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Uganda to borrow $1.89 billion amid looming debt crisis

Uganda said it plans to borrow about $1.89 billion from external lenders in the 2020/2021 fiscal year to partly finance its budget. According to the finance ministry, the funds will be in the “form of concessional and non-concessional” credit. Economic growth in 2020/2021 would stand at 6.2 per cent, driven by higher productivity in manufacturing, […]

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Somalia: Car bomb leaves 79 people dead; UNSG condemns a horrendous attack

A car bomb exploded Saturday at a busy checkpoint in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 79 people dead and scores more wounded. Many of the victims were students. Other civilians and soldiers are among the dead, police said. UN chief António Guterres has condemned the attack that he described as “a horrendous crime”, […]

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Fausta, world’s oldest rhino, dies in Tanzania

Fausta, the world’s oldest black rhino died in the Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania, at the age of 57. The female rhino, named Fausta, died of what is believed to be natural causes on December 27 in a sanctuary, after living most of her life in the wild, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority said in a […]

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Burundi: Nkurunziza (again) says he won’t run for another term

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has indicated he will not run for another term next year. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, President Pierre Nkurunziza said he planned to hold another press conference “before handing power to our successor.” The statement comes a week after the long-serving president reaffirmed he will not contest next year’s election, despite […]

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Turkey lifts visa requirements for Algerians aged under 18 and above 65

Turkey lifts visa requirements for Algerians aged under 18 and above 65

Algerians aged under 18 and above 65 will no longer need a visa to travel to Turkey, according to a decree published by Turkish authorities Thursday. The measure allows the groups of citizens of the North African country with regular passports to travel to Turkey and stay up to 90 days for touristic purposes. Ankara […]

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UN Secretary-General “strongly” condemns violent attack in Burkina Faso

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has “strongly” condemned the violent attack carried out by unidentified gunmen in northern Burkina Faso that left dozens dead, including 31 women. In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Wednesday, the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery […]

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Jailed South African activist freed in time for Christmas

Jailed South African activist freed in time for Christmas

Christmas celebration has started with a great joy in Kanya Cekeshe’s family as he was freed from jail. The South African student who was jailed for violently protesting against tuition fee increases in 2016 has been released from prison in time to celebrate Christmas with his family, a BBC journalist reported. Kanya Cekeshe was sentenced […]

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Guillaume soro announced in Spain after banned from landing in Abidjan

Guillaume Soro, candidate of the Ivorian Générations et Peuples solidaires party to the October 2020 presidential election, whose plane was impeached to land in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on December 23 and who could only land in Accra for some hours has finally set in Spain. The information on his arrival in Europe was given by […]

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Tanzania gets AfDB’s $55 million facility to jumpstart private sector-led economic growth

The African Development Bank has approved a $55 million facility to strengthen implementation of reforms to enhance Tanzania’s economic competitiveness and private sector participation in the country’s growth. These critical reforms will lead to a more vibrant economy, which will improve the living conditions of Tanzanians, particularly the poor and vulnerable, and including women and […]

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ECOWAS endorses Adesina for second term as President of the AfDB

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has endorsed the candidacy of African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina for a second term at the helm of the institution. The decision was announced at the end of the fifty-sixth ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, held on Saturday […]

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