Sudan:Ruling Party Removes Presidential Term Limits

[ENOUGH] On Thursday, the Consultative Council of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) took a key first step toward abolishing presidential term limits in Sudan, paving the way for a potential presidency without end for President Omar al-Bashir in advance of elections slated for 2020.

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Nigeria:Nigeria Deep in $30 Trillion Global Loss to Inequality

[Guardian] An economist and former Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, once said: “Income inequality is troubling because, among other things, it means that many people in our society do not have the opportunities to advance themselves… .No economy can succeed without a high quality workforce, particularly in an age of globalisation and technical change.”

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Mali:Why Mali’s Election Matters

[Atlantic Council] While the July 30, 2018, general election in Zimbabwe – the first in almost four decades where longtime ruler Robert Mugabe won’t be on the ballot – has been attracting a great deal more attention, the presidential election in Mali one day earlier matters just as much and, arguably, is even more important to the security and geopolitical interests of the United States and its European allies.

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Somalia:Attorney General Opens First Prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -Somalia’s Attorney General Ahmed Ali Dahir announced on Wednesday the country’s first ever prosecution against female genital mutilation (FGM) following the death of a 10-year-old girl, an adviser to the government said.

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Ethiopia:Barrier-Busting Leader Recruits Ethiopian Diaspora in U.S.

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -Ethiopia’s energetic, headline-making prime minister, will visit the United States this week “with the sole purpose of engaging #Ethiopia’s large Diaspora community,” according to a Tweet early today from Fitsum Arega, his chief of staff.

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Eritrea:What Peace Will Mean for Eritrea – Africa’s ‘North Korea’

[The Conversation Africa] The end of hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea has been met with relief in the region as well as globally. But what does it mean for Eritrea, which has been dubbed the North Korea of Africa. The Conversation Africa’s Julius Maina spoke to Martin Plaut about the implications for the small and reclusive state.

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