Chaos as 200 000 Congolese expelled from Angola

15 October 2018, 2:43 PM
Life fell apart last week for mother of four Dorcas who was among 200 000 Congolese attacked and then forcibly thrown out of neighbouring Angola despite having lived there for a decade.
Congolese Migrants caring household belongings.
Congolese migrants flood home, Angola denies claims of brutal crackdown 15 October 2018, 6:05 AM

Congolese migrants and officials said dozens of people were killed this month in neighbouring Angola in a crackdown on artisanal diamond mining, an accusation Angolan security forces strongly denied.

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Death toll from twin suicide bombings in southern Somalia rises to 20 14 October 2018, 8:23 PM

The number of people killed in twin suicide bomb attacks on two restaurants in Somalia’s southern city of Baidoa has risen to 20 and another 40 people were injured, a local hospital official said on Sunday.

Red Cross Nigeria
Nigerian Islamic State may kill abducted medic within 24 hours -ICRC 14 October 2018, 3:00 PM

A healthcare worker abducted by Islamic State in Nigeria in March may be killed within 24 hours,the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a statement on Sunday, pleading for mercy and urging Nigeria's government to work for her release.

Peter Mutasa
Zimbabwe court grants bail to trade unionists 14 October 2018, 9:00 AM

Trade union leaders and scores of activists detained in Zimbabwe ahead of planned marches over the country's worsening economic crisis, were released on bail Saturday, lawyers said.

Ghali calls out Morocco for human rights violation 13 October 2018, 8:00 PM

President Brahim Ghali of Western Sahara has called on the African Union to hold Morocco accountable for human rights violations in the occupied territories in Western Sahara as well for the exploitation of its natural resources.

Phase 2 of Lesotho Highland Water Project promises economic boost 13 October 2018, 5:32 PM

Ahead of the multi-billion rand construction of the Lesotho Highlands Phase 2, many are already getting their ducks in a row.

At least 30 killed in Nigeria pipeline fire 13 October 2018, 3:42 PM

At least 30 people were killed when a petrol pipeline caught fire and exploded in southeast Nigeria after a raid by suspected oil thieves, a survivor and officials said on Saturday.

The released girls and boys
UN says 833 children released by Nigerian militia group 13 October 2018, 10:40 AM

Abubakar Gambo was among the 833 children released from a militia group fighting against the Islamist militant group Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria on Friday.

At least 41 dead in Uganda landslide 12 October 2018, 10:14 PM

At least 41 people were killed after a river in eastern Uganda burst its banks, sending a torrent of mud and rocks barrelling into homes, disaster officials and survivors said Friday.

Western Sahara celebrates 43 years of proclamation 12 October 2018, 10:05 PM

Thousands of Western Sahara refugees in Algerian refugee camps have held colourful celebrations to mark the 43rd anniversary of the proclamation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The celebrations began with the President of the Republic Brahim Ghali who also lives as a refugee inspecting a guard of honour. There was also traditional dances and […]

Over 800 children stop working for anti-Boko Haram militia 12 October 2018, 7:34 PM

A ceremony was held in northeast Nigeria on Friday to mark the formal separation of more than 800 children from a civilian militia helping Nigeria's military against Boko Haram Islamists.

Spike in Ebola cases pushes Congo outbreak to ‘tipping point’: aid workers 12 October 2018, 3:42 PM

Aid agencies said on Thursday that the Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo could be tipping into a wider crisis as the number of new cases spiked and violence grounded health workers for a second time.

Olusegun Obasanjo
Ex-Nigerian president Obasanjo backs former deputy for 2019 election 12 October 2018, 3:24 PM

Nigerian ex-head of state Olusegun Obasanjo backed his former deputy on Thursday for next year's presidential election, ending a public feud that had threatened to undermine the main opposition candidate.

Political rift in Ivory Coast raises concerns for 2020 12 October 2018, 10:53 AM

They also say a falling out between Alassane Ouattara and Henri Konan Bedie, who served as president from 1993 until he was overthrown in a 1999 coup, was perhaps inevitable.

Landslide in eastern Uganda kills at least 31 people 12 October 2018, 7:37 AM

The area, close to the border with Kenya, is prone to landslides and there have been several similar accidents in recent years.

Joseph Kabila
UNSC hails upcoming DRC elections as ‘pivotal moment’ 11 October 2018, 9:32 PM

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed progress made in preparations for historic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, calling this a pivotal moment in the history of the beleaguered country.

Lindiwe Sisulu
Pretoria wants conflict in Western Sahara to be resolved 11 October 2018, 9:10 PM

Pretoria says it remains committed to ensuring that injustices prevalent in Western Sahara are brought to an end and the conflict resolved.

Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions members arrested 11 October 2018, 5:10 PM

Police have arrested members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)  who were en route to carry out nationwide protests against what they call an illegal tax on money transfers.

Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa
In bid for healthier cities, Ethiopia aims to boost urban green 11 October 2018, 12:25 PM

For the past few years, several regions and cities in Ethiopia have been planting trees and increasing green spaces to improve the lives of their residents.

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Zimbabwe shutdown looms amid deteriorating economic crisis 11 October 2018, 7:40 AM

A shutdown is looming in Zimbabwe as labour unions vow to go ahead with planned protest action against the new government tax, and price increases.

DRC set to hold elections on 23 December 10 October 2018, 9:40 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is set to hold elections on 23 December. The country continues to grapple with political instability and security issues ahead of the highly anticipated polls.

Togo opposition leader in Ghana after hunger strike 10 October 2018, 9:02 PM

A Togolese opposition leader who had been on hunger strike was evacuated to a hospital in Ghana after his health deteriorated, his relatives said Wednesday.

Fifty reported killed in ‘catastrophic’ Kenya bus crash 10 October 2018, 8:35 PM

At least 50 people were killed in a bus crash between Nairobi and Kenya's western city of Kisumu on Wednesday, police confirmed.

Allegations of media censorship on the increase in Uganda 10 October 2018, 8:27 PM

As Uganda celebrates its 56th anniversary, allegations of media censorship are on the increase.

Son of ousted Egyptian president detained – family, sources 10 October 2018, 7:11 PM

Egyptian police detained the youngest son of ousted former president Mohamed Mursi from his home on the outskirts of Cairo early on Wednesday, his brother and three security sources said.

Tunisia parliament adopts anti-racism law 10 October 2018, 3:18 PM

Tunisia's parliament has adopted a law criminalising racist speech, incitement to hatred and discrimination, in a vote hailed as a historic first in a country with a significant black minority.

President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya bus crash kills at least 50 10 October 2018, 1:45 PM

At least 50 people were killed when the bus they were travelling in overturned and its entire roof was ripped off in an accident in western Kenya early Wednesday, police said.

Mozambique local polls test peace process 10 October 2018, 8:17 AM

The main opposition Renamo party, which has maintained an armed wing since the end of the country's civil war, is running in the municipal vote for the first time in 10 years.

Zimbabwe strike planned for Thursday despite police order 10 October 2018, 6:30 AM

Zimbabwe's largest trade union called for national protests on Thursday as the country's economic crisis worsens but police said they would halt any demonstrations in Harare due to a cholera outbreak.

Emmanuel Shadary
DR Congo presidential hopeful asks EU to lift ‘humiliating’ sanctions 9 October 2018, 9:55 PM

DR Congo President Joseph Kabila's designated successor to contest the December 23 presidential election, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, on Tuesday asked the European Union to lift "humiliating, degrading and disproportionate" sanctions on him and 14 other officials.