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Dilemma in Gabon’s forest conservation and economic interests

Gabonese unhappy about country's 90 percent forest...

Sudan PM meets Darfur rebel chief in ‘essential’ step to peace: Macron

We discussed the roots of the Sudanese crisis and possibilities for a solution, Hamdok...

Five more armed groups set to join Sudan peace talks

The Sudan peace talks going on in Juba, South Sudan have received a significant boost after five rebel movements signalled their intention to join the negotiations. About 2,500 kilometers away in Addis Ababa days earlier the groups that are not part of the Juba Declaration that is guiding the talks...

Gabon’s Bongo vows to ‘complete mission’ despite health speculation

Libreville Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba on Wednesday completed a decade in office, vowing to push ahead with economic reforms and an anti-corruption drive despite questions over his health after suffering a stroke nearly a year ago. "I feel good. And feeling better and better each day," Bongo said in an...

Price of bread rises 60pc overnight in Zimbabwe

Harare, The price of bread shot up 60 percent overnight in Zimbabwe, in the latest blow for a population already struggling with spiralling living costs. Zimbabweans can barely keep pace with the price rises that have rekindled fears of hyperinflation which reached 500 billion percent a decade ago and...

Nigeria town celebrates claim as ‘twins capital’ of world

Igbo-Ora The sign greeting visitors at the entrance of Igbo-Ora in southwest Nigeria welcomes people to a place unlike anywhere on the planet: "TWINS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD". The rather sleepy-looking town boasts of having the highest concentration of multiple births than  any place on the globe. To celebrate its self-proclaimed title...

Wreckage missing DR Congo plane found

Kananga Search teams have found wreckage from a government cargo plane that went missing last week in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a senior aid worker said Tuesday. The wreck of the Antonov 72 was found in Sankuru province in the centre of the country, Crispin Mukadi from the Catholic Relief...

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma to appeal against corruption trial

Pietermaritzburg South Africa's embattled former president Jacob Zuma will appeal against a court ruling that he stand trial on corruption charges, his lawyer said Tuesday. Zuma's last-minute appeal will delay the case over bribery allegations dating back to a 1990s arms deal. He dismissed the charges as a conspiracy. The trial would...

Polls open in tense Mozambique election

Voting got under way on Tuesday in tense Mozambique elections that are feared could test the country's fragile peace, after a heated campaign marred by violence and allegations of electoral fraud. President Filipe Nyusi cast his vote as polls opened at 7:00 am (0500 GMT) for his ruling Frelimo party,...

In the dark: Electricity a ‘luxury’ in poor Madagascar

Ambohimasindray, Raymond Rakotondrasoa surveys the charred remains of his mud and thatched-roofed house in Madagascar. "I left a candle burning on my bedside table," the 70-year-old says. "It fell and set fire to my clothes before spreading." The retired construction worker is lucky to be alive. "If it had happened during the...

Nigerian police rescue hundreds from another ‘torture house’

Kano, Police in northern Nigeria said on Monday they rescued over 300 young men from an Islamic boarding school where they were chained and sexually abused, the second such operation in a month. A police team raided the school in Daura in Katsina state after some students escaped from their hostel...

16-year-old boy killed, four injured in Guinea protests

CONAKRY A 16-year-old boy was killed and four other people were injured Monday when police in the Guinean capital Conakry opened fire in clashes with protestors, a doctor said. The incident happened in the suburb of Sonfonia Gare, on a day of demonstrations called to oppose constitutional changes that could enable...

Ian Khama discredits former party, backs opposition ahead of poll

Serowe Botswana's influential former president Ian Khama on Sunday threw his weight behind the opposition, a fierce critic of his when he was leader, in a bid to oust his handpicked successor in the country's upcoming elections. Earlier this year Khama dramatically defected from the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP), which...

Guinea activists held as demos loom over Conde’s 3rd term ambition

Conakry Six Guinean opposition figures remained in custody at an "unknown location" on Sunday after they were arrested ahead of planned protests against a possible bid by octogenarian President Alpha Conde to seek a third term, their lawyer said. The six men spearheaded the formation in April of the National Front...

Zimbabwe doctors defy court, enter 43rd day of strike

HARARE, Striking Zimbabwe doctors on Monday defied a court order to return to work, saying a pay rise offered by the government failed to meet everyday costs. Doctors remained home for a 43rd consecutive day, striking for better pay after their salaries were eroded by the country's spiralling inflation. Zimbabwe's labour court...

