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Rwanda to grow medical cannabis, strictly for export

Rwanda has approved the production of medical cannabis strictly for export, seeking to target fast-growing markets in the United States and European Union, even though its use remains illegal at home. Guidelines for the production and export of medical cannabis were approved by the cabinet on Monday, and a government statement said Wednesday that it […]

African Union lifts post-coup suspension of Mali

The African Union on Friday lifted its suspension of Mali which went into effect after a military coup toppled the West African nation’s government in August. The decision comes three days after the West African regional bloc ECOWAS announced it was ending its tough post-coup sanctions on Mali, saying it wished to back the country’s […]

Pentagon chief heads to Algeria to boost security ties

The United States secretary of defence, Mark Esper, heads to Algeria on Thursday to boost ties at a time when the North African country is trying to mediate two long-running conflicts in neighbouring Libya and Mali. Esper, the first defence secretary to visit Algiers in almost 15 years, hopes “to deepen cooperation with Algeria on […]

Celebrations at South Africa airports as borders reopen

International flights have landed in South Africa for the first time in more than six months, touching down amid a flurry of celebrations as coronavirus-linked travel restrictions lifted. Jets of water were sprayed in an arc to welcome an Emirates flight from Dubai as it touched down in the coastal city of Cape Town on […]

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero denied another bail, ordered to stand trial

A court in Kigali has denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, the polarising hero of the movie Hotel Rwanda, ordering he remains in custody to stand trial for serious charges, including terrorism. Rusesabagina, whose actions during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide inspired the 2004 Oscar-nominated film, had been living in exile for years and became a high-profile government […]

Suspects in killing of musician charged with terrorism

Ethiopia on Friday filed terrorism charges against four suspects in connection with the killing of a popular political singer whose death ignited days of deadly protests, a spokesman for the attorney general told the Reuters news agency. The assassination in June of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, a musician revered by the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia, sparked […]

Fires in Brazil’s Amazon worst in 10 years, data shows

The Brazilian Amazon is experiencing its worst rash of fires in nearly 10 years, data from space research agency INPE shows. Last month, INPE satellites recorded 32,017 hotspots in the world’s largest rainforest, a 61 percent increase compared with the same month in 2019. In August 2019, surging fires in the Amazon captured global headlines […]

Amnesty slams Guinea’s lethal protest crackdown

Guinea has failed to hold security forces accountable for the lethal crackdown on anti-government protests since last year, Amnesty International said on Thursday, ahead of this month’s presidential poll. At least 50 people were killed during protests against President Alpha Conde between October 2019 and July 2020 in the West African state, the rights group […]

Activists seeking to ‘return’ African art go on trial in France

A Congolese activist and four others went on trial on Wednesday on theft charges for trying to remove a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum, as part of a protest campaign against colonial-era plundering. Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza has staged similar actions in museums in the Netherlands and the southern French city of Marseille […]

Kenya’s women entrepreneurs lack access to capital, study finds

Raising start-up capital is one of the biggest challenges for women entrepreneurs in Kenya’s key manufacturing sector, with banks requiring collateral that most of them do not have, a new study has found. Most women work or run businesses in the informal economy, and face numerous difficulties including pay and promotion disparities, as well as […]

CAR President Touadera announces candidacy for December election

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has announced he will run in the December election in the country ravaged by more than seven years of civil war. Touadera, 63, was elected in February 2016 with two-thirds of the vote, but has since struggled to stem vicious intercommunal violence in the poor, landlocked nation where armed […]

Sudan foreign aid deal to give cash to poor families

The EU, several member states and the World Bank have signed a deal for almost $190 million in direct financial aid to poor families in Sudan, official news agency SUNA said. The Sudan Family Support Programme (SFSP) aims to give some 32 million people, or around 80 percent of the population, 500 Sudanese pounds (nine […]

Former Mali Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane named transitional PM

Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as prime minister. The appointment on Sunday opens the way for the country’s neighbours to lift sanctions imposed after its August military coup. A civilian premier was the precondition for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lift sanctions it […]

Paul Rusesabagina admits backing rebels, denies violence

Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed in a 2004 Hollywood movie as a hero who helped save Tutsis during the Rwandan genocide, has admitted to a Kigali court that he formed an armed group but denied he supported any violence or killings. The 66-year-old former hotel manager was propelled to fame after the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda depicted […]

