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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...

Gunfire echoes in Khartoum as protest crackdown leaves 60 dead

Khartoum, Gunfire crackled in Sudan's capital Wednesday as tensions remained high after a two-day crackdown that doctors close to the country's protest movement said had left at least 60 people dead. Despite mounting international concern at what demonstrators called a "bloody massacre", a bid at the...

Sudan crisis: Death toll rises to 60 says opposition

The number of people killed in Sudan has risen to 60, an opposition doctors' group says, as paramilitary forces push deeper into Khartoum. The revised death toll came after two days of unrest which began when forces of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) fired on unarmed protesters....

Ebola outbreak: More than 2,000 cases reported in DR Congo

More than 2,000 cases of Ebola have been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 10 months, officials have said. Two thirds of the cases have been fatal, the health ministry added. The outbreak in the east of DR Congo is the second biggest...

US, Britain denounce Sudan military rulers’ election plan

The United States, Britain and Norway on Tuesday denounced a plan by Sudan's military rulers to hold elections after a deadly crackdown on protesters, calling instead for an "orderly transition" to civilian rule. "By ordering these attacks, the Transitional Military Council has put the transition process and...

Sudan protesters reject army election plan after deadly crackdown

KHARTOUM, Sudan's protest movement called Tuesday for fresh rallies and rejected the military rulers' election plan after more than 35 people were killed in what demonstrators called a "bloody massacre" by security forces. Protest leaders called on their supporters to take part in "total civil disobedience" to...

Tanzania’s John Magufuli shops with basket after plastic bag ban

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has made a surprise visit to a fish market sporting a wicker basket in a move to support a new plastic bag ban. It is unusual for a man to carry a shopping basket in Tanzania, especially someone of the president's status. His...

Twelve feared dead in DR Congo militia attack

BENI, Up to 12 people were killed late Monday when a militia group attacked the city of Beni in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local sources told AFP. "The provisional toll is 12 civilians killed by machete and firearms," deputy mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha said Tuesday. Violence resumed...

More than 35 dead after Sudan forces break up sit-in

Khartoum, More than 35 protesters were killed and hundreds wounded Monday when Sudan's military rulers broke up a sit-in outside army headquarters in Khartoum, a doctors committee close to demonstrators said. "The number of people who were killed by the Military Council in front of the military...

Sudan military ruler calls for elections within nine months

KHARTOUM, Sudan's army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said Tuesday the country's military rulers had decided to cancel what they had previously agreed with protesters about the country's transition and called for elections within nine months. It came the after Sudan's military forcefully broke up a weeks-long...

Guterres condemns excessive force against Sudan protesters

United Nations, United States, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday condemned the use of excessive force by Sudan's security forces against protesters and called for an independent investigation into the deaths from the violence. Guterres said he was "alarmed" by reports that security forces had opened...

Death toll in Sudan protests rises to 13 as sit-in dispersed

Khartoum Sudan's military rulers forcibly broke up a weeks-long sit-in outside Khartoum's army headquarters on Monday leaving at least 13 dead, a doctors' committee said as gunfire echoed from the site. Heavily armed security forces in pick-up trucks mounted with machine guns were deployed in large numbers...

Egypt calls for talks in Sudan as military disperses protestors

Cairo Egypt has urged all sides in Sudan to return to the negotiating table as security forces moved to break up a weeks-long protest camp in Khartoum. Violence erupted at the sit-in outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital earlier Monday leaving at least nine protesters...

Sudan’s five months of anti-government protests

Khartoum The sit-in protest outside Sudan's army headquarters in Khartoum that authorities used deadly force to try to disperse Monday began in April and stayed put even after president Omar al-Bashir's ouster. The thousands of demonstrators at the camp are demanding civilian rule in the tightly controlled...

Nine dead as Sudan military rulers try to disperse sit-in

Khartoum Nine protesters were shot dead Monday as Sudan's ruling military tried to break up a sit-in protest outside army headquarters in Khartoum, a doctors' committee close to demonstrators said.It said the death toll "from the massacre today has risen to nine martyrs, with four new martyrs,"...

BP to pay billions for suspicious Senegal gas deal

BP has agreed to pay around $10 billion (Sh1 trillion) to a businessman involved in a suspicious energy deal. The energy giant bought Frank Timis' stake in a gas field off the coast of Senegal for $250 million in 2017. But documents obtained by BBC Panorama and...

Ex-president Ian Khama condemns successor Mokgweetsi Masisi

Johannesburg Botswanan former president Ian Khama has accused the man he chose to succeed him of becoming an autocrat and threatening the country's reputation as a beacon of stability in Africa. Khama, 66, last week left the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in a culmination of a dramatic...

Botswana ex-president Ian Khama slams successor Masisi

JOHANNESBURG, Botswanan former President Ian Khama has accused his chosen successor of becoming an autocrat and threatening the country's reputation as a beacon of stability in Africa. Mr Khama, 66, last week left the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in a culmination of a dramatic fall-out with...

Angola rebel Jonas Savimbi gets reburial 17 years after death

LUANDA, Former leader of Angola's rebel Unita movement Jonas Savimbi will be reinterred Saturday, 17 years after he was killed in a shootout with government soldiers that spelt the end to the country's long civil war. Angola, a former Portuguese colony, became a Cold War battleground after...

Angola rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in key dates

LUANDA, Key dates in the life of Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi, who was killed in a fight with government forces in 2002 and is to be reburied on Saturday: August 3, 1934: Jonas Malheiro Savimbi is born in a village in eastern Angola's Moxico Province, the...

Tanzania latest African nation to ban plastic bags

NAIROBI, A plastic bag ban comes into force in Tanzania on Saturday, as Africa leads efforts to stem the tide of plastic blighting the farthest reaches of the globe, and depths of the ocean. Tanzania is banning the importation, production, sale and use of plastic bags, becoming...

The man who couldn’t be buried until his son became president

After a two-year delay, the body of the father of Democratic Republic of Congo's president is to lie in state in his home country. Veteran opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi died in Belgium in February 2017, aged 84. But his body stayed in Brussels because of a row...

Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari skips inauguration dinner

ABUJA, Nigeria faces the "best years" ahead under President Muhammadu Buhari, his deputy promised at the late Wednesday inauguration banquet for his second term -- celebrations which the head of state did not attend. "On behalf of Mr President, please accept our deepest gratitude for your support...

Deported MTN boss returns to Uganda after presidential pardon

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has pardoned deported MTN Uganda chief executive officer Wim Vanhelleputte and ordered the Immigration Department to remove him from the Stop List. Mr Vanhelleputte, who was deported in February over allegations of undermining state security, is expected back in Uganda Thursday aboard a...

South Africa gets gender-balanced cabinet

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a new Cabinet in which, for the first time in the country's history, half of all ministers are women. In another unexpected move, one of the women is from the opposition. He appointed veteran opposition politician Patricia de Lille, who...

Angola ex-rebel chief Savimbi to be buried on Saturday: family

LUANDA, Angola's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Unita, said Wednesday it planned to go ahead with a public funeral this weekend for its ex-leader Jonas Savimbi after a dispute with the government over the handling of his remains. Mr Savimbi, a charismatic, controversial warlord who...

Sudan central bankers lead strike as pressure mounts on generals

Khartoum, Hundreds of workers at Sudan's banks and government offices, including the key oil ministry, went on strike for a second day Wednesday to demand the country's ruling generals step down. The two-day strike aims to pressure the military council that took power after ousting longtime president...
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