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UNHCR appeals to Eritrea over refugee camp closure

The UN’s main refugee agency launched a formal appeal to the government of Eritrea not to close the country’s only refugee camp. The Umkulu refugee camp, located some ten kilometres from the Red Sea port town of Massawa, is Eritrea’s only refugee camp. The camp hosted more than 2 100 Somali refugees. Of these, 1 […]

Mozambique: Portugal announces new reconstruction plan

Portugal has pledged to the most affected areas in Mozambique hit by Cyclone Idai and Kenneth. Cyclone Idai and Kenneth, which battered Southern Africa in March, killed more than 650 people in Mozambique alone. More than 1.3 million people need emergency food assistance after the tragedy. Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa who met Mozambican President, […]

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UNICEF welcomes release of nearly 900 children by north-east Nigeria armed group

UNICEF has welcomed the release Friday of 894 children, including 106 girls, from the ranks of an armed group called (the) Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, and vowed to enroll them in reintegration programs to help them return to civilian life. “Today, 894 children, including 106 girls, were released from the […]

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New legislation to ease geothermal investment in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Council of Ministers is considering a bill to encourage independent power producers (IPPs) to invest in geothermal power generation in the east African nation. Drafted by the Ethiopian Energy Authority last year, the new legislation comes at a time when the country is just beginning to exploit its geothermal potential. Ethiopia has the […]

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Shell plans $15 billion investments in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) will invest over $15 billion across 24 oil and gas projects in Nigeria in the next five years, the company Managing Director of the SPDC, Nosa Okunbor said. Speaking on the need for Nigeria to take advantage of the opportunities in the oil industry, Okunbor indicated that his company has […]

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Tunisia: Tunisair to downsize, State tries to keep airline afloat

Tunisia’s flagship carrier will shed over 1,000 jobs by 2020 as part of austerity measures by the state to keep the airline in operation. Transport minister Hichem Ben Ahmed has told administrative reforms committee in the parliament that 1,146 jobs will be cut off from the current 7,800 at the airline. The carrier operates 30 […]

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Chinese FM welcomed in Ethiopia, dismisses Africa debt fears

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, on Thursday said Beijing will continue supplying loans to African governments despite accusations that China’s increased investments on the continent are aimed at gaining political influence. Wang Yi made the statement after a closed-door meeting with his Ethiopian counterpart WorkinehGebeyehu in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. “China upholds the principle […]

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Arrest of ex-Shabaab leader: Somalia expels top UN official

Somali government on Tuesday expelled a high-ranking United Nations official in the country, accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty. The government says Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the U.N. SecretaryGeneral for Somalia, “is not required and cannot work in this country,” effectively declaring the official persona non grata. “The decision comes after he […]

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Sierra Leon: Former Defense minister nabbed in anti-graft campaign

Sierra Leon’s anti-graft commission has detained country’s former defense minister Alfred Paolo Conteh for being mired in some contract back in 2015, reports say. Conteh held defense department under former President Ernest Bai Koroma who led the country from 207 to April this year. The commission also nabbed Sannah Marrah; a former director of the […]

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Ex-president Rajoelina wins Madagascar vote

Madagascar’s former president Andry Rajoelina has won the country’s presidential run-off vote, electoral commission said. The former leader gained 56% of votes to defeat another former president, Marc Ravalomanana. Both candidates had previously promised to accept the result. However, the two-round election was beset by allegations of fraud from both sides — raising the risk […]

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