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Issouf Sanogo, AFP | Burkina Faso's Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba looks on in front of the Splendid hotel during his visit on January 17, 2016, in Ouagadougou, following a jihadist attack claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) late on January

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“The president of Faso accepted the resignation” and expressed “all his gratitude to Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba and all its ministers for their commitment to the service of the nation,” the statement added.

Burkina Faso’s government and Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba stood down on Friday, according to a statement released by the country’s president.

ICC acquits ex-Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo of war crimes

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Gbagbo was the first former head of state to stand trial at the ICC. His release will be a huge disappointment for victims of atrocities in Ivory Coast between December 2010 and April 2011, when he refused to accept defeat by rival Alassane Ouattara.

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) acquitted former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo of war crime charges on Tuesday, ordering his immediate provisional release after more than seven years in custody.

Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)

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Under Nigerian law, state officials must declare their assets before taking office and after they leave.

Nigeria’s chief justice will face trial on Monday for allegedly breaching asset-declaration rules, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) said on Saturday, a month before a presidential election in Africa’s most populous country.

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube looks on during the swearing in of new cabinet ministers at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, September 10, 2018. Image credit - Zimbabwe Mail

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Zimbabwe abandoned its own currency in 2009 after it was wrecked by hyperinflation and adopted the greenback and other currencies, such as sterling and the South African rand.

Zimbabwe will introduce a new currency in the next 12 months, the finance minister said, as a shortage of U.S. dollars has plunged the financial system into disarray and forced businesses to close.

Felix Tshisekedi Declared Winner in DRC Election

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President Joseph Kabila is scheduled to leave office this month after 18 years in power — and two years after the official end of his mandate.

After several days of intense speculation on the outcome of the DRC’s presidential elections, the country’s election board, CENI, proclaimed Felix Tshisekedi the winner.

FILE - Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a signing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 31, 2015. VOA image

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A leaked December report in Kenya showed China was promised parts of Mombasa Port as collateral for financing a $3 billion railway it built from the port to Nairobi.

Uganda's growing debt is sustainable, and the country is not at risk of losing state assets to China, the country's finance minister, Matia Kasaija, said this week.

FILE - A Christmas tree is placed inside a banking hall of Consolidated Bank along Koinange Street in Nairobi, Dec. 10, 2018.

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Manufacturing grew by 3.2 percent from a 0.1 percent contraction in the third quarter of 2017, KNBS said.

Kenya's economy expanded faster in the third quarter of this year than in the same period last year due to strong performance in the agriculture and construction sectors, the statistics office said on Monday.

Ruling party presidential candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary casts his vote Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Kinshasa, Congo. Forty million voters are registered for a presidential race plagued by years of delay and persistent rumors of lack of preparation. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

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Frustration grew. “We came to vote and there is nothing. May (President Joseph) Kabila go to hell,” said voter Elvis Bolungu. Others just walked away.

Scores of polling centers had not yet opened hours after Congo’s presidential election began, the electoral commission chief confirmed Sunday, as he faced shouts of “We wanted to vote!” and frustrated people walked away.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari presents the 2019 budget at the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria, Dec. 19, 2018.

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Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man who primarily made his money through a cement business, was named as a member of Buhari's special advisory committee.

Nigeria's ruling party held a rally to mark the launch of President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid on Friday in the southern city of Uyo, hours after naming a campaign team which includes Africa's richest man.

Nigeria: The 'angel' who secretly pays patients' hospital bills

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His hospital philanthropy always makes him feel sad, and he is angered by the failure of government.

In Nigeria, very few medical services are free of charge, and if you can't pay your hospital bill you may not be allowed to leave. Who will help? In this deeply religious society, many stranded patients hope for divine intervention.

Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA)

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Demands on the government to immediately work with all parties to have a dialogue and end the Anglophone crisis

Calls on Francophones and Anglophones to exercise restraint and refrain from hate speech and retaliation against one another; Demands on the government to immediately work with all parties to have a dialogue and end the Anglophone crisis.

El-Tayyeb Siddig, Reuters | A bonfire is lit along the street during protests against price increases in Atbara, Nile River state in northeastern Sudan December 20, 2018.

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A wave of unrest has rocked Sudan since Wednesday after the government hiked the price of a loaf of bread from one Sudanese pound to three (from about two to six US cents).

Fresh protests against price hikes rattled Sudan on Sunday, as riot police were deployed around the capital Khartoum, on the fifth day of demonstrations that have claimed at least eight lives.

Soldiers stand on alert near an explosion near the presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Dec. 22, 2018.

