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Angola’s Ruling Party Outlines Strategy to Fight Poverty

Angola’s Ruling Party Outlines Strategy to Fight Poverty

The strengthening of anti-poverty measures will be one of MPLA’s priorities, starting in August 2017, if it deserves the confidence of the electorate in the general elections, said on Saturday in Luanda, the presidential candidate of the party, João Lourenço. Speaking at a rally in Viana municipality, which is fifth of his pre-campaign programme, he […]

Fresh Drive to Rid Western Africa of Polio

Fresh Drive to Rid Western Africa of Polio

Polio eradication teams are preparing to vaccinate 116 million children in western and central African nations, especially Nigeria. The virus, which can paralyze victims, was stamped out in India in 2014. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) said Friday its teams were aiming to reach every child under five in 13 countries from Mauritania to […]

Focus On Cameroon in Boko Haram’s Latest Propaganda Video, Analysis

Focus On Cameroon in Boko Haram’s Latest Propaganda Video, Analysis

The latest video from hardline Islamist group Boko Haram has a specific focus on the militants’ operations in Cameroon, according to an expert on Boko Haram’s use of the media. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in a video obtained by news agencies last week and spoke for about 20 minutes criticising regional leaders. Shekau […]

Democratic Republic of Congo militia decapitates 40 police officers in ambush

Democratic Republic of Congo militia decapitates 40 police officers in ambush

Forty-two police officers have been decapitated by a Congolese militia group after the officers’ vehicles were ambushed. The country’s Kasai region has seen seven months of severe violence amid local power struggles. Members of the Kamwena Nsapu militia were behind the attack on a convoy of two police trucks in the DRC’s Kasia Central province, […]

Armed groups in CAR occupying schools, preventing children from getting an education

Armed groups in CAR occupying schools, preventing children from getting an education

Armed groups in the Central African Republic have occupied, looted, and damaged school buildings, preventing children from getting an education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 39-page report, “No Class: When Armed Groups Use Schools in the Central African Republic,” documents how armed groups, and even soldiers from the United Nations […]

DR Congo: No Word on Missing UN Team

DR Congo: No Word on Missing UN Team

The Democratic Republic of Congo government should fully cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate a UN Group of Experts team that has been missing since March 12, 2017, in Kasai Central province, Human Rights Watch said today. Those missing are Michael Sharp, an American; Zaida Catalán, a Swede; Betu Tshintela, a Congolese interpreter; Isaac […]

African hospitals adopt SOPHiA artificial intelligence to trigger continent-wide healthcare leapfrogging movement

African hospitals adopt SOPHiA artificial intelligence to trigger continent-wide healthcare leapfrogging movement

African hospitals are adopting SOPHiA to – no matter their experience in genomic testing – get up to speed and analyze genomic data to identify disease-causing mutations in patients’ genomic profiles, and decide on the most effective care. As new users of SOPHiA, they become part of a larger network of 260 hospitals in 46 […]

The ICC Can’t Live With Africa, but It Can’t Live Without It Either

The ICC Can’t Live With Africa, but It Can’t Live Without It Either

On the first of February, 2017, the African Union issued a resolution encouraging member states to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Whatever comes of it, the reported plan is the culmination of a highly publicised pushback by African states, which have accused the court of political bias, interference in African affairs and even […]

Stealing With Presidential Decrees

Stealing With Presidential Decrees

When Angola’s President decreed in 2012 that the north-western enclave of Cabinda should have a deep-water port, it was heralded as a private sector deal that wouldn’t cost the Angolan state a single cent. The estimated US $540 million construction costs would be funded by private investors and banks. For once, there was no Angolan […]

Sonangol’s Slush-Fund Salary Payments

Sonangol’s Slush-Fund Salary Payments

Concerns over the mal-administration of the Angolan oil giant, Sonangol, continue to multiply, as the country’s prime source of foreign income haemorrhages millions of dollars on foreign (mainly Portuguese) ‘consultants’ close to the President’s daughter while defaulting on essential payments. Isabel dos Santos, appointed by her father to run Sonangol last June, maintains the PR […]

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