Monday , 26 June 2017

Africa

The Gambia ‘missing millions’ after Jammeh flies into exile

More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia’s state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian cargo plane as Mr Jammeh left the country. …

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Ex-President Yahya Jammeh leaves The Gambia after losing election

Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that ousted him after 22 years in power. He boarded a plane to Guinea and from there will travel on to exile in Equatorial Guinea, regional group Ecowas says. Mr Jammeh was defeated in December’s election by Adama Barrow but went on to challenge the results. …

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Gambia: war is coming!

Outgoing President Yahya Jammeh has refused to step down since losing the December election to rival Adama Barrow, who was due to take power on Thursday. A midnight deadline has passed in Gambia, leaving the African country in flux with two presidents and West African troops massed on the border. Troops from several West African countries were ready to enter …

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Military Jet Mistakenly Bombs Refugee Camp Leaving Over 100 Dead in Nigeria

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A Nigerian Air Force jet has mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing over 100, a Borno state official told AP. A Nigerian fighter jet’s bombing resulted in deaths of refugees and wounds of Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders workers in northeast Rann near the country’s border with Cameroon, Maj. Gen. Lucky Irabor told reporters. The Air Force was targeting …

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UAE embassy compound attacked in Libyan capital

Tripoli – Unidentified assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the United Arab Emirates embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign targets in the North African country. Security sources said the attackers drove up to the compound, which houses both the embassy and ambassador’s residence, in the Siahia neighborhood in …

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Malawi could become Africa’s largest rare earth producer

A total of $829 million has been raised to explore Africa for metals and minerals over the last two years. While some 65% of drilling on the continent targets gold, rare earths are the fifth most popular prospect after iron ore, copper and coal attracting five companies spending $42 million during the two years to end-May 2013. The renewed interest …

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Ethiopia’s big #Nile dam battle (video)

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa when completed, delivering 6,000MW. The cost and the potential impact of diverting the Blue Nile have created controversy in the region. The FT’s East Africa correspondent Katrina Manson reports on the benefits of the project, and the challenges it faces.   Financial Times

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71 Killed as al-Shabaab Factions Battle Over Key Somali Port

The first indications of a internal faction battle in al-Shabaab emerged in the middle of June, with fighting in the coastal town of Barawa. The fighting quickly gave way to a broader battle between several factions over control of the key southern port of Kismayo. Kismayo is an economic and strategic lynchpin to all of southern Somalia, and the fighting …

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