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ABUJA — Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has urged multinational organizations to adopt debt relief initiatives that will not affect Africa’s growth. He said this on Friday while delivering a special address at the virtual edition of the 2022 World Economic Forum. According to him, in Nigeria, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years. “The creation of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights last year was a step in the right direction, but more...

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The Super Eagles on Tuesday had their final training session for the final Group D game against Guinea-Bissau at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the training took place at the annex pitch of the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua. But the session looked uneventful as the three-time champions only have as opponents on Wednesday the Wild Dogs of Guinea Bissau who are with only...

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Recent signs out of Ethiopia are encouraging, but major issues standing in the way of a sustainable peace remain unresolved. By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger News coming out of Addis Ababa suggests that the conflict in Ethiopia is entering a new phase. For over a year, momentum seemed to be forever driving toward worsening violence between the federal government, its allies, and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), as well as a deepening...

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Riyad Mahrez and his teammates failed to spark as reigning Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Algeria drew goalless with Sierra Leone in their opening Group E fixture. Heading into the delayed 2021 tournament aiming to become the first team to win consecutive AFCON titles since Egypt won three in a row between 2006 and 2010, Algeria were favorites. They dominated on Tuesday but could not find a way through Sierra Leone’s solid rearguard. Appearing at...

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At least 31 miners were killed and eight missing in Sudan on Tuesday when a rudimentary gold mine collapsed, a government official said. The disaster occurred near Nuhud, a town about 500 kilometres (310 miles) west of Khartoum, said Khaled Dahwa, the head of the state-run Mineral Resources Company in West Kordofan. “Thirty-one traditional miners were killed because of a mine collapsing,” he told AFP, adding one person survived and eight others were still missing....

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On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed that Nigeria will partner with the Republic of Turkey in confronting the current security challenges the country is facing. According to the presidency, this is in furtherance of sustained efforts at keeping Nigerians safer. Speaking at a bilateral meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Turkish counterpart shortly before the official commencement of the 3rd Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul, President Buhari acknowledged that Turkey had garnered a lot of...

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Uganda’s entry into the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo to combat the terrorist Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) diverts attention away from equally pressing issues at home. By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger In late October and again in November, Uganda was the target of terrorist attacks perpetrated by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a group based in the Democratic Republic of Congo and linked to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. In response, Uganda has deployed a significant...

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NAIROBI — Death rates from COVID-19 infections were much higher in patients with diabetes in Africa, where the number of people with diabetes is growing rapidly, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday. A WHO analysis of data from 13 African countries found a 10.2 per cent case fatality rate in COVID-19 patients with diabetes, compared with 2.5 per cent for COVID-19 patients overall. “COVID-19 is delivering a clear message, fighting the diabetes epidemic in...

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Days after the military ousted the transitional government and took over power in Sudan, the African Union Commission announced the suspension of Khartoum from the union. The country’s military had sacked its transitional government and took power in a coup led by Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. The suspension was announced on Wednesday by the political affairs, peace and security department of the African Union Commission in a tweet. The military arrested some members of Sudan’s transitional...

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The coup in Sudan shows that the military members of the transitional government were never truly committed to implementing democracy in the manner sought by protesters who forced Omar al-Bashir from power in 2019. By Michelle Gavin, Guest columnist and blogger Monday’s coup in Sudan represents an attempt by forces who were never interested reform or democracy to derail the country’s transition and protect their own interests at the expense of the rest of the country....

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