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Burkina Faso president calls for two days of mourning after ‘terrorist group’ kills dozens

Issued on: 22/01/2020 – 05:26Modified: 22/01/2020 – 05:29 Militants killed 36 civilians when they attacked villages in northern Burkina Faso, the government said Tuesday, appealing for local volunteers to bolster its fight against jihadists. Advertising Read more A "terrorist group" killed 32 civilians when they attacked and burned the market in Nagraogo village before killing four more people in Alamou village on Monday, the government said. Three other people were wounded in the attacks, it added. "The Burkina government has learned with consternation and anger of the deaths of 36 Burkinabe in Sanmatenga province, after a terrorist attack," communications minister Remis Fulgance Dandjinou said. Hundreds of people have fled the area and taken refuge in the city of Kaya, in Sanmatenga province, according to residents contacted by AFP. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore announced a two-day period of mourning, for Wednesday and Thursday, during which flags will be flown at..

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Zimbabwe’s opposition leader promises a year of action on the streets

Issued on: 21/01/2020 – 22:47Modified: 21/01/2020 – 22:47 In tonight's edition: Zimbabwe's opposition leader promises a year of action on the streets as he blames the president for a hunger crisis and sliding economy. Major firms and banks scramble to cut ties with Isabel Dos Santos amid the fallout from the Luanda Leaks investigation into Africa's richest woman. And the UN sounds the alarm bell over the threat toRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Luanda Leaks: What happened to Angola’s missing millions?

Issued on: 20/01/2020 – 20:14Modified: 20/01/2020 – 20:14 Just in time for Davos: a tale of greed and globalisation. The fortunes of Isabel dos Santos have just taken a further turn south with the Luanda Leaks revelations. Funds were funnelled from Angola's state oil company and other public enterprises, with big name Western consultancies happy to provide their services in the name of wealth optimisation. Advertising The daughter of Angola's former longtime strongman – billed as Africa's richest woman – claims to be self-made. But once Jose Eduardo dos Santos retired, the fall from grace soon followed. We ask about the criminal charges against her. And about those very private, very powerful consultancies. Just in time for the World Economic Forum, we ask what has changed since the financial crisis of 2008, since LuxLRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Luanda Leaks: Angola’s Isabel dos Santos faces scrutiny

Issued on: 20/01/2020 – 23:03Modified: 20/01/2020 – 23:03 In tonight's edition: A self made woman or the beneficiary of decades of corruption and nepotism. Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola's former meader and one of the continent's weamthiest women denies damning accusations arising from the Luanda leaks investigationAnd the UK tells African leaders that migrants from the continent will be more welcome post Brexit. Britain holds a an investment suRead More – Source [contf] [contfnew] france24 [contfnewc] [contfnewc]

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Tunisias president picks ex-finance minister to form new government

Issued on: 20/01/2020 – 21:34Modified: 20/01/2020 – 21:33 Tunisian President Kais Saied on Monday designated Elyes Fakhfakh as prime minister, a presidency statement said, after the fractured parliament this month rejected a government proposed by an earlier nominee to the post. Advertising Read more The former finance minister now has a month to form a coalition capable of winning a confidence vote in parliament by a simple majority, or there will be another election with urgent economic decisions hanging over the country. The choice of Fakhfakh, 48, underscores the economic priorities following a decade of low growth, high public debt and declining services since the 2011 revolution that introduced democracy. Fakhfakh, a former employee of the French energy company Total, served as finance minister in 2012 in the volatile period after the revolution and also worked as tourism minister. The incumbent government of Youssef Chahed has since 2016 tried to rein in spending whil..

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Several civilians killed by female suicide bomber in western Chad

Issued on: 20/01/2020 – 17:30Modified: 20/01/2020 – 17:30 Nine civilians died in western Chad after a female suicide bomber detonated her explosives in an area targeted in the past by jihadist group Boko Haram, the army and officials said on Monday. Advertising Read more Chad is one of the countries struggling with the jihadist violence that has spilled over from Nigeria's decades-long Islamist insurgency. The attack took place overnight Sunday in the village of Kaiga Kindjiria. "A suicide bomber blew herself up yesterday in Kaiga Kindjiria, killing nine people, two women and seven men," an army source said. The toll was confirmed by Chadian army spokesman Colonel Azem Bermandoa. "It is Boko Haram, There is no doubt," the spokesman said. Kaiga-Kindjiria, a village of about 7,000 people, is located near the vast Lake Chad region where militants hide out among islets and marshlands to launch attacks on Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger. Boko Haram began in Nigeria but ..

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Lesbian couple denied wedding in popular South Africa venue

Megan Watling, 25, and Sasha-Lee Heekes, 24, said they contacted the owners of Beloftebos, a popular event place in Cape Town, inquiring about potential dates for their wedding. However, they received an email response that the venue does not accommodate weddings between couples of the same gender, Watling and Heekes wrote on Facebook.Watling said she cried and became overwhelmed with anger after reading the response last Friday. "At first I cried, but then I was overwhelmed with anger," Watling wrote in her post."How, in 2020, is this still a reality? Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since 2006, but yet people still believe that they can justify hate and bigotry and quote a God that I don't believe would stand for said hate and bigotry.""We do not ask that anyone approves or even accepts our love, but we do deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, just like anyone else." Orthodox Christian beliefs Beloftebos spokesman Micheal Swain told CNN the owners decl..

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World powers agree to strengthen arms embargo in Libyas war

Issued on: 19/01/2020 – 19:52Modified: 19/01/2020 – 19:52 At a Berlin summit, World leaders committed on Sunday to ending all foreign meddling in Libyas war and to uphold a weapons embargo, as a part of a broader plan to end the spiraling conflict, German chancellor Angela Merkel announced during a press conference, as participants agreed on targeting a political solution to the conflict. Advertising Read more The presidents of Russia, Turkey and France were among global chiefs signing up to the plan to stop interfering in the war – be it through weapons, troops or financing. But the talks failed to deliver "serious dialogue" between the warring parties – strongman Khalifa Haftar and the head of Tripoli's United Nations-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj – or to get both sides to sign up to a permanent truce, although both men were in Berlin. German chancellor Angela Merkel Merkel and her foreign minister met both men individually at the chancellery before the summit ..

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Can Europe, caught scrapping or napping, mend its credibility at Berlin talks on Libya?

A flurry of recent geostrategic gains by Turkey and Russia in Libya have underscored Europes failure to tackle a deadly crisis at its doorstep. Sundays conference on Libya in Berlin gives the European Union the chance to seize a diplomatic opportunity. But for that, Europe must overcome its divisions and crippling competitions. Advertising Read more Libyans, over the past few years, have grown accustomed to the hypocrisy gap between statements emerging from international conferences on their war-torn country and the deadly reality on the ground. But Sundays Berlin Conference on Libya — with the sheer volume and drama of gathering players and proxies, most of them flouting UN embargoes and summit statements – beats all previously held discouraging records. The conference brings together world powers, regional and national players, as well as major multilateral organisations to the German capital under the Berlin Process that “aims to support the efforts of UN Secretary-General A..

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