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100 foreigners arrested in Mauritania following disputed polls

Mauritanian police raided the headquarters of two opposition parties, closing one of them amid high tension followed a disputed outcome to presidential elections, sources said Tuesday. The operation late Monday came after police clashed with opposition supporters angered over the declared victory of ruling party candidate Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, they said. A former general and long-time ally of outgoing president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Ghazouani was credited with 52 percent of the ballot, averting the need for a runoff vote. There is a foreign hand behind these events. “Police arrived…

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Mauritania joins Ethiopia, Sudan in Africa’s ‘internet blackout zone’

Internet connectivity has been cut in most parts of Mauritania, online rights group, NetBlocks; reported on Tuesday. The group said the outage was linked to post-election incidents in the country. “Mauritania is in the midst of a near-total internet blackout as of 3:30 p.m. UTC Tuesday 25 June 2019, following contested presidential elections held during the weekend. “Real-time network measurement data provide evidence that the country has been disconnected amid the election controversy, following over 48 hours of widespread mobile internet disruptions,” NetBlocks said in a statement. All of Mauritania’s…

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Ten dead in militant attack on security forces in Egypt’s Sinai – ministry

CAIRO (Reuters) – Seven Egyptian police officers and four militants were killed in a clash in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. The clash took place late on Tuesday when militants attacked forces stationed southwest of the city of Arish, the ministry said in a statement. Islamic State claimed the attack, saying it had carried out simultaneous raids on military positions in Arish, according to a statement carried on the group’s Amaq news agency. Security sources said the militants had used more than 10…

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Opioid use booming as tramadol crisis emerges in Africa – U.N. drug report

VIENNA (Reuters) – Synthetic opioid use is booming, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a worldwide drug report that showed deaths in the United States from overdoses still rising and a “crisis” of tramadol use emerging in parts of Africa. The estimated number of people using opioids – an umbrella term for drugs ranging from opium and derivatives such as heroin to synthetics like fentanyl and tramadol – in 2017 was 56% higher than in 2016, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said. While that surge, to 53.4…

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Northam Platinum expects Kukama shaft to be operational in FY 2020

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s Northam Platinum said on Wednesday mining operations at the Kukama shaft at its Eland mine would recommence in the 2020 financial year after the conclusion of a feasibility study on the project. Northam bought a 100% interest in Eland from Glencore’s South African unit in February 2017 for 175 million rand ($12.2 million). The mine had been placed on care and maintenance in 2015 due to a price fall and difficult operating conditions. Northam continued to manage the Eland mine, situated in North West province,…

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EDD19: Changing the narrative on African migrations

When talking about African migrations, many tend to think of thousands of unemployed youth who want to reach western nations in search of greener pastures. But this is not necessarily the case according to this panel at the recently held European Development Days in Brussels, Belgium. Changing the narrative of African migrations is what the session was all about. “We’re talking about migrants who are falling off in the Mediterranean Sea. We’re also talking about migrants who are falling subject to traffickers. So this is a human rights issue that…

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Bonus payment rows rock AFCON 2019

Nigeria’s national team at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019) became the latest to stage a strike over unpaid bonuses, when it refused to train ahead of Wednesday’s clash against Guinea. Nigeria’s Super Falcons who represented the country at the Women’s World Cup in France also staged a sit-in strike at a hotel, while Cameroon and Zimbabwe have also come to AFCON 2019 with unresolved payment issues. In this article, we look at the prevailing bonus payment disputes, and how they have been managed. Nigeria’s teams The Super Eagles…

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Ethiopia’s militia problem sabotaging Abiy’s reforms

The killing of five senior officials in Ethiopia including the Amhara regional president and the army chief of staff has thrust ethnic militias in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies into the spotlight. The two attacks on Saturday night were led by Amhara’s head of state security General Asamnew Tsige, who had been openly recruiting fighters for ethnic militias in a state that has become a flashpoint for violence. Militias formed by ethnic groups are proliferating across Ethiopia, threatening sweeping political and economic reforms that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed kick-started after…

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AFCON 2019 updates: Cameroon start title defence with win, Ghana falter

The African Cup of Nations, AFCON, the continent’s biggest football showpiece is underway in Egypt. It kicked off on June 21 after a spectacular opening ceremony. Hosts, Egypt, went on to beat Zimbabwe by a lone goal in the first game of the tournament. Matches continue to played across the six groups and Africanews is keeping you up to date with the very latest. GROUP A: Egypt – DR Congo – Uganda – ZimbabweGROUP B: Nigeria – Guinea – Madagascar – BurundiGROUP C: Senegal – Algeria – Tanzania – KenyaGROUP…

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