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All the news from Africa and the Maghreb, with France 24’s correspondents and our guests on set. From Monday to Friday at 9.45 pm and 10.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-02-09

Record number of African countries take part in Winter Olympics

A record number of African nations are taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which officially opened this Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea. We take a look at the athletes putting their best foot forward to take a medal home. Also, Uganda suspends five officials over allegations they defrauded donors by inflating refugee numbers. We speak to the UNHCR for more details. And we head to DR Congo, where a play about domestic violence aims to raise women's awareness about their rights.

We begin in PyeongChang, South Korea, where a record number of African countries, eight in total, are taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Games officially opened this Friday. Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar Eritrea, Togo and Morocco are all represented. Events include skeleton, bob sleighing and alpine skiing.

Also, Uganda has suspended five officials over allegations they defrauded donors by inflating refugee numbers. The east African nation launched the probe after receiving reports about alleged corruption from the UNHCR and the World Food Programme. As estimated 1.4 million refugees have fled to Uganda from war-torn countries including DR Congo and South Sudan. In 2017, Uganda reportedly saw the biggest increase in new arrivals anywhere in the world.

Staying in DR Congo, a theatre production called "Bongo te, tika", which means "stop doing this" opens its doors in Kinshasa this Friday. The play is aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence. In a country where long-running conflict has exposed millions of women to violence, it’s hoped that projects like this will highlight women's rights.

And finally, we'd like to pay homage to Ghanaian singing sensation, Ebony Reigns, who died in a car crash late on Thursday night. The 20-year-old, born Priscilla Opo-ku-Kwar-teng, reportedly died alongside two others when her car collided with a bus on a busy road in south-west Ghana. She was best known for popular tracks including "Maame Hwe", "Poison" and "Sponsor". Her untimely death comes just before she kicked off her first European tour.

By Laura DI BIASIO , Rochelle FERGUSON-BOUYAHI

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2018-11-14 EYE ON AFRICA

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea after 9 years

Eritrea is in for congratulations from its neighbour Ethiopia after the UN removes sanctions on Asmara 9 years after they were brought in.Cameroon's military cracks down on...

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2018-11-13 EYE ON AFRICA

Ethiopia corruption crackdown: Former head of military-led firm arrested

The biggest name to be caught up in Abiy Ahmed's bid to clean up Ethiopia's political and military establishment is arrested on the border with Sudan - we tell you more. Also,...

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2018-11-12 EYE ON AFRICA

Tensions within DR Congo opposition as deal on joint candidate falls apart

In DR Congo, opposition leaders had voted to back a joint presidential candidate, Martin Fayulu, but opposition frontrunner Felix Tshisekedi has since backtracked. Also, in...

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2018-11-09 EYE ON AFRICA

Car bombs explose in Mogadishu

Car bombs explode within moments of each other in the Somali capital Mogadishu. At least 20 people have been killed in the attack. Also, a former president alleges fraud in...

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2018-11-08 EYE ON AFRICA

'Rhino Dollars' exposes shadowy and lucrative business of rhino poaching

Fighting Ebola in a region plagued by armed groups - that's the challenge facing the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our correspondent tells us more. Also, we bring you...

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