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EU Renews Sanctions on Burundi until Oct. 2017

The European Union (EU) has renewed its restrictive sanctions against Burundi until the end of October 2017, the bloc’s council said in a statement on Tuesday. According to the council, the latest sanctions “consist of a travel ban and asset freeze against four persons whose activities were deemed to be undermining democracy or obstructing the […]

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EU to Provide $50 billion to Combat Migration in Africa

The European Union (EU) will disburse about 50 billion dollars for Africa and the Mediterranean as part of the bloc’s investment plan aimed at helping fight migration. According to the EU foreign affairs chief, Frederica Mogherini, “It’s the biggest investment plan ever proposed for Africa and the Mediterranean, something that only the European Union, with […]

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Sudan: Talks to End Years of Conflict Resume

Talks to end years of conflict in Sudan began on Tuesday, a day after the signing of a roadmap agreement on peace and dialogue by Sudanese warring groups. Instigated by the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, the roadmap agreement was earlier rejected by four groups but […]

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EU Releases New Blacklist of Banned Airlines, Many are African

The European Union has published its new blacklist of airlines failing the block’s aviation regultions.19 countries feature on the blacklist. The restrictions imposed by the bloc allow some airlines to run special fleet that the EU deems meet aviation regulations in place in member-states. All airlines licenced by the Afghan government have been placed on […]

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Ghana: US Grants $10 million to Support Agriculture

The United States is investing $10 million in Ghana to help the west-African nation meet international standards and guidelines for its agricultural produce. The grant is aimed at strengthening sanitary and phytosanitary compliance with agricultural produce in Ghana, said the US ambassador to Ghana, on Tuesday. The move follows the ban of vegetable exports from […]

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Portuguese President in Morocco to Boost Ties

Portugal’s President Marcelo Duarte Rebelo de Sousa is paying this Monday a visit to Morocco at the invitation of King Mohamed VI in a move to further boost ties with the kingdom of Morocco. The Moroccan Sovereign will hold talks with his Portuguese guest and host an Iftar in his honor. The visit, the Portuguese […]

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Nigeria: President Buhari Calls for Economy Restructuring

The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said there was no better time to diversify the West African nation’s economy than now. The Nigerian leader said, in a message to the 56th Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, that his administration was determined to ensure the […]

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Nouakchott Slams UN Report on Human Rights & Extreme Poverty

Mauritanian authorities have lambasted the UN Report on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty in the country saying it is “baseless and partial.” State-run commission on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action (CDHAH) criticized the report author, Philip Alston, of partiality and chided the report for being baseless. Alston said in his report 44 per cent of […]

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Somalia: AU Extends Peacekeeping Mission to May 2017

The African Union (AU) has extended the mandate of its 22,000 strong peacekeeping mission, , in Somalia to May 30, 2017. The force that was set up to combat the Islamist militant group al-shabab, will remain in the country for at least another 12 months, the AU Peace and Security Council said in a statement. […]

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Political Solution of Sahara Issue to Contribute to Stability, Security in Sahel Region

The UN Security Council on Friday underlined that the implementation of a political solution to the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara and enhanced cooperation between member countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) would “contribute to stability and security in the Sahel region”. In its Resolution 2285 extending the MINURSO mandate for one year […]

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