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How the diaspora influenced 2017’s elections in Africa-report

•Study highlights how Twitter debate was shaped by voices from outside the continent when polls were contested. Fidelis Mbah  A new report has shed light on the role of Twitter during recent elections across Africa and how key voices from the diaspora helped shape the debate online. The How Africa Tweets study was released on

On this day, the Nigeria-Biafra war broke out

By Fredrick Nwabufo   51 years after we have not healed. All the ingredients of that war are still sizzling in the national cauldron today. If Rwanda, which experienced a genocidal war like Nigeria could heal in less than 30 years and become a lodestar for Africa in terms of development, unity and

Israel jails African asylum seekers refusing deportation

By Bethan McKernan Hundreds of detained Eritreans go on hunger strike as state begins much-criticised expulsion programme to third countries. Seven Eritreans who have had their asylum petitions rejected have been jailed indefinitely by Israel after refusing deportation to Rwanda. The men are the first to be detained since the Israeli authorities announced a initiative last November

Fighting between Rwanda, Congolese troops in eastern DRC

Heavy fighting broke out between the Rwandan and Congolese military in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after an incursion by Rwandan troops, according to a Congolese army spokesman. Investigations are under way to see if the clashes occurred because of a problem with border demarcation. The fighting occurred on Tuesday "on Congolese

African migrants in Israel opt for jail over deportation

  At a detention centre in Israel’s Negev Desert, African migrants facing deportation say they would rather be imprisoned than sent to a country they know nothing about. “I won’t go there,” Abda Ishmael, a 28-year-old Eritrean, said in excellent Hebrew outside Holot, an open facility housing some 1,200 migrants and set

Kagame, Netanyahu ‘agree’ on African deportation from Israel

By Mund Muguire Rwandan President Paul Kagame has said Kigali would take in immigrants deported from Israel provided the process complies with international law. President Kagame met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday. After the talks, Mr Netanyahu’s office

Rights groups appeal to Rwanda to reject refugees sent from Israel

The UN's refugee agency says it was seriously concerned about Israeli proposals to relocate tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers and refugees to third countries in Africa. If they don't comply, Israel says they would face imprisonment. For nearly a decade, Israel has struggled to deal with tens of

Rwanda ‘recalls ambassador to France’

Rwanda has decided to recall its ambassador to France after Defence Minister James Kabarebe was summoned to appear before a magistrate investigating the death of former President Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994, the Rwanda News Agency (RNA) has reported. Jacques Kabale was recalled to Rwanda for "consultations", according to French publication Jeune Afrique. This

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