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Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda

Bwera, A 50-year-old woman who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda has died, a health ministry official told AFP Thursday, the second fatality since the virus spread from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. "The deceased has been confirmed as the grandmother of the five-year-old boy who died....

US names special Sudan envoy as protesters demand guarantees

Khartoum, The United States Wednesday named a special envoy to Sudan to find a "peaceful" solution between demonstrators and generals, as protest leaders demanded "international guarantees" for implementing any agreement reached with the army rulers. Shops and restaurants meanwhile began to reopen in Sudan's capital Wednesday after...

Ebola: Profile of a killer

PARIS, Fever, vomiting and severe diarrhoea are among the symptoms of the highly infectious and extremely lethal Ebola virus, which has claimed thousands of lives in a series of outbreaks in Africa since 1976. With the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) latest outbreak spreading to Uganda for...

Ebola claims boy in Uganda first case

A five-year-old boy with the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda has died, sources have confirmed. The child was receiving care at an Ebola treatment centre in Kasese near the western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The source from Kasese, who...

Mali premier visits massacre site as survivors recount ordeal

Bamako, The prime minister of Mali visited the site of one of the country's worst massacres on Tuesday, seeking to reassure terrified residents after an attack that left scores of dead and stoked fears for the fragile Sahel country. The hours-long assault targeted a village in a...

Sudan rivals agree to new talks as protest strike ends: mediator

Khartoum Protest leaders have agreed to end a campaign of civil disobedience launched after a deadly crackdown on demonstrators and to resume talks with Sudan's ruling generals, an Ethiopian mediator said Tuesday. The apparent breakthrough, which the military rulers had yet to confirm, came as a top...

One case of Ebola confirmed in Uganda

A five-year-old boy is being treated for Ebola in Uganda, the first case since an outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo 10 months ago, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday. "The confirmed case is a five-year-old Congolese child who travelled from the DRC with his family...

DR Congo fears 1,500 dead from measles epidemic

KINSHASA, Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have declared an epidemic of measles which may have killed 1,500 people, according to statistical analysis. "We have been seeing an increase in the number of suspected cases of measles since the start of the year, with a...

Sudan businesses shut as protesters keep up civil disobedience

Khartoum, A protest strike kept businesses shut and residents indoors in the Sudanese capital Tuesday as a top US diplomat prepared a visit to press the ruling generals to halt a bloody crackdown. Protest leaders stepped up the pressure on the generals by announcing they would soon...

Uganda stops use of Kenyan currency

Uganda is the latest member of the East African Community (EAC) after Tanzania to stop the use of the Kenyan currency in an effort to curb its banks from being used to launder stolen money back into Kenya. This is after the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) announced...

Sudan crisis: Government propaganda trip exposes schisms

Since Sudan's President of 30 years was toppled in April, the ruling military council that then took power has been in conflict with protesters demanding civilian rule. Scores of protesters have been killed in a crackdown, sparking a nationwide civil disobedience campaign. The BBC's Africa editor, Fergal...

Botswana scraps anti-gay sex laws

Botswana has scrapped colonial-era laws that criminalised gay sex in a landmark case that was being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws. The High Court in Gaborone has ruled that the laws are unconstitutional. More follows

Nearly 100 killed, 19 missing in central Mali village massacre

Bamako, Nearly 100 people were killed in a gruesome overnight attack on a village in central Mali, in the latest violence to strike the fragile region, officials said Monday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the massacre, targeting a village inhabited by the Dogon community,...

Sudanese rebel chief Yasir Arman deported to Juba

Juba, A Sudanese rebel chief said Monday he was deported from Khartoum to South Sudan with two comrades hours after authorities claimed to have released the three men from detention. "I was deported against my will... I have not been released; I have been deported from...

Rwanda reopens border with Uganda for two weeks

Rwandan authorities have temporarily reopened the Gatuna border crossing with Uganda to allow heavy goods vehicles to cross. A diplomatic feud between the two countries saw cross-border movements halted for the last three months disrupting business and daily life for families in both countries. In February Rwanda...

