Africa

  • April 6, 2020

    Former Libya...

    Jibril was interim leader until the country held its first free elections in 2012 following the removal of Gaddafi. Jibril, who was in his late 60s, had mainly lived in Egypt in recent years [File: Mahmud Turkia/AFP]   Mahmoud Jibril, the former head of the Libyan rebel government that overthrew...

  • April 6, 2020

    East Africa’s...

    Some artists in the region are hoping the international attention will help them get recognition.   With growing interest from international auction houses and a flourishing gallery scene at home, East African art is catching on with global collectors and a new generation of local buyers. The region may lag...

  • April 6, 2020

    South Sudan...

    Country’s vice-president says 29-year old patient showed symptoms on April 2 and is being treated in isolation. President Kiir last week imposed a curfew from 8pm to 6am for six weeks and closed borders, airports, schools, churches and mosques [Alex McBride/AFP]   South Sudan has confirmed its first case of...

  • April 6, 2020

    A family...

    Civilians paying a heavy price as al-Shabab punishes them and US drone attacks kill them, Somali politician says. Trump has relaxed some of the rules limiting civilian casualties and designated large swathes of Somalia as ‘areas of active hostilities’ [Isaac Brekken/Getty]   It was a warm Sunday night and the...

  • April 5, 2020

    Racism row...

    Two doctors spark criticism for discussing in a TV show the idea of testing a vaccine for the coronavirus in Africa. Africa is currently the continent least affected by COVID-19, with nearly 7,500 cases and more than 320 deaths [File: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP]   Two French doctors have been accused of...

  • April 5, 2020

    Libya: Coronavirus...

    Experts warn of dangers facing the 700,000 refugees and migrants already subjected to ‘unimaginable horrors’ in Libya. Libya is a major gateway for migrants and refugees hoping to reach Europe [Manu Brabo/AP Photo]   An outbreak of the coronavirus in Libya could be “truly catastrophic” for the internally displaced people...

  • April 4, 2020

    Mali: Abducted...

    Negotiations with kidnappers of leading opposition leader ‘continue normally’, his party says. Soumaila Cisse is a former minister of finance who has run for president of Mali three times [File: Annie Risemberg/Reuters]   Leading Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse is “doing well” more than a week since his abduction, his...

  • April 4, 2020

    Alarm as...

    Flight restrictions delay pesticide deliveries in the region, where locusts are on the verge of devastating crops. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has secured about $111m of funding towards fighting the locust swarms [Baz Ratner/Reuters]   Coronavirus-linked flight restrictions are hampering efforts to wipe out locust...

  • April 4, 2020

    ‘Major recession’...

    World Bank says economic crunch likely to hit poorest countries hardest as infections hit almost 1.1 million people. The world’s two leading financial institutions have warned of dire economic disruptions as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, with record number of deaths and infections reported in Europe...

  • April 3, 2020

    UK ‘must...

    The status quo in the occupied Palestinian territories is ‘unacceptable’, said Sir Vincent Fean. Sir Vincent Fean was the United Kingdom’s consul-general to Jerusalem between 2010 and 2014 [Photo courtesy of the Balfour Project]   Glasgow, United Kingdom – The Conservative British government must be pressed “to recognise the state of...

  • April 3, 2020

    Former Somali...

    Somalia announces three-day mourning period after Nur Hassan Hussein, celebrated as an influential leader, dies at 83. Nur Hassan Hussein served as Somalia’s prime minister between 2007 and 2009 [Horacio Villalobos/EPA]   Somalia has entered a three-day mourning period after Nur Hassan Hussein, the former prime minister, died in a...

  • April 3, 2020

    Tracking Africa’s...

    Experts warn fragile healthcare systems in many nations could be overwhelmed in the face of a severe COVID-19 outbreak. Most countries on the continent have put in place restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus [Rogan Ward/Reuters]   Less than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to...

  • April 3, 2020

    Fury in...

