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DEAL: Machar and Kiir agree on way forward

  Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed Thursday to extend by 100 days a deadline to form a power-sharing government, a regional official said, after they failed to resolve outstanding disagreements. The Uganda Tripartite Summit on peace in South …

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Machar and Kiir meet in Uganda as deadline looms

Juba, South Sudan | AFP |  South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar will hold rare face-to-face talks Thursday in Uganda, their representatives said, as time runs out for the rivals to form a power-sharing government. Both sides agreed to a November 12 deadline to join forces …

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37 killed in Burkina Faso’s deadliest attack in five years

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | AFP | An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso killed 37 people on Wednesday, the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country. The impoverished and politically fragile Sahel country has been struggling …

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Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudanese rebel groups engaged in peace talks with Khartoum insisted Wednesday that the country’s new parliament be formed only after an agreement is reached to end long-running conflicts in three border regions. A power-sharing deal signed on August 17 between protest leaders and the generals …

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West Africa bloc gives Guinea-Bissau’s govt 48 hours to resign

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau | AFP | A West African trade bloc has given Guinea-Bissau’s “illegal government” named by President Jose Mario Vaz a 48-hour ultimatum to resign or face sanctions, a representative said Wednesday, amid a tense standoff between the country’s leader and sacked ministers. Vaz, appointed as president in 2014, has …

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Internet access improves, but digital gender gap is growing -Report

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT  | Fewer women have access to the World Wide Web than men, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a report released by the International Telecommunications Union. The report; Measuring Digital Development: Facts and Figures 2019, estimates that over half the total global female population is still …

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China launches Sudan’s first ever satellite: official

Khartoum, Sudan | AFP | Sudan’s first ever satellite for conducting research in military, economic and space technology has been launched by China, the northeast African country’s ruling body said Tuesday. General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads Sudan’s sovereign council, announced the launch of the satellite at a meeting of his top security officials held …

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