Rising misery as Ethiopia struggles to stem ethnic tensions

Cherqo, More than a year after his house in southern Ethiopia was razed to the ground, his coffee plantation destroyed and cattle stolen, Teketel Memheru is still too terrified to return home. The 22-year-old is one of hundreds of thousands of people uprooted from their homes by...

Sudan forces arrest protest leaders after deadly crackdown

Khartoum,   Security forces have arrested two prominent rebels and an opposition leader, aides said Saturday, just days after a bloody crackdown stifled hopes for Sudan's swift democratic transition. The men were arrested after they held meetings on Friday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who...

Ethiopia PM urges democratic transition in Sudan after deadly crackdown

KHARTOUM, Ethiopia's prime minister Friday called for a "quick" democratic transition in Sudan as he met the country's ruling generals and protest leaders, days after a deadly crackdown killed dozens of demonstrators in the capital. Abiy Ahmed, who has emerged as a key regional leader, arrived in...

Zimbabwe’s President Mnangagwa promises new currency

HARARE, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday promised to introduce a new national currency, 10 years after hyperinflation rendered the Zimbabwean dollar worthless. The country has since used US dollars, the South African rand and, in recent years, two local quasi-currencies that have fallen sharply in value....

Thousands protest price hikes, corruption in Liberia

MONROVIA, Thousands of people took to the streets of Liberia's capital Monrovia Friday to protest rising prices and corruption, posing a key political test for President George Weah. The football icon is being challenged over the same issues on which he campaigned in his rise to the...

Where are Liberia’s missing millions?

Liberians are angry about the apparent disappearance of state funds - and are planning a major protest march on Friday to demand answers. Their anger centres on two scandals: Revelations in 2018 that $15.5 billion Liberian dollars ($104 million, £82 million) of freshly minted currency had disappeared...

14 lions on the loose in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, A pride of 14 lions is on the loose near a mining community bordering South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Friday, and warned members of the public to be alert. The lions have been spotted roaming around the Foskor phosphate mine outside the town of...

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed visits Sudan for talks with military, opposition

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will visit Khartoum on Friday to hold talks with both the military rulers and the opposition group over the country’s political crisis, a source from the Alliance for Freedom and Change said. The source told the Nation that the opposition alliance was...

US ambassador flees teargas at Malawi election protest

LILONGWE, The US ambassador to Malawi was on Thursday forced to hurriedly leave the main opposition party's headquarters as police fired teargas at protests outside over alleged election fraud, she told AFP. Supporters of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) had gathered in the capital Lilongwe in...

AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established

ADDIS ABABA, The African Union on Thursday suspended Sudan, demanding a civilian-led transition authority to resolve a crisis which has claimed over 100 lives. "The AU Peace and Security Council has with immediate effect suspended the participation of the Republic of Sudan in all AU activities until...

Senegal’s Macky Sall denies BBC’s corruption report against brother

Senegal's President Macky Sall has promised to re-establish the truth after a BBC investigation revealed his brother had allegedly benefited from lucrative dealings in the gas sector. The President's brother, Aliou Sall, has denied the claims, which he said were "totally false". The president said he would...

Sudan protesters reject talks after 108 killed in crackdown

KHARTOUM Sudanese protest leaders on Wednesday turned down an offer by the ruling military council for talks and demanded justice for a crackdown that doctors said has left 108 people dead. Security forces moved in to brutally disperse a protest sit-in on Monday. The Rapid Support Forces,...

Sudan rebel leader Yasir Arman detained in Khartoum: spokesperson

KHARTOUM, A senior Sudanese rebel leader who returned to Khartoum to take part in talks with the military was detained Wednesday, a spokesman for his movement said, following an army crackdown on protests. Yasir Arman, deputy chief of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), was seized from...

Sudan crisis: Dozens of bodies pulled from Nile, opposition says

Dozens of bodies have been recovered from the River Nile in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, following a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests, opposition activists say. Doctors linked to the opposition say the 40 bodies are among 100 people believed killed since security forces attacked a protest camp...

Sudan army ruler says open to negotiations ‘with no restriction’

KHARTOUM, Sudan's military ruler General Abdel Fattah Burhan said Wednesday he was open to negotiations on the country's future a day after calling them off amid a bloody crackdown on protesters. "We in the military council open our arms to negotiate with no restriction but the national...
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