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Aug 21, 2017

Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide - coroner

Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week's devastating ...
Aug 20, 2017

Cameroon: Many feared death in a tragic crash on the Yaounde-Bafoussam highway

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Aug 20, 2017

Bloodbath in Muyuka as ghastly accident claims over 20 lives

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Aug 18, 2017

Cameroon: Ghastly accident on the Buea-Muyuka road leaves over 18 dead

Tragic accident this morning at mile 2,9 on the highway to Muyuka from Buea. A ...
Aug 18, 2017

Illegal boat impounded in Bakassi waters as government strive to boost fish production.

Cameroonian navy officials have arrested and impounded a fishing vessel ...
Aug 17, 2017

CRTV reports of government's reaction to the recent protests at some Cameroonian embassies

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Aug 17, 2017

Nigeria's Chibok girls say kidnap by Boko Haram was accidental

The mass abduction of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls from Chibok - the ...
Aug 15, 2017

Medicare Fraud USA: Cameroonian slammed 75 Years Jail Term

The owner and director of nursing of a Houston home health agency was sentenced ...
Aug 15, 2017

Former Libyan Prime Minister kidnapped in Tripoli

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Aug 15, 2017

Douala Airport: Lebanese man apprehended with illegal diamond worth FCfa 630 million

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Aug 15, 2017

African Union calls for support for mudslide victims in Sierra Leone

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Aug 14, 2017

Bamenda-Northwest Region: Baptist Comprehensive College Nkwen goes down in flames

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Aug 14, 2017

MBENGWI MOMO DIVISION: MARTHA AKOM FOMUNYOH, VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES OR COLLATERAL DAMAGE?

Martha, 44 and a resident of Mbengwi in the North West Region of Cameroon was ...
Aug 14, 2017

Freetown: Hundreds feared buried in Sierra Leone mudslide

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Aug 14, 2017

Suspected Islamist militants kill 18 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

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Sports / Games

August 10, 2017
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  Following the recent controversial media outing of Ahmad Ahmad, CAF president, claiming Cameroon is not ready to host the 2019 African cup of
August 08, 2017
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Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has moved to English Premier League club Stock City. The 28 year old concluded a three year contract with Schalke 04
August 07, 2017
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Cameroon may lose out as hosts of the 2019 African Cup of Nations. As it struggles with infrastructural development, the Confederation of African
August 01, 2017
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Lionhearted Abdouraman Hamadou Babba, President of Etoile Filante of Garoua, has taken the Confederation of African Football (CAF), to the Court of
July 31, 2017
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The world football governing body, FIFA has passed its verdict in favour of Samuel Nlend and Union of Douala against Al- Ittihad football club of
July 29, 2017
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Le Jour newspaper, in its July 28 edition, reported that the Head of State Paul Biya, has invited the President of the African Football Federation

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August 14, 2017
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Martha, 44 and a resident of Mbengwi in the North West Region of Cameroon was arrested on Thursday 3rd August,2017. This arrest was laid right in front of her kids( age range between 8-25years), her
July 28, 2017
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"World financial institutions have so far been according us much confidence which is gradually helping us to attain our plan in terms of growth. It is no doubt that we are facing falling prices of
August 05, 2017
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Friday 4 July 2017, was observed as the International Beer day, which is aimed at celebrating the beer product, which has become an indispensable commodity in the world especially in Cameroon.
July 14, 2017
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Governor Adolphe Lele Lafrique and Camair-Co GM Ernest Dikoum have appreciated the state of preparedness ahead of July 20, 2017 inaugural flight. From the look of things, the Bamenda airport is
Why is France finding  it difficult to let go its former colonies?

France is facing a second and final round in its presidential election. The winner has the daunting task of reviewing policy on Africa as the former colonies still play a significant role in French national life.

Frances's presidential candidates are all too well aware of the importance that their country attaches to Africa and the former colonies. In the middle of a domestic election campaign, Marine le Pen visited the West African state of Chad and Emmanuel Macron went to Algeria. 

