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Guinea names former opposition leader Mamadou Oury Bah as prime minister

By Saliou Samb (Reuters) -Transitional authorities in junta-led Guinea have appointed one-time opposition leader and economist Mamadou Oury Bah to the role of prime minister, according to a decree read on national television on Tuesday. The political veteran faces a challenging task setting up a government amid an indefinite general strike launched this week over …

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Senegal panel suggests delayed polls be held in June to end crisis

By Ngouda Dione and Portia Crowe DAKAR (Reuters) -Senegal’s national dialogue commission will propose a delayed presidential election be held on June 2 and recommend President Macky Sall remain in office until his successor is sworn in, commission member Ndiawar Paye said on Tuesday. The West African nation, set to become an oil and gas …

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Army ban on cross-border aid endangers lives in Darfur, say activists

CAIRO/DUBAI (Reuters) – Millions of people in Sudan’s Darfur region are at risk of dying of hunger after a decision by the Sudanese government to prohibit aid deliveries through Chad, an advocacy group for internally displaced people said on Tuesday. The order, a digital copy of which Reuters has obtained, effectively shuts down a crucial …

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Libyan central bank chief challenges PM as political splits deepen

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s central bank governor has called for a unified national budget in an apparent challenge to his former ally Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah amid a slide in the value of the country’s dinar. Central Bank of Libya (CBL) Governor Sadiq al-Kabir published a letter to Dbeibah on Tuesday urging an end to …

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Nigeria building collapse kills six, with others feared trapped

By Ahmed Kingimi MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – A shopping plaza under construction in Nigeria’s southeastern Anambra state collapsed late on Monday, killing at least six people, with others feared trapped in the rubble, the emergency agency said. The building, with more than 120 shops, collapsed in the city of Onitsha, the National Emergency Management Agency …

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Ghana aims to complete external debt restructuring as soon as possible – president

By Christian Akorlie and Bate Felix ACCRA (Reuters) -Ghana aims to finish restructuring its external debt as soon as possible so it can emerge from its worst economic crisis in a generation, President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Tuesday. The West African country, which defaulted on most of its overseas debt in December 2022 after servicing …

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Rhino poaching in South Africa increases in 2023

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa recorded 499 rhinos poached in 2023, 51 more than the previous year, despite efforts to protect the animals, the government said on Tuesday. South Africa is home to nearly half of the critically-endangered black rhino population in Africa and to the world’s largest population of near-threatened white rhinos. Rhinos are …

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Two killed in Guinea unrest linked to nationwide strike

By Saliou Samb CONAKRY (Reuters) – Two people were killed during clashes with police in the suburbs of Guinea’s capital Conakry on Monday, their families and medical sources said, amid a national strike that has paralysed the city and disrupted some mining operations. The strike has emptied the main thoroughfares, closed banks and shuttered markets, …

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