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Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

The Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan, with those Members in favor saying it would protect civilians, while abstainers voiced concerns that it would undermine the ongoing peace process in the world’s youngest country. Adopting a resolution by a vote […]

Mandate of South Sudan President, Parliament Extended Until 2021

South Sudan’s parliament voted Thursday to amend the constitution and extend the terms in office for President Salva Kiir, the country’s vice presidents, all members of parliament and governors of the 32 states for another three years. Dengtiel Kur, chairperson of the parliament’s legislative committee, presented the bill to amend the constitution during an extraordinary […]

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Ethiopian rebel group declares unilateral temporary ceasefire

Ethiopian rebel group declares unilateral temporary ceasefire

An Eritrea-based Ethiopian rebel group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), on Thursday announced a unilateral temporary ceasefire, saying it has instructed its forces operating in Ethiopia’s central Oromia regional state to implement the temporary ceasefire. In a press statement, OLF said the unilateral ceasefire was made to accelerate peace talks with the Ethiopian government for […]

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Morocco, Angola explore cooperation areas

Morocco has been winning new friends that were until recently ardent supporters of the Polisario Separatists. After Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia and Malawi, Angola has also started to see in Morocco an ally and an economic partner whose voice gained credibility in the continent. Angolan foreign minister Manuel Augusto who is on a working […]

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China-built free trade zone inaugurated in Djibouti

The China-built International Free Trade Zone (DIFTZ) in Djibouti was inaugurated last week in the presence of several African heads of state. The $370-million project consists of three functional blocks located close to all of Djibouti’s major ports, and the pilot zone will have four industrial clusters, focusing on trade and logistics, export processing and […]

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UN welcomes renewed ties between Eritrea, Ethiopia

The UN Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the peace deal between Eritrea and Ethiopia that brought relations out of a deep freeze. The 15-member Security Council said it could review sanctions on Eritrea after the United States, China, Britain, France and Côte d’Ivoire raised concerns. After meeting and embracing in Asmara on Sunday, Ethiopian Prime […]

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Corruption: Sierra Leone’s former regime under fire

Sierra Leone’s new regime will launch a commission to investigate accusations of widespread corruption under President Ernest Koroma. The President has directed the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to immediately establish a judge-led Commission of Inquiry, the government said in a statement released late on Monday. The move comes a week after a report commissioned […]

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‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa, UN Secretary-General

Secretary-General António Guterres (right) addresses a peace and security in Africa session at the Second Annual AU-UN Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recent developments in Africa indicate that the continent is increasingly moving in the “direction of peace” and enhanced security, the United Nations Secretary-General told journalists in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday. […]

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South Sudan rebels reject peace deal to end a near five-year-old war

South Sudan rebels on Monday rejected a peace agreement signed last week to reinstate their leader Riek Machar as vice president, arguing that the deal failed to dilute the strong power base of the country’s President Salva Kiir’s. South Sudan’s government and rebel groups have reached a deal on security arrangements during talks in Khartoum […]

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Cameroon sets presidential elections for October 7

Presidential election will be held on October 7 in Cameroon, according to a presidential decree released by President Paul Biya on Monday. Paul Biya, 84, is one of the world’s oldest heads of state—and one of the longest-serving, having ruled uncontested since 1982. Critics have described Biya’s state record as “chaotic.” Nicknamed “the Sphinx” due […]

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