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Sudan-Egypt diplomatic row escalates

Sudanese foreign minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, on Sunday cancelled a trip to Egypt as President Omar al-Bashir’s declarations last week triggered a major diplomatic row between the two countries. “We told our brothers in Egypt about the postponement of the visit due to internal issues and it would take place later,” Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said […]

Kenya: campaigns officially kick off for August vote

The official campaigns for Kenya’s presidential and general elections kicked off last weekend in the East African nation. Kenyans go to the polls on August 8 to elect a president, lawmakers and local officials. Besides the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta who is seeking a second term, at least eight other candidates are vying for the […]

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French hostage freed in DRC

Armed attackers freed a French national and three Congolese kidnapped in March during an attack on a gold mine in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the Interior Ministry said in statement. “The president of the (French) republic welcomes the news of the liberation of our compatriot kidnapped on March 1 in the east of Democratic […]

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International Organization of Francophonie Bestows its Highest Distinction on Morocco’s King

The International Organization of la Francophonie has awarded King Mohammed VI of Morocco its highest honorary order, the Order of La Pléiade, in tribute to his determining role in promoting the values of dialogue and tolerance worldwide and in establishing at home a modern state, a state of the rule of law. The decoration was […]

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Algeria: ailing president appoints new PM

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday appointed Abdul-Majeed Tabboun as the country’s new prime minister, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal, a statement broadcast by the state media said. “Following the Constitutional Council’s announcement of the final results of recent legislative polls, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal submitted his resignation today to President Bouteflika,” the statement read. Tabboun, 71, […]

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Trump pledges $300 million to fight famine in Africa, Yemen

United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday, pledged to disburse more than $300 million to help prevent famine in Yemen and several countries in Africa. Trump who was meeting Pope Francis for the first time, said he had “renewed” the US “commitment to fighting global famine”, with the United Nations warning that about 20 million […]

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Tanzanian president fires minerals minister, state-run Audit Agency chief

Tanzania’s President nicknamed “The Bulldozer”, and reputed to be a no-nonsense, results-driven politician, fired the mining minister and the chief of the state-run mineral audit agency on Wednesday over tax evasion allegation. The decision announced by President John Magufuli comes after he received a report into whether mining companies were under-declaring the value of their […]

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An African at the helm of WHO, a Première

After a tough election campaign and three rounds of voting, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Tuesday Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director-General. He thus becomes the first African to hold the position. “Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on […]

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Gambia freezes exiled leader’s assets

The government of Gambia on Monday seized over 200 assets of exiled former President Yahya Jammeh after it was discovered that he illegally withdrew millions of dollars from state coffers. Yahya Jammeh unlawfully withdrew over $50 million from two state accounts between 2006 and 2017, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou told journalists in Banjul. Jammeh took […]

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Libya: UNHCR expresses dismay over refugees’ detention conditions

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has stated that he was “shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants are held, generally due to lack of resources” while stressing that “the time has come for us, as the UN refugee agency, to step up our presence and activities in the country.” Grandi […]

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