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Mali:Islamic State Affiliate Claims Attack

[RFI] An affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) armed group has claimed responsibility for attacks in the Sahel region, including one that injured three French soldiers in Mali on Thursday and an attack in October that killed four US soldiers and three from Niger. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Can Ramaphosa Revitalise South Africa's Foreign Policy?

[ISS] Many South Africans are hoping that Cyril Ramaphosa will inject badly needed energy, integrity and economic savvy into the country's lacklustre and sometimes corrupt and ideologically clouded policies - domestic and foreign. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:New Sign of UK Relations Thawing

[Financial Gazette] THE permanent under-secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Simon McDonald, arrived in the country this week, the second high-profile British government representative to visit Zimbabwe inside three months, in another sign of thawing relations between Harare and Whitehall. (AllAfrica)

Somalia:Turkey, Somalia Sign Economic Partnership Pact

[Shabelle] Turkey and Somalia on Friday signed a pact to boost their strategic economic partnership. (AllAfrica)

Namibia:Genocide Talks With Germany Hit Snags

[The Conversation Africa] Namibian-German negotiations about the genocide perpetrated in the former German colony South West Africa in 1904-1908 have just entered their third year. (AllAfrica)

Malawi:Scottish Government Promises to Help Malawi in Water and Sanitation

[Malawi News Agency] Blantyre -Scottish government through University of Strathclyde has retaliated its commitment to continue assisting the country in the water and sanitation programmes. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Former Irish Rugby Star Quinlan Challenges Kenya Simbas Players

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Having featured for three Rugby World Cups, former Ireland star Alan Quinlan wishes Kenya's dreams of playing in the 2019 global competition comes true, though he has challenged the players to put extra sacrifice if they want to succeed. (AllAfrica)

Zambia:U.S.$ 9.3 Million for South Projects

[Times of Zambia] THE German government is set to undertake infrastructure development projects at a cost of K90 million in Southern Province. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Zidig Executives in Denmark On Zim Investment Drive, Nordic Region Office Opened in Copenhagen

[New Zimbabwe] EXECUTIVES from a UK-based Zimbabwe diaspora equity investment company were this week visiting Denmark ahead of a 10-day trade and investment mission to Harare. (AllAfrica)

Equatorial Guinea:Was There Really a Coup Attempt Against Obiang?

[Deutsche Welle] In late December, Teodoro Obiang's government reported a border crossing by foreign mercenaries. A UN special envoy has now visited the country and pledged support. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Ministerial Conference for African Agenda On Migration Kicks Off in Rabat

[MAP] Rabat -The ministerial conference for an African agenda on migration opened, Tuesday in Rabat, with the participation of some 20 African ministers and government officials. (AllAfrica)

Libya:Human Smuggling and Libya's Political End Game

[ISS] Migrant boat crossings in the Mediterranean usually peak around July and August but the number of boats dropped dramatically in 2017. This comes largely as a result of a migration-focused unilateral intervention by Italy, which needed to show results to a frustrated electorate that has borne a lot of Europe's migrant burden. (AllAfrica)

Angola:Relations Between Angola and Portugal On Portuguese Press Headlines

[ANGOP] Luanda -Following Monday's collective interview of the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, the international press has highlighted issues related to the tensions in the relationship between Angola and Portugal. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:Govt Target EU Market for Flowers

[The Herald] FOLLOWING concerns raised by horticulture and floriculture farmers, Government has committed itself to re-engage the European markets and facilitate partnership and contract farming for local farmers, as well as offering financial support. (AllAfrica)

Egypt:Egypt, Ireland Agree to Hold Periodical Consultations

[Egypt Online] Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said he has agreed with his Irish counterpart on holding political consultations periodically at the ministerial level to enhance relations in various fields. (AllAfrica)

Angola:João Lourenço Criticises Portugal's Judicial Sector

[ANGOP] Luanda -The Angolan Head of State, João Lourenço, last Monday in Luanda deemed it offensive the way the Portuguese judicial sector has been dealing with the lawsuit involving the former vice president of Angola, Manuel Vicente, having warned that the reinstatement of good relations between both countries is dependent on the outcome of this case. (AllAfrica)

Africa:64 Feared Dead As Trafficking Boat Sinks in Mediterranean

[VOA] As many as 64 migrants are feared dead when rescuers found an overcrowded trafficker's boat sinking off the coast of Libya, officials said Monday. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda:Rwanda Tourist Attractions Showcased At Dutch Exhibition

