Africa 

Jammeh will be arrested, charged if he returns – Gambia govt

The Gambian government has publicly addressed surging calls for former president Yahya Jammeh to return from exile in Equatorial Guinea. According to Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou, the former president will be arrested and charged with crimes committed during his over two decades in charge. The Minister did not spell out what charges will be leveled against Jammeh even though a government commissions – on reconciliation and finances – have revealed gross rights abuses and pillaging of public funds through the better party of Jammeh’s 22-years in office. After over…

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Africa 

Deaths after Timket stage collapse in Ethiopia’s Amhara region

Deaths have been reported during a religious celebration in Gondar, located in Ethiopia’s northern Amhara regional state. According to a freelance journalist, Vincent Dublange, a stage collapsed during the Timket celebrations which left dozens of injured. At the time of filing this report he tweeted a death toll of seven people citing sources whiles the Mayor’s office put the toll as three. Gondar hosted a high-level government delegation that arrived in town for the celebrations. President Sahle-Work Zewde and mayor of the capital Addis Ababa were among the delegation that…

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Africa 

Libyan conflict: foreign powers ‘withdraw’ military support, back ceasefire

Foreign powers backing rival governments in Libya have agreed to stop military interference in the country, and rather support ongoing efforts to achieve a permanent ceasefire that could facilitate a political solution to the conflict. The resolutions were arrived at during a Peace Summit hosted by Germany on Sunday. In attendance were the presidents of Russia, Turkey, France, Egypt and the United States Secretary of State. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that countries with interests in Libya’s long-running conflict have agreed to respect a much-violated arms embargo. I cannot stress…

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Africa 

Africa criminalizes trafficking of fake drugs

Africa has agreed to criminalize the trafficking of fake drugs on the continent. This was reached in Lome, Togo on Saturday where seven African leaders and their partners held a summit to tackle the menace. The trafficking of fake drugs affects over 100,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the first time that we Africans have tackled the problem of fake medicines and their trafficking ourselves. “This is the first time that we Africans have tackled the problem of fake medicines and their trafficking ourselves. A scourge of which our…

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First woman appointed to top Vatican post

Pope Francis has appointed Francesca Di Giovanni to be the new undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State. It is a first at the Vatican for a woman. Di Giovanni said she did not expect the appointment, but was looking forward to advance a “feminine point of view” in her new role. The Pope “surprised us, as he often does, with this decision”. The Pope “surprised us, as he often does, with this decision”, Di Giovanni said. Speaking to local media on Wednesday, she said she had…

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Africa 

South African aims to break own world record

It’s a world record that arguably nobody knows. But South African Vernon Kruger is ready to beat it, by spending more than two months perched in a barrel hoisted 25 metres above the ground. The 52-year-old professional scuba diver is trying to break his own record for the longest human stay perched in a barrel. In 1997, Kruger spent 67 days and 14 minutes on a barrel. 22 years later, Guinness asked him to beat his own record, which is still unbeaten. I have to rely on the ground team.…

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Africa 

Harry, Meghan will no longer receive public funds, drop titles

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will no longer use the titles ‘‘royal highness’‘ or receive public funds, the Buckingham palace said Saturday. The news comes after a deal was struck for them to step aside as senior royals as they had requested. “This is an abdication, in a sense, from the Royal Family, by Harry. And he and his wife are now free to a certain extent to go and follow the dreams that they have to pursue very good works it would seem, in the widest possible…

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Africa 

Libya: Pro-Haftar forces block oil exports

On the eve of the international summit in Berlin to relaunch peace process in Libya, supporters of Khalifa Haftar, the eastern Libyan commander have hit hard. On Saturday morning, his forces blocked the country’s main oil terminals in order to economically cripple the UN-backed Government of National Unity in Tripoli. In a press release, the National Oil Company reported a halt of exports in the ports known as “oil crescent”. It stated that this blockade will cause the country’s production to fall from 1.3 million barrels per day to 500,000…

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Africa 

DRC police quell protest in Kinshasa

Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented a forbidden march in Kinshasa on Friday. They kept a close watch on its instigator, opponent and former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu. The latter denounced the massacres in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. “They took the money from me, they hurt me. I wasn’t even in the march. Do you see how hurt I am? One person was slightly injured in the head by police officers who dispersed the gathering by firing tear gas. “They took the money from…

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