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Danny Faure new Seychelles president sworn in

Danny Faure was sworn in to office on Sunday, becoming the Seychelles’ fourth president since the island nation gained independence from Britain. Faure succeeds outgoing President James Michel, whose resignation announced last month took effect Sunday Faure, 54, took...

New UN envoy to visit Burundi for crisis talks

The UN Security Council on Thursday decided to dispatch a UN envoy to Burundi after the government in Bujumbura broke off ties with UN rights monitors and kept up resistance to the deployment of a UN police force. UN...

U.K. backs call for EU sanctions against Congo officials

The United Kingdom said on Thursday it backs targeted European Union sanctions against officials in Democratic Republic of Congo to end government repression and encourage a peaceful transition of power. Dozens of people have died in clashes between security...

Rwanda’s Kagame slams France for reopening inquiry into 1994 plane crash

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday criticized French investigators who last week reopened an inquiry into a plane crash that sparked the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 people were killed. In a series of tweets on Monday,...

Kenya set to Dadaab camp, force refugees back to war-torn Somalia

With the closure of the world’s largest migrant camp in Kenya, thousands of Somali refugees could be forced to return to their war-ravaged homeland. The move has been branded a violation of international law. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)...

6 killed in nortern Kenya, in as al Shabaab attack targeting Christians

Suspected Islamic extremists killed six people in an attack in northern Kenya near the border with Somalia, an official said Thursday, while the al-Shabaab extremist group claimed it had targeted Christians. The gunmen targeted 33 non-Muslims living in a...

John Magufuli dividing opinions in Tanzania

On assumption of office, he appeared keen on smashing corruption and wasteful government spending, capturing the admiration of many in this East African country with austerity measures like rarely traveling abroad. Then came President John Pombe Magufuli's more startling decrees....

Despite call for calm Ethiopia protests persists

Ethiopia is observing an official mourning period for more than 50 people killed during a crackdown and stampede at an ethnic cultural festival in the Oromia region Sunday. At the same time, the country is seeing a continuation, possibly...

S. Sudan soldiers loyal to Machar in DRC welcome in areas under rebel control

Troops loyal to Riek Machar, South Sudan’s former first vice president, currently in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), would be welcome in South Sudan areas controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in opposition (SPLM-IO), says Machar spokesman...

Ethiopia, Djibouti launch Africa’s first modern electrified railway

Ethiopia and Djibouti on Wednesday launched Africa's first modern electrified railway connecting their capitals, with officials hailing the Chinese-built rail as the latest testament to the Sino-African friendship. The 752.7-km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, also known as Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway, was...
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Report says Nigerians paid $18.434m as ransom to kidnappers in 9 years

A new report by Nigeria leading geopolitical platform, SBM Intelligence, has shown that between year 2011 and April 2020,...
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Covid-19: Parents in rejects plan to re-open schools in Nigeria

Some parents in Lagos State, Nigeria have kicked against reopening of schools in view of the continued rise in the number of the novel...

Rwanda signs a new military deal with United States

Rwanda has signed a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the United States as part of broader efforts to strengthen military cooperation between the...

Namibia’s president admits breaching lockdown rule, pays fine

Namibia's president Hage Geingob on Thursday admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations last month by hosting a celebration to mark his party's 60th anniversary and...

Buhari submits a revised 2020 budget to the senate

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday submitted a revised 2020 budget of 10.51 trillion naira ($29.19 billion) to the senate for approval.The coronavirus pandemic...