Ultra-secure lab in Gabon equipped for Ebola studies

19 June 2018, 7:36 AM
At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras.
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Fears mount over Zimbabwe’s elections 18 June 2018, 6:43 PM

Fears that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission will not be able to run free and fair elections next month are mounting.

Malawi’s ex-president Joyce Banda eyeing next year vote 18 June 2018, 12:54 PM

Malawi's ex-president Joyce Banda, who recently returned home after four years of self-imposed exile, on Monday said she was ready to run in next year's presidential elections if nominated by her party.

Kenya says five police officers killed in explosive device attack 18 June 2018, 9:32 AM

Eight Kenyan police officials were killed in the eastern part of the country on Sunday after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device planted by Somalia’s al Shabaab militant group, police said.

Zimbabwe’s split opposition helping Mugabe’s successor to victory 18 June 2018, 5:44 AM

Zimbabwe's divided opposition could bolster the long ruling party's chances of victory after failing to forge a solid coalition for the country's first elections without Robert Mugabe.

Bemba can return to DR Congo ‘if he wants’:Govt 17 June 2018, 4:15 PM

Former Democratic Republic of Congo vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba "can return" home if he wants to, following his acquittal on appeal of war crimes, Kinshasa said Sunday.

Suicide blasts in northeast Nigeria kill at least 31 17 June 2018, 1:42 PM

Suspected Boko Haram jihadists killed at least 31 people in a twin suicide bomb attack on a town in northeast Nigeria, a local official and militia leader told AFP on Sunday. Two blasts ripped through the town of Damboa in Borno state on Saturday evening targeting people returning from celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday, in […]

DRC’s mining industry hobbled by poor infrastructure, tax hike 17 June 2018, 11:52 AM

Feasting on a global demand for cobalt and copper, the mining industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo is flourishing, but two clouds are spoiling its sunlit future.

Somalia, Ethiopia to jointly invest in four seaports on the Red Sea 16 June 2018, 9:10 PM

Somalia and Ethiopia announced they were jointly investing in four seaports to attract foreign investment to their two countries, the latest move in a tussle for access to ports along one of the world’s most strategic waterways.

Zambian health minister declares cholera epidemic over 16 June 2018, 9:02 AM

A cholera outbreak in Zambia which killed 114 people and made more than 5,000 others sick over eight months has been contained, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said on Friday.

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Moseneke to lead SADC facilitation team in Lesotho 15 June 2018, 8:12 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed the Former Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Dikgang Moseneke, as the Leader of the Mediation Team of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitation in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Uganda commissions new Chinese highway to ease congestion 15 June 2018, 6:23 PM

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and senior Chinese official Wang Yang on Friday commissioned a new toll road linking the capital to the country's only international airport.

Libya militia ‘attacks oil sites’ under strongman’s control 14 June 2018, 9:41 PM

A militia opposed to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar on Thursday attacked oil sites under his control, inflicting fresh disruption on an industry that forms the chaos-hit country's economic backbone.

Mnagagwa efforts to rebuild Zimbabwe promising 14 June 2018, 8:35 PM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnagagwa believes his efforts to rebuild his country's economy and turn it into a middle class economy by 2030 are already underway and taking shape.

Egypt changes defence, interior ministers in cabinet overhaul 14 June 2018, 5:48 PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi replaced the interior and defence ministers in a major reshuffle Thursday, with security forces battling an Islamist insurgency at the start of his second term.

Kiprop gives up fight to clear name in doping scandal 14 June 2018, 3:23 PM

Kenyan runner Asbel Kiprop said Thursday he would not defend himself against accusations that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

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Ugandan General arrested over police official killing 14 June 2018, 3:20 PM

Ugandan authorities have arrested a former national police chief on suspicion of killing a senior police official, a State-owned newspaper said on Thursday.

Exposing corruption with Ghana’s hidden camera king 14 June 2018, 10:33 AM

Few people in Ghana would be able to recognise Anas Aremeyaw Anas on the street but almost everyone knows his name and his burgeoning reputation as the country's anti-corruption hero.

Kabila still mum on whether he will seek another term 13 June 2018, 9:00 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Prime Minister Bruno Tshibala says President Joseph Kabila will not seek a third term in the country's December elections as constitutional term limits prevent him from running again.

Togo’s judges call for parliamentary elections before year-end 13 June 2018, 8:24 PM

Togo's constitutional court on Wednesday called on the government to organise parliamentary elections before the end of the year.

ICC court launches fund for C.Africa victims of Bemba militia 13 June 2018, 4:30 PM

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a one-million-euro ($1.18-million) fund for victims of a militia once run by former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba, it said on Wednesday.

UK issues travel warning after Mozambique attacks 13 June 2018, 8:45 AM

Britain advised citizens on Tuesday against travelling to an area in northeastern Mozambique after a series of attacks by groups with links to Islamic militants.

For Ethiopia’s Abiy, big reforms carry big risks 13 June 2018, 6:13 AM

Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced a flurry of reforms to reshape the nation but implementing them will be harder, analysts say.

Migrants on stranded rescue ship head for Spain 13 June 2018, 6:05 AM

Hundreds of migrants stranded for days on an aid ship in the Mediterranean because Italy and Malta refused to take them headed Tuesday for Spain after being transferred to two other vessels.

Congo ruling party shows all signs of seeking Kabila third term 12 June 2018, 10:21 PM

From the sprawling capital Kinshasa to villages deep in the equatorial forests, Congo's ruling PPRD is in full-on election campaign mode - and President Joseph Kabila's face is everywhere.

ICC judges order Bemba’s interim release 12 June 2018, 8:10 PM

International judges on Tuesday ordered the interim release of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba who was acquitted last week of war crimes after a decade behind bars.

Tshisekedi calls on SADC chair to ensure successful elections in DRC 12 June 2018, 5:47 PM

Leader of the opposition party in the DRC, Felix Tshisekedi has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa, as the SADC chair, to ensure a conducive environment for the upcoming elections.

Nigeria’s Buhari apologises for annulled 1993 election 12 June 2018, 3:38 PM

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday offered a symbolic apology to the deceased winner of the 1993 democratic election that was annulled by the military.

‘Libyan forces’ battle for eastern city Derna in final stages’ 12 June 2018, 7:22 AM

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar said their campaign against an armed coalition of local fighters and Islamists in the eastern city of Derna has reached its final stages after several days of heavy fighting.

Zimbabwe’s election credibility under scrutiny 11 June 2018, 9:23 PM

Zimbabwe's election credibility is already under scrutiny

Senegal is counting on its World Cup football stars to lift its political gloom 11 June 2018, 1:50 PM

With next year’s presidential elections on the horizon, Senegal is gripped by political and economic unrest. The recent killing of a student by a police officer during university protests over unpaid bursaries is just one tragic indicator of the upheaval, discontent and uncertainty which characterises the current climate. Amid the turmoil, the Senegalese football team’s forthcoming participation at the 2018 FIFA […]