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Cape Town may run out of water by April

Without rain, South Africa’s Cape Town may run out of water by April, as city authorities race to build desalination plants and drill underground boreholes. The city’s estimated water budget deficit ballooned to 1.7 billion rand ($138.3 million) for the 2017/18 financial year, based on consumption figures for October 2017. “Day Zero” is the date […]

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Zimbabwe Elections: Cancer-stricken Tsvangirai to lead opposition

Ailing Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai will be the presidential flag bearer of the MDC Alliance in the forthcoming presidential elections in the Southern African nation, the coalition said on Tuesday. The MDC Alliance includes the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), led by Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube’s MDC (Movement for Democratic Change -N), Transform Zimbabwe […]

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Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expelled from her party

Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has expelled the country’s outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for alleged breach of the party’s regulations. Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who has been in power for 12 years, is accused by party leaders of meddling in last year’s presidential elections in which the party’s candidate suffered a bruising […]

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Egypt: General Sami Hafez Anan enters presidential race

Former Egyptian army chief of staff, General Sami Anan has announced his candidacy to the forthcoming presidential elections slated for end of March. According to Sami Balah, the secretary general of the Arabism Egypt Party, the party leaders took a decision for General Sami Anan’s candidacy and informed him of the decision and “there was […]

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Chad cancels plans to cut civil servants’ salaries

The Chadian government has decided to suspend a controversial cut in the salaries of civil servants, Prime Minister Albert Pahimi Padacké said on Wednesday. The government U-turn comes after labor unions in the central African nation have reacted angrily to the government’s plan to slash civil servants’ salaries. According to a decree signed early January […]

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Anti-Austerity Protests Simmer in Tunisia

Several Tunisian cities were swept by protests over the government’s austerity measures with more protests expected before January 14, the anniversary marking the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the country’s former autocrat. In Tunis and other northern towns, clashes took place between protesters and police who fired teargas to disperse crowds. So far, […]

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Algeria Bans Imports of 900 Products to Curb Spending

Algeria continues to implement time buying measures to compensate for falling oil revenues. The country has banned imports of a list of nearly 900 products including mobile phones and household appliances as its foreign currency reserves are expected to further fall to $85 billion in 2018, down from $194 billion in 2013. The ban was […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Gunfire at military camps in Bouake

Heavy gunfire erupted at two military barracks in Côte d’Ivoire’s second largest city, Bouake, local media reported late on Tuesday. Early last year, Côte d’Ivoire was shaken by successive uprisings by low-ranking troops. Bouake was the epicenter of the army mutinies. The mutineers are understood to mainly be former rebels who were integrated into the […]

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Guinea: low water levels at Konkouré River cause power shortages

The government of Guinea says it is working around the clock to stabilize the energy situation in the country as the capital Conakry and major cities of the West African nation faced a massive power shortage in recent weeks. According to the government, the low-water levels at the Konkouré River, on which the Kaléta 240 […]

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Cameroon separatist group leader, 9 others, arrested in Nigeria

Julius Ayuk Tabe, the Nigeria-based chairman of the Governing Council of Ambazonia separatist movement in Cameroon has been arrested along with others by Nigeria security forces, local media reports. The separatist group said in a statement Tabe and six others were taken from Nera Hotels in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, by Cameroonian gunmen in an […]

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