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Venezuela received Namibian 

Minister of Mines and Energy

September 29th, 11:32am

 (Prensa Latina) 


Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yván Gil received today

 in Caracas, on behalf of President Nicolás Maduro, 

the Minister of Mines and Energy of Namibia, 

Tom Alweendo.


''The visit will be fundamental to continue enhancing bilateral 

relations in political and economic matters for the

 development of our peoples,'' the senior 

diplomat wrote on his X account, 

formerly Twitter. 


In December last year, both nations held the first meeting of 

the Venezuela-Namibia Consultation Mechanism, with the 

presence of the Minister of International Relations and 

Cooperation of the African State, Netumbo

 Nandi Ndaitwah.


The Bolivarian Republic and Namibia signed a Memorandum 

of Understanding in November 2006 in Windhoek, its capital, 

for the establishment of a Consultation Mechanism 

between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of 

both countries.


Both nations established diplomatic relations on May 22, 

1990 and were re-launched with the arrival to power 

of Commander Hugo Chávez (1954-2013) in 1999.




Ten Niger soldiers were killed 

in an attack in the south-west 

of the country.

September 28th, 10:46pm



Ten soldiers of the Niger army were killed in an 

attack by armed militants in the south-west of

the country. This is reported by Reuters.


It is noted that the attack occurred in the village 

of Kandaji, 190 km from the capital, Niamey.


The affiliation of the attackers.... to a 

particular terrorist group is unknown.


Earlier in Mali, armed groups 

seized two military camps.

[Rhondda Records adds - the West

will - as it has shown - fund armed

terror in countries that want their

freedom and sovereign rights.]







Demonstrators in Niger called for 

the overthrow of pro-French 

authorities in African 


September 28th, 10:37pm


Thousands of demonstrators gathered outside a French 

base in Niger, chanting calls for the overthrow of 

pro-French leaders in African countries.

This is reported by RIA Novosti.


It is noted that the participants of the action - declared

 the need to eliminate neocolonialism on the continent.


"Down with Patrice Talon, down with Alassane Ouattara, 

down with Maki Salle," chanted Kemi Seva, president 

of the NGO Urgent Problems of Pan-Africanism.


In addition, the protesters chanted slogans 

against the ECOWAS sanctions.


Earlier, French leader, Emmanuel Macron, said 

France has decided to withdraw its troops 

from Niger.


Macron also said --- that France has 

recalled its ambassador from Niger.




 The Libyan National Army ---
Haftar meeting
with Putin and Shoigu

September 28th, 6:33pm



The commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field 

Marshal Khalifa Haftar, met in Moscow with Russian 

President Vladimir Putin, and Russia's Defense 

Minister Sergei Shoigu. This is reported on 

the army's Facebook page (recognized 

as extremist in Russia and banned).


Details of the meeting are not given. The army also said 

that Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov was 

part of the delegation meeting Haftar.


As previously reported, the LNA commander arrived in Russia

 on Tuesday, September 26. Then the army said that during 

the official visit, negotiations were held with Russian 

officials --- regarding the development of events 

in Libya.


The sides also discussed bilateral relations

 and ways to strengthen them.




Situation in Burkina Faso stable 

after coup attempt — Russian 


September 28th, 4:34pm (TASS) 


The situation in Burkina Faso has steadied after a 

recent coup attempt, said Alexey Saltykov, the 

Russian ambassador to the African nation.


"The situation in Ouagadougou - is now normal. The city is 

going about its life," he told TASS, referring to the capital 

of Burkina Faso. "In Bobo-Dioulasso, the second-largest 

city, things have also normalized. People in some 

smaller towns have said that everything will be

 blocked --- until the president sends a sign 

whether he is okay or not okay."


The diplomat said that the country's president, Ibrahim 

Traore, wrote on the social network X (formerly 

Twitter) that he was fine and thanked the 

Burkinabes for support.


The government of Burkina Faso earlier said the 

country's security forces foiled a coup 

attempted on September 26.


Traore seized power in a coup on September 30 

of last year, ousting Paul-Henri Sandaogo 

Damiba, who led a previous coup to 

become an interim president in

 January 2022.







Africa drawn to Russia, sees Putin

 as symbol of struggle for justice 

— Russian diplomat

September 28th, 4:22pm (TASS) 


Africa is strongly drawn to Russia and many inhabitants 

of the continent see Russian President Vladimir Putin 

as a symbol of the struggle for justice in the world, 

Oleg Ozerov, Russian ambassador-at-large and 

head of the Secretariat of the Russia-Africa 

Partnership Forum, said.


"We see a huge level of attraction, you can't even imagine, 

a huge attraction for Russia in Africa," Ozerov said at 

an international seminar of the Imperial Orthodox 

Palestinian Society (IOPS), of which he is a 

council member.


The diplomat said that, at the recent second Russia-Africa

 Summit, representatives of African countries came up to 

him and said that, "their peoples love Putin so much, 

even more than they do in Russia itself." 


"Putin today is a symbol of the struggle for justice in the

 world, for traditional values, for the family and normal 

healthy relations between people, against all this 

tidal wave of perversion --- that the West, 

Satanists and other dark forces are 

trying to bring down upon us," 

Ozerov pointed out.


The diplomat noted that the IOPS is actively working to 

open branches in Africa. According to him, branches 

will definitely be opened in Egypt and Tunisia. 


"I think we will go further," he concluded.



South Sudan sees no alternatives to 

friendship with Russia — president

September 28th, 2:33pm (TASS) 


The authorities of South Sudan see no alternatives to

 friendship with Russia and intend to develop their 

cooperation with Moscow, President Salva Kiir 

Mayardit said.


"I am happy for such a warm and hospital reception… 

My presence here, means the first step on the long

path of our joint work in the future. We will work 

together with the Russian Federation, and this 

is why I am here," he said during the meeting 

with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


He underscored ------ that Juba sees no 

alternatives to friendship with Moscow.


"We will work together with you and the Russian Federation, 

because the situation in the world today, shows that it is 

impossible to survive, to achieve success alone, and

our country is no exception. We are the youngest 

nation on this planet, and we must have the 

most influential friends, you being one of 

them. And we see no alternatives to 

being friends with you," the 

president added.




Russia sees cooperation with Africa

as pillar of multipolarity — top 

security official

September 27th, 2:06pm (TASS) 


Russia views its cooperation with Africa as a foundational

 tenet of the future multipolar world and plans to develop

 these ties, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay

 Patrushev said during a meeting with the President 

of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.


"We are certain that it is in our common interests to develop 

the Russia-Africa partnership as a pillar of the new 

multipolar world, a fair system of international 

relations," Patrushev said, according to

 Rossiyskaya Gazeta.


The official noted that Moscow "also has high hopes

 for BRICS, which is becoming a global institution."


He mentioned......  that Egypt will join the 

association officially on January 1, 2024.


"We reaffirm that we are ready to help Egypt smoothly

 integrate itself into BRICS. We expect... that the 

Egyptian side will be properly represented at 

all events in Russia --- including meetings 

between high-level security officials," 

Patrushev said.



Russian security chief - holds 

consultations with Egyptian 


September 26th, 3:29pm (TASS) 


The situation in Ukraine and the Middle East was among 

the topics discussed at the Russian-Egyptian security 

consultations, held by Secretary of the Russian 

Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, in Cairo.


"The sides exchanged views on issues of security in the 

Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and the 

Sahara-Sahel zone. They also touched upon... the 

situation around Ukraine. The sides reiterated 

their commitment to the continuation
cooperation and coordination

in international and regional 

affairs," the press service 

of the Russian Security 

Council said, Tuesday.


The sides also discussed ways of strengthening ties

 between Russia and Egypt both in bilateral and 

multilateral formats. They reiterated their 

commitment to cooperation within 

BRICS and the United Nations.


In addition, the talks broached plans for cooperation in 

the area of financial security, between the countries’ 

special services, law enforcement agencies and 

defense ministries. 


Apart from that, they focused on joint efforts against 

terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and 

human trafficking, as well as on cooperation in 

the area of cybersecurity.


Other topics included certain areas of economic 

cooperation, including in the nuclear and 

banking sectors.







Ethiopian ambassador hopes 

geothermal plant deal with 

Russia to be sealed soon

September 2th, 3:21pm (TASS) 


Russia and Ethiopia may seal the deal on construction of 

a geothermal plant in the African country, with the help 

of Russia’s energy company RusHydro soon, Ethiopian

Ambassador to Russia, Cham Ugala Uriat, said
in an 
interview with TASS.


"The project is on the way and I hope the 

deal will be sealed very soon," he said.


"Russians are very good in energy. Like, for example, 

geothermal and hydroelectric plants. And we know 

Russians are very good in railway construction

and the ICT. All these areas, yes, we are 

working very hard ----- for Russians to 

come to Ethiopia and participate," 

the diplomat added.


"I think now -- is a good time for Russia to come to Ethiopia and 

participate in construction of these different projects because

 we have the technology and we have the demand. If you can 

come and work with us, yes, we'll be appreciative. And really, 

yes, we need new technology to compete," he emphasized.


Deputy Director General for Project Engineering, Sustainable 

Development and International Cooperation of RusHydro

 Sergey Machekhin said in an interview with TASS 

earlier that the company offers its geothermal

technology to African countries,

 including Ethiopia.







Moscow in talks with Tunisia on 

expansion of Russian grain 

supplies — Lavrov

September 26th, 12:23pm (TASS) 


Negotiations on the continuation and expansion of Russian 

grain supplies to Tunisia - are currently underway in 

Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov 

said, at a press conference following his talks 

with Tunisian Foreign Minister Nabil Ammar.


"We specifically addressed the prospects for organizing 

the purchase of Russian grain. The first batch has 

already been delivered to Tunisia," he said.


The Russian Foreign Minister drew attention to the fact

 that his counterpart’s delegation also includes the 

head of a Tunisian grain company, who "is now 

holding relevant negotiations at the Ministry 

of Agriculture of the Russian Federation on

 the conditions... for further supplies [of 

Russian grain] and their expansion."







Addis Ababa could become 

logistics hub for Russian 

business — envoy

September 26th, 10:58am (TASS) 


Russia’s decision to expand cooperation with the African 

continent in the business area is right, as Addis Ababa 

could become a great logistics hub for Moscow, the 

republic's Ambassador to Russia, Cham Ugala 

Uriat said, in an interview with TASS.


