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Ghana, Qatar cement relations after decades of “progressive” ties

 Embassy opening will boost Qatar-Ghana ties. ACCRA, Ghana––The West African nation of Ghana and the Arab Republic of Qatar have cemented their diplomatic relation with the opening of Ghanaian embassy in Qatar’s capital Doha after more than 30 years of “progressive” relations between the two countries, according to a local daily. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said “The bilateral relations between Qatar and Ghana will be further expanded, strengthened and consolidated” after the opening of the embassy. Botchwey expressed appreciation for Qatar’s efforts to facilitate the speedy opening of Ghana’s embassy in Doha....

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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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Liberia remains a fragile state as Unemployment stinks nationwide

Poverty and unemployment in Liberia NEW YORK —There is a change in administration in Liberia. Former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned power over to newly elected President George M. Weah. With the election of Weah many Liberians expected improvement in the country, especially in the standard of living. More importantly, the need for employment was one of the central and key highpoints that Liberians and some in the international community expected the new government to address. Having a job for citizens and residents of a nation is vital. As Catherine Capozzi puts it: “The stability of the economy rests...

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Court seizes properties linked to Nigeria’s former first lady

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan waves to supporters despite corruption allegation LAGOS––The wife of Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan, has been accused of corruption when a judge on Monday ordered the seizure of two properties linked to her assets.  This is the most high-profile and embarrassing case against her since her husband left office. Judge Nnamdi Dimgba, the sitting judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja, upheld a request from the country’s anti-corruption watchdog to have the properties of the former First lady forfeited for 45 days. According to Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the properties...

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Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad

Islamic State ally stakes out territory around Lake Chad Media Sources and Credit: Reuters Byline: Paul Carsten and Ahmed Kingimi ABUJA/MAIDUGURI (Reuters) – From the shores of Lake Chad, Islamic State’s West African ally is on a mission: winning over the local people. Digging wells, giving out seeds and fertilizer and providing safe pasture for herders are among the inducements offered by Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA), which split from Nigeria’s Boko Haram in 2016. “If you are a herder, driver or trader, they won’t touch you – just follow their rules and regulations governing the territory,” said...

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U.S. Defense Chief says military addressing issues found in Niger attack

General James Mattis testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Defense Secretary Retired General Jim Mattis announced Thursday that the U.S. military has been addressing problems brought highlighted after the Niger (nee-ZHEHR’) attack last year that killed four American service members. General Mattis said the military has identified the core of the problem, which he said is not a delegation of authority issue. Speaking before the U.S. Congress, the defense secretary said  the Trump administration will keep providing troops to African nations and there may be temporary increases in forces. He however...

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West Africa faces security threat from herders-farmers violence:UN

UN Secretary-General’s special representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas Media Source: Agence France-Presse Clashes between cattle herders and farmers pose a threat to countries across West Africa and the Sahel, the UN warned on Thursday, after Nigeria’s parliament summoned President Muhammadu Buhari over escalating violence. Lawmakers from Nigeria’s lower chamber of parliament, the House of Representatives, called for Buhari to explain what his government was doing to stop increasingly bloody clashes in the country’s central region. On Tuesday, at least 18 people, including two Roman Catholic priests, were killed in an attack on a church near...

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UPDATE: Eighteen killed in Nigerian church by suspected herdsmen

Media Source: Agence France-Presse NIGERIA–Two priests were among at least 18 people killed in a dawn attack on a church in central Nigeria, police said on Tuesday. Around 30 suspected herdsmen attacked Mbalom community in the volatile region killing the worshippers and the two priests, said Benue state police commissioner Fatai Owoseni in the state capital of Makurdi. “They attacked the venue of a burial ceremony and also attacked the church where the two reverend fathers were holding mass,” said Owoseni. “We were able to recover 16 bodies from the scene of the attack and those of the two...

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