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Côte d’Ivoire: Towards a coalition of six political parties ahead of 2020 presidential elections

Ivorian head of state Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday agreed with opposition leader and former president, Henri Konan Bédié (HKB), to form a coalition of six political parties ahead of the 2020 presidential election. According to a communiqué released after the two leaders’ meeting, the President of Côte d’Ivoire and the President of the PDCI-RDA have […]

Guinea-Bissau: President Jose Mario Vaz names new PM

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz on Monday appointed Aristides Gomes as Prime Minister, a decree read on state-run media said. The move comes days after the summit of ECOWAS leaders in Togo during which Vaz agreed to honor a 2016 deal brokered by the regional body to end a prolonged political crisis in the West […]

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Namibia: families of victims killed by hippos, crocodiles to get $8,297

Namibia will now compensate families of people killed by wild animals including crocodiles and hippos with up to $8,297. About nine people were killed by wild animals in 2016, and six in 2017, data from the ministry of environment and tourism showed. Earlier this year, four people have been killed, three by crocodiles and the […]

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UAE halts military training in Somalia

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to halt a military training program in Somalia following the seizure of millions of dollars by Somali security forces in a UAE plane. Relations between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi—both Arab League members—have been frosty since June last year after Mogadishu resisted UAE and Saudi pressure to cut ties […]

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United States lifts travel ban on Chad

US President Donald Trump has lifted the controversial travel ban imposed on Chad about six months ago. According to the White House, Chad is “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States,” and has “shown willingness” to make improvements in immigration and border management. Chadian foreign minister, Cherif Mahamat Zene, welcomed the lifting […]

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U.S. Congress slaps Ethiopia with resolution supporting human rights

The United States Congress on Tuesday passed a human rights-centered resolution against the Ethiopian government calling for the respect of human rights in the Horn of Africa nation. The resolution calls on the Government of Ethiopia to lift the state of emergency, end the use of excessive force, release wrongfully imprisoned protesters, and improve transparency. […]

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UAE Condemns Somalia for Seizing Private Jet

The United Arab Emirates condemned on Tuesday Somalian authorities for seizing one of its civilian aircraft that was carrying millions of dollars, reported WAM news agency. The UAE Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the jet was seized at Mogadishu airport carrying $9.6 million in cash allocated to support the Somali army and trainees. […]

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Nigeria: President Buhari will seek re-election in 2019 – Presidency

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will seek a second term in office in February 2019, the Nigerian presidency said on Monday. Buhari will seek his All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s presidential ticket to contest the 2019 elections, the presidency said on its Twitter account. According to the president’s top aide, Buhari has disclosed his decision to […]

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Cholera kills 40 Congolese refugees in Uganda—Aid agencies

A cholera outbreak has killed about 40 people and infected more than 2,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Thursday. The outbreak was first reported in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp last month and has spread to other villages. The Health ministry said the most affected […]

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King Mohammed VI Sends Message to Guterres on Sahara Development

Foreign minister Nasser Bourita on Wednesday handed the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres a message from King Mohammed VI on the recent development in the Sahara issue. The message draws the attention of the UN chief to the serious developments in the North East of the Sahara territory where the polisario has violated the 1991 […]

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