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Malawi Electoral Commission Plans July Vote Despite Coronavirus

Malawi Electoral Commission Plans July Vote Despite Coronavirus

Malawi’s Electoral Commission (MEC) says it is pushing ahead with voter registration for July’s presidential election re-run, despite a government-ordered suspension because of the coronavirus. Malawi has so far eight confirmed cases of the virus and one death. Health officials worry people grouped for registration and voting could easily spread the virus but the MEC […]

Chaos, Misery As Kenyans Hit Hard By Nairobi Order

Chaos, Misery As Kenyans Hit Hard By Nairobi Order

Chaos marked the first day of a containment order banning the movement of people in and out of the Nairobi Metropolitan as those unable to gain access to the city resorted to circumventing the roadblocks, putting a serious dent on the move’s objective. Tracking coronavirus With roadblocks placed at all the major entries into the […]

Afghan Women Play ‘Crucial’ Role In Taliban Peace Talks

Afghan Women Play ‘Crucial’ Role In Taliban Peace Talks

Afghanistan’s “fragile gains” in women’s rights are at risk unless women play a key role in peace talks with the Taliban, one of the few female members of the government’s negotiating team has said. Lawmaker Fawzia Koofi, a vocal critic of the Taliban, is one of five women on the 21-member team announced by the […]

Europe And African Relations Post COVID-19

Europe And African Relations Post COVID-19

Since 2000, European and African leaders have been talking about giving the partnership between the two continents a “new strategic” dimension. In 2007, they reiterated their ambition to come together in awareness of the lessons and experiences of the past, but also in the certainty that our common future requires an audacious approach. Why then, despite such good […]

Farmajo Lauds Somalia’s Achievement On Debt Relief

Farmajo Lauds Somalia’s Achievement On Debt Relief

President Mohamed Farmaajo has commended both the country’s achievement to reach interim debt relief. In a statement, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo said the decision by the World Bank and IMF was critical for reforms in Somalia. “This debt relief decision by IMF, WB, IDA and the support from friends of Somalia, is a timely boost […]

Root Causes Of South Sudan’s Conflict Untouched

Root Causes Of South Sudan’s Conflict Untouched

Since civil war broke out in December 2013 in the young state of South Sudan, the country has made 12 peace agreements. None of which have brought sustainable peace. The parties continue to battle over control of resources, mostly oil. As a result of this continuing conflict, about 7.5 million people need humanitarian aid. Three United Nations agencies have warned an […]

Since The Overthrow Of Bashir’s Regime In April, Women Have Begun To Dress And Act With Greater Freedom

Since The Overthrow Of Bashir’s Regime In April, Women Have Begun To Dress And Act With Greater Freedom

In Sudan’s capital Khartoum, a hip-hop producer who had his equipment seized during anti-government protests last year is now free to mix tracks in his studio. Across town, an all-female troupe in pink T-shirts and white jeans practise rhythmic dance routines late in the evening in a dimly-lit car park. The overthrow of Omar al-Bashir’s […]

Greece Swears In First Female President, No Handshakes Amid Coronavirus

Greece Swears In First Female President, No Handshakes Amid Coronavirus

Greece’s first female president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, was sworn in for a five-year term on Friday at a ceremony scaled down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Sakellaropoulou, 64, an ex-president of the Council of State, Greece’s top administrative court, will succeed Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Sakellaropoulou took a religious oath at a ceremony confined to a limited number […]

EU Calls For Security Meeting Over Kenya-Somalia Tensions

EU Calls For Security Meeting Over Kenya-Somalia Tensions

The European Union has asked Kenya and Ethiopia to organise a security summit on cross-border cooperation following tensions on the Kenya-Somalia border. Mandera County in Kenya, which is near the border, has been tense for more than a week now following clashes between Jubbaland forces and those loyal to the Federal Government of Somalia. The […]

Pakistan Passes Child Abuse Law After Girl’s Rape And Murder

Pakistan Passes Child Abuse Law After Girl’s Rape And Murder

Pakistan’s parliament passed a new law against child abuse on Wednesday, two years after the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl that shocked the country. Pakistan’s first national child abuse law will introduce a penalty of life imprisonment for child abuse, said Pakistan’s Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari. It follows the death of Zainab Ansari, whose […]

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