Ugandan father of 100 marries four new wives

It is often said that art imitates life and in Ntungamo District in western Uganda a famous play by Wole Soyinka, The Lion and the Jewel, comes alive in the form of Nulu Ssemakula. The 94-year-old Ssemakula recently expanded his already bloated household by adding not one or two,...

China seeks support from Africa on Uighur policy

China has defended programmes implemented in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, where Beijing has been accused of violating human rights. This week, Foreign Ministry officials circulated documents detailing “the redevelopment of Xinjiang” and rejected accusations of punishing locals. A White Paper on “the Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights...

Duale urges President Farmajo to make peace with Jubbaland

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has asked Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo to forge unity of purpose and put the interest of the Somali people above personal interest. Mr Duale further challenged the leader to begin a path of reconciliation and partnership between the federal government and Jubbaland administration...

16 killed in Burkina Faso mosque attack: security sources

Ouagadougou, Sixteen people died and two were seriously injured in an attack on a mosque in Burkina Faso's volatile north, security sources said Saturday. Armed men attacked the Grand Mosque in Salmossi on Friday evening, a source told AFP, adding that 13 died on the spot and three succumbed to...

Jihadist attacks kill seven in Nigeria: local sources

Gunmen raided a military post in the town of Gajiganna in Borno State late Friday.

Ethiopia turns former palace, torture site into tourist draw

Addis Ababa A palace that once housed Ethiopia's emperors and also served as a torture site under the communist Derg regime is to open to the public in a controversial government tourism project. The palace compound in Addis Ababa, which Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government has rebranded "Unity Park", was formally...

South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma to face corruption trial

Pietermaritzburg, South Africa's scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma will face a corruption trial, a court ruled Friday, in one of multiple alleged graft cases over his long political career. The country's High Court unanimously dismissed Zuma's bid for a permanent stay of prosecution over 16 counts of fraud, racketeering and...

Abiy Ahmed: Meteoric rise of the man trying to remould Ethiopia

Addis Ababa The son of poor villagers, a spy boss, and now the man behind dizzying attempts to reform Africa's fastest-growing economy and heal wounds with Ethiopia's neighbours, Abiy Ahmed has seen an unpredictable and peril-strewn rise to fame. Another chapter was added to his remarkable tale on Friday when he...

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

Hailed as a visionary and reformer, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighbouring foe Eritrea. Abiy was honoured "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to...

S.Africa president calls for tolerance towards migrants

Cape Town President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday urged South Africans to be tolerant of migrants following recent xenophobic violence, as hundreds of refugees camped outside UN offices demanding to be removed from the country, fearing for their safety. "We are insisting there needs to be more tolerance, there needs to be...

Somalia summons Kenyan envoy over airspace violation

Somalia has summoned the Kenyan ambassador to Mogadishu after accusing Kenya of violating its airspace, amid soaring relations between the neighbour countries over a maritime border dispute. Lt Gen (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo was summoned by Somali State Minister Mr Abdulkadir Ahmed-Kheri Abdi who handed him a protest note demanding an...

US blacklists S. Africa’s Gupta family over ‘widespread corruption’

Washington The US Treasury announced sanctions Thursday on South Africa's Gupta family and associate Salim Essa, calling them a "significant corruption network" that dispersed bribes and misappropriated millions in state funds. The wealthy, Indian-born Guptas are at the centre of a judicial inquiry into rampant corruption during the nine-year administration of...

Tunisia presidential hopeful walks free from jail in time for runoff

Tunis Tunisia's presidential candidate Nabil Karoui received a hero's welcome as he walked free from jail Wednesday, just days ahead of a runoff against a political newcomer. Karoui's release is the latest twist in a shock election dominated by political outsiders in the country whose 2011 revolution sparked a wave of...

Bobi Wine engages police in cat and mouse chase

KAMPALA, As Ugandans celebrated 57 years of independence on Wednesday, Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, engaged police in a cat and mouse race in Kampala and its suburbs. By dawn, police had laid siege at his home in Magere, on the outskirts of the city, ostensibly to stop...

US wants Riek Machar in South Sudan unity government

Juba  The US has warned it will not accept any transitional unity government in Juba that excludes Dr Riek Machar, (R) the leader of the main rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement Army-in opposition (SPLM/A-IO). The US ambassador to South Sudan, Mr Thomas Hushek, said the warring parties must get...
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