Africa

  • September 23, 2019

    Burundi accuses...

    Bishops raised the alarm over efforts to ‘suffocate and assault’ some political parties ahead of the 2020 election. Burundi has been engulfed by violence since a controversial 2015 election [File: Jerome Delay/AP] Catholic bishops in Burundi came under fire from authorities for “spitting venomous hatred” over a  message read out in churches denouncing intolerance...

  • September 23, 2019

    Will the...

    Corruption allegations against Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are triggering rare demonstrations. Protests are rare in today’s Egypt. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has stifled dissent ever since he deposed his predecessor Mohamed Morsi in a military coup six years ago. However, a government ban on protests has been defied in several cities over the past two nights. On Saturday, dozens...

  • September 23, 2019

    Tanzania not...

    East African country yet to comment on WHO rebuke, but had previously told UN health agency it had no cases of Ebola. The current Ebola outbreak, the second deadliest in history, has claimed the lives of more than 2,000 people [File: Samuel Mambo/Reuters] The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a rare...

  • September 22, 2019

    DR Congo...

    Vaccine made by US-based firm Johnson & Johnson to be deployed as Ebola continues to surge, DRC health officials say. A vaccine produced by US pharmaceutical giant Merck has been administered to more than 220,000 people since the DRC’s Ebola epidemic erupted in August 2018 [File: Sam Mednick/AP] Health authorities...

  • September 22, 2019

    Planet SOS:...

    the jungles of French Guiana to Somalia and New York, we look at the issues behind the crisis facing our planet. As millions of people across the world take to the streets calling for action against climate change, Planet SOS speaks to some of the protesters who are taking part,...

  • September 21, 2019

    Fighting al-Shabab:...

    Somali government officials say this elite force is comprised of soldiers from almost all of Somalia’s tribes and clans. The number of US soldiers in Somalia has increased under President Donald Trump. One of their jobs involves training a local group to become an elite force to take on al-Shabab fighters. Al Jazeera gets a first-hand look...

  • September 21, 2019

    Thousands march...

    Demonstrators reject call by powerful army chief to hold presidential election by December and demand his removal. For the 31st straight week, the protesters made their presence felt in Algiers [AFP] Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of the Algerian capital in defiance of a heavy security presence...

  • September 21, 2019

    Zimbabwe’s currency...

    The Zimdollar started melting down two weeks ago, and it’s getting worse. Zimbabwe is in the grips of a worsening economic crisis marked by soaring inflation, stagnant wages and shortages of fuel and other essentials [File: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters] Harare, Zimbabwe – The Zimbabwean dollar is collapsing against the United States dollar on the country’s...

  • September 21, 2019

    In rare...

    Rallies in several Egyptian cities come after businessman Mohamed Ali accused Sisi of corruption, called for resignation Small groups of protesters gather in central Cairo shouting anti-government slogans in Cairo, Egypt [Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters] Thousands of pro-democracy protesters have marched in cities across Egypt to demand the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi....

  • September 20, 2019

    Nigerian court...

    The order came after two men linked to the firm pleaded guilty to fraud and tax evasion on its behalf, the court said. A court in the capital city of Nigeria has ordered the local assets of a company that won a case against Nigeria totaling more than nine billion...

  • September 20, 2019

    Survivor talks...

    The World Health Organization says that femicide in South Africa is almost five times the global average, with sexual offences rising by 4.8 percent this year. South Africa is about to hold an extraordinary session of its parliament on how to tackle gender-based violence. That follows recent protests triggered by a...

  • September 19, 2019

    Tunisian presidential...

    Karoui’s lawyer said court rejected appeal to release runoff candidate for the third time. Karoui, who was arrested in August on money laundering and tax evasion charges, finished second behind Saied in Sunday’s election. [Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters] A Tunisian court has turned down a request to release jailed media mogul Nabil Karoui,...

  • September 19, 2019

    DRC army...

    Mudacumura, who led the FDLR fighter group for years, was killed overnight in Rutshuru territory, army says. The Rwandan government has cited the FDLR’s presence on DRC soil to justify interventions across the border [EPA] Correction 18/09/2019: A previous version of this article was incorrectly headlined “Rwandan army says Hutu rebel...

