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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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Trump cancels Singapore summit with Kim

Washington, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump informed Kim Jong Un Thursday he is canceling their nuclear summit next month in Singapore, blaming “anger” and “hostility” from the North Korean regime for the collapse of the historic event. Trump and Kim had been due to hold high-stakes talks …

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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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UN lifts travel ban for North Koreans to Kim-Trump summit

United Nations, United States | AFP | A UN Security Council committee has agreed to lift a travel ban on North Korean officials heading to Singapore for the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next month, diplomats said. Singapore last week asked the sanctions committee to grant …

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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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