Malawi’s Former Information Minister Arrested for Stealing Donated Computers

Police in Malawi have arrested two former information officials for allegedly stealing computers and generators that were meant for a state-owned news agency.  The arrests are the latest since President Lazarus Chakwera came to power promising to eradicate corruption that flourished under former President Peter Mutharika. The arrest Monday of Minister of Information Henry Mussa […]

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Analysts See Israel-Bahrain Peace Deal as Protection Against Iran

Israelis are delighted the government has reached another peace deal with an Arab country, this time Bahrain, following last month’s agreement with the United Arab Emirates.  Analysts say the Gulf states see the deals as a way to discourage potential attacks from Iran.  But Palestinians are furious at the deal, calling Bahrain’s move “another knife […]

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Malawi President Calls for United Front Against COVID-19

Malawi president Lazarus Chakwera is calling for collaborative efforts in the fight against coronavirus, which has so far infected nearly 6,000 Malawians and killed over 170 others.  But commentators say the government should also tackle other diseases rather than focusing on COVID-19 alone. In his weekly radio address Saturday, Chakwera said it is worrisome that […]

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Trump: Bahrain to Recognize Israel

President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain has agreed to recognize Israel, following a similar deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates last month. The agreement is another sign of the shifting dynamic in the Middle East, one that brings Arab nations closer to Israel and is seen as […]

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Mali Junta Leaders Resume Three-Day Summit on Plan for Transition Government 

Leaders of Mali’s military junta will resume their three-day “national consultation” Friday to outline a transition to a civilian government, a month after deposing President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. On Thursday, Colonel Assimi Goita, the head of Mali’s junta, told political parties and civil society groups gathered in the capital, Bamako, that everyone “must put aside […]

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Mali’s New Leadership Raises Questions About French Counterinsurgency Mission

Over the past seven years, France’s Barkhane counterinsurgency operation in the Sahel has weathered terrorist attacks, flagging political support from its African allies, and growing popular protests against the ongoing presence of Paris, the region’s former colonial power. Now, it faces the coup in Mali. August’s power grab by a group of army colonels — […]

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