    Growing calls for police to be held accountable for excessive violence used to enforce COVID-19-related restrictions. Kenyan police carrying batons and tear gas patrol looking for people out after curfew in the Kibera slum, or informal settlement, of Nairobi [Brian Inganga/AP Photo]   Nairobi, Kenya – Since November, Emily Nyambura had...

  • April 3, 2020

    Covid-19: Togo...

    Togo President Faure Gnassingbé has declared a 3-month state of emergency to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The President said the seriousness of the situation warrants a quick response, which includes the immediate start of a curfew from 7pm to 6am local time. President Gnassingbe announced that an...

  • April 2, 2020

    Acclaimed South...

    Ramjee was internationally recognised for her work in the field of microbicide research. Ramjee received awards for her work in finding new HIV prevention methods [Facebook]   Gita Ramjee, a world-renowned scientist from South Africa, has died due to the coronavirus. Ramjee died on Tuesday a hospital in Durban on the East...

  • April 2, 2020

    Kenyan president...

    Police accused of using heavy-handed tactics to enforce the dusk to dawn curfew since its introduction on Friday. Relatives carry the body of 13-year-old Yasin Hussein Moyo for burial who was shot and killed by a bullet in the violence [Brian Inganga/AP Photo]   Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has apologised...

  • April 2, 2020

    Tracking Africa’s...

    More than 200 people have died from COVID-19 including former heads of state since first case was confirmed in February. Most countries on the continent have put in place restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus [Rogan Ward/Reuters] Less than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to...

  • April 1, 2020

    Malian parliamentary...

    Election observers report a series of polling day incidents in volatile north and centre of the country. Voters in the war-torn West African country cast their ballots on Sunday to choose new MPs [Souleymane Ag Anara/AFP]   Mali’s parliamentary elections were marred by kidnappings, ransacked polling stations and a deadly...

  • April 1, 2020

    Ethiopia postpones...

    Ethiopia’s electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of the coronavirus pandemic. A new schedule would be announced once the threat of the pandemic was over, the board said. Much of its planning had been hit by the disruption caused by coronavirus, such as obtaining election materials...

  • March 31, 2020

    Somali governor...

    Abdisalan Hassan, Nugaal region governor, killed after al-Shabab bomber rushed to his vehicle and detonated explosives. Al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda-linked group, wants to overthrow Somalia’s government [File: Al Jazeera]   A local official in northeastern Somalia has been killed in a suicide bomb blast claimed by the al-Shabab armed group, according to police...

  • March 31, 2020

    Congo’s ex-President...

    The former president of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, has died in Paris from complications related to coronavirus. He was 81 years old. His family said he had been ill before contracting the virus. Mr Yhombi-Opango led Congo-Brazzaville from 1977 until he was toppled in 1979 by the...

  • March 30, 2020

    Polls close...

    Long-delayed parliamentary elections overshadowed by kidnapping of opposition leader, concerns over coronavirus. Voters stand in queue at a polling station in Gao, Mali [Souleymane Ag Anara/AFP]   Polls have closed in Mali’s long-delayed parliamentary elections which were held despite concerns about security and the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday’s vote came hours...

  • March 30, 2020

    COVID-19: Kenyans...

    Day labourers, informal traders feel the heat as steps against coronavirus pandemic hit East Africa’s largest economy Kenya confirmed its first coronavirus case on March 13 [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters]   Nairobi, Kenya – Like many others in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, Gerrard Ogut has decided to send his family to his village in...

  • March 30, 2020

    New front:...

    A severe coronavirus outbreak in camps hosting vulnerable people across the continent will have disastrous consequences.   Scary, distressing, catastrophic: A bleak assessment by experts, humanitarians and epidemiologists on what a severe coronavirus outbreak would look like in countries across Africa sheltering millions of refugees and other vulnerable people. The...

  • March 30, 2020

    Three soldiers...

    A homemade bomb killed three soldiers in north-west Burkina Faso on Sunday. The attack happened after a patrol vehicle drove over a mine in Gomboro in the Sourou province, according to Le Faso news website. Two soldiers died on the spot while the third one succumbed to injuries while being...

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