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FILE - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari .

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"Mr. President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on the way forward,"

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said the country's economy was in "bad shape," the governor of a northwestern state told reporters Friday after a meeting with governors from across the country.

FILE - National Security Adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Dec. 13, 2018.

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In prepared remarks, National Security Adviser John Bolton outlined a three-part policy that largely continues the United States’ existing approach to its military, trade and aid initiatives in Africa.

The United States unveiled a new Africa strategy Thursday designed to prioritize American interests and challenge efforts by China and Russia to develop economic, political and security partnerships across the continent.

Congolese families sit at the Kyangwali refugee settlement camp, Uganda, March 19, 2018. A California company is testing an app in Uganda that lets refugees earn money for AI training.

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He says the true number of those displaced by deadly clashes between armed groups and government forces is probably higher.

The U.N. refugee agency warns an estimated 1.5 million homeless people in Democratic Republic of Congo are destitute and vulnerable to diseases and exploitation.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya has ordered that the prosecution of 289 separatists be cancelled

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Cameroon President Paul Biya on Thursday called a halt to the prosecution of 289 separatists from the West African country's western English-speaking regions, his office said.

FILE - A vendor waits for customers to exchange her goods for other goods at the barter market in Togoville, Nov. 24, 2018. Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, some 65 kilometers (40 miles) east of the capital, Lome, Togoville runs a lively barter market.

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At "Togossime" — "Togo market" in the local Ewe language — all sorts of goods are swapped but grains, chickens, fish and other seafood are the most popular.

Alohou Papa stands in the middle of the bustling market in Togoville and blows hard on a bright red whistle to catch everyone's attention.

Felix Tshisekedi (R) of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, hugs Vital Kamerhe (L) of Congo's Union for the Congolese Nation opposition party, after being endorsed Kamerhe at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 23, 2018.

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"We want to leave after us all the bad things that Mr. Kabila has done in this country," Fayulu told VOA. "The bad things that the 20 years of Kabilisme have done in this country. Corruption, insecurity — the mass killing. That should be something that we have to make a big cause, so we can move ahead and change things in this country."

The December 23 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are the country's most important in more than a decade. After delaying a new poll for two years, longtime President Joseph Kabila is stepping aside. Two main candidates are vying to replace him, one is his handpicked successor, the other an opposition leader.

File image. The people of Togo take to the streets to protest against President Faure Gnassingbe rigime. December 08, 2018.

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His father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, ruled Togo for 38 years, together, the dynasty has been charge of the country for 51 years and counting.

Togo has been hit by a wave of protests organized largely by a coalition of 14 opposition parties seeking the restoration of two-term limits for presidents and two-round voting at elections among other demands

Report: Three Dead in Latest Crackdown Against Opposition Forces in Togo

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"They have been shooting live bullets at civilians wounding dozens and killing three today including an 11 years old boy. We have information that the upcoming days will get worse if ..."

It was a very chaotic day, filled with lots of violence in Togo yesterday, as organized demonstrations across the country by the coalition of opposition parties against the upcoming December elections and Referendum, was met with sheer force and brutality by the security forces.

Diane Shima Rwigara, a prominent critic of Rwanda's president Paul Kagame, arrives at the courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda, Dec. 6, 2018.

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She repeatedly accused Kagame of stifling dissent and denounced Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front's tight control of the country since it assumed control after ending genocide in the east African country in 1994.

Rwanda's high court has acquitted opposition leader Diane Rwigara of charges that included forgery and inciting insurrection.

Protesters in Togo protest against upcoming Referendum. Image credit – Doug Coltart/Twitter, November 29th, 2018.

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At the heart of the current political unrest in Togo is the call by the opposition, united in Brigitte Adjamagbo's C14 (platform of fourteen parties), and a young civil society, ...

The coalition of opposition parties in Togo yesterday continued, with their protest marches against the upcoming referendum that will allow President Faure Gnassingbé to seek a fourth term in office.

File image - Thousands cap off 2017 in Togo with huge protest march against President Faure Gnassingbe

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Local elections and a constitutional referendum will be held on December 16 while legislative polls are four days later.

Togo will hold legislative and local elections in December as well as a referendum on constitutional reform.

Many Africans risk their lives to cross the Mediterranean

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"I envision that our own African growth model will drive an African miracle. Sustained high economic growth in the continent will be driven by African unity and political and economic integration," the AU envoy for Infrastructure Development, Raila Odinga, said.

A controversial proposal by a German minister that foreign powers acquire land in Africa to curb migration has been rejected by the African Union, writes the BBC's Dickens Olewe.

© Baz Ratner, Reuters | Felix Tshisekedi (R) and Vital Kamerhe (L) sign their pre-election agreement at a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, November 23, 2018.

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Western governments and investors regard the election, which could lead to the Central African country's first ever democratic transfer of power, as crucial ...