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Mukhtar Dhaga-cadde, the director of public relations of the Benadir regional administration, said another 54 people were wounded.

 Authorities in Somalia say the death toll from Saturday's double explosions near the presidential palace in Mogadishu has climbed to 30.

FILE - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari .

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"Mr. President, as usual, responded by telling us that the economy is in a bad shape and we have to come together and think and rethink on the way forward,"

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said the country's economy was in "bad shape," the governor of a northwestern state told reporters Friday after a meeting with governors from across the country.

FILE - National Security Adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump Administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, Dec. 13, 2018.

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In prepared remarks, National Security Adviser John Bolton outlined a three-part policy that largely continues the United States’ existing approach to its military, trade and aid initiatives in Africa.

The United States unveiled a new Africa strategy Thursday designed to prioritize American interests and challenge efforts by China and Russia to develop economic, political and security partnerships across the continent.

Congolese families sit at the Kyangwali refugee settlement camp, Uganda, March 19, 2018. A California company is testing an app in Uganda that lets refugees earn money for AI training.

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He says the true number of those displaced by deadly clashes between armed groups and government forces is probably higher.

The U.N. refugee agency warns an estimated 1.5 million homeless people in Democratic Republic of Congo are destitute and vulnerable to diseases and exploitation.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya has ordered that the prosecution of 289 separatists be cancelled

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Cameroon President Paul Biya on Thursday called a halt to the prosecution of 289 separatists from the West African country's western English-speaking regions, his office said.

FILE - A vendor waits for customers to exchange her goods for other goods at the barter market in Togoville, Nov. 24, 2018. Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, some 65 kilometers (40 miles) east of the capital, Lome, Togoville runs a lively barter market.

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At "Togossime" — "Togo market" in the local Ewe language — all sorts of goods are swapped but grains, chickens, fish and other seafood are the most popular.

Alohou Papa stands in the middle of the bustling market in Togoville and blows hard on a bright red whistle to catch everyone's attention.

Felix Tshisekedi (R) of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, hugs Vital Kamerhe (L) of Congo's Union for the Congolese Nation opposition party, after being endorsed Kamerhe at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 23, 2018.

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"We want to leave after us all the bad things that Mr. Kabila has done in this country," Fayulu told VOA. "The bad things that the 20 years of Kabilisme have done in this country. Corruption, insecurity — the mass killing. That should be something that we have to make a big cause, so we can move ahead and change things in this country."

The December 23 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are the country's most important in more than a decade. After delaying a new poll for two years, longtime President Joseph Kabila is stepping aside. Two main candidates are vying to replace him, one is his handpicked successor, the other an opposition leader.

File image. The people of Togo take to the streets to protest against President Faure Gnassingbe rigime. December 08, 2018.

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His father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, ruled Togo for 38 years, together, the dynasty has been charge of the country for 51 years and counting.

Togo has been hit by a wave of protests organized largely by a coalition of 14 opposition parties seeking the restoration of two-term limits for presidents and two-round voting at elections among other demands

Report: Three Dead in Latest Crackdown Against Opposition Forces in Togo

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"They have been shooting live bullets at civilians wounding dozens and killing three today including an 11 years old boy. We have information that the upcoming days will get worse if ..."

It was a very chaotic day, filled with lots of violence in Togo yesterday, as organized demonstrations across the country by the coalition of opposition parties against the upcoming December elections and Referendum, was met with sheer force and brutality by the security forces.

Diane Shima Rwigara, a prominent critic of Rwanda's president Paul Kagame, arrives at the courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda, Dec. 6, 2018.

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She repeatedly accused Kagame of stifling dissent and denounced Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front's tight control of the country since it assumed control after ending genocide in the east African country in 1994.

Rwanda's high court has acquitted opposition leader Diane Rwigara of charges that included forgery and inciting insurrection.

Protesters in Togo protest against upcoming Referendum. Image credit – Doug Coltart/Twitter, November 29th, 2018.

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At the heart of the current political unrest in Togo is the call by the opposition, united in Brigitte Adjamagbo's C14 (platform of fourteen parties), and a young civil society, ...

The coalition of opposition parties in Togo yesterday continued, with their protest marches against the upcoming referendum that will allow President Faure Gnassingbé to seek a fourth term in office.

File image - Thousands cap off 2017 in Togo with huge protest march against President Faure Gnassingbe

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Local elections and a constitutional referendum will be held on December 16 while legislative polls are four days later.

Togo will hold legislative and local elections in December as well as a referendum on constitutional reform.

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