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Netanyahu Visits Derby As Chad Renews Diplomatic Ties With Israel

Chad and Israel have renewed diplomatic ties in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described as “a partnership… to forge a prosperous and secure future for our countries”. His comments came during a brief visit to Chad where he was welcomed by President Idriss Deby. In recent years, Israel has made a big effort to improve diplomatic relations with several African countries. Chad, which has a majority Muslim population, cut ties in 1972. Mr Netanyahu’s visit reciprocates President Deby’s trip to Israel last November, the first by a Chadian…

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Democrats Investigate Russian Link That May Oust Trump

Politicians of the Democratic Party of the United States say they will investigate allegations that President Donald Trump directed his long-time personal lawyer to lie to Congress. A news report alleges that Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen has already admitted to lying about when the business project ended. Trump has not yet responded directly to the report’s allegations – but he has previously denied ever directing his former lawyer to break the law. The intelligence committee of the House…

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SDGs: UN Agencies Boost Ethiopia’s Quest For Policy Coherence

The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on Thursday hosted a day-long workshop aimed at enhancing Ethiopia’s policy coherence for the sustainable development goals through integrated climate, land, energy and water (CLEWS) assessments and institutional strengthening. The three UN entities are implementing a capacity development project to support the East African country’s coherence in policy formulation in the four areas. In opening remarks to the workshop, Ethiopia’s Water, Irrigation and Electricity Minister, Seleshi Bekele,…

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Parents Mourn American Killed In Kenya Terrorists Attack

The American who was killed in Tuesday’s terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya, was a loving son, brother and uncle who had travelled around the globe, helping entrepreneurs in developing countries grow their businesses, according to those who knew him. Jason Spindler, 40, was among at least 21 people who Kenyan authorities say died when armed men burst into a high-end complex in Nairobi’s Westlands neighbourhood, setting off explosives and opening fire on civilians. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked extremist group based in neighbouring Somalia, claimed responsibility for the assault. Spindler was the founder…

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Woman Mauled To Death By Giant Pet Crocodile

An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in Sulawesi after she fell into its enclosure. Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal was being kept illegally. The 700kg crocodile, named Merry, is thought to have bitten off her arm and most of her abdomen. The reptile has been relocated to a conservation site while authorities look for its owner. Ms Tuwo was head of the laboratory at the pearl farm and was…

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Opposition Leader Tshisekedi Wins Congo DR Polls

Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi has won the Democratic Republic of Congo’s tightly contested presidential vote, the electoral commission says. The provisional result puts him ahead of rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu who has denounced it as a fraud. France has also questioned the outcome. If confirmed, Mr Tshisekedi will be the first opposition challenger to win since the DR Congo gained independence. Current President Joseph Kabila is stepping down after 18 years in office. DR Congo is a country the size of Western Europe and Mr Kabila had promised its…

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Tension In DR Congo Over Election Results Delay, Opposition Warns

Opposition presidential candidate Martin Fayulu has warned election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to “disguise the truth” as tensions mount over the delayed result. Mr Fayulu said the “Congolese people already know” the result of the vote, which took place on 30 December. A local observer group said it had witnessed “major irregularities” at counting stations. President Joseph Kabila is due to step down after 18 years in office. The election outcome was initially expected to be announced on Sunday. Anti-riot police have been deployed in the…

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AU, France Condemn Gabon Coup Attempt, Rebel Leader On The Run

The head of the African Union has tweeted a reaction to the news from Gabon. The AU commission chairman, Muossa Faki Mahamat, says the organisation “strongly condemns the coup attempt”: In a tweet, the chairman said: The AU strongly condemns the coup attempt this morning in. I reaffirm the AU’s total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power. France has also condemned the attempt by soldiers to overthrow the government in its former colony Gabon and advised its citizens to avoid the capital. “We condemn any attempt to change government…

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Gabon Foils Coup Attempt, Rebel Soldiers Arrested

The political situation in Gabon is “under control” following an attempted military coup, a spokesman for the government has said. All five of the rebels who tried to take charge have now been arrested by the authorities. The junior officers claimed they seized power “to restore democracy” in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years. Tanks and armoured vehicles could be seen in the capital Libreville. One of the rebels was on the run for a brief period, before being found hiding under a bed,…

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US Slows Decision On Troops Withdrawal From Syria

The withdrawal of American troops from Syria depends on certain conditions, United States National Security Adviser John Bolton says, in a further indication that the process is being slowed down. On a trip to Israel and Turkey, he said he would seek Turkish assurances that Kurds in northern Syria would be safe. The US also wants to ensure that the remnants of the Islamic State (IS) group are defeated, he added. President Donald Trump has faced strong criticism over the planned US pullout. When he first announced the move in…

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