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African economies to benefit from safer Gulf of Guinea

African economies stand a huge chance of growing significantly if the Gulf of Guinea is protected from the activities of pirates and illegal trade. Every year the Gulf of Guinea serves as a trade route amounting to over $1 billion countries globally transport goods across the Atlantic. Many of the vessels that travel across the Gulf of Guinea serve African countries, transporting to and from them. 70 percent of Africa’s trade with European Union takes place by sea. Significant oil resources from Africa are also transported via the Gulf of…

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Benin sacks EU ambassador over ‘interference’

Benin has ordered the European Union ambassador to leave the country over alleged political interference. A statement from the office of the President of Benin described Ambassador Oliver Nette as harmful. It however indicated that the West African country has nothing against the EU. A government source has also told the AFP that the ambassador is inciting the nationals against the government. According to the source the German envoy, Oliver Nette has ignored several warnings from Benin’s Foreign Minister. “He has interfered too much in domestic affairs. He constantly calls on civil…

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Sierra Leone: Dutch doctor dies from Lassa fever

A Dutch doctor has died after contracting Lassa fever during his stay in Sierra Leone. He was flown back to his home country but died in hospital, according to local media reporting. The doctor whose name was not disclosed was reportedly evacuated home this month after being infected in the northern town of Masanga. He showed symptoms of the viral haemorrhagic illness after operating on a pregnant woman. Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry said in a statement that the deceased doctor showed symptoms of Lassa fever after performing a Caesarean section.…

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Britain refuses to end colonial rule in Africa’s Chagos Islands

Britain has failed to withdraw from the Chagos Islands, the last territory it still colonizes in Africa despite a deadline for it to do so. A United Nations deadline for Britain to end “continued colonial administration” expired this week. The U.N. General Assembly voted in May in favor of Britain returning the islands to Mauritius and set a deadline for November 22, 2019. The Chagos Islands belong to the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius and has been under British rule for centuries. Britain however says it does not recognize…

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Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu charged with corruption

Israel’s attorney general has charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in connection with three separate cases. Mr Netanyahu is alleged to have accepted gifts from wealthy businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more positive press coverage. He denies wrongdoing and says he is the victim of a “witch hunt” by his left-wing opponents and the media. He has insisted he will not resign and is not legally obliged to do so. But the announcement comes amid a political stand-off in Israel following…

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China ‘angry’ with Zimbabwe for understating financial support

China has said that Zimbabwe has been understating its financial help to the southern African nation. Zimbabwe’s recently released budget figures ranked China poorly when it comes to foreign countries  supporting it. The country’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said in a budget statement last week that the country received $194m from bilateral donors between January and September this year. Out of that figure Ncube said China provided $3.6m, a figure that was considered meager due to the publicized relations between China and Zimbabwe. But the Chinese embassy in Harare has…

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Africa World 

Germany hosts African leaders for business summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting a dozen of African leaders in Berlin for a business summit. The meeting which is focusing on helping Africa boost business investment domestically is part of the Compact for Africa Conference. The G20 Compact with Africa (CwA) was initiated under the German G20 Presidency to promote private investment in Africa, including in the area of infrastructure. The CwA’s primary objective is to increase attractiveness of private investment through substantial improvements of the macro, business and financing frameworks. The initiative is demand-driven and open to all…

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Commonwealth group in Sri Lanka ahead of election

A group deployed by the Commonwealth to observe the presidential election in Sri Lanka has called on stakeholders to demonstrate commitment to a “peaceful, transparent, credible and inclusive” poll. The Commonwealth Observer Group (COG), whose members are drawn from various Commonwealth regions with backgrounds ranging from political, electoral, civil society and human rights as well as legal fields, was invited by the Sri Lankan Election Commission to observe the 16 November poll. The COG will receive briefings from relevant stakeholders including election management officials, representatives of political parties, civil society groups,…

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Commonwealth law ministers to take action on access to justice

Commonwealth law ministers have unanimously resolved to remove barriers to access to justice in their respective countries, and to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions by 2030. The biennial Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting concluded today with a set of proposed actions to be taken at the national and Commonwealth level. Ministers agreed to address the justice needs of vulnerable persons, including by expanding specialised justice services and targeting root causes of legal problems. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “The Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting is a…

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Two catholic nuns got pregnant while working in Africa

The Catholic Church has launched an investigation after two missionary nuns became pregnant while working in Africa. The two women, who belonged to separate religious orders in Sicily, are expecting children despite their vows of chastity. One of them, a mother superior, found she was several weeks pregnant while the other woman discovered the news when she complained of stomach pain. Both nuns are now facing an uncertain future in their profession and the scandal has caused ‘consternation’ among the clergy. One of the women, aged 34, discovered her pregnancy…

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