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Sahel: Barkhane Commander Deplores Lack of Support to G5

The commander-in-chief of Barkhane Operation, General Bruno Guibert, has deplored the delay in fulfilling the international community’s pledges to support the G5-Sahel, set up to fight terrorist groups swarming in the region. The three-star General Bruno Guilbert who is in command of Barkhane since July 2017 expressed, in an interview with French magazine l’Express, deep […]

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DRC: Botswana’s new leader urges Kabila not to run for election again

Botswana’s new leader has urged DRC President Joseph Kabila not to stand for re-election in the presidential poll expected this year. The election – now scheduled for Dec. 23 – has been repeatedly delayed. In February, the government of Botswana issued a statement openly blaming the president for Democratic Republic of Congo’s deteriorating humanitarian and […]

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European Report Points to Polisario’s Collusion with Terrorist Groups

The collusion of the Polisario with terrorist groups in the Sahel-Sahara region has once again been singled out in a recently released report, commissioned by the European Commission. The Sahel-Sahara region witnessed violent incidents involving MUJAO, the Polisario Front and Ansar Dine during the 2010-2016 period, said the report elaborated by “Project Safte”, an international […]

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Kenya: Government’s plan to tap phone calls is illegal – High Court

A court in Kenya Thursday declared that the government’s plans to tap private phone conversations of its citizens is illegal, the Daily Nation reports. The government, through the Communications Authority of Kenya, has ordered the three major telecom agencies in Kenya, Safaricom, Airtel and Telkom Kenya, to allow it to tap their computers by planting […]

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East African bloc of nations postpones South Sudan peace talks

The East African bloc of nations IGAD has postponed the next round of the South Sudan peace talks to next month. The talks in Addis Ababa were scheduled to be held April 26 to 30. The talks are expected to cover security and governance structures for South Sudan, the world’s newest country after the attainment […]

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‘Malawi can eradicate HIV infections’ – US doctor who co-discovered the virus

Malawi is on course to eradicate the deadly HIV/AIDS infection virus, said Jay Levy, the US doctor who co-discovered the AIDS virus 35 years ago. At least 10 percent of the southern African nation’s population has HIV. In 2013, some 48,000 people in this country of 16 million died from HIV-related illnesses. However, according to […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Towards a coalition of six political parties ahead of 2020 presidential elections

Ivorian head of state Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday agreed with opposition leader and former president, Henri Konan Bédié (HKB), to form a coalition of six political parties ahead of the 2020 presidential election. According to a communiqué released after the two leaders’ meeting, the President of Côte d’Ivoire and the President of the PDCI-RDA have […]

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Guinea-Bissau: President Jose Mario Vaz names new PM

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz on Monday appointed Aristides Gomes as Prime Minister, a decree read on state-run media said. The move comes days after the summit of ECOWAS leaders in Togo during which Vaz agreed to honor a 2016 deal brokered by the regional body to end a prolonged political crisis in the West […]

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Namibia: families of victims killed by hippos, crocodiles to get $8,297

Namibia will now compensate families of people killed by wild animals including crocodiles and hippos with up to $8,297. About nine people were killed by wild animals in 2016, and six in 2017, data from the ministry of environment and tourism showed. Earlier this year, four people have been killed, three by crocodiles and the […]

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UAE halts military training in Somalia

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to halt a military training program in Somalia following the seizure of millions of dollars by Somali security forces in a UAE plane. Relations between Mogadishu and Abu Dhabi—both Arab League members—have been frosty since June last year after Mogadishu resisted UAE and Saudi pressure to cut ties […]

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