Author: Michael Harrington

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwean president

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa being sworn in by Chief Justice Luke Malaba LONDON, UK– Zimbabwe’s Chief Justice Luke Malaba sworn in the country president-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa on Sunday for his first five-year term as the President of Zimbabwe. Taking the oath of office, the newly elected president said, “I Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa swear that as President of Zimbabwe I will be faithful to Zimbabwe and will obey, uphold and defend the Constitution and all other laws of Zimbabwe,” said Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa’s inauguration at the National Sports Stadium took placed after the Constitutional Court on Friday terminated an application by opposition...

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China to South Sudan: Implement peace deal

South Sudan’s rivals meet in Khartoum, Sudan for a peace deal, left South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, and major opposition leader Riek Machar. LONDON – As South Sudan’s unending conflict drags on, its major trading and development partner, China has urged the leaders and warlords in the war-ravaged nation to implement a peace deal with immediate effect. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday that the leaders and warlords in South Sudan must resume peace and stability in the country at an early date. A peace deal that put in place a power-sharing and security arrangements was signed on Sunday...

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Equatorial Guinea court upholds opposition ban, jail terms

Equatorial Guinea Dictator Teodoro Obiang Nguema  in photo prepares for one party rule PARIS––The superior court in Equatorial Guinea on Monday confirmed the disbanding of the country’s foremost opposition and upheld 30-year jail terms handed to 21 of its members. A former Spanish colony with a population of 1.2 million people, crammed with oil but stalled in poverty and a standing for greed and widespread corruption, Equatorial Guinea has over the decades been ruled with an iron fist by Teodoro Obiang Nguema since 1979. The president of the Supreme Court, Juan Carlos Ondo Angue, announced, “In the name of...

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Pope denounces attack on church in Nigeria that killed 15 persons

Pope Francis at the Vatican PARIS–– In the aftermath of an attack on a church in Nigeria, the Holy Father Pope Francis has criticized the incident that killed 15 people, including two Catholic priests. In remarks on Sunday to the public in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father prayed that Nigeria’s Christian community can find harmony and peace in the midst of the attack and other human suffering imposed on them by hateful elements. Last week’s church massacre took place in Benue state in central Nigeria.  Sources say the region has recently witnessed a series of attacks, many linked...

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Ivory Coast pledges to send 450 peacekeepers to CAR

Ivory Coast’s Foreign Minister Marcel Amon-Tanoh PARIS––The foreign minister of the Ivory Coast on Thursday said his country will send 450 troops to the Central African Republic to serve as UN peacekeepers in one of the most demanding missions. Foreign Minister Marcel Amon-Tanoh made the announcement after Gabon announced last month that it was pulling out its 450-strong contingent from the MINUSCA mission in the Central African Republic. The foreign minister told reporters at the UN headquarters that “Ivory Coast will soon send a contingent of 450 soldiers.” High-level sources say the United Nations is also looking for 900...

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