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South Africa: Zuma survives no confidence vote, Dubai exit plan exposed

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has survived another vote of no confidence this weekend despite a spate of recent corruption scandals, cabinet sackings and his handling of the economy. President Zuma has been under increasing pressure to step down from party veterans and members of the African National Congress’s communist and union alliance partners in […]

Equatorial Guinea approved as 14th OPEC member

Equatorial Guinea has officially joined the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as 14th member on Thursday, Reuters reported. Africa’s third biggest oil producer applied to join the organization in January. “Equatorial Guinea’s joining of OPEC is a triumph. This is a proud moment for us,” said the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, Gabriel Mbaga […]

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International Organization of Francophonie Bestows its Highest Distinction on Morocco’s King

The International Organization of la Francophonie has awarded King Mohammed VI of Morocco its highest honorary order, the Order of La Pléiade, in tribute to his determining role in promoting the values of dialogue and tolerance worldwide and in establishing at home a modern state, a state of the rule of law. The decoration was […]

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African fallen peacekeepers honoured by the UN

The United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday honoured 117 peacekeepers, including many Africans, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations in 2016, including many Africans Three Kenyans, two Nigerians, two Ghanaians, three Rwandans and two South Africans were awarded the posthumous Dag Hammarskjöld Medal at the UN headquarters. “Their sacrifice only strengthens […]

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Nigeria: Police arrests about 55 Biafra separatists

Police in Nigeria has arrested about 55 members of the Biafra Independent Movement (BIM) as the group staged what it called the ‘new Biafra’ commemoration rally in Enugu, a major city in the west-African oil-rich nation. Over 2000 persons bearing Biafra flags flooded the capital city during the rally, which saw policemen at strategic locations. […]

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An African at the helm of WHO, a Première

After a tough election campaign and three rounds of voting, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) elected Tuesday Ethiopian Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as Director-General. He thus becomes the first African to hold the position. “Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on […]

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South Sudan: President Kiir announces unilateral ceasefire

South Soudan’s President Salva Kiir on Monday declared a unilateral ceasefire and promised to release political prisoners in the famine and war-ravaged worlds’ youngest nation. “I directed the prosecutor general to immediately review the cases of those who have committed crime against the state, commonly known as political prisoners, and ensure the necessary steps are […]

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Libya: UNHCR expresses dismay over refugees’ detention conditions

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, has stated that he was “shocked at the harsh conditions in which refugees and migrants are held, generally due to lack of resources” while stressing that “the time has come for us, as the UN refugee agency, to step up our presence and activities in the country.” Grandi […]

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AU Commission backs African candidate for WHO top position

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the continent’s richest man, Aliko Dangote on Monday took to Twitter to endorse Ethiopia’s former health and foreign affairs minister, who is a front-runner to become Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Africa, Europe and South Asia are vying for the top […]

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Wealth of 5 Nigerians can end poverty in Nigeria – Oxfam

The combined wealth of five richest Nigerians, put at $29.9 billion, is enough to end poverty in the West African nation, according to Inequality report released by Oxfam International on Thursday. The report titled ‘Inequality in Nigeria – Exploring the drivers,’ said despite the current economic recession in the African most populous nation, “a small […]

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