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China to spotlight African issues at UN Security Council

China to spotlight African issues at UN Security Council

China says it will maintain focus on the African continent, as it assumes leadership of the United Nations Security Council for the month of March. Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Tuesday that Somalia and Sudan’s Darfur region are top priorities as China leads discussion on…

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia add to Africa’s COVID19 count

Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia announced Monday that they are among dozens of countries around the world reporting positive coronavirus cases as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads beyond China. The Moroccan Ministry of Health said its confirmed case was a Moroccan citizen with ties to Italy who is being treated in an…

DR Congo, FRPI fighters sign peace agreement in Ituri province

The Congolese government has signed a peace agreement with the Ituri Patriotic Resistance Force (FRPI), the last of large armed militias fighting in the eastern Ituri province of Democratic Republic of Congo. The signing ceremony took place Friday at Tata Akobi Stadium in Gety, a city where Congolese FARDC forces…

EU commits €100 million to Sudan’s democratic transition

The European Union (EU) announced it is committing €100 million to support the democratic transition in Sudan, a three-year process that is expected to lead to free and fair elections in 2022. “Besides political support, financial assistance to Sudan remains crucial, given the severity of the economic crisis in the…

South African cruise ship workers test positive for COVID-19

Two South African citizens working aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship are being treated in Japan after testing positive for the coronavirus, the government’s health ministry said. Dr. Lwazi Manzi, speaking to South African media on Friday, said the two were among 3,711 passengers and crew who were quarantined aboard…

Nigeria confirms first COVID19 case in Lagos

Nigeria has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus, according to a statement from the Federal Health Ministry issued early Friday morning. The patient was identified in Lagos State, a coastal area along the Gulf of Guinea, said health minister Osagie Ehanire. It is home to the city of…

Bachelet turns to Africa in report to UN Human Rights Council

As the United Nations Human Rights Council holds its annual meeting in Geneva, High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet of OHCHR, the UN human rights agency, provided an overview on Thursday of concerns in various African nations beginning with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bachelet, a former president of Chile who was…

Spain calls for firm defense in maritime dispute with Morocco

Lawmakers in Spain have approved a motion that supports a “firm position in defense of the integrity of the land and maritime territory” of the Canary Islands, as Morocco moves to redefine its territorial waters in a way that creates overlap with Spain’s maritime border there. This week’s decision is…