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Africa: On the Situation in Mali

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC July 31, 2017 The United States condemns recurring violations of the ceasefire that have occurred in Mali between signatory armed groups to the 2015 Algiers Pea...
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Gilbert Chagoury annonce le règlement du litige Chagoury par le gouvernement des États-Unis

WASHINGTON, 31 juillet 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Le gouvernement des États-Unis a convenu de régler l’action en instance de Gilbert Chagoury.  M. Chagoury a déposé la plainte auprès du Tribunal du District de Columbia en septembre de 2016, s’efforçant à tenir le gouvernement responsable de fuites d’informations fausses sur M. Chagoury provenant prétendument de dossiers du gouvernement. […]
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New Report Details How Legacy Financial Institutions Are Deepening Financial Inclusion Through Fintech Partnerships

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion (CFI) and the Institute of International Finance (IIF), with the support of MetLife Foundation, today released a new report examining how partnerships between mainstream financial institutions and fintechs are expanding access to the formal financial economy to the unserved and underserved, particularly […]
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Malawi Issues Arrest Warrant for Former President over Graft Scandal

LILONGWE � Malawi has issued an arrest warrant for its former President Joyce Banda over alleged abuse of office and money laundering offenses over a two-year period when she was in office, a police spokesman said on Monday.

Banda's spokesman denied any wrongdoing.

The alleged offenses were part of a wider corruption scandal uncovered in 2013, in which senior government office siphoned millions of dollars from state coffers, national police spokesman James Kadadzera said.

Investigations by police's fiscal and fraud department had "unearthed credible evidence" against Banda, he said.

"The evidence gathered raises reasonable suspicion that the former President committed offenses related to abuse of office and money laundering. The warrant of arrest is in force and necessary legal formalities are being pursued," Kadadzera said in a statement.

Banda, who was Malawi's president for two years from 2012, left the country when she lost in elections to incumbent Peter Mutharika and has not returned since 2014.

It is not clear where she is now.

Banda's spokesman Andekuche Chanthunya said he was not aware of the arrest summons, but said the former president was not guilty of anything.

"As far as we are concerned she has not done anything wrong," he said.

The corruption scandal, dubbed "cashgate," led to international donors halting aid to the southern African nation.

A former justice minister and attorney general was convicted over "cashgate" and is in jail, along with a number of former high-ranking government officials and businesspersons.

Source: Voice of America

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Kenya Police Investigate Murder of Election Official

Kenya's national police force says it is investigating the killing of a top electoral official, Christopher Msando, who was found dead Monday, a little more than a week before the country holds general elections.In a statement, the inspector general of...
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