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The Africa Report: 27 June

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

President Barack Obama and family land in Senegal. Picture: Peter Souza/The White House

OBAMA'S AFRICAN TRIP BEGINS

United States President Barack Obama embarked on his week-long three-nation visit to Africa on Wednesday.

The states' Citizen Number One landed in Senegal on Wednesday morning.

Obama is joined by his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha.

Obama's schedule is as follows:

On Thursday, He will participate in a bilateral meeting and joint press conference with President Macky Sall of Senegal, meet with regional judicial leaders to discuss rule of law, tour the Slave House Museum at Goree Island, join a civil society event, participate in an embassy meet and greet, and then rejoins President Sall for an official dinner.

On Friday, President Obama will participate in a food security event and will then make his way to South Africa.

Saturday sees the President take part in an arrival ceremony in Pretoria.

He will then meet with President Jacob Zuma, join the Young African Leaders at the University of Johannesburg, have a meet and greet with the embassy and consulate, meet with African Union Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and then meet again with President Zuma for an official dinner.

On Sunday, Obama will again participate in a consulate meet and greet, then make his way to Robben Island for a tour, attend a Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation community health event, and then deliver a speech at the University of Cape Town.

Monday and Tuesday will be spent in Tanzania where he will take part in an arrival ceremony in Dar es Salaam, participate in a meeting with President Jakaya Kikwete, meet with business leaders, visit the Ubungo Power Plant, have a meet and greet with consulate officials, and have dinner with the Tanzanian president.

The trip is seen as part of the US's attempts to enhance and deepen relations on the continent

The countries visited have been selected strategically.

South Africa as the most stable economy and the "Gateway to Africa"; Senegal, the most western nation in Africa, an Islamic majority, and crucial for issues of international terrorism; and Tanzania has a large economy, one of the fastest growing over the last decade.

Of course, the fact the China has great relations with at least two of the countries - South Africa and Tanzania - is something President Obama will hope to rival.

For more on Obama's trip, click here.

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MORSI: CONTINUING UNREST WILL PARALYSE EGYPT

On Wednesday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi warned that political unrest and polarisation in the country threatens to paralyse a state already on tenterhooks.

Morsi also admitted to making mistakes but this has not eased the pressure on him as protests have been planned for the weekend, the anniversary of Morsi coming to power.

Egyptian authorities have moved troop reinforcements and armament into major cities in preparations for the protests following the death of at least one person and injuries of many in clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents.

Fuel shortages in Cairo are just one of the problems Morsi is currently facing.

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COUP LEADER APOLOGISES FOR MALI CRISIS

In 2012, Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo led a coup d'état that saw the overthrow of former president Amadou Tourmani Touré and the collapse of what was once one of Africa's greatest democracies.

In a healing ceremony in Bamako, Sanogo asked for the forgiveness of the Malian people for giving the push that plunged Mali into chaos.

The military coup of 2012 occurred because they argued that Touré had not adequately dealt with the Tuareg rebels in the north who wanted independence from Mali.

al-Qaeda then moved into the north, resulting in French troops being deployed to push the terrorist organisation out of Mali.

Having completed their military operation, France is steadily withdrawing from Mali and being replaced by an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force.

By early July, a United Nations Security Council peacekeeping force will replace the AU troops.