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100 million Nigerians are at risk of neglected tropical diseases: what the country is doing about it

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of communicable diseases found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They are classified as “neglected” because they have received little or no attention in terms of prevention and control for several decades. The World Health Organization guides the way they are identified and managed.

South Africa's crippling power cuts not sparing the dead: AFP report

The power crisis that has struck South Africa can leave citizens and businesses deprived of electricity for hours at a time -- but few victims are more vulnerable than undertakers.

Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed in Sudan on first visit since 2020

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited neighbouring Sudan on Thursday for meetings with the head of the Sovereign Council and army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, his first visit to Khartoum since 2020.

France recalls ambassador to Burkina Faso, pulls out troops

The French foreign ministry said Thursday it is recalling its ambassador to Burkina Faso for consultations, one day after Paris decided to withdraw troops from the West African country following a demand by its military rulers.

Witnesses say latest ethnic clashes in Ethiopia kill dozens

Witnesses allege that several dozen civilians and fighters have been killed in the latest clashes between Oromo and Amhara ethnic groups in central Ethiopia.

French troops to withdraw from Burkina Faso within a month

France's foreign ministry said Wednesday that French troops deployed to fight extremists in Burkina Faso will withdraw within a month following a demand by the country's military rulers, which came after a similar move from neighboring Mali.

UN agency warns humanitarian crisis in Horn of Africa expanding, deepening

After five consecutive below-average rains, the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is expanding and deepening, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has warned.

Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election: 10 factors that could affect the outcome

As Nigerians inch closer to the February 2023 presidential election, the seventh since the current wave of liberal democracy formally started in 1999, there are at least 10 key issues that are likely to drive and determine the outcome. Political scientist, Jideofor Adibe, explores them all.

Macron wants Burkina 'clarifications' on call for French troops to leave

President on Sunday said Paris was awaiting clarifications from Burkina Faso after the African country's military regime said it wants French troops to leave within a month.

US ambassador heading to Africa as part of Biden's big push

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is the second Cabinet member heading to Africa as part of President Joe Biden's big push to engage with the world's second-largest continent.

Eritrea troops seen leaving Tigray as US hails 'withdrawal'

Eritrean forces have been leaving towns in the war-torn region of Tigray, locals told AFP, as the United States hailed a pullout seen as key to a landmark peace deal.

US, Africa histories 'intimately connected' by slavery: Yellen

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Saturday the histories of the United States and Africa were "intimately connected" by the "tragedy" of slavery, as Washington seeks to strengthen relations with the continent.

Chad govt lifts suspension of opposition parties

Chad has lifted the suspension of political activities by several opposition parties imposed following a violent crackdown on demonstrations three months ago, a government official told AFP on Saturday.

Burkina Faso says 66 women, children freed from extremists

Burkina Faso's army has freed 66 women and children who were abducted earlier this month by Islamic extremists while gathering food in the country's northern Sahel region, according to a state television report Friday.

Eritrean troops withdrawing from towns in Tigray: Witnesses

Witnesses in some towns across Ethiopia’s Tigray region say troops from neighboring Eritrea have started withdrawing in large convoys, a potentially significant development after a devastating conflict in the region ended late last year.

Al-Shabaab attack kills seven Somali soldiers

An Al-Shabaab attack killed seven soldiers Friday at a military camp in a Somali town retaken by the army this week in a major offensive against the jihadist group, the government said.

Rwanda accuses DR Congo of abandoning peace deal

Rwanda on Thursday accused Kinshasa of abandoning a deal aimed at bringing peace to DR Congo's volatile east as tensions spiral between the neighbours.

Russia, China to hold naval drills off South Africa

Russia and China will conduct naval drills in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa next month in another indication of their strengthening relationships with Africa's most developed country amid the war in Ukraine and global financial uncertainty.

Congo: 49 bodies found in mass graves after militia attacks

Mass graves containing the bodies of 49 civilians have been discovered in northeastern Congo after a series of weekend attacks blamed on a local militia, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Five Somali troops die in attack; 21 al-Shabab fighters killed

An attack by the al-Shabab extremist group on a military facility north of Somalia's capital on Tuesday killed five soldiers, officials said. Somali troops repelled the assault, killing 21 al-Shabab fighters.

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