Burundi lawmakers to make president “Supreme Guide” ahead of elections

24 January 2020, 7:54 PM
Burundi is drawing up legislation ahead of May elections to give President Pierre Nkurunziza the title of "Supreme Guide of Patriotism", state television reported, despite widespread rights abuses and an economic meltdown under his leadership.
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Ethiopia’s electoral board sets tentative August date for elections 15 January 2020, 8:53 PM

Ethiopia’s electoral board said on Wednesday it expects to hold national elections on August 16, 2020, the first vote under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office in 2018 and has directed political and economic reforms.

HRW calls on SADC to re-institute Human Rights Tribunal 15 January 2020, 5:11 PM

Residents of Southern Africa need a tribunal to report human rights violations. This is according to Human Rights Watch (HRW) in the region.

Mozambique leader Nyusi sworn in despite opposition boycott 15 January 2020, 2:24 PM

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi was sworn in on Wednesday at a ceremony attended by cheering supporters and dignitaries, but boycotted by opposition politicians who dispute his October election win as fraudulent.

Tight security in Libyan capital as tension rises 15 January 2020, 9:01 AM

Security forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed government stood guard on the streets of Tripoli on Tuesday amid rising tensions with rebel forces in the country's east.

Sudan reopens airspace after revolt quelled 15 January 2020, 5:30 AM

Sudan has reopened its airspace, the head of the sovereign council said on Wednesday, while the army said two soldiers were killed and four injured in quelling a revolt by former security agents linked to toppled ruler Omar al-Bashir.

African Union Summit
AU to hold meeting on Libya 14 January 2020, 5:35 PM

The Africans Union (AU) says it will hold a new round of Libya peace talks later this month.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, speaks during a state funeral of Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe, at the national sports stadium in Harare.
Kenya’s Kenyatta reshuffles cabinet 14 January 2020, 1:27 PM

Kenya’s president confirmed the acting finance minister to the job, reshuffled his cabinet and announced the government’s economic strategy.

France, West Africa to unite forces in fight against Islamist militants 14 January 2020, 12:43 PM

France and five West African states agreed on Monday to combine their military forces under one command structure to fight a growing Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, with Paris committing an extra 220 troops.

Libya peace talks in Moscow fall short of ceasefire deal 13 January 2020, 9:20 PM

Libya’s warring leaders made some progress at indirect peace talks in Moscow on Monday but failed to agree on an unconditional and open-ended ceasefire.

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Angola holds off on chasing Dos Santos’ assets abroad: Prosecution 13 January 2020, 3:06 PM

Angolan courts have refrained from action to seize billionaire ex-first daughter Isabel Dos Santos' assets abroad but will not hesitate to do so if necessary, a prosecution spokesperson said.

Guinea-Bissau Supreme Court rejects challenge to presidential election result 13 January 2020, 6:58 AM

Guinea-Bissau’s Supreme Court on Sunday rejected a challenge against Umaro Cissoko Embalo’s victory in last month’s election run-off by the defeated candidate, who complained of fraud.

We seek to protect all people who live in SA: Ramaphosa 12 January 2020, 10:02 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has given assurances to Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed that Ethiopians living in South Africa will be protected against any forms of attacks in the country.

SA willing to facilitate dialogue between Ethiopia, Egypt over Nile project 12 January 2020, 3:12 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has agreed to assist the Ethiopian government in solving its impasse with Egypt over the massive Nile dam project.

WATCH LIVE: Ethiopia’s Prime Minister addresses media following SA visit 12 January 2020, 1:50 PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met with President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday.

Khalifa Haftar
Libyan forces loyal to Haftar announce ceasefire, GNA agrees to truce 12 January 2020, 6:41 AM

Libyan eastern forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar announced on Saturday a ceasefire in the western region, which includes the capital Tripoli, starting00:01 a.m. on Sunday (22:01 GMT) and the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) agreed to the truce.

