Africa

  • November 14, 2019

    #IamToufah: Breaking...

    Toufah, a survivor, leads movement after becoming first woman to allege sexual assault by ex-leader Yahya Jammeh. Fatou Jallow, known as Toufah, says she was raped by former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh after he noticed her in 2014, when at 19 she won a beauty pageant [Courtesy: TRRC] Banjul, the...

  • November 14, 2019

    Female rangers...

    In Malawi 11 percent of rangers across the country are women, but efforts are under way to increase gender diversity. Trace Banda is one of just 52 female field rangers in Malawi [Rabson Kondowe/Al Jazeera] Kasungu, Malawi – Trace Banda stands outside the rangers’ camp carrying an M-16 assault rifle as...

  • November 14, 2019

    Two Namibian...

    Bernhard Esau and Sacky Shanghala are accused of receiving bribes in return for preferential access to fishing grounds. Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau was one of two people who have resigned following the investigation [Screengrab Youtube] Two Namibian government ministers resigned following allegations of corruption and money-laundering...

  • November 14, 2019

    China-backed consortium...

    Investors in the relatively little-known SMB-Winning consortium include Chinese aluminium producer Shandong Weiqiao. Guinea mines minister Abdoulaye Magassouba has stated that the issue of the Transguineen, a railroad project in the country that would create routes for export, was pivotal in the decision to grant the iron ore blocks to...

  • November 14, 2019

    Nigeria to...

    Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs And Regional Integration Minister, Mohammad Habibu Tijani (MP),  says Nigeria will soon open its closed borders. Africa’s most populous nation unexpectedly closed its land borders to all movements of goods, banning both imports and exports through land. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Empire News’...

  • November 13, 2019

    DR Congo...

    More than 2,000 people, including 160 health workers, have died since the most recent Ebola outbreak last year.   Doctors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have told Al Jazeera they hope to reduce the number of Ebola cases to zero by the end of the year. More than 2,000 people, including...

  • November 13, 2019

    South Sudan:...

    President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar postpone the formation of a power-sharing government by 100 days. It is the second time that an extension has been granted after the former allies-turned-foes signed a truce deal last September [File: Sumy Sadurni/AFP] South Sudan’s rival leaders have once again missed...

  • November 13, 2019

    Can the...

    On Tuesday, the long-awaited, next-generation Zimbabwean dollar finally hit the streets. Zimbabwe’s central bank chief said the new Zimbabwean dollar should help alleviate the need for people to queue outside of banks to get their hands on hard currency [Chris Muronzi/Al Jazeera] Harare, Zimbabwe – Gason Mukuvadzi, a lanky man with...

  • November 13, 2019

    Zimbabwe drought:...

    Park officials say they plan to move some to areas where there is still food and water but that could take weeks. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst drought in years. Rangers in Zimbabwe say hundreds of animals in its national park have died from a severe drought and many are struggling...

  • November 12, 2019

    DR Congo...

    DR Congo army says FDLR leader Musabimana Juvenal killed in a security operation in North Kivu province. DR Congo’s army said security operations are currently under way to wipe out armed groups in North Kivu [File: Kenny Katombe/Reuters] Congolese forces have killed a rebel leader and four of his bodyguards...

  • November 12, 2019

    Nigeria urged...

    Human Rights Watch calls on government to probe mental health centres as it documents abuse in various facilities. HRW visited 28 facilities providing mental health care in Nigeria [File: Television Continental/Reuters] An international rights group has called the Nigerian government to ban chaining as it condemned the “terrible” abuse faced...

  • November 12, 2019

    ‘Where’s the...

    Banks say there is no communication from central bank on fresh tender intended to ease cash crunch and combat inflation. A street vendor displays bond notes before the introduction of new currency in Harare, Zimbabwe [Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters] New low-denomination banknotes touted by the government of Zimbabwe as the solution to the acute cash...

  • November 11, 2019

    On the...