"The decision made by the Russian government that Russia 

now should look forward to work and make business with 

Africa, Asia, and Latin America, is, I think, the right 

decision to make," he said. 


"Addis Ababa is also the seat of the African Union. All the

 African nations have embassies in Addis Ababa. So if

 somebody has made business in Addis Ababa, he 

can connect to all Africans, because they have

 representatives in Addis Ababa. So... Addis 

Ababa could become a great logistical 

hub," the diplomat added.


The African continent is "a potential area for business," he

stressed. "If you combine the whole African population,

it will be almost a billion. And the population of Africa 

is very young. 60% of the Ethiopian population, is 

young, you know, below 30 years. So it is very 

good for them to be productive," the 

ambassador said.


President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Sergey Katyrin, told TASS, on the sidelines of the Eastern 

Economic Forum earlier -- that the Chamber had reached 

an agreement with the Economic Development Ministry 

on more active efforts of the Russian private sector in 

the work of intergovernmental commissions --- with 

African countries. The government supported a 

corresponding decision, he added.







Lada cars will be produced in 

Ethiopia for African market 

— envoy

September 26th, 10:39am (TASS)


Ethiopia will launch the production of Russian Lada cars

on its territory, for the African market, the republic's 

Ambassador to Russia, Cham Ugala Uriat, said

 in an interview with TASS.


"We'll see Russian Lada cars in neighboring countries in 

the near future, because they [Avtovaz] have already 

signed a deal with one of the Ethiopian companies," 

he said, adding that those cars will be produced 

in Ethiopia.


In particular, Russian cars may be supplied to Sudan and

South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia -- for example -- the 

diplomat said and expressed hope that production 

will start in the near future.


 Other Russian auto manufacturers "are showing interest 

now to go to Ethiopia to build assembling lines" as well, 

he noted. Two more companies.... are holding 

consultations with the Ethiopian side on 

that issue, the ambassador said.







Ethiopia understands ....... 

Russian part of grain deal 

not implemented envoy

September 26th, 10:27am (TASS) 


Ethiopia understands that the Russian part of the Black 

Sea Initiative has not been implemented, the republic's 

Ambassador to Russia, Cham Ugala Uriat said, in an

 interview with TASS.


"I think those who make an agreement have to respect

 the agreement - and make sure that the terms of the 

agreement are respected. So there's no question 

- if Russia felt that its terms were not met, they

can decide not to be part of this one. It's 

understandable," he said.


Many people in the world are affected by food security

 problems due to the conflict in Ukraine --- "when the 

[transport] routes are closed," the diplomat said, 

adding that Ethiopia is affected as well, as it 

"is part of the world."


Moreover, "the deal was meant for the poor countries to get 

food, but 70% of the Ukrainian wheat was going to rich

 countries in the West --- in Europe especially," while 

"African nations didn't get maybe 3% of the grain 

going to Africa, so this is not good at all,"

 he stressed.


Speaking about the meeting between Russian and Turkish

 leaders, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, which was 

held in Sochi, he noted that the grain deal was one of 

the topics discussed -- and expressed hope that a 

solution on the Black Sea Initiative would be

 found "very soon."


"If all the conditions of the agreement are met for Russia and 

Ukraine, and grain and fertilizers go to the world market, I 

think African nations, including Ethiopia, will benefit 

from it," the ambassador pointed out.


The Black Sea Initiative grain deal... was a set of agreements 

reached in Istanbul in July 2022 for ensuring a safe corridor

 for ships carrying Ukrainian grain as well as Russian 

agricultural exports. 


After several extensions, it was terminated starting July 18 at 

Russia’s initiative when Moscow notified Turkey, Ukraine and 

the UN, of its objections to further extending the deal. 


Putin pointed out earlier that the Russia-related provisions 

of the deal were never implemented, despite the United 

Nations’ efforts, and the bulk of Ukrainian grain 

exports had gone to wealthy Western 

countries --- contrary to the original 

intent of the deal to provide grain 

to needy countries, particularly 

in Africa.








Russian and Tunisian foreign 

minsters in talks in Moscow

September 26th, 10:18am (TASS) 


Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, is holding talks 

in Moscow with his Tunisian counterpart, Nabil Ammar.


The meeting started around noon Moscow time.


In July, Ammar visited St. Petersburg as head of the 

Tunisian delegation, at the Russia-Africa summit.


Russia and Tunisia are actively developing trading and

economic relations, with the volume of mutual trade

growing... every year. Russia exports grains, 

ammonia and soybean oil, while Tunisia 

supplies textiles, footwear, machinery 

and electrical equipment, rubber, 

dates, fresh vegetables, fish 

and seafood, to Russia.







Ethiopia would like to host 

Russia-Africa summit — 


September 26th, 10am (TASS) 


Ethiopia would like to host the Russia-Africa summit, the

 republic's Ambassador to Russia, Cham Ugala Uriat,

 said in an interview with TASS, adding that the 

country has the capacity to do so.


"If you may go to the history, Ethiopia has much experience in

 hosting conferences. As a seat of the Organization of African 

Unity, which is now the African Union, Ethiopia always, every 

year, hosts a summit in Addis Ababa for all African leaders. 

And there are many international organizations hosting 

meetings in Addis Ababa," he said.


"So it would be an honour for us to host the Russian-African

 summit one day in Africa. And possibly, if the next summit

 is given to us, yes, we have the capacity to do so," the 

diplomat said, when asked a respective question.


The second Russia-Africa summit..... that took place in St. 

Petersburg this summer -- was successful in many ways,

he noted. "For example, if you consider the participants 

of the summit there are many delegations coming from 

Africa --- and my country was represented by His 

Excellency, the Prime Minister [Abiy Ahmed], 

himself, so it was a high delegation coming

to the summit. And... the most important 

thing is, that before the summit, there 

was a walking official visit by the PM
and he met His Excellency 
 on the 26th of July. So that
very impressive, for me,
because --
 the discussion
between the 
2 leaders,
was fruitful -- 
many things; 
& multilateral 
the ambassador 


Apart from the meeting of heads of states, the 

signing of five agreements with Russia was 

one of successful results of the summit, 

he added.







Russian, Ethiopian special services

cooperate in field of security — 

ambassador to Russia

September 26th, 9:53am (TASS) 


The special services of Russia and Ethiopia share information 

and cooperate closely in the field of security, including anti-

terrorist activities, Ethiopia's ambassador to Russia, Cham
Ugala Uriat, has told TASS.


As the diplomat noted, the two countries are working very
hard --- to strengthen cooperation in the security sphere.


"There are some terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab in
Somalia. Russia and Ethiopia - have been working
very closely on anti-terrorism activities in Africa.
And --- we are sharing information between our
two security agencies, I mean, the agencies
of Russia and Ethiopia," he said.


"Our intelligence director, Temesgen Tiruneh, was here
during the Russian-African summit. He came ahead of
the summit and met with his counterpart here in
Moscow. We are very close, working together
in the security field," the ambassador
pointed out.








Ethiopia sees no problems for

 introduction of Mir payment 

system — Ambassador

September 26th, 2:10am (TASS)


Ethiopia sees no problem in introducing Russia’s Mir payment 

system in the future, says Ethiopian Ambassador to Russia, 

Cham Ugala Uriat.


According to the envoy, the introduction of the Mir system 

to the Ethiopian banking system will make it possible to

 smooth out complications in financial operations, 

caused by sanctions against Russia.


"I hope this will be the case, because Ethiopia is about to 

become a BRICS member state. Recently --- the BRICS 

made a decision [during the summit] in South Africa 

that member states can make transactions in 

national currencies. This may become a 

reality in the future, and there will be 

no problems -- with introducing the 

Mir payment system in Ethiopia," 

the envoy noted.


Meanwhile, the diplomat did not specify 

a concrete timeframe for that.


"First, I believe, the responsible bodies both on the Ethiopian 

and Russian side, meaning Ministries of Finance or national

 banks, will have to hold negotiations and set up a time-

frame for that to happen. There is an interest for that 

and there are no obstructions... but I am unable to 

name any specific timeframe for implementation 

of this project. But I hope that this will happen 

in the future," the envoy said.







Tourists from Russia can obtain 

Ethiopian visa in airport upon 

arrival now — Ambassador

September 26th, 12:18am (TASS) 


Russian tourists travelling to Ethiopia are now able to 

obtain a visa in an airport upon arrival, the Ethiopian 

Ambassador to Russia, Cham Ugala Uriat told TASS.


"The government of Ethiopia --- decided that Russian tourists 

can arrive in Addis Ababa from anywhere and they will be 

provided a visa upon arrival. Thus --- it is no longer 

necessary to visit the embassy to obtain a visa. 

Those, who would like to visit the country for 

business purposes, can visit the embassy 

and obtain a visa; tourists, however, yes, 

will be able to obtain a visa on arrival 

in the airport. This is a step that the 

Ethiopian government took, just 

recently," the diplomat noted.


He added that Russia and Ethiopia 

are working to abolish tourist 

visas, in the future.




Macron suffers fiasco in Niger, 

Africa to go more independent 

in security matters — expert

September 25th, 5:39pm (TASS) 


French President Emmanuel Macron's policy in Niger and other 

countries of the Sahara-Sahel region has suffered a fiasco, 

as the African continent will continue to gain greater 

independence from the former Western colonial 

powers in security matters, says Vsevolod 

Sviridov, an expert of the Centre for 

African Studies of the National 

Research University Higher 

School of Economics.


Yesterday, Macron said that Paris had decided to recall its

 ambassador to Niger and also announced that France

 intended.. to pull out its military by the end of the 

year. These moves, Sviridov believes, are sure 

signs that the French leader's policy in the 

countries of the Sahara-Sahel region, 

has fallen through - with a crash.


"Macron invested a great deal of his political capital in the

 reassembly of Franco-African relations, but failed to 

achieve their overall stabilization," Sviridov 

told TASS.


According to the expert, in this context, it is important to note

 that in security matters Africa is being sovereignized and this 

trend will continue.


"Former colonial powers are reducing their involvement in 

security issues on the continent, handing them over to 

African countries," Sviridov explained.


