Stampede in Madagascar kills 15, wounds 75

27 June 2019, 7:40 AM
At least 15 people were killed and 75 wounded in a stampede at a stadium after a military parade in Madagascar's capital on Wednesday to mark the country's Independence Day, authorities said.
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Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina at the stadium
Thomas Thabane
All Basotho Convention faces leadership crisis 13 June 2019, 2:53 PM

Lesotho Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane's political party All Basotho Convention is facing a leadership crisis.

A Sudanese protester
US joins diplomatic push to salvage agreement in Sudan 13 June 2019, 12:18 PM

The top U.S. diplomat for Africa on Wednesday joined an international effort to press Sudan's military rulers and the opposition toward a deal on a transition to democracy two months after the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Life terms in Egypt for foiled al-Sisi attack: Security sources 13 June 2019, 9:42 AM

An Egyptian military court on Wednesday sentenced nearly 300 people to prison terms, including some who in 2014 attempted to attack President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, security sources said.

Mali people standing together
Mali lowers estimate of village raid death toll to 35 13 June 2019, 6:24 AM

Mali's government has lowered to 35 from an initial 95 its estimate of the death toll from a recent attack on a Dogon village, the country's latest incident of ethnic violence.

Ahmed Ouyahia
Algeria’s former PM detained over alleged corruption – state TV 12 June 2019, 8:16 PM

Algeria's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered former Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia to be held in custody after he faced a judge in connection with a corruption investigation, state television reported.

Toll from Boko Haram attack in Cameroon rises to 37 12 June 2019, 4:23 PM

An attack by Boko Haram jihadists in northern Cameroon last weekend left 37 dead, a security official in the region said Wednesday, revising the toll upward.

Market
Some shops open but residents wary as Sudan strike ends 12 June 2019, 11:51 AM

Shops began to reopen in Sudan's capital on Wednesday but many residents stayed indoors after demonstrators called off a nationwide civil disobedience campaign that had brought Khartoum to a standstill.

Sudan’s protest leaders to end civil disobedience, resume talks with rulers 12 June 2019, 8:56 AM

Protest leaders have agreed to end a campaign of civil disobedience launched after a deadly crackdown on demonstrators and to resume talks with Sudan's ruling generals, an Ethiopian mediator said on Tuesday.

Activists celebrate outside the high court in Botswana.
Botswana’s battle to decriminalise same-sex relations took 20 years: Activist 12 June 2019, 8:44 AM

Human Rights Lawyer and activist, Pearl Magashula, who also sits on the board of the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana, says the battle to decriminalise same-sex relations took 20 years.

Ghana’s opposition leader arrested following kidnappings 12 June 2019, 6:12 AM

Police in Ghana on Tuesday said they had arrested the chairman of the largest opposition party in connection with the spate of kidnappings in the West African country.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
UN congratulates Botswana’s decision to decriminalise gay sex 11 June 2019, 9:32 PM

The United Nations Secretary General has joined his High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in warmly welcoming the decision by the High Court of Botswana to decriminalize consensual same-sex relations between adults.

Botswana decriminalises homosexuality in landmark ruling 11 June 2019, 3:21 PM

Botswana's High Court ruled Tuesday in favour of decriminalising homosexuality, handing down a landmark verdict greeted with joy by gay rights campaigners.

Sudan opposition to nominate members for transitional council 11 June 2019, 10:38 AM

Sudan’s opposition plans to nominate eight members of a transitional council and name a prominent economist to head a government, a leader in the alliance of protesters and opposition groups said on Monday.

Antonio Gutteres
UN strongly condemns Mali attack 11 June 2019, 5:51 AM

The United Nations Secretary-General is outraged by reports that at least 95 civilians, including women and children, have been killed and many wounded following an attack on a village in the Mopti region of central Mali.

