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23 January 2017
                       
 
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23 Jan 2017
 
 
No, 70% of American foreign aid is not ‘stolen off the top’
AFRICA CHECK
The United States spends about $50-billion on foreign aid, or about 1% of its entire federal budget. Much of it, whether in the form of development, health, humanitarian or military aid, involves...
 
 
No immunity deal agreed for Gambia's Jammeh – Senegal minister
POLITICS
West African leaders did not agree to immunity for Yahya Jammeh during negotiations that convinced Gambia's longtime ruler to flee into exile, Senegal's foreign minister said on Sunday. Jammeh, who...
 
 
20 Jan 2017
 
 
 
Gambia's Jammeh offered last chance for peaceful exit before troops advance
POLITICS
West African leaders said it was no longer possible for Gambia's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh to stay in power as regional military forces stood ready to advance on the capital Banjul on Friday....
 
 
The questionable legality of military intervention in The Gambia
THE CONVERSATION
With tensions rising in The Gambia, a coalition of states have deployed forces along the country’s borders, poised to launch a military intervention should President Yahya Jammeh refuse to cede...
 
 
19 Jan 2017
 
Gambia's Barrow to take oath in Senegal embassy as regional troops gather
POLITICS
Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow will be sworn in at the Gambian embassy in neighbouring Senegal on Thursday, officials said, as West African troops prepared to back him in a showdown with a...
 
 
West African forces poised for Gambia intervention as leader's mandate ends
POLITICS
West African troops were poised to intervene in Gambia on Thursday after President Yahya Jammeh's mandate expired and overnight talks to convince him to stand down failed. Senegal has deployed...
 
 
Nigerian President Buhari tells Senate that he will take ten days leave - source
POLITICS
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari plans to take ten days leave, a government source said on Thursday. Buhari had informed the Senate by letter about his absence, the source said. No more details...
 
 
Military intervention looms as Jammeh clings to power
POLITICS
Gambia faces the prospect of military intervention by regional forces after a last-ditch attempt to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down as president failed. Jammeh, who lost a December 1...
 
 
Compensate camp bomb victims, HRW tells Nigeria
REFUGEES
Nigerian authorities should provide compensation to victims of the recent bombing of a refugee camp in Rann, Borno State, a rights group has said. In a statement, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the...
 
 
18 Jan 2017
 
At least 70 civilians killed in Nigeria refugee camp air strike - International Red Cross
AIR STRIKE
At least 70 civilians were killed in Tuesday's Nigerian Air Force strike on a refugee camp and more than a hundred were wounded, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said on...
 
 
Four Gambia ministers resign from Jammeh's government
POLITICS
The Gambia's ministers for finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, according to ministry sources and state television. The...
 
 
17 Jan 2017
 
The African towns falling into decline and poverty after mining companies use resources then exit
THE COVERSATION
The town of Fria in Guinea was built around bauxite mining in 1957. It used to have good facilities: water, electricity, schools, housing and hospitals. But since the last company mining there...
 
 
16 Jan 2017
 
Petroleum Industry Bill to be passed in 2017
ENS AFRICA
The Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, says the federal government will pass the Petroleum Industry Bill and revamp the nation's refineries in 2017. Mr. Kachikwu announced this while...
 
 
 
 
Shifting Power: Learning from women's experiences and approaches to reducing inequality
RECOMMENDATION
Inequality is widespread and deepening, with the impact falling heavily on poor women who face a range of di erent intersecting challenges. Solutions are hotly debated by powerful decision makers...
 
 
How The Gambia is testing West Africa's resolve to protect democracy
THE CONVERSATION
The Gambia is an opportunity to reinforce election quality norms for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The 15-member regional group was initially set up as a trading bloc. But...
 
 
 
                       
 
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