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15 African countries hit with Trump’s new immigration rule

– Advertisement – 15 African countries have been hit with latest travel restrictions imposed by outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump. The new rule for foreign travellers means citizens of the 15 African countries will have to post bonds of up to $15,000 to visit the US. According to a new temporary travel rule which comes into effect on December 24 the six-month pilot program targets visitor and business visas. The policy is meant to act as a deterrence to those who overstay their visas, the US state…

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Nigeria OP-ED Opinions 

Nigeria ‘Debit Profile: From China to Brazil. Femi Oluwasanmi, Ibafo, Ogun State

Written by Femi Oluwasanmi Nigeria’s Debit Profile: From China to Brazil The recent acceleration in the buildup of Nigeria’s debit profile and servicing has created a controversial climate where almost everyone in the country has turned to analyst by their daily concern about the future of the country in years to come. Particularly, considering the current state of some of the projects that were financed with borrowed funds in the past. While addressing the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on 3rd November, 2020, the Minister of Finance,…

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Africa 

Desert Locust resurgence worries in Horn of Africa, reports UN agency

Although some of the swarmlets that reached Kenya may have already laid eggs before their arrival, there remains a risk of further egg-laying in sandy areas that saw recent rainfalls, according to FAO.  Ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by locusts? 🦗🦗🦗 🎥 Find out how @FAOYemen & partners are helping to curb the spread of this pest through surveillance and control operations👇 pic.twitter.com/pOcX4xWOXi — FAO in Emergencies (@FAOemergencies) November 21, 2020 “In this case, hatching and hopper band formation can be expected in early December,”…

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Africa 

Ethiopia: Tigray rejects 72 hours ultimatum to surrender

Leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) Gebretsion Micheal rejected Monday the 72 hours ultimatum issued by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for the dissident region of Tigray to surrender. Nearly three weeks after the start of a military operation aimed at restoring its authority over this region of northern Ethiopia, the federal government on Sunday said it plans to “encircle” Mekele, the capital of Tigray and seat of the local government of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which it wants to replace with “legitimate authorities”. Ten…

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Africa 

Congolese ex-warlord ‘Sheka’ sentenced to life in prison

A former militia leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo was sentenced Monday to life in prison for war crimes and mass rape, a decision hailed by the United Nations as a blow against the “impunity” of armed groups in the country. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka was convicted of “murder, rape, sexual slavery and enlisting children under 15 years old”, a military court ruled at the end of a trial that lasted two years. The UN representative in DR Congo, Leila Zerrougui, said the ruling showed that “impunity is not inevitable”.…

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Africa 

Inside a Tigray town scarred by Ethiopian conflict

A pair of burnt-out tanks now signals the entrance to the Tigray town of Humera, where the streets are lined with rubble and residents remain in shock after an Ethiopian army assault earlier this month. The conflict between Ethiopia’s federal government and the leaders of the northern Tigray region arrived quickly in the farming town, with artillery barrages bombarding commercial buildings and homes as residents fled or cowered in terror. A communications blackout and restrictions have made reporting on the conflict difficult, but AFP journalists reached Tigray — the first…

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Africa 

Rwanda’s Ongoing Refugee-Evacuation Efforts

African Solidarity in the Time of Crisis In the country’s most recent efforts to contribute to the persistent issue of displaced persons within the African continent, Rwanda welcomed around 79 more people who arrived at the capital Kigali on November 19. All hailing from East Africa — with 42 being Sudanese, 33 Eritrean and four Somali, the 11 women and 68 men had been stranded in Libya and were made to take Covid-19 tests upon their arrival in Rwanda. Elise Villechalane, the spokesperson for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in…

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Africa Investments 

2020 Civil Society Forum

What: 2020 Civil Society Virtual Forum Who: African Development Bank Civil Society and Community Engagement Division  When: Thursday and Friday 26-27 November 2020 Where: Virtual.  Please click here to register       In response to increased civil society engagement across the continent, the African Development Bank Group each year organizes a Civil Society Forum. This year, the Forum will be virtual under the theme Engaging Civil Society in building back better after COVID-19, which is aligned with the outcome of the Bank’s Annual Meetings. The Civil Society Forum will explore cost-effective…

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Africa Investments 

The African Development Bank appoints Country Managers

The African Development Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Country Managers for the following Regional Member Countries: Central African Republic, Ghana, Madagascar, Mali, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.  Mr. Mamady Souare Country Manager designated for Central African Republic Mamady Souare, an Ivorian national, joined the African Development  Bank  in  2004,  as  senior  transport  engineer.  He currently serves as Manager for the Regional Integration Operations Division within the Regional Development and Regional Integration Department of the African Development Bank. Prior to his appointment as Manager, he was Officer in…

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Africa 

Ex-Bafana Bafana star killed in crash

Anele Ngcongca, a former South Africa defender who played for the host team at the 2010 World Cup, died in a car crash early Monday. He was 33. The South African government said Ngcongca died in the crash in the Kwazulu-Natal province. South African media reports said he was a passenger in the car and the driver, a woman, was in the hospital in critical condition. She was not identified. Ngcongca played for South Africa from 2009 to 2016. He made 53 appearances for Bafana Bafana and was a member…

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