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Egypt: Siemens Wins 8-year Contract to Run Combined Cycle Power Plants

Germany’s power Siemens will operate and maintain Egypt’s three power plants for eight years, under an agreement signed with Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), Trade Arabia reports. Under the agreement, Trade Arabia notes, Siemens will provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services (O&M) for the Beni Suef, New Capital and Burullus power plants. The plants, each […]

Morocco Elected to IAEA Board of Governors

Morocco was elected Thursday as member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the 62nd session of the General Conference of the Agency, held in Vienna. Morocco, which has received unanimous support from the African group, will sit on the Board of Governors for a two-year term from 2018 […]

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AU launches advocacy campaign for African Continental Free Trade Area

The African Union has launched an advocacy campaign to encourage more countries to ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) A business guide, developed by the International Trade Center (ITC), was launched on Tuesday to help stakeholders to better understand and navigate the agreement. The Business Guide, which was formally presented to the African […]

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Mass exodus in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions ahead of Oct. 7 polls

In Anglophone Cameroon, hundreds of people were reportedly quitting the region as the Anglophone crisis continued to take a toll on lives and properties across the area. The Northwest region together with the Southwest constitute the country’s minority Anglophone region. The two regions have been suffering a security crisis since last year amid armed exchanges […]

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Burkina Faso: Fears of resurgence of female genital mutilation

Equality Now, a women’s rights organization, is calling on the Burkinabe government to toughen its efforts in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the wake of a report that 50 girls had suffered complications after undergoing the illegal procedure. The circumcisions reportedly took place in the first week of September in the Kaya […]

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EU is trying to ‘hijack our institutions’ – Uganda Government spokesman

The Ugandan government has responded to the European Union Parliament, days after the continental bloc’s parliament has called on the East African nation to drop charges against legislators. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a resolution released last weekend made reference to the violent turn of events during a by-election in August in Uganda. […]

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ICC sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba for witness tampering

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has finally sentenced DRC’s former vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba to a €300,000 fine and a 12-month sentence for witness tampering. The former warlord’s sentence was, however, reduced to zero due to time served. The Hague-Based court acquitted 55-year-old businessman-turned-rebel leader Bemba on appeal for war crimes and crimes against humanity […]

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South Sudanese government must bring soldiers under control

A “lack of command and control” on the part of South Sudan’s government, just days after signing a new peace agreement to end years of brutal civil conflict, is one of the factors, which led to the shooting of a United Nations peacekeeper on Saturday, the UN mission chief in the country has said. Special […]

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‘Wind of hope’ blowing through Horn of Africa, says UN chief

There is a powerful wind of hope blowing across the Horn of Africa region, said UN chief António Guterres on Sunday, in Saudi Arabia, where he attended the signing of a peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, ending decades of simmering conflict. Saudi Arabia facilitated the agreement, and in a message on Twitter, the Foreign […]

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U.S. to keep sanctions, pressure on Zimbabwe – Official

The United States government will not lift sanctions against Zimbabwe until the new government demonstrates reforms, a senior U.S. economic official told a congressional panel on Thursday. The United States imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe in early 2000, after they accused ex-president Robert Mugabe of trampling on human rights and press freedom, and rigging elections. The […]

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