More than 140 people have been killed in horrific intercommunal violence in the west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Tuesday, briefing journalists in Geneva, that some victims had been beheaded.
Eight oil-producing countries in Africa are facing a “very significant” economic shock following the collapse in oil prices over the past two years.
A barrel currently costs around US$50 on global markets, down from a high of US$125.
The countries mostly badly hit are Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria and South Sudan.
By contrast, oil importing countries are benefitting from the price collapse.