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West African nations mull second monetary zone


Representatives of six West African nations are currently meeting in Guinea capital, Conakry, to discuss the possibility of forming a second West African Monetary Zone (ZMAO).

Malnutrition in Madagascar's prisons is worrying


Malnutrition in Madagascar's prisons is worrying with one of two prisoners in Madagascar is suffering from moderate or severe malnutrition, officials from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

UNHCR seeks extra 115 mln USD for return of Somali refugees from Kenya


The UN refugee agency on Tuesday appealed to donors for an additional 115.4 million U.S. dollars for voluntary return, reintegration of Somali refugees from Dadaab camp in northeast Kenya.

Sub-Saharan Africa remains a fast-growing region in world: report


Sub-Saharan Africa remains a fast-growing region in the world despite a relative slow down, multinational professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY) said on Monday.

UN says fighting, uncertainty in S. Sudan uproot 26,000 to Uganda


​The UN refugee agency said on Friday that more than 26,000 people have fled to neighboring Uganda over uncertainty and fighting in South Sudan.

Vatican invited to mediate in Venezuela crisis


The Roman Catholic Church may soon join Ibero-American leaders seeking dialogue between Venezuela's feuding government and opposition, the head of a regional bloc said on Thursday.

South Sudan's Kiir asks deputy to return to Juba within 48 hours


South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Thursday evening asked his deputy Dr. Riek Machar to return to the capital Juba within 48 hours to take part in the implementation of a peace deal signed in August 2015.

Thousands flee to Uganda from South Sudan following latest violence


UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tuesday said thousands of people from the conflict-hit South Sudan have fled to Uganda following a recent fighting between rival army factions in the capital, Juba.

African bank approves 12.4 mln USD for women entrepreneurs


The African Development Bank (AfDB) said on Tuesday that it has approved 12.4 million U.S. dollar grant to help empower women in the continent.

Egypt pains at alarming size of drug addicts in slums


"It makes me avoid thinking about things that make me sad, which are many things," Abouda, a 32-year-old rickshaw driver, said in Boulak el-Dakrour neighborhood in Giza, referring to his habit of taking hashish.