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U.S. approves sale of four black hawk helicopters to Latvia

The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Latvia of four UH-60M Black Hawk Helicopters and related equipment for an estimated $200 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Friday. Defence word repots that the Government of Latvia has requested

North Korea, U.S. at discord over nuclear programme

North Korea and the United States on Saturday sparred over an agreement reached at a landmark summit in June for the Asian country to end its nuclear program, as Washington called for maintaining sanctions pressure against Pyongyang, which in turn said it was alarmed by U.S. intentions. North Korea however accused

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

War on Terror: Buhari reversed successes achieved against Boko Haram-Turaki

•Said Jonathan's govt pushed terrorists to the border •Conducted peaceful election before handover Jude Johnson The frontline Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Mr. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki (SAN), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari administration of reversing all the gains made before he took over power. Turaki in a statement on Thursday by the Director Media & Publicity, Kabiru

China Battles France for Business in Former African Colonies

China Battles France for Business in Former African Colonies Pauline Bax. and Olivier Monnier Fast-growing economies of Ivory Coast, Senegal lure Chinese Chinese loans to Ivory Coast rise 1,400 percent in 2010-2015 When Ivory Coast put out a tender to build a bridge over the lagoon in its commercial hub of Abidjan, 10 out of

The Trump-Putin summit produces little. What can come next?

Steven Pifer Editor's Note:  After the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit, follow-on discussions between U.S. and Russian officials could begin to untangle some of the thorny problems that have brought the bilateral relationship to its lowest point in 30 years. One such area could and should be nuclear arms control, writes Steven Pifer. This

2 Nigerians, 6 others arrested for stealing $15M from U.S firms

Eight people including two Nigerians have been arrested for their alleged roles in an Africa-based cyber conspiracy that U.S. law enforcement officials say defrauded companies and citizens of millions of dollars. Five of the defendants – a Mexican, two Americans, a Ghanaian and a Nigerian – were arrested in the U.S.,

Update: Tillerson to spend few hours in Nigeria

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has changed his schedule so that he will spend only a few hours in Nigeria before leaving late Monday evening to Washington DC. A spokesman for the top U.S. diplomat  said  Tillerson had cut short his first trip to Africa to return to Washington about one

U.S Secretary of state begin his Africa tour

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has departed for Africa on a weeklong four-country official visit to Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, which is scheduled to end on March 13 Tillerson, during the visit, would engage with President Muhammadu Buhari and other top government functionaries, and the leaders of the three other

The US is drifting toward war with a NATO ally

 By Claire Finkelstein and Nicholas Saide It's not too late to stem Turkey's turn toward Russia — and defuse a World War I-style conflict. While the White House is distracted by internal turmoil, a crisis is brewing in Syria. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and its proxy force, the Free Syrian Army (FSA),