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A Nigerian migrant comes under attack outside a church in Pretoria on Saturday [James Oatway/Reuters]

Nigerians in South Africa ‘living in fear’ after attacks

Nigerians in South Africa ‘living in fear’ after attacks Nigerian community in South Africa calls for protection after reports of renewed ‘xenophobic’ violence in Pretoria West. (Aljazeera) — Members of Nigeria’s community in South Africa have raised concerns over renewed anti-immigrant violence, appealing to authorities to intervene before the situation gets out of control. Nigeria’s […]

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Red Crescent: 74 dead refugees wash ashore in Zawiya

Red Crescent: 74 dead refugees wash ashore in Zawiya At least 74 bodies recovered from beach in western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, Red Crescent says. Libya’s Red Crescent has said that 74 bodies of refugees have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea. The aid organisation’s spokesman […]

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Ministers want to divert aid from Africa to eastern Europe

Ministers want to divert aid from Africa to eastern Europe ‘to get better Brexit deal’ Department for International Development insists proposal is illegal under international rules (Independent) — Some senior ministers reportedly want to divert aid from “wasteful” projects in Africa and Asia to allies in eastern Europe in a bid to get a better […]

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Museveni weighs-in on US-Russia row, warms up to Donald Trump

Museveni weighs-in on US-Russia row, warms up to Trump By Frederic Musisi KAMPALA (Daily Monitor) — President Museveni has sucked himself into the ongoing verbal rattling between liberals and conservatives over new US President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, by penning a missive proposing a middle ground in the divisive international politics. […]

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Men accused of being mercenaries fighting for Muammar Gaddafi sit in a rebel vehicle in Tripoli. Many Black men were killed during the rebellion. Photograph: Youssef Boudlal/Reuters

Black Africans – Are Afro-Arabs More Racist Than Whites?

Black Africans – Are Afro-Arabs More Racist Than Whites? BY FREDRICK NGUGI As Black Africans in the Western world contend with everyday racial discrimination and abuse, their lookalikes in some parts of Africa suffer the same kind of malevolence in the hands of fellow Africans. (Face 2 Face Africa) — Often times we hear of […]

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Photo: White House. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in August 2014 saw the largest gathering in Washington, DC of presidents and other top officials representing most of the continent's governments.

Africa: CIA Blocks Trump’s Africa Policy Pick – What Now?

Africa: CIA Blocks Trump’s Africa Policy Pick – What Now? By Reed Kramer and Tami Hultman Washington, DC (All Africa) — Africa policy in the Trump White House has become more difficult to predict following reports that the senior director for Africa on the National Security Council is out. Citing two sources “with direct knowledge”, […]

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Trump’s ‘ America first’ vow sparks fears for Africa initiatives

Trump’s ‘ America first’ vow sparks fears for Africa initiatives (FT.com) — President could rethink crucial aid and trade programmes, policymakers warn Donald Trump’s “America first” pledge could threaten Washington’s three biggest health and trade initiatives in Africa, US and African experts and politicians warn. Concern focuses on three bipartisan programmes, backed by successive presidents, […]

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Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them

Refugees are already vigorously vetted. I know because I vetted them A former immigration officer describes the long, grueling process of gaining refugee status in the United States. By Natasha Hall Natasha Hall has worked with refugees and on conflict for more than 10 years, specializing in the Middle East. She currently works on humanitarian […]

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LEFT: Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh. (John Marshall Mantel/Associated Press) RIGHT: Teodoro Obiang Nguema, president of Equatorial Guinea. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

The real dictators of Potomac, Maryland, suburban of Washington, DC

The real dictators of Potomac, Maryland, suburban of Washington, DC (The Washington Post) — The 22-year reign of one of Africa’s most eccentric and self-serving dictators came to an end last month when the president of Gambia — whose full title was His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh Babili Mansa — finally ceded power to […]

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Africa Union: Confusion over criminal court vote

The African Union has backed a plan for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, which many countries in the continent believe unfairly targets them. But the decision, taken behind closed doors at an AU summit, is not legally binding – and individual countries will still have to vote on the idea. African leaders […]

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African Heads of State pose for a group photo ahead of the start of the 28th African Union summit in Addis Ababa on 30 January, 2017 AFP

African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees Trump has suspended all US refugee programmes and banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, three of which are AU members (The Independent) — The head of the African Union has criticised Donald Trump’s ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority […]

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Trump to sign executive order to dramatically reduce funding of UN

Donald Trump to sign executive order to dramatically reduce funding of United Nations The upcoming order would dramatically reduce the US’ role in the UN and other international organisations (The Independent) — Donald Trump is preparing executive orders that would dramatically reduce US funding of the United Nations, as well as other international organisations that do […]

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The Gambia: a beacon for African democracy? – Deutsche Welle

The Gambia: a beacon for African democracy? West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS was able to exert huge pressure on Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh and force him to step down. Other African regional blocs don’t have ECOWAS’s clout. (DW) –In Zimbabwe, media consultant Reyhana Masters is avidly devouring WhatsApp content from The Gambia. Zimbabweans are also busy […]

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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh shows his inked finger before voting in Banjul, Gambia. As regional leaders flew in for last-ditch negotiations and a regional military force was poised to swoop in and force him out, Jammeh remained Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 at his official residence.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

What hinders the smooth transfer of power in Africa?

What hinders the smooth transfer of power in Africa? INSIDE STORYPOLITICS (AlJazeera) — The former president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has flown into exile to avoid a military confrontation. After 22 years in power, Yahya Jammeh has left Gambia. The former president flew into exile heading for Equatorial Guinea. He’d refused to step down for […]

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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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