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  • 11th May 2023

Can Saudi Arabia mediate peace in Sudan?

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Reports that the negotiations between representatives of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Jeddah are in the final stages of reaching agreement to allow humanitarian aid to reach Khartoum and cities in Darfur offer a shard...

  • 28th April 2023

South Africa faces both ways in ICC-Putin row

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Facing the prospect of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, landing in Cape Town to attend a BRICS summit in August, Cyril Ramaphosa has backed himself into a corner. South Africa's membership of ...

  • 13th April 2023

Rare China-US cooperation could end logjam on debt deals

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The expectation that China will drop its longstanding demand for multilateral lenders, including the World Bank and IMF, to share losses alongside other creditors in sovereign debt restructurings for poor countries, is one of the main breakthroughs of the...

  • 30th March 2023

What Africa could gain from the BRICS summit

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Discussions on the next summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are preoccupied with the question of Russia's Vladimir Putin attending in Cape Town, given the international arrest warrant hanging over his head.South African off...

  • 16th March 2023

US leans on Abiy to speed up peace deal with Tigray

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The United States' diplomatic campaign in Africa entered its next phase with Secretary of State Antony Blinken's stopovers in Addis Ababa and Niamey from 14-17 March. Blinken is keeping up the pace of high-level visits, promised at last December's US-Afri...

  • 2nd March 2023

Mali and Uganda push out UN human rights officials

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The expulsion of UN Human Rights Council officials from Mali and Uganda points to a concerted pushback against the agency and allied institutions. On 26 February, Mali's military government gave Guillaume Ngefa-Atondoko Andali, head of the UN peacekeeping...

  • 16th February 2023

How will the AU summiteers respond to foreign suitors?

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African leaders face a newish challenge as they gather for the African Union's summit from 17-20 February in Addis Ababa. Amid geopolitical rivalries, the continent is in demand, thanks to its reserves of resources needed for the green energy transition a...

  • 2nd February 2023

'Democratic backsliding' slows growth and social investment

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The deaths of prominent local investigative journalists within three days in January in Rwanda and Cameroon – John Williams Ntwali and Martinez Zogo – and in Eswatini of human rights lawyer Thulani Rudolph Maseko, highlight the perils facing activists acr...

  • 19th January 2023

US Treasury chief Yellen in Africa to talk debt and World Bank reform

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As Qin Gang, China's new foreign minister and former ambassador to Washington DC, winds up his tour of Ethiopia, Gabon, Benin, Angola and Egypt, the United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen started a 10-day African sojourn by flying to Dakar on 17 Ja...

  • 15th December 2022

$55 billion investment pledged at US Africa summit

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White House officials have been at pains to brief journalists that United States President Joe Biden will pull out all the stops to show that this week's African leaders' summit is a demonstration of Washington's genuine commitment to the continent after ...

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