Africa’s more democratic than other regions relative to its development, but still needs quality leadership

Africa’s more democratic than other regions relative to its development, but still needs quality leadership

Do recent coups in Chad, Mali, Guinea and Sudan mean that democracy in Africa is failing? This notion is fuelled by internet shutdowns, muzzling of the opposition and rising third termism. But evidence suggests that while there are pockets of concern, a robust democratic culture is in fact growing in...

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Children soldiers, some aged 5, among fighters rescued from Islamist militia captivity in Mozambique

Children soldiers, some aged 5, among fighters rescued from Islamist militia captivity in Mozambique

The UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) added its voice to that of Human Right Watch regarding “worrying reports” of child soldiers in Mozambique. “Unverified video material secured by armed forces in an abandoned training camp apparently shows abducted children as young as five handling weapons and being indoctrinated to fight,” Unicef...

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New UN report details crimes against humanity against Black African migrants in Libyan prisons

New UN report details crimes against humanity against Black African migrants in Libyan prisons

 A UN report by human rights investigators in Libya details a number of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity against detainees and migrants in Libyan prisons. The investigators said that they now have a confidential list of suspects. “The investigations indicated that several parties to the conflicts violated [international...

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Nigeria bolsters military hardware with 100 APCs in response to deepening Boko Haram threat

Nigeria bolsters military hardware with 100 APCs in response to deepening Boko Haram threat

The Nigerian army is facing a crisis. National and regional security dangers posed by the al Qaeda-supported terror group Bolo Haram has forced the West African economic giant to reinforce in defence infrastructure in preparation to repulse the militia group that has forced more than one million children out of...

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Islamic States militia taking advantage of ethnic hostilities to fan atrocities in Niger Delta – reports

Islamic States militia taking advantage of ethnic hostilities to fan atrocities in Niger Delta – reports

Niger government officials have sought to downplay the ethnic colouration of recent massacres in Niger Delta. Although Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) has recruited mostly from Fulani groups, officials point out that ethnic Zarma and members of other communities have also joined them. Still, local analysts and residents...

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Bracing for Boko Haram militia threat: New aircraft for Nigerian Air Force is finally home The final batch of six A-29 Super Tucanos destined for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have left the United States, and arrived in Nigeria on Friday. The six aircraft, out of an order for 12,...

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Confirmed resistance to front-line malaria drugs in Africa, may put a damper on rising vaccine hopes

Confirmed resistance to front-line malaria drugs in Africa, may put a damper on rising vaccine hopes

Scientists have confirmed that malaria parasites in Africa have developed resistance to a key family of drugs used to protect against them. “We’ve all been expecting and dreading this for quite some time,” says Leann Tilley, a biochemist at the University of Melbourne in Australia, who researches the molecular basis...

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Chinese greed: Red alert out on the damage illegal fishing is doing to Africa’s ‘blue economy’

Chinese greed: Red alert out on the damage illegal fishing is doing to Africa’s ‘blue economy’

Maritime security experts warn that illegal fishing is undermining Africa’s “blue economy” that covers the continent’s fisheries, tourism, aquaculture, transport, ports and oil drilling. The African Union Development Agency (AUDA) says development of blue economy is critical to the continent’s prosperity. “Africa is one of the most blessed continents in...

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Nigeria’s Presidential Air Fleet receives first of two AW189 helicopters

Nigeria’s Presidential Air Fleet receives first of two AW189 helicopters

The Nigerian Presidential Air Fleet has received the first of two new AW189 VIP helicopters from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters. The AW189 is painted in the colours of the Nigerian Air Force’s Presidential Air Fleet. The second AW189, expected to be delivered soon, was also seen painted in the colours of...

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Ecowas bloc suspends Guinea for ‘loss of faith in democracy, making military coups more likely

Ecowas bloc suspends Guinea for ‘loss of faith in democracy, making military coups more likely

West Africa’s main political and economic bloc has suspended Guinea’s membership following a weekend military coup that ousted President Alpha Conde and dealt the latest in a flurry of setbacks to democracy in the region. During a virtual summit, leaders from the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas)...

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