At the same time, the analyst cautioned against interpreting

 Paris' obvious failures in the Sahara-Sahel region as signs 

of France's complete decline in Africa.


"France still has strong positions in other countries of the

 region - in Cameroon, in Cote d'Ivoire and in Benin," the 

expert recalled. "Besides, we do not yet know exactly 

how France will be leaving Niger. Possibly, it will try 

to stay. Maybe it will be making artificial delays. 

When France was leaving Mali, almost the 

entire contingent, was moved to Niger. 

Niger has become the main base for 

French forces. Now the question is 

where they will go from Niger. It 

could be other countries in the

region traditionally friendly to 

France. It is important to 

understand who will fill 

this power vacuum."




Ethiopia temporarily bans export 

of coffee by air passengers

 Russian embassy

September 25th, 4:41pm (TASS)


The Ethiopian authorities have temporarily banned the export 

of coffee from the country in any form and in any quantity. 

This, is according to a warning to air passengers, that 

was issued by the Russian Embassy in Addis Ababa.


"Due to the introduction of a new order by the customs 

authorities of Ethiopia, the export of Ethiopian coffee

 by air passengers in any form and in any quantity, is 

temporarily prohibited. When planning trips ------ to
avoid unpleasant situations at Ethiopia's 
we advise you to take this information 
account," the statement says published 

in the embassy’s Telegram channel.


Coffee is considered the main export crop for Ethiopia. 


According to the International Coffee Organization, 

Ethiopia is the leader among African countries in 

coffee production and ranks fifth in the world 

for this indicator --- being overtaken only by 

Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia and Indonesia.




Trade ties between Russia, Egypt 

growing fast, trade turnover hits 

$6 bln — Lavrov

September 25th, 12:11pm (TASS)


Russia is developing relations with Egypt on an equal footing 

despite the attempts by some countries to legitimize global 

domination, with trade turnover between the two countries 

growing fast, having reached $6 bln, Russian Foreign

 Minister Sergey Lavrov said --- at the opening of an 

exhibition devoted to the 80th anniversary since

the establishment of diplomatic relations 

between Russia and Egypt.


"We see more attempts to legitimize the domination of a 

narrow group of countries on the global arena, but self-

respecting countries -- that put value on their history, 

their traditions, protect their right to independently 

define their development paths & independently, 

without any prompting or bans from outside 

----- choose their friends. We develop our 

strategic, partnership relations - with 

Egypt particularly - on such grounds, 

on the grounds of respecting each 

other’s national interests.  Our 

trade and economic ties - are 

growing fast. Trade turnover 

rose to $6 bln in 2022," 

he said.


This is an almost 30% increase compared with the previous

 year, the minister stressed. "Another meeting of the trade 

and economic intergovernmental commission took place

 in March, which saw new decisions on the further 

promotion of our joint projects taken,"

 he added.





Lavrov announced plans to

develop infrastructure 

projects with African 


September 23rd, 7:13pm



Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, commented 

on relations between Russia and African countries.


"The negotiations were very constructive and fruitful. First of

 all, we considered the tasks that need to be solved in order

 to implement the decisions of the Russia — Africa summit, 

which was held in St. Petersburg in July," Lavrov said, 

answering RT's question about the results of 

meetings with African colleagues on the 

sidelines of the UN General Assembly.


The Russian Foreign Minister noted that 

there are two main areas of work.


"It's trade... and joint investment projects, infrastructure 

projects, educational and cultural projects... medicine, 

healthcare," Lavrov said.


According to him, in many African countries there is an

 understanding that Russia comes "not just to develop 

natural resources, export them and process them at 

home, but to really create the foundations of its 

own economy."


"The President of Uganda spoke at the Russia-Africa summit... 

He gave very interesting statistics of the global coffee market, 

which is estimated at about $460 billion a year... From this 

money, Africa receives, now I'm afraid to make a mistake, 

but definitely less than 10%," Lavrov said.


He noted that this is a vivid example of the fact 

that Africa continues to be used as a source 

of resources, as in colonial times.


"All our plans are aimed at the development of modern

 technologies, and we are talking with many countries 

about the placement of ground-based facilities of our 

GLONASS satellite navigation system, the creation 

of facilities through Rosatom," the Russian

 Foreign Minister added.


Earlier, Russian Leader Vladimir Putin said that Russia 

intends to develop cooperation with Africa in trade 

and investment, in the fight against poverty and

 ensuring food security.




Niger's military accused the UN 

Secretary General of colluding

with France --- against the 

new government

by Sergey Gapchuk

September 22nd, 11:56pm

(Komsomolskaya Pravda)




The official representative of the military transitional 

government of Niger, Amadou Abdraman -- said on 

RTN that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,

 together with the French authorities, prevented 

the participation of representatives of Niger in

 the UN General Assembly.


"The UN Secretary-General, with the connivance of France 

and the Francophone heads of State of ECOWAS, failed 

in his mission - by preventing Niger from participating

in the 78th session of the UN General Assembly," 

Abdraman said.


The military in power in Niger strongly condemns the 

decision of the UN Secretary-General and calls it 

interference in the internal affairs of the state.


As the KP website wrote.EN, On July 27, a group of Niger 

military personnel made a video message on national 

television, saying that they had overthrown President

 Mohamed Bazoum. It was noted - that Major Colonel 

Amadou Abdraman, who is at the head of the plot, 

said that "the defense and security forces 

decided to put an end to the regime 

with which we were familiar."


Niger was considered one of the last strongholds of 

Western influence on the continent, especially 

because of its strategic uranium reserves, 

which are a key resource for France's 

nuclear power industry. 


Up to 40% of the uranium consumed by the French 

comes from Niger. Moreover, it was in Niger that 

the French troops were relocated, after their 

withdrawal from Mali.




 Russia already back in Africa

 — Russia’s envoy to UN

September 22nd, 7:27pm (TASS)


Russia’s return to Africa has already happened --- and African

countries take note of their good ties with Moscow, Russia’s 

Permanent Representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, told 

reporters, commenting on African countries’ growing 

interest in Russia.


"Russia is not 'coming back' --- it has come back to Africa," he

said. "All the African ministers who meet with Sergey Lavrov,

confirm -- that our economic trade is going up and we have

 good political ties."


Nebenzya pointed out that Russia is in close cooperation 

with African nations through the UN, where Russia rests 

its position on the principle: "African solutions to 

African countries."


"This means, that Africans cannot be told how they should 

live, but instead.... it is better to help them do as they

themselves want," he added.


 Egypt calls on Israel to stop

violence on Palestinian 


September 22nd, 12:06pm

 (Prensa Latina) 


Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry called on Israel to stop

 the escalation of violence on the occupied Palestinian

 territories, due to the danger it poses to the

 Middle East.


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a 

press release that Shoukry’s call came at a meeting in 

New York with his Israeli counterpart, Eli Cohen, on 

the sidelines of the 78th United Nations 

General Assembly.


According to the text, the head of Egyptian diplomacy 

warned that the wave of violence pushed away the 

possibility of achieving peace.


Abu Zeid stressed that a comprehensive and just peace is the 

only guarantee to achieve prosperity, stability, and peaceful

 coexistence in the region, based on restoring Palestinians’ 

rights, including establishing an independent State with

 East Jerusalem as its capital.


This week, Egypt issued separate statements - criticizing 

the Israeli settlers’ 'incursions' into the Esplanade of the

 Mosques in East Jerusalem -- and the Army’s systematic

 attacks on the Palestinian population in the West Bank.







Guterres considers Ethiopia 

an 'essential player' in 

multilateral body

September 22nd, 11:36am

 (Prensa Latina) 


United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres affirmed

 that Ethiopia is an essential player in the multilateral body, 

and reiterated the commitment to strengthening relations 

between the two sides, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign 

Affairs stressed on Friday.


Addressing a meeting with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister 

and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen on the sidelines of 

the 78th UN General Assembly, the head of the UN said he

 felt deep solidarity with the people of that African nation, 

after recalling his days at the multilateral organization’s 

Refugee Agency.


I wish Ethiopia -- success in addressing its 

socio-economic challenges, Guterres said.


Mekonnen, in turn, praised the United Nations, and Guterres

 in particular, for his dedication in supporting Ethiopia 

during the difficult times of the past, as he reported 

about the implementation of the peace agreement 

that ended the armed conflict in his country’s 

northern region, in November 2022.


He called on the world community to support 

reconstruction, rehabilitation, and other 

humanitarian efforts.


Mekonnen’s agenda also included a meeting with his Dutch

 counterpart Hanke Bruins Slot, who expressed support for 

Ethiopia’s development efforts and commitment to further

 deepening economic ties.






Angola defends multilateralism 

against terrorism in Africa

September 22nd, 8:30am

(Prensa Latina) 


The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Angola, Téte António, 

defended the reinforced role of multilateralism in the 

face of the evolution and persistence of terrorist 

threats in Africa.


During the ministerial meeting of African countries, on 

“Strengthening regional cooperation and institutional 

development to fight the evolving threat of terrorism 

in Africa”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs also called

 for international support to regional efforts.


“The threat requires a new generation of anti-terrorist

 measures, developed by regional Member States,” 

he added, and considered appropriate the ones

outlined by the Secretary General of the 

United Nations, António Guterres,
his note on the New
for Peace.


“It is essential that the international community join forces

 with existing regional initiatives and redouble its support

 for capacity building in African countries affected by 

terrorism,” the minister stressed, adding that this 

support must be global, inclusive, adaptable and

 specific, and should prioritize efforts in 

neighbouring countries, to prevent 

any further spread.


At the meeting, organized by the United Nations Office on 

Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Republic of Nigeria, 

participants shared their views on the terrorist threat 

in the continent and the results they would like to 

see at the African Counter Terrorism Summit.


The event is planned for the first half of 2024, in 

Abuja, jointly organized by UNOCT and Nigeria.


Terrorism and violent extremism continue to be a major

 challenge for sustainable peace and development in 

Africa, where terrorist groups such as Daesh and

 Al-Qaeda affiliates.... have expanded in recent 

years, as conflicts, international crises, the

lack of development opportunities.... 

competition for natural resources, 

human rights violations and 

abuses --- have created 

favourable conditions 

for their spread.




Gunmen have killed nine people who

 were ambushed on a road in Ghana.

by Sergey Chikov

September 21st, 3:10pm

(Komsomolskaya Pravda)




Graphic news portal reported that in the Republic of Ghana 

in West Africa, a group of armed men ambushed and killed

 at least nine people.


According to the newspaper, a group of people with weapons

 attacked a convoy, which included people traveling to the

 market accompanied by local police. As a result of the 

attack, six women and three men were killed, and 

one policeman was wounded.


Local authorities have linked the attack to tensions between

 two neighboring communities on the border between Ghana

 and Burkina Faso.


Recently ----- a group of armed bandits attacked a group of
French tourists in Niger. The attack occurred on the road

 to the local giraffe reserve. According to preliminary 

versions, the purpose of the attack was robbery. 

As a result, six tourists from France and two 

residents of Niger, were killed.




Multilateral Banks' Mandates --- 

Must Be Reframed: Ramaphosa

September 21st (teleSUR)


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the margins of 

the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), speaking at 

the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development 

Summit, outlined the situation from the perspective 

of the countries of the Global South.


On Wednesday, he named the following acute problems 

facing the world community: convergence of a climate

 crisis, recession, increased conflicts, environmental 

degradation, growing food insecurity, deepening 

poverty and unacceptable levels of hunger.


This is particularly relevant for countries in the Global South,

 and in particular the African continent. It was expected that

 the most vulnerable populations would receive the support 

they need.


"Agreed international commitments were not honoured. 

Principles such as common but differentiated 

responsibilities, are not being respected," 

Ramaphosa said, pointing out the 

deepening gap ----- between the

developed countries, and the 

Global South, which affects 

all aspects of life --- for 

people in developing 



"Sustainable and inclusive growth requires that more be done. 

We must strengthen and reform the international financial 

architecture. Developing economy countries must 

participate equally and meaningfully in the 

decision-making processes of the 

international economic order," 

the South African president 

pointed out.


"The mandates of multilateral development banks -- must be 

reframed to respond to the needs of developing economies. 

We must assert the principle of country ownership.”


He also called for the incorporation of objective data 

on the needs and capacities of both developed and

 developing countries --- into the workings of the

 international tax system.


“Multilateral development banks should support projects and

 programmes that are aligned to the development priorities

and climate commitments of these countries," 

Ramaphosa said.


"More innovation is required to enable the private sector 

to play a greater role in addressing the finance gap. 

This includes a new approach to blended finance 

with a focus on the developmental impact 

of investments.“


He also emphasised the critical importance of public finance

 for the development of countries and called for developed 

countries to meet their commitment to allocate at least 

0.7 per cent of their gross national income to official 

development assistance. They also need to fulfil 

their commitment - to mobilise US$100 billion
year - to fight climate change.




Nigerian president says there 

should be equal partnerships 

with Africa

September 20th, 10pm



In his inaugural speech at the United Nations, Nigeria’s

 president, Bola Tinubu, emphasised the need for 

Africa to overcome the constraints of foreign

 exploitation and unlock its vast potential.


"Failures in good governance have hindered Africa. But 

broken promises, unfair treatment, and outright 

exploitation from abroad have also exerted 

a heavy toll on our ability to progress,” 

he said.


“African nations will improve our economies so that our 

people do not risk their lives to sweep the floors and 

streets of other nations.”


Tinubu stressed the importance of the international

 investments, saying partners should see Africa’s 

development as a priority, but adding that this 

should be in an equal and mutually 

beneficial manner.


"What we seek is an equal, firm commitment to 

partnership. Walk with us as true friends and 

partners,” he said.


“Africa is not a problem to be avoided. Nor is it to 

be pitied. Africa is nothing less than the key to

 the world’s future."


Tinubu also spoke out against coups.... saying 

democratic governance is the best guarantor 

of the will and well-being of the people.


And he highlighted the urgency - of addressing 

the impact of climate change on the continent.







Africa: How To Stop the Health 

Worker Brain Drain in Africa?

 Invest in People & Innovations

September 20th, 2023



This year the World Health Organization added 37 African

 countries to a list of nations at risk of facing worsening 

health worker shortages due to the “brain drain”, a well-

documented phenomenon of health workers emigrating 

to work in high-income countries like the U.S., Canada 

and Europe.


This exodus of clinicians from African nations is impeding 

access to quality healthcare, leading to patients facing 

long queues and lack of specialized medical services. 

They may even get turned away as health centres 

struggle to manage demand with limited staff.


The brain drain isn’t a new issue. But it’s contributed to a reality

 where the vast majority of countries across the continent

 have fewer than two health workers ---- for every 1,000 

people, a far cry from countries like Sweden, which

 has 4,3 doctors and 10,9 nurses..... for every 

1,000 people. 


Rapidly changing demographics and population growth,

rising inflation, and weak health workforce governance

 all exacerbate the issue. By 2030 ------ it’s projected
Africa will have a shortage of 6,1 million

health workers.


Many strategies to address the health-worker shortage have 

focused on preventing overseas recruitment of nurses and

 doctors. But systemic issues like poor working conditions 

& limited professional training opportunities are driving 

the shortage, compounded by difficulties in deploying 

health workers to rural, remote and under-reached 

communities. Countries therefore must invest in

 the people and systems needed to address 

unmet health needs.


First, countries must ensure that health providers always have

 the medical supplies they need, when they need them. When

 health products are out of stock, it adds undue stress on

 overstretched doctors and nurses already struggling to

 keep up with patient demand. Public health supply 

chains must ensure that products are consistently 

delivered where they need to go, which requires 

they be people-centred, equitable, responsive, 

and resilient.


This can only be made possible with a well-trained technical 

workforce, yet public health supply chain management has

 yet to be formalized and recognized as a discipline in most

 countries. Academic and government programs that train

 these professionals ---- provide continuing professional 

development opportunities, and offer formal supply 

chain management certification which could 

create jobs, strengthen health systems, and

 fortify the future of healthcare delivery. 


Governments and universities in countries like Ethiopia, 

Tanzania and Rwanda are actively taking steps toward 

professionalizing public health supply chain 

management, and others should follow in

 their footsteps.


Second, countries must professionalize the broad base of

 community health workers (CHWs) to fully unlock their

 potential to increase access to health services, 

especially at the last mile. 


CHWs are often the primary link between under-reached

 communities and the healthcare system, performing 

simple but crucial healthcare activities that help 

prevent and address common health issues, 

and easing the demand.. on health centres. 

Task shifting, has long proven to ease the 

burden on the scarce doctors and nurses

 on the continent.


But many countries fail to include CHWs in health sector

 planning, leaving them without adequate resources, 

support or training to provide care. 


“Professionalizing” CHWs makes them salaried, skilled, 

supervised, and supplied so they are fully integrated 

into primary healthcare systems. For example... in 

Liberia --- policymakers are working with Village

Reach and other partners like Last Mile Health

 to add CHWs to the national health budget line 

- ensuring they're allocated the supplies they 

need to provide care in the farthest villages.


Finally, digital solutions can play a crucial role in alleviating 

the burden of patient caseloads for health workers. Tele-

health continues to be one of Africa’s fastest-growing

healthcare delivery solutions, and is among the most

 cost-efficient strategies.


For example, in Malawi, the Health Centre by 'Phone solution

co-developed by VillageReach, and the Ministry of Health, 

acts as a first point of care that a patient can access via 

call or text to receive accurate health information from 

well-trained health workers, and self-assess their 

symptoms before journeying to a health centre. 


The hotline provides referrals as needed, but also helps

 prevent people...... who have concerns that can be 

resolved over the phone from visiting hospitals 

unnecessarily, reducing exposures to 

hospital-acquired infections.


In addition to serving patients, Health Center by Phone also

 provides remote training for health workers, and supports

 governments by enhancing data visibility, offering feed-

back on health services, and helping to identifying 

outbreaks. Many countries already have a health

 hotline in place and can look towards Malawi’s 

example to fully unlock its potential.


These solutions are just one piece of the puzzle, in addressing

 the shortage and strengthening the entire health care system. 

However, retaining and supporting the full cadre of health 

workers will also require better pay, professional 

development opportunities, and increased 

mental health support. Countries must 

also continue to invest in growing the

 total number of health workers 

across the continent.


Collaborative work toward these goals has already begun

 under continent-wide initiatives like the Africa CDC’s 

plan for a New Public Health Order . The upcoming 

3rd International Conference on Public Health in 

Africa ( CPHIA 2023 ), co-hosted by the Africa 

CDC, the Zambia National Public Health 

Institute, and the Zambian Ministry of 

Health, will serve as a forum for 

countries, organizations, and

 international partners --- to 

align on further strategies 

to address the shortage 

of healthcare workers.


This meeting will also be an opportunity to intensify political 

and financial commitment towards a genuine transformation 

of healthcare systems. Only then can Africa bridge the gap

 in its health workforce and realize a future where safe, 

high-quality healthcare is accessible to all.


By Claudia Shilumani, VP Partnerships and Impact, 

VillageReach, Rebecca Alban, Senior Manager, 

Global Technical Team, VillageReach and 

Edwin Mulwa, Director & Team Lead, 

Digital Solutions, VillageReach.




Crimes charged against close

 associates... of former 

Gabonese president

September 20th,1:22pm

 (Prensa Latina) 


Gabonese military authorities arrested several ministers

 in the government of former president Ali Bongo and 

one of his sons, accused of high treason and active

 corruption, the capital's Prosecutor's Office 

informed today.


Among those arrested are Noureddin, the former president’s 

eldest son, former presidential spokesman Jessye Ella 

Ekogha and four others, who have been charged and 

taken into police custody, capital prosecutor 

André-Patrick Roponat said.


Gabon has been in chaos since last August 30, less than 

an hour after the announcement of President Bongo’s 

re-election, the head of the presidential guard, 

General Brice Oligui Nguema, announced the 

deposition of the ruler and accused him of 

massive embezzlement of public funds.


That same day this African country was shaken by television

 images of trunks and suitcases full of bank bills found in the

 offices and residences of Bongo, his wife Sylvia, and high-

ranking officials, according to the description of the 

narrator of the film.


For his part, the former president, who was under house 

arrest for several days, was released and can travel 

abroad or remain in the country, as he prefers, 

according to spokesmen for the new 

transitional government.