African court requests Gbagbo be added to I Coast electoral roll

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights has said Ivory Coast should allow former President Laurent Gbagbo, who has been barred from running in October’s presidential election, to participate in the high-stakes poll. The court, based in Arusha in Tanzania, on Friday asked Ivory Coast to “take all necessary steps to immediately remove all […]

ECOWAS to uphold Mali sanctions until civilian PM appointed

West African states will uphold sanctions on Mali until it appoints a civilian prime minister, the leader of the ECOWAS regional bloc has said. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States slapped sanctions on Mali after the August 18 military coup, which toppled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The sanctions “will be lifted when a […]

Zimbabwe leader tells UN that sanctions hurt development

Zimbabwe’s leader on Thursday appealed at the United Nations for support to end Western sanctions, saying that they set back development goals. In an address to the UN General Assembly, President Emmerson Mnangagwa pointed to a recent UN report that found a negative impact from sanctions on Zimbabwe as a whole. “These are a breach […]

Mali’s designated interim president makes first appearance

Mali’s designated interim president, retired colonel Bah Ndaw, has reportedly made his first public appearance in a meeting with a regional mediator. Ndaw, 70, met former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Bamako on Thursday on a mission for the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), on the eve of his swearing-in. Ndaw’s appointment […]

Mali’s designated interim president makes first appearance

Bah Ndaw, a retired colonel who has been designated Mali’s interim president following last month’s coup, made his first public appearance on Thursday, meeting a regional mediator, AFP reporters saw. Ndaw, 70, met former Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, in Bamako on a mission for the 15-nation bloc ECOWAS, on the eve of his swearing-in. Ndaw’s […]

Kenya’s judge advises Parliament to dissolve over lack of women

Kenya’s top judge has advised the president to dissolve the country’s male-dominated Parliament, saying legislators failed to meet a constitutional provision which would allow for one-third of seats to be occupied by women. Despite Kenya’s 2010 constitution stating no more than two-thirds of any elected or appointed body can be of the same gender, women […]

Mali military leader asks for end to ECOWAS economic sanctions

Mali’s military government chief has demanded an end to potentially crippling economic sanctions imposed after last month’s coup in the country. On Monday, Mali’s former defence minister, Bah Ndaw, was named as president of the country’s new transition government.Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) which overthrew […]

Turkey slams ‘biased’ EU sanctions over Libya arms embargo

Turkey says the European Union’s sanctions on a Turkish firm accused of breaking a United Nations arms embargo on Libya showed the bloc’s double standards and biased stance. The EU on Monday froze the assets of Avrasya Shipping, whose cargo vessel Cirkin was involved in a naval incident between NATO members France and Turkey in […]

Families struggle as heavy rain, more floods expected in Sudan

Thousands of people continue to live under the threat of incoming heavy rain and further flooding in parts of Sudan, months after floods ravaged nearly all of the country’s states. Since July, at least 115 people have been killed in the aftermath of days of torrential rains that brought record-breaking flash floods. The African nation […]

Botswana authorities identify cause of mysterious elephant deaths

Officials in Botswana say the deaths of hundreds of elephants in recent months which baffled and alarmed conservationists in the country were caused by toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water. The government in the landlocked Southern African country, home to a third of the continent’s declining elephant population, said in July it had launched an […]

Ivory Coast opposition calls for protests against Ouattara

Ivory Coast’s main presidential election challenger and a group of opposition parties have called for a civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term on October 31. The election is seen as one of the biggest tests of the stability of the West African nation since a disputed vote led […]

Jailed Algerian journalist must be released, say UN experts

United Nations independent experts have called for the release of an Algerian journalist jailed over his coverage of pro-democracy demonstrations in the country. Khaled Drareni, an independent journalist who has extensively covered the year-long protest movement calling for an overhaul of the country’s political system, was handed a two-year jail sentence by a court in […]

Currency that never gains gets lifeline from Ghana central bank

Ghana’s cedi has weakened every year since at least 1994. Now the central bank appears to have drawn a line in the sand, ready to intervene should the currency slip out of the tight range it’s held since May. The Bank of Ghana has sold dollars in the spot and forward markets to stabilize the […]

