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Burkina Faso: At least 10 jihadists killed in military crackdown

A “dozen terrorists” were “neutralized” during sweep operations between June 7 and 13, after the massacre of at least 132 people in the village of Solhan, Burkina’s armed forces announced Monday evening in a statement. “From June 7 to 13, security and combing operations continued in the vicinity of Solhan. The units deployed carried out offensive reconnaissance and cordon and ...

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Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwandans to forgive France for its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died. Speaking at the genocide memorial in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, he said France had not heeded warnings of impending carnage and had for too long “valued silence over examination of the truth”. But ...

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UN calls for immediate release of Mali President Bah Ndaw

UN chief António Guterres has demanded the immediate release of Mali’s President Bah Ndaw and PM Moctar Ouane, who have been detained by soldiers. They were driven by soldiers to a military camp near the capital, Bamako. The two men have been leading an interim government which took power after a military coup last August. They were detained just hours ...

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Nearly half of women, girls ‘do not own their bodies’, UN says

UNFPA says nearly half the women and girls in developing countries do not have decision-making power over their own bodies, including in whether or not to have sex with their partners. Nearly half the women and adolescent girls in developing countries are denied the right to decide whether or not to have sex with their partners, use contraception, or seek ...

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Magufuli rallies Tanzanians to feed world post-Covid

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has rallied farmers in the country to increase food production, predicting global food scarcity later in the year caused by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. He urged farmers to take advantage of the reduced production by the largest food-producing countries in the wake of health restrictions imposed across the world. “This year there is a ...

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Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions across Horn of Africa

New Desert Locust swarms are forming in the Horn of Africa, threatening agricultural livelihoods and the food security of millions of people, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Wednesday.  According to the agency, locust infestations increased over the past month in Ethiopia and Somalia as a result of extensive breeding, favourable weather and rainfall, with populations predicted ...

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EU halts aid to Ethiopia over Tigray conflict

The European Union has postponed almost 90 million euros in budget support payments to Ethiopia over the bloc’s concerns of the Tigray crisis, according to an EU document seen by various media organisations. The move highlights the EU’s wish for a cessation of hostilities and its concerns about restrictions on humanitarian and media access to the northern region, the document ...

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Hearings begin into killings of Nigerian protesters

A week after the killing of activists protesting police brutality in Nigeria’s largest city, a Lagos state government judicial panel began hearings into the violence on Tuesday. President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted on Sunday that the panel had his “full support”, but protesters say his administration has for years ignored their calls for reform. Demonstrators took part in daily protests across Nigeria for nearly two weeks ...

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Seychelles opposition wins power after 43 years

The opposition has taken power in the Seychelles for the first time since 1977, following its victory in the presidential election. Anglican priest Wavel Ramkalawan defeated President Danny Faure by 54.9% to 43.5%, official results show. Supporters of Mr Ramkalawan have been celebrating his victory in the capital, Victoria. In his victory speech, Mr Ramkalawan was conciliatory towards Mr Faure, ...

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Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin – The journey of a diaspora returnee to a king

Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin

As Ghana hosts the greatest return initiative for Africa, there is a lot to appreciate of those who have taken the decision to return permanently; to abandon the comforts of a western society and move to settle with whatever is left of the cradle of civilization. Although some may have awoken from the “American dream” with a slap of reality ...

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