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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 […]

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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Newly IDPs fleeing attacks in northeast Nigeria, top 2,000

After fleeing terrorist attacks, as well as clashes between Government forces and militia, more than 2,000 newly displaced Nigerians have arrived in an already over-stretched camp known as Teacher’s Village, in Maiduguri, the capital of the country’s Borno State. The UN humanitarian coordination office, OCHA, reported on Thursday that escalating attacks by non-State armed groups […]

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Ethiopia: Parliament approves creation of National Reconciliation Commission

Ethiopia’s parliament on Tuesday approved the creation of a reconciliation commission to tackle intercommunal ethnic violence. The objective of the Commission is to maintain peace, justice, national unity and consensus and to foster reconciliation among Ethiopians. The commission would also identify the reasons for disputes and violations of human rights, state-run Fana radio said. There […]

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EU mobilizes additional €5 million for Burundi regional refugee crisis The European Commission has allocated additional €5 million to address the urgent needs of Burundian refugees living in neighboring countries. For 2018, the EU’s total humanitarian response to the Burundi regional refugee crisis therefore amounts to €13 million, the commission said in a press release. The European Union is closely monitoring the Burundi crisis and has provided over €57 million in humanitarian funding since the crisis broke out in April 2015. The funding is mainly allocated to humanitarian organizations for the assistance to Burundian refugees in the region. “The region is suffering a largely forgotten and heavily underfunded refugee crisis. Most Burundian refugees currently seek refuge in Tanzania and Rwanda. But the majority of them lacks access to basic goods and services, including food,” said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides, adding it is for this reason that the EU is “scaling up its response in the region and providing much needed humanitarian assistance.” The additional support helps humanitarian organizations to provide assistance to Burundian refugees living in Tanzania and Rwanda. It particularly contributes to addressing previously unmet food, nutrition and protection needs. The Great Lakes region is characterized by a number of crises. In Burundi, an initially political crisis triggered a major socio-economic crisis and slowly turned into a humanitarian crisis. With about 400,000 Burundians seeking refuge in neighboring countries, the situation has a significant regional impact. The majority of Burundian refugees remain in Tanzania and rely on international assistance to meet their basic needs. The situation continues to be one of the world’s most under-funded humanitarian crises.

The European Commission has allocated additional €5 million to address the urgent needs of Burundian refugees living in neighboring countries. For 2018, the EU’s total humanitarian response to the Burundi regional refugee crisis therefore amounts to €13 million, the commission said in a press release. The European Union is closely monitoring the Burundi crisis and […]

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Violence spreads in Sudan over rising cost of bread, fuel

About 20 people have died in violent anti-government protests in Sudan as Police have fired tear gas at protesters in the capital, Khartoum and other parts of the country. Sudan’s main opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi on Saturday blamed “armed repression” over the rising cost of bread, although officials gave a lower death toll. A government’s […]

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Mogadishu bombings a ‘cowardly assault’ on Somalis’ right to peace – UN envoy

The head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) has condemned “in the strongest possible terms” Saturday’s twin bombings in the nation’s capital, Mogadishu, which claimed a number of lives. In a statement, Nicholas Haysom, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, said that the attacks “signify another cowardly assault against the […]

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