The African Union Commission Honors Congressman Charles B. Rangel for his Distinct Accomplishments and Friendship to Africa and the African Union

The African Union Mission to the United States, in collaboration with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, held, On November 15, 2016, a farewell event and reception to honor U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel for his outstanding contribution to the enduring partnership between the United States and Africa during his 45 consecu ...

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UNOWAS supports a training on peace operations co-organized by the Senegalese Ministry of Armed Forces and the Austrian Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of the Armed Forces of Senegal and the Ministry of Defense and Sports of Austria, with the support of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), organized, from 28 November to 02 December 2016, a training on Cross-cutting issues in peace operations . The objective of the training was to strengthen the ca ...

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Morocco arrests eight over alleged ties with IS

Rabat (AFP) - Morocco has arrested eight men with alleged ties to the Islamic State jihadist group active in the cities of Fez and Tangiers, the interior ministry said on Friday. A rifle, ammunition and documents inciting towards jihad were seized during the operation on Thursday, it said in a statement. An initial investigation pointed tow ...

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Dos Santos: Angola\'s secretive, all-powerful leader

LUANDA (AFP) - In power for 37 years, President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been an authoritarian leader who maintained fierce control over Angola throughout its devastating civil war and recent oil boom. Though seldom seen in public, he has been a looming presence in daily life for as long as most Angolans can remember, exercising almost total ...

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Angola\'s longtime President Dos Santos to stand down in 2017

Luanda (AFP) - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled for 37 years, will stand down before next year\'s general election, state radio said Friday citing sources in the ruling MPLA party. The autocratic Dos Santos, 74, became president in 1979, making him Africa\'s second-longest serving leader -- one month short of Equatorial Gui ...

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Angola\'s President Dos Santos to stand down in 2017: state radio

Luanda (AFP) - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in power for 37 years, will stand down before next year\'s general election, state radio said Friday citing sources in the ruling MPLA party. National Radio of Angola said that Defence Minister Joao Lourenco would take over as MPLA leader, in news confirmed to AFP by Joao Pinto, a senior m ...

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Angola coup trial opens with 35 accused

Luanda (AFP) - An Angolan court was on Friday shown automatic weapons allegedly used in a coup attempt against long-ruling President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in January. The 35 accused men, said to be former fighters from the UNITA opposition group, appeared in court dressed in brown uniform on the first day of their trial in Luanda. Two other ...

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New environmental strategy on United Nations peace operations

Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, presented the new strategy on United Nations peace operations and the environment at Columbia University on 29 November. The Under-Secretary-General set out the Department 39;s vision for responsible missions that operate at maximum efficiency in their use of natural resources, and at ...

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UK Aid Lighting Up Rural Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, 90% of households do not have electricity. Un-electrified, mainly rural, areas of Sierra Leone primarily use small diesel or petrol generators and kerosene to meet their energy needs. This costs far more than energy in urban areas which benefit from grid connection and subsidised tariffs. This also limits opportunities for rura ...

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FCO Press Release: Beyond Brexit: A Global Britain

There is a sense in which the British cemetery in Kabul is a monument to the human spirit. A triumph of hope over experience and as I stood there last Saturday on a chilly and foggy morning I felt the eerie pathos of the place. It was here in 1842 that the Victorian catastrophist William Elphinstone was driven from his cantonment with a ...

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Clashes in north Mali leave one dead as Gao airport closed

Bamako (AFP) - Clashes between armed groups near the northern Malian city of Gao left at least one person dead and a dozen injured, and the local airport was closed after being hit in a jihadist attack, sources said. Fighting erupted Thursday between the towns of Tessit and Intillit among unidentified militias, an elected official who asked not ...

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