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Trump urges Libya de-escalation on call with Erdogan – White House

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump called for a “rapid de-escalation” of the Libyan conflict on a call with Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday, the White House said, after recent gains by forces backed by Turkey prompted threats of retaliation. Ankara said the...

Ivory Coast army joins Burkina Faso in anti-jihadist operation

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Soldiers from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso conducted their first joint operation against jihadists active near their shared border, killing eight suspected militants and arresting 14 others, Ivory Coast’s army said on Sunday. Burkina Faso and its neighbours Mali and Niger in...

Ivory Coast children head back to school after virus shutdown

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Thousands of children in face masks flocked back to school in Ivory Coast on Monday after the country became one of the first in West Africa to restart lessons after a two-month coronavirus shutdown. With a total of 2,376 cases and dozens...

Burundi’s ruling party candidate wins presidential election

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Burundi’s ruling party candidate won a presidential election held last week, securing 68.72% of the vote, the electoral commission said on Monday. Evariste Ndayishimiye, a retired general, will take over from President Pierre Nkurunziza, after he beat the main opposition candidate Agathon...

Democracy must not become the silent victim of the coronavirus pandemic

GENEVA, 19th of May 2020 – As extraordinary measures to fight the covid-19 pandemic continue to prevail around the world, the Kofi Annan Foundation alongside 28 global leaders have published an open letter calling governments and civil society to act to ensure...

Suicide bombing in Somalia kills governor, three others in Puntland -police

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The governor of Mudug, a region in Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland, was killed with three of his bodyguards in a suicide car bombing on Sunday that was claimed by Islamist group al Shabaab, police said. “A suicide car bomb hit the...

Rwanda genocide suspect Kabuga arrested in France after decades on the run

Dominique Vidalon, Elias Biryabarema PARIS/KAMPALA (Reuters) - Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, who is accused of funding militias that massacred about 800,000 people, was arrested on Saturday near Paris after 26 years on the run, the French justice ministry said. The 84-year-old, who is Rwanda’s most-wanted...

Madagascar records its first COVID-19 death -official

ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar has registered its first coronavirus death, of a 57-year-old medical worker who suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure, the national COVID-19 taskforce said on Sunday. Taskforce spokeswoman Hanta Danielle Vololontiana said in a televised statement that the man had died...

Senegal’s President Approves Repatriation Of Citizens Killed By COVID-19

Senegalese President Macky Sall has agreed to allow the bodies of citizens who died of COVID-19 abroad back into the West African state, soothing distraught families who had fought the ban. The government banned the repatriations in April to stem the spread of the coronavirus,...

Ghana records over 500 coronavirus cases at industrial facility

ACCRA (Reuters) - More than 500 workers at an industrial facility in Ghana have tested positive for the coronavirus, the country’s health service said on Friday, as total cases jumped by nearly 30% in a single day. The health service did not name the facility,...