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IMF Executive Board Concludes Regional Consultation with West African Economic and Monetary Union

On March 18, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the regional consultation [1] with WAEMU.BackgroundEconomic activity remains strong with subdued inflation. Despite adverse terms-of-trade shocks and security con…

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The exception: behind Senegal’s history of stability

Senegal’s elections have been peaceful and the incumbent president, Macky Sall, has been reelected. For many this comes as no surprise. Senegal has long been a stable democracy in a region plagued by military coups, civil wars and ethnic conflicts. It’…

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Study: C-Sections 50 Times More Deadly in Africa

PARIS � The death rate among women undergoing a C-section to deliver a baby is about 50 times higher in Africa than in most wealthy nations, researchers said Friday.One in 200 women dies during or soon after a cesarean in a sampling of nearly 3,700 bir…

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Botswana Court to Hear Challenge of Criminalization of Gay Sex

GABORONE, BOTSWANA � Botswana’s High Court will hear on Thursday a case challenging the criminalization of gay sex, offering advocates a rare chance to argue for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights (LGBT) on a continent where homosexuality re…

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Sudan, Ethiopia to Deploy Joint Forces to Secure Border

KHARTOUM � Sudan and Ethiopia signed an agreement Tuesday to deploy joint forces along their border to prevent weapons smuggling and sporadic skirmishes between armed groups from both sides, state media said.The setting up of a joint border protection …

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Ethiopia Finds ‘Clear Similarities’ Between 2 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Crashes

A preliminary analysis of the black box of Ethiopia Airlines’ Flight 302 shows “clear similarities” to a crash of the same model plane in Indonesia last year, Ethiopia’s transport minister said Sunday.Dagmawit Moges told reporters that a preliminary re…

As China Prevails, France’s Macron Shuffles His Cards in Djibouti

Guinea-Bissau Elects a New Parliament

UN Expert: Recruitment of Child Soldiers by Extremist Groups Rising

MSF Responds to Cyclone Idai

Teams with the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Meacute;decins Sans Frontiegrave;res (MSF) are responding to the damage and devastating flooding caused when Cyclone Idai hit a number of countries in southern Africa�including Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe�late last week. In addition to assessing the damage, teams are working to access people in need and get medical supplies and water and sanitation support to those in some of the most affected areas. Officials have said they expect the death toll to be in the thousands. MSF is responding to the cyclone in the following countries: Mozambique: Following Cyclone Idai hitting the coastal town

Thousands of Nigerians Flee Boko Haram Violence, Head to Cameroon

LIMANI, CAMEROON � The governor of Cameroon's Far North region is denying a report that tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees who fled Boko Haram-related violence will be forced to return home.Aid agency Medicins Sans Frontieres, also called Doctors Without Borders, said Wednesday that Cameroonian and Nigerian authorities have ordered 40,000 refugees to return to northeastern Nigeria.The statement, reported by the Reuters news agency, said MSF had seen people packing their belongings and heading toward the Nigerian city of Rann, which Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked and burned to the ground in January.Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the Far North

The Mediterranean’s Deadliest Shipwreck Just Got Deadlier

ROME Before their lives ended in an underwater deathtrap, before they lined up 100 to a row on a Libyan beach to board a boat with no anchor, the young men from the parched villages of the Sahel had names.Two forensic investigators, one crisscrossing Africa and another in a university laboratory in Italy, are on a quest against the odds to keep Italy's promise to find those names. They are tracing the identities of the migrants killed when an overloaded fishing boat went down off the coast of Libya on April 18, 2015, in the Mediterranean's deadliest shipwreck
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Spanish NGO: Survivors Say 45 Migrants Die in Mediterranean

RABAT, MOROCCO � A Spanish human rights activist quoted survivors Thursday saying that 45 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Spain.Helena Maleno, who runs a Tangiers-based non-governmental organization, said she based her figur…

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Sudan’s Government Crackdown on Protest Stirs Concern

WASHINGTON � Rights groups are voicing concerns about Sudan’s violent action against anti-government protests, which have been sweeping the African nation since last December. The rights groups say the action has left at least 60 people dead and hundre…

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Women’s Participation in Politics Rising Globally, But Slowly

UNITED NATIONS � The number of women participating in politics globally is rising, but slowly, says a new report from the Inter-Parliamentary Union.The report found that in 2017, the number of female parliamentarians grew by 1 percentage point over the…

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More Women Winning Seats in World Parliaments

GENEVA � The Inter-Parliamentary Union finds more women around the world are winning seats in their national parliaments, with the best gains being made in countries that have well-designed quota systems.The report finds women’s representation in natio…

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More Women Winning Seats in World Parliaments

GENEVA � The Inter-Parliamentary Union finds more women around the world are winning seats in their national parliaments, with the best gains being made in countries that have well-designed quota systems.The report finds women’s representation in natio…

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Cameroon Villagers Flee Suspected Separatist Attack

BANGOURAIN Authorities in Cameroon say hundreds of people have fled villages in a French-speaking region after suspected Anglophone separatists abducted 15 people and torched 80 houses.The French-speaking villages of Menkefou and Choupat in western C…

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Solar Power Brings Water to South Sudan Neighborhood

JUBA � At least 5,000 residents in and around the South Sudanese capital now have access to clean drinking water after the opening of a U.S.-funded, solar-powered water distribution system in the area.Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at th…

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Solar Power Brings Water to South Sudan Neighborhood

JUBA � At least 5,000 residents in and around the South Sudanese capital now have access to clean drinking water after the opening of a U.S.-funded, solar-powered water distribution system in the area.Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at th…

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ANGOLA TO SEEK PARTNERSHIPS IN INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE FAIR

LUANDA — The Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), to be held on Dec 11-17 in Cairo, Egypt, a promotion of the African Union (AU) and Afrexibank, will provide an opportunity for Angolan public and private companies to seek investment in Angola.This first e…

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West Africa’s Addiction to Hard Drugs Is on the Rise

DAKAR, SENEGAL Following a trend among industrialized nations, hard drugs are now making their way into the hands of West African consumers. With European markets saturated, experts believe drug barons are increasingly turning their attention to the …

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