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Egypt advances space program with 10-year plan

Egypt advances space program with 10-year plan

Egypt is advancing its goals in space, following approval last week of a 10-year development plan for the Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA) established in August. The agency launched its first communications satellite in November, as part of a plan to ensure mobile and Internet services for all of Egypt as…

Hamdok back to work as Sudan reviews security threats

Hamdok back to work as Sudan reviews security threats

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok was back to work on Tuesday, joining with leaders of Sudan’s transitional government to review the country’s security situation and vowing to prevent terror attacks one day after a failed assassination attempt targeted Hamdok in Khartoum. Mohammed Al-Fakki, spokesman for the government, said the meeting focused…

Egypt, Ethiopia dam stalemate could lead to conflict

Ethiopia’s withdrawal from United States-led negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project have led to much speculation over what happens next if a deal falls through, and some are fearing the worst now that talks appear to have completely collapsed. “Ethiopia has a general election later this year, which…

SADC cancels its in-person meetings as DRC reports first COVID-19 case

The Southern African Development Community has recommended temporary suspension of all in-person SADC meetings in its 16-nation region, urging instead the use of video conferencing, webinars and other tech-based solutions during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The decision was announced during a COVID-19 meeting of health ministers held in Tanzania on…

Diplomat returns to Zimbabwe after U.S. arrest

Zimbabwe’s government has recalled a diplomat serving in the United States, following an incident in which he tried to break in to a home in suburban Washington D.C. in January. Constance Chemwayi, a spokeswoman for Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry, said Macmillan Moyana was granted diplomatic immunity in the U.S. but his…

U.S. thanks Tunisia for bombing response near embassy

United States diplomats thanked the government of Tunisia on Friday for their rapid response and investigation, following an attempted bomb attack near the U.S. embassy in Tunis. “We are outraged by the attack and saddened to learn of the loss of Lt. Taoufik Missaoui,” said Ambassador Donald Blome in a…

Canadian courts greenlight lawsuit on Eritrean mine workers

Human rights campaigners say they welcome the decision by Canada’s Supreme Court to allow a lawsuit against the Nevsun mining firm, which is accused of human rights violations during operations in Eritrea. Human Rights Watch said a 2013 investigation first found that an Eritrean construction firm owned by the country’s…

UN Security Council turns attention to South Sudan

South Sudan’s leaders are moving forward on the path to peace but “the new government faces a daunting array of challenges that will test its unity,” said David Shearer, the United Nations representative, during updates delivered Wednesday to the UN Security Council. “Our actions can push South Sudan further towards…

Basketball Africa postpones Senegal launch because of COVID-19

The Basketball Africa League announced Wednesday that its inaugural season – set to begin next week in Dakar – has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. League president Amadou Gallo Fall said he was making the decision after consulting with the Senegalese government, which is now dealing with four…