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.
Pierre Nkurunziza
Fayez al-Serraj
EU pushes Libya’s PM Serraj for ceasefire, warns on Turkey deal 8 January 2020, 6:49 PM

 European leaders warned Libya's internationally recognised prime minister on Wednesday against allowing Turkish troops on Libyan soil or agreeing to a natural gas deal with Turkey to avoid worsening the latest turmoil in the country.

Libyans oppose Turkey’s troop deployment 8 January 2020, 12:34 PM

Libyans have expressed opposition to Turkey's troop deployment in the country, insisting that Libya's internal issues should be addressed by Libyans.

Somalia bomb attack wounds 11 8 January 2020, 12:04 PM

A bomb exploded at a busy junction in Mogadishu on Wednesday, wounding at least 11 people, the head of the rescue service in the Somalia capital has said.

Four Kenyan school children killed in al Shabaab attack on telecom mast 8 January 2020, 6:45 AM

Four Kenyan school children were killed in a gunfight on Tuesday between police and al Shabaab militants from Somalia who attacked a telecommunications mast in the third such deadly incident in Kenya this week, police and an official said.

Tripoli-aligned forces say they quit Libya’s Sirte to avoid bloodshed 7 January 2020, 2:49 PM

Forces aligned with Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord said on Tuesday they had withdrawn from the strategic coastal city of Sirte to avoid bloodshed, after their eastern rivals rapidly entered it and took control.

Thirty dead after bomb blast strikes bridge in northeast Nigeria 7 January 2020, 2:43 PM

At least 30 people have been killed and many more injured in a bomb blast in northeastern Nigerian, local sources told Reuters late on Monday (January 6).

Kenya arrests three men for trying to breach British army camp 7 January 2020, 11:12 AM

Kenyan police arrested three men suspected of trying to break into a British army camp in Laikipia in central Kenya on the same day Islamist insurgents attacked another base used by US and Kenyan forces, according to a police report seen by Reuters.

Ivory Coast president plans constitutional revision before election 7 January 2020, 6:30 AM

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said he intends to modify the constitution ahead of an October presidential election seen as a test of the country’s stability.

Qassem Soleimani
Nigerian police on heightened alert after US killing of Iranian commander 6 January 2020, 4:48 PM

Nigerian police have been placed on a heightened state of alert after the U.S. killing of a top Iranian military commander in Iraq sparked fears of public disturbances in the West African country, the police said on Sunday.

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan leaves 10 Downing Street after meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other heads of state.
Turkish military units moving to Libya, Erdogan says 6 January 2020, 6:25 AM

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Turkish military units had started moving to Libya to support Fayez al-Serraj’s internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli.

Three Americans killed in al Shabaab militant attack on base in Kenya 5 January 2020, 11:52 PM

Three Americans - one US military servicemember and two contractors - were killed by Somalia's al Shabaab militant group during an attack on Sunday on a military base in Kenya used by both US and Kenyan forces, the US military said.

Al Shabaab attack Kenya base used by Kenyan and US forces 5 January 2020, 4:03 PM

Somalia's al Shabaab militant group attacked on Sunday a military base in Kenya used by both the United States (US) and Kenyan forces and published pictures of masked gunmen standing next to an aircraft in flames.

Militant group al Shabaab attacks base used by Kenyan, US forces 5 January 2020, 9:20 AM

Somalia's militant group al Shabaab has attacked a military base in Lamu County in Kenya that is used by both US and Kenyan forces.

Fourteen killed in bomb attack on bus of school children in Burkina Faso 4 January 2020, 8:08 PM

Fourteen people were killed and nine wounded in a bomb attack on a bus bringing children back from a school break in northern Burkina Faso on Saturday, two security sources and a police source said.

AU deeply concerned with situation in Libya 4 January 2020, 2:51 PM

African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat has expressed deep concern at the deteriorating situation in Libya.

Khalifa Haftar
Libya’s Haftar says deranged Turkish sultan is fuelling a national war 4 January 2020, 11:38 AM

Eastern-based Libyan National Army commander Khalifa Haftar said on Friday (January 3) a national war was being fuelled in his country by Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan, who he called a  "deranged Turkish sultan".

SPA protesters celebrate the overthrow of Omar al Bashir
Violence in Sudan’s West Darfur left 65 dead: International peacekeeping mission 4 January 2020, 6:28 AM

Violence in Sudan’s West Darfur region over the past week has left at least 65 people dead and more than 50 injured, as well as displacing thousands, an international peacekeeping mission has said.

Losing Guinea-Bissau presidential candidate contests results in court 3 January 2020, 7:15 PM

The losing candidate in Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election filed a Supreme Court challenge on Friday to former prime minister and ex-army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo’s victory in a run-off, a court spokesman said.

Flights suspended in Libya’s capital due to rocket fire 3 January 2020, 2:21 PM

Flights were suspended until further notice at the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Friday due to rockets falling nearby, an airport official said.

Prominent South Sudan economist, 30 others pardoned by President Kiir 3 January 2020, 6:17 AM

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Thursday pardoned dozens of prisoners including a prominent economist jailed for giving interviews to foreign media, saying it was a goodwill gesture to rejuvenate the country’s stalled peace process.

Armed assailants kill three in Kenya’s Lamu county 2 January 2020, 5:40 PM

Armed assailants on Thursday killed three people and injured two others in Kenya's Lamu county, a coastal region near the border with Somalia, police said.

Tunisia’s designated PM says he has formed a government 2 January 2020, 10:00 AM

Tunisia’s designated Prime Minister Habib Jemli submitted a proposed cabinet to President Kais Saied on Wednesday, but he has not yet publicly announced the names of cabinet ministers.

Guinea-Bissau President-elect’s opponent disputes poll results 2 January 2020, 7:15 AM

Former prime minister and ex-army general, Umaro Cissoko Embalo, has won Guinea-Bissau’s presidential vote, the electoral commission said on Wednesday but his opponent complained of fraud and vowed to contest the result in court.

More than 20 dead, many displaced after violence in Sudan’s West Darfur 1 January 2020, 7:06 PM

At least 24 people were confirmed killed after a camp for internally displaced people was attacked in Sudan’s West Darfur, an international peacekeeping official said on Wednesday, as top officials arrived to try to calm the violence.

Arab League warns against deployment of foreign fighters in Libya 1 January 2020, 3:21 PM

The Arab League urged the warring sides in Libya not to do anything that might enable the deployment of foreign fighters in the North African country and worsen its conflict.

Former Guinea Bissau PM Embalo wins presidential election 1 January 2020, 2:42 PM

Former Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister and ex-army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo won Sunday's presidential election with 54% of the vote, the electoral commission said on Wednesday.

Angola hits ‘Princess’ dos Santos with asset freeze 1 January 2020, 7:17 AM

Angola has frozen the assets of Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of the country’s previous leader, in a sign that President João Lourenço is taking a tougher line against the former first family.

Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s 2019 marked countries 6th election 31 December 2019, 7:21 PM

2019 marked Nigeria's 6th election in 20 years since Africa's biggest democracy returned to civilian rule after decades of military government.

Ivory Coast street militia leader sentenced to 20 years for role in civil war 31 December 2019, 2:24 PM

Charles Ble Goude, an ally of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, has been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison by a court in Abidjan for his role in the civil war that followed the 2010 presidential election, his lawyers said.

Sudan sentences 29 intelligence agents to hang for teacher’s killing 31 December 2019, 11:13 AM

A Sudanese court sentenced 29 members of the national intelligence service to death by hanging on Monday over the killing of a teacher in detention in February during protests that led to the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir.