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EU announces $85million for South Sudan crisis

The European Commission will provide €78 million ($85m) in emergency aid to help those affected by the South Sudan crisis both within the country and in the region. Over one million refugees from South Sudan have fled to neighbouring countries, with the number expected to grow. There are currently two million …

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UK says Brexit timetable ‘unchanged’ despite shock ruling

London, United Kingdom | AFP | British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday told European leaders that her March deadline for triggering Brexit negotiations “remains unchanged” despite a court ruling that she first needs parliament’s approval. May told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the …

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Britain could hold second EU vote, says ex-PM Blair

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair said Friday there was nothing preventing a second Brexit referendum and warned that the break-up would be “very, very tough” as European leaders were in an unforgiving mood. He called on fellow “Remain” supporters to “mobilise and to …

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Charity scores small win in Hepatitis C drug battle

Berlin, Germany | AFP |  A medical charity scored a small victory Wednesday in its bid to break a US pharma giant’s hold on an eye-wateringly expensive Hepatitis C drug when a European body partially revoked the firm’s patent. Patient groups around the world have accused Gilead Sciences of charging …

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EU observers were wiretapped during Gabon vote

Paris, France | AFP |  Gabonese intelligence wiretapped EU election observers who voiced grave doubts over the outcome of hotly disputed August 27 polls in the oil-rich central African nation, a French weekly reported Sunday. In what it dubbed Gabon’s “Watergate”, the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) did not say how …

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EU says Gabon court failed to address poll ‘anomalies’

Libreville, Gabon | AFP | EU monitors said Sunday that Gabon’s top court had failed to rectify vote-counting “anomalies” in fiercely-disputed elections in which President Ali Bongo extended his family’s rule in the oil-rich nation into a fifth decade. The European Union’s electoral observer mission said it “regretted” that Gabon’s …

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AU finally secures EU funding for Mission in Somalia

  The AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has got a much needed boost, after the European Union signed a 15th contract to provide financial support to the African Union (AU) peace keeping mission. AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Ambassador Smail Chergui signed on Wednesday on behalf of the African Union. The EU is offering  178 …

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East African leaders delay decision on EU economic partnership

  The East African Community (EAC) leaders have requested for three months to settle concerns by some states before considering signing the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) as a block. Rwanda and Kenya had signed, but the objections to the EPA were led by Tanzania. The agreement was expected to be signed …

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