Congolese presidential candidate Vital Kamerhe endorsed rival Felix Tshisekedi on Friday, creating a second opposition bloc that will contest the December 23 election against President Joseph Kabila's preferred successor.

Minister orders termination of all contracts with US based Oil Service Company Subsea 7 for refusal to comply with Local Content laws and regulations

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Encourage by proactive steps taken by Schlumbeger and Technip FMC to comply with local content regulations

At the South Sudan Oil and Power Conference in Juba, the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons announced the decision to mandate all petroleum operators including but not limited to Noble Energy, Exxon Mobil, Kosmos Energy, Trident, Marathon Oil Corporation and other operators to cancel all contracts with US based oil service company Subsea 7, due to noncompliance of Equatorial Guinea’s local content regulations.

FILE - Ikom waterfall is seen in Nigeria's Delta region, July 16, 2007.

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From lush forests sheltering waterfalls and warm springs in the west to the Alpine-like mountains of the east, from festivals to historical sites, attractions are in no shortage in the west African country.

Deola Akeju stood under the gushing waterfalls of Ikogosi in western Nigeria, laughing with her friends and other travelers as they explored the forest's pools and streams.

FILE - Troops arrest CAR MP Alfred Yekatom after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui, Oct. 29, 2018. Yekatom was extradited Nov. 17, 2018, to The Hague, The Netherlands, after an arrest warrant was issued by the International Criminal Court.

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"He is alleged to be responsible for crimes committed in this context in various locations in the CAR, including Bangui and the Lobaye prefecture, between 5 December 2013 and August 2014," the statement said.

A war crimes suspect wanted for alleged murder, deportation and torture of Muslims in the Central African Republic has been detained and handed over to a tribunal in the Netherlands, the court said Saturday.

Prof Naana Opoku-Agyemang during her investiture

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She pledged to support the university in advancing the dreams of the two visionary founders- Professor Hope Sadza and Dr. Fay Chung, who took action to create a pathway for women to access higher education in many areas of importance to self and country.

The Women’s University in Africa has appointed Ghanaian Professor, the 1st Female Vice Chancellor, Prof. Naana Opoku-Agyemang as Chancellor of the University.

Mercy Juma, of Kenya, accepts the inaugural award named for Michael Elliott, from his widow Emma Oxford. Photo: Steven Strasser

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Past award winners include Mercy Juma from Kenya and Abubakar Ibrahim from Nigeria. Juma's award-winning story, ...

The Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, a collaboration between the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), ONE, and the Elliott family, honors an up-and-coming journalist in Africa who strives to strengthen people's voices and improve their well-being.

Nigerian soldiers fought on the side of Britain in World War I

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Two million Africans were killed when the continent was drawn into the conflagration of World War I. The war and its aftermath wrought seismic changes in Africa that remain at the root of conflicts in many countries.

Teachers demanding to be paid in U.S. dollars take to the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, Nov. 9, 2018.

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The government introduced a new currency called bond notes two years ago, but those are losing value amid a general shortage of cash, rising prices and increasing shortages of essential goods.

Hundreds of teachers staged a one-day strike Friday in Zimbabwe's capital of Harare, demanding to be paid in U.S. dollars, the most desired form of currency in the economically struggling country.

Under the agreements, Alibaba will work with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to help Rwandan SMEs sell their products, including coffee and handicrafts, to Chinese consumers through Alibaba's online marketplaces.

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The first electronic world trade platform (eWTP) hub in Africa was launched in Rwanda; Key initiatives include assisting Rwandan small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to sell to Chinese consumers, promoting Rwandan tourism and providing capacity building to empower Rwanda's digital economy

Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma on November 3rd, 2018, witnessed the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) between the Rwandan Government and Alibaba establishing an eWTP (electronic world trade platform) hub in Rwanda.

Africa Investment Forum: High-tech player Mara announces first African-made smartphone

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The Maraphone is high-spec, affordable, smart, transformative and in line with the Bank’s Industrialize Africa High 5 priority

African high-tech player, Mara, on Friday announced the production of their newest product, the Maraphone – the first made-in-Africa, full-scale smartphone, soon to be manufactured in plants across Africa.

File image - King Mswati III

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Mswati is Africa’s last absolute monarch and has tight political control over the impoverished, land-locked nation formerly known as Swaziland ...

eSwatini’s King Mswati has appointed Ambrose Dlamini, chief executive of the local unit of telecoms group MTN, as new prime minister of the southern African kingdom, local media reported.

Former South Africa finance minister says blackmailed after sex video leaked

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“My wife and I have learned, with regret and sadness, that a video containing material of a sexual nature, meant for our eyes only, ...

South Africa’s former finance minister Malusi Gigaba said on Sunday a private sex video was leaked after his phone was hacked and he had faced blackmail threats over it when he headed the Treasury.

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