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Chad Opposition Leaders Get One-year Suspended Terms

Six opposition leaders arrested after violent anti-French protests in N’Djamena were on Monday handed one-year suspended sentences for disturbing public order, Chad’s public prosecutor told AFP. They were also fined 10 million CFA francs, or about 15,000 euros, said prosecutor Moussa Wade Djibrine, who had sought two-year prison terms. The swift trial opened Monday morning […]

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IMF Sets Conditions for Malawi Aid to Resume

Malawi wants renewed access to the International Monetary Fund’s Extended Credit Facility, or ECF, after a two-year halt. In 2020, the IMF canceled a planned $70 million in loans to Malawi after it came to light that former president Peter Mutharika gave the lender false information about how ECF funds were being used. The investigations […]

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UN: Without Action, Famine Looms for Somalia

The United Nations warned Tuesday that Somalia is at risk of another famine, as consecutive droughts have withered crops and killed scores of livestock, and grain imports from Ukraine and Russia have dramatically dropped due to their war. “Somalia is certainly heading toward a famine, if action is not taken now,” U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for […]

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Belgian King to Visit DR Congo

Belgium’s King Philippe on Tuesday begins a historic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a region cruelly exploited by his ancestors, as tensions rise in the volatile east. The six-day trip, at the invitation of President Felix Tshisekedi, has strong symbolic significance, coming two years after Philippe expressed to the Congolese leader his […]