RISING ANTI-FRENCH HOSTILITY IN WEST AFRICA

People hold signs reading in French “down with France” “Mali is one and indivisible’ and “no to the misappropriation of our funds” during a protest against France Nov. 15, 2019, (AP Photo/Baba Ahmed) Tue 14 January 2020: Amid a security summit with the leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Mauritania, known as the G5 […]

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NIGER ARMY BASE ATTACK DEATH TOLL RISES TO AT LEAST 89 -SECURITY SOURCES

Sun 12 January 2020: (Reuters) – The death toll from Thursday’s attack by suspected jihadists on a Niger army base has risen to at least 89, four security sources said, surpassing a raid last month that killed 71 soldiers as the deadliest against Nigerien forces in years. The government said on Thursday that 25 soldiers […]

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SUDAN BANS NEWSPAPERS, TV STATIONS OVER AL-BASHIR TIES

Thu 09 January 2019: (AFP) Sudan banned two newspapers and two television stations on Tuesday, saying they had received funding from the government of former President Omar al-Bashir who was ousted last year following protests. The decision was made by a committee tasked by Sudan’s transitional authorities with dismantling institutions linked to Bashir and his […]

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UN SPECIAL ENVOY ‘ANGRY’ AT FOREIGN MEDDLING IN LIBYA

Tue 07 January 2020: The United Nations (UN) special envoy to Libya on Monday said he was “angry” at foreign interference in the war-torn country, as the Security Council expressed concern at the recent escalation in fighting. “I am really angry to see that everybody wants to talk about Libya and very few people want […]

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UGANDA DEPORTS SOUTH AFRICAN STAR HOURS BEFORE CONCERT

Wed 01 January 2019: Uganda deported on Tuesday legendary South African singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka hours ahead of a scheduled New Year concert performance in the capital Kampala. Ugandan police spokesman Fred Enanga said Chaka Chaka had entered the country on an ordinary visitor’s visa, but that she required a special […]

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FOOD CRISIS LOOMS AS LOCUSTS INVADE NORTHERN KENYA

Wed 01 January 2020: Some 70,000 hectares of farmland in Somalia, Ethiopia already decimated by locust swarms Northern Kenya is facing looming starvation after a recent invasion by locusts that originated from neighboring Somalia, officials said Tuesday. Local authorities from the Wajir County Department of Agriculture told reporters that the locusts, coming from southern Somalia […]

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IN 2020 MAJOR CHALLENGES FOR AFRICA

Mon 30 December 2019: Terrorism, conflict resolution, border closures and immigration among issues expected to continue to dominate continent Africa made great progress in a number of fields in 2019, including holding peaceful elections in many parts of the continent and increased economic growth. But a number of unresolved challenges including terrorism, conflict resolution, border […]

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MOROCCAN YOUTUBER SENTENCED TO PRISON, JOURNALIST DETAINED

Thu 26 December 2019: A YouTuber who criticised the Moroccan king has been given a prison sentence while a journalist-activist who defended anti-government protesters in a tweet has been detained. Freedom of speech advocates say the moves on Thursday reflect growing pressure against those who use social networks to express anger at economic and social […]

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