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DRC: 49 dead following shipwreck in the Northwest

At least 49 people are feared drowned while about the same number survived after an overcrowded whaleboat sank in the River Congo, a local official told a Congolese radio station. According to Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of Tshuapa Province, in northern Congo, the whaleboat had sunk late on Wednesday. The number of victims can […]

Boko Haram: Amnesty accuses Nigerian troops of rape

Nigeria’s military has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity including torture, rape and killing of civilians during its fight against terrorist group Boko Haram, according to claims in a new report by human rights group Amnesty International. The 89-page report, based on hundreds of interviews, said the crimes were perpetrated for years and have […]

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G5-Sahel military force needs reinforced mandate for effective intervention

Permanent Secretary of the G5-Sahel military force, Maman Sidikou, on Wednesday (May 23) called on the Security Council for “a reinforced mandate” for this nascent anti-jihadist unit, a request that was immediately rejected by the United States, which refuses any increased involvement of the UN in the G5-Sahel force. “We are still far from having […]

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South Africa’s President donates half of his salary to Mandela fund

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that he will donate half of his presidential salary to the Nelson Mandela Thuma Mina Fund, a fund in memory of South Africa’s first black President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. President Ramaphosa who is also the leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) made the statement […]

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South Sudan peace talks end in Ethiopia without deal

South Sudan peace talks in Ethiopia have ended on Wednesday without a deal. The conflicting parties on Monday agreed on only three issues out of over 11 demands raised by the opposition in Addis Ababa. According to Information minister Michael Makuei, the warring parties had agreed on cantonment of troops near Juba, unifying all the […]

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French, Rwandan presidents hold talks in Paris amid tense diplomatic ties

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and his French counterpart President Emmanuel Macron held talks in Paris Wednesday, as diplomatic ties remain icy over the 1994 genocide. Kigali has long accused France of complicity in the genocide of some 800,000 mostly ethnic Tutsis. Kagame last visited the Elysee Palace in 2011. President Kagame, in his capacity as […]

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Jerusalem: Angola fires diplomats over presence at US embassy relocation ceremony

Angola sacked two diplomats early this week after they attended last week a ceremony marking the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, without Luanda’s consent. Foreign Minister Manuel AugustoMonday discharged the ministry’s director for Africa, Middle East and Regional Organizations Joaquim do Espírito Santo and the Counsellor of Angolan Embassy in […]

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Guinea: Ex-minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana appointed PM

Guinean President Alpha Conde on Monday appointed Ibrahima Kassory Fofana as Prime Minister, a week after the government resigned amid opposition parties’ protests over disputed polls. The new Prime Minister Fofana is the president of the Guinea for All (GPT) political party. He joined Conde’s government as a minister of public investment and relations with […]

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UN agencies plead pardon for Sudanese teen Noura who killed her rapist

Three UN agencies – UN Women, UNHCR and UNFPA – have called on the Sudanese government to grant clemency to a 19-year-old woman sentenced to death after she killed her husband as he tried to rape her. According to UN agencies, Noura Hussein was forced into a child marriage and acted in self-defense. Speaking about […]

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Cuban doctors ready for Ugandan jobs, Gov’t yet to approve recruitment

In Uganda, the controversial proposal to replace Ugandan doctors with Cubans might not take effect soon as it awaits Government’s approval. Responding to queries during a debate on the health sector ministerial policy statement for the 2018/19 financial year, Uganda’s Minister for Health, Dr. Ruth Aceng, said the cabinet has not yet made a final […]

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