

South Sudan: Security improving, UN envoy says

The security situation in north-western South Sudan has improved with displaced people returning home, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the African country has said, holding he situation in Wau as a “model” for other parts of the country where displacement rose so far this year. “I am pleased to see that […]

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Youth Connekt Africa Summit Opens in Kigali

The inaugural Youth Connekt Africa summit opened in the Rwandan capital Kigali Thursday with the participation of over 2500 delegates from all over the continent. The summit is looking into ways to realize the potential of the continent’s youths, forming the world’s largest youth population. Besides setting up networks among participating delegates, the gathering will […]

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Nigeria: ailing Buhari’s audio Hausa speech sparks controversy

Nigeria’s ailing President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed Nigerians for the first time since he left for Britain on medical leave on May 7. In an audio message to mark the Islamic Eid al-Fitr holiday, Buhari who is still in the UK, has called for peace and unity, in the Hausa language. “My greetings to all […]

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Tanzania to get $4 million from Holland to boost potato production

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs will inject about $4 million in Tanzania to finance the construction of a center for the development of the potato industry in the East African nation. Nine Dutch companies active in the sector will also contribute to the construction of the infrastructure, which is scheduled to be completed by […]

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An African at the helm of WHO, a Première

After a tough election campaign and three rounds of voting, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Tuesday Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director-General. He thus becomes the first African to hold the position. “Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on […]

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Libya: UNHCR expresses dismay over refugees’ detention conditions

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has stated that he was “shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants are held, generally due to lack of resources” while stressing that “the time has come for us, as the UN refugee agency, to step up our presence and activities in the country.” Grandi […]

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Botswana: World Bank backs $ 145.5 mln water projects

The World Bank has approved $145.5 million loan to Botswana for water projects in the southern African nation, Kenneth Matambo, Minister of Finance, said. According to the minister, the project was prepared in response to the 2015-2016 El-Nino related droughts, which was rated extremely severe and considered the worst in the last 34 years. The […]

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Côte d’Ivoire’s Cocoa Arrivals at Port Increase by 8%

Ivorian cocoa exporters estimated cocoa arrivals at ports of the West African nation at around 783,000 tons by Dec. 25 since the start of the season on Oct. 1. This is up 8.15 percent from the 724,000 tons over the same period of the previous season. Exporters estimated that about 83,000 tons of beans were […]

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DRC: About 22 Civilians Slaughtered in North Kivu Province

About twenty-two civilians were slaughtered during the Christmas weekend in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the administrator of Beni, the region where the massacre occurred, the attack was perpetrated by the Ugandan Muslim rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). “Yesterday the [ADF] killed ten civilians in Eringeti. Twelve […]

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