Views on the whys and wherefores of France's Africa policy differ hugely. Incumbent French President Francois Hollande maintains that Frnace does not intervene in Africa to pursue its own interests, nor does it seek to change the rules of African politics or bring about regime change.    

"France supports Africa because we believe it has great potential," Hollande said. 

France's presence in Africa is focused largely on its former colonies. During painful process of decolonization in the 1960s and 1970s, "La Grande Nation" never lost sight of its own interests. Use of the French language in the former French territories remains obligatory. There are still two currency unions in existence - the West African CFA franc and the Central African CFA franc - to which a total of 15 African states belong. Currency reserves are held in France's central bank. It is open to dispute whether the CFA offer greater advantages to France or the African states,  

          

Strong links

French corporations such as the construction company Bolloré, the oil giant Total and the telecoms group Orange maintain a massive presence in the ex-colonies.

Stefan Brüne, an expert on Franco-African relations at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, believes nonetheless that French influence in Africa may be waning slightly, but it is still very much in evidence.      

"There are still strong links between Paris and the former colonies,"  he said

French companies import commodities from many West and Central African countries, such as uranium ore from Niger and Gabon or cocoa from Ivory Coast.  About 9,000 French soldiers are stationed in those countries. Their mandate is to fight terrorists and train African troops.

Philippe Hugon, a French Africa specialist, believes the emphasis in French engagement in Africa is shifting  

"France is now less involved in trade, finance and investment, but it is maintaining its influence on monetary policy and its military presence," he said. 

However, the French are facing growing competition. China has established close ties with many African countries and the United States has been also displaying greater commitment to Africa in recent years. 

Growing EU role

It costs France a lot of money to maintain its role a as major player in Africa. Military interventions are not cheap, neither is the development aid which France dispatches to Africa. France has its own domestic economic problems and is therefore finding it increasingly difficult to finance its African operations. Another factor is that the 28-nation European Union, of which France is a member, is becoming more active in Africa. The impact on France's own national policy on Africa could be profound, said Stefan Brüne.                    

"It would mean that part of the Parisian political elite would lose the means to exert influence and I do not think that they would be prepared to accept that," he said.

Several presidents and presidential candidates have promised to reform France's policy on Africa and to move from a position of dominance to that of a partner among equals. In practice, however, such promises have changed very little.     

African politicians, meanwhile, can be heard telling their citizens that their respective countries need to be less dependent on France, the former colonial power. One recent example was President Alpha Conde of Guinea-Conakry, who currently holds the presidency of the 55-nation African Union.        

"We are still closely associated with former colonial power. Let's cut the umbilical cord," Conde said defiantly.

But two weeks later, Condé visited Paris and thanked President Hollande for doing so much for Africa.

Macron on Africa

Emmanuel Macron, the shooting star of the French election campaign, has been giving the impression every now and again that he wants to change France's policy towards its former colonies. During his trip to Algeria in February, he said that colonialism was a part of French history, a crime against humanity and truly barbaric. "We must face up to this part of our history and apologize to those who were at the receiving end," he said.

His remarks were greeted with cries of indignation in France and he quickly backpedalled, returning to a more traditional interpretation of France's Africa policy.

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Religion / Church

July 29, 2017
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Sudan has instructed christian schools to open on Sundays, reports the BBC, quoting Radio Dabanga.Radio Dabanga reports that the instruction comes
July 27, 2017
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Catholic Christians in the Bertoua archdiocese are promising to rain down fire and brimstone via a general strike action announced for the 30th of
July 18, 2017
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In a communiqué signed on 17 July 2017 by Archbishop Samuel Kleda, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, it was revealed
July 13, 2017
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A 56-year-old United States-based Nigerian pastor has been jailed 15 years for raping two teenage girls who were part of his congregation. Aside
July 12, 2017
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Catholic bishops in Cameroon have reasserted that Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala was 'murdered'.This message is contained in a communiqué signed on
July 10, 2017
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The President of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NEC) Mgr. Samuel Kléda, says the Bishops of Cameroon still stand on their position

