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Libya Elections: UN Human Rights Say Mercenaries ‘Impede’ Peace

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The continued recruitment and presence of mercenaries in Libya is impeding “progress in the peace process” and an obstacle to upcoming elections, independent UN human rights experts said on Friday. The Chair of the UN’s Working Group on the use of mercenaries, Jelena Aparac, therefore, called for “long overdue” departure of mercenaries […]

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Group Urges Libyan Stakeholders To Compromise To Advance Unification

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Economic Working Group (EWG) of the International Follow-up Committee on Libya has urged Libyan stakeholders to make a compromise so as to advance national unification, the UN mission in Libya said Tuesday. The EWG Co-Chairs held a meeting on Monday with senior Libyan senior officials to “discuss the budget impasse and […]

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Confab Seeks End To Violence Against Children In Africa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Participants at the high-level virtual conference organized by African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), an independent, not-for-profit Pan-African policy research and advocacy centre, have renewed the call to stop violence against children in Africa. ACPF was established in 2003 out of concern about the situation of the African child and the need for […]

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COVID-19 Fuels Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage In Sudan

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Deteriorating economic conditions since 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have fuelled an increase in domestic violence and forced marriage in Sudan, a UN-backed study has revealed. The study, Voices from Sudan 2020, published this week is the first-ever nationwide qualitative assessment of Gender-Based violence (GBV) in the country, where a transitional government […]

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27 Killed In Algerian Road Accidents

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At least 27 people died in two road accidents in Algeria overnight, including when a bus smashed into a truck, local media reported Saturday. In one crash on Friday night, a bus and truck collided on a road connecting Constantine to the Mediterranean port of Jijel in the northeast of the country, […]

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COVID-19: Only 1% Are Fully Vaccinated In Africa As Third Wave Hits

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Director Africa Centre for Desease Control (CDC) on Thursday said that only 1.19 per cent of Africa’s population have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as third wave hits. A paltry number that is worrying experts as the continent experiences a third wave of cases. The current rise in infections is […]

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AFRICA: 950 Pupils Abducted From Schools In 6 Months, Says UNICEF

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 950 pupils have been abducted from their schools by gunmen in the last six months, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday. The United Nations (UN) agency expressed concern about the attacks and abduction of children in some parts of West and Central Africa. Its concern was […]

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Trade Groups Partner To Raise Women Entrepreneurs In Egypt

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, in conjunction with the International Trade Center (ITC) has launched a new initiative aimed at boosting the export capacity of women entrepreneurs in Egypt. Dubbed, “Women in Global Trade: SheTrades”, the initiative which is implemented by the […]

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Debt Relief: IMF Raises Hope For Chad

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Sequel to the statement issued on Wednesday by the Creditor Committee for Chad under the Common Framework for Debt Treatments, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has ignited a flicker of hope for the West African country.  Managing Director of IMF, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva has applauded the statement by the Committee’s statement, noting […]

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UN To Provide Meals To Over 530,000 South Sudanese Children

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday signed an agreement with South Sudan to provide meals to more than 530,000 children in the country. The meals will be provided in 1,100 schools across the ten states for a period of 19 months. Adeyinka Badejo, WFP Deputy Country Director for South Sudan, […]

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Alcohol Scandal: President Chakwera Condemns “Despicable Behavior” Of Malawian Diplomats

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera says he has relayed a message to South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, condemning the “despicable behavior” of Malawian diplomats in South Africa. They were expelled for abusing diplomatic privileges. In a special address, three days after the South African government declared Malawi diplomats persona non grata and ordered […]

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Fire In Egyptian Juvenile Center Kills 6

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A fire broke out in a state reform centre for juvenile delinquents in Cairo, leaving six children dead, a security source said on Friday. Nineteen other children were also injured in the fire that happened Thursday night in the institute located in the Cairo suburb of al-Marg, the source added. The blaze […]

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US Threatens To Sanction Anyone Who Obstructs Libya’s December Polls

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The United States has warned that anyone who obstructs or undermines Libya’s forthcoming elections on 24 December 2021, could be subject to sanctions. Speaking on Friday evening at the UN Security Council in New York during a session dedicated to the situation in Libya, the US Permanent Representative, Linda Greenfield, affirmed that […]

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Spain Accuses Morocco Of Aggression, Blackmail After Ceuta Migrant Crisis

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Spain’s defence minister on Thursday accused Morocco of engaging in “blackmail” after thousands of migrants surged into the Spanish territory of Ceuta in North Africa. “We will not accept the slightest blackmail or questioning of the territorial integrity (of Spain),” Defence Minister Margarita Robles told Spanish broadcaster RNE on Thursday. The situation […]

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Algeria Cancels Plan To Reopen Land Borders

 (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Algeria has backed off a decision to reopen land borders closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. But it will go ahead with a plan to partially resume international flights from next month, the presidency said on Tuesday. The North African country had said on Sunday it would reopen land and air borders […]

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UNICEF Says Many Unaccompanied Minors Among Refugees Held Libya

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – According to UN figures, 125 minors were among the refugees and migrants prevented from fleeing to Europe off the coast of Libya earlier. A total of 114 were travelling unaccompanied by adults, the UN children’s agency UNICEF reported in Geneva on Friday. Libya’s coastguard took most of those picked up to controversial […]

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100 Illegal Immigrants Drown Off Libyan Coast

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – More than 100 illegal immigrants have drowned when their boat capsized off the Libyan coast, Eugenio Ambrosi, Chief of Staff of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), announced later Thursday. “Reports of at least 100 lives lost in the Central Mediterranean today,’’ Ambrosi tweeted. “These are the human consequences of policies which […]

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Egyptian Police Kill 3 Militants Alleged In Executing Coptic Christian In North Sinai

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Egyptian police on Monday killed three terrorists who were allegedly involved in the execution of a Coptic Christian and two tribesmen in Egypt’s Sinai, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. After receiving a tip-off, the national security sector struck a hideout of some terrorist elements in al-Abtal area in North Sinai. […]

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At Least 41 Migrants Die In Boat Mishap Off Tunisia Coast

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – At least 41 migrants died after their boat sank off the Tunisian coast, the UN said on Friday. Three people were rescued. The boat sank off the coastal city of Sfax on Thursday evening, the International Organisation for Migration and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said. Initially, coastguard officials said 20 migrants […]

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Tunisian, Egyptian Presidents Meet in Cairo To Discuss Regional Issues

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tunisian President Kais Saied on Saturday expressed his country’s support for Egypt’s efforts to reach a fair and comprehensive agreement regarding the rules of filling and operating the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) built on the Nile River. Saied’s remarks came during a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi […]

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