Rwandan academic’s genocide life sentence overturned

21 July 2018, 3:10 PM
A linguistics professor's life sentence and conviction for direct involvement in Rwanda's 1994 genocide has been overturned but his nine year sentence for downplaying the bloodshed upheld, his lawyer said Saturday.
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Nigeria’s ruling party wins Ekiti state vote 15 July 2018, 2:54 PM

Nigeria's ruling party won a state governorship election this weekend after unseating the opposition incumbent, officials said, giving President Muhammadu Buhari a boost ahead of national polls in 2018.

Eritrea’s president hails thaw in relations in return to Ethiopia 15 July 2018, 8:28 AM

Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki said on Saturday history was being made as he started his first visit to Ethiopia in more than two decades, days after the two neighbours declared an end to their "state of war".

Police arrest ex-CEO of Kenya Power company 14 July 2018, 5:18 PM

Kenyan authorities said on Saturday they had arrested a former chief executive officer of the state-run distributor Kenya Power on suspicion of economic crimes and wanted to charge the current chief executive.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Eritrea’s president to visit Ethiopia, embassy to re-open 14 July 2018, 7:51 AM

Eritrea’s president will make a historic visit to Ethiopia this weekend, cementing a stunning rapprochement with his giant neighbour after a generation of mutual hate and mistrust.

Party names ex-warlord Bemba candidate for DR Congo presidential poll 13 July 2018, 9:34 PM

The former vice president of DR Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted last month of war crimes, was on Friday named by his party as a candidate in presidential polls planned for December.

Zimbabwean election authorities dismiss irregularities claims 13 July 2018, 8:09 PM

Zimbabwean election authorities have dismissed reports alleging irregularities in postal voting currently underway ahead of the July 30 polls.

UN Security Council imposes arms embargo on S Sudan 13 July 2018, 6:53 PM

The divided United Nations Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan through a US-drafted resolution that expresses deep concern at the failures of the country’s leaders to bring an end to hostilities there.

UN urges C.Africa rebels to engage in peace talks 13 July 2018, 4:56 PM

The UN Security Council on Friday urged armed groups in the Central African Republic to lay down their weapons and engage in peace talks following a series of attacks on peacekeepers and civilians.

Chibok girls – kidnapper jailed for 20 years 13 July 2018, 9:10 AM

A second man has been jailed for his part in the mass kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, more than four years ago, the government said on Thursday.

‘Credible evidence’ of killings by Cameroon soldiers: Amnesty 12 July 2018, 10:02 PM

Rights group Amnesty International said Thursday it had "credible evidence" that Cameroonian soldiers carried out the extrajudicial killings of two women and two children, demanding the servicemen be brought to justice.

92 Congolese fishermen ‘imprisoned’ in Uganda 12 July 2018, 9:47 PM

Ninety-two Congolese fishermen arrested by the Ugandan navy on Lake Edward, which is shared by Uganda and DR Congo, have been imprisoned, a Congolese official said Thursday.

S.Sudan MPs extend interim government’s mandate for 3 years 12 July 2018, 5:09 PM

Parliamentarians in South Sudan voted Thursday to extend the mandate of President Salva Kiir's government for an extra three years, in a move likely to complicate peace efforts.

SA, Nigeria to improve relations: Ramaphosa 12 July 2018, 5:44 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says his meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will take the two countries' relations to a higher level.

Mozambique president signals peace talks breakthrough 11 July 2018, 9:30 PM

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi and opposition Renamo leader Ossufo Momade on Wednesday announced an apparent breakthrough in peace negotiations over the integration of former rebels into the police and army.

Ramaphosa thanks Nigerians for help during apartheid 11 July 2018, 6:34 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has thanked the people of Nigeria for their help during the struggle against apartheid.

Ramaphosa applauds Nigeria for consulting before signing CFTA 11 July 2018, 5:02 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded the Nigerian government for consulting widely before it takes the decision to sign the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA).

Eleven suspected militants killed in Egypt’s Sinai shootout – agency 11 July 2018, 4:27 PM

Egyptian security forces have killed 11 suspected militants in a shootout in al-Arish, the capital of North Sinai province, state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday, as authorities pushed ahead with an operation to crush Islamic State.

Zimbabwe opposition marches on electoral agency to demand reforms 11 July 2018, 1:54 PM

Zimbabwe's main opposition party marched to the independent election agency for the second time in as many months on Wednesday, demanding reforms it said were vital for a credible vote this month.

The Yummy app, a homemade food ordering service in Libya.
Libyan food delivery service looks to serve up gender equality 11 July 2018, 10:22 AM

Fatima Nasser’s new business had barely got off the ground when she was accused of being a foreign spy for giving women employment opportunities in Libya, her war-torn home country.

AU and UN support peace in South Sudan 10 July 2018, 8:02 PM

The African Union and the United Nations say they fully support the recent agreement between South Sudan's warring parties to form a unity government.

Maseru Border
DA visits Maseru border post 10 July 2018, 7:00 PM

A three member delegation from the DA made an unannounced visit to Maseru Bridge.

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya to recover ill-gotten gains from Switzerland 10 July 2018, 3:58 PM

Kenya has signed a deal with Switzerland clearing the way for the East African nation to recover ill-gotten gains in Swiss accounts.

At least 2 police killed in flashpoint Cameroon city of Buea 10 July 2018, 1:36 PM

At least two police officers were killed on Monday in Buea, a city in western Cameroon that has become the centre of a campaign for independence by English-speaking separatists.

Ethiopia and Eritrea say war over, UN hails “wind of hope” in Africa 10 July 2018, 6:41 AM

Ethiopia and Eritrea declared their “state of war” over on Monday and agreed to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights, concrete signs of a rapprochement that has swept away two decades of hostility in a matter of weeks.

16 fishermen ‘missing’ after clashes on Uganda/Congo lake 9 July 2018, 7:21 PM

Sixteen Congolese fishermen are missing on Lake Edward, which is shared by Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, after deadly clashes between the Ugandan navy and DRC armed forces, a Congolese official said on Monday.

President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar
South Sudan turns seven 9 July 2018, 3:41 PM

The World's youngest nation, South Sudan turns seven on Monday.  The country has however been engulfed in a long running civil conflict.

Ethiopia, Eritrea sign statement that war ‘has come to an end’ 9 July 2018, 2:22 PM

Ethiopia and Eritrea are no longer at war, the neighbours said in a joint statement Monday, a day after their leaders held a historic meeting in Asmara.

West African states in joint fight against root crop ‘Ebola’ 9 July 2018, 7:35 AM

Researchers from half a dozen states in West Africa have joined together in a battle against what one expert calls a root crop "Ebola"a viral disease that could wreck the region's staple food and condemn millions to hunger.

Salva Kiir and Riek Machar
Former South Sudan vice president to be reinstated: Presidency 8 July 2018, 7:53 PM

South Sudan’s former vice president Riek Machar will be reinstated in his position as part of a peace deal to end a near five-year-old war that has devastated Africa’s youngest nation, the presidency said on Sunday.

Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders meet in Asmara 8 July 2018, 5:01 PM

Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed was warmly greeted by Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki in the capital Asmara on Sunday at the start of a meeting to repair relations between the neighbours.