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Obama announces suspension of South Africa from trade benefits

U.S. President, Barack Obama, on Tuesday, said America would suspend duty-free benefits for South Africa…

Egyptian First Deputy Prime Minister Vice and Minister of Defense, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi sits in the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt, 01 August 2013. Westerwelle is holding political talks with representatives from the government and the opposition. Photo by: Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Egypt’s first parliament in 3 years holds opening session

Egypt's new parliament held its opening session on Sunday, more than three years after a…

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Heat wave claims 11 lives in South Africa

South Africa authorities said on Sunday in Cape Town that 11 people have died of…

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Egypt’s first parliament in 3 years holds opening session

Egypt's new parliament held its opening session on Sunday, more than three years after a court dissolved the old Islamist-dominated chamber. A report from Cairo said the body was expected to choose a speaker on its first day, and now has 15 days to approve hundreds of laws issued by…

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Trump threatens to pull $1billion investment if banned from entering UK

U.S. Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has threatened to cancel his $1 billion planned investments in golf courses in Scotland, if Britain slammed him with a travel ban. He said on Friday in Massachusetts that the British lawmakers were planning to hold a debate on a petition signed by over…

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Africa: Nairobi Trade Talks Made History – Kenya Foreign Minister

At the start of 2015, the prospects for a successful outcome for the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi were dim. The pundits were forecasting failure. But WTO member countries proved them wrong and we succeeded. We reversed the fortunes of the WTO and placed the…

Ban- Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General

UN Secretary-General’s envoy to visit Saudi Arabia, Iran

The United Nations spokesman, Steplane DuJarrick, has said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is visiting Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mr. DuJarrick told reporters on Monday in New York that de Mistura would also visit Iran later in the week. He said during the visits, the Special…

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China to complete Africa cooperation plan in 3 years

The Director-General of African Affairs at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Lin Songtian, on Monday, restated his government’s commitment to support the development of African countries in the next three years. Mr. Lin told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the Chinese government would in…

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Africa: What Obama Still Owes Africa (a Visit to Nigeria for One Thing)

By Johnnie CarsonWashington, DC — After seven years in office, President Barack Obama has already engaged more broadly on Africa than any previous American president, but with one year remaining in the White House, there are still a few things he should do before he leaves, writes Johnnie Carson, the…

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US rejects third term bid by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame

The United States said on Saturday it is "deeply disappointed that President Paul Kagame has announced his intention to run for a third term in office". The spokesperson for that country's Department of State, an equivalent of Nigeria's foreign ministry, said with his decision to take a third shot at…

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria

How Buhari ensured democratic transition in Burkina Faso — Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said President Muhammadu Buhari ​wa​s a key player in the civil transition in Burkina Faso which culminated Tuesday with the inauguration of a democratically elected president in the west African nation. Mr. Osinbajo made the observation while speaking with reporters after the inauguration of Rock…

‎Guinean President, Alpha Condé

WHO declares Guinea Ebola-free

The World Health Organisation on Tuesday declared Guinea Ebola-free, after more than 2,500 people died from the virus, leaving Liberia as the only country still waiting for the end of the epidemic. People in the capital, Conakry, greeted the declaration by authorities and the WHO with mixed emotions, given the…

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Ethiopia arrests second journalist in a week, summons bloggers

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper, Getachew Shiferaw, who was arrested on Friday, according to news reports. "Ethiopia prides itself on development, but economic growth is a hollow achievement if the public does not enjoy fundamental human rights such…

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Syrian journalist shot dead in Turkey

Naji Jerf, editor-in-chief of the independent monthly, Hentah, and the maker of documentary films on the militant group Islamic State, was shot and killed in broad daylight today by unknown assailants with a silenced pistol in front of a building that houses Syrian opposition news outlets in downtown Gaziantep, Turkey,…

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi President

AU assures Burundi no hidden motive in troop deployment plan

The African Union Head, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has contacted President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi to make it clear that "the AU has no other agenda than to assist the government and people of Burundi at their hour of need''. She said on Saturday in Addis Ababa that the AU was consistent…

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China abolishes 1-child policy, couples can now have two children

China has revised its law on population and family planning, thereby abolishing its policy of one child per couple instituted in the 1970s. The Asian country now allows every couple to have up to two children, starting January 1, 2016. The new legislation on two-child policy was passed on Sunday…

Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi President

Burundi government warns against peacekeepers

Burundi’s Vice President, Gaston Sindimwo, has warned that no foreign soldier would step his foot on Burundian territory without the authorisation of the government. He gave the warning while addressing pro-government supporters during a protest march country-wide in Burundi on Saturday against plans by the African Union (AU), to deploy…

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Japan, South Korea to seek breakthrough in sex slavery row

Japanese and South Korean governments agreed that the foreign ministers of the two countries would meet in Seoul on Monday to discuss new proposals to resolve a row over the Japanese army's historical use of sex slaves. Japanese Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, said on Friday in Tokyo that the talks…

Namibia Prime Minister Hage Geingob

Namibia: President Geingob Pledges ‘All-Out War’ – on Poverty

When Hage Geingob became Namibia's third president in March, he declared a 'war on poverty'. Since independence in 1990, the politically stable country has mended the rifts of conflict, held six successful national elections and invested in critical infrastructure. But despite strides in such areas as education and health care,…

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Germany closes mosque for promoting violence

The German Interior Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg State, Reinhold Gall, said a mosque in southern Germany had been shut down for promoting violence. He stated this in Stuttgart, Germany, on Thursday that the Islamic Educational and Cultural Centre’s (MSM) premises were raided after authorities found it had been promoting violence and…

President Abd Rabu Hadi

Yemen ceasefire has started, UN says

The UN Yemen Envoy, Ismail Ahmed, said in Geneva that the parties in Yemen's conflict had stopped fighting under a ceasefire that took effect on Tuesday. Mr. Ahmed said this was coming into effect shortly before the start of planned peace talks in Switzerland. He said the airstrikes by a…

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In Africa’s largest slum, these girls saved to solve a problem

The girls from the Nairobi slum of Kibera had a problem. Government wasn't coming to their aid. Instead, they banded together to solve it. For 15-year-old Halima Mohammed, the problem began with menstruation. She’d stay home from school because she could not afford sanitary pads. Many of her girlfriends were…

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South African Air Force officer attacked by cheetahs

A South African Air Force officer is being treated in hospital after being attacked by two cheetahs outside an aircraft hanger in the north of the country. Brig.-Gen Marthie Visser, spokesperson of the military, said the cheetahs were brought to the airbase to hunt wildlife that frequently wander on the…

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3,200 migrants die in the Mediterranean in one year

The director general of Migrantes Foundation, Carlo Perego, said no fewer than 3,200 migrants died in the Mediterranean between 2014 and 2015. He said that the number of the migrants’ casualties in the sea had risen from 1,600 in 2014 to 3, 200, adding that children accounted for 700 of…

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Many African countries are moving toward malaria elimination – WHO

The World Health Organisation, WHO, on Wednesday said many African countries were moving toward malaria elimination, with prevention efforts saving millions of dollars in healthcare costs over the past 14 years. A statement by WHO said this is contained in a World Malaria Report 2015, released by the world health…