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Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa has asked for guidance from his Russian counterpart to help surmount his country’s mounting economic challenges. Referring to Putin as a senior brother, Mnangagwa said he particularly looked up to the Russian leader for economic direction. “Your Excellency, I would wish that we now attend to deepening economic cooperation between our […]

The regional communication bureau in Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has rubbished reports of military airstrikes in western Oromia, state-affiliated FBC reported on Tuesday. Multiple media outlets in the country reported over the weekend that the Ethiopia National Defense Force, ENDF, had commenced aerial bombardments of areas occupied by the Oromo Liberation Front’s armed group. According to FBC, the bureau […]

Two explosions and gunfire were heard at an upscale hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday afternoon, said a woman working in a neighbouring building. “We are under attack,” another person in an office inside a complex in the Dusit hotel told Reuters, then hung up. Local television showed smoke rising from […]

Senior diplomats from the Belgian embassy have said that the outsourcing of the Schengen Visa application process is geared towards improving efficiency and service delivery in the application process. Effective today, January 15, 2019, all applicants for the Schengen Visa will have to go through a private company, VFS Global. Benoît Ryelandt, the Belgian Ambassador […]

Tanzania’s High Court on Monday rejected a petition from some opposition leaders to halt parliamentary debate on draft legislation they say would criminalize many legitimate political activities and cement “one-party” rule. Accusing opposition groups of trying to foment violence to derail economic reforms, President John Magufuli’s government wants to amend the law governing political parties. […]

Somali lawmakers voted on Monday to allow the president to appoint a foreigner as governor of the central bank of the volatile Horn of Africa nation. Previously only a citizen could be appointed to the role as is the case across much of the continent. The vote was held in the lower house of the […]

President Buhari has appointed an acting police chief for Nigeria, local media portals reported on Monday. Abubakar Adama until his appointment was the head of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). His appointment as Acting Inspector General of police, A-IGP, comes in the wake of the retirement of his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris. […]

President Ali Bongo returned to Gabon on Monday after a three-month medical leave during which a coup attempt was thwarted, two government sources told Reuters. His return comes a week after a small military group took over the state radio station. The move to grab power was quickly halted but exposed growing frustration in the […]

Unsettled post-election DR Congo has been urged to form a national unity government by the Southern Africa Development Community. SADC’s chairman, Zambian President Edgar Lungu has also suggested a ‘recount’ in the DRC. Fears of fresh violence across the mineral-rich Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prompted the 16-nation SADC Sunday to call on “all political […]

In northeastern Congo, more than 600 people have fallen ill with the Ebola virus, and at least 368 people have died from the disease. It’s been difficult to contain the virus because of conflict in the region, despite medical advances, including a vaccine. The Democratic Republic of Congo is where Ebola was first discovered in 1976, when the […]


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