Ethiopian Army Says Al-Shabaab
Attempted Attack ---- was

'Completely Thwarted'

September 20th

(Addis Standard)


The Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) said
its forces have "completely thwarted" a group of
Shabaab fighters in an area called Robdirre
Somalia, after the group's attempt to
 Ethiopian forces stationed
in Somalia.


In the first official statement since reports of attacks by Al-

Shabaab against Ethiopian forces over the weekend, which

 resulted in causalities the army admitted that "alShabaab

planned to attack Ethiopia's Defense Forces at a place

 called Robdirre, inside in Somalia, but the plan was 

completely thwarted by our defense forces," the

 army's statement quoted Colonel Fayisa Ayele,

 the commander of the Ethiopian contingent, 

as saying.


According to Colonel Faysa, Al-Shabaab forces "deployed 

three explosive-laden vehicles, and 12 explosive-armed
militants, as well as more than 450 of their members, 

but they were destroyed by the defense forces in

 the area."


Somali officials told the VOA over the weekend that "Al-Shabab

 militants attacked convoys carrying Ethiopian soldiers in 

Somalia's southwestern Bakool region, early Sunday."


The ambush targeted two convoys, one traveling from the 

Somali town of Yeed to Wajid and the second convoy as 

it travelled from El Barde, to the town of Huddur. 

Ethiopian troops have bases in Wajid 

and Huddur.


The militant group subsequently claimed killing as many as

 167 Ethiopian soldiers and capturing others, including 

medical personnel. The claim has not been 

independently verified.


The Ethiopian army's statement this morning 

did not mention casualities as a result of

 the attack.


An official of the Somalia federal government forces operating 

in Huddur district of Bakool region told local media that more

 than 55 members of the Al-Shabaab group were killed in a 

subsequent joint counteroffensive by Somali and 

Ethiopian forces.


Marshal Tilahun Demsie, another member of the Ethiopian

 contingent - on his part - admitted that the group has 

"deployed a large number of forces --- and moved to 

carry out the attack" aided by vehicle explosives.


 However, two units of the ENDF moved to destroy the group 

through coordinated attack. The Ethiopian army is still in

 pursuit of the remainder of Al-Shabaab members into 

the group's location, the army further said.


It is recalled that in 20 July last year, Al-Shabaab militants 

overran the Somali region in Ethiopia, after attacking 

Aato and Yeed, where Liyu police were encamped. 

Both towns are located in the Bakool region of 

southwestern Somalia and bordering Ethiopia.


The militants then entered through the Afdheer zone into the 

Somali region on the same day, according to the Somali 

Regional State Security Council. The council detailed,

that 100+ members of Al-Shabaab militants, were 

killed in a three-day operation against the group, 

adding, "13 vehicles were burnt & the weapons 

and supplies they brought with them, seized".


On the 25 July, reinforcement members of the ENDF were

 dispatched to join the Somali region's security forces in

 the fight and According to Maj. Gen Tesfaye, the group 

attempted to attack through 5 different border areas,

 namely Yeed, Aato, El-Barde, Washaaqo, and Ferfer, 

however, they were repulsed by security forces.


However, a year later in June this year, the group organized 

another attack against Ethiopian forces stationed in the

 border area. The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

said that Ethiopian forces "foiled an attack by the 

terrorist Al-Shabaab group in Dolow town on the

 Ethiopia-Somalia border."






Rwanda: Nyungwe National Park

 World Heritage Status, UNESCO

 September 20th, 2023 (teleSUR)


Rwanda welcomed the inscription of the country's Nyungwe

 National Park on the World Heritage List Tuesday, making

 it the country's first site to attain such status.


The announcement was made... during an ongoing meeting

of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural 

Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee in the 

Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh.


"This is a significant designation that will reinforce Rwanda's 

ongoing conservation efforts," said Rwanda government

 spokesperson, Yolande Makolo, on the social media 

network X, formerly known as Twitter.


Representing the government at the meeting, Jean

 Damascene Bizimana --- the Rwandan minister of 

National Unity and Civic Engagement, said that 

this move would increase the park's worldwide 

popularity, spur tourist visits to the park, and 

enhance research activities related to 

the park.


"This inscription is not only a contribution to the preservation 

of Rwanda's natural heritage ----- but also of particular 

significance to the Rwandan people since it is the 

first site inscribed on this universal list,"

 Bizimana said, in a statement.


Furthermore, UNESCO noted that the serial property 

represents an important area for rainforest 

conservation in Central Africa.


Established as a nature reserve in 1933, the forest became a

 national park in 2005 following the Rwandan government's

 efforts to enhance its protection and safeguard the 

thousands of endangered and endemic species 

it harbours.


Covering an expanse of 101,900 hectares, Nyungwe National 

Park stands as the largest block of natural forest in the

 region. Boasting remarkable biodiversity, it is home 

to over a dozen species of primates, 322 bird 

species, 200 identified orchids, and nearly 

300 butterfly species, including several 

endemic to the park.


Official data... shows that that the park is managed by the 

African Parks Network, a non-governmental organization

specializing in conservation, in partnership with the 

Rwandan government.







South Africa leader says 

money spent on war is

 'indictment' of world'

September 20th, 10:06am



South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday
--- denounced the billions of dollars spent on war 

instead of development, as he renewed his 

call for diplomacy in Ukraine.


Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Ramaphosa 

said it was time to "massively scale up" aid on development

 as the world falls short on ambitious UN-backed goals to

 end extreme poverty by 2030.


"It is a grave indictment of this international community that 

we can spend so much on war, but we cannot support 

action that needs to be taken to meet the most basic

 needs of billions of people," he said.


Ramaphosa said he spoke at the summit in New York, to 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about a peace 

initiative by African nations.


"As the international community, we must do everything within

 our means to enable meaningful dialogue, just as we should 

refrain from any actions that fuel the conflict," he said.


South Africa, along with other developing nations, considers

 itself neutral in the Ukraine war and has refused to isolate

 Moscow, recalling the former Soviet Union's support 

for ending apartheid.







Botswana’s Annual Inflation Rate 

Drops to 1.2 Percent in August

September 20th, 2023

(source - Xinhua)

Pan-African News Wire 


Despite uncertainties in the micro- & macroeconomic 

environment.... Botswana’s annual inflation rate 

performance continues to decline, Statistics 

Botswana, the country’s data authority, 

announced Monday.


According to Statistics Botswana, the annual inflation rate

 stood at 1.2 percent in August, registering a decrease of

 0.3 percentage points from 1.5 percent in July.


“The main contributors to the annual inflation rate in August, 

were the following groups: transport, food and non-alcoholic 

beverages, and miscellaneous goods and services,” said 

Statistician General Burton Mguni, adding that the group

 indices generally moved at a stable pace between July 

and August.


Botswanan Finance Minister Peggy Serame recently

 highlighted that Botswana’s monetary policy frame

work focuses on maintaining price stability by 

ensuring.... that inflation is kept within the 

Bank of Botswana’s target range -- of 3

to 6 percent, adding that the inflation

 is forecast - to remain within the

 target range during the next 

few months.




EU aggravates standoff 

between Paris and

 Niger junta

September 19th, 2:06pm

 (Prensa Latina) 


The standoff between the Nigerien military junta and 

its former metropolis, France, reached new levels of

 complication on Tuesday after the EU threw all its 

power in favour of Paris.


Niger and France have been involved in a trial of strength 

since the head of Niger’s presidential guard, General

 Abdourahamane Tiani, overthrew President 

Mohamed Bazoum in a bloodless coup 

d’Etat on July 26.


''We reiterate our solidarity with France on the situation of its

ambassador on the ground and with President Bazoum,'' 

High Representative of the EU, for Foreign Affairs and 

Security Policy, Josep Borrell, told reporters in 

New York.


One of the first measures adopted by the Nigerien military 

force, was to break off the agreements with France and 

request the ambassador’s withdrawal and the French 

contingent deployed in the country after their 

expulsion from Mali, where a transitional 

military cabinet is also in place.


French President, Emmanuel Macron, refused to comply with

the decisions and rejected the measures, described as null, 

after being decreed by authorities that ''his'' Government 

considers illegitimate.


Meanwhile the military operation of the Economic Commission 

of West African Countries to reinstate President Bazoum,

 rejected by Algeria and Chad and condemned by

 Guinea, Mali, and Burkina Faso, remains

 on hold.







Mysterious disease kills nine 

children in Côte d’Ivoire

September 19th, 1:25pm

 (Prensa Latina) 


The small village of Niangban is the focus of national 

attention in Côte d'Ivoire, where seven of its

 inhabitants died of a disease of 

unknown origin.


Another 59 residents of the village, mostly children and

 teenagers, were urgently admitted in the hospital, in 

the city of Bouaké - as they suffered from vomiting 

& diarrhea for reasons that are yet undetermined, 

according to doctors, who said that the patients 

who died, were minors.


The story circulating among the population, is that the 

infected persons consumed corn porridge of a certain 

brand, but for the time, there is no report to determine

 the degree of responsibility of the product.







Human rights violations

reported in Amhara, 


September 19th, 12:08pm

 (Prensa Latina) 


Human rights abuses, arbitrary arrests and displacement of

 civilians in the Amhara region, have been confirmed by the

 Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (ECHR), it was

 learned on Tuesday.


An ECHR report revealed that civilian injuries, deaths and

 arbitrary imprisonment, are among the most urgent 

concerns in that area under a state of emergency 

since August 4, due to clashes between regional 

forces and armed groups from the FANO militia.


The commission called on all parties to respect human rights

& international law, after gathering information from victims, 

witnesses and local residents. The testimonies 

corroborated reports on an escalating armed

 conflict in numerous districts, endangering 

the civilian population.


“Farmers working in the fields, as well as those seeking 

refuge in their homes, have been caught in crossfire 

with heavy weapons,” the report said.


The Commission recommended the proper execution of the 

emergency decree and strict adherence to legal protocols

 as an effective means to solve the crisis.


This independent federal state agency is established by 

the Constitution and reports to the representatives of 

the House of Peoples (Parliament) ...as a national 

institute for the promotion and protection of

 human rights.




Egypt/BRICS: New Horizons

September 19th, 2023 



By opening the door to new members, BRICS, the five-nation

  Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa  group of

 emerging economies is inching towards its goal of having

 a stronger say in shaping the international order and 

acting as a counterweight to Western influence.