Suspected militants kill 25 soldiers in Niger: Government 11 January 2020, 12:04 PM

Suspected militants killed 25 soldiers and wounded six others in an attack on an army post in west Niger near its border with Mali on Thursday, the government said.

Congo ethnic killings may amount to crimes against humanity: UN 11 January 2020, 6:57 AM

Killings, rapes and other barbaric violence committed by an ethnic armed group in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo against a rival group may amount to crimes against humanity and possibly even genocide, the United Nations said.

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Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane asked to step down 10 January 2020, 9:55 PM

Lesotho's governing ABC party has asked Prime Minister Tom Thabane to resign over allegations that he was involved in the murder of his estranged wife two years ago.

Angola’s Isabel dos Santos decries corruption ‘witch hunt’ 10 January 2020, 7:04 PM

Angolan billionaire and former first daughter Isabel Dos Santos decried a New Year’s Eve court order to freeze her vast assets as a “witch hunt” engineered to weaken her father’s influence and distract from economic failures.

Tunisian parliament set to reject new government in Friday vote 10 January 2020, 2:32 PM

Tunisia’s parliament looked poised to reject a proposed new government on Friday after only one party said it would support it in a vote of confidence, meaning a complex coalition-building process may need to start again.

Muammar Gaddafi
Turkey aims to sign deal with Libya over Gaddafi-era compensation 10 January 2020, 1:43 PM

Turkey plans to sign by February a preliminary $2.7 billion compensation deal for work carried out in Libya before the 2011 civil war, a sector official said, seeking to revive stalled Turkish business operations in the conflict-ridden country.

Mohamed Abdel Aty
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan deadlocked over giant Nile dam, look to Washington talks 10 January 2020, 10:08 AM

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan remained deadlocked after two days of talks in their disputes over a giant hydropower dam on the Nile though Cairo said it hoped the issues would be resolved by Jan. 15 in line with a deadline agreed with Washington.

East Libya forces to press campaign against Tripoli rivals despite ceasefire call 10 January 2020, 7:48 AM

Forces in East Libya led by Khalifa Haftar said on Thursday they will not let up in their military campaign against rival factions in the capital Tripoli, appearing to reject a call by Russia and Turkey for a ceasefire.

aftermath of Congo Floods
Extreme weather leaves Congo capital residents underwater 10 January 2020, 6:23 AM

Paulin Bolumbu thought his family lived a safe distance from the Congo River, but in November the water overran its banks by more than half a kilometre, inundating his corrugated iron house.

Bad weather blamed for SA military plane crash in DRC 9 January 2020, 9:23 PM

Bad weather has been blamed for the crash landing of the Defence Force C 130 transport aircraft in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

African LGBT refugees plead UN for safe shelter after Kenya camp attacks 9 January 2020, 8:41 PM

Dozens of African LGBT+ refugees in northwestern Kenya’s sprawling Kakuma refugee camp pleaded on Thursday with the United Nations to relocate them to a safer place, saying they had suffered violent attacks.

SA military plane crash lands in DRC 9 January 2020, 4:05 PM

A South African C130 military transport plane has crash-landed at Goma airport in the eastern DRC.

Twenty wounded in northern Mali rocket attack on UN base 9 January 2020, 1:48 PM

Twenty people were wounded on Thursday in northern Mali’s restive Kidal region, including 18 United Nations (UN) peacekeepers, in a rocket attack on a military base for UN, French and Malian forces, a UN spokesperson said.

UN seeks $200 million in aid as millions face hunger in Zimbabwe 9 January 2020, 10:42 AM

Millions of Zimbabweans continue to face hunger in a country where food shortages are being exacerbated by runaway inflation and climate-induced drought.

Militant attack in Nigerian town kills 20 soldiers, displaces 1 000 residents 9 January 2020, 6:45 AM

About 20 soldiers were killed and nearly 1 000 people made homeless in a militant attack on a town in northeastern Nigeria, two residents and a military source said on Wednesday.