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.
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Receding Malawi lake lays bare cost of climate change 27 November 2018, 6:12 AM

Just four months ago, the fishing harbour at Kachulu on the western shores of Lake Chilwa in Malawi was bustling with fishermen and traders haggling over the catch of the day.

Militants kill cleric and 14 others in Somalia car bomb and gun attack 27 November 2018, 6:11 AM

Al Shabaab gunmen and a suicide car bomber struck a religious centre in central Somalia on Monday, killing a cleric and at least 14 of his followers, a police officer said.

Former Deputy Justice Dikgang Moseneke
Lesotho peace talk shows unity 26 November 2018, 8:47 PM

Progress towards lasting peace was made in Lesotho on Monday and differences appeared to have been ironed out at a national Dialogue of stakeholders which was opened by King Letsie III.

Joseph Kabila
Kinshasa rejects US ‘terrorist threat’ warning 26 November 2018, 6:00 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday accused Washington of sparking "needless fear" after the US embassy in Kinshasa warned of a "possible terrorist threat" against its mission in the country as it heads towards key elections.

Drought-threatened Zimbabwe faces a quandary: Grow maize or not? 26 November 2018, 1:37 PM

As climate change brings more frequent and harsh droughts, maize is becoming harder to grow in many parts of Zimbabwe - but it is still what people want to eat and many farmers want to plant, which makes shifting away from it a challenge.

Ten Somalians killed in religious centre by militant Islamist group 26 November 2018, 7:25 AM

Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked a religious centre in central Somalia on Monday, killing a cleric and 10 of his followers, according to a spokesperson for the militant Islamist group.

Egypt upholds 9 death sentences over prosecutor killing 26 November 2018, 7:01 AM

Two years later an Egyptian criminal court sentenced 28 people to death for their involvement in his murder, with only 15 defendants present in court for the verdict at the time.

People gathered on the banks of the lake
Uganda boat which sank was carrying more than twice its capacity 25 November 2018, 2:50 PM

A cruise boat which sank in Lake Victoria was overloaded, carrying about 120 people instead of its capacity of just 50, Uganda's president said on Sunday.

12 dead in suspected Mozambique Islamist attack 25 November 2018, 11:57 AM

Twelve people have been killed in a suspected Islamist attack in northern Mozambique, with thousands of villagers fleeing the area into neighbouring Tanzania, police sources said Sunday.

22 dead, scores feared drowned after Uganda boat sinks 25 November 2018, 11:39 AM

Twenty-two people have died and more than 60 are feared drowned after a pleasure boat sank on Lake Victoria, Ugandan police said Sunday.

Robert Mugabe
‘Zimbabwe govt to provide necessary support to ailing Mugabe’ 25 November 2018, 7:19 AM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his government will provide whatever that is necessary to support the country's ailing former leader Robert Mugabe.

Robert Mugabe
Mugabe unable to walk, receiving treatment 24 November 2018, 9:42 PM

Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe is unable to walk because of ill health. The 94-year-old has been in Singapore for treatment for an undisclosed illness for the past two months.

Tunisian protesters
Tunisian Union calls for national strike 24 November 2018, 2:48 PM

Tunisia's powerful labour union, UGTT, called another national strike for January to press its demand for higher wages after the government said on Saturday it would seek a realistic pay deal.

‘Suspected Islamic State gunmen kill nine in southern Libya’ 24 November 2018, 12:27 PM

Gunmen on Friday raided a town deep in Libya's southern desert, killing nine people and kidnapping several others, a resident said, with officials blaming the attack on the militant group Islamic State.

Muhammadu Buhari
Ahead of Nigeria’s election, opposition weaponises soldier deaths 24 November 2018, 7:28 AM

Hundreds of Nigerian soldiers have been killed in recent months by Islamist militants who the president vowed to defeat when voted into power in 2015 – and the bloodshed has become a useful weapon for opponents aiming to topple him in coming elections.

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Lesotho National Dialogue for Reforms hangs in balance 23 November 2018, 9:05 PM

The much anticipated Lesotho National Dialogue for Reforms and the country's coalition government hang in the balance. This follows a Constitutional Court ruling that nullified an amnesty clause and paves the way for the return of opposition leader Mothetjoa Metsing.

African Union admits sexual harassment ‘prevalent’ 23 November 2018, 8:04 PM

The African Union on Friday said an internal investigation had found sexual harassment to be "prevalent" within the organisation. The admission comes after a committee was established in May to investigate anonymous allegations.

Eight killed as gunmen attack French mining camp in Niger 23 November 2018, 3:55 PM

Eight employees of a French mineral and water drilling firm and a local official were killed early on Thursday when gunmen attacked their site in south-eastern Niger, the company said.

President John Magufuli
In Tanzania, a bulldozer president tests donors 23 November 2018, 12:18 PM

The soldiers started fanning out in the cashew nut growing regions of southern Tanzania – a jolting sight for traders and, campaigners say, a watershed moment for a country once held up as a darling of development groups.

Boko Haram soldiers
Boko Haram kidnaps 50 loggers in Nigeria 23 November 2018, 7:59 AM

The hostages who were mostly from a camp for people displaced by jihadist violence were on Saturday rounded up by fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau while collecting wood.

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Zimbabwe plans refinery for the country’s platinum mines budget document 23 November 2018, 6:14 AM

Zimbabwe is planning to build a base metals and precious metals refinery that will process platinum from all the country's platinum mines, a budget statement released on Thursday said.

Ethiopian opposition leader, Birtukan Mideksa
Ethiopia chooses dissident to head vote board as PM presses reforms 22 November 2018, 5:55 PM

Ethiopia chose a former exiled dissident to head its election board on Thursday - part of a dizzying shake-up by the new prime minister that has brought rebels back into the political mainstream and curbed the establishment.

People sitting on the ground
Mass strike across Tunisia over wage increase 22 November 2018, 2:42 PM

About 650,000 Tunisians went on strike on Thursday to protest the government's refusal to raise wages amid threats from international lenders to stop financing Tunisia's tattered economy.

Congo confirms near record number of new Ebola cases 22 November 2018, 7:00 AM

Treatment, vaccination programmes and safe burials of victims have been disrupted by a surge in violence and abiding local mistrust of health directives.

Libyan gunmen free kidnapped Egyptians held over business dispute 22 November 2018, 6:43 AM

The 16 workers were seized four days ago in Tobruk, in eastern Libya, by unknown gunmen after Libyan contractors accused a business partner from the same Egyptian village as the kidnapped men of fleeing the country after he stole 100,000 Libyan dinars.

Former ZANU PF Youth League leader implicates commissioner in Zim election violence 22 November 2018, 5:53 AM

A former ZANU PF Youth League leader has implicated one of the commissioners investigating post-election violence in Zimbabwe, in the fateful events on August 01.

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta (R) and Fillipe Nyusi (L)
Kenya, Mozambique agree to scrap visa requirements for their nationals 21 November 2018, 9:55 PM

Kenya and Mozambique have agreed to scrap visa requirements for their nationals in a bid to boost trade between the two countries.

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New, cheap drug threatens Egyptian youth 21 November 2018, 3:04 PM

Drug addiction has long been a problem in Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world with nearly 100 million. But the speed at which new drug Strox use is spreading has posed a new challenge.

Libyan coast guards force stranded migrants off container ship 21 November 2018, 11:16 AM

Libyan authorities on Tuesday forcibly disembarked at least 79 migrants who had refused to leave a cargo ship that rescued them before docking in a port west of Tripoli, rights groups and a coast guard commander said.

One kidnapped, five wounded in Kenya NGO attack 21 November 2018, 8:30 AM

Kenyan police say unidentified gunmen kidnapped an Italian volunteer working at a NGO in a trading centre attack where five people were wounded in the region of Kilifi on Tuesday.