Sudan’s Bashir trial adjourned to September 22

The trial of Sudan’s deposed strongman Omar al-Bashir over his role in the 1989 military coup that brought him to power was adjourned to September 22, the judge said Tuesday. The brief session, which was broadcast on Sudan TV, saw Bashir and other co-accused appear behind bars in the courtroom crowded with lawyers. The judge […]

West Africa leaders press Mali junta over transition

West African leaders met the head of Mali’s military junta on Tuesday to press for the return to civilian rule nearly a month after rebel officers seized power in the fragile state. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) slapped sanctions on Mali after the putsch, including closing borders and a ban on trade […]

Ivory Coast council approves President Ouattara for third term bid

Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council on Monday ruled that President Alassane Ouattara is eligible to run for a third term in the Oct. 31 presidential election, even as opponents said his candidacy jeopardises the West African country’s democracy. Violent protests have rocked Ivory Coast since Ouattara, in power since 2010, announced his candidacy. Over a dozen […]

‘Hotel Rwanda hero’ appears in Rwandan court amid tight security

Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, appeared in a Rwandan court amid tight security on Monday, where prosecutors are expected to formally charge him and hear his plea. The Rwanda Investigation Bureau had previously said he would face several charges including “terrorism, financing terrorism … arson, kidnap […]

‘Hotel Rwanda hero’ appears in Rwandan court amid tight security

Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, appeared in a Rwandan court amid tight security on Monday, where prosecutors are expected to formally charge him and hear his plea. The Rwanda Investigation Bureau had previously said he would face several charges including “terrorism, financing terrorism, arson, kidnap and […]

Mali’s M5-RFP coalition rejects junta’s post-coup charter

The M5-RFP coalition in Mali that led anti-government protests before last month’s coup has rejected a political charter pushed through by the ruling junta on Saturday, M5-RFP said. After three days of talks with political leaders and civil society groups, the junta’s roadmap was meant to chart an agreed transition after the Aug. 18 coup […]

Congo gold miners scour rubble for bodies after cave-in

Informal gold miners in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo scoured rubble on Saturday for more than 50 colleagues presumed dead after a mine collapsed under the weight of heavy rain. Hundreds of young men in rubber boots crowded around the site of Friday’s cave-in, with some removing rocks by hand from the muddy hillside, video […]

Protesters set government building on fire in eastern Libya

Protesters set fire to the government’s headquarters in the Libyan city of Benghazi, as rare demonstrations over living conditions and corruption continued in the east of the country for a third day. The protests late on Saturday also erupted in Al-Bayda, where the government was previously based, in Sabha in the south, and for the […]

Ivory Coast’s Bedie promises to let exiles return if elected president

Former Ivory Coast President Henri Konan Bedie promised on Saturday to let political exiles, including former President Laurent Gbagbo, return home if he wins October’s election. Bedie is considered President Alassane Ouattara’s main challenger in the Oct. 31 vote, when Ouattara will seek a third term that his opponents say would violate constitutional term limits. […]

Severe floods hit 760,000 people in West and Central Africa

Nigerien student Hachimou Abdou has had to catch a boat to classes since river water swamped his route to university in the capital Niamey – one of about 760,000 people hit by severe flooding in recent weeks in parts of West and Central Africa. Floods are common during the rainy season, but in recent years […]

Police and protesters clash as Mali starts post-coup transition talks

Police fired tear gas to disperse campaigners for civilian rule before substantive talks over Mali’s political future began in Bamako on Thursday, a sign of a deepening rift over who should lead the post-coup transitional government. About 100 supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led months of protests against now-deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, clashed […]

Police and protesters clash as Mali starts post-coup transition talks

The first day of consultations over Mali’s political future kicked off with police firing tear gas to disperse supporters of an alliance of political parties, a sign of a deepening rift over who should lead the post-coup transitional government. About 100 supporters of the M5-RFP coalition, which led months of mass demonstrations against deposed President […]

West Africa leaders say Mali junta must name a president by Sept. 15

West Africa’s regional leaders have given the military junta in Mali until Sept. 15 to name a transitional president and a prime minister, according to a statement read at the end of a summit on Monday. The heads of state of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said the president and prime […]

UN begins withdrawing troops from protection sites in South Sudan

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said Friday it has begun withdrawing troops from various camps around the country where tens of thousands of civilians sought protection during its civil war. The camps were set up in the capital Juba and other key cities after civil war erupted in 2013, prompting thousands to […]

