Africa

  • May 21, 2019

    Is Ebola...

    Doctors are alarmed by the rapid spread of the worst outbreak in the country’s history. Doctors say they’re terrified by the spread of the worst-ever Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 1,100 people have died since August. There are 1,760 reported cases; a fifth of them in the past...

  • May 21, 2019

    South Africa:...

    Legal representatives for scandal-plagued former President Jacob Zuma argue he is a victim of ‘mob justice’. Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have alleged the former South African president is being treated unfairly by prosecutors amid a bid by the erstwhile leader to have corruption charges levelled against him dropped. Former South African President Jacob...

  • May 21, 2019

    Libya armed...

    UN says water interruption by armed group ‘may be considered war crimes’: Tripoli government blames to Haftar’s forces. Gunmen have cut off the main water pipeline to Libya’s besieged capital Tripoli, spelling more misery for residents already reeling from weeks of fighting, residents and officials said.   Armed men on Sunday raided...

  • May 16, 2019

    ISIL claims...

    Ambush on troops took place on Tuesday near Tongo Tongo, close to the Niger-Mali border in the restive Sahel region. The death toll from Tuesday’s ambush on Nigerien troops near the border with Mali has risen to 28, an army spokesman and security sources have said, as ISIL claimed responsibility for...

  • May 16, 2019

    Security concerns...

    Several killed in attacks in northern Cabo Delgado province but aid groups say violence won’t hamper cyclone relief. Macomia, Mozambique – A series of deadly attacks across northern Mozambique has shaken the region in the aftermath of a cyclone disaster. Louis Jose Batista sits with his son outside their home in Zone...

  • May 15, 2019

    Gabon vows...

    Government says 353 containers of protected hardwood that was illegally felled have disappeared from its custody. Gabon’s government has vowed to find and punish those responsible for the disappearance of more than 350 containers of protected hardwood worth nearly $250m.   President Bongo took over upon his father Omar’s death...

  • May 15, 2019

    Sudan opposition...

    Protesters blame military rulers for Monday’s violence, while TMC says armed infiltrators carried out the attack. Sudan’s opposition alliance blamed the ruling military council for renewed deadly street violence, demanding an independent investigation into the attacks that complicated efforts to negotiate a handover to civilian power. Monday’s fatalities are the...

  • May 14, 2019

    Violence flares...

    One protester and one army major killed as tear gas and live rounds fired against protesters, leaving many wounded. At least one protester and one army major have been killed in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, hours after protest leaders and the ruling generals reached a deal on transitional authorities to run...

  • May 13, 2019

    Anti-Boko Haram...

    The 894 children, including 106 girls, had been in the ranks of the government-backed Civilian Joint Task Force. Almost 900 children held by a pro-government force fighting the Boko Haram armed group in northeastern Nigeria have been freed, according to the United Nations. CJTF released a similar number of children from its ranks in October last...

  • May 13, 2019

    In southern...

    In a poor community, practice known as nyumba mboke allows same-sex arranged marriage but surrogates are being abused. Migori County, Kenya: In a southwestern Kenyan village near the border with Tanzania, Grace Boke, a 19-year-old mother of three girls, lives with her wife – a woman who was unable to bear her own...

  • May 12, 2019

    Benin elections:...

    In Benin, protesters are still demanding the president resign after days of violent demonstrations. The opposition in the West African country of Beninis refusing to accept April’s parliamentary election results. Members of parliament are now calling for President Patrice Talon to resign after days of violent protests.            ...

  • May 12, 2019

    Nigeria: ISIL...

    Attack on soldiers took place in town of Gajiganna in northeastern Borno state on Friday, group’s news agency claims. ISIL fighters killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group has claimed through its news agency AMAQ. The armed group said on Saturday the attack...

  • May 12, 2019

    South Africa’s...

