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Riek Machar Plans Return to Juba April 18

South Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar says he will return to the capital on April 18 to form a transitional government with President Salva Kiir, more than two years after a feud between the...






Sudan’s Bashir To Step Down in 2020

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir says he will step down when his current term is over, four years from now. “In 2020, there will be a new president and I will be an ex-president,” Bashir...






Little Suspense Ahead of Djibouti Poll

Djibouti goes to the polls Friday. President Ismail Omar Guelleh, in power since 1999, is widely expected to win another term though concerns have been raised about the country’s human rights situation in the...






Ethiopia Athletes Face Doping Tests or Ban

Ethiopia is to begin doping tests on about 200 athletes. The alternative is to face further action by the World Anti-Doping Agency and a possible ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Ethiopia...






ICC Ruling Could Shape Next Kenya Elections

The International Criminal Court dismissed charges Tuesday against Kenya’s deputy president and a local radio director for their alleged roles in 2007-2008 post-election violence. The ruling could have profound political implications as Kenya heads...






Benin Swears In New President

Patrice Talon was sworn in as Benin’s new president Wednesday, completing another peaceful transfer of power in the West African country. Talon told the crowd of about 20,000 in the capital, Porto-Novo, that he...






Launch of Libya Unity Government Again Hits Snag

Arab media are reporting Libya’s unrecognized government in Tripoli has formally stepped down in favor of the new “unity” government of Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Saraj. But Libyan TV reports the country’s internationally recognized parliament,...






Bad Harvest Adds to South Sudan Food Shortage

United Nations aid agencies say the conflict in South Sudan, combined with recent weather patterns, have further reduced crop production in the country. The U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization and World Food Program say...






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