Nigerian opposition says government has frozen VP candidate’s accounts

10 December 2018, 6:15 AM
Nigeria's main opposition party said authorities had frozen the bank accounts of its vice presidential candidate in the run-up to elections next February.
African Migrants on a boat
African migrants turn to deadly ocean route as options narrow 4 December 2018, 6:54 AM

Assane Diallo is making final preparations for a journey he knows could cost him his life: one thousand miles across Open Ocean from Senegal to the Canary Islands in a 50-foot wooden boat held together with rusty nails.

Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s Buhari denies dying and being replaced by lookalike 3 December 2018, 2:17 PM

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday denied claims that he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor, breaking his silence on a rumour that has circulated on social media for months.

Pierre Buyoya
AU warns Burundi against international arrest warrant for former leader Buyoya 3 December 2018, 9:08 AM

The African Union has warned Burundi against moves to jeopardise peace efforts after an international arrest warrant was issued for its ex-leader, Pierre Buyoya, and 16 other officials.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenya to increase education budget to 30% 3 December 2018, 7:09 AM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged to increase his government’s budget towards educating the youth to 30%, making it the highest on the African continent.

Traditional leaders in E Cape working to find ways to prevent initiates deaths 2 December 2018, 7:31 PM

Eastern Cape traditional leaders are working around the clock to find ways of preventing more initiates from dying.

Lesotho's Home Affairs Minister Tsukutla Au
Lesotho Minister condemns Rustenburg’s ethnic killings 2 December 2018, 7:15 PM

Lesotho's Home Affairs Minister Ntswuku-tswane Au, has condemned ethnic clashes, at Sondela informal settlement in Rustenburg in the North West province  that has left eleven people dead amongst them BaSotho nationals.

IMF agrees new loan programme for Sierra Leone 2 December 2018, 3:23 PM

The International Monetary Fund(IMF) board has approved a new $172 million loan programme for Sierra Leone to help the West African country combat rising inflation and lacklustre economic growth.

Picture explaining signs of ebola.
Ebola outbreak in east Congo now world’s 2nd biggest 2 December 2018, 7:13 AM

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is now the second biggest in history, with 426 confirmed and probable cases, the health ministry said.

Saudi Crown prince to visit Algeria after G20 summit 1 December 2018, 8:47 PM

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive on Sunday in Algeria for a two-day visit, Algerian state news agency APS said on Saturday, resuming a tour of Arab states after the G20 summit in Argentina.

Niger reports sharp drop in new AIDS infections 1 December 2018, 6:51 PM

The number of new AIDS infections in Niger dropped by more than two thirds between 2012 and 2016, the health ministry said Saturday, in a statement marking World AIDS day.

Five dead in Burkina bomb attack 1 December 2018, 3:54 PM

Five people, four of them police, were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) in Burkina Faso, security sources said Saturday.

Kenyan charity holds pageant to affirm dignity of people with albinism 1 December 2018, 8:23 AM

A Kenyan charity held a pageant on Friday for people with albinism in a bid to affirm the dignity of a group that has faced discrimination, violence and even murder because of the hereditary condition. The competition for 30 participants was organised by the Albinism Society of Kenya with partners in Uganda and Tanzania.The winners […]

Zimbabwe's president, Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwe starts building new parliament, paid by China 30 November 2018, 9:21 PM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday laid the foundation stone for huge new parliament to be built with Chinese funds outside the capital Harare.

Security personnel holding weapons
Nigerian police kill over 100 ‘bandits’ in crackdown 30 November 2018, 8:00 PM

Nigerian police claimed on Friday that over 100 "bandits" had been killed in a crackdown targeting crime in the northwest state of Zamfara, following a surge in kidnappings for ransom and cattle rustling.

Felix Tshisekedi
DRC presidential candidates join forces to take on Kabila successor 30 November 2018, 3:00 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo presidential candidates Felix Tshisekedi and Vital Kamerhe have joined forces to take on the preferred successor of incumbent Joseph Kabila in the December 23 election.

Children in Central Africa
1.5 million children in CAR need emergency aid: UN 30 November 2018, 11:50 AM

Two-thirds of all children in Central African Republic need emergency aid, the UN said Friday, sounding an alarm about the impoverished country's worsening "neglected" crisis. 

Chidren drinking water from river
Enough poor children: Africans call for diversity in aid campaigns 30 November 2018, 10:35 AM

Communities that benefit from aid want international charities to move beyond pictures of poor children and show a more balanced view of Africa, a study showed on Friday.

Health officials carrying a dead body of a person who died of Ebola.
Gunfire, threats and curfews slow Congo’s fight against Ebola 30 November 2018, 6:26 AM

When medics tried to reach Ebola patients in a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo during a recent surge in violence, they were blocked by men wielding machetes and axes.

Kenyan officials profited from maize subsidies: Senate panel 29 November 2018, 6:54 PM

A Kenyan Senate committee says that the Kenyan government officials and their private sector counterparts abused a government maize subsidy programme last year to make money, leading to distortions in the market.

Mbeki challenges African leaders to fight corruption 29 November 2018, 2:38 PM

Former President Thabo Mbeki has held talks with the Tanzanian President John Magufuli on the impact of illicit financial flows in his country. Mbeki chairs the African Union high level panel on illicit financial flows panels.

Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopia overtakes Dubai as top feeder of air traffic to Africa 29 November 2018, 5:54 AM

Ethiopia has overtaken Dubai asa conduit for long-haul passengers to Africa, highlighting the success of the state airline's expansion drive and the reforms of its new prime minister.

Motlanthe commission concludes in Zimbabwe 28 November 2018, 8:41 PM

The Commission of Inquiry into Zimbabwe post-election violence has wrapped up.

Marc Ravalomanana
Madagascar ex-presidents to compete second round vote 28 November 2018, 4:30 PM

An ex-president of Madagascar and the man who overthrew him in a 2009 coup will compete to become the island state's next leader in a run-off election in December after the two came top in a first-round vote that eliminated the incumbent.

Mbeki to brief Magufuli on Tanzania’s illicit financial flows 28 November 2018, 12:25 PM

Former President Thabo Mbeki is expected to brief Tanzanian President, John Magufuli, on the impact of illicit financial flows on his country.

Nigerian media launch election fact-checking project 28 November 2018, 12:06 PM

The CrossCheck Nigeria project aims to get normally competing newsrooms to work together to investigate and disprove erroneous claims, particularly on social media.

Senegal wants restitution of ‘all’ its artwork: minister 28 November 2018, 8:42 AM

The recommendations in the report by French and African experts could potentially see tens of thousands of works stolen during French colonisation of Sub-Saharan Africa returned.

Tunisians stage first Arab protests against visiting Saudi crown prince 28 November 2018, 5:36 AM

The protests were a rare occurrence for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler who faces no overt criticism at home and who received lavish receptions earlier in his tour in visits to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Leaders focus on how to maximise ocean economy 27 November 2018, 6:32 PM

Global leaders and more than 4000 international participants are looking at how to maximise the oceans' economy.

Nelson Chamisa
“My hands are clean” in post-vote Zim violence: Chamisa 27 November 2018, 4:12 PM

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader told an official inquiry on Monday he had not incited supporters to take to the streets in post-election violence that killed six people in August.

Migrants walking
Migrant flows slows down in Libyan former smuggling hub 27 November 2018, 12:07 PM

Sabratha, 75 km west of the capital Tripoli where people smugglers exploited gang lawlessness for years, was the main launchpad on Libya’s Mediterranean coast for Italy-bound migrants, with the flow peaking in 2016 and early 2017.