World

  • January 23, 2020

    Burundi to...

    Approval of golden parachute comes months before polls which President Pierre Nkurunziza says will not contest. President Pierre Nkurunziza has said he will not run in the May 20 election [Evrard Ngendakumana/Reuters]   A luxury villa and a one-off sum equivalent to more than $500,000 – that is what presidents...

  • January 23, 2020

    South Africa’s...

    Children, often undocumented and unaccompanied, risk the dangerous crossing into South Africa in hope of a better life. People await transport and conduct business at Beitbridge, at the South Africa-Zimbabwe border [Yeshiel Panchia/Al Jazeera]   According to the World Bank, in 2017 there were approximately four million migrants in South...

  • January 23, 2020

    Burkina Faso:...

    ‘Terrorist’ attack on village market in Sanmatenga province leaves dozens of people dead, government says. In recent months, Burkina Faso’s army has had a series of successes, claiming to have killed 100 fighters in many operations [Luc Gnago/Reuters]   Burkina Faso’s government has declared two days of national mourning following...

  • January 23, 2020

    Algeria to...

    Meeting of ministers from Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad, Mali and Niger follows world leaders’ summit on shoring up truce. Haftar’s battle for Tripoli has displaced tens of thousands of people since April 2019 [Ismail Zitouny/Reuters]   Algeria will host foreign affairs ministers from six northern and sub-Saharan African countries on Thursday to discuss...

  • January 22, 2020

    Trump confirms...

    Trump tells Wall Street Journal he’s planning on adding additional countries to an updated version of his travel ban. Protesters gathering outside the US Supreme Court, while court justices consider case regarding presidential powers on the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban [File: Yuri Gripas/Reuters]   US President Donald Trump has...

  • January 22, 2020

    West Africa...

    West African states to discuss tackling piracy as region prepares for oil, gas discovered in Senegal, Mauritania waters.   The Gulf of Guinea is now one of the world’s most dangerous places for piracy as the number of ships hijacked there has more than doubled in the past year. So...

  • January 22, 2020

    Gang on...

    A woman who worked at the palace is alleged to be the group’s ringleader. The Royal Palace, or Dar el-Makhze, in Marrakesh was first built in the 12th century and remodelled in the 16th and 17th centuries [Getty Images]   A group of 25 people face trial in Morocco in connection with...

  • January 22, 2020

    Do airlines...

    From old, dirty planes to hostile attitudes on board, people travelling from the continent describe second-rate service. Chibuzo Okereke said that an Air France flight she took from Nigeria was on an old aircraft and not fully equipped [Courtesy: Chibuzo Okereke]   Lagos, Nigeria – African travellers flying on international airlines...

  • January 22, 2020

    US deports...

    Northeastern University student’s case raises new questions about treatment of Iranians by immigration authorities. Protesters stand outside the federal court where a hearing was scheduled for Northeastern University student Shahab Dehghani [Philip Marcelo/AP Photo]   US immigration officials on Monday deported an Iranian student headed to a Boston university despite...

  • January 21, 2020

    Mind the...

    A new report by Oxfam shows that the world’s wealthiest 1 percent continue to control more wealth than most others. More women who do unpaid care work are left out of the paid labour force during their most productive years, compared with men, according to Oxfam [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters] Economic inequality is...

  • January 21, 2020

    What price...

    If Brexit Britain turns into a tax haven, the impact of capital flight will be dramatic, say campaigners. The UK’s Prince Harry and Boris Johnson opened the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday, as campaigners warned Brexit could cost African economies dearly [Stefan Rousseau/Pool/Reuters]   In his new year...

  • January 21, 2020

    How Angola’s...

    Businesswoman and daughter of ex-president dismisses Luanda Leaks as ‘witch-hunt’ meant to discredit her and her father. Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and daughter of Angola’s former president, allegedly siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts, according to leaked documents. On Monday, however, dos...

  • January 21, 2020

    Suicide bomber...

    Deadly attack by a female bomber in the village of Kaiga-Kindjiria was blamed on the armed group, Boko Haram.   Nine civilians died in western Chad after a female suicide bomber detonated explosives in an area targeted in the past by the  Boko Haram armed group, officials said on Monday. Chad is one of...

  • January 21, 2020

    In Pictures:...

    Officials warn numerous swarms pose ‘unprecedented’ threat to food security and livelihoods in parts of the region. A group of men attempts to fend off a swarm of desert locusts flying over grazing land in Lemasulani, a village in Kenya’s Samburu county. NJERI MWANGI/REUTERS A serious outbreak of locusts is spreading...

  • January 20, 2020

    Comoros votes...

    Opposition parties said they would not contest 24 national assembly seats after failing to obtain election guarantees.   President Azali Assouman (L) urged the opposition parties to drop the boycott threat in the run-up to the vote [Ibrahim Youssouf/AFP]   Voters in Comoros are casting their ballots in the first round...

  • January 20, 2020

    Commander Khalifa...

    Libya’s national oil company says shutdown will cut oil production by 800,000 barrels per day.   Libya’s largest oilfield and a second major one in the southwest began shutting down on Sunday after forces loyal to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar closed a pipeline connecting them to the coast. The...

  • January 20, 2020

    No more...

    Reports of arms, troops, and cash flooding into Libya from foreign allies has sparked concerns of further bloodshed.   Berlin, Germany – Several major powers signed a landmark agreement to limit foreign interference in the war in Libya and to push warring factions in the troubled North African nation towards a...

  • January 20, 2020

    Schumer on...

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday night he is prepared to “force votes for witnesses and documents” in the Senate impeachment trial if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not call for it in his proposal. “We have the right to do it, We are going to do it...

  • January 20, 2020

    Libya civil...

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that major powers are “fully committed” to a peaceful resolution in Libya after a summit in Berlin. World leaders have pledged not to interfere in Libya’s ongoing civil conflict, and have vowed to uphold a UN arms embargo. The conflict pits powerful General Khalifa...

  • January 20, 2020

    Harry and...

    The Duke of Sussex has said he is “taking a leap of faith” in stepping back from his life as a member of the Royal Family but said “there really was no other option”. Speaking at an event on Sunday evening, he said he wanted to make it clear he...

  • January 19, 2020

    UN Libya...

    The call comes after Libya’s national oil company warned against attempts to blockade ports ahead of the Berlin summit.   Friday’s warning comes after tribes close to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar called for a blockade of coastal oil export terminals [File: Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters]   The United Nations mission...

  • January 19, 2020

    Cambridge Analytica...

    The latest Cambridge Analytica leaks show just how compromised voting – one of the pillars of democracy – has become. A new trove of documents from Cambridge Analytica and its parent company SCL Group were released on January 1 [File: Reuters/Henry Nicholls]   In the early hours of January 1,...

  • January 19, 2020

    Somalia: Turkish...

    Four killed in blast claimed by al-Shabab that apparently targeted Turkish engineers working on a road near Mogadishu. Paramedics carry an unidentified man injured in the explosion in Afgoye in Somalia [Feisal Omar/Reuters]   At least four people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide car bomb...

  • January 19, 2020

    All eyes...

    Representatives from Libya’s warring sides, as well as from several nations, due to meet in latest bid to end fighting. Libya was thrown into turmoil following the killing of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 [File: Esam Omran al-Fetori/Reuters]   Berlin, Germany – The two leading parties in Libya’s war, as well as...

  • January 19, 2020

    Trump impeachment:...

    US President Donald Trump’s legal team has given its first formal response to the impeachment charges against him, describing the case as a “dangerous attack” on democracy. The document said the impeachment articles failed to allege any crime and were a “brazen” attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections....

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