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Ethiopia’s Tedros elected first African head of WHO

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former health minister and foreign minister of Ethiopia, was elected on Tuesday in Geneva to head the World Health Organisation (WHO). He becomes the first African to ascend to the post in the nearly 70-year existence of the global agency. He is also the first non-physician to be elected WHO’s Director-General. A jubilant Ethiopian official emerged …

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Deutsche Welle demands immediate release of its reporter held in DRC

German international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW), has demanded the immediate release of its reporter who is being held by the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to DW, Antediteste Niragira, was arrested by operatives of the Congolese intelligence service (ANR) while he was reporting on Burundian refugees in the DRC. The reporter is currently being held in …

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Gambian court seizes former ruler Jammeh’s assets, accuses him of $50m theft

The Gambia’s former president has been accused of stealing “at least” 50 million US dollars from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has announced. A court has now ordered his remaining assets in The Gambia to be frozen. A court in the Gambian capital Banjul Monday ordered a temporary freeze of properties belonging to …

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EU should deal with Brexit headache and leave Burundi alone, say Presidents of Tanzania and Uganda

EU should deal with its Brexit headache and leave Burundi to sort out its internal problems, the presidents of Tanzania and Uganda have said. It’s the view of the statesmen that the sanctions are compounding the efforts of regional leaders to resolve the crisis. Tanzania’s John Magufuli and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni made the call on Saturday in the Tanzanian capital, …

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Ugandan lawyer awarded German Africa Prize 2017

The Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has won the 2017 German Africa Prize. In a statement, the German Africa Foundation which has awarded the prize since 1993, said Opiyo had been honoured for his role in protecting peace, democracy, and human rights in the east African country. Opiyo, founder of the human rights organization “Chapter Four Uganda”, has worked …

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Italy, Germany call for EU mission on Libyan border with Niger

The German and Italian interior ministers have called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger to stem migrant crossings to Europe, reports Nikolaj Nielsen Italy and Germany are reportedly seeking an EU mission to secure Libya’s 5,000-km southern border with neighbouring countries to curb migration. German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday …

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EU counters terrorism in the slums of Uganda’s capital city

A mosque’s call to prayer echoes above the narrow alleyways of Bwaise, a 90,000-person slum in the outskirts of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala.Here, al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based radical Islamic terror group, had already found easy recruits among its disenfranchised youth in 2010, when over 70 people were killed and scores injured following twin suicide bombings in the capital.While the ringleader behind …

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Book: Searching for an alternative to democracy in Africa

Lost in Democracy is the title of a new book authored by the Germany-based Nigerian journalist and writer Frisky Larr. The book dwells on the failure of democracy in Africa to deliver its much-hoped-for dividends for its peoples.The majority of African countries are governed democratically. Well, to put it more accurately, they’re governed to varying degrees by democratic norms. However, …

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Kenyan man wins two million US dollars in football betting jackpot

A 28-year-old man has won 221 Kenyan Shillings (US$2 million) after perfectly predicting the scores of 17 matches last weekend in a football betting jackpot. This is one of the biggest wins in Africa and for Kenya’s largest online sports betting service SportPesa.The jackpot winner, Samuel Abisai, was picked up on Tuesday in a white limousine together with his friends and …

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Nigerian activists urge Buhari to take medical leave and hand over power

A group of leading civil society activists in Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take an official leave and hand over his office to his deputy, Vice-President Yemi Osibajo.Buhari returned from the UK, where he was on medical vacation, on 10 March and since his return, he has only made a few public appearances.The activists’ call comes as …

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Germany’s foreign minister in Somalia, warns international community

Germany’s foreign minister has warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe on a trip to Somalia. His visit, the first by a German foreign minister, comes ahead of an international security conference on Somalia.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Monday pledged to double aid to drought-hit Somalia, where more than 6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.Gabriel arrived in …

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IOM trains Libyan officials to treat African migrants humanely

In response to the many reports of the maltreatment of sub-Saharan migrants in Libyan detention centres, the International Organization for Migration, IOM, has begun training officials in five facilities on human rights.These are “the first trainings inside detention centres since 2014”, the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) announced.In the pilot project, IOM is targeting five centres (Abu Salim, …

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Three African countries chosen to test first malaria vaccine

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 per cent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of …

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How a Ghanaian turns young people away from terrorism in West Africa

A graduate of Britain’s Coventry University devoted to tackling terrorism will talk about how he stopped a young man joining ISIS with just hours to spare, when he speaks in Ghana this month.Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar, a graduate of Coventry’s International Terrorism masters course, has already helped at least 20 people turn away from extremism since he set up a counter-extremism …

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Kenya’s ruling party cancels primary elections after too many voters turn up

An unexpected surge in voters in the primaries for Kenya’s ruling party overwhelmed authorities and led them to partially cancel the vote, the President announced on Saturday.President Uhuru Kenyatta said large voter turnout sparked chaos and confusion during voting on Friday, leading to a shortage of voter materials.“Primaries usually do not experience the kind of turnout we saw yesterday,” Kenyatta said …

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Cameroon restores internet to English-speaking regions

English-speaking parts of Cameroon are now back online as the government in French-speaking Yaounde overturns an internet blackout, which damaged the local economy and triggered a free speech campaign, reports Mark Caldwell (Reuters, AFP).The government of Cameroon has announced that it has restored the internet to its English-speaking regions.The move comes three months after the authorities imposed an internet blackout …

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Gambian minister, UN deputy chief win ‘African Woman of the Year’ awards

Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan, Gambia’s Minister of Women Affairs and Overseer – Vice President’s Office, has won the top award of the New African Woman of Year.The fearless Gambian human rights and democracy activist took New African Woman magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Award at a glitzy ceremony, which held in Dakar on Wednesday. Mrs Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in unifying the opposition …

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