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Researchers in Morocco Develop Heat Tolerant Durum Wheat

Researchers from the Morocco-based International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) have developed durum wheat varieties that can be grown on the savannah along the Senegal River, in Mauritania as well as in Morocco during the four months of the year when temperatures reach 35-40 degrees (°C). The research, conducted in cooperation […]

Nile Dam Saga: Ethiopia rejects World Bank mediation

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Sunday rejected a call by Egypt for World Bank arbitration over the hydroelectric dam construction on the Nile. Egypt wants the World Bank to serve as a neutral party in the country’s lengthy but fruitless negotiations with Ethiopia and Sudan over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance dam. […]

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Tunisia: Senior wanted al-Qaeda member killed in ambush

Tunisian Security forces have killed Bilel Kobi, a senior figure of al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), in an ambush laid in a mountainous region known as a rear base for terrorists. The ministry of interior announced Saturday special forces hunted down a local AQIM cell in Tunisia using Mount Sammama area of central-western Tunisia […]

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Morocco sends emergency humanitarian assistance to Madagascar

Morocco has dispatch an emergency humanitarian assistance to Madagascar to help it cope with the impact of the devastating tropical cyclone Ava. The assistance, sent in implementation of Royal instructions, was airlifted by Two aircrafts of Morocco’s Royal Air Force that landed in Antananarivo on Saturday. The 30 ton-humanitarian aid, made up of tents, blankets […]

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Sudan Imposes Media Blackout as Anti-austerity Protests Flare up

Sudanese authorities have imposed a media blackout and proceeded to the arrest of seven journalists including reporters from Reuters and AFP, in an attempt to prevent news coverage of anti-austerity protests. The Committee to Protect Journalists said that the repressive measures against journalists were implemented by Sudan’s intelligence and security agency, which has also confiscated […]

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Ivorian former defense minister gets 15-year jail term

The former defense minister of Côte d’Ivoire under disgraced ex-president Laurent Gbagbo was sentenced to 15 years in jail on Thursday for conspiring against the government, local media reported. Moise Lida Kouassi, who appeared in court along three other defendants, was convicted of “conspiring to destroy or change the constitutional system”. The court ruled that […]

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Kenya launches $25 million social housing project

The Kenyan government will soon start implementing a major social housing construction program, officials said. The project worth $25 billion will allow the construction of one million low-cost housing units in the East African nation by 2023. The Kenyan government has already adopted a series of incentives to help private sector players invest in social […]

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UK, Germany pile pressure on Ethiopia in Human Rights matters

Germany and the United Kingdom have renewed pressure on the Ethiopian government urging it to fulfil its promises on political reforms and opening up the democratic space in the Horn of African nation. In a statement released on Wednesday, both embassies stressed the need to open up the political space and allow people to participate […]

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Nigeria to raise $700 mln from international sources

The Debt Management Office (DMO) of Nigeria on Tuesday said it expects to raise $700 million from international sources as part of a $3.5 billion in borrowing for the 2017 budget. Late last year, Nigerian lawmakers approved the government’s $74 billion expenditure plan for the next three years. President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has proposed a […]

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Guinea’s Alpha Condé recalls ambassador to Algiers

President Alpha Condé of Guinea and Chairperson of the African Union has recalled his ambassador to Algeria because of the inhumane and condescending treatments faced by Guineans in the North African nation. Algerian authorities have been rounding up sub-Saharan Africans in and around Algiers and have deported more than 3,000 to Niger since August last […]

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