Long-missed pink flamingos return to Kenya’s Lake Nakuru

Eight years ago, rising water levels in Kenya’s Lake Nakuru drove away the clouds of pink coloured flamingos that were the park’s biggest draw. Rangers say their disappearance triggered a drop in visitor numbers by for the Nakuru National Park. The return has rekindled hopes of a gradual rebound in an area heavily reliant on […]

Elderly Guinea president confirms 3rd term bid, vows to represent young people

Guinea’s octogenarian President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he would be the candidate of young people and women in October’s election, confirming his party’s announcement that he would seek a third term. Conde’s candidacy has drawn fierce criticism from his opponents, who say he is violating term limits. They called for fresh protests after his […]

Thousands rally to support Congo’s threatened Nobel Laureate

BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A city in eastern Congo has rallied in support of Denis Mukwege, the Congolese Nobel Laureate who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations. On Thursday his supporters snaked through the streets of Bukavu, the lakeside home of the […]

Kenyans fear ‘ecological disaster’ if two swollen lakes merge

The fresh waters of Kenya’s Lake Baringo teem with birds, fish, hippopotamuses and crocodiles and sustain tens of thousands of people. But none of them can survive in the alkaline Lake Bogoria nearby. Cormorants sit on a tree submerged under rising water due to months of unusually heavy rains in lake Baringo, Kenya, August 25, […]

Ethiopia’s Tigray region to holds poll, defying federal government

Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next year’s national elections. Abiy has overseen sweeping democratic reforms since taking power in Africa’s second most populous nation […]

Zimbabwe finds more elephant carcasses, death toll at 22

Zimbabwe’s wildlife agency said on Wednesday it had discovered more elephant carcasses near a major game park, bringing the number of dead animals suspected to have been killed by a bacterial infection to 22, double the initial figure. The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has already ruled out poaching and cyanide poisoning for […]

South Africa ready to help insurgency-hit Mozambique, if asked

Nigerians to follow NPFL through online, other media channels The quest to make the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) more viable got a huge boost yesterday when the League Management Company (LMC) signed a strategic and investment partnership with Redstrike Media Nigeria to commercialise the NPFL. The agreement has empowered the parties to create an […]

U.S. to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia over dam dispute

The United States has decided to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia amid a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile, a congressional source told Reuters on Wednesday. Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt have been locked in a bitter dispute over the filling and operation of the Grand […]

Elderly Guinea president confirms 3rd term bid, vows to represent young people

Guinea’s octogenarian President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he would be the candidate of young people and women in October’s election, confirming his party’s announcement that he would seek a third term. Conde’s candidacy has drawn fierce criticism from his opponents, who say he is violating term limits. They called for fresh protests after his […]

Ousted Malian president gets ‘routine’ medical checkup

Former Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who has not been seen in public since being overthrown on August 18, has gone to a clinic for a routine checkup, sources said Wednesday. Keita, 75, was admitted to a private clinic in the capital Bamako on Tuesday evening and “will go home in the afternoon,” one of […]

Zimbabwe says foreign white farmers can apply to get back seized land

Foreign white farmers settled in Zimbabwe whose land was seized under Robert Mugabe can apply to get it back and will be offered land elsewhere if restitution proves impractical, the government said on Monday. Last month, Zimbabwe agreed to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to local white farmers whose land was forcibly taken by the […]

Angola to benefit from debt relief initiative, Paris Club says

Paris Club creditors have agreed to give Angola debt service relief until the end of 2020, the group said. Relying heavily on oil revenues and saddled with debts that exceed its economic output, the third-largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa has been reeling from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and weak oil prices. “In application […]

Guinea’s Conde accepts nomination to seek third term

Guinea President Alpha Conde has accepted his party’s nomination to run in October’s election, the party said on Monday, taking advantage of a new constitution to seek a third term that his opponents say is unconstitutional. Conde, who was first elected in 2010, pushed through a change to the constitution that was approved by a […]

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s family accuses government of kidnapping him

The family of Paul Rusesabagina – hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide – have accused authorities in Kigali of kidnapping him, speaking out a day after he was paraded before media in handcuffs. Rusesabagina was played by Don Cheadle in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Hotel Rwanda’, which told how hotel manager […]

