While Darfur region in Sudan is seeing decline in violence as most armed groups in the region has been defeated, but nearly a third of its population remains displaced, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official has told the Security Council. Anxiety about security and lack of confidence about present and...
While Libyan coast guard has detained thousands of migrants who were set off to Europe in the country, with the support of the European Union’s (EU), UN High Commissioner for Human Right has said they are being kept in “horrific” conditions. Early this month UN monitors had visited migrants held...
The UN security Council on Tuesday renewed the partial lifting of the arms embargo on Somalia till 15 November next year. The resolution has also requested the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) to continue its investigations related to the export of explosive making chemicals to Somalia that may have...
Spanish photojournalist César Dezfuli has won the prestigious Taylor Wessing prize, 2017, for a portrait of 16-year-old migrant from Mali taken just after he was rescued from the Mediterranean Sea. The portrait was of 16 year old Amadou Sumaila, who was among the 100 people who were rescued from the...
In what appears to be a military takeover, Zimbabwean army has occupied the national capital Harare, and been keeping 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, in house custody since early Wednesday. A military spokesman, Maj Gen SB Moyo announced on state television that the takeover is aimed...
Brant Stewart/RTI Rajendra Maharaj, South African Medical Research Council In the last five years, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland have all been on the verge of eliminating malaria. In fact, progress had been so good that the southern African region had been tipped to be malaria free by 2018. But...
South African Oceans and Coastal Information Management System (OCIMS) has launched a ship tracking system to detect criminal activities, such as illegal fishing or smuggling in the sea. The test version of the Integrated Vessel Tracking Decision Support Tool lauched on 7 November combines data from satellites, vessel transponders and...
Somaliland’s shift to use iris recognition in a presidential election stems from distrust in the voting system. Shutterstock Calestous Juma, Harvard University Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves skipping stages and moving rapidly to the frontiers of innovation. Technological leapfrogging in Africa has, so...
Voters in the Somaliland autonomous region of Somalia voted in Presidential elections on Monday. While this was the last term for the incumbent president Ahmed Mohamud Silaanyo, Muse Bihi of Silaanyo's Kulmiye party, and Abdirahman Iro and Fasyal Ali Warabe from the opposition are competing to succeed him. Somaliland is a...
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday approved a $5.5 billion external loan request by the President. Out of this $3 billion is external loan and $2.5 billion is to raised as Eurobond or Diaspora bond in the international market. The money will be used to fund the 2017 budget and to refinance...

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