The bloc invited Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab 

Emirates, Ethiopia, Iran, and Argentina to join earlier 

this month.

Welcoming the invitation, President 
Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi
said: “We value the trust 
bestowed upon us by all the
member states of 
the bloc, with whom we share
robust ties - 
and we look forward to fruitful 

collaboration with them, in the coming
period, as well as with 
the other
invited countries.”


Membership will take effect starting 1 January 2024.


Professor of political science Tarek Fahmi says BRICS 

membership will open up opportunities for Egypt on 

both the political and economic fronts. While an 

expanded BRICS will not change the world 

monetary order or establish a multipolar 

world overnight, by joining -- “Egypt is 

reserving an advance place -- in the 

strategic, economic, and security 

order of the world, thanks to its 

foreign policy and presidential 

diplomacy it has recently 



Selecting Egypt to be among the first tranche of an expanded

 grouping signals BRICS’ members appreciation of Egypt’s 

role, argues Fahmi, while also underlining Egypt’s 

position in an emerging multipolar world.


Former deputy foreign minister Mohamed Hegazi believes

 Egypt’s successful application to join BRICS is partly 

due to the skillful way Cairo has cast light on 

disparities in development, support,

 investment, and trade, in

 international forums.


Membership of BRICS, he says, will amplify Egypt’s voice in 

international negotiations over issues like migration, trade,

 debts, and the way international organisations like the IMF

 and the World Bank ------ deal with Third World countries. 


“BRICS can offer an alternative development framework -- that

aims for justice, partnership and mutual interests, as well as 

freeing Third World countries from the vicious circle of the

 loans offered by established financing organisations.”


Despite differences between the BRICS founder members, 

including border conflicts between China and India and

 Russia and China, the organisation may yet form 

an alternative UN, argues Hegazi.


On the bilateral level, membership will help Egypt strengthen 

its already good relations with member nations -- especially

Russia, China, and India. With Russia -- Egypt enjoys a 2+2 

meeting format between the Russian and Egyptian foreign

and defence ministers, something that does not exist 

with the US, despite the strategic relationship 

between Cairo and Washington, points 

out Fahmi.


Egypt has long maintained strong relations with Russia and

 India --- and has growing trade ties with China. Working 

together within the framework of BRICS, is likely to 

strengthen these relations. And given that, from 

January, both Egypt and Iran will be BRICS 

members, their mutual relations, which 

have recently improved --- will likely

develop further in terms of trade,

 tourism, and development 



BRICS, adds Hegazi, expands its members’ horizons when 

it comes to resolving bilateral and regional problems and

 could impact on ongoing disputes between Egypt and

 Ethiopia and Iran and Saudi Arabia.


“BRICS can offer the strategic framework 

for cooperation --- rather than conflict,” 

he says.


In June 2023 --- weeks after Egypt’s membership of 

BRICS’ New Development Bank (NDB) was ratified,

Cairo submitted a formal application to join

 the group. 


Under the NDB agreement, Egypt will 

contribute $1.196 billion in capital.




Angola and El Salvador 

sign joint agreement -

to establish relations

September 19th, 8:30am

(Prensa Latina) 


The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Angola, Téte António, and

 El Salvador, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, signed on behalf of their 

governments a joint statement for the establishment of

 diplomatic relations, the Angolan Foreign 

Ministry reported.


This --- is the first legal instrument to promote mutual 

understanding and strengthening ties of friendship 

and cooperation in areas of common interest 

between their two countries and peoples,

 signed in New York, on Monday.


The document reaffirms the commitment to the principles and 

purposes enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and 

in international laws, which include respect for the 

promotion of international peace and security, 

equality among States, respect for national 

sovereignty, territorial integrity and 



According to the statement from the Angolan Foreign Ministry,

 the parties decided to establish diplomatic relations under 

the terms of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic 

Relations of April 18th, 1961 and the Vienna 

Convention on Consular Relations of 

April 24th, 1963.



Liberians rally in support of 

opposition leader ahead of 

presidential elections

September 18th, 1:14pm



Thousands of people gathered in Liberia's capital Monrovia as

 opposition leader Joseph Boakai launched his campaign 

ahead of October elections that will test the popularity

 of ex-football star President George Weah, after a 

chaotic first term.


Supporters of softly spoken Boakia, 78, who came second to 

Weah in 2017 elections and who has been dubbed "Sleepy 

Joe" by detractors for allegedly napping at public events, 

braved the rain at a stadium to dance, wave flags and 

demand change.


Present were some former Weah fans..... disillusioned by what

 they said was his failure to improve living standards or stamp

 out corruption in the impoverished West African country that 

has been hit this century by a civil war, a devastating Ebola 

outbreak, and downturns in commodities prices.


It remains to be seen if Boakai and his Unity Party - can turn 

the tide. Weah remains popular across much of the country, 

and the economy grew nearly 5% last year, driven by gains 

in agriculture and mining, the World Bank says.



(Source: Reuters)




Russian embassy ------ quashes rumours 

of coup attempt in Congo as fake news

September 18th, 11:27am (TASS)


 Reports from some media outlets about a coup in the

 Republic of the Congo, are untrue, the Russian 

embassy told TASS.


"Reports that appeared in foreign and Russian media outlets

about a state coup in the Republic of the Congo, are fake 

news," its source said. "The situation in the country 

is calm," he added.


Earlier, rumours that a coup was underway in the Republic 

of the Congo were spread via social media. Thierry Lezin

Moungalla, Congolese Minister of Communications and 

Media & Government Spokesman, denied the rumours.




Horn of Africa at G77 Summit 

calls for greater access to 


September 16th, 9:38am

(Prensa Latina) 


Strongly condemning --- the unilateral sanctions imposed 

on developing countries, greater access to science and

 technology --- were major proposals that nations from 

the Horn of Africa issued at the G77+China Summit 

that concludes today in Havana, Cuba.


Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke 

Mekonnen called for a real reform to accommodate decisions

 and opportunities for the benefit of the Global South ahead 

of the historical disparity in accessing to scientific

knowledge and technology.


Mekonnen condemned that sanctions and coercive economic 

measures that violate UN principles and international law 

really impact on progress in that sector - and on

economic development.


''Ethiopia strongly rejects any unilateral sanctions and

 coercive economic measures imposed on developing

 countries and calls for their removal as a gesture of

 goodwill for global harmony,'' Mekonnen stressed, 

while pointing out that facilitating knowledge &

 technology transfer from developing countries 

and South-South cooperation, really fosters 

innovation & accelerates implementation 

of the Millennium Development Goals. 


''Providing local capacities will create conditions 

- particularly for Africa - to become the next 

frontier of the industrial revolution.''


In this regard, Mekonnen explained that Addis Ababa drew up

its first economic strategic plan and a 10-year development 

plan, in 2021, aimed at an inclusive economy in further 

development - and enlivening global and regional 

value shifts.


He noted the top favorable trend in rolling out such a strategy,

and the Ethiopian government is currently trying to improve 

business operations, along with a search for support.


''We have a plan, and we think that the global digital system 

holds the solution to many of challenges the international 

community can undertake to fulfill its ambitions.''


The G77+China is widely recognized for its commitment

 to technology transfer and the UN Charter, and for its 

inclusive international support, Mekonnen concluded.


Djigouti Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, on the 

other hand, praised Cuba’s work as pro-tempore president 

and negotiations to strengthen cohesion among member 

states, which he considered a strong motivating factor 

to contribute to ambitious goals & common interests.


Mohamed recalled that inequalities among the countries 

of 4the North and the South are increasingly widening 

and face an unfortunate situation in which they are

wasting years of effort... for the Sustainable 

Development Goals (SDGs).


''Our countries in the South are the most affected and face 

runaway inflation, high external debt costs, war, food 

insecurity and geopolitical conflicts, the negative 

effects of climate change and environmental 

degradation,'' he emphasized.


To meet such challenges, he added, science, technology 

and innovation --- will help speed up productivity and 

competitiveness and facilitate the full integration 

of developing countries into the world economy.


Kamil Mohamed considered that scientific and technical

 progress - is pivotal to achieve the SDGs and addressed 

the effects of climate change; however, most countries

 in the South do not have access to new technologies.


''This needs to be solved as quickly as possible, in order to 

have a fairer, less unequal and more inclusive world, that 

privileges solidarity and international cooperation, while 

allowing the mobilization of the necessary resources 

to support the efforts of these countries to achieve 

development,'' Kamil Mohamed added.


The unity of the G77+China in international discussions 

is essential for the legitimate integration of our peoples 

and, within the group, discussions are important to 

identify points of convergence and explore 

mechanisms and initiatives.... that 

contribute to complementarity.




Burkina Faso’s authorities demand 

French military attache leave 

the country – agency

September 15th, 9:43pm (TASS)


 The authorities of Burkina Faso have demanded that the

 French military attache leave the country, Reuters 

reports --- citing a statement from the African 

state's government.


The demand stems from -- the attache's 

disruptive actions, the agency explains.


The country's government -- also ordered 

the closure of its military mission in Paris.






US aims to redirect military 

''assistance'' from Egypt

 to Taiwan

September 15th,  6:51pm



The administration of US President Joe Biden has notified 

Congress, that it aims to divert money it promised to 

Egypt ----- to Taiwan instead, sources familiar
the matter told CNN.


The administration notified Congress it will decrease
million in aid to Egypt that had been conditioned
on Cairo’s
 ''progress'' in its treatment of political
prisoners, and instead, 
divert that money to
Taiwan, as well as Lebanon, the 

sources said on Thursday.


The sources said 55 million dollars worth of the assistance

 will be reallocated to Taiwan and the rest of the $85 million

 will go to Lebanon, which Washington regularly supports 

with military equipment, including tens of Humvee 

military vehicles, despite the dire conditions in 

the country and the nation needing huge 

financial aid.


However, the administration will still allow Cairo to access

 $235 million of the total of $320 million in foreign military

 financing it had promised to Egypt, according to a senior 

official at the US State Department.


Secretary of State Antony Blinken had “determined that it is

 in the US national security interest to waive certain human 

rights related conditions” and allow the $235 million to go 

to Egypt.


“What I’m describing today reflects our current assessment 

that Egypt’s cooperation merits the national security waiver 

for fiscal year 2022,” said the official, whose name was not 

mentioned in the reports.


