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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Africa

This week
19th March 2023 - 23rd March 2023
# Africa
Ireland 'substantially reduces' Defence Forces personnel on EU Mali training mission
Mali, along with Burkina Faso and Niger in the Sahel Region of Africa, is scene to a major Islamist insurgency in recent years.
This year
# Congo
Pope Francis denounces 'economic colonialism' in Africa on first day of tour
‘Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered,’ the pope said.
Last year
# Summit
US defence chief warns African leaders China and Russia are 'destabilising' continent
Today marks the start of a three-day US-Africa summit.
# upsetting the odds
Morocco boss - 'We want to show that Africa deserves to be here'
A World Cup semi-final against either England or France is up for grabs, as Morocco face Portugal.
# Africa
Conflict, climate change and pandemic led to boost in Irish foreign aid
Last year the Department of Foreign Affairs allotted €967m in overseas development aid.
# Olympics
Egypt to enter bid to host 2036 Olympics
If successful with its bid, Egypt would become the first African or Arab nation to host the Olympics.
# Irish Aid
'Race against time' to avert a catastrophic climate change-induced famine in Kenya
An Irish diplomatic team has visited the Horn of Africa as the State is due to announce further funding to avert a famine.
# Kenya
Kenyans go to the polls to choose next president in close-fought election race
The country is hoping for an orderly transition of power after almost a decade under two-term President Uhuru Kenyatta.
# Africa
Mali suspends new personnel arrivals to UN peacekeeping mission - which includes Irish troops
MINSUMA is the mission in which the Army Ranger Wing is involved.
Opinion: 'My daughter didn’t make it. She didn’t have enough food. The life left her'
Trócaire’s Miriam Donohoe meets the families on the front line of famine in Somalia – a country facing the worst hunger crisis in a decade.
# monkeypox
Monkeypox spread already an emergency, say African officials
Countries in Africa have reported more than 1,800 suspected cases so far this year including more than 70 deaths.
# waiting for the rain
'All of the animals will die': Kenyan farmers in crisis during worst drought in 40 years
Concern brought The Journal and other media to Kenya to report on the impacts of drought.
# World Food Programme
UN warns up to 18 million face severe food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region
In the Sahel, 7.7 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from malnutrition.
# KwaZulu-Natal
Floods in South Africa’s Durban area kill more than 300
The persistent rains have wreaked havoc, destroying homes, collapsing buildings and washing away major roads.
# Senegal
Death of pregnant woman pleading for care sparks outrage in Senegal
Astou Sokhna died nine months pregnant on 7 April after doctors refused her request to perform a caesarean section.
# Africa
Mane scores and Salah misses in penalty shootout as Senegal beat Egypt to reach World Cup
Partey strikes as Ghana upset Nigeria to reach World Cup
# Mali
Irish soldiers to stay in war-torn Mali for now despite French announcement of troop withdrawal
There are 34 Irish troops in Mali at present.
# storm ana
At least 77 killed in Tropical Storm Ana in southern Africa
The storm made landfall on Monday in Madagascar before ploughing into Mozambique and Malawi.
All time
# vaccine equity
Irish NGOs worried booster roll-outs will lead to further vaccine inequality globally
Without intellectual property rights waivers to allow developing countries to produce their own jabs, demand will continue to outstrip supply, they said.
# restrictions
People travelling to Ireland from 7 southern African nations will need pre-flight PCR and home quarantine
Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands are among countries to have already banned visitors from South Africa.
# World Health Organisation
Africa detecting just one in seven Covid-19 cases, WHO study finds
The UN plans to increase rapid diagnostic testing in eight African countries.
# isis
France kills leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara
Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was killed in a strike by France’s Barkhane military operation a few weeks ago, French authorities said.
# vaccine plea
Plea to share spare coronavirus vaccines in order to avert ‘moral catastrophe’
Vaccine shipments into Africa have ground to a ‘near halt’, the WHO said last week.
# Banned
Twitter suspended in Nigeria after president's tweet deleted for violating rules
The government directive has been condemned by international human rights groups.
# Burkina Faso
At least 114 killed in Burkina Faso in deadliest jihadist attacks since 2015
The country’s president described the massacre as “barbaric” and three days of national mourning have been declared.
# pan african parliament
Chaos in African Union parliament with threats, scuffles and a man appearing to aim a head-high kick at a colleague
The man said he was trying to knock a phone out of another legislator’s hand when he aimed a kick in the direction of Pemmy Majodina of South Africa
# Genocide
Macron admits to French guilt over role in 1994 Rwandan genocide
The French president stopped short of an apology but recognised that France bears ‘an overwhelming responsibility’ for the killing of 800,000 people.
# Burkina Faso
Spain confirms journalists murdered after abduction in Burkina Faso
An Irishman was also taken during the attack.
# tanzania
First female president of Tanzania sworn in after death of Magufuli from mystery illness
Questions remain over the true cause of the late president’s death, after multiple rumours he had Covid-19 or had sought treatment abroad.
# Africa
Tanzania’s Covid-sceptic President John Magufuli dies aged 61
He had said last year that Tanzania had eradicated Covid through three days of national prayer.
# Fighting violence
Leaders track progress on African bid to 'silence guns'
The Africa Union (AU) adopted a plan in 2013 to silence guns on the continent by the year 2020.
# Overpopulation
Namibia is planning to sell 170 live elephants because of drought and conflict
The government had been criticised for shooting elephants to control overpopulation.
# Coronavirus
Africa records two million coronavirus cases amid fears of fresh surge
The continent of 1.3 billion people is being warned against ‘prevention fatigue’.
# High Court
Failed asylum seeker claims he was abandoned by gardaí at airport six months ago
The man claims he was left in an airport terminal without money, a telephone or his luggage, the High Court heard.
# Africa
R&B singer Akon moves ahead with Black Panther-style city in Senegal
Akon, who first announced his idea for the utopian city in 2018, has described it as a “real-life Wakanda”.
# Africa
South Africa reports record daily increase in coronavirus cases
More than 11 million people around the world are now known to have been infected since the pandemic began.
# History
President Higgins says Ireland and Africa have each experienced racism and 'a suppressed culture'
The President’s comments come at a time when there is is a global focus on the history of colonialism.
# Mali
Al-Qaeda's chief in north Africa killed, says French defence minister
Abdelmalek Droukdel was the leader of al-Qaeda in north Africa.
Opinion: The virus may rapidly spread to countries that lack even the most basic resources to fight it
Were coronavirus to spread across the entire African continent, countries will have to rely only on their own scarce resources, writes Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Barra.
# Africa
WHO warns Africa is ill-equipped to deal with coronavirus due to 'weaker health systems'
There has been 200 suspected cases on the continent but nearly all have been confirmed negative.