Libya Flag
“We call on all parties involved in the Libyan crisis to respect the arms embargo” 10 June 2019, 9:53 PM

In a unanimous decision, the United Nations Security Council has renewed the authorisation for member states to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya that they have reasonable grounds to believe are violating the arms embargo on that country.

Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java
Morgan Tsvangirai’s daughter dies 10 June 2019, 6:03 PM

 Vimbai Tsvangirai-Java the daughter of the late MDC leader and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has died. 

Mali Attack
95 killed in attack on central Mali village 10 June 2019, 3:13 PM

Ninety-five people in a central Malian village inhabited by the Dogon community were killed by gunmen in an overnight attack, a local official and a security source said Monday, giving a provisional toll.

Muhammadu Buhari
Gunman wipes out Nigerian villagers 10 June 2019, 2:18 PM

Gunmen on motorbikes killed 43 people in waves of attacks in northern Nigeria, police said Monday, the latest violence by criminal gangs raiding villages and stealing livestock.

28 out of 49 African countries have anti-homosexuality laws 10 June 2019, 9:46 AM

More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa have anti-homosexuality laws, although others have moved towards legal tolerance, watchdogs say.

Pope appeals for peace, dialogue in Sudan 10 June 2019, 6:01 AM

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for peace in Sudan following a bloody crackdown by security forces on pro-democracy protesters in Khartoum last week.

Benin entrepreneurs bootcamp
Benin farm ‘bootcamp’ gets green entrepreneurs into shape 9 June 2019, 8:30 AM

Machetes in hand and wearing a straw hat against the sun, the participants of an "agro-bootcamp" in the farmlands of the West African nation of Benin harvest maize, cowpeas and rice.

Mokgweetsi Masisi
Masisi breaks his silence following criticism by Khama 8 June 2019, 5:11 PM

Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has broken his silence following criticism by his predecessor and former President Ian Khama. 

Military forces
Egypt says four suspected Islamists killed in Sinai 8 June 2019, 2:55 PM

Egyptian security forces killed four suspected jihadists in restive North Sinai allegedly involved in a deadly attack this week on a police checkpoint, the interior ministry said Saturday.

Sudan forces arrest protest leaders who met Ethiopia PM 8 June 2019, 11:46 AM

Sudanese security forces have arrested two prominent rebels and an opposition leader, a day after they met the Ethiopian premier during his reconciliation mission to Khartoum, their aides said Saturday.

Ethiopian leader meets Sudanese opposition and military leaders 8 June 2019, 6:55 AM

Ethiopia’s prime minister held separate talks with Sudan’s military rulers and opposition in Khartoum on Friday in a bid to ease the political crisis that has followed the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.

Ethiopia PM urges democratic transition in Sudan after deadly crackdown 7 June 2019, 10:11 PM

Ethiopia's prime minister Friday called for a "quick" democratic transition in Sudan as he met the country's ruling generals and protest leaders, days after a deadly crackdown killed dozens of demonstrators in the capital.

Activists bailed in Zimbabwe after airport arrest 7 June 2019, 6:40 PM

Five Zimbabwean rights campaigners arrested last month and charged with subversion after returning from abroad were released on bail Friday, lawyers said.

Farirai Gumbonzvanda
MenEngage, Sonke Gender Justice call for the release of Zimbabwe activist 7 June 2019, 4:27 PM

Sonke Gender Justice, MenEngage Africa and MenAngage Global Alliance are calling for the dropping of charges against and the release of Zimbabwean social justice and girls’ rights activist, Farirai Gumbonzvanda.

Algerian protesters
Thousands of Algerians demonstrate for political reforms 7 June 2019, 3:26 PM

With banners reading "You all go" and "We need new figures," thousands of protesters gathered in the Algerian capital on Friday for what has become a regular demonstration demanding the removal of the ruling elite.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed addresses a news conference in his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia PM in Sudan to broker talks between generals, protesters 7 June 2019, 9:38 AM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in the Sudanese capital and headed for a series of meetings with the ruling generals, he is scheduled to meet protest leaders later.