In the meantime, the Biden administration has 

been working to increase arms shipments to 

Chinese Taipei.


It announced in July, that a shipment of weapons for the

island valued at up to $345 million had been earmarked 

for the wayward island’s secessionist leaders.


Until recently, the US had sold $19 billion worth of weapons, 

munitions, and military equipment to Taipei, but most of 

that remains undelivered - due to the two sides' failure

to reach an agreement on the payment terms.


“We have an obligation to make sure that we fill the backlog of

 foreign military sales that exist now between our countries,” 

US Congressman Rob Wittman said earlier this month 

when heading a Congressional delegation visiting 

Chinese Taipei ----- without notifying China.


China recognizes Taipei as a sovereign part of China 

---- emphasizing the internationally recognized
China” principle.


Sibur to sell 60,000 tons of 

petrochemicals to Africa in 

2023, to double volumes

in 2024

September 15th, 4:40pm (TASS)


Sibur plans to sell up to 60,000 tons of petrochemical 

products to Africa, in 2023, and boost those volumes 

1.5-2-fold in 2024, Board Member Executive Director 

of the Russian petrochemical company --- Pavel 

Lyakhovich said, in an interview with TASS 

at the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).


"We are already present in Africa now, mainly in North Africa. 

This year we will sell up to 60,000 tons of petrochemical 

products, and 1.5-2 times more, next year, I think," 

he said.


The consumption of polymers in Africa grows 

by around 6% each year, Lyakhovich added.


The 8th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) was held in

 Vladivostok on September 10-13. The slogan
this year’s forum was: On the Path to 

Partnership, Peace and Prosperity. 




Reasons for Surovikin's 

appearance in Algeria


 September 15th, 4:11pm



Former commander of the Joint Group of Troops in

 the Special Military Operation Zone (SVO) Sergey 

Surovikin arrived in Algeria... as part of a 

delegation of the Ministry of Defense. 


This was reported Kommersant by a source 

in the military commander's entourage.


On September 14, it became known about the 

ex-commander's presence in the SVO zone

 in Africa.


The inclusion of Surovikin in the official delegation of the

 military department indicates that the leadership of the

 Ministry of Defense retains confidence in the general, 

the source said. He also did not rule out that 

Surovikin's visit to Algeria... may be 

connected with his new work 

"in the eastern direction".


Earlier, blogger Sergey Kolyasnikov published a photo with the 

military commander and announced the departure of General 

Surovikin abroad. In the frame, Surovikin is sitting in the hall 

where the official event is taking place.


In September, the former commander of the Joint Group 

of Forces in the Free Defense Zone was appointed 

to the post of Chairman of the Coordinating 

Committee on Air Defense Issues, under 

the Council of Defense Ministers of 

the CIS States.




Tanzania ------ President Swears In 
24 New Judges, Admin Of Justice

September 15th, 2:29am



On Thursday, Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan

 swore in 24 High Court and Court of Appeal judges, in a 

move aimed at enhancing the administration of justice 

in the country.


Hassan swore in 20 High Court judges and four Court of 

Appeal judges she had appointed recently, bringing
total of judges to 105 in the country.


"You have a workload ahead of you to clear pending cases in 

High Courts and Courts of Appeal," President Hassan told 

the judges, after she had sworn them in at the State 

House in Dar es Salaam.


The head of state also urged the judiciary to restore people's 

trust, by working hard towards the administration of justice.


Chief Justice Ibrahim Juma thanked the president for

 appointing and swearing in the new judges, saying 

in total, Hassan has appointed 19 Court of Appeal 

judges and 63 High Court judges during the two 

and half years of her administration.


Furthermore, Juma also called on the judges to strive 

to conduct themselves with integrity, saying those 

failing to do so --- will be taken to task. 




 West Africa: U.S. Resumes 

Drone Operations in Niger

by Jerry Chifamba

September 14th



Harare — The U.S. resumed flying drones and other aircraft 

out of Niger's air bases - according to the commander of

 the Air Forces in Europe and Africa, Al Jazeera reports.


This comes more than a month after a coup put an end to the 

operations of more than a thousand U.S. forces stationed in 

the West African nation. Since the July coup -- the officers 

were restricted to their military outposts. General James 

Hecker said the move was a consequence of talks with

 the military leadership of Niger.


Niger is a key regional outpost for the U.S. military's drone 

patrols and other operations against militants and rebel 

groupings, who have taken land in the area, killed 

civilians, and engaged in armed conflict.


More than 1,800 rebel attacks were reported in West Africa in 

the first half of this year, resulting in close to 4,600 fatalities, 

according to the Economic Community of West African 

States (Ecowas).


Around 1,500 soldiers from former colonial power France 

are still stationed in the country. Officials in Paris have 

dubbed the coup and its officials as illegitimate, and

 declared their continuing support for the ousted

 president NAME.


Earlier this month, the military government in Niger, accused 

France of stationing troops in various West African countries 

in preparation for "military intervention". Niger, a Sahel 

state now led by General Abdourahamane Tchiani, is

 also at odds with Ecowas --- which had threatened 

military action to reinstate Bazoum as president.


The military administrations of Burkina Faso and Mali also 

issued warnings: that any military action against Niger's

 military leaders will be viewed as a "declaration of 

war" against both their countries.







Nigeria: Blackout Across Nigeria

 As National Grid Collapses

by Mary Izuaka

September 14th 2023

Premium Times (Abuja)


Due to this development, one of the distribution 

companies said all its interface TCN stations 

are out of supply.


Nigerians were - on Thursday morning - thrown into

 darkness after the national grid system collapsed.


The system is operated by the Transmission 

Company of Nigeria (TCN) from Osogbo, 

Osun State.


Some of the nation's Distribution Companies confirmed

 that the grid collapsed in the early hours of Thursday, 

as most of their feeders are out.


The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC)

 in a statement said that "a total system collapse" 

occurred at 12:40 a.m. on Thursday.


"This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being 

experienced across the network," the company
 in a statement signed by Emeka Ezeh,

Head of Corporate Communications.


Due to this development, the distribution company said all its

 interface TCN stations are out of supply, and it will be unable

 to provide services to customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, 

Enugu and Imo States.


"We are on standby awaiting detailed information of the

 collapse and restoration of supply from the National 

Control Centre (NCC), Osogbo," it said.


The General Manager, Public Affairs at the TCN, Ndidi 

Mbah, told PREMIUM TIMES Thursday morning that 

the public would soon be updated... about

the development.







In China, Zambia's Hichilema 

eyes collaboration after tour 

of top tech firms

September 14th, 2:48pm



Zambia's President is in China this week at 

the invitation of his Chinese counterpart.


Business featured high on the agenda of Hakainde 

Hichilema's Shenzhen stop-off, with the leader 

visiting five leading companies over the 

course of two days.


Earlier this week, Hichilema toured the headquarters of top 

telecoms company Huawei, and was presented with a 

talent program which prepares young Zambians for 

a career in Information and Communication 

Technology, also known as ICT .


"It was my first time... to actually meet the president in 

person", Cyber security engineer Violet Nyakunzu said.


"I really wanted to encourage the youth to take on such ICT 

programs, especially females, because where I come from, 

a lot of females think ICT is a male-dominated industry

and that's what shies them away. But you need to 

face your fears head-on."


Hichilema who will reportedly end his state visit on 

Saturday (Sep. 16), has high hopes on the impact 

of closer ties with China.


"We can do more, faster, because the needs are tremendous 

in Zambia. I heard some of the solutions are here. All we 

need to do is to combine the two together."


Zambi is building up its digital infrastructure, to

 improve government efficiency and streamline 

the business environment.  


The southern African nation is the continent's second-largest 

producer of copper, a vital resource used in electric vehicle

 production, charging facilities.... and solar panels. Working 

with a top Chinese EV and battery manufacturer like BYD

 could -- potentially -- see Zambia upgrading its mining 

resource exports --- and open up new opportunities

 in the global transition towards greener energy.


"If Zambia is interested in going electric in transportation, BYD

 stands ready to offer technological support. Developing EVs 

will make you less dependent on oil and reduce air pollution

 in cities. Most importantly, it increases the value of 

Zambia's copper resources," said Wang Chuanfu,

 the founder and CEO of BYD.




Antonov: Russia aims to help 

Africa become an influential 

development centre

September 12th, 11:50pm



Russia intends to provide tangible assistance to African

 countries, in turning the continent into an original and
influential centre of global development, Russian 

Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov said.


"Our main idea --- is that Russia is aimed at providing

 real assistance to Africa in turning the continent's 

countries into an original and influential centre
global development," RIA Novosti quoted 

Antonov as saying.


According to him, at the Russia-Africa summit,
Russian side offered real assistance to
countries of the continent, in the
field of 
food security, including
the supply 
of fertilizers.


Earlier, Russian Leader Vladimir Putin said that Russia 

intends to develop cooperation with Africa in trade 

and investment, in the fight against poverty 

and in ensuring food security.




Tuareg rebel movement resumes 

armed fight against Malian 

authorities — statement

September 12th, 5:23pm (TASS) 


Tuareg rebels announced the resumption of
the armed fight 
against the government of
Mali, which stopped after the 
Algiers peace agreements.


The statement, published on social media, contains a call 

for Tuaregs to "come to the battlefield to contribute to 

protection of the homeland, and to regain control 

over ....the entire territory of Azawad [self-

proclaimed Tuareg state in northern 

Mali, which existed for less
 a year].''


The agreement.. between the Malian government and the 

rebels was signed in in Algiers after peace talks in 2015. 

The agreement ended hostilities in northern Mali, where

the Tuaregs live. The agreement implies the expansion 

of the autonomy of the northern and eastern regions, 

as well as the integration of the rebels into Mali's 

Armed Forces.




President Raeisi says -- Iran ready to 
send relief aid, medical assistance

 to flood-stricken Libya

September 12th, 3:44pm



President Ebrahim Raeisi has voiced Iran’s readiness 

to send relief aid and provide medical assistance 

and supplies to Libya over the deadly flood in 

the North African country.


“The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its 

readiness to send relief aid and dispatch medical assistance

and supplies to [the flood-] stricken areas,” Raeisi wrote, in 

a message addressed to Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid

 Dbeibah, on Tuesday, while offering condolences to the 

Libyan nation.


