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Chad counts votes as President Deby seeks to extend 30-year rule
Election kicks off amid mounting popular discontent and opposition criticism against incumbent Deby.
Djibouti President Guelleh wins election with 97%, final results
Djibouti veteran ruler Ismail Guelleh is now confirmed as president for another term, with final results showing he won over 97% of votes, according to final figures
South Sudan’s President Appoints New Army Chief
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has appointed General Santino Deng Wol as the new head of the army, Kiir’s spokesman said on Sunday, as part of a wider reshuffle within the government.
Sudan to Receive $400 Million from Saudi Arabia, UAE for Agriculture, State Media Says
Sudan will receive $400 million from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to fund agricultural production inputs for this year's summer and winter seasons, the state-news agency SUNA said Sunday.
Secret contracts show how China structures loans to become Africa’s “preferred” lender
A new report led by AidData, a US-based development finance research lab, reveals the ways in which Chinese lenders use contracts to gain an advantage over other creditors in developing countries, limiting the borrowers’ options for crisis management, and complicating debt renegotiation.
Senegalese government announces probe into unrest
Senegal's government on Thursday said an ""independent and impartial"" commission would investigate deadly violence in March that stained the country's reputation as a haven of stability in West Africa.
Death toll in Sudan's West Darfur region rises to 132, over 200 people injured
The death toll from tribal clashes in Geneina, the capital of West Darfur state in Sudan, has risen to 132, an official said on Thursday.
Djibouti President Guelleh holds last rally in bid for 5th term
Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh is expected to extend his two-decade rule of the tiny Horn of Africa nation as the country heads to the polls Friday.
Ivory Coast's Ex-president and Ally are Free to Return Home
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a close ally who was a youth leader are free to return home after being definitively acquitted on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, President Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday.
Somali Elections Remain on Hold After Latest Political Talks Collapse
Somalia’s federal government said Wednesday that efforts to resolve the stalemate on elections collapsed after leaders from the states of Puntland and Jubbaland failed to agree on the way forward.
Congo: Constitutional court ratifies Sassou's re-election victory
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Congo on Tuesday endorsed the re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso in the March 21 vote, after rejecting the opposition's appeal.
Zimbabwe Court Jails Opposition Activist for Blowing Whistle During Protest
Zimbabwe's main opposition party says the government is again cracking down on critics with a prison sentence given to 28-year-old Makomborero Haruzivishe. A court found him guilty of inciting violence, but rights groups say the real aim is to intimidate protesters demanding more financial support for the poor.
Johnson & Johnson partners with AU to distribute 220 million Covid shots
The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, manufactured by the American multinational corporation that develops medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and consumer packaged goods, has partnered with the African Union to ease the distribution of its vaccine within the continent.
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Somali leaders fail to agree on agenda for crucial poll meeting
Somalia’s leaders have failed to agree on the main agenda for a crucial electoral meeting, reflecting the unattended fissures between them.
Sudan: Death toll from West Darfur clashes climbs to 56
The death toll from intercommunal clashes in Sudan's West Darfur state rises to 56 killed after four days of violence between rival communities. Meanwhile in Nigeria, security has been scaled up around the town of Owerri after gunmen stormed a prison and freed more than 1,800 inmates along the way. And finally, we take a closer look at the Cape Town surfers riding the waters using only their bodies.
US calls for 'finalized timeline' in Mali elections
The United States called Tuesday for Mali to fix dates for an election, urging it during a United Nations Security Council meeting to move ahead amid concerns over the slow pace of reform.
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US targets $650b in reserves to help low-income countries in Covid-19 crisis
The funds will provide temporary financial relief to low-income countries, especially in Africa, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
US urges de-escalation between Sudan, Ethiopia
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday pressed for an easing of tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia as fears grow of a spillover from the bloody Tigray conflict.
Drones Are Helping Rural Communities Gain Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Supplies
Zipline plans to expand its services to deliver medical supplies around the world.
Mozambique reclaims town of Palma from Islamist militants, army says
Mozambique's military says it has regained full control of the coastal town of Palma 12 days after it was raided by militant Islamists who are affiliated with the Islamic State group.
The Weeknd Donates $1 Million to Ethiopian Relief Efforts
Pop star The Weeknd has announced he will be donating $1 million to relief efforts in Ethiopia amid the country’s ongoing conflict in the Tigray region.
Women abducted in South Sudan released, hundreds remain missing
Fifty-eight women and children of more than 600 who were abducted last year during vicious intercommunal fighting in South Sudan, have been reunited with their families, the UN Spokesperson told reporters on Monday.
Limited Sovereignty as African Countries Mortgage Resources to China
]Governments in Africa have been mortgaging their natural resources to secure loans from China, a trend that often ignites debt distress when commodity prices collapse.