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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...

Algerian human rights activist dies in prison: lawyer

ALGIERS, An Algerian human rights campaigner and Mozabite Berber activist died Tuesday in pre-trial detention, his lawyer said, accusing judicial authorities of causing his death. Released in July 2017 after serving two years in prison for public order offences, Kamel Eddine Fekhar was re-arrested in late March...

Angola feud over body of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi

A row has erupted between the Angolan government and the opposition over the planned re-burial of Jonas Savimbi, leader of the Unita rebel movement, whose death 17 years ago brought an end to nearly three decades of civil war. The government was due to have handed...

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in for second term

Abuja, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in for a second term in power on Wednesday, promising again to tackle crippling security threats and end rampant corruption in Africa's key economy. "I do solemnly swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to...

Malawi opposition ‘will not accept election result’

Malawian opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has sais that he will continue to challenge the result of the Malawi election in the court. He was speaking to BBC Focus on Africa in his first interview since his opponent, Peter Mutharika, was announced the winner of the presidential race....

How Nigeria and its president are being held to ransom

The pomp and ceremony of Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration will not mask the huge challenges the 76-year-old Nigerian president faces during his second term in office - in particular the booming business of kidnapping for ransom. RANSOM Even one of the president's relations - a traditional ruler in...

Khama: President Mokgweetsi Masisi is ‘drunk on power’

Botswana's former leader Ian Khama has said that his successor, President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who he used to see "as a brother", is now "drunk on power". "During the period that he was my vice-president I had nothing at all to complain about. Not the way he...

‘Most wanted jihadist’ Hisham al-Ashmawy returned to Egypt

One of Egypt's most wanted jihadists has arrived back in the country after being handed over by the Libyan military strongman, Khalifa Haftar. Hisham al-Ashmawy, a former Egyptian special forces officer, was detained in Libya late last year. He is wanted in connection with several attacks. These...

Papua New Guinea PM Peter O’Neill resigns

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea's veteran prime minister formally resigned on Wednesday, easing a months-long political crisis and calling a multi-billion-dollar French and US-backed gas deal into doubt. Facing a vote of no confidence he looked sure to lose, Peter O'Neill told parliament that he had...

Lake Mai-Ndombe disaster: ‘Older boats’ to be banned

Wooden passenger boats that are more than five years old are to be banned from a lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo where hundreds of people are feared to have drowned at the weekend. Some 45 people are known to have died when an overcrowded boat...

Sudan protesters strike as deadlock with military persists

KHARTOUM, Thousands of Sudanese workers began a national strike on Tuesday, leaving air and bus passengers stranded as protesters piled pressure on the military to hand power to a civilian administration. The leaders of an umbrella protest movement remain at loggerheads with army generals who ousted president...

Houses, property damaged in Uganda floods

Heavy rains in the Uganda on Sunday caused serious damage as homes were flooded. Many household items were destroyed and some residents were forced to seek shelter elsewhere as water filled their houses. They spent the better part of Monday draining water out of their flooded houses...

Malawi’s president re-elected amid vote-rigging claims

Blantyre, Malawi Malawian President Peter Mutharika has won re-election by a narrow margin, official results showed Monday, holding on to power in a ballot marked by fraud allegations. The final count of last week's vote was released after a court battle, with opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera obtaining...

Sudan Islamists back army in push to preserve sharia

KHARTOUM, With talks suspended between protest leaders and Sudan's military over a transfer of power to civilian rule, Islamist movements are backing the army in the hope it will keep sharia law in place. Islamist parties stayed on the sidelines during the months of nationwide protests that...

Somalia’s frightening network of Islamist spies

Somalia's militant Islamists remain relatively undiminished, despite a 12-year UN-backed campaign against them, largely thanks to its sophisticated web of spies, writes the BBC's Mary Harper. Often, when I return to the UK from Somalia, I get a phone call from al-Shabaab. It usually happens even before...

Three dead in new attack on Burkina Faso church

Ouagadougou, Three people were killed Sunday at a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso in the latest in a series of attacks on Christian targets in the region, a security source said. "Heavily armed individuals attacked the church... as the faithful were celebrating Sunday mass" in the...
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