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Slave trade in Libya may be crime against humanity, UN warns

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday voiced “grave concern” about modern slavery in Libya, warning that the sale of migrants into slavery in the North African nation may amount to crimes against humanity. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a formal statement calling on Libyan authorities to investigate the reports of migrants being sold at […]

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Uganda starts pulling out troops from Somalia

Uganda has begun the withdrawal of its troops serving in the African Union mission (Amisom) in Somalia. The withdrawal of 281 army personnel comes as part of a UN plan that will see African Union (AU) soldiers’ numbers reduced by 1,000 by the end of this year, military officials in Kampala said. Uganda provides the […]

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Zimbabwe inks first post-Mugabe loan with China

Zimbabwe’s new government has inked a $153 million loan agreement with China on Wednesday to finance expansion and refurbishment of its international airport in Harare as it bids to attract investors and tourists. It’s the first post-Mugabe deal interim president Emmerson Mnangagwa has signed with a foreign government. The loan for refurbishing the Robert Gabriel […]

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Morocco Summons US Envoy in Rabat over Jerusalem

Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita summoned US chargé d’affair Stephanie Miley in Rabat in a meeting attended by the Ambassadors of the four other permanent UN Security Council members as well as the Ambassador of Palestine. During this meeting, ordered by King Mohammed VI, in his quality as Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, Bourita […]

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Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to G5 Sahel military force

Saudi Arabia has promised up to $100 million to support the Joint counterterrorism force, set up by the Group of Five Sahel States, known as G5-Sahel. The force, which was authorized by the African Union Peace and Security Council in April 2017 and strengthened by UN Security Council Resolution 2359 in June, needs roughly $500 […]

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Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem would have negative impact on peace prospects, warns Mohammed VI

The US Administration’s intention to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the United States’ Embassy to the Holy city, “would have a negative impact on prospects for achieving a just, comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”. The warning came in a message that King Mohammed VI has addressed on Tuesday to […]

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Switzerland to return $321m confiscated funds to Nigeria

Switzerland will soon return to the Nigerian government $321m confiscated from Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha’s clan, Swiss government said on Monday. According to Transparency International, Sani Abacha looted up to $5 billion of public money during the five years he ran Africa’s most populous nation, from 1993 until his death in 1998. He was investigated […]

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Sierra Leone sells its egg-sized 709-carat diamond for $6.5 million

The government of Sierra Leone has sold a 709-carat rough diamond, named the ‘peace diamond’, at an auction in New York on Monday, fetching a lower-than-expected price of $6.5 million. The egg-sized 709-carat diamond, bought by Laurence Graff, a British billionaire and jeweller, is one of the largest ever discovered diamond in Sierra Leone and […]

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South Africa eager to foster ties with Morocco, Zuma says

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma said his country is eager to foster ties with Morocco and to give substance to the promising future awaiting bilateral relations. Zuma’s remarks came in an interview with South African news outlet “News 24″ following the meeting he held with King Mohammed VI in Abidjan last week on the […]

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CAF grants $2.5m to Africa’s 2018 World Cup teams

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will give $500,000 to each of the five African countries who will be representing the continent at the next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. The grants will help the teams in their preparations for the tournament, the continent’s football governing body said. The financial package will be used […]

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