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Rising violence in CAR threatens wider regions — UN warns

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and the head of the UN Regional Office for the region (UNOCA), Francois Lounceny Fall, has warned against rising violence in the Central African Republic which according to him threatens to spill across the border into neighbouring countries, creating further instability. The

AU commissions study on youth’s contribution to peace and security in Africa 

•Develops study methodology  Senator Iroegbu  The African Union (AU) African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) has commissioned a continent-wide study to ascertain the contribution of youth in security and peace-building in Africa. To this end, the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the African Union Commission (AUC) on December 12-14, 2018,  in Addis

Armed men kill over 40 civilians in northern Mali

Armed men on motorbikes killed more than 40 Tuareg civilians this week in northern Mali, where clashes over land and scarce water are common, an official said on Thursday. The violence compounds an already dire security situation in the desert region used by armed groups to launch attacks in Mali and neighbouring

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Growth—A tale of different experiences

IMFBlog The story of Africa’s growth rate over recent years is a tale with several story lines.  Key to the tale is the degree of dependence on commodities.  Our Chart of the Week shows how the greater a country’s reliance on commodities, the more dramatic the impact of the 2014 commodity shock. 

Central African Republic militia leader arrested in France for war crimes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) had issued the arrest warrant of Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona for war crimes. He is the suspected leader of a militia accused of carrying out attacks on the Central African Republic's Muslim population. French authorities on Wednesday arrested Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, a suspected senior leader of a Central African

U.S unveils strategy to counter ‘predatory’ China, Russia in Africa

  The Trump administration has unveiled a new Africa policy focused on combating the “predatory” practices of China and Russia, and ending what it calls “indiscriminate assistance” and “unproductive, unsuccessful and unaccountable” UN peacekeeping missions. Announcing the new policy, the national security adviser, John Bolton, said it would put US interests first, so would

US looks to counter China, Russia’s growing power in Africa with new strategy

Beijing has made deep inroads across the continent and now Russia is also trying to plant its flag.   Dan De Luce and Courtney Kube The Trump administration plans to unveil a new strategy for Africa this week focusing on countering China's growing influence on the continent, as well as Russia's attempts to gain footholds

Jihadism entrenches itself in Burkina Faso with bullets and bribes

Patrick Fort Once-bustling markets are hushed, popular bars are shut and tourists no longer venture to local sights in areas threatened by the encroachment of armed Islamist insurgents in eastern and northern Burkina Faso. "Before, in the time of highway robbers, we managed better, but with the jihadists it's really serious," said

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