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France to pump 65 million euros into African startups

Paris, France | AFP | France will plough 65 million euros ($76 million) into startups in Africa, President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday at a technology conference in Paris. Macron made the announcement at the third edition of the VivaTech trade fair, which brings together innovators, investors and entrepreneurs. This year …

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China, Russia rise in C. Africa as Western influence shrinks

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | Russia and China are muscling their way into the Central African Republic as Western clout in the mineral-rich, strategically important nation seems to wane, analysts say. Ranked at the very bottom of the UN’s 188-nation Human Development Index, CAR is mired in poverty and strife. …

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`Africa’s time is now’

Transform Africa Summit focuses on digitalisation Kampala, Uganda | FRANCIS BYARUHANGA | Africa is not so poor it has to depend on the foreign countries. Instead the main challenge is that Africans prefer to invest in the western countries, leaving their countries without investments and untapped and unexploited resources. This was …

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Posters naming DRC’s Kabila as candidate appear in capital

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Posters published by supporters of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ruling party show Joseph Kabila as a presidential candidate in controversial December elections meant to end his rule. “Our candidate Joseph Kabila,” reads one of the posters alongside his picture, signed by the Friends …

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Mozambique backs constitution reform to bolster peace

Maputo, Mozambique | AFP | Mozambique’s parliament Wednesday approved constitutional changes on how provinces are governed, meeting a key demand of rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama who died this month. Decentralisation of power was a central issue in peace talks between President Filipe Nyusi and Dhlakama, the head of the Renamo …

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Ebola patients flee hospital in DR Congo, says MSF

Mbandaka, DR Congo | AFP | Three people with Ebola fled a hospital in DR Congo, two of whom died after returning home, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday. “Between Sunday May 20 and Tuesday May 22, three patients voluntarily left the isolation unit at Wangata hospital” in Mbandaka, …

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Bushmeat loses its appeal as Congo city fights Ebola

Mbandaka, DR Congo | AFP | In the city of Mbandaka, “bushmeat” is a cheap, time-honoured form of food — monkeys, bats, antelopes, crocodiles and other species caught in the wild. But local bushmeat hawkers say sales have slumped since an outbreak of Ebola was declared in the northwest of …

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Cameroon summons US ambassador: official sources

Yaoundé, Cameroon | AFP | Cameroonian authorities summoned the US ambassador in the country on Wednesday, sources said, days after he accused government forces of abuses against separatists in English-speaking regions. Government and diplomatic sources told AFP that the foreign ministry had summoned Ambassador Peter Barlerin. Barlerin alleged on May …

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