Africa

  • July 10, 2020

    Sudan PM...

    The reshuffle follows protests urging faster reforms and greater civilian rule in Sudan’s transition towards democracy. Hamdok recently promised to take a number of major decisions, without giving details [Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters]   Sudan’s prime minister has replaced the finance, foreign, energy and health ministers and three other senior cabinet post-holders...

  • July 10, 2020

    Africa must...

    As cases increase by 24 percent in a week, top health official urges countries to increase testing and mask use. A nurse at Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital participates in a Zumba aerobic fitness programme as a way of helping them to cope with working situations during the pandemic [File: Njeri...

  • July 9, 2020

    Nigerian domestic...

    Airports in the capital, Abuja, and the commercial hub, Lagos, have reopened after three months of coronavirus restrictions. Domestic flights in Nigeria have resumed after three months of COVID-19 restrictions. Airports in the capital, Abuja, and the commercial hub, Lagos, have reopened. Other airports are due to resume flights over...

  • July 9, 2020

    Mass grave...

    Rights group says evidence suggests government security force involved in turning the area into a ‘killing field’. Burkina Faso’s military is struggling to stem armed violence that has spread across the country, internally displacing almost a million people [Luc Gnago/Reuters]   At least 180 bodies were found in mass graves...

  • July 9, 2020

    Seven killed...

    The explosion happened at the Gbetiokun oilfield during the installation of a ladder on a platform, government says. Nigeria is the biggest oil producer on the continent, with about two million barrels per day [File: Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters]   Seven people have been killed in an explosion at the Gbetiokun oilfield...

  • July 9, 2020

    Protests in...

    Parties angry over moves to appoint figure accused by opposition of helping former leader Kabila rig past elections. The protests have been triggered by a decision by the National Assembly to appoint Malonda as chairman of the independent national electoral commission [File: Arsene Mpiana/AFP]   Police in the Democratic Republic...

  • July 9, 2020

    UN chief:...

    Guterres told UNSC Libya’s ‘conflict has entered a new phase with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels’. Since 2014, Libya has been split with an internationally-recognised government controlling Tripoli and the northwest, while Haftar in Benghazi controls the east [Mucahit Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]   United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the...

  • July 8, 2020

    Ivory Coast...

    The 61-year-old became unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting and was evacuated to a hospital where he passed away. Gon Coulibaly had returned to Ivory Coast last Thursday after two months in France to undergo a heart exam and rest [Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters]   Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the governing...

  • July 8, 2020

    On Tocqueville...

    It’s high time for the discipline of political science to reckon with its explicit and implicit epistemic violence. Tocqueville, who is almost synonymous with liberalism, democracy, and individual rights in the US, is known to be an apologist for colonisation and white settlers in North Africa [Wikimedia commons] Correction, 07/07/2020: A...

  • July 8, 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 [Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters]   The outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached every nation in...

  • July 8, 2020

    The activist...

    Andre Blaise Essama has long flogged, beheaded and toppled statues honouring the French colonial era. When Activist Andre Blaise Essama started his campaign a decade ago, people thought of him as slightly eccentric [File:Reinnier Kaze/AFP]   Activist Andre Blaise Essama has been battling to purge Cameroon of monuments celebrating its...

  • July 8, 2020

    Kenya: Arrests...

    Nearly 30 people taken into custody in Nairobi as they took to the streets to demand an end police brutality. Many Kenyans have been angered by a fresh wave of alleged police abuses while enforcing coronavirus restrictions [Billy Mutai/Anadolu]   Kenyan police fired tear gas and detained protesters in the...

  • July 7, 2020

    Racists cannot...

    In Ghana, a country where I am judged by my personality, not my skin, I thought I was safe from racists. I was wrong. Authors gathered on Zoom at the start of Ghana’s National Readathon [Bisi Adjapon/Al Jazeera] Yesterday, my heart broke. Thus began my Facebook post the day after...

  • July 7, 2020

    Mali: President...

    Meeting comes after tens of thousands join protests over deteriorating security and economic situation in the country. The protests have channelled deep-seated frustration over attacks by armed groups and interethnic violence [File: Matthieu Rosier/Reuters]   Mali’s president has met the leader of a protest movement that has brought many thousands...

  • July 7, 2020

    Tunisia’s Ennahdha...

    Statement by biggest parliamentary force comes as opposition pressures PM to resign over alleged conflict of interest. Fakhfakh has rejected accusations of corruption but is under pressure from the opposition to resign [File: Anadolu]   Ennahdha, the biggest party in Tunisia’s Parliament, has said it will review its stance on supporting the...

  • July 7, 2020

    Phased reopening...

    President Uhuru Kenyatta says international flights to resume on August 1 and restrictions to be lifted in main cities. Kenyatta warned that should the situation worsen over the next few weeks, the country could be locked down again [File: John Muchucha/AP]   Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a phased...

  • July 7, 2020

    Chinese couple...

    Chinese couple in Abuja, Nigeria have been arrested by the Police for allegedly locking up eight of their Nigerian employees in their apartment for the past four months. Following a tip off by a resident, who reported the incident to the Human Rights radio station, eight domestic workers were rescued...

  • July 6, 2020

    How Hachalu...

    Killing of pop star, who gave voice to the Oromo group, highlights the African nation’s simmering ethnic tensions. Haacaaluu Hundeessaa rides a horse in traditional costume during the 123rd anniversary celebration of the Battle of Adwa where Ethiopian forces defeated the invading Italian forces, in Addis Ababa last year [File:...

  • July 6, 2020

    Mali: President...

    Meeting comes after tens of thousands join protests over deteriorating security and economic situation in the country. The protests have channelled deep-seated frustration over attacks by armed groups and interethnic violence [File: Matthieu Rosier/Reuters]   Mali’s president has met the leader of a protest movement that has brought many thousands...

  • July 5, 2020

    Ugandan dies...

    Police say Hussein Walugembe set fire to himself after officers demanded a bribe to release his motorcycle. Walugembe recently acquired his motorcycle and it was being driven by a colleague when it was impounded [File: Getty Images] A Ugandan man has died after setting fire to himself in a police...

  • July 5, 2020

    Suicide attempts,...

    SOS Mediterranee, which operates Ocean Viking, declares state of emergency to stress the worsening situation on board. Six migrants on board a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their...

  • July 5, 2020

    Can Ethiopia...

    The killing of an ethnic Oromo singer-activist has led to days of violence in Ethiopia. Ethiopia has suffered days of unrest since the killing of a prominent musician and activist. More than 90 people were killed in protests following the death of the ethnic Oromo singer Hachalu Hundessa. The 34-year-old...

  • July 5, 2020

    US coronavirus...

    President Trump hosts Fourth of July event at the White House while WHO stops trials of malaria, HIV drugs for COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States has hit almost 130,000 as the country wraps up its July 4 Independence Day celebrations. More than 2.8 million people...

  • July 4, 2020

    Ethiopia PM...

    Hundeessa was shot dead in the capital Addis Ababa on Monday, sparking large protests in the country. Protests broke out in the city and the surrounding Oromia region soon after Hundeessa was shot dead [Reuters]   Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said the killing of a popular singer and...

  • July 4, 2020

    Nine Mali...

    Military unit dispatched to help bury 31 victims of Wednesday’s attack on civilians was ambushed on Thursday.   Nine Malian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the conflict-wracked centre of the country as they made their way to the site of a massacre of villagers, the army said....

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