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One candidate “clearly won” Congo election – Catholic Church bishops

The Roman Catholic Church bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, on Thursday said they already know the winner of the December 30 presidential elections, according to tallies from more than 40,000 observers deployed by the church across the country. According to the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) bishops, it was clear which […]

Niger troops kill more than 280 Boko Haram fighters

Nigerien troops and air strikes have killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants since last week, the defence ministry said. The government of the West African nation started an operation against the group last week in a region where militants have been fighting for more than nine years to carve out an Islamist caliphate. 200 […]

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Counterterrorism: Qatar sends 24 armored vehicles to Mali

Qatar has sent 24 armored vehicles to Mali, in a move, it said, aimed at stabilizing the African country and supporting a peace agreement between the government and rebels. Military planes delivered the vehicles, the Qatari foreign ministry said, adding the shipment would help “combat terrorism and establish security not only in the Republic of […]

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Elections, regional security, economy top agenda of ECOWAS summit

West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS last weekend urged Nigeria and Senegal to ensure peaceful, free and transparent elections next year. The call was contained in a final communiqué of the 54th ordinary session of the ECOWAS authority of heads of state and government in Abuja. Nigeria and Senegal will hold general elections in February 2019. […]

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DRC poll delay: UN Security Council calls for Continuous dialogue

The United Nations Security Council has called for continuous dialogue and transparency with all political stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the postponement of presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, until December 30. The polls, previously scheduled for Sunday December 23 were delayed by the country’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Taking […]

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Suspect linked to Charlie Hebdo attackers arrested in Djibouti

French jihadist Peter Cherif, a known associate of the Kouachi brothers who killed 12 people in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, has been arrested in Djibouti, French media reported on Thursday. Peter Cherif has allegedly planned the attack at the satirical publication in Paris in apparent retribution over its portrayal of the Muslim […]

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World Bank Injects $50 Million to Improve Southern Africa Agriculture Productivity

Efforts to improve agriculture productivity in Southern Africa got a boost following the World Bank Board approval this week of a $50 million project to increase the availability of agricultural technologies in Angola and Lesotho. According to a WB press release, this will be done under the ongoing World Bank financed Agriculture Productivity Program for […]

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Vital UN Air Service risks being grounded in CAR due to funding shortages

The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) that enables aid workers to deploy to reach tens of thousands of people in need in the Central African Republic (CAR) is at risk of shutting down due to a shortage of funds, the World Food Program (WFP) that manages the service warned this week. UNHAS, which depends […]

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Senegal to build sustainable digital economy with World Bank support

The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a $180 million International Development Association (IDA) credit to support Senegal’s efforts to enhance the policy and institutional framework of the energy and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sectors and to build a sustainable digital economy. The multi-sectoral structural reform Development Policy Financing (DPF) operation has […]

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African leaders urged to recommit to boosting continent’s agriculture sector

An official of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of the Economic Commission for Africa has urged African leaders to honor their commitment to allocate 10 percent of their budgets to agriculture to improve the continent’s food security, reduce poverty and spur economic growth. The ATPC Program Management Officer, Batanai Chikwene, who was peaking at […]

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