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DRC demands US$4.3B from Uganda for war reparation

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has asked Uganda to pay U$322 million for damages caused by its troops during the Congo invasion between 1997 and 2003. This reparation is part of the US$4.3 billion compensation that Congo is demanding from Uganda nearly half of $10 billion it demanded in 2005. Additional amount Congo is […]

British University to Return ‘Looted’ Benin Bronze to Nigeria

KABIR YUSUF The university said on Thursday that the sculpture had left Nigeria in an “extremely immoral” manner. The University of Aberdeen says it will return a Benin Bronze to Nigeria within weeks, the first institution to do so more than a century after Britain looted the sculptures and auctioned them to Western museums and […]

EU warns Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire over possible ban of cocoa into EU markets

GODWILL ARTHUR-MENSAH The European Union (EU) has threatened Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire with a law that could ban Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire from exporting cocoa beans into the EU market. This is due to the activities of illegal small-scale mining in cocoa growing areas in the two West African countries, which produced over 60 per […]

‘No daughter of mine will be cut’

Like 95 per cent of women in her Ugandan community, Margaret Chepoteltel underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child, subjecting her to lifelong health problems. Today, she is raising awareness of the dangers of FGM, as part of a UN-backed programme. ‘I have never felt so much pain in my entire life’ “Today, I […]

Action needed as hunger looms in Horn of Africa

AGGREY MUTAMBO Somalia has sent out an appeal for help to address the escalating impact of drought in the country’s Gedo region, where hundreds of people requiring food and water rations. International and regional humanitarian bodies have raised the alarm on the hunger situation in the Horn of Africa and region extending into South Sudan […]

Kelechi Ndukwe becomes first Nigerian-American captain of a U.S. Navy ship

YUSUF AKINPELU Kelechi Ndukwe, a Nigerian-American, has been appointed the commander of a U.S. Navy ship, USS Halsey (DDG-97), described as an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. He is the first Nigerian-American to reach the height. The U.S. Mission in Nigeria Thursday April 8, 2021 congratulated Mr Ndukwe, an alumnus of the University of Notre […]

Dead Sea scroll fragments and ‘world’s oldest basket’ found in desert cave

Six-millennia-old skeleton of child also unearthed during dig in Judean Desert by Israeli archeologists Israeli archaeologists have unearthed two dozen Dead Sea scroll fragments from a remote cave in the Judean Desert, the first discovery of such Jewish religious texts in more than half a century. “For the first time in approximately 60 years, archaeological […]

President Mahamadou Issoufou wins 2020 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

The President of Niger demonstrated exceptional leadership and respect for democracy amidst an unprecedented combination of challenges The 2020 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced today following a meeting of its independent Prize Committee. President Mahamadou Issoufou served two five-year […]

Mozambique Militants Beheading Children as Young as 11, Save the Children Says

Children as young as 11 are being beheaded in Mozambique, Britain-based aid group Save the Children said Tuesday March 16, as part of an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands and forced many magnitudes more from their homes. Save the Children said it had spoken to displaced families who described “horrifying scenes” of murder, including […]

Tough Terms as Kenya Lifts Tanzania, Uganda Maize Imports Ban

Kenya has lifted the ban on imports of Ugandan and Tanzanian maize with strict conditions on exporters as the country seeks to curb shipping in of the cancer-causing aflatoxin on imported crop. Ministry of Agriculture said yesterday that all stakeholders dealing in maize imports would be required to be registered, the consignments coming in must […]