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Somalia President Drops 2-year Term Extension, Accepts Dialogue with Political Rivals
Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed says he will no longer pursue a two-year extension of his presidential term, giving in to internal and international pressure to back away from a controversial resolution on the extension passed by the Lower House of Parliament.
AFRICA: DFC funds WaterEquity for water and sanitation
The U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has provided $25 million to WaterEquity, a facility designed to support institutions that finance water and sanitation projects in several regions of the world, including Africa. The $25 million is the first tranche of a $100 million loan.
Algeria struggles to feed its people as crisis persists
Strikes, unemployment, soaring prices and shortages of basic foodstuffs in Algeria, a boiling social situation is now added to a deep economic crisis caused by the fall in oil revenues and aggravated by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Biden admin plans to help Africa recover from COVID-19 economic turmoil, says top U.S. diplomat Robert Godec
The Biden administation is committed to working with African nations to address the detrimental economic consequences of the covid-19 pandemic, Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Robert F. Godec said at a press briefing on Monday.
Protests erupt in N’Djamena as Chadians demand civilian rule
Clashes flare in capital city over military takeover after death of President Idriss Déby
Protests turn deadly in Chad as protesters demand civilian rule
N’Djamena rocked by violent protests with two people killed on Tuesday as demonstrators call for the military to cede power.
Cameroonian Startup's Online Veterinary App Helps Remote Breeders
A Cameroonian company has created a veterinary counseling app designed to help farmers and ranchers who live far away from veterinarians to detect animal diseases and give them guidance online.
Clashes in Somalia over president's bid to stay in power
Mutinous Somali soldiers hold parts of Mogadishu a day after three were killed in fatal clashes with government troops. The opposition fighters are against the extension of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed's mandate. And in Ivory Coast, health centres are struggling to convince people to get vaccinated, the suspicion many African communities harbour over the shots are even leading some countries to have to destroy out-of-date Covid-19 vaccine doses. And South Africa's “My Octopus Teacher” wins best documentary at the Oscars.
U.S. To Increase Africa’s Yearly Development Finance To $6bn
The United States of America (USA) plans to increase its annual development finance to Africa by 20 per cent from about $5 billion to some $6 billion.
‘We won’t negotiate’, says new Chad regime, as armed rebels regroup
The new government led by the son of late president Idriss Déby says it is pursuing rebels into Niger, but capital may still face assault
Europe pledges support to Mali amid transition to an elected government
As relations strengthen between Europe and the Sahel, the EU's foreign policy chief held talks with Mali's top leaders in Bamako on Saturday.
Rival groups clash in Somali capital over president’s mandate
Gunfire erupts between security forces loyal to the president and others angered by his extended stay in power.
Jihadists Kill at Least 11 in Northeast Nigeria Attack
At least 11 civilians were killed when IS-aligned jihadists invaded a town in northeast Nigerian Yobe state, an official and residents told AFP on Saturday.
Déby’s Death Raises Security Concerns in West Africa
The death of Chad's President Idriss Deby this week has raised concerns about stability in the country and throughout West Africa. While critics point out Deby's authoritarian, 31-year rule, security experts say he was an essential ally in the fight against terrorism and are worried about what comes next.
South Africa to Resume Vaccination with Johnson & Johnson’s Coronavirus Formula
The government made this decision after the recommendation of the Health Products Regulatory Authority to resume immunization with the dose developed by the North American laboratory, after the authorities suspended vaccination due to cases of thrombosis that appeared in the United States.
African presidents arrive in N'Djamena ahead of Déby's funeral ceremony
Niger's President Mohamed Bazoum touched down in the Chadian capital N'Djamena on Thursday, a day before the funeral of the late Chadian president Idriss Déby.
Angola: Luanda flood death toll rises to 24, thousands displaced
More than 11,000 people affected and at least 2,300 homes flooded, provincial government says.
UNSC: ‘Deep concern’ about sexual violence allegations in Tigray
In first joint statement after nearly six months of fighting in northern Ethiopian region, Security Council urges ‘unfettered humanitarian access to all people in need’.
Cameroonian Startup Creates Soil Analysis Kit for Farming Efficiency
Cameroon's agricultural sector employs the majority of the country's workers, but too many know too little about the soil, resulting in inefficient farming. To help Cameroon's farmers, a computer engineer created an electronic analysis kit to test soil quality and suitability for crops. Moki Edwin Kindzeka has this report by Anne Nzouankeu in Edéa, Cameroon.
Chad’s Interim President Faces Power Struggle
In Chad, factionalism is creating uncertainty over the central African nation’s leadership following this week’s sudden death of longtime President Idriss Deby Itno.
US'll keep building Africa partnership – Sullivan
The U.S Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan, on Tuesday, 20 April 2021, delivered a lecture on “The Foreign Policy of the USA and its Impact on Africa” at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College.
Zimbabwe’s President Calls for Unity on 41st Independence Day
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa called for unity as the country marked 41 years of independence on Sunday. But the president also accused the opposition leader of being destructive, and the opposition fired right back, saying the president and his party are violent against the people.
Chad President Idriss Deby dies after 30 years in power, military says
Parliament has been dissolved after the president died of injuries sustained in clashes. It comes just a day after Deby won a sixth term in office.