Sudan’s Bashir appears at trial over 1989 coup

Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir appeared in court on Tuesday at the start of a trial over the military coup in which he took power in 1989. Giving his profession as “former president of the republic”, Bashir seemed in good physical condition as he appeared in a metal courtroom cage wearing white prison-issue clothes and […]

Zimbabwe to reopen schools from Sept. 14 for students taking final exams

Zimbabwe will reopen primary and secondary schools this month for students preparing to sit their final exams, six months after they were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the government said on Tuesday. The first students to return, on Sept. 14, will be those taking Cambridge International exams. Those taking locally administered final exams will […]

Tunisia’s parliament approves a technocratic government

Tunisia’s parliament approved a technocratic government in a confidence vote on Wednesday, hoping to end months of political instability and focus on tackling worsening economic and social problems. There were 134 votes in favour and 67 against forming the government. The debate, which started on Tuesday, was held amid a tussle for influence between the […]

Sudan signs historic peace deal with five rebel groups

Sudan’s government signed a peace agreement with the country’s five key rebel groups on Monday, a significant step in the transitional leadership’s goal of resolving multiple, deep-rooted civil conflicts. The rebel groups that signed the deal include the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Minni Minawi’s Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), both of the western region […]

S.Africa’s ANC decides officials charged with graft must step aside

South Africa’s governing party executive decided at a weekend meeting that party officials formally charged with corruption and other serious crimes must step aside from their posts, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. The African National Congress (ANC) has been buffeted in recent weeks by reports of graft during the coronavirus crisis, with state investigators […]

‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero arrested on terrorism charges

Rwanda said it had arrested Paul Rusesabagina – the man who was hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about the country’s 1994 genocide – on terrorism charges, and paraded him in front of the media in handcuffs. Rusesabagina was played by Don Cheadle in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ which told the story of […]

Zimbabwe says foreign white farmers can apply to get back seized land

Foreign white farmers settled in Zimbabwe whose land was seized under Robert Mugabe can apply to get it back and will be offered land elsewhere if restitution proves impractical, the government said on Monday. Last month, Zimbabwe agreed to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to local white farmers whose land was forcibly taken by the […]

Guinea’s Conde accepts nomination to seek third term

Guinea President Alpha Conde has accepted his party’s nomination to run in October’s election, the party said on Monday, taking advantage of a new constitution to seek a third term that his opponents say is unconstitutional. Conde, who was first elected in 2010, pushed through a change to the constitution that was approved by a […]

Ghana faults Nigeria’s closure of borders, Buhari’s Executive Order

The simmering diplomatic row between Nigeria and Ghana over the ill treatment to Nigerian traders in the neighbouring country is not about to abate. The Ghanaians have faulted the claims by the Federal Government on the situation as well as other issues of interest raised last week. Apart from insisting that Nigerians are not being […]

Former Central African Republic interim leader to run in December poll

Former Central Africa Republic’s transitional leader Catherine Samba-Panza, who guided the country from 2014 to 2016, has declared she will challenge incumbent President Faustin Archange Touadera in the Dec. 27 election. Samba-Panza, 64, who became the first woman to lead the country of 4.6 million in the wake of a political crisis in 2012-2013, said […]

S.Africa’s ex-leader Zuma, accused of graft, hits out at successor

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma, facing trial for graft, lashed out at his successor Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, accusing him of betraying the ruling African National Congress (ANC) with his stance against corruption. In an unprecedented attack, Zuma, whose decade in power was marked by multiple corruption scandals that are still being investigated, accused […]

Thousands protest in Mauritius over dead dolphins, demand resignations

Thousands of protesters demonstrated in the Mauritius capital Port Louis on Saturday to demand an investigation into an oil spill from a Japanese ship and the mysterious death of at least 40 dolphins that have been found near the site of the spill. Environmentalists have called for an investigation into whether the dolphins died as […]

Sudan signs historic peace deal with five rebel groups

Sudan’s government signed a peace agreement with the country’s five key rebel groups on Monday, a significant step in the transitional leadership’s goal of resolving multiple, deep-rooted civil conflicts. The rebel groups that signed the deal include the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and Minni Minawi’s Sudan Liberation Army (SLA), both of the western region […]

Mali’s neighbours tell junta to transfer power to transitional govt

Mali’s West African neighbours on Friday told the military junta which seized control 10 days ago that it must transfer power to a civilian-led transitional government immediately and hold elections within a year. In exchange, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) committed to lifting sanctions gradually as the coup leaders complied with its […]