[New Times] For the ninth time, Rwanda is showcasing its tourist attractions at the Vakantiebeurs tourism exhibition, the largest tourism exhibition in the Benelux - Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg - this week. (AllAfrica)

Namibia:Coleman Off to Spain

[Namibian] BRAVE GLADIATORS forward Zenatha Coleman is itching to help struggling Real Zaragoza to safety after signing for the Spanish Primera Division side on Friday. (AllAfrica)

Morocco:Govt. Chief Meets With Speaker of Danish Parliament

[MAP] Rabat -Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani held on Thursday in Rabat a meeting with speaker of the Danish Parliament Pia Kjarsggard during which the two parties voiced their shared will to develop bilateral cooperation. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda:Rwandan Receives Queen's MBE Award for Raising Awareness On '94 Genocide

[New Times] A Rwandan living in the UK, Eric Eugene Murangwa, has been given an MBE award in Queen's New Year's Honours for raising awareness and education about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in UK schools. (AllAfrica)

Liberia:Milestone Achievement for Liberian Democracy

[New Dawn] The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Chief Observer to Liberia, Maria Arena, describes the run-off presidential election of Tuesday, 26 December a milestone achievement for Liberian democracy. (AllAfrica)

Liberia:Statement By the Spokesperson On the Elections in Liberia

[PR Newswire] Brussels -The EU sends its congratulations to George Weah for his victory in the Presidential elections in Liberia as announced by the National Elections Commission. (AllAfrica)

Mali:Goverment Resigns in Surprise Move

[Deutsche Welle] Mali's prime minister and government have resigned without providing a reason. The country is months from a presidential election that will take place against the backdrop of a fragile peace agreement and instability. (AllAfrica)

Botswana:Russia Promises Spectacular World Cup

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Ambassador of Russia to Botswana, Victor Sibilev has promised visiting football supporters an enjoyable experience during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. (AllAfrica)

Kenya:Kangogo Targets Fourth Victory in Houilles

[Capital FM] Nairobi -Defending champion and three-time winner Cornelius Kangogo will be aiming to win for a fourth time at the Corrida Pedestre Internationale de Houilles when the 46th edition of the IAAF Silver Label road race takes place in the Paris suburbs on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Minister for Defense Receives Russian Army Deputy Chief of Staff

[SNA] Khartoum -The Minister for Defense, Lt General Awad Mohamed Ahmed Bin Aouf, on Thursday received the visiting Russian Army Deputy Chief of Staff and reaffirmed Sudan's keenness to develop relations with Federal Republic of Russia and build partnership in the various domains, particularly the Defense fields. (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Minister of Defense Receives Russian Deputy Chief of Staff

[SNA] Khartoum -The Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Oaf, has affirmed the keenness of Sudan to Strengthening its relations with Federal Republic of Russia and establish cooperation with it in all domains, especially in the military field. (AllAfrica)

Eritrea:EU's Ambivalent Stance on Migration

[Shabait] In what appears as a knee-jerk reaction to public outrage following the recent CNN footage showing "migrants being sold as slaves" in Libya, the EU has floated the notion of a "humanitarian corridor" to relocate "stranded refugees to Europe". In an apparent bid to elaborate the contours of this new policy, Italian Interior Minister, Marco Minniti, stated this week that "up to 10,000 refugees are slated to benefit from the programme in 2018". (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Horizons of Sudanese - Turkish Relations

[SudaNow] This visit to Sudan is the second by President of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency RecebTayyip Erdogan to our country, the first was in 2006 when he was a prime minister. Ever since, the Sudanese-Turkish relations had continued to gear up in the political, economic, military and cultural spheres. (AllAfrica)

Sudan:Rooted in History, Looking Into the Future

[SudaNow] Some 700 meters south of the Republican Palace in Khartoum and at the intersection of streets Al-Qasr and Al-Baladiya (used to be called Abbas) lies the Turkish Qubbas, or tombs. The large beehive-shaped structures contain the tombs of two notable governors that ruled the Sudan in the nineteenth century on behalf of Egypt's Viceroy Mohamed Ali Pasha, who himself had been administering the country on behalf of the Ottoman Turks. (AllAfrica)