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Gambia: Jammeh to Step Down, Adama Barrow Takes Power

[Deutsche Welle] After days of crisis talks and a miltary incursion, Yahya Jammeh has finally ceded power. Tens of thousands of Gambians fled the country for fear of violence. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: 'Mugabe Renting U.S. $500,000 Dubai Villa'

[Zimbabwe Independent] THE legal dispute over the botched purchase of a US$1,35 million diamond ring between the First Lady Grace Mugabe and Lebanese businessman Jamal Ahmed, has opened a can of worms amid revelations that the Mugabes are paying up to US$500 000 annually in rentals for an upmarket villa in Emirates Hills, Dubai. (AllAfrica)

Burundi: Three Lessons About the Crisis From Those Who Fled It

[African Arguments] Burundi's 327,000 refugees are not mere victims but also active citizens, many remaining actively engaged in the country's problems. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Somaliland A-G General Pursues Acquitted Journalists

[CPJ] New York -Somaliland Attorney General Hasan Ahmed Hasan should immediately drop his appeal of a court's acquittal of two journalists charged with publishing false news and operating an unlicensed newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Why Mugabe Stays But Jammeh Goes

[News24Wire] Harare -"We need an Ecowas in southern Africa!" (AllAfrica)

Morocco/Togo: Atlas Lions Achieve Convincing Afcon Victory

[allAfrica] Morocco served notice of their potential at the 2017 African Nations Cup finals with a convincing 3-1 victory over Togo in their second Group C match in Oyem on Friday, moving the North African side into second place in their pool. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Monsieur Hollande Goes to Africa

[Atlantic Council] French President François Hollande went to Bamako, Mali, last week for the twenty-seventh Africa-France Summit, his last scheduled visit to Africa before he leaves office in May, having been forced to give up any hope of a second term by the most abysmal approval ratings of any head of state in this history of the Fifth Republic. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Herders Hard Hit As Drought Strikes

[East African] Until he breathed his last, Mr Omar Hassan led a decent life as pastoralist in central Somalia's Galgadud region. (AllAfrica)

Cote d'Ivoire/Congo-Kinshasa: Elephants Scramble to Stay in Running at Afcon

[allAfrica] Title holders Cote d'Ivoire stand on the brink of an embarrassing early elimination from the 2017 African Nations Cup finals after a scrambling 2-2 draw with Group C leaders DR Congo in Oyem on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon/Gabon: Last Chance for Gabon At Afcon

[allAfrica] Hosts Gabon face their date with destiny on Sunday when they take on Cameroon in their final Group A clash at the African Nations Cup finals in Libreville. (AllAfrica)

Burkina Faso/Guinea Bissau: Burkinabe Chase Place in Afcon Quarterfinals

[allAfrica] Burkina Faso are chasing the victory they know will give them a place in the quarterfinals of the 2017 African Nations Cup when they face minnows Guinea-Bissau in their final Group A clash in Franceville on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Somalia: Militants Deploy Nine-Year-Olds as Soldiers - UN

[Al Jazeera] UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed alarm at reports that children may constitute a large part of the force recruited and used by the armed al-Shabab group in Somalia. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Slogans for a Doomed African Youth?

[This is Africa] Ahead of a gathering of (grey) heads of state later this month at the first African Union Summit for 2017, Levi Kabwato remembers Mohamed Bouazizi, reflects on the impact of the Arab Spring and considers the shortcomings of the AU and its supposedly youth-focused theme for 2017. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Police Release Premium Times Journalists

[Premium Times] The police on Friday afternoon released two Premium Times' journalist, Dapo Olorunyomi and Evelyn Okakwu, on bail after over four hours at the FCT Police command. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Death Toll Rises in Bombing of Civilians

[Daily Trust] The death toll continues to rise following the horrific military attack on civilians in Rann, Nigeria, according to latest estimates by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Adama Barrow - the Gambia's Next President

[Deutsche Welle] Six months ago Adama Barrow was unknown in the political arena, but he has now been sworn is as president of The Gambia. (AllAfrica)

Africa: It's Time We Get Serious About Organic Farming

[IPS] Washington -Conventional farming and food production practices in this country are creating serious environmental and public health problems. Every day, an industrial farming system spinning out of control confronts all Americans with serious challenges. Among these are the explosion in toxic algae blooms in sensitive waterways, cancer-causing pesticides on foods we feed our children, the rapid spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and, of course, contaminated drinking water, all courtesy of corporate agribusiness (AllAfrica)

Mali: German Defense Minister Urges Boosting Forces in Mali

[Deutsche Welle] Germany's defense minister has called on the Bundestag to approve an increased military deployment to Mali. She warned, however, that it would be the most dangerous international mission for German troops. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta Bans Maize Export

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned exportation of maize until the ravaging drought ends. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Saudi Arabia Lifts Quota On Muslim Pilgrims

[Guardian] Succour is around the corner for intending pilgrims in Nigeria, as the Saudi Arabian government lifts the quota on number of pilgrims allowed to perform the yearly hajj rites. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: List of Lawyers Struck Off Roll of Advocates Released

[Nation] Thirty-two rogue lawyers have been suspended or struck off the roll of advocates for professional misconduct. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: New Polls Agency Boss Assumes Office

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Newly appointed Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati has assumed office, with an assurance to Kenyans that his team will deliver a credible election in August. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Kenya Can Lead the Way to Universal Health Care in Africa

[IPS] Nairobi -Consider this: every year, nearly one million Kenyans are pushed below the poverty line as a result of unaffordable health care expenses. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: South Africa Reviews Special Permit

[The Herald] SOUTH Africa is reviewing the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) to decide the fate of about 200 000 Zimbabwean immigrants whose permits expire in December. In an interview yesterday, South Africa's Home Affairs Department spokesperson Mr Mayihlome Tshwete said Minister Malusi Gigaba was applying his mind to the issue. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Counterterrorism Efforts Dominated Africa Policy During Obama Years

[VOA] By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Tanzania to Build More Natural Gas Stations in Dar

[East African] Tanzania plans to construct more compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Dar es Salaam to provide cheaper, cleaner energy for more of its citizens. (AllAfrica)

Zambia: Lungu Orders Close Monitoring of Timber Business

[Times of Zambia] PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has directed the ministry of Lands, Environment and Natural Resources to closely supervise the timber business so as to mitigate the fast depleting forests. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Ghana Boss Calls for New Rules Over Players Injured On Poor Pitches

[RFI] Ghana coach Avram Grant urged Africa Cup of Nations organisers to change the regulations so that teams can replace players who have suffered injuries because of the state of the pitches. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Trump vs Africa - How the Continent Can Counter Destructive Policies

[The Conversation Africa] Every four years the CIA's National Intelligence Council (NIC) provides the incoming president and his administration with an assessment of the most powerful global forces likely to affect foreign and domestic affairs. Known as the CIA's Global trends, the report is also available to the public and normally has a time horizon of five years and beyond. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Two Presidents and an Intervention - Gambia Is Not Côte d'Ivoire, but It Can Learn From It

[African Arguments] The similarities between Gambia today and Côte d'Ivoire in 2010-11 may be most relevant not in how the intervention unfolds, but in what happens once a new government is installed. (AllAfrica)

Yahya Jammeh says he will step down in The Gambia

Yahya Jammeh led the country for 22 years but refused to accept defeat in December's election. (BBC News)