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Sudan to hold talks on removal from US terror list

Sudan has sent a high level delegation to the United Arab Emirates to negotiate with American officials as the country tries to get removed from the US list of countries that sponsor terrorism. The Sudanese delegation is headed by the country’s leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. The US added Sudan to the list in 1993 due to its support for ...

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Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram are recruiting Nigerians in North – President Akufo-Addo

The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has said Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram are taking advantage of poverty in North-East Nigeria, to recruit new members.Akufo-Addo stated this on Monday, while on a working visit to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission in Abuja.According to him, the insurgents were also making inroads in the Lake Chad Basin, Mali and ...

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African leaders are racing to resolve the Mali crisis but here’s the secret weapon, the diaspora

Mali’s political future remains uncertain after a mutiny by the country’s soldiers and the subsequent overthrow of the government of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last August. The coup was occasioned by a popular protest across the country demanding the resignation of Keita, who came into office in 2013. Among other grievances that led to the protest was the cancellation of ...

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Mali pronounces ex- Defence Minister Ba N’Daou as interim president

Head of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People, Colonel Assimi Goïta, issued a nationally televised announcement pronouncing Ba N’Daou, previously the Minister of Defence, as the Malian transitional president appointed by a committee set up by the junta in power since ousting — in a coup d-état, ex-president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on August 18th. The new president ...

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Uganda gets $130m from World Bank for roadworks

The World Bank on Thursday approved a $130 million grant to Uganda for road infrastructure in the West Nile sub-region. The region hosts the bulk of South Sudanese and Congolese refugees. In a statement on September 10, the World Bank said that its Board of Directors had approved the grant, to be financed through the International Development Association’s 18th window ...

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Mali needs a responsible government now – Akufo-Addo to ECOWAS

Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has called on ECOWAS leaders to work towards the immediate resolution of the political crisis in Mali. Speaking at Peduase in Ghana at a meeting with ECOWAS leaders over the tension in Mali, the President said terrorists are taking advantage of the situation to settle ad dominate the region. “My reason for this meeting is simple: ...

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‘Heaviest rains in 100 years’ affect 500,000 in Ethiopia

More than half a million people have been affected by severe flooding in Ethiopia, with some places recording the heaviest rains in a century, the minister for water and irrigation Seleshi Bekele has said. About 200,000 have been left homeless by the floods which have swept through at least five of Ethiopia’s 10 regions, he added. The floods have killed ...

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Chibok students sit exams for first time since abduction

Students in the Nigerian town of Chibok have been taking secondary school exams there for the first time since more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. Parents and staff in Chibok have told the BBC they were happy that their children could take their exams closer to home. For many years local students had to travel ...

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Belgium will now return Lumumba’s remains, a tooth after nearly 60 years

Belgium will now return to his family the mortal remains of Patrice Lumumba, the DR Congo‘s first democratically elected prime minister who was slain in a Western-backed overthrow from power. Belgium’s federal prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday that Lumumba’s family will receive a tooth, obtained by police officer Gerard Soete because Lumumba’s burned body could not be identified and recovered ...

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Sudan declares state of economic emergency after sharp fall in currency

Sudan declared an economic state of emergency on Thursday after its currency fell sharply in recent weeks, setting up special courts to prosecute what officials called a “systematic operation” to vandalise the economy. The transitional government, in charge of the country since the ouster of Omar al-Bashir last year, will criminalise purchasing, selling, possessing or smuggling of raw gold or ...

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