Rwandan academic’s genocide life sentence overturned

21 July 2018, 3:10 PM
A linguistics professor's life sentence and conviction for direct involvement in Rwanda's 1994 genocide has been overturned but his nine year sentence for downplaying the bloodshed upheld, his lawyer said Saturday.
Ethiopia’s PM, Eritrea’s president embrace at airport before Asmara peace talks 8 July 2018, 4:08 PM

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Asmara for peace talks on Sunday, embracing Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki before they left for a meeting at the presidential palace in the city, Ethiopian State television reported.

Niger will continue to welcome African migrants: President 8 July 2018, 10:30 AM

Niger will continue to be a transit country for migrants, including those entering from neighbouring Libya, President Mahamadou Issoufou said Saturday.

Activist launched legal challenge to eSwatini name change 7 July 2018, 9:05 PM

A human rights activist has launched a legal challenge over the King of eSwatini's decision to change the country's name, arguing it is against the constitution.

Picture of people carrying small Zimbabwean flags.
EU mission urges Zimbabwe to improve ballot access 7 July 2018, 4:39 PM

A European Union election observer mission urged Zimbabwe's election agency to be more open about the printing and storage of ballot papers to enhance the credibility of a July 30 presidential and parliamentary vote.

Al Shabaab fighters attack Somalia police HQ after twin bombings 7 July 2018, 3:25 PM

At least five people were killed and 21 wounded on Saturday when militants from Somalia's al Shabaab group set off two bombs in central Mogadishu and stormed a government building.

Bombings in Somalia’s capital wound 13 7 July 2018, 1:25 PM

At least 13 people were wounded on Saturday in a suicide car bombing near Somalia's presidential palace and another blast outside a police station close by in the capital, the emergency services said.

Italy’s closure to migrant rescue boats has high human cost 7 July 2018, 9:45 AM

Italy's shutting of its ports to humanitarian rescue ships will trap more migrants in Libyan detention centres and in the hands of smugglers, where they face beatings and abuse, aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF)said.

Faction of Nigeria’s ruling party forms another party 6 July 2018, 8:49 PM

A faction of Nigeria's ruling political party the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the formation of a new party bloc

Buhari says Boko Haram-hit NE Nigeria now ‘post-conflict’ 6 July 2018, 6:41 PM

Nigeria's remote northeast is in a "post-conflict stabilisation phase", President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday, despite persistent attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.

Zimbabwe elections a ‘critical test’: EU chief observer 6 July 2018, 3:16 PM

Upcoming elections in Zimbabwe will be a defining test of the country's new era, following years of disputed votes under ousted ruler Robert Mugabe, the European Union (EU) observer mission said Friday.

Ramaphosa against refugee detention centres 6 July 2018, 9:42 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has strongly rejected the proposal by some European leaders that detention centres be constructed in North African states to counter the massive influx of refugees into Europe.

Rift opens in Nigeria’s ruling party as elections loom 5 July 2018, 7:02 PM

Lawmakers in Nigeria's ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have formed a breakaway group in what is expected to be a prelude to defections as elections approach next year.

Former top officials in Sierra Leone charged with graft 5 July 2018, 6:05 PM

Two former top officials in Sierra Leone were arrested on Thursday, the country's anti-corruption chief said, under a sweeping crackdown on graft by new President Julius Maada Bio's government.

Djibouti launches ‘Africa’s biggest free trade zone’ 5 July 2018, 2:56 PM

Djibouti on Thursday launched the first phase of Africa's biggest free-trade zone, seeking to capitalise on its strategic position on one of the world's busiest trade routes.

SA, Ghana seek to improve economic ties 5 July 2018, 10:16 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday morning host his Ghanaian counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo who is on his first state visit to South Africa.

Kenyan county governor accused of fraud conspiracy 5 July 2018, 5:56 AM

A Kenyan county governor and three other officials were charged with conspiracy to defraud the government and abuse of office on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe Defence Force refutes allegations it will rig elections 4 July 2018, 9:42 PM

The Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) has refuted allegations that it will rig the 30 July elections saying it supports President Emmerson Mnangagwa and ZANU-PF.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu
PAP’s Nkondo Dang powers clipped 4 July 2018, 9:18 PM

The African Union has taken steps to address alleged maladministration confronting the Pan African Parliament.

ZEC should withdraw all printed ballot papers: Chamisa 4 July 2018, 4:02 PM

Zimbabwe's opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa says the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission should withdraw all printed ballot papers until all parties agree, or the election is halted.

Ramaphosa confident DRC elections will be free and fair 4 July 2018, 1:25 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says indications are that DRC President Joseph Kabila will not be contesting the upcoming December elections in that country.

Two suspects arrested over Mnangagwa rally blast 4 July 2018, 12:26 PM

Zimbabwean police have arrested two suspects over a grenade blast that killed two people and injured 47 others at a campaign rally for President Emmerson Mnangagwa last month.

DRC’s Jean-Pierre Bemba awaits his fate 4 July 2018, 11:55 AM

Former vice-president and rebel leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, could soon be going home.

Rome gives Libya 12 boats to ‘fight human trafficking’ at sea 4 July 2018, 8:14 AM

The Italian government will give Libya 12 boats to help them "fight human trafficking" and curb the flow of migrants into Europe, Rome announced late Monday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa urges improved economic integration in Africa 4 July 2018, 7:04 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa will work with countries in the continent to rid the world of unemployment, poverty and inequality.

23 candidates running in Zimbabwe Presidential election 3 July 2018, 8:41 PM

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) says the 23 candidates running for President on 30 July are an indication that the new regime has taken out the fear associated with former President Robert Mugabe's administration.

With refrigerated ATMs, camel milk business thrives in Kenya 3 July 2018, 7:10 AM

Halima Sheikh Ali is the proud owner of one of the few ATMs in Wajirtown in northeast Kenya. But rather than doling out shilling notes, it dispenses something tastier: a fresh pint of camel milk.

Mauritania names street in capital after Mandela 2 July 2018, 8:11 PM

Mauritania and the African Union will mark the centenary of South Africa's former late President Nelson Mandela by naming a street in the capital Noukchatt in his  honour.

Uganda levies unpopular social media tax, criticised by Amnesty 2 July 2018, 8:08 PM

Uganda has imposed a levy on social media access which it says will fund public services bu thas been widely resisted as oppressive and aimed at curbing government criticism.

Deaths surpass 1 000 this year after surge in attempts to cross Mediterranean 2 July 2018, 6:06 PM

More than 1,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean this year sailing from Libya to Europe, with a rush in the past few days to beat an anticipated crackdown by the European Union, the International Organization for Migration said late on Sunday. Around 204 people have died in the past few days after being packed […]

Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika
Malawian president says corruption reports “fake news” 2 July 2018, 12:26 PM

 Malawian President Peter Mutharika said on Sunday reports accusing him of fraudulently benefiting from a near $4 million government contact were “fake news” as part of a ploy to smear him ahead of a national election next year.