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US-Africa relations: highlights of Pompeo’s trip to Senegal, Ethiopia, Angola

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo concluded his maiden trip to the African continent on Tuesday in Ethiopia, where he met the country’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed, the president Zewde Sahle-Work and African Union Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat among other dignitaries. Pompeo also visited Angola and Senegal, where he highlighted America’s commitment to pursuing its strategic interests and supporting its African allies. In this article, we recap some of the key messages that Pompeo shared over his three-legged trip. If there’s one thing you should know about our…

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Congo unveils new docks in commercial city port

The port of Pointe Noire is constantly expanding. President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso on Wednesday inaugurated new infrastructure for the Congo terminal. It is the concessionaire of the Autonomous Port of the Congolese economic capital. Managers of the port hope this will further consolidate its position as a transit country. “The third stage is certainly the most remarkable of all. The modernization and extension of port infrastructure, following the profound changes observed at the end of the last century in the maritime and port industry. The…

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Togo decides: Opposition runs low budget campaign

The election campaign is in its full swing in Togo as the February 22 presidential election draws near. But 7 candidates are not campaigning without the same resources. While Faure Gnassingbé is running with much more resources, his opponents are making do with the means at hand and are counting on the support of voters. We can count on the Togolese. That’s why our campaign does not consist of huge masses. Patrick Lawson is the Campaign Director for Jean Pierre Fabre’s Campaign. “You know very well that the Togolese opposition…

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Cameroon’s far north sees upsurge in armed attacks

There’s an upsurge in armed attacks in Cameroon’s far north region, security officers said. The village of Ouzal is the target of a spate of Boko Haram attacks this week, which left 3 civilians dead. “Everything was burned, the consulting room, the pharmacy, the head office and the treatment room, excluding the hospital ward”, a nurse at the Ouzal hospital, Amadou Dairou said. We’re losing lives, losing brothers, we losing mothers, every day we’re in mourning. Ousseni Oundi is one of the village elders. He’s concerned about the state of…

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Pompeo warns Africa of China’s ’empty promises’

The United States has taken a swipe at Asia’s most populous nation, China. On Wednesday, the US Secretary of State warned against empty promises by Beijing. Mike Pompeo made the claim as he ended his African tour in the Ethiopian capital. They breed corruption, dependency, they don’t hire the local people, they don’t train and they don’t lead them. “Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises. They breed corruption, dependency, they don’t hire the local people, they don’t train and they don’t lead them. They run the…

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Niger’s north celebrate the air festival

In Niger’s desert far north, the echoes of a culture and civilization so rich, ring loud. The area is home to the Touareg, a nomadic tribe that flourishes in the desert lands. Traditional music, dance and poetry are top on the menu. Camels, a signature animal of the Touareg wrap up the spectacle. This moving display of tradition is Air Festival that celebrates the Berber tribe’s culture every year. A traditional funfare that brings hundreds of people despite concerns about Islamic extremism in the region. There is no doubt that…

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Deontay, Fury gear up for rematch Saturday

The much-awaited rematch between two heavyweight champions will come off in Las Vegas, United States this Saturday. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are gearing up for this highly anticipated bout. “This is the biggest fight in the last 50 years in heavyweight division so both men are putting it on the line and the fans are the only winners here on that Saturday night because we both have a lot to lose. We’re gonna put on an entertaining fight and may the best man win.” Reporter: “Are you still sticking…

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Ethiopia-Egypt dam dispute: Pompeo says deal could be reached ‘in months’

The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday confirmed an ongoing stalemate over Ethiopia’s dam project on the River Nile, saying it could take “months” to resolve a dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt. Tensions have been high in the Nile basin ever since Ethiopia broke ground on the project in 2011. The US Treasury Department stepped in last year to facilitate talks between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan, another downstream country, after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reached out to US President Donald Trump, a close ally. The latest…

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Coronavirus: Rwanda’s health minister fired for lying about testing kits

The coronavirus was confirmed in the Chinese city of Wuhan on January 7, 2020. Cases have since been confirmed in several other Asian countries, Europe and the United States. The World Health Organisation, WHO, has since declared it a public health emergency of international dimensions. WHO chief Tedros Ghebereyesus said whiles China had a robust health system to detect and control, his outfit remained concerned about the virus entering country’s with weak systems. Almost all African governments have publicly put in place strict screening at points of entry especially airports.…

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