Ebola survivors told to stop having sex

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Monrovia: Liberia called on Ebola survivors on Sunday to strictly observe a period of sexual abstinence after recovering from the disease amid fears the country’s latest case may have resulted from sexual transmission. Brisbane Times – Alphonso Toweh The West African nation suffered a setback in its efforts to end a year-long outbreak of the disease earlier this month when it ... Read More »

Arab League agrees to create joint military force

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BBC – The heads of Arab League countries meeting in Egypt have agreed to create a joint Arab military force. The League has been meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh amid a crisis in Yemen and the threat of jihadists who have made major gains in Iraq, Syria and Libya. However, establishing the make-up and remit of the force could take months, ... Read More »

US issues terror attack warning in Uganda

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KAMPALA — The US has issued an emergency terror attack warning to its nationals in Uganda asking them to exercise caution. (Xinhua) – The US embassy in a statement posted on its website on Wednesday said it has received information of possible terrorist threats to locations where Westerners, including US citizens, congregate in Kampala, and that an attack may take place ... Read More »

Security Sector Reform in Guinea-Bissau: An Opportunity Not to Be Missed

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Africa Briefing N°109 – The full briefing is available in: French (PDF). OVERVIEW – ICG – Guinea-Bissau’s international partners will meet in Brussels on 25 March to examine, among other things, the crucial issue of security sector reform (SSR). In the last 40 years, the army has attempted a dozen coups and three have been successful. This instability has been one of the ... Read More »

Tunisia’s Grand Compromise Faces its Biggest Test

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In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s Tunisia Senior Analyst Michaël Béchir Ayari discusses the political fallout of the 18 March attack on Tunis’s Bardo Museum which killed 23 people, mostly tourists. ICG – By Michaël Béchir Ayari Crisis Group: Tunisia is often presented as an exception in the region, a point of hope for balanced progress and democratisation after its early role in ... Read More »

Nigeria gets back $380 million more of Abacha loot

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BERLIN: Swiss officials say they are returning to Nigeria some $380 million linked to the country’s former dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha. Arab News – ASSOCIATED PRESS Geneva prosecutors said Tuesday they ordered the money seized in Luxembourg starting in 2006. It was transferred to Switzerland and officially confiscated last year following an agreement between Nigeria and the Abacha family under which ... Read More »

Egypt’s strange $45 billion plan to abandon Cairo as its capital city

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Over the weekend, Egypt unveiled plans to build a wholly new capital. The Washington Post – By Ishaan Tharoor The new city would lie somewhere to Cairo’s east, closer to the Red Sea. It would sprawl across some 150 square miles and potentially be home to as many as 7 million people. Projected to cost $45 billion, it was announced at a summit in the ... Read More »

Looking up the Nile

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Egypt and Africa After decades of ignoring Africa, Egypt is re-engaging with the continent The Economist  THREE characteristics define Egypt, claimed Gamal Abdel Nasser, its charismatic former president. The country is Arab and Muslim, to be sure. But the third feature, Nasser implied, is not as well recognised. “Can we possibly ignore the fact that there is an African continent ... Read More »

The sexual shenanigans of Ghanaians

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How do the various combinations – ‘one man, a mistress and at least one girlfriend’; ‘one woman, a steady partner, and several transient lovers’; ‘older man, a wife and his student girlfriend’ – co-exist with Christian values in the world’s most pious country? This is Africa – By Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah Turn left out of my house and you will come ... Read More »

Restart of South Sudan Talks Critical to Avert End-March War Threat

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Addis/Brussels | ICG Another round of South Sudan peace talks mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (The members of IGAD are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda) in Addis Ababa has failed. The regional organisation was unable to alter the domestic and neighbouring nations’ military, political and economic calculus favouring further war, because its ... Read More »