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Nigeria election 2019: Poll halted in last-minute drama

Nigeria has delayed its presidential and parliamentary elections for a week, in a dramatic night-time move. The Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) made the announcement just five hours before the polls were due to open on Saturday. “Proceeding with the election as scheduled is no longer feasible,” commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu said, citing logistical issues. He said the difficult decision …

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Liberia: the contradictions are coming to a head

Coming to mind a terse and witty Greek proverb relevant to the sum total of the crisis in the homeland, especially so at a time when the Weah administration has become the longest suicide note in the history of our country; I dare extrapolate and quote it hereunder: “Those whom the gods wishes to destroy, they first make mad.” One …

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Donald Tusk: Special place in hell for Brexiteers without a plan

European Council President Donald Tusk has spoken of a “special place in hell” for “those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan of how to carry it out safely”. He was speaking after talks with Irish leader Leo Varadkar in Brussels. Brexit-backing MPs reacted with anger to the comments, accusing Mr Tusk of “arrogance”. Downing Street said …

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Ethiopia passes continental free trade deal

Ethiopia’s Council of Ministers on Saturday approved the country’s membership to the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which aims to create the largest common market in the world. Over 40 African countries signed a historic trade agreement in March 2018, looking to enable free cross-border trade on the continent. The AfCFTA agreement is expected to create a market for …

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Gabon: Army says it has seized power ‘to restore democracy’

The military says it has seized power in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years. Soldiers in the west African country say they launched a coup “to restore democracy”. They took control of the national radio station at 04:00 local time (03:00 GMT) to read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration Council”. President Ali …

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Militants attack Libya’s foreign ministry in Tripoli

Gunfire and explosions rocked Libya’s foreign ministry on Tuesday as attackers stormed the building in the capital Tripoli, killing at least one person, witnesses and a security source said. A car bomb exploded in front of the ministry, after which “three or four assailants” entered, the source told AFP from the scene. A suicide bomber then struck inside and gunfire …

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Brexit: Theresa May warns of ‘uncharted waters’ ahead of key vote

With two days to go until the crucial Brexit vote, the prime minister has warned MPs they face “uncharted waters” if they reject her deal. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the PM said a rejection of her proposals would mean “grave uncertainty” for the UK. She warned MPs their actions could lead to a general election, and there was …

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Eritrea president says Kenya key to regional dynamics, plans visit

Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki has stressed the importance of Kenya for the new era of peace in the wider Horn of Africa region. Afwerki was speaking when he received a Kenyan delegation led by the country’s Director General of National Intelligence, the Eritrean Information Minister disclosed on Saturday. “It is a new era in the Horn of Africa and Kenya, …

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Peru arrests daughter of ex-president Fujimori in corruption probe

The 43-year-old was arrested on the orders of prosecutors investigating contributions to her campaign when she ran for president in 2011, according to her lawyer Giuliana Loza. “Persecution has been disguised as justice in our country,” the politician wrote on Twitter. Her arrest comes a week after her father Alberto Fujimori’s presidential pardon for crimes against humanity was revoked by …

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IMF warns of ‘somewhat’ greater global financial risk

Risks to the global financial system have risen somewhat in recent months as some emerging markets have struggled and trade war tensions have persisted, the International Monetary Fund warned Tuesday. The IMF, in its twice annual assessment of global financial stability, said conditions remain broadly conducive to economic growth, but are at risk of worsening should emerging markets deteriorate further …

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