    Polls closed in South Africa’s May 8 polls at 21:00 local time. Attention has now turned to the tallying and announcement of results from across the country. Voters elected lawmakers in a process that will ultimately lead to the choosing of a president by the next National Assembly. The ruling ANC as...

  • May 11, 2019

    French troops...

    Two French soldiers killed while rescuing the four foreign hostages in northern Burkina Faso. French special forces have freed four foreign hostages in northern Burkina Faso in a military raid that cost the lives of two soldiers. The operation was ordered to free Patrick Picque, right, and Laurent Lassimouillas, left [File: AFP]...

  • May 11, 2019

    WHO warns...

    Frequent assaults on health workers, treatment centres threaten efforts to contain the deadly virus, WHO says. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned it may not be possible to contain the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s latest Ebola outbreak to two affected provinces in the country’s east if violent attacks on...

  • May 10, 2019

    South Africa’s...

    President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC party set to maintain its majority despite opposition gains, early results show. Johannesburg, South Africa – With more than 50 percent of votes counted in South Africa’s general election, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party looks set to maintain power, despite gains for opposition parties. An election official...

  • May 10, 2019

    Togo changes...

    Parliament unanimously approves constitutional amendments despite opposition calls for President Gnassingbe to resign. Togo’s parliament has approved a constitutional change permitting long-standing President Faure Gnassingbe to potentially stay in office until 2030, despite widespread protests calling for the end of his family’s decades-long grip on power. Faure Gnassingbe has held Togo’s presidency since 2005...

  • May 9, 2019

    South Africa...

    More than 26 million South Africans registered to cast their ballot in the polls, expected to be won by the ruling ANC. Wednesday’s vote comes 25 years after the end of apartheid [Mike Hutchings/Reuters] South Africans are voting in presidential and parliamentary elections in what is being seen as a pivotal...

  • May 9, 2019

    Sudan military...

    The ruling Transitional Military Council says Islamic laws should remain the guiding principle of Sudan’s new laws. Sudan’s military rulers have said the Islamic law and local norms should remain the guiding principle of the country’s new laws. Sudan’s military council has resisted calls for handing over power to civilians, the main...

  • May 8, 2019

    South Africa...

    Land reform has been a key campaign issue, but polls show voters are more concerned about the economy and unemployment. The continent’s most industrialised economy has suffered a sustained period of sluggish growth [Shaun Swingler/Al Jazeera] Johannesburg, South Africa – In the chronically under-served township of Alexandra, 64-year-old Elizabeth Sebile sits...

  • May 8, 2019

    Angola drought:...

    UNICEF says recent rainfall in Angola has been erratic and worsening an already-severe drought.   In Angola, there has not been enough rain to end months of severe drought that has left 2.3 million people struggling to get the food they need. According to UNICEF, recent rainfall in Angola has been erratic...

  • May 7, 2019

    South Africa...

    South Africa’s president seeks reelection amid popular frustration with economic divisions and corruption. As South Africa prepares to head to the polls in a crucial general election on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a stern challenge to restore waning faith in the African National Congress (ANC) party, after more than a decade of...

  • May 6, 2019

    Sudan considering...

    Sudanese mediators facilitating talks between the army rulers and protest leaders have proposed the country have two transition councils, with one led by generals overseeing security, a protest leader said Sunday. The mediators’ apparent proposal comes as talks over forming an overall governing council remain deadlocked, with the existing military...

  • May 6, 2019

    Benin post-election...

    Uneasy standoff with soldiers in Benin, opposition call for international mediation after last week’s election. Security forces maintained a tight clamp on protests in the city of Cotonou, after two days of post-election violence. Soldiers broke up demonstrations with gunfire after the opposition called for the annulment of last Sunday’s...

  • May 6, 2019

    Will South...

    Ruling African National Congress says it’s confident it will retain majority in parliament ahead of the Wednesday vote. Party leaders in South Africa have rallied their supporters and made their final speeches. But a quarter of a century since the first democratic elections, the promises haven’t changed much. Neither have the problems...

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