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Standoff between Somalia’s federal, state authorities could ‘paralyze’ progress – UN envoy

Ongoing tensions between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the country’s state authorities were center stage, as the United Nations top envoy for Somalia visited the country’s South West State on Wednesday. Nicholas Haysom, UN Special Representative for Somalia and head of the Assistance Mission UNSOM, called for better collaboration: “What we’re facing is […]

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Ethiopia gets $1.2 bln loans, grants from World Bank

The World Bank has approved $1.2 billion in grants and loans to Ethiopia, the Washington-based lender said in a statement. According to the bank, the $600 million grant and $600 million loan will finance reforms in the financial sector and improve investment climate. The financial boost will also help promote public-private partnerships to improve efficiency […]

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Tanzania launches anti-gay witch-hunt

Tanzania’s government has established a committee to investigate and deal with people who are involved in homosexual activities. According to local media, the 17-member committee was announced on Wednesday by the Dar es Salaam regional commissioner, Paul Makonda. The committee includes police officers, psychologists, and members of the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority. Addressing a press […]

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Kenya Airways starts direct flights to US

Kenya Airways’ inaugural flight to the United States has landed at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday, completing a historic flight that will shave up to seven hours off the tortuous journey that usually involves long layovers in Europe or the Middle East. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and some government officials were at […]

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Nigeria: military open fire on Shi’ite Muslim protesters

Nigeria’s military fired live bullets at Shi’ite Muslim protesters marching in the capital Abuja on Monday to demand the release of their religious leader. Shi’ite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky has been imprisoned without being charged. Hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) took part in the march for the release of Ibrahim Zakzaky. […]

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Africa: Air pollution kills hundreds children – WHO warns

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said air pollution kills 7 million people each year including 600,000 children mostly in Africa and Asia. It also said 9 out of 10 people on the planet breathe in toxic air. According to the UN health body, every day, 93 percent of children under the age of […]

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eSwatini has a new PM, but the king holds absolute power

eSwatini’s King Mswati has appointed Ambrose Dlamini, chief executive of the local unit of telecoms group MTN, as new Prime Minister, local media reported. King Mswati, who has 14 wives and more than 25 children, made the announcement to supporters on Saturday at his royal residence. The new Prime Minister replaces Sibusiso Dlamini, who passed […]

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Nigeria-Entrepreneurship: TEF-hashed out entrepreneurs to use TEFConnect to boost business

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) launched Thursday at its annual forum the TEFConnect a revolutionary digital community that will connect all African entrepreneurs including the 4,470 African economic revolutionaries that the foundation has empowered since its inception four years ago. For the fourth straight year, TEF gathered in the Nigerian economic capital Lagos, 4,4470 African […]

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Over 330,000 Congolese migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola – UN rights chief

The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in “serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border” and left at least 330,000 returnees in an “extremely precarious situation”. This month, some 330,000 people have reportedly […]

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Somali states to form joint force to fight Al-Shabaab

Federal Member States in Somalia have announced the creation of a new force to fight the activities of Al-Shabaab in the country. According to a communiqué released on Thursday, Somalia’s Council of Interstate Cooperation has agreed to draw 1,000 soldiers from each Federal Member State, to “integrate and train them together for smooth, seamless and […]

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