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<span style="font-size:48px"><strong>NEWS</strong></span></h1>

<div style="text-align:center">28 NOVEMBER 2019</div>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">As part of Ghana's celebration of the "year of return", the country has granted citizenship to 126 people from the diaspora who have been living in Ghana for many years, a statement from the presidency says. The beneficiaries mostly from the Car<span class="gmail_default" style="font-family:garamond,serif;font-size:large">ibbe</span>an were granted citizenship after thorough scrutiny by the Interior Ministry as part of the 'Year of Return' initiative by the government. At a ceremony at the Jubilee House to present their certificates to them, President Akufo-Addo urged them to defend the good image of the country. "Your decision to take up Ghanaian citizenship means you have agreed to respect and abide by laws of Ghana and leave in accordance with the independence of Ghana's constitution, I urged you guide jealously our country's image and it's a charge I'm confident you will uphold, in doing so I suggest you facilitate you reintegration and learn one Ghanaian language of your choice...." Marking 300 years since the first African was sold in a slave market in America, Ghana - a major hub during the transatlantic slave trade - declared 2019 the year of return for people in the diaspora. <br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=81d6e0126d&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">GHANAWEB</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">Senior doctors in Zimbabwe have joined their junior counterparts in a general strike over low wages that they say are not keeping up with high inflation. On Wednesday, health care workers said they would continue their strike, which began Tuesday to protest the dismissal of junior colleagues who walked out in September, paralyzing the country's health delivery system. Zimbabwe's biggest hospital, Parirenyatwa General in Harare, looked deserted as patients were being turned away. Being "incapacitated" is the word government workers are using to justify staying at home, saying their salaries of below $100, in some cases, cannot let them meet their basic needs.<br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=3d77ea59c8&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">VOA</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">An independent United Nations (UN) strategic review has recommended that the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) complete a phased withdrawal by 2022.  It was deployed by the UN Security Council to monitor the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement signed in August 1999. The UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission’s record of achievement in the DRC is mixed. An independent strategic review noted “significant peace gains” and that after 20 years of UN peacekeeping some two thirds of the country was “stable”. Human rights violations perpetrated by the Congolese Army also continue to be a major problem. This reflects a larger failure, after numerous unsuccessful attempts, on the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC’s watch, to undertake meaningful reforms of the security sector. The mission’s programmes in support of the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of armed groups and the reform of rule of law institutions have fared little better.<br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=337c0334fa&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">THE CONVERSATION</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">The U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital said it had ordered the departure of family members of embassy employees under the age of 21 from the country due to the deteriorating security situation. In a statement on Wednesday, the embassy in Ouagadougou said there was no specific threat to prompt the directive, however security issues in the West African nation had reached a point where it was no longer "appropriate" for children to remain with the embassy community. Consular services and diplomatic engagements will not be affected, the embassy said. The announcement also comes as the US State Department raised its travel advisory for American citizens to "Do Not Travel" as a result of "terrorism, crime and kidnapping," according to the advisory.<br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=74ae38a497&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">CNN</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">Boris Johnson has been accused of making “racist and offensive” comments by implying Nigerians are obsessed with money in an article which has resurfaced. The prime minister wrote that young people “have an almost Nigerian interest in money and gadgets of all kinds” in October 1999, while editor of The Spectator magazine. He said the under-30s he knew “are just as avaricious as we flinty Thacherite yuppies of the 1980s” before comparing them to people from the west African country in a diary entry for The Independent on Sunday.  Weyman Bennett, the co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism, called the remarks “deeply racist and offensive”.<br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=b406dcc4cc&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">THE INDEPENDENT</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">Four people have died and 16 are missing after a boat carrying 78 migrants got into difficulties while travelling from Morocco to Spain. Spain’s maritime rescue service dispatched a boat, a helicopter and a spotter plane on Tuesday night after receiving news from an NGO that a boat was adrift after setting off from Charrana, Morocco, carrying dozens of people. A spokeswoman for the Salvamento Marítimo said rescuers had saved 62 people from the water 36 miles north-east of the Spanish north African enclave of Melilla at 9.40pm. She said a plane and a rescue boat were searching for the missing 16 people and were also on the lookout for another boat that left Morocco on Tuesday afternoon, carrying 73 people.<br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=f23bb9aedb&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">THE GUARDIAN</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">IFC is the largest multilateral investor in health care in developing countries, with investments in over 200 projects in the past two decades with a total of US$4.3 billion. However, HHI is IFC’s largest equity investment in health care in Sub-Saharan Africa, outside of South Africa. The project will focus on providing access to quality health care services to help improve lives and achieve universal health coverage across the regions. It is focused on filling the gap between the rich and poor in the society, by providing secondary and out-of-hospital care for middle to lower middle income patients in East and Southern Africa.<br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=8909f6f506&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">VENTURES AFRICA</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">The United States and the United Kingdom have expressed concern over elections in Tanzania where strongman President John Magufuli's party won 99 percent of seats, saying the vote lacked credibility. The long-ruling CCM party ran almost entirely unopposed in local government polls held on November 24. The opposition boycotted the vote, citing violence and intimidation that rights groups say have become a hallmark of Magufuli's leadership. His party clinched most of the 16,000 seats for street and village leaders - influential posts essential for grassroots campaigning ahead of next year's presidential election, in which Magufuli is expected to run again. Chadema, the main opposition party, refused to take part, saying its candidates were fearful or disqualified from running by stringent rules used to block them. The party says its members have been kidnapped and beaten, and at least one has blamed authorities for an attack in 2017 in which he was shot multiple times. Five other smaller parties also joined the boycott. Washington and London said Tanzania's refusal to provide accreditation to respected election monitors ahead of the polls eroded confidence in the outcome.<br>
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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">A bronze statue that was looted from what is now Nigeria more than a century ago will be returned, Cambridge University in Britain says. The cockerel was taken in 1897 from the Court of Benin and given to the university several years later. The statue was removed from public view in 2016 after students protested, saying it represented a colonial narrative. Governments and institutions in the West are under growing pressure to return artifacts taken decades or centuries ago, especially from Africa. Some have begun assessing their collections and discussing next steps to take.<br>
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<span style="color:#696969;font-size:10px">SOURCE: <a href="https://africa.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e6ed9b82c58d866f5444e7e64&id=b204d7e035&e=3c33709313" style="color:#2baadf;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none" target="_blank">AFRICA NEWS</a></span></p>

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<p style="margin:10px 0;padding:0;color:#202020;font-family:Helvetica;font-size:14px;line-height:150%;text-align:left">One of the most common misconceptions is that Africa is one large country. Africa is a continent made up of 54 countries, with each country different from the other in terms of political, social and economic structures. For instance, in political spheres, some African countries have heads of states who are kings. The monarchies of Africa include Morocco, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Some African governments are headed by a Prime Minister while others by a President. The 54 countries are all diverse and unique in their own way, and it is a miscue to think of them as one large country.<br>
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