Africa 

Senegal’s army, drawn into politics, says it will maintain its numbers in Mali

The Senegalese army, one of the main contributors of soldiers and police to the UN force in neighbouring Mali, has assured that it will maintain its level of participation in the Minusma, responding to the main Senegalese opponent and declared presidential candidate. The Senegalese battalion based in Sévaré (central Mali) began its rotation this week, the Minusma reported on social… Read More
Africa 

WHO pushes two Ebola treatments found to boost survival rates

The World Health Organization said Friday that two existing treatments dramatically reduced deaths from Ebola and should be given to people of all ages suffering from the often-fatal haemorrhagic disease. Publishing its first-ever guidelines on which therapeutics to use against Ebola, the UN health agency strongly recommended using two monoclonal antibodies, mAb114, also known as Ansuvimab or Ebanga, and REGN-EB3,… Read More
Africa 

Community clashes over gold in eastern DRC leave seven dead

A coalition of armed groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed at least seven people this week in clashes between community militias over mineral trafficking in the highlands of South Kivu, eastern DRC, local sources said Friday. A coalition of armed groups “Twigwaneho, Ngumimo and Androïde” attacked Wednesday morning artisanal miners (“diggers”) in the mining area of… Read More
Africa 

The Moroccan start up using less water for cleaning as drought tightens its grip

A historical drought in Morocco as water shortage leads to more and more restrictions. Since the beginning of August, washing your car with portable water is now prohibited in the Kingdom. Well below the water scarcity threshold of 1,700 cubic meters per capita per year, according to the World Health Organization, Morocco is now rationing water. In the 1960s, water availability was… Read More
Africa 

Senegal’s Sonko announces presidential bid, warns France against meddling

Senegal’s main opposition politician Ousmane Sonko on Thursday he would be running for in 2024. But the target of Sonko’s message appears to be President Macky Sall, who hasn’t ruled out seeking a third term. The opposition suspects that Sall will seek re-election after retaining a parliamentary majority in recent legislative elections. “I say this with all the objectivity in… Read More
Africa 

Senator urges peaceful transition of power in Kenya

A visiting US senator says he has encouraged Kenya’s outgoing president to undertake a “peaceful transition of power” amid the latest election crisis in East Africa’s most stable democracy. Senator Chris Coons told The Associated Press during his visit to Kenya on Thursday, “That was certainly a hope that I expressed today in talking with him that there would be… Read More
Africa 

Nigeria electricity workers suspend strike

Nigeria’s power plant workers have suspended a nationwide strike that has left Africa’s most populous country partly in darkness for 24 hours, a union official said Thursday (August 18). The strike was suspended after an emergency meeting with the government, which promised to consider the strikers’ demands within two weeks, said Joe Ajaero of the National Union of Power Workers.… Read More
Africa 

Nigeria joins the world to commemorate Humanitarian Day

Nigeria on Thursday marked world Humanitarian day with President Buhari making a maiden visit to the jihadist-hit Maiduguri in Borno state. His visit was meant to commemorate and pay tribute to aid workers killed in the line of duty. He urges the sector to pay particular attention to “emerging issues” including “the increasing number of orphans and widows. “World Humanitarian… Read More
Africa 

Senegalese-born TikTok star gets Italian citizenship

Khaby Lame, the world’s most-followed Tik-Tokker, became an Italian citizen on Wednesday. The 22-year-old was born in Senegal then moved to Italy as a toddler and was raised in a poor area of the town of Chivasso, outside of Turin. A solemn ceremony for a playful personality. Senegalese-born and Tik-tok Mega star, Khaby lame became an Italian citizen Wednesday. The… Read More
Africa 

Ethiopia calls WHO chief’s comments on Tigray “unethical”

Ethiopia’s government has described as “unethical” the statement by the World Health Organization’s director-general that the crisis in the country’s Tigray region is “the worst disaster on Earth” and his assertion that the lack of attention from global leaders may be due to Tigrayans’ skin color. The spokeswoman for Ethiopia’s prime minister on Thursday told journalists that the comments by… Read More