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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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Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa secures re-election bid for 2023

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has given President Emmerson Mnangagwa the go ahead to run for a second five-year term in 2023. ZANU-PF held the first annual conference since former President Robert Mugabe was forced to retire following an army coup in November last year. Mnangagwa’s election this year was seen as a significant step toward […]

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Morocco’s King reiterates commitment to good governance

King Mohammed VI of Morocco has reiterated his commitment to promote good governance, improve public administration services and preserve citizens against any administrative or legal abuses. This came at separate meetings he held Thursday at the royal Palace in Rabat with the heads of two constitutional institutions that he named the same day. The Sovereign […]

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New EU support for the Horn of Africa worth €134 million

The European Commission has adopted eleven new programs for the Horn of Africa under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said these new EU programs, worth over €134 million in all, will help to create lasting solutions for refugees and internally displaced people, as well as […]

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Tanzania to ink $3 bln power plant deal

Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, announced that his government will sign a deal this week for the construction of a $3 billion hydroelectric power plant. The power plant and dam will be built in the Selous Game Reserve, a UN-designated world heritage site in southern Tanzania. The project’s location has faced opposition from conservationists. In remarks […]

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