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U.N. needs $4 bln by March to ‘avert a catastrophe’ in 4 countries

The United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said the global body needs over $4 billion by the end of next-month to help nearly 20 million people who risk starvation in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. “Despite some generous pledges, just $90 million has actually been received so far,” said Guterres, about two […]

Embattled Mugabe marks 93rd birthday, endorses Donald Trump

Unsmiling President Robert Mugabe blew out the candles of his 93rd birthday cake on Tuesday, endorsing Donald Trump’s brand of American nationalism. “When it comes to Donald Trump, on the one hand talking of American nationalism … America for Americans … on that we agree: Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans,” said Mugabe, who took power in the […]

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EU launches $47 billion fund for Africa

The European Union this week launched a $47 billion development fund for Africa. The African Economic Development Fund is to help accelerate African countries economic growth and most importantly, reduce the migrant numbers moving into Europe. The fund is also going to help the digital industry in Nigeria which the EU sees as one of […]

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Gambia: EU Pledges €33m Aid to Support the New Gv’t

The European Union (EU) has pledged to release €33m aid to the new Gambian government. The aid was frozen two years ago due to concerns over human rights and good governance under former autocrat Yahya Jammeh-led government. The EU envoy in the Gambia, Attila Lajos said the sum of €33 million will be made available […]

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EU grants Zambia $69 mln as power shortages hit Economy

The European Union has granted about $69 million to Zambia to expand electricity supply as the East-African nation faces a power deficit. According to the EU, the grant would fund projects to provide access to reliable and affordable electricity to at least 63,000 households and small businesses. The lack of reliable power is hitting Zambia’s […]

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Somalia: 283 Members of Parliament Sworn in

Forty one MPs elected to senatorial seats in the Upper House and the 242 deputies of the Lower House have taken their oaths of office on Tuesday to represent the people of Somalia in the country’s tenth Parliament. Elections for the two houses are not over after an increase in the number of seats in […]

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Polisario Has no Standing to Represent Saharans’ Economic Interests

The Algeria-backed separatist Polisario front has no standing to represent the economic interests of Western Sahara or to bring proceedings on behalf of the Sahrawi population. This is the gist of the ruling delivered on Wednesday by the Court of Justice of the European Union after examining in appeal a verdict issued in a first […]

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Polls open in Gambia with Jammeh in bid for fifth term

Polls open in The Gambia with Jammeh in bid for fifth term. 886, 578 voters are expected at 1,422 polling stations in 53 constituencies in the seven administrative regions of The Gambia to cast their ballots to elect the next president of the country whose population is around 1.9 million. There are three candidates running […]

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French Forces Will Remain in Central African Republic – Elysée

The French government on Wednesday said it will keep a rapid reaction force in war-ravaged Central African Republic after its mission ends. According to a statement published by the Elysée, the force has a “capacity for military intervention at short notice” and may “be mobilized at the request of the Central African Republic government in […]

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UK Backs Plan to Sanction DRC Officials

The United Kingdom on Thursday said it backs targeted European Union sanctions against officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to end government repression and encourage a peaceful transition of power in the copper rich country. The move follows a call from Human Rights Watch to European Union Member States in advance of the EU’s Foreign […]

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