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BlackRock urged to delay debt repayments from crisis-torn Zambia

BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, has come under pressure to delay demands for debt interest payments from Zambia to prevent the crisis-hit African country’s finances from spiralling out of control. Anti-poverty campaigners said BlackRock, which manages $10tn (£7.68tn) of assets, was among the private sector lenders that had refused to reduce the interest rate
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Number of people facing extreme hunger in Sudan predicted to double

The number of people who are severely hungry in Sudan could double by September as a result of poor harvests, economic crisis, internal conflict and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the UN has warned. In a joint statement, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation said more than 18 million people could face extreme […]
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Libya elite told to end ‘game of musical chairs and focus on elections’

Libya’s political class should stop conducting musical chairs to stay in power and focus instead on preparing for nationwide elections to be held by June, the special adviser to the UN secretary general has said. Stephanie Williams also warned of a possible resurgence of Islamic State if Libya were to fall back into total division. Libya failed to […]
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Tented love: how Senegal created a spectacular new African architecture

Visiting the International Fair of Dakar is like taking a stroll through the ruins of some ancient Toblerone-worshipping civilisation. A cluster of triangular pavilions rises from a podium, each clad in a rich pattern of seashells and pebbles. These are reached by triangular steps that lead past triangular plant pots to momentous triangular entranceways. All around, great
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New evidence of Belgian complicity in 1961 killing of Burundian PM

A popular prime minister of Burundi, Prince Louis Rwagasore, was shot dead just over 60 years ago with the complicity of Belgium, the departing colonial power, a researcher has claimed. The Belgian state has an “overwhelming responsibility” for the assassination of Rwagasore, according to Ludo De Witte, a Flemish sociologist who has spent five years investigating […]
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South-African president announces that “someone is being held”

africanews– South-African president Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that “someone is being held” in connection with the fire that started in the early hours and consumed parts of the parliament complex in Cape Town. The incident took place hours after the funeral of Archbishop Desmond Tutu who passed away last Sunday. “This is devastating news,
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Sudan coup: Military cuts internet services ahead of planned protests

bbc– Sudan’s military government has restricted internet services in the capital Khartoum amid calls for mass anti-coup demonstrations, reports say. Several bridges have also been closed and protesters have been warned against creating any disturbances. Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through Khartoum demanding civilian rule be