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Dangote named among greatest leaders on Earth…global leaders laud his public spirit

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The ranking of Dangote as one of the greatest business leaders has attracted comments by eminent persons around the world who described him as worthy of the nomination going by his business acumen and philanthropic gestures.

Foremost philanthropist and richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote has been rated 11th of the 50 World’ Greatest leaders for 2019

File image - President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

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The pardoned prisoners also included two women who organized demonstrations outside metro stations last year after fare hikes.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 560 prisoners, the majority of whom were accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, two judicial sources said on Friday.

Gunmen kill six in second church attack in Burkina Faso

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The attackers then burned the church, looted a pharmacy and some others stores, and left, Dablo mayor Boucary Zongo told Reuters.

Gunmen killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists.

File photo: President of Togo Faure Gnassingbe of Togo

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 A change in Togo’s law voted through on Thursday would allow longstanding President Faure Gnassingbe to stay in power potentially until 2030, extending his family’s rule in the West African country to 63 years despite widespread protests.

A man walks past election billboards of President Cyril Ramaphosa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) party in Soweto township near Johannesburg, South Africa, May 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

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It would be the worst electoral performance by the late Nelson Mandela’s former liberation movement, which has governed South Africa uninterrupted since the country’s first free election marked the end of white minority rule in 1994.

The African National Congress was set to easily win South Africa’s election on Saturday but with a lower vote share reflecting anger at corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain entrenched a generation after the party took power.

File photo: Former Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the media

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The deal, in which Anglo-Dutch company Royal Dutch Shell and Italian peer Eni jointly acquired the rights to the OPL 245 offshore oilfield, has spawned legal cases spanning several countries.

The Nigerian government has accused former President Goodluck Jonathan and his then oil minister of accepting bribes and breaking the country’s laws to broker a $1.3 billion oil deal eight years ago, a London court filing shows.

Militia Releases Nearly 900 Children in Nigeria

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UNICEF said the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) released 894 children Friday in the northeastern town of Maiduguri "as part of its commitment to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children."

 A local militia group that supports the Nigerian government in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents has released nearly 900 children, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said Friday.

Clotilda Wah, spokesperson of the Northwest and Southwest Women's Task Force, speaks during a protest in Bamenda, Cameroon. (M. Kindzeka/VOA)

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Clotilda Wah, spokesperson for the Northwest and Southwest Women's Task Force, says the group can no longer bear the killing, destruction of property, looting and kidnapping.

Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute visited the crisis-prone English-speaking region Friday, prompting protests from 200 women who demanded an end to the violence there.

Dozens of migrants drown off Tunisia coast after leaving Libya. File image

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Libya’s western coast is a main departure point for migrants from across Africa hoping to reach Europe by paying human traffickers, though numbers have dropped due to an Italian-led effort to disrupt smuggling networks and support the Libyan coast guard.

At least 50 migrants drowned on Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tunisian coast after they had left Libya hoping to reach Europe, the United Nations migration agency said.

File image - Al-Shabab fighters march on the outskirts of Mogadishu.

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The U.S. military has stepped up its campaign of air strikes in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office, saying it has killed more than 800 militants in two years.

A U.S. air strike killed 13 Islamic State fighters in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, days after another strike killed three.

Islamic State claims it killed 10 soldiers in northeastern Nigeria. File image - Nigerian soldiers

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Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) has carried out a string of attacks in Nigeria in recent months.

Islamic State (IS) killed 10 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Magumeri, the group claimed through its news agency AMAQ on Saturday.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party make their way to attend a May Day rally in Alexandra Township, South Africa, May 1, 2019.

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Forty-eight political parties are contesting this year’s national election, leaving voters spoiled for choice beyond the top three: the African National Congress, the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters parties.

It's going to be a colorful election in the Rainbow Nation.

FILE - People walk past an African National Congress (ANC) poster in the run up to May 8 elections in Johannesburg, April 28, 2019.

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It's a depressing coda to the otherwise uplifting tale of the Rainbow Nation where, 25 years ago, millions of jubilant South Africans lined up to vote for the first time.

For many South African voters, the government's struggle with corruption — which in the past five years has provoked numerous inquiries, dominated headlines, and even forced out former President Jacob Zuma — isn't about the staggering scope of the problem, though a minister in the ruling African National Congress has estimated that corruption could be costing the economy nearly $2 billion every year.

