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Mixed Reactions in Africa to Trump Victory

Source: DW Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. “Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation,” he ...

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Sam SARR responds to Adama DIENG

Mr. ADAMA DIENG A UN ADVISER OR ANOTHER PUPPET ON THE SERVICE OF GAMBIA’S ENEMIES? Dear readers, It’s been a while since I wrote anything about the current political developments in our dear country, the Islamic Republic of The Gambia. Domestic and work related matters have been keeping me rather busy these days; nonetheless I am fairly abreast with the ...

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Nigeria to break up loss-making state oil firm NNPC

Nigeria’s loss-making state oil giant is to be broken up into 30 “profit-making” companies, the government says. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has been mired in corruption allegations and losing money for many years. Despite pressure to sell it off, the government says that it can transform the NNPC into a profitable enterprise. Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer, ...

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Oscar Pistorius denied leave to appeal for Steenkamp murder

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been denied leave to appeal against his conviction for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Constitutional Court has made the ruling, meaning Pistorius will now be sentenced in April. Pistorius killed Ms Steenkamp in February 2013 after firing four times through a locked toilet door. A manslaughter verdict was overturned in December and a ...

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Sepp Blatter & Michel Platini lose Fifa appeals but bans reduced

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter and banned UEFA head Michel Platini lost appeals Wednesday when both had bans from world soccer upheld. Blatter and Platini scored slight victories however, as the FIFA Appeal Committee announced it had reduced the bans from eight years apiece to six years each. The Appeal Committee denied appeals from Blatter and Platini for infringements related to “general rules of ...

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AU Summit to endorse mass ICC walkout by Africa

The African Union (AU) summit is on Saturday expected to adopt a report that recommends, among others, collective withdrawal of African States from the Rome Statute that establishes the International Criminal Court ( ICC). The AU Executive Council that comprises foreign affairs ministers from the continent has already adopted a report that highlights Africa’s misgivings with the court. The cases ...

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AU summit to focus on gender parity, inclusive development:official

The 26th African Union (AU) Summit that is taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa will focus on strategies that would advance gender parity, women’s rights and inclusive development, a senior AU official said on Thursday Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, told journalists that promotion of women’s rights is now at the heart of policy debate ...

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Despite fears and huge Dubai fire, New Year revelry rolls on

As 2015 fade away, many people were bidding a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations reeling and nerves rattled. In Bangkok, site of deadly bombing months ago, police flanked partygoers. In Paris, residents recovering from their city’s own deadly attacks enjoyed scaled-back celebrations. And in Munich, police warned of the threat of a ...

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