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.
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Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili
Nigerian ex-minister and Chibok girls champion to run for president 7 October 2018, 7:33 AM

Former Nigerian minister Obiageli Ezekwesili, co-founder of a  group to raise awareness about more than 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, on Sunday announced that she will run for president next year.

Muhammadu Buhari: Nigeria’s anti-corruption crusader 7 October 2018, 6:37 AM

Muhammadu Buhari swept to power on a wave of optimism in 2015, becoming the first opposition candidate in Nigerian history to defeat a sitting president.

US first lady Melania Trump
US First Lady Melania Trump wraps up solo African tour in Egypt 6 October 2018, 3:45 PM

US First Lady Melania Trump was welcomed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his wife, Entissar, on Saturday after she flew in from Kenya as part of her first solo African trip. 

Paul Biya
Cameroon’s under 35s have only known one leader: Biya 6 October 2018, 1:05 PM

President Paul Biya has ruled since 1982 and will seek a seventh term in Sunday's election.

Rwanda court orders critic of president released on bail 6 October 2018, 12:03 PM

Diane Rwigara had planned to run against Kagame in an August election but her candidacy was blocked by the electoral board on the grounds that she had not submitted enough supporters’ signatures.

Tourism and commerce bear brunt of Cameroon crisis 6 October 2018, 7:02 AM

"For the peak season I would have about 280 persons climbing Mount Cameroon," said John Ngomba, a tour guide in the town of Buea, which has been at the forefront of Cameroon's anglophone separatist insurgency.

Namibian to sharpen land expropriation rules 5 October 2018, 8:33 PM

Namibia will expropriate land owned by foreign absentee landlords and will redefine fair compensation in the coming months, the country's president said Friday.

Melania Trump in Kenya 5 October 2018, 7:46 PM

United States First Lady Melania Trump is in Kenya, on her third stop on a five-day African visit.

Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege
Congolese doctor dedicates Nobel Peace Prize to victims of sexual violence 5 October 2018, 6:01 PM

Congolese Nobel Peace Prize-winner Denis Mukwege on Friday dedicated his award to all women affected by rape and sexual violence.

Kivu, Africa’s Great Lakes battleground 5 October 2018, 3:42 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's region of Kivu, where 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner doctor Denis Mukwege is based, has been caught up in conflict and war for 24 years.

Nigeria judge faces sack over ‘bereavement’ bribe 5 October 2018, 7:03 AM

A senior Nigerian judge falsely claimed he had suffered a bereavement to get cash from litigants and lawyers appearing in his court, the country's main judicial body said Thursday.

Top Benin politician facing fresh drugs charges 4 October 2018, 8:11 PM

Benin tycoon and opposition politician Sebastien Ajavon is facing trial for alleged drug trafficking despite being cleared of any involvement in the same case two years ago, leading to claims of a political witchhunt.

New civilian migrant rescue ship heads for Libyan waters 4 October 2018, 6:34 PM

A new migrant rescue ship was headed for the waters off Libya on Thursday, one of the aid groups running the boat said, after similar vessels were prevented from operating.

Nigeria judge faces sack over ‘bereavement’ bribe 4 October 2018, 6:05 PM

A senior Nigerian judge falsely claimed he had suffered a bereavement to get cash from litigants and lawyers appearing in his court, the country's main judicial body said Thursday.

UN Security Council heads to DR Congo ahead of polls 4 October 2018, 6:30 AM

The UN Security Council is heading to the Democratic Republic of Congo this week ahead of December elections, amid tensions between Congolese authorities and the UN and concerns over a risk of poll violence.

189 Islamist suspects stand trial in Mozambique 3 October 2018, 10:04 PM

The trial of 189 suspected Islamist militants began in Mozambique on Wednesday, with the accused allegedly involved in attacks against police and civilians in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Ivory Coast ex-president’s ICC freedom bid pushed back 3 October 2018, 8:48 PM

The International Criminal Court on Wednesday pushed back to November a hearing on Ivory Coast former president Laurent Gbagbo's bid for release after defence lawyers said they needed more time.

Paul Biya greeting supporters
Cameroon’s Biya at helm of six-time election winning machine 3 October 2018, 3:09 PM

President Paul Biya, the 85-year-old Cameroonian leader who will seek a seventh term on Sunday, has developed an effective system to stay in power despite long overseas absences.

Nigeria’s Buhari promises 2019 elections will be fair 3 October 2018, 8:38 AM

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari sought to reassure voters that next year's elections would be free and fair after the opposition and international observers raised concerns over the way the voting was conducted last week.

Libya conference to be held in Sicily in November: Italy 2 October 2018, 9:28 PM

A Libya conference will be held in Sicily in November, Italy's foreign minister said Tuesday, with talks focusing on an "inclusive approach" to stabilising the war-torn north African country while not fixating on a date for elections.

US First Lady arrives in Ghana on solo international trip 2 October 2018, 7:11 PM

The US First Lady on Tuesday pulled faces at babies and handed out teddy bears as she kicked off her maiden solo trip to Africa.

Zimbabwe’s economy shows signs of recovery 2 October 2018, 6:52 PM

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says the country's economy is showing signs of recovery even though there are still some challenges and risks.

Migrants on a boat
34 migrants drown in Mediterranean shipwreck, 26 survivors – UN 2 October 2018, 6:52 PM

Some 34 migrants have died in a shipwreck in the western Mediterranean, which 26 people survived, the U.N. migration agency said on Tuesday, citing the Moroccan navy and a Spanish aid agency.

China and Africa relationship in the spotlight 2 October 2018, 6:37 PM

China-Africa relations continue to receive attention as the continent finds more investors and development partnerships from the east.

Ethnic clashes kill 44 in restive western Ethiopia 2 October 2018, 4:19 PM

Weekend fighting between rival ethnic groups in western Ethiopia killed at least 44 people, state affiliated media reported Tuesday.

Sierra Leone military truck flips over, killing 13 2 October 2018, 7:05 AM

Thirteen people were killed and at least 30 more injured on Monday when a military transport truck flipped over on a major road in the Sierra Leone capital, a military spokesman said. The open-air truck was carrying more than 40 soldiers from their barracks to a funeral in Freetown when its brakes failed as it […]

Namibia's President Hage Geingob
Namibian president wants land expropriated to boost black ownership 1 October 2018, 7:07 PM

Namibia’s president called on Monday for a change to the constitution to allow the government to expropriate land and re-distribute it to the majority black population.

Cameroon tense on anglophone ‘independence’ anniversary 1 October 2018, 4:05 PM

Cameroon's restive anglophone regions were in lockdown on Monday as separatists marked the first anniversary of a symbolic "independence" declaration just a week before a nationwide presidential poll.

Buhari sets out pitch for re-election in keynote speech 1 October 2018, 2:23 PM

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday made his final independence day address to the nation before elections next year, effectively setting out his government's manifesto as he seeks a second term.

Nigeria ruling party nominates Buhari for re-election in 2019 1 October 2018, 6:11 AM

Nigeria’s ruling party has nominated President Muhammadu Buhari as its candidate to stand for re-election in February 2019.