Africa: How Africa is Navigating Conflict, Gender-Based Violence and COVID-19

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -The new coronavirus has now infected more than one million people worldwide, with Algeria becoming the country with the highest COVID-19 death toll in Africa. This has forced governments around the world to put new measures to curb the spreading of the virus. For women the novel coronavirus outbreak is deadly in more than one way.

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Sudan: Overdraft Appetite From Oil Wealth Raising Eyebrows

[East African] Even before the ink has dried on South Sudan’s new transitional government of unity deal, there are allegations that Juba may have been spending oil revenue in advance against the advice and warnings of lenders such as the International Monetary Fund.

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Africa: AU Needs a More Robust Response to Conflict in Cameroon

[The Conversation Africa] The violent conflict that erupted in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon in 2016 continues unabated. It was triggered by the government’s repression of protests over the increasing influence of French in the English-speaking legal and educational institutions, and by the perceived marginalisation of the country’s Anglophone regions.

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West Africa: Sahel Militaries Need Better Governance to Face the Terror Threat

[ISS] Terror attacks on soldiers in Sahel states are raising questions about these armies’ ability to withstand extremist threats and protect their populations. A total of 271 soldiers have died in recent attacks on military camps in Chinagodar and Inatès in Niger, Indélimane and Boulkessi in Mali, and Koutougou in Burkina Faso – the Liptako-Gourma region.

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South Sudan: Leaders Appear Together to Say Yes to Unity Government

[VOA] Juba -South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar appeared together in Juba on Thursday to say that after several previous failed attempts and missed deadlines to form a unity government, they have agreed to create a new, transitional government by Saturday.

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Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa Grilled Over Gukurahundi Massacres, Govt Readies Victim Reburials

[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa had a torrid time Friday at the Bulawayo State House as members of the Matabeleland Civic Society demanded answers on how the government would bring closure to the Gukurahundi atrocities, which happened in the southern region in the early 1980s.

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