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Leaders of G5 Sahel, French President to Discuss Joint Force Funding in New York

The five presidents of the G5 Sahel will hold a high-level meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on September 18 in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The meeting will focus on the funding of the joint force. The Presidents of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Chad Idriss Déby Itno, […]

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South Sudan: Security improving, UN envoy says

The security situation in north-western South Sudan has improved with displaced people returning home, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the African country has said, holding he situation in Wau as a “model” for other parts of the country where displacement rose so far this year. “I am pleased to see that […]

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Togo: ECOWAS attempts mediation in constitutional amendments crisis

While Togo’s Law Commission started a meeting on Friday to discuss the government’s draft legislation on constitutional amendments, an official ECOWAS delegation is currently in Lomé to try to defuse tensions between the Government and some opposition parties, hostile to the reform. The delegation, led by Alain Marcel de Souza, president of the Commission of […]

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BCEAO projects WAEMU economy to grow 6.9% in 2017

The growth rate of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU, or UEMOA as it is known by its French acronym) is expected to reach 6.9%, while at the continental level, the growth rate will stand at around 3%, according to the forecasts of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of West […]

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Chad must organize legislative elections – France told Idriss Déby

France has called on Chadian President Idriss Déby to organize long-delayed parliamentary elections in the central African nation. A statement released by the French foreign ministry urged Chadian authorities to announce dates for the elections saying “Legislative elections are an important part of democratic life”. Chadian President Idriss Déby had earlier this year postponed indefinitely […]

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Fight against Boko haram not over, UN political official

UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman warned that the fight against the terrorist Boko haram group is not over, although the coordinated efforts among the region’s Governments, including through the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) had “without question” yielded encouraging progress in the fight against the group. Addressing the UN Security Council this week, […]

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Two women jointly win 2017 Africa Food Prize worth $100,000

The 2017 Africa Food Prize has been awarded to Kenyan Professor Ruth Oniang’o and Malian entrepreneur Maïmouna Sidibe Coulibaly for their outstanding contributions within every aspect of agriculture and food production, combating hunger and reducing poverty in Africa. The two awardees received their $100,000 prize last week in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, during the African […]

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Ghana launches free High School program for 400,000 students

Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday launched his government’s flagship education program, Free Senior High School, to enroll about 424,092 students during the 2017/2018 academic year. The Policy seeks to increase access to Secondary Education by removing the burden of paying fees from parents. The free SHS and vocational education and training (TVET) program is […]

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Ex-Senegal president Abdoulaye Wade resigns as MP

The 91-year-old former president of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, whose Coalition was defeated by President Macky Sall’s Party in July legislative election, resigned from the National Assembly on Monday. Abdoulaye Wade, who won a seat in the July 30 legislative elections under the Senegalese Democratic Party and a coalition of parties, resigned ahead of the Parliament’s […]

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American anti-slavery activists denied entry to Mauritania

The Mauritanian government has denied a group of American anti-slavery activists entry to the country, claiming their planned activities are contrary to Mauritanian laws. “We informed the American embassy that transmitted the program of the delegation, that the delegation will not be granted entry visa because of its program that we deem against Mauritanian laws,” […]

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