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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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Migration Tops Agenda of Idriss Deby’s Visit in Germany

Chad president Idriss Deby on Wednesday urged the European Union to seek a deal with countries across Africa’s desert Sahel region if it wants to curb the influx of migrants. “We can only resolve the issue if we involve the G5 frontline states –Chad, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Mali and Niger– not through country by country […]

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Catholic Church Quits National Dialogue in DRC

The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) on Tuesday suspended its participation in the national dialogue called by President Joseph Kabila due to the violent events that occurred in the central African nation on Monday. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Bishops of the Catholic Church said they had opted out of the dialogue […]

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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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US Envoy to Join DRC’s Political Dialogue

The United States’ Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Thomas Perriello, is expected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, to engage with stakeholders in the political dialogue process led by Edem Kodjo. Thomas Perriello will be in the central African nation for a week to engage at length with stakeholders on […]

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Sudan’s Ceasefire Talks Collapse in Addis-Ababa

Sudan’s ceasefire talks have collapsed less than a week after they began, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The road map of ceasefire talks and political reconciliation have failed due to lack of commitment by armed factions, the state’s chief negotiator was quoted by the news agency as saying. Speaking to reporters at Khartoum airport upon return […]

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