Mali’s interim president to be sworn into office

Mali’s new president will be sworn into office on Friday, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.Bah Ndaw, a former defense minister, was picked by the coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held.Col Goita will be his vice-president.The new government is expected to be in office[...]

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Ramaphosa urges UN to take decisive action against racism

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged the United Nations to spare no effort at ending racism and other forms of prejudice.Ramaphosa, who is the Chairman of the African Union, made the call in his pre-recorded video statement to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.It is the UNGA General Debate since the[...]

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Ugandan military searching for over 200 escaped prisoners

The Uganda military is using aircraft and foot patrols to search for more than 200 inmates who escaped from a prison in north-east Uganda.The Area Army spokesman, Peter Mugisha, said this in Kampala on Thursday.He said that 219 inmates escaped from the prison near the remote town of Moroto, about 500 kilometres from the capital[...]

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IMF to disburse $1bn to Angola to address COVID-19 crisis

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Wednesday said it would disburse 1 billion dollars to Angola to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The IMF executive board made the decision after completing a third review of Angola’s three-year economic programme under its Extended Fund Facility approved at the end of 2018, bringing the total disbursements[...]

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COVID-19: AfDB approves $27.33m for AU’s response initiative

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved 27.33 million dollars in grants to boost the African Union’s efforts to mobilise a continental response to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.According to a statement from the AfDB, the approval is made by the organisation’s Board of Directors on Wednesday.The approval followed a meeting of the extended Bureau of[...]

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South Africa’s economy shrinks by half in Q2

South Africa’s economy shrank by more than half in the second quarter as business activity in the country ground to a halt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the national statistics agency said.“South Africa’s economy contracted by 51 percent in Q2 2020” compared with the same period of 2019, Statistics South Africa said in[...]

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Ousted Malian president hospitalised after mini-stroke

Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has not been seen in public since his August 18 ouster in a coup, has been hospitalised after suffering a brief stroke-like attack, a doctor said Wednesday.Keita, 75, was admitted to a private clinic in the capital Bamako on Tuesday evening, he said.“According to thorough analysis, the president[...]

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Mali: France asks military to ‘quickly’ transfer power

France on Sunday called on Mali’s military junta to “quickly” organise a transition to civilian rule after this month’s coup, warning that the political crisis would benefit terrorists. The August 18 coup has shocked ally France, which fears instability in Mali could undermine its military campaigns against Islamist militants in West Africa’s Sahel region.“This transition[...]

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Mali suspended from international Francophone community over coup

The international community increased pressure on the military junta that has seized power in Mali, as the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) suspended the nation from its membership Tuesday.Its leadership agreed the move at an extraordinary session held via videoconference, while adding that it would maintain any cooperation that would help the civilian population[...]

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Appointment: Ghanaian president congratulates Nigerian writer, Okediran

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo, has congratulated Nigerian writer, Dr Wale Okediran, on his appointment as the Secretary-General of the Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA).Akufo-Addo congratulated Okediran in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Nana Bediatuo, and made available to newsmen on Monday.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Iseyin-born medical doctor and writer was[...]

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Two killed in Ivory Coast election violence

At least two people were killed in ethnic clashes in Ivory Coast following President Alassane Ouattara’s controversial announcement he would run for a third term, a hospital source, and local residents said Sunday.Young opposition supporters on Saturday took to the streets to voice loud and violent protest in several major cities, especially the southern cocoa-growing[...]

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Zimbabwe president signs law allowing pregnant girls to continue in school

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has signed a law barring government schools from excluding girls, who fall pregnant, from attending lessons.Teachers are also no longer allowed to cane pupils, under amendments to the Education Act, which became law on Saturday.The new law also says that no pupil shall be excluded from school for non-payment of school[...]

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Libyans celebrate surprise ceasefire agreement

An equestrian festival is being celebrated in Libya after the surprise announcement of ceasefire.Equestrian school in tripoli had been closed for 10 years. Citizens say the occassion marks the ninth anniversary of the fall Kadhafi. Libyans couldn’t hide their excitement after the announcement of the ceasefire. Horse riders came with their families from all corners[...]

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Ivory Coast rejects Gbagbo’s presidential election bid

Ivory Coast election authorities rejected appeals by former President Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro to be allowed to run in the country’s October election, an official said Friday.President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to contest a third term in October has already triggered outrage among opposition and civil society groups, who labelled it a[...]

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ECOWAS calls for restoration of IBK, sanctions against coup plotters

West African leaders under the regional bloc ECOWAS have said they would dispatch envoys to Mali to help secure “the return of constitutional order”. In a video conference on Thursday, they called for the ousted Malian president to be restored to office.“We have decided to immediately send a high-level delegation in order to ensure the[...]

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ECOWAS suspends Mali from its decision-making bodies, shuts down land, air borders

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has suspended Mali from all its decision-making bodies with immediate effect.A statement by the community’s Directorate of Communications on Wednesday, indicated that the suspension is in line with the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and will remain in place until effective constitutional order is reinstated[...]

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Africa records over 25,000 COVID-19 deaths – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo says there are over 25,000 COVID-19 deaths on the African continent.The UN health agency gave the update on its regional official Twitter account @WHOAFRO.WHO stated on its dashboard that “there are over 1.1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent – with[...]

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Mali president resigns after military coup

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation on live television in the early hours of Wednesday morning following a military coup.“I’ve decided to leave my post,” he said, clad in traditional clothing and a medical mask to protect against the coronavirus.The president and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were arrested by the military after a[...]

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Nigerians in South Africa decry gender-based violence

The Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa has called for gender equality and an end to all forms of gender-based violence.Coach Oscar Emetuei, National Deputy President of NICASA, made the call in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the outcome of the monthly virtual conference of NICASA’s Women’s wing.The conference titled,[...]

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