Africa Now - Weekly Newsletter (Week 41, 2021)
Samir Bhattacharya, Research Associate, VIF

Welcome to Africa Now, your weekly newsletter for Africa, presenting the most important developments in the continent - news that matters.

COMMENTARY

Sudan-South Sudan Rapprochement and Its Implications for the Region and Beyond

After a decade-long impasse, the borders between Sudan and South Sudan reopened on 1st October, 2021. With this first step of rapprochement, two countries can now slowly advance towards stabilizing the ties between them. Click here to read...

NEWS

Macron seeks to rejuvenate relationship with Africa at summit

The summit comes just as France's influence in the former colonial power's historic turf is increasingly contested, and amid parallel crises in relations between Paris and both Mali and Algeria. Click here to read...

Upcoming Africa-Turkey summit announced, to further strengthen relations

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat’s visit has put an end to the suspense as it has been decided that the Turkey-Africa summit will be held in December in Istanbul. Click here to read...

Libya ready for polls despite disputes over laws

The presidential and parliamentary votes were initially set for the same day but on Tuesday parliament announced that the legislative elections, first since 2014, would be postponed until January. Click here to read...

Egypt threatens to send military to remove encroachments along Nile

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi threatened to resort to the army to confront in tandem with mounting fears by the Egyptian government that its share of the Nile water will be prejudiced by the escalating Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam crisis. Click here to read...

Algeria calls for Morocco withdrawal from Western Sahara

Algeria, the main backer of the Polisario Front, called Thursday for the withdrawal of Moroccan forces from the Guerguerat buffer zone in Western Sahara. Click here to read...

In Major Breakthrough, WHO Backs Malaria Vaccine Rollout for Africa’s Children

The WHO recommendation is for RTS,S – or Mosquirix – a vaccine developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline. This is a vaccine developed in Africa by African scientists and we’re very proud,” said WHO director-general. Click here to read...

From ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero to convicted ‘terrorist’ — the story of Paul Rusesabagina

Rusesabagina, leader of opposition in exile against Rwanda President Paul Kagame and celebrated for saving lives during 1994 Rwanda Genocide, was sentenced to 25 years in prison this month. Click here to read...

Morocco names new government

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI named a new government on Thursday after last month’s election. The new finance minister, Nadia Alaoui, who was tourism minister in the previous gov’t, will be one of seven women in the cabinet. Click here to read...

INDIA IN AFRICA

In India and Japan’s vision, Kenya key to Indo-Pacific

For India, Kenya is a key partner in East Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean region. With Kenya demonstrating greater interest, India could perhaps engage Kenya in an Indo-Pacific framework. Click here to read...

Seychelles connection

It’s a cause for concern that the name of a former Director General of Military Intelligence, Lt Gen Rakesh Kumar Loomba (retd), who also served as the General Officer Commanding of 3 Corps, has cropped up in the Pandora Papers. Click here to read...

Indian chemicals firm UPL asked to pay for forum on South Africa pollution

UPL has been accused by the department of illegally storing hazardous chemicals that were released into a residential area and a river system. Click here to read...

Mauritius ex-PM gets new life at AIIMS

If I am alive today, it is because of the doctors and nurses at AIIMS and the government of India, an emotional former prime minister of Mauritius, Navinchandra Ramgoolam. Click here to read...

Indian Air Force to take part in exercises in Israel, Egypt

IAF will be participating in exercises with Israel and Egypt later this month. This comes as increased engagement has been seen between Indian defence forces and West Asian counterparts. Click here to read...

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