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King Mohammed VI: Morocco’s Reintegration into AU, Watershed in Kingdom’s Foreign Policy

King Mohammed VI described Morocco’s reintegration into the African Union as a diplomatic breakthrough and a watershed in the North African Kingdom’s foreign policy. In a speech he addressed to the Nation Sunday, on the occasion of the 64th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and People, the Moroccan Sovereign said his country’s commitment […]

Tunisia: Interim finance minister steps down

Interim finance minister Fadhel Abdelkefi Friday handed over his resignation from cabinet citing a conflict of interests case in which he has been indicted and handed a suspended prison sentence. The care-taking minister, who is also minister of development investment and international cooperation, took the position in April following the sacking of Lamia Zribi by […]

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Mauritania: Critic of President to be indicted for corruption

Former senate member Mohamed Ould Ghada, who is one of the harsh critics of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, will be sued for corruption, the office of Public Prosecutor announced Friday few days after the arrest of the opposition figure. Ghada was arrested in his house last week by men in plain clothes after being […]

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Surge in terrorism: Germany to train Burkina Faso soldiers

Following recent terror attacks in Burkina Faso, the West African nation this week agreed with Germany to receive counterterrorism training from experts to help its police and security forces combat a surge in terrorism. The training deal was disclosed by a top German official after a meeting with Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Kabore, Bloomberg […]

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UN Chief Appoints Former German President Horst Köhler as his Personal Envoy for Sahara

UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced Wednesday the official appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for the Sahara. Horst Köhler was appointed to the position after the UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres received the OK of the Security Council and the approval of the parties to the Sahara conflict, namely […]

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Sierra Leone: mass burial begins, 600 still missing

A seven-day national mourning commenced in Sierra Leone on Wednesday as the West African nation starts burying hundreds of victims of the mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital Freetown on Monday morning. A coroner, Seneh Dumbuya, told Reuters that at least 400 bodies have been recovered, while the Red Cross […]

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Algeria’s ailing president names new Prime Minister

Algeria’s presidency on Tuesday named former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia back in the job he has previously held three times, the state news agency APS reported. The move comes hours after the stroke-afflicted president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, fired the Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who held the position for just three months. The presidency statement gave no […]

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Zambia drops treason charges against main opposition leader

The Zambian state prosecutor on Wednesday released the country’s opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, from jail after the government dropped treason charges against him and five others. The prosecutor, in the early hours of Wednesday filed a ‘nolle prosequi’ in the case where Hichilema and five others were supposed to stand trial. The defendants had pleaded […]

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Nigeria: Suicide bomb attack kills 27, wounds over 80

Suicide bombers on Tuesday killed at least 27 people and wounded 83 in northeast Nigeria, local media reported. A suspected Boko Haram woman bomber blew herself up and killed 27 others at a market in the village of Konduga near Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State. According to the regional Emergency Agency, 45 people were […]

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South Africa reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu

South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu on two ostrich farms in the Western Cape, the province’s agriculture department said on Tuesday. “Both farms were placed under quarantine immediately, and no birds are allowed to enter or leave the affected properties. There are around 1000 ostriches on both farms,” the department […]

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