The storm and devastating flooding in vast parts of the

 country, which left a number of people dead, injured 

or missing, has been deeply touching and 

saddening, Raeisi said.


On behalf of the people and government of the
Republic of Iran, he also sympathized
with the
 bereaved families.


Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
also sympathized with the Libyan government 

and the nation, over the deadly storm 

and flooding.


Amir-Abdollahian expressed compassion, over the death 

and injury of thousands of people in Libya following the 

storm and flooding. Iran’s top diplomat wrote on the X 

social media platform --- formerly known as Twitter, 

that he too personally offered his condolences.


Meanwhile, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS)

 also wrote a message to Omar Agouda, the president of 

the Libyan Red Crescent Society, offering to help the 

flood-hit country.


“In this difficult situation, on behalf of the IRCS and myself, 

I would like to express my condolences to you and your

 colleagues in the Libyan Red Crescent and announce 

our readiness to send humanitarian relief aid, relief

items as well as dispatch medical and relief teams

 to assist the flood-affected people and [help with] 

the humanitarian operation in Libya,” Pir-Hossein 

Kolivand said.


The authorities in eastern Libya say as many as 2,300 people

 have been killed and thousands more gone missing after a

 raging flood ripped through the city of Derna following a 

heavy storm and rain -- and the collapse of two dams.


The head of Libya’s Emergency and Ambulance authority,

 Osama Aly, explained that after the two dams burst “all 

of the water headed to an area near Derna, which is a 

mountainous coastal area.”


According to Aly, residences situated in valleys were 

swept away by forceful muddy currents that carried 

vehicles and debris.


Ahmed Mismari, the spokesperson for the Libyan National

 Army (LNA) that controls eastern Libya, claimed that 

5,000 to 6,000 had gone missing.


Meanwhile, countries worldwide are sending humanitarian 

aid to Libya, where rescue teams are working diligently 

to locate survivors amidst the debris and rubble.


“The United Nations in Libya is closely following the

 emergency caused by severe weather conditions 

in the eastern region of the country,” stated
United Nations Support Mission
in Libya, in 
a post on X.


The rain experienced over the weekend is attributed to the 

residual effects of a strong low-pressure system, officially 

named Storm Daniel by the national meteorological 

services in southeastern Europe.


This storm caused severe flooding in Greece before moving 

into a tropical cyclone, causing dangerous conditions in 

the Mediterranean Sea and coastal regions.


The remnants of this storm are currently impacting northern

 Libya and are expected to move eastward towards northern 

Egypt... gradually.


The anticipated rainfall for the next two days could exceed 

50 mm, a significant increase from the average of less than

 10 mm recorded in this region throughout September.




Africa Will Never Forget that 

West Caged its Children
- Putin

September 12th, 1:04pm

(al Manar)


Russian President Vladimir Putin remarked on Tuesday that 

African nations will always remember the dark chapter of

 Western colonial oppression -- when European powers 

trafficked children from the continent, putting them 

on display - in cages. He also claimed, that these

 same countries are trying to push their former

 dominions into indentured servitude.


Speaking at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic

 Forum in Vladivostok, Putin said he was sure it would 

not be too difficult for Russia to restore close 

relations with Africa to the level of the 

Soviet era when Moscow provided 

the continent with ample 

economic aid.


The Russian leader argued that African countries remember 

Moscow’s help in the struggle for independence and that

 Moscow had never acted as a colonizer. “Our 

cooperation has always been based on 

either mutual grounds or the desire 

to help,” he said.


However, Putin noted that these countries remember not only

 Soviet aid but also Western ruthlessness. As late as 1957, 

“people from Africa were taken to Europe in cages…  You 

can’t watch that without tears. Children sitting in cages, 

displayed for everyone to see,” Putin recalled. “No one 

in Africa will ever forget it.”


The Russian president said the West has not abandoned its 

subjugation attempts. “Even now --- they are trying to boss

 around and pursue their generally neo-colonial policies,” 

Putin said, explaining that Western countries have 

imposed trillions of dollars worth of loans on 

the region.''


''The West --- has concocted a credit system with African

 countries, which “by definition - does not allow them to
pay back their loans. These, are not credit relations; 

this is some kind of [punitive] indemnity,” he added. 

However, Russia adheres to a different approach, 

which gives it an advantage in fostering ties 

with its partners worldwide, Putin argued.


Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pointed 

out, that African countries are ready to talk with their 

Western counterparts. However, the latter should 

not expect spectacular results, if they reduce 

dialogue to “patting on the back” while 

failing to address the continent’s 

“pressing needs.”


To foster closer ties with the region, Russia hosted a landmark

 Russia-Africa forum in St. Petersburg this summer --- that

 produced many bilateral agreements in various fields.

 Dozens of African delegations also attended it despite
what Moscow described as
 “unprecedented pressure
the West” to skip the summit.


Source: RT







African countries’ debts to 

Russia ---- to be converted 

into investments, projects 


September 12th, 12:03pm (TASS) 


The debts African countries owe Moscow can be swept into 

investments or certain development projects, Russian 

Ambassador-at-Large and Head of the Secretariat of

 the Russia-Africa Partnership Forum, Oleg Ozerov,

 told TASS.


Asked whether the Russian side will write off the African

 countries’ remaining debt, the diplomat said that "such 

issues, are being discussed. As the French put it, au 

cas par cas, which means each case is considered 

separately if necessary. Sometimes.. this debt can 

be swung into investments, or some development 

projects. Why not? These issues are, of course, 

naturally discussed. This is an international 

practice, not only ours," he said.


Ozerov said in an interview with TASS in July that 

Africa’s debt to Russia, had been 90% settled.




African Economic Leadership Council 

calls on BRICS ------ to create 

their own currency

September 11th, 3:14pm



BRICS countries need to develop their own currency for

 trading within the bloc. This was stated by the Vice-

President of the African Economic Leadership 

Council, Percy Morapedi Koji.


"We need a new currency - that will be beneficial to our own

conditions. It's time to do things the way we want them to 

be done. We need to be able to choose who we want to 

trade with," RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.


According to Koji, the new currency will help 

strengthen trade ties within the BRICS.


On September 1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov 

said that 90% of the EAEU's trade turnover in 2023 will 

be in national currencies.


Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova 

said that, at the moment, de-dollarization is a reality,
 the dollar has become a problem currency.



President of Equatorial Guinea 

will attend the G77 Summit 

in Cuba

September 11th, 1:15pm

(Prensa Latina) 


The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang 

Nguema, confirmed today his participation in the 

Summit of the Group of 77 and China, to be 

held in Havana, next Friday and Saturday.


The Summit constitutes an opportunity to work together for 

the unity and determined action of the countries of the 

South, added the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs on

 its account on X, formerly Twitter.


Leaders and personalities from several countries confirmed 

their participation in the Summit, which will be held under

 the theme “The current challenges of development: 

role of science, technology and innovation.”


This event constitutes an opportunity to continue advancing 

in dialogue and agreement from the South, and a broad and

diverse space to agree on cooperation strategies, vital in

 these times.


The meeting, called by the Cuban president and pro tempore

 president of the bloc, Miguel Díaz-Canel, seeks to reinforce

 the unity of the member countries, as well as decide on 

collective and practical actions --- in the effective 

confrontation of contemporary challenges.


Since January of this year, Cuba assumed, for the first 

time, the temporary presidency of the Group with the 

commitment to advance the common interests

 of the South.


With 134 member states, the G77 plus China 

represents 80% of the world’s population 

--- and more than two-thirds of the 

United Nations membership.







Somali Army expels radical

 group from important city

September 11th, 11:49am

 (Prensa Latina) 


The Somali Army expelled the radical group Al-Shabab 

from the strategic city of El Garas, in the central
 of Galmudug, a government source said.


The deputy minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, 

Abdirahman Yusuf Al-adala, informed television media

--- that the extremist elements of the formation

considered terrorist, fled from the referred 

demarcation, after government troops 

began to surround the area.


After remarking that the achievement of removing Al-Shabab

 from El Garas is an important victory for the Army, Al-Adala

 assured that this entity has already started a cleaning

 operation in the captured area to guarantee the 

security of the inhabitants.


The new success of the military operation against the militant 

group comes a day after more than 60 fighters of the radical 

formation were eliminated by the military forces in the city

 of Awghegle, in the southern region of Lower Shabelle, 

according to an official report.


Both in the central and southern regions of the country, 

military operations against Al-Shabab have intensified

 in recent months, which, according to press reports,

 suffered numerous casualties and losses of 

logistics and weapons.




Senator Dzhabarov: Europe has 

only been sucking the juice 

out of Africa ...all of its life

by Anastasia Belousova

September 9th, 5:42pm



First Deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on

 International Affairs, Vladimir Jabarov, in an interview 

with RT, commented on the statement of the head 

of the European Council, Charles Michel, who 

criticized the plans of Russia, Turkey and 

Qatar, to provide a free delivery of 

Russian grain to countries in 

need in Africa.


"It was proved that only 3% of exported wheat went to African

 countries. The rest settled in Europe: in Spain, in Italy. At the

 same time, he forgets that the Ukrainians used the grain deal

 to supply missiles, equipment, weapons to Odessa and other

 ports," he said.


Dzhabarov also noted that Russia 

"broke the arms supply chain."


"Let them offer their own version ------ without Russia. What
 they offer? Nothing at all. They are not going to give 

anything away for free to anyone. Therefore, I think 

that the head of the European Council, is an 

absolute cynic. All of Europe has been 

sucking the juice out of Africa all 

its life," the senator concluded.


Earlier, the head of the European Council 

criticized Russia's intentions to send 

grain to Africa for free.


Image: Charles Michel --- the no good, bad and ugly

The (unelected) head of the EU Council 

criticized Russia's intentions to 

send grain to Africa for free

September 9th, 3:01pm



The head of the European Council, Charles Michel, criticized 

the plans of Russia, Turkey and Qatar, to carry out free 

delivery of Russian grain to African countries in need.


"What cynicism and disrespect for African countries at a time 

when we know that the Black Sea deal allowed us to export 

30 million tons (of Ukrainian grain. - RT) mainly to the most 

vulnerable countries," he said during a speech at the 

G20 summit in India.


According to RIA Novosti, Charles Michel, also cited