    As Niger struggles to contain illicit trade, agents cite violent episodes and say they have become ‘prey’ in the battle. Police carry out border checks on passengers’ luggage in Makalondi, Niger [Francesco Bellina/Al Jazeera] Niamey, Niger – On a breezy Sunday night, Sergeant Kamaye rides a Land Rover pickup through the...

  • November 11, 2019

    Mauritius PM’s...

    Pravind Jugnauth’s centre-right coalition won 42 of 70 seats in Thursday’s parliamentary poll, electoral body says. Pravind Jugnauth’s alliance secured the outright majority needed to form government alone [Beekash Roopun/Li’Express Maurice/AFP] Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has won a comfortable majority in the country’s election, according to final results released...

  • November 10, 2019

    ECOWAS urges...

    The President of Niger, Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, has called on the international community to support efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to ensure peaceful elections in Guinea Bissau this year. President Akufo-Addo (2nd right) with Presidents and leaders of the ECOWAS Commission after the meeting in Niamey...

  • November 10, 2019

    Zimbabwe bans...

    Authorities say suspension follows discovery of foot and mouth disease in northern South Africa close to border. It is the second time that Zimbabwe has suspended imports of livestock and meat from South Africa this year [File: Rogan Ward/Reuters] Zimbabwe has suspended imports of livestock and meat from South Africa for...

  • November 10, 2019

    Somalia strikes:...

    US air raids targeting al-Shabab are killing a growing number of civilians, rights groups say. US air raids against the armed group al-Shabab in Somalia have surged since 2017 following an executive order by President Donald Trump. But civilians living in the area are being caught in the crossfire. Amnesty International says a growing number of...

  • November 9, 2019

    Ex-Congolese rebel...

    ICC decision ‘contains many errors’, lawyers say, after former rebel leader sentenced to 30 years over war crimes. Ntaganda was convicted of 18 counts in July [Peter Dejong/Pool via Reuters] Former Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda will appeal a 30-year jail term handed by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for committing war...

  • November 9, 2019

    Burned by...

    Hyperinflation wiped out pensions a decade ago, but this time around, savers and fund managers are getting savvier. People queue to withdraw their pensions outside a branch of the Central Africa Building Society in Harare, Zimbabwe [File: Cynthia R Matonhodze/Bloomberg] Harare, Zimbabwe – “I no longer trust pension people. [A] pension...

  • November 9, 2019

    Tanzania’s opposition...

    Rights groups say intimidation of political opponents has escalated sharply under President John Magufuli. Tanzania’s opposition party has said it plans to boycott local elections later this month, accusing the government of impeding its candidates from running and making a mockery of democratic processes. Chadema accused electoral authorities of being complicit...

  • November 9, 2019

    West African...

    Regional central bank to manage the reserves and distribute them to partners around the world, says Benin’s president. Established as commonplace after World War II, the franc’s use frequently triggers debate about the region’s continued economic dependence on France [File: Bloomberg] Francophone nations in West Africa want more control over...

  • November 8, 2019

    Mauritians vote...

    Pravind Jugnauth succeeded his father as prime minister without a popular vote when the older man stood down in 2017. Jugnauth is asking voters to judge him on his short time in office, pointing to his record on modernising public infrastructure and economic reforms in the former British colony [File:...

  • November 8, 2019

    Johnson &...

    The pharmaceutical giant is also in talks with the US Food and Drug Administration for approval of the two-dose drug. Johnson & Johnson says data supporting its experimental Ebola vaccine derives from more than 10 studies that have tested the regimen in adults and children [File: Mike Blake/Reuters] Johnson &...

  • November 8, 2019

    Floods in...

    The Red Cross says seven people have died and 25 were injured in the worst flooding the country has seen in two decades. ‘For a family here, it is not easy to have enough money to build a house like that. Now, people have to start all over again, start...

  • November 8, 2019

    ICC sentences...

    Ntaganda, known as ‘The Terminator’, was found guilty of war crimes in DRC’s Ituri, including murder and sexual slavery. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sentenced a Congolese former rebel leader known as “The Terminator” to 30 years in prison after he was convicted earlier this year of war crimes, including murder,...

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