US: Africa Needs Tailored Strategies to Fight ISIS Groups

African countries are being encouraged to use both soft and hard power to counter the growing threat posed by Islamic State on the continent. The U.S. government is giving more than $100 million to African states to overcome terrorism. Top U.S. security officials say African leadership and voices are needed to ensure security assistance is targeted to where it’s needed most.Last week, security leaders from the Global Coalition to Defeat…

Protests in Sudan resume as moves for political deal falter

Published by Al-ArabySecurity forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters who rallied against Sudan's military rulers on Thursday, as diplomatic moves to broker a political solution to a post-coup crisis showed little sign of progress. Thousands marched towards the presidential palace in Khartoum amid high temperatures and a heavy security presence, in the first major demonstration since the fasting month of Ramadan and the biggest turnout for several…

Regional Bureau for West & Central Africa Education Newsletter, April 2022

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), which takes place annually on April 6th, presents an opportunity to recognize the positive role sport and physical activity play in communities and in people’s lives across the globe.Sport has the power to change the world; it is a fundamental right and a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and promote sustainable development and peace, as well as solidarity and…

Sudan’s intensifying crackdown on pro-democracy protests

Published by Al-ArabyAfter staging a coup on 25 October 2021, Sudan’s junta has intensified violence against the country’s sprawling pro-democracy movement. Protesters have been killed, abducted, and raped, while international attempts to restore the country’s democratic transition remain woefully ineffective. Still, hundreds of thousands of Sudanese people continue to reaffirm their demand for full civilian rule. Leading the charge are the resistance committees – neighbourhood groups with their own locally…

Protester killed by armoured vehicle at Sudan anti-coup demo

Published by Al-ArabySudanese security forces on Thursday killed a protester when an armoured vehicle ran over him during the latest rally against last year's military coup, medics said. The unidentified protester was killed by the "vehicle belonging to the coup forces during rallies in Khartoum" headed towards the presidential palace, said the Central Committee of Sudan Doctors, a pro-democracy group of medics. Anti-coup demonstrators routinely target the palace, where the…

Ukraine: MENA suffers heavy blow due to soaring inflation

Published by Al-ArabyThe invasion of Ukraine has "significantly" impacted the Middle East and North Africa, with the crisis dealing a heavy blow to low-income countries while benefiting oil-producing states, the IMF said on Wednesday. The International Monetary Fund's 2022 growth forecast for the region, which includes Arab countries and Iran, was forecast at 5.0 percent, up from the 4.1 percent prediction for this year made in October. But the predicted…

WHO facilitates training of health workers on Oral Cholera vaccines for preparedness against cholera outbreaks

The World Health Organization (WHO) has kicked off a five-day workshop on 25 April 2002 in Abuja for public health officials to strengthen the capacities to integrate oral cholera vaccination (OCV) into the emergency and preventive measures in some Anglophone Cholera Priority countries in Africa.With participants from six countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Sudan, Uganda and the host country, Nigeria – the training aligns with ‘Ending Cholera: A Global…

Ethiopian peacekeepers from Tigray seek asylum in Sudan

Published by Al-ArabyMore than 500 UN peacekeepers from Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region have refused to return home, citing fears for their safety and highlighting deepening ethnic fissures as they request political asylum in Sudan. Until last year, Ethiopian forces accounted for the vast majority of the around 4,000-member peacekeeping mission in Abyei (UNISFA), a disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan. The Ethiopian contingent was replaced by a multinational…
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