Business / Economy

August 10, 2017
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On 7 August 2017, one of the two MA 60 in the fleet owned by Camair Co, the Cameroonian public airline, landed on the runway of the Bertoua airport,
August 03, 2017
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In demonstration of its commitment to deliver convenient, superior and innovative banking solutions to its customers, the pan-African financial
August 02, 2017
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During the last quarter of 2014, the customer base of MTN Cameroon, local subsidiary of the South African telecommunications group MTN International,
July 29, 2017
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Nigeria's Senate has withdrawn a report that largely exonerated South African telecoms giant MTN of accusations of illegally repatriating $14 billion
July 29, 2017
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Maize production in the world is relatively stable in 2017 according to the American ministry of agriculture (USDA) though still inferior to the 2016
July 26, 2017
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The Cameroonian Minister of Transport, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, has just taken delivery of a donation of meteorological equipment worth a little more

Health / Medical

August 15, 2017
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has updated its data on global deaths with Africa experiencing a decrease in the recurrent leading causes of
July 29, 2017
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The health sector in Cameroon and the world at large is faced with the inflation of contraband drugs in markets, hospitals, streets and pharmacies.
July 25, 2017
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Plans are underway to introduce a vagina ring in Africa which is expected to curb HIV infection  by 56%.The ring has already been tested in teenage
July 23, 2017
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Over 100 kidney patients, Monday, July 17, besieged the Yaounde General Hospital, calling on Government to provide them with dialysis machines and
July 22, 2017
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Plans are underway to create a cancer treatment centre in Cameroon.It was disclosed on Thursday in Yaoundé when the director of civil cabinet at the
July 20, 2017
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Over 100 kidney patients, Monday, July 17, besieged the Yaounde General Hospital, calling on Government to provide them with dialysis machines and

Daily / Newsbrief

August 20, 2017
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The dreaded and blood thirsty Buea-Kumba highway has once more drained blood from users of the inter-urban road network, with one of the most fatal
August 18, 2017
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Cameroonian navy officials have arrested and impounded a fishing vessel operating in a restricted area in the Bakassi waters. The vessel that had on
August 15, 2017
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Abadi Choudi, a British citizen of Lebanese origin, has just been arrested at the Douala international airport, the Cameroonian economic capital,
August 14, 2017
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More schools set on fire as a Baptist college is visited with flames in Nkwen Bamenda by unknown individuals. This took place on Sunday 13 August
August 14, 2017
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Severe traffic accident on the road leading from the the western region into Yaounde this morning at 5am.A fully loaded 70 seater bus belonging to a
August 11, 2017
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On the 30th of January 2017 the group Hysacam was awarded the contract by the Government of Cameroon in association with the Bamenda City Council to

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Showbiz / Music

July 15, 2017
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Reports say a documentary on the life of the former captain of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be presented at the Ecrans noirs film festival
July 13, 2017
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The American gospel singer has tweeted after he was reported to be dead by a certain website, HoustonChronicle-TV.com on Wednesday 12 July 2017.
July 01, 2017
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The SDO for Douala 5, Tchakui Nounde Jean Marie, has signed a release banning the controversial Cameroonian musician, Maahlox le vibeur from holding
June 18, 2017
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Cameroonian rapper Mahlox, who is popularly known for his song "ça sort comme ça sort", was reportedly agressed yestersay June 17. He had gone to
June 10, 2017
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A young Cameroonian singer is currently under intensive medical care in Yaoundé after narrowly escaping death in a rather shocking car accident.
June 03, 2017
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Some artist decided to boycott a conference for musicians which held in Douala yesterday. According to reports this conference was organized by one

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