Ethiopia is now Africa’s fastest growing economy

  Africa’s second most populated country, is forecast to be the fastest growing economy in Sub-Saharan Africa this year, according to new data from the IMF. Ethiopia’s economy is predicted to grow by 8.5% this year. The figures signal continued economic expansion following a long period of impressive growth. In the last decade, Ethiopia has

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Civilians trapped in Yarmouk face “unimaginable” end to siege

Hundreds of civilian lives are at risk in the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp as Syrian government forces pummel the neighbourhood – one of the last in the capital controlled by so-called Islamic State – with airstrikes. Thousands of others who have fled the area are in need of humanitarian aid. With a ground offensive looming,

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Africa needs to know what it wants from China, expert says. Here are two key issues

China has poured tens of billions of dollars into Africa’s development, but the continent’s countries need a better strategy in order to properly reap the benefits, according to an expert. “China knows what it wants from Africa,” Ibrahima Diong, Senegal-born former regional co-ordinator for Africa at the World Bank, told CNBC on Friday. “But, most

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South Sudan president rejects opposition calls to quit post

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has rejected opposition calls for him to resign as part of efforts to end a civil war, accusing anti-government groups of making “unreasonable demands” in peace talks.  South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit arrives for the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government

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Increased attacks on S Sudan health facilities, workers

Everyone and everything is a target in South Sudan’s civil war, as attacks against health facilities and aid workers increase, a new report said. At least 50 medical institutions were attacked in 2016 and 2017, said the report released Monday by the New York-based Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict. In at least 750 incidents

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‘I feel so blessed’: Mo Eisa on his journey from Sudan to the Football League

On the edge of the Cotswolds there is another Mohamed making waves in red and white. Unlike Mo Salah, though, this is Mo Eisa’s first taste of professional football after swapping the Ryman South for League Two with Cheltenham Town last summer. Eisa is making history in his maiden season, all the more impressive given

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Sudan ministry hails Qatar for promoting knowledge

Sudan’s Ministry of Culture has valued the role of Qatar in promoting cultural development in the world as well as in urging international community to promote the dissemination of culture and knowledge as it hosted global events that enriched cultural communication among peoples, which is the foundation of peaceful co-existence in the world. Speaking to

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For medical workers in South Sudan’s war, just reaching the sick is a challenge

In the absence of a functioning state, outside NGOs are left to provide healthcare – even primary healthcare – to most of South Sudan. Yet those organisations continue to face major obstacles to doing their work: saving lives in a country beset by civil war is impossible without access to the wounded and the sick.

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Saudi Arabia’s KSRelief to distribute meals in Sudan during Ramadan

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre on Tuesday signed a joint program worth $500,000, in cooperation with a civil society organization in Sudan, for providing meals to the needy in the country during Ramadan. The program includes the distribution of food baskets and meals to 87,500 displaced people in camps in North Darfur,

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Hope as South Sudan refugee girls start own businesses

South Sudan refugees living in camps depend on handouts such as cash donations and food rations from the government, international donors and other well-wishers. But while such donations are helpful, they are unable to address their growing needs. To supplement the donations, South Sudanese girls aged between 16 and 25 have undertaken an initiative to

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