Sudanese protesters arrive to join the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum, April 27, 2019.

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Sudan’s Transitional Military Council (TMC), which ousted and arrested Bashir after months of protests, has said it will rule for up to two years ahead of elections.

Sudan’s military rulers and opposition agreed in principle Saturday to the formation of a joint body to lead a transition from 30 years of autocratic rule by Omar al-Bashir, but not on the new council’s makeup, two sources said.

Mr. Samuel Ashitey Adjei

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Cheick Travaly, Current Regional Chief Operating Officer for CESA, appointed as successor

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI’), the Lomé-based parent company of the Ecobank Group has announced the retirement of Samuel Ashitey Adjei, Managing Director of its affiliate Ecobank Kenya and Regional Executive, for Central, Eastern and Southern Africa (CESA), after 29 years of outstanding service for Ecobank.

A miner emerges from a pit near Doropo, Ivory Coast. Many “artisanal” miners relish the chance to make a better living than they could in farming. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

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Governments across Africa are trying to work out how to manage a sector that, whatever its risks, provides a livelihood for many of their citizens, and which could be harnessed as a source of revenues.

Billions of dollars’ worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond, this according to a Reuters investigative analysis.

Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia awaits the arrival of French President Emmanuel Macron at Houari Boumediene airport in Algiers, Algeria December 6, 2017. Picture taken December 6, 2017 REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

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The move comes after army chief, Lieutenant General Gaid Salah, said last week he expected to see members of the ruling elite in the major oil and natural gas-producing country prosecuted for corruption.

An Algerian court has summoned former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and current Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal, two associates of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a probe into wasting of public money, state TV said on Saturday.

Civilian government to be established in Sudan: new head of military council

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Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman said he was cancelling a night curfew ordered by his predecessor

The new head of Sudan’s transitional military council said on Saturday that a civilian government would be established after consultations with opposition forces and promised that the transitional period would last for a maximum of two years.

Celebrations in Sudan after Bashir is ousted (Photo: AFP)

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In an address on state television, Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf said Bashir, 75, was under arrest in a “safe place” and a military council was now running the country.

President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan with an iron fist for 30 years, was on Thursday overthrown in a coup by the armed forces which announced a two-year period of military rule to be followed by elections.

Nigeria: Buhari orders foreigners to leave mining areas

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Nigeria's government has ordered foreign nationals to leave mining sites in north-western Zamfara state within 48 hours, blaming them for an upsurge in banditry and kidnappings.

Yang Feng Glan, known as 'Queen of Ivory, pictured during trial in a Tanzanian court.

Africa

On Tuesday, a Tanzanian court found Yang Feng Glan, 70, guilty of smuggling 860 elephant tusks that authorities say are worth $6.45 million.

A Chinese woman, nicknamed the 'Queen of Ivory' and thought to be one of Africa's most notorious traffickers, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Tanzanian authorities told CNN.

Ethiopian transport minister Dagmawit Moges addresses a news conference on the preliminary report to the Ethiopian Airlines ET 302 plane crash in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia April 4, 2019. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

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The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but was not able to control the aircraft,” Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges told a news conference, presenting the outlines of a preliminary report.

Ethiopian investigators urged Boeing to review its flight control technology and said pilots of state carrier Ethiopian Airlines had carried out proper procedures in the first public findings on the crash of a 737 MAX jet that killed 157 people.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika claps during a swearing-in ceremony in Algiers April 28, 2014. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi/File Photo

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Bouteflika’s resignation will put Abdelkader Bensalah, chairman of the upper house of parliament, in charge as caretaker president for 90 days until elections are held.

Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on Tuesday, succumbing to a groundswell of public pressure after weeks of mass protests against his 20-year rule.

Libya holds municipal elections in first vote for five years

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Only nine out of 69 municipal councils in southern and western Libya voted on Saturday, officials said. No violence or sabotage was reported.

Libya held rare municipal elections in nine communities on Saturday, although turnout in the country’s first voting for five years reached only about 38 percent.

The North African state, which has been mired in conflict and chaos since the 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi, has not held any elections since 2014, when a heavily contested national vote ended up splitting the country into rival administrations and parliaments.

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