  • September 19, 2019

    Algeria’s army...

    Members of the military will seize cars entering the capital for protests, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaid Salah says. Gaid Salah has emerged as the authority figure amid a power vacuum since Bouteflika’s resignation in April [Ryad Kramdi/AFP] Algeria’s powerful army chief has ordered buses and cars bringing protesters into the capital...

  • September 18, 2019

    Muruts Beyene:...

    New peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea has created uncertain future for Irob community living along the border. Filmmaker: Brian Tilley “My Ethiopia is my homeland. My Ethiopia is my blood. My Ethiopia is the country I was wounded for,” says Muruts Beyene who lives in the Tigray region of northeast Ethiopia. A...

  • September 18, 2019

    Egypt still...

    Cairo says Addis Ababa refuses to discuss proposals in talks over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Egypt fears the dam will restrict already stretched supplies from the Nile, which it uses for drinking water, agriculture and industry [File: EPA] Egypt says talks to resolve a conflict over a giant Nile River dam...

  • September 18, 2019

    Tunisia: Saied,...

    Law professor Saied, imprisoned media mogul Karoui were seen as outsiders before the polls. The commission’s announcement confirmed exit polls released on Sunday evening and partial results issued throughout Monday [Fethi Belaid/AFP] Independent candidate Kais Saied and imprisoned media mogul Nabil Karoui have advanced to a runoff after obtaining the most votes...

  • September 17, 2019

    Johannesburg violence:...

    Mobs have taken their frustrations out on the streets, often targeting businesses owned by other Africans as well as Asians. South African police say the attacks on foreign workers in Johannesburg last month were launched by unemployed hostel residents. The hostels, leftover from the apartheid era, house thousands of rural...

  • September 17, 2019

    South Africa...

    Foreign workers in South Africa have become victims of anti-immigrant violence with at least 12 killed. Nigeria has repatriated more than 600 nationals to protect them from any future attacks [Temilade Adelaja/Reuters] A South African envoy to President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised “profusely” to the Nigerian government after a spate of...

  • September 15, 2019

    Who are...

    Some of Tunisia’s most prominent politicians are taking part in Sunday’s hotly-contested election. A candidate requires a majority to win the September 15 vote, otherwise there will be a second round in November [Fethi Belaid, Hasna/AFP] Tunisia’s presidential race features 26 candidates, including two women, vying to replace the country’s late...

  • September 15, 2019

    DR Congo...

    Oly Ilunga Kalenga taken into custody over alleged mismanagement of funds amid concerns he planned to flee, police say. Former health minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga is likely to face a prosecutor on Monday, police said [File: Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro] The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) former health minister has been taken into...

  • September 15, 2019

    MBS tells...

    Saudi state media says Trump expressed readiness to cooperate with the kingdom on security following the Houthi attacks. Saudi Crown Prince (R) received a telephone call from Trump in the wake of the Houthi drone attack [File: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]   Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has told US President Donald Trump the kingdom...

  • September 14, 2019

    UN warns...

    Drought, al-Shabab violence send thousands of Somalis to Baidoa, putting centuries nomadic way of life at risk. The United Nations is warning some two million people in Somalia are at risk of starvation, amid the country’s worst drought since 2011, and is calling for more support from the international community. Speaking at the end...

  • September 14, 2019

    Are South...

    A recent wave of xenophobic attacks has prompted reprisals across the continent. Xenophobia-fueled attacks in South Africa have killed at least 10 people and sparked a backlash across the  African continent. The latest incident happened on Sunday in Johannesburg, leaving one person dead and five wounded. Most of the violence, which began in late August,...

  • September 13, 2019

    Arrested Tanzanian...

    Rights groups have decried Kabendera’s arrest, saying it is part of the president’s crackdown on press freedom. The journalist was arrested by plain-clothes officers at his home on July 29 [File: Emmanuel Herman/Reuters]   The health of a Tanzanian journalist, allegedly arrested for political reasons as part of a continued...

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