Category: Africa

‘We made it:’ Somali refugee arrives in US before new rules

‘We made it:’ Somali refugee arrives in US before new rules

Ali Said fled his war-torn Somalia two decades ago after his right leg was blown off by a grenade. Last year, the father of seven was shot in his other leg by robbers while living in a Kenyan refugee camp. As Said rolled his wheelchair up to a desk in a San Diego office hours after arriving in California from […]

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Congo requests financial support from donors amid economic crisis

Congo requests financial support from donors amid economic crisis

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has formally requested financial support from international donors as it confronts a worsening economic crisis, a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday showed. Africa’s top copper producer has been hard hit by low commodity prices in recent years. It has only enough foreign currency reserves to cover about three weeks of imports and its franc […]

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UK PR firm apologizes, fires partner over controversial South African campaign

UK PR firm apologizes, fires partner over controversial South African campaign

London-based public relations firm Bell Pottinger said on Thursday it had fired a partner in charge of a PR campaign in South Africa that the political opposition says had inflamed racial tensions. Bell Pottinger also suspended another partner and two employees after receiving initial evidence from an investigation by an outside law firm into its work in South Africa, where it […]

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Egypt and Russia’s foreign ministers discuss Qatar

Egypt and Russia’s foreign ministers discuss Qatar

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov by telephone on Thursday about Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain’s rift with Qatar, an Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said. The four Arab states cut diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf nation last month, which they accuse of supporting terrorism and allying with […]

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Islamic finance provides Kenyans with cushion against drought

Islamic finance provides Kenyans with cushion against drought

Hamara Hujale tries to keep an eye on two squirming children and a pot of simmering ugali – a white doughy dish – as she reaches for her buzzing phone. After speaking a few words, she hangs up and scribbles in a wrinkled notebook. “My driver has found another customer so won’t be back for another 30 minutes,” she says […]

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Libya’s eastern commander declares victory in battle for Benghazi

Libya’s eastern commander declares victory in battle for Benghazi

Libya’s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar said on Wednesday his forces had taken full control of Libya’s second city Benghazi from rival armed groups after a three-year campaign. The battle for Benghazi between Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and an array of Islamist militants and other fighters has been part of a broader conflict since Libya slipped into turmoil following […]

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Tunisian had Islamist motive for killing Austrian couple: minister

Tunisian had Islamist motive for killing Austrian couple: minister

A Tunisian man suspected of killing an elderly couple in their home is believed to have had an Islamist motive, Austria’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said. The killer slit the throat of an 85-year-old woman with a knife and stabbed and beat her 87-year-old husband in the northern city of Linz on Friday. He also brought fuel and set fire […]

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War crimes court to rule on South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudan’s Bashir

War crimes court to rule on South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudan’s Bashir

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) will rule on Thursday on whether South Africa violated ICC rules by failing to arrest Sudan’s president during a 2015 visit to Johannesburg, in a case that will test international support for the court. There is an outstanding ICC warrant for Pressident Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s arrest on genocide charges, which he denies. Thursday’s […]

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Arab intelligence chiefs meet in Cairo day before Qatar decision: MENA

Arab intelligence chiefs meet in Cairo day before Qatar decision: MENA

The heads of intelligence from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain held a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, Egyptian state news agency MENA said. MENA, citing “informed sources”, did not provide details of the meeting, which took place one day before foreign ministers from the four countries were due to meet to decide whether to continue sanctions […]

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Congo says in talks with Russia’s VTB for $1 billion investment

Congo says in talks with Russia’s VTB for $1 billion investment

Democratic Republic of Congo is in talks with Russian state-owned bank VTB (VTBR.MM) over potential investments worth as much as $1 billion, Congolese officials said, though VTB said there had been no discussions about bilateral lending. Africa’s top copper producer has been hit hard by low commodity prices in recent years. It has only enough foreign currency reserves to cover […]

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