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Nigeria: Petrol Price Hike - FG Meets Labour Today As NLC, TUC Fume

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[Vanguard] The Federal Government and Organised Labour will meet this evening over the recent hike in pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, commonly known as petrol that shocked Labour leaders and Nigerians in the wake of tension created by the September increment.

Nigeria: Nine Kidnapped ABU Students Released

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[Premium Times] The ABU students were kidnapped while travelling to Lagos for an academic programme.

Nigeria: APC Chairman Kidnapped

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[Premium Times] The police confirmed the kidnap and said they were working hard to free the APC leader.

Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejects talks

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"We don't negotiate with criminals," a senior aide to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tells the BBC.

Video: President Kabore votes in Ouagadougou

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President Roch Marc Christian Kabore cast his ballot at a polling center in Ouagadougou early Sunday morning. He is hoping to win more than 50% of the vote and avoid a run-off.  Watch here: 

South Africa: Brackenfell School Conflict Is a 'Wake-Up' Call

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[ACSA] The fear and tension to which children at a Brackenfell school are unfairly being subjected are a wake-up call to every parent and governing body in South Africa.

Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Allies Give Up On Talks, Call for Peace and Safety of Civilians

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[East African] Ethiopia's regional and international allies are blunting at calls for dialogue with the embattled Tigray People's Liberation Front on which Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a military operation on November 4.

Nigeria: Umahi's Defection, Wike's Reaction, Lawal's 'Jumbo Pay' Advice Top Political Stories Last Week

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[Premium Times] Governor Umahi's defection was made official on Tuesday following days of speculations.

Southern Africa: Zifa Questions Young Warriors' Age Cheating Allegations

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[New Zimbabwe] ZIFA has questioned COSAFA's decision to disqualify the Young Warriors from the regional tournament before vowing to challenge the age cheating allegations made against Zimbabwe's Under-17 team.

Zimbabwe: Remains of Two Foreigners Involved in Ginimbi's Accident Repatriated - Police

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[New Zimbabwe] THE charred remains of Malawian Limumba Karim and Alishia Adams from Mozambique were Saturday repatriated to their respective countries, police have confirmed.

Africa: Tobacco Use Places Smokers At an Even Higher Risk of Severe Covid-19 Disease

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[IPS] Bangkok -- While the COVID-19 pandemic has elevated public health to a top priority in every country in the world, it has left many poorly resourced governments receptive to any and all aid that can provide immediate assistance to help their people.

Polls open in Burkina Faso's vote dominated by security concerns

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People in Burkina Faso are voting in presidential and parliamentary dominated by concerns over security. In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso's capital, lines began to form as soon as voting opened on Sunday. Around 6.5 million people are eligible to vote, but polls are canceled in about 1,500 villages hit by fighting. Voters are to choose between 13 people standing for president, but the frontrunners are incumbent leader Roch Marc Christian Kabore and veteran politician Zephirin Diabre. The exercise is taking place amidst a militant insurgency that's killed thousands and driven more than one million people from their homes. First elected in 2015, Kabore is widely expected to win a second term.  He's touted his achievements in building infrastructure and extending piped water, but he's been criticized for failing to stop the militant attacks. The opposition accuses him of denying the army training and resources needed for a counter-insurgency campaign.  'Plans for massive fraud' Opposition parties in Burkina Faso said preparations were on for "massive fraud" in Sunday's presidential election and threatened to not recognize the vote results. "It's clear that there is a huge operation orchestrated by those in power to carry out a massive fraud to legitimize," the re-election of the president, Zephirin Diabre, the main challenger to Kabore told reporters on Saturday. "We will not accept results marred by irregularity," added Diabre, surrounded at a press conference by five of the other 11 opposition candidates, including Eddie Komboigo, the candidate of the party of former president Blaise Compaore. Kabore can avoid a run-off election by winning more than 50 percent of the vote in Sunday's first round - as he did in the last election in 2015. The president's camp is promising a repeat performance. However, his opponents say that will not be possible if the election is carried out fairly in the poor West African nation which has experienced multiple coups since gaining independence from France in 1960. "It is absolutely inconceivable, having traveled the whole of Burkina Faso, to think of having a winner in the first round," said Diabre. The security crisis has dominated the campaign and an undisclosed number of troops have been deployed for polling day in the landlocked West African country, one of the world's poorest. The violence has forced one million people - five percent of the 20 million population - from their homes in the last two years, and at least 1,200 have been killed since 2015. Most of the 12 opposition candidates running against Kabore have criticized the incumbent's failure to stem the bloodshed.

Ethiopia: Tigray Conflict Sets Off New Wave of Refugees in a Region Still Grappling With Earlier Crises

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[The Conversation Africa] In early November Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive against forces of the Tigray People's Liberation Front in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray.

Africa: Angry At Sluggish Climate Action, Young Negotiators 'Scream' for Change

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Youth-led "Mock COP26" aims to keep pressure on for action with U.N. climate talks delayed a year

Sudan: Sudan Ready to Return to International Role but First Needs Support, Prime Minister Says

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[Africa Renewal] Sudan is eager to again contribute to the international community but will need assistance as it works to revitalize its tattered economy, Prime Minister Abdalla Adam Hamdok told the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

Africa: As Historic Virtual Debate Wraps, 'Our Political Leaders Demonstrated Their Commitment to Multilateralism,' Says UN Assembly President

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[Africa Renewal] For the first time in the history of the United Nations, global leaders were not able to meet in person for the General Assembly's annual debate, but the 193-Member body's President said on Tuesday that the precautions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic "did not prevent multilateralism from operating at the highest levels."

Uganda: At UN, Uganda Highlights Covid-19 Response, Commitment to Sustainable Development

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[Africa Renewal] Through deliberate and targeted actions, Uganda has been able to contain the spread of COVID-19, the country's representative to the UN told the General Assembly, adding that the Government also prioritized sustainable recovery from the pandemic in its national plans.

Africa: The UN Is 'Right Platform' to Address Global Challenges - Tanzanian Ambassador

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[Africa Renewal] The COVID-19 outbreak reminds the world that we need "to enhance solidarity within the multilateral system" to confront global challenges, the representative of Tanzania told the closing session of the UN's annual high-level session on Tuesday.

Africa: Data or Fiction - How One's Perspective of Data Influences Decision-Making

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[Africa Renewal] I had the privilege of attending virtually the Seventh Meeting of the Statistical Commission for Africa organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in October 2020. The meeting brought together heads of African National Statistical Offices from member states; and statistics and policy experts from various organizations. The goal was to develop solutions to enhance the resilience of African national statistical systems to meet data needs during the Decade of Action in the context of the C

West Africa: Only International Action Can Restore Security in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, Says Niger President

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[Africa Renewal] In a pre-recorded address on Thursday to the UN General Assembly, Mahamadou Issoufou, the President of Niger, stressed that only international action can restore security in the strife-torn African regions of the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin, and expressed serious concern about the situation in Mali.

Ethiopia: Government Forces 'Capture Tigray's Second-Largest City'

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[DW] The Ethiopian government says it has captured the city of Adigrat in the insurgency-hit Tigray region. Meanwhile, PM Abiy Ahmed has rebuffed an African Union push to mediate in the war with northern rebel forces.

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