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Mauritius’s unemployment rate fell to lowest level since 2008

The unemployment rate in Mauritius has decreased from 7.3% in 2017 to 7.1% in 2018, the lowest level since 2008, the Minister of Labor, Industrial Relations, Employment and Training Soodesh Callichurn said on Thursday. According to the Minister, the number of unemployed fell from 42,400 to 41,800. Unemployment was now at its lowest since 2008 […]

ECOWAS: Sierra Leone gov’t sued over ban on pregnant schoolgirls

The government of Sierra Leone has been hurled before the court of the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) over a ban on pregnant schoolgirls returning to the classroom after delivery. Right groups including United States-based Equality Now (EN), Gambia- based Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and others filed the […]

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African Commonwealth Games athletes seek asylum after going missing

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton has warned African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games to comply with visas or face deportation. At least eight athletes from Cameroon, two from Uganda and a Rwandan para-powerlifting coach went missing in April during the Commonwealth Games in Australia. According to Australia’s Home Minister Peter […]

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President Kenyatta signs cybercrimes law amid protests

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday signed into a law a controversial Computer and cyber-crime law criminalizing fake news and online bullying. The Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act is aimed at punishing cyber fraud and illegal hacking. Under the new law, anyone who intentionally publishes false, misleading or fictitious data or misinforms, with or without […]

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Nigeria: Armed bandits kidnap over 100 passengers in Kaduna

About 100 people have been kidnapped along a road in northern Nigeria in the past few days, Reuters reported on Tuesday. According to Surajo Usman, a member of Nigeria’s National Union of Road Transport Workers, over 120 people were kidnapped between Friday and Tuesday, along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road. Usman told Reuters he escaped an […]

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Somalia ready to take over security tasks from AU

Somalian government has called on African Union (AU) and United Nations to believe in the country’s ability to take over security responsibilities. The war-torn nation’s government trough the voice of its National Security Advisor, Abdi said Musse Ali, asked a joint team of the African Union and the United Nations to not judge the country […]

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Sierra Leone: New president sworn-in before 50,000 supporters

Julius Maada Bio, Sierra Leone’s new president, who was briefly a leader of a junta during Sierra Leone’s civil war, has been sworn into office on Saturday in the capital Freetown in front of a crowd of some 50,000 supporters of the ruling SLPP party. Liberian President George Weah, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Guinean President […]

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Kenya dam bursts, kills at least 47

Floodwater from a commercial flower-farm dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley has killed at least 47 people as it swept through 450 homes and smashed into two villages, the local governor said. The walls of the reservoir, situated on top of a hill in Nakuru County, 190 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, gave way late on Wednesday, […]

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Kiir appoints Dier Ngor as governor of S. Sudan’s central bank

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Thursday, appointed Dier Ngor as new central bank governor. According to the Statement released by the Presidency, Kiir had also appointed Albino Othow as the first deputy governor. Kiir issued two other decrees removing Governor Othom Rago Ajak and his Deputy Governor from their posts. The presidential decree on […]

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African Development Bank debars CHINT Electric for 36 months for fraudulent practices

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) announced on Monday the conclusion of a settlement agreement with CHINT Electric Co., Ltd., a power transmission and distribution equipment manufacturer and EPC contractor, debarring the Chinese company for 36 months for fraudulent practices An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that CHINT Electric […]

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