Pressure grows in Liberia over ‘school rape’ storm

18 October 2018, 4:10 PM
Liberian Vice President, Jewel Taylor, on Tuesday lent her voice to demands for a probe into a United States (US) educational charity, after girls were raped at a school supposed to save them from a life of sexual exploitation.
READ MORE
Rape and hand graphic
Congo_Ebola_
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.

Zim Flag
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.

Parliament
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.

Zimbabwe miner RioZim to sue central bank over dollar payments 9 October 2018, 3:21 PM

Zimbabwe's gold miner RioZim on Tuesday said it would take legal action to force the central bank to pay it in US dollars for part of its output, signalling impatience by mining companies over acute dollar shortages afflicting the economy.

Cameroon minister calls opposition win claim ‘non-event’ 9 October 2018, 2:41 PM

Cameroon's Interior Minister Paul Atanga Nji warned Tuesday that "scoring a goal" is not "winning the match" after an opposition leader used a football metaphor to claim victory in presidential polls.

Great Lakes can defeat rebel groups: Museveni 9 October 2018, 6:15 AM

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has told the High Level Meeting of the Great Lakes region at Kampala that it is possible for the region to defeat rebel groups.

Justice Dikgang Moseneke
Moseneke concludes Lesotho visit 8 October 2018, 9:55 PM

Lesotho's facilitation team led by Justice Lesotho's facilitation team led by Justice Dikgang Moseneke has concluded a two days visit where they met various stakeholders, including Lesotho's suspended Chief Justice Nthomeng Majara.

Maurice Kamto of Renaissance Movement
Cameroon opposition candidate Kamto declares victory in presidential poll 8 October 2018, 7:03 PM

Cameroon opposition candidate Maurice Kamto declared victory in Sunday’s presidential election, saying he had “achieved his goal” and calling on longstanding incumbent Paul Biya to hand over power peacefully.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi
Motsoaledi cautions African countries against emulating SA health system 8 October 2018, 5:22 PM

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has cautioned African countries from emulating South Africa in trying to achieve universal health coverage

President Yoweri Museveni
Museveni addresses the Great Lakes meeting 8 October 2018, 3:47 PM

Heads of state in the Great Lakes region are meeting in Uganda to discuss peace and security. One of the Great Lakes countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo will go to elections in December, and many have raised concerns about the security situation in the DRC.

Joseph Kabila
Uganda to host Great Lakes peace and security meeting 8 October 2018, 6:40 AM

Heads of state in central Africa's Great Lakes region will on Monday hold a crucial one-day meeting in Uganda to discuss peace and security, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Biya, Osih cast their votes in Cameroon elections 7 October 2018, 2:38 PM

Cameroon President Paul Biya and opposition candidate Joshua Osih have cast their ballots in the country's presidential election in the capital Yaounde.

Presidential Polls Preparations
Cameroon votes in presidential polls as conflict rages 7 October 2018, 12:08 PM

Cameroonians began voting in crunch presidential polls on Sunday, with octogenarian leader Paul Biya seeking a seventh term against a backdrop of unprecedented violence in the country's English-speaking regions.

Presidential polls open in Cameroon: AFP 7 October 2018, 9:43 AM

Voting began in Cameroon on Sunday, according to AFP journalists, in crucial presidential polls being held against a backdrop of unprecedented violence in the country's English-speaking regions.