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Togo hosts African leaders to launch counterfeit drug initiative

Togo hosts African leaders to launch counterfeit drug initiative

President Macky Sall of Senegal and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni, are among African heads of state participating in a conference on counterfeit medications hosted by President Faure Gnassingbé of Togo. The two-day conference runs through Saturday and is expected to lead to a “Lomé Initiative” to end the illegal…

Undersea cable break leaves Africans waiting for service, repairs

Undersea cable break leaves Africans waiting for service, repairs

Sub-Saharan Africa reported frustrating difficulties with Internet and data access that began Thursday, following accidental cuts of the undersea West Africa Cable System (WACS) that runs along the coast. The 16,000-kilometer system runs from South Africa to the UK, connecting much of western and central Africa to Europe and each…

Ethiopia dam talks move closer to final agreement

Ethiopia dam talks move closer to final agreement

Ethopia, Egypt and Sudan have made progress in the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will provide a much-needed 15,000 GWh per year in energy for Ethiopia but threatens Nile River water resources on which the other nations depend. The foreign affairs and water resources ministers of…

WHO’s 2020 priorities resonate on African continent

With the new year, the World Health Organization has released a list of its top priorities for 2020. They include a number of concerns with special resonance on the African continent, including the need to understand that the climate crisis is a health crisis, and the need to address the…

Global piracy down, but Gulf of Guinea sees a spike

There were 121 crew members kidnapped on ships attacked in the Gulf of Guinea in 2019, representing a more than 50 percent increase despite global trends that saw a decline in overall piracy incidents. “This equates to over 90 percent of global kidnappings reported at sea with 64 crew members…

African youth, Sudan are priorities for U.S. diplomatic visits

Tibor Nagy, the Assistant Secretary for African Affairs for the United States, will begin a five-nation tour on the African continent on Wednesday. Nagy will visit the Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Sudan during the two-week journey.  The trip will highlight a U.S. commitment to African youth,…

Zambia shuts down three universities for violations

In Zambia, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) announced Tuesday that three universities have been deregistered and are prevented from any further operations. They include Citizen University, Pamodzi University, and University of East and Southern Africa, according to an HEA statement. The decisions followed compliance audits at the institutions. In the…

Sudan shuts down security uprising, but it points to trouble

The Sudanese military has returned order to the streets of Khartoum following an uprising Tuesday among the intelligence and security forces loyal to the former regime of Omar al-Bashir. The former National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) officers took to the streets in parts of Khartoum, blocking travel and harassing…

Three African nations lose UN voting rights

Central African Republic, Lesotho and The Gambia have had their United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voting privileges suspended because of a failure to pay required member dues. The decision is in line with rules under the UN charter that withhold the voting privileges when a nation meets or exceeds the…

Ramaphosa joins talks over Ethiopia’s GERD dam project

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he’s invited South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to help mediate talks in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. Abiy made the announcement during an official visit to South Africa at the weekend, where he and Ramaphosa discussed how the latter might…

Reports: Libya fighting renews after Moscow talks fail

Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Khalifa Haftar returned to Benghazi late Monday, after eight hours of negotiations with Government of National Accord (GNA) head Fayez Al-Sarraj in Moscow that failed to deliver on a ceasefire agreement. The Al-Arabiya news outlet reports that “clashes renewed in Salah al-Din, south of the…

MTN, Mara advance the Connect Rwanda digital access challenge

The “Made in Africa” smartphones from Rwanda’s Mara Corporation have made a big splash, but there’s a much bigger vision through a “Connect Rwanda” campaign that hopes to put Mara and other smartphones in the hands of every household in the country. The program, launched in late December, relies on…