Ghana to reopen international air borders from Sept. 1, says president

Ghana will reopen its international airport on Tuesday but with new regulations in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the president announced. Kotoka International Airport, located outside the capital Accra, was closed in March along with other border points in a bid to contain the virus in the west African country. “I am […]

Mali junta says it has released ousted president

Mali’s new military rulers said Thursday that former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was detained during the country’s coup on August 18, had been freed. The junta, which calls itself the National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP), said on Facebook it was “informing public and international opinion that former President Ibrahim Boubacar […]

Tanzanian president Magufuli to face 14 challengers in Oct elections

Tanzanian president John Magufuli will face 14 challengers in elections scheduled for this October, the elections board announced on Wednesday, with analysts saying a divided opposition was likely to ensure he won a second term. His main challengers are likely to be Tundu Lissu, who returned to Tanzania last month after spending nearly three years […]

Ivory Coast president sees growth slowing to 1.8% in 2020

Ivory Coast’s economic growth is expected to slow to 1.8% in 2020 from a projected 7.2% due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, President Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday. Several sectors of the Ivorian economy including agriculture, construction, transport and tourism have been hit by the outbreak that has slowed gross domestic product (GDP) […]

EU freezes Mali training missions after coup

The European Union has suspended its training missions in Mali after the military coup this month that removed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from power, EU officials said on Wednesday. The two missions training Mali’s army and police as part of international efforts to stabilise Mali and extend the state’s authority are frozen because they were […]

Sudan and Ethiopia pledge to push for deal on Blue Nile dam

Ethiopia’s prime minister and Sudan’s leadership said on Tuesday they would make every effort to reach a deal on a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile that has caused a bitter dispute between Addis Ababa and Cairo over water supplies. Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan failed to strike an agreement on the operation of the […]

Zambia court acquits health minister accused of corruption

A Zambian court on Tuesday acquitted Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya after ruling that the prosecution had brought insufficient evidence against him. On July 16, Chilufya had appeared before a Lusaka magistrate and denied four counts of corruption. Prosecutors had alleged that the health minister, on four separate occasions, used money believed to be proceeds from […]

Sudan PM tells Pompeo he’s not authorised to normalise ties with Israel

Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday that he was not mandated to normalise ties with Israel, and the issue should not be linked to Sudan’s removal from a U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list. Pompeo arrived from Israel on what he said was the first official non-stop […]

Morocco rejects normalising ties with Israel -PM

Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani on Sunday rejected any normalisation of relations with Israel. “We refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because this emboldens it to go further in breaching the rights of the Palestinian people,” El Otmani told his Islamist PJD party. The remarks came ahead of a visit to the […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa reprimands finance minister over tweets on Zambia

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has “strongly reprimanded” Finance Minister Tito Mboweni over comments he made on social media about the dismissal of Zambia’s central bank governor, the presidency said on Monday. Zambian President Edgar Lungu fired central bank governor Denny Kalyalya on Saturday without explanation. Mboweni, a former South African Reserve Bank governor, called […]

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara applies to run for third term amid protests

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday submitted his application to run for a third term after more protests by opponents who say the constitution forbids him to contest the October election. Over the weekend several shops and a timber truck were torched during ethnic violence between Ouattara supporters and opposition in the southern city […]

Zimbabwe court denies bail to journalist over anti-govt protests

A Zimbabwean court on Monday denied bail for the third time to a journalist who has been detained for more than a month on charges of inciting public violence over anti-government protests last month. Hopewell Chin’ono, a freelance journalist openly critical of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, used social media to expose corruption in government tenders […]

Mali talks end with no decision on transitional government

Talks between West African mediators and Mali’s military coup leaders ended on Monday after three days of discussions without any decision on the make-up of a transitional government, a junta spokesman said. West Africa’s regional bloc dispatched negotiators to Mali at the weekend in a bid to reverse President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s removal from power […]

Ex-Congo president Lissouba dies at 88

Former Congolese president Pascal Lissouba, who in 1992 won his country’s first multi-party presidential elections, died in France on Monday at the age of 88, his party told AFP. “President Lissouba passed away after an illness,” Pan-African Union for Social Democracy (UPADS) spokesman and MP Honore Sayi said. Lissouba died in Perpignan, southwestern France, he […]

