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Drone strikes a growing threat to African civilians

By zachary Donnenfeld Since 2016, Donald Trump has loosened the reins on the US drone programme by lowering the standards for who can be targeted and where. This has severe consequences for counter-terrorism operations in Africa – particularly in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. On the eve of the 2016 US

US-China trade talks begin on positive note, but tech tensions loom

Joe Macdonald China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks this week with Washington, but the two sides face potentially lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship. Both sides have expressed an interest in settling their tariff fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance

US deploys troops to DR Congo amid fear of violence

The United States (US)military has deployed soldiers to Gabon amid fears of violent protests in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) after its presidential election. US President Donald Trump told US Congress on Friday that the first of about 80 troops had arrived in Gabon on Wednesday to protect US citizens and diplomatic facilities

Punish any Nigerian official who manipulates 2019 elections, Trump told

American congressman, Christopher Smith, who is also the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, has urged President Donald Trump to use his sanctioning authority to hold accountable any (Nigerian) official who subverts the 2019 electoral process or foment violence against citizens. He issued a statement concerning the 2019 general

Number of journalists jailed for doing job near record high–Report

•Intolerant leaders now coin 'fake news' to arrest journalists Joseph Ax A near-record number of journalists around the world are behind bars for their work, including two Reuters reporters whose imprisonment in Myanmar has drawn international criticism, according to a report released on Thursday. There were 251 journalists jailed for doing their jobs

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

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