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Soldiers roll back the red carpet near a parked Gambian Presidential aircraft on the tarmac of Banjul's airport Friday Jan. 20, 2016. The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania have arrived in Gambia's capital in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get defeated President Yahya Jammeh to cede power to Adama Barrow who was sworn in as Gambian President Thursday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

New leader of Gambia : Jammeh leaving for Guinea within hours

New leader of Gambia – Jammeh leaving for Guinea within hours By KRISTA LARSON DAKAR, Senegal (AP) – Gambia’s new president says defeated leader Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea within hours. Adama Barrow told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that he will return home to Gambia once it’s “clear” and a […]

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Where Lies Obama’s Africa Legacy? – Addis Standard

Where Lies Obama’s Africa Legacy? – Addis Standard

Where Lies Obama’s Africa Legacy? – Addis Standard Zelalem Kibret, special to Addis Standard Addis Abeba, Jan. 20/2017 (Addis Standard) – On November 09, 2016 while the GMT + world woke up to a surprising news of victory by the most unexpected candidate in the US election, the US Embassy in Addis Abeba was hosting an […]

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Trump Team Asks State Department How Much US Aid To Africa Is Stolen By Corrupt Governments

Trump  Team Asks State Department How Much US Aid To Africa Is Stolen By Corrupt Governments  (Afk Insider) — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s views of Africa have been a mystery, but questions from his transition team to the U.S. State Department indicate skepticism about the value of foreign aid and American security interests on the continent, […]

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Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy – DM

Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy By J Brooks Spector (Daily Maverick) — With the Trump administration about to start, J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a turn at trying to fathom out the likely outlines of a Trump administration’s policy towards the African continent. It is not an easy one. Well, okay, we shall just […]

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Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks

Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks in the Mediterranean Sea Disaster comes day after more than 550 migrants rescued between Libya and Italy (Independent) — More than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis shows no sign of slowing. […]

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Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism About Aid

Trump Team’s Queries About Africa Point to Skepticism About Aid WASHINGTON (The New York Times) — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s views of Africa have, until now, been a mystery. But a series of questions from the Trump transition team to the State Department indicate an overall skepticism about the value of foreign aid, and even […]

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Demonstrators chant slogans while making the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2. Hundreds of people have been killed since November 2015 and Ethiopia's government has implemented a restrictive state of emergency. TIKSA NEGERI/REUTERS

Six Stories That Will Shape Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017

(Newsweek) — Like much of the world, 2016 has been a struggle for sub-Saharan Africa The region recorded its slowest overall growth in more than two decades, as low commodity prices and political uncertainty elsewhere put the brakes on economic progress. Civil conflicts have continued raging in countries including South Sudan and the Central African […]

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Call for applications: Advocacy and research fellow

Call for applications: Advocacy and research fellow Deadline: Sunday 15th January 2017 Location: Kampala, Uganda Duration of contract: 12 months non-renewable BACKGROUND DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) is the secretariat to a network of more than 75 member organizations drawn from eleven countries in the sub-region (Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, […]

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President Obama’s Disappointing Legacy in Africa

President Obama’s Disappointing Legacy in Africa

President Obama’s Disappointing Legacy in Africa. Experts say the administration’s most important outreach effort is an overlooked gem. But it hasn’t come close to its potential. By Anakwa Dwamena (The New Republic) — The last we saw of President George W. Bush in Africa, he was literally dancing into the sunset of his presidency, on […]

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US aid to Africa expected to decline under Trump

(The Citizen) — Ethiopia is among some African countries which may see a drop in development aid as the US is likely to expand fiscal stance and cut spending during Donald Trump’s presidency, a new report shows. The move by the world’s largest economy will affect dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and […]

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Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of plastic rice smuggled

Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “ plastic rice ” smuggled Nigeria (BBC News) — has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says. Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season. He said […]

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Tanzania Adopts New Policy To Curb Land Grabbing By Foreigners

(African Globe) – Tanzania has adopted a new national land policy which, among others, lowers the ceiling under which foreign investors can lease land from the current 99 to 33 years. The new policy comes barely months after the East African nation embarked on a campaign to seize “idle” land and deter “rogue investors” from […]

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AU expresses concern about upcoming Summit in restive Ethiopia

African Union expresses concern about upcoming Summit in restive Ethiopia (Africanews) — The African Union has expressed concern about Ethiopia’s current State of Emergency against the upcoming Heads of State Summit in the capital Addis Ababa in January 2017. The concerns were raised by the Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who met with the newly […]

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US policy in Africa under a Donald Trump presidency

US policy in Africa under a Donald Trump presidency – About the move of Ivanka’s shoe plants to Ethiopia. Trump daughter’s shoe business ‘may be hurt’ By Xie Jun Source:Global Times (Global Times) — A representative from Huajian Group, based in Dongguan, South China’s Guangdong Province, told the Global Times on Monday that US President-elect […]

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Egypt says organ trafficking racket busted, dozens arrested

Egypt: Doctors at prestigious universities are accused of working in the smuggling network. Investigators said they seized large sums of money and gold bullion. (DW) — A powerful Egyptian anti-corruption body said Tuesday it had uncovered an international criminal network involving universities and hospitals that smuggled human body parts. Investigators seized millions of dollars and arrested […]

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New AIDS vaccine: ‘Final nail in coffin’ for disease?

A highly efficient vaccine would be a “game-changer”, but results of the new trials will take years, scientists say. AIDS Vaccine takes years to hit the market. (Aljazeera) — outh Africa has launched a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the “final nail in the […]

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12 things that already happened within hours of Donald Trump being elected president

(Independent) — Donald Trump won’t officially become president until January 2017, but within hours of his victory the world has already begun to change. 1) A top Israeli government minister declared the idea of Palestinian state “over”. (AFP/Getty Images) Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a key figure on the right wing of the Israeli governing […]

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Is Africa on Donald Trump’s radar?

Is Africa on Donald Trump’s radar?

By Alastair Leithead (BBC) — Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election means an uncertain future for Africa. His rival Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a landslide – at least among those in Barack Obama’s ancestral village in western Kenya. The mock poll in Kogelo gave Mr Trump just a quarter of […]

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Migrant crisis: ‘Hundreds dead’ in shipwrecks off Libya

(BBC News) — About 240 migrants are believed drowned in two shipwrecks off the coast of Libya, migration officials say. The UN refugee agency was told the news by survivors brought ashore on the Italian island of Lampedusa, spokeswoman Carlotta Sami said. No bodies have so far been recovered. More than 4,200 migrants have died […]

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