UN in Libya urges probe after violence at protest

The UN mission to Libya on Monday urged the Government of National Accord (GNA) to conduct an “immediate and thorough investigation” after violence at a protest in Tripoli a day earlier. Hundreds gathered in the capital on Sunday evening to protest deteriorating living conditions and denounce corruption in the war-torn country, before security personnel fired […]

South Africa’s Ramaphosa rebukes minister for attacking Zambian leader

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has “strongly reprimanded” his finance minister for challenging the Zambian leader to explain his decision to sack that country’s central bank governor, the presidency said Monday. In a surprise move, Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Saturday fired his respected central bank governor Denny Kalyalya. No reason was given for the […]

West African mediators meet Mali coup leaders

Mediators from West Africa’s regional bloc reached agreement on certain points in talks with Mali’s military junta that are aimed at returning the country to civilian rule, the parties said on Sunday, adding that some outstanding issues remained. The negotiations will continue on Monday, members of both delegations told journalists in Bamako. Leaders of the […]

Mali protest leader steps back as coup leaders promise election

One of Mali’s most influential power brokers, Mahmoud Dicko, will withdraw from politics, his spokesman said, after a meeting on Wednesday with leaders of a military coup who have promised to oversee elections within a “reasonable” time. President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned and dissolved parliament on Tuesday after the mutineers detained him at gunpoint, further […]

Ethiopia protest clashes kill at least nine, most by gunshot, doctors say

Clashes between Ethiopian security forces and protesters demanding the release of an opposition politician and a media magnate have killed at least nine people in the Oromiya region surrounding the capital, health officials said on Thursday. The unrest highlights growing divisions in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Oromo power base as powerful ethnic activists who were […]

Region’s presidents plan Mali visit as junta, opposition close ranks

West African presidents plan to fly to Mali as regional powers escalate efforts to block a coup-driven regime change, two sources said, after an opposition coalition there joined the junta in rejecting foreign interference. Leaders of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) convened over the crisis on Thursday, after it suspended Mali, […]

Somali pirates release last 3 hostages as armed men attack Panama-flagged ship

Somali pirates have released three Iranian hostages held for five years, a maritime security official said on Thursday, as conflicting reports emerged whether another ship had been seized after a three-year hiatus in hijackings. The three Iranians are the last of the crew of the Iranian fishing vessel FV Siraj, which was captured by pirates […]

Dozens of Kenyan doctors strike over lack of PPE, delayed pay

Kenya has a total 30,636 confirmed infections, with 487 deaths, according to health ministry data. Healthcare workers say they have not been given adequate PPE, but the government has said it has distributed enough to go round. Doctors in western Homa Bay and central Embu had gone on strike over delayed or missing salary payments, […]

Ethiopia PM fires defence minister, a one-time ally, in major reshuffle

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday replaced the defence minister, his former ally Lemma Megersa, as part of a reshuffle ahead of elections in the heavily divided nation next year. Lemma was replaced by Kenea Yadeta, the former security chief of Oromiya region, Abiy’s office said on Twitter. Nine other top officials were also replaced, […]

Faction of DR Congo rebel group surrenders after internal revolt

Almost 500 fighters from a faction of one the largest armed groups in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have surrendered to the government just over a month after they attempted to overthrow the group’s leader. Soldiers from the NDC-R, a rebel group seen as having close ties with the national army, sang and danced before […]

South African smokers empty shops of cigarettes after ban lifted

In the latest wave of panic-buying triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, South African smokers on Tuesday snapped up all the cigarettes they could lay their hands on after the lifting of a five-month ban designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. As part of a broader easing of restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday […]

Zimbabwe shortens coronavirus curfew, extends business hours

Zimbabwe has shortened an overnight curfew imposed to combat the coronavirus pandemic and extended business hours despite rising cases, the government said after a weekly cabinet meeting. President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month announced a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew, but Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said this had left commuters stranded without transport. The overnight […]

Sudan ‘astonished’ at spokesman’s remarks about ‘contacts’ with Israel

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said‮‮ ‬‬on Tuesday it was astonished by remarks made by its own spokesman in which he said Khartoum had “contacts” with Israel, stressing that the government had not discussed the possibility of diplomatic relations. Haydar Sadig, the ministry’s spokesman, made the comment earlier in the day and praised the United Arab Emirates’ […]
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