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UN envoy outlines progress towards cooperation in Africa’s Great Lakes Region

New York: Even as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in Africa’s Great Lakes Region continue to improve political, security and economic cooperation in line with a 2013 Framework agreement, UN Special Envoy Huang Xia told the Security Council on Tuesday.

Illicit capital robbing Africa and its people of their future: UN trade and development chief

New York: Every year, an estimated $88.6 billion, which is equivalent to 3.7% of Africa’s GDP, leaves the continent in the form of illicit capital, according to UN trade and development agency UNCTAD’s Economic Development in Africa Report 2020, launched on Monday.

CAR President calls for better representation of Africa on the Security Council

New York: Central African Republic, like nearly every nation on the planet, has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic, with indictors predicting a contraction by up to 1.2 of the country’s economic growth, President Faustin Archange Touadera said on Thursday, calling on world leaders to unite against the virus.

South African President warns pandemic has set back African development

New York: Despite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Chinese debt trap policy is making Nigeria 'lose' sovereignty?

Abuja: African nation Nigeria is feared to be losing its sovereignty to China over bad debts, media reports said.

Radical Islamic terrorism: Pakistan busy opening diplomatic mission in African continent

Islamabad: Amid rising radical Islamic terrorism in the continent, Pakistan is busy establishing diplomatic relations and setting up its diplomatic missions in the African countries.

UN-African Union mission condemns recent spate of deadly attacks in Darfur

New York: The joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, is calling for the Sudanese Government to arrest those responsible for the recent spike in violent attacks against peaceful protestors, civilians and displaced persons in various locations across the province.

Refugees in Africa ‘even more vulnerable than ever’ amid COVID crisis

New York: Millions of refugees across Africa face even greater food insecurity because of aid disruption and rising food prices linked to the COVID-19 crisis, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday.

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies at 61

Moscow/Sputnik: Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was due to take part in the October presidential elections as a candidate from the ruling RHDP (Houphouetist Rally for Democracy and Peace) party, passed away at the age of 61 on Wednesday after a government meeting, the country’s incumbent president and leader of the RHDP party, Alassane Ouattara, announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Stand in solidarity to preserve Africa’s hard-won progress, urges UN chief

New York/IBNS: The coronavirus pandemic threatens the hard-earned gains Africans have made throughout the continent, the UN chief said on Wednesday, urging the world to stand in solidarity with the people, “now, and for recovering better”.

Economic impact of coronavirus threatens hard-won progress across Africa’s Great Lakes region

New York/IBNS: Sweeping preventative measures seem to be curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Great Lakes region of Africa, but the economic impact of the global pandemic threatens hard-won gains made along the long road back to peace and stability, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the region said on Wednesday.

Xi Jinping govt faces diplomatic crisis after reports of mistreatment of Africans in China surfaces

Beijing/IBNS: China is facing a major diplomatic crisis in Africa as several nations have now voiced their concerns amid reports that African nationals are facing COVID-19 related racial discrimination in the East Asian country.

Rwanda reports four new COVID-19 cases

Kigali/Xinhua: Rwanda's Ministry of Health on Sunday announced four new COVID-19 cases in the country, bringing its confirmed total to five.

AU Summit: Guterres calls for ‘collective, comprehensive, coordinated’ response to challenges facing Africa

New York/IBNS: The challenges facing African nations are “complex, multi-faceted and far-reaching" but a “collective, comprehensive and coordinated” response by the global community will build on the momentum that already exists to help the continent thrive, the UN chief told the African Union Summit on Sunday.

Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

New York/IBNS: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes.