Egyptian prosecutors order release of transgender woman

15 July 2019, 8:12 PM
Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the release of a trans woman arrested in March on a string of charges including joining a "terrorist" group, her lawyer and a rights group said Monday.
Morocco unveils new terminals at Tanger-Med port 28 June 2019, 9:54 PM

Morocco on Friday unveiled two new terminals at its vast Tanger Med port, tripling its capacity to make it the Mediterranean's biggest facility for maritime cargo.

Death toll rises at Glencore mine in Congo after collapse 28 June 2019, 3:14 PM

The number of artisanal miners killed by a landslide at a copper and cobalt mine run by Glencore in Congo rose to 43 on Friday and officials said the army would deploy at the mine as the search for more victims continued.

Zimbabwe dollar
Zimbabwe’s currency change causes panic among citizens 28 June 2019, 2:45 PM

Zimbabwe is to start printing its currency following the announcement on Monday that it was abolishing the multi-currency regime and designating the Zimbabwean Dollar or bond note, as sole legal tender for all local transactions.

President Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s president urged to sign African trade deal 28 June 2019, 11:05 AM

A special government panel has recommended that President Muhammadu Buhari sign Nigeria up for a landmark African free trade agreement, ahead of a key meeting of African leaders.

Beji Caid Essebsi
Tunisia’s president hospitalised 28 June 2019, 6:04 AM

Tunisia’s 92-year-old president, Beji Caid Essebsi, a major player in the country’s transition to democracy since 2011, was taken to a military hospital on Thursday after suffering a “severe health crisis”, the presidency said.

UN renews mandate of the Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur 28 June 2019, 5:37 AM

The United Nations Security Council has renewed the mandate of the Peacekeeping Mission in Darfur for four months and requested the Secretary General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission to provide a Special Report on the situation on the ground by the end of September.

Sudan protest leaders get new AU, Ethiopia transition plan 27 June 2019, 10:12 PM

The Sudanese movement protesting for the military to hand over to civilian rule said Thursday it received a new proposal for a transition drafted by Ethiopia and the African Union.

Lesotho govt issues temporary reprieve to wool, Mohair farmers 27 June 2019, 9:01 PM

The government of Lesotho has issued a temporary reprieve to the troubled wool and Mohair farmers

At least 36 killed in collapse at Glencore mine in Congo 27 June 2019, 5:48 PM

At least 36 artisanal miners were killed on Thursday when part of a copper and cobalt mine owned by Glencore collapsed in southeast Congo, the provincial governor said.

Mass arrests in Ethiopia after coup bid 27 June 2019, 5:24 PM

Ethiopian security forces on Thursday rounded up scores of suspects believed to have links to a coup bid in northern Amhara state...

One dead, several wounded in two suicide bomber attacks in Tunisian capital 27 June 2019, 2:37 PM

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks on police in the Tunisian capital on Thursday, killing one police officer and wounding several other people, the government said.

Nigerian counter Boko Haram attack, kill jihadists 27 June 2019, 12:22 PM

Nigerian troops have thwarted a Boko Haram attack on a military formation in the volatile northeast, killing dozens of jihadists, the army said Thursday.

Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina at the stadium
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.

A fighter on a building
Libya’s Haftar loses main base in Tripoli in surprise blow 27 June 2019, 5:46 AM

Forces allied to Libya’s internationally recognized government on Wednesday seized the town of Gharyan south of Tripoli, home to the main supply base of eastern forces attacking the capital, witnesses and Tripoli officials said.

Kenyan court stops construction of coal power plant 26 June 2019, 8:52 PM

An environment court in Kenya has stopped the construction of a $2Billion coal power plant in Lamu Island, a popular tourist site and a United Nations World Heritage site; on grounds that environment licenses were issued without the participation of the public.

Peter Matharika
Malawi court start Proceedings over alleged election irregularities 26 June 2019, 6:07 PM

Malawi's constitutional court on Wednesday heard opening arguments in a case over alleged election irregularities as opposition parties battle to have the result of last month's vote nullified.

Deadly clashes over cattle continue in Nigeria despite grazing ban 26 June 2019, 2:38 PM

When the ambulances drove into the square in Makurdi city carrying more than 70 coffins, the air filled with the sound of weeping as hundreds of people waited for their loved ones to be buried.

Congolese refugees arrive in Uganda 26 June 2019, 11:12 AM

At least 7 500 Congolese refugees have arrived in Uganda since the start of this month, placing strain on already badly overstretched facilities, according to the UN refugee agency.

Egyptian jihadist on trial for five terror attacks 26 June 2019, 7:27 AM

An Egyptian jihadist captured in Libya and returned to Cairo was put on trial again on Tuesday over five terror attacks, including one for which he has already received a death sentence in absentia, according to local media.

Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopia mourns murdered army chief after northern ‘coup’ bid 25 June 2019, 7:50 PM

Ethiopian military and religious leaders on Tuesday condemned the assassinations of the army chief and other top officials at an emotional funeral service where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wept openly throughout.

DRC applies to join EAC regional bloc 25 June 2019, 5:46 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has applied to join the East African Community (EAC) regional bloc and there is speculation that some countries want the process of its admission fast tracked.

Zimbabwe labour group threatens protests over ban on foreign currencies 25 June 2019, 5:03 PM

Zimbabwe's largest labour body on Tuesday threatened protests over the government's decision to ban the use of foreign currencies and make the interim currency the sole legal tender.

Egypt detains leader of 2011 uprising over alleged anti-government plot 25 June 2019, 2:02 PM

Egyptian authorities on Tuesday detained a leader of the 2011 uprising that unseated long-time president Hosni Mubarak, accusing him and others of a plot to bring down the government.

Emmerson Mnangagwa
Mnangagwa calls on global powers to lift the ban on ivory trade 25 June 2019, 9:22 AM

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has told the United Nations wildlife summit currently underway in Victoria Falls, that the lifting of the ban will enable his country to sell $600-million worth of stockpiled tusks.

Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi
Benin’s former president Boni Yayi leaves amid political crisis 25 June 2019, 6:04 AM

Former Benin President Boni Yayi left the country on Saturday after "his health deteriorated rapidly.”

Zimbabwe discontinues usage of foreign currencies 24 June 2019, 6:26 PM

Zimbabwe has discontinued the usage of foreign currencies in the country.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Suspected mastermind of Ethiopia attacks shot dead: State TV 24 June 2019, 4:12 PM

The security chief of Ethiopia's northern Amhara state, suspected of being behind a coup bid in the region and of possible links to the assassination of the army chief, has been shot dead, state media reported Monday.

Six Ugandan children killed when a storm drain wall collapsed 24 June 2019, 10:50 AM

Six street children who were sleeping in a storm drain next to an elite school in the Ugandan capital have been killed after a wall fell on them, police said Monday.

Omar al-Bashir
Sudan court orders company to end military-ordered internet blackout – lawyer 23 June 2019, 5:30 PM

A Sudanese court ordered telecoms operator Zain Sudan on Sunday to restore internet services, a lawyer said, after they were severed nearly three weeks ago when security forces dispersed protesters camping in central Khartoum.

Abiy Ahmed
Army chief and regional leader killed in Ethiopia 23 June 2019, 1:51 PM

Ethiopia's army chief and a top local leader have been shot dead during an attempt to overthrow a regional government in northern Ethiopia, underscoring political instability in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to push through reforms.