Former Sudan president sentenced to two years in detention

14 December 2019, 5:00 PM
A Sudanese court has convicted former president Omar al-Bashir on corruption charges and sentenced him to two years in detention, the first ruling against the ex-leader ousted by mass unrest.
Nigeria to form border force with neighbours to fight smuggling 15 November 2019, 7:19 AM

Nigeria and neighbouring countries Benin and Niger have agreed to set up a joint border patrol force to tackle smuggling between the West African countries, they said in a communique on Thursday.

Rollout of new Ebola vaccine begins in Congo 14 November 2019, 8:46 PM

Health authorities in eastern Congo have introduced a new Ebola vaccine produced by an American medical company, aid group MSF said on Thursday, to help combat the world’s second-worst outbreak of the virus on record.

Sudan looks to pyramids to attract tourism – and hard currency 14 November 2019, 6:41 PM

Portuguese architect Tania Monteiro and her husband are almost alone as they tour Sudan's pyramids, a world-class attraction long neglected by the world.

Kenya delegation in S Africa for bilateral mission on social welfare 14 November 2019, 1:50 PM

A delegation from Kenya has arrived in Polokwane in Limpopo for a two-day bilateral mission focusing on social welfare.

Property prices soar in Libya’s capital as displaced seek housing 14 November 2019, 9:55 AM

With rents in the centre of Libya's capital soaring as those displaced by fighting on its edge seek housing, 35-year-old IT engineer Moataz Saleh al-Fagih says he has been unable to find anything he can afford.

Nigeria security agency denies opening fire on supporters of detained activist 14 November 2019, 6:30 AM

Nigeria’s state security agency on Wednesday denied that its officers opened fire on campaigners calling for the release of a Nigerian activist and former presidential candidate who remains in detention despite having been granted bail.

Zimbabwe bans new electric water heaters to save energy 13 November 2019, 3:01 PM

Zimbabwe is banning the installation of new electric water heaters in a bid to save power, energy regulations published on Wednesday showed, at a time when the country is enduring rolling blackouts lasting up to 18 hours a day.

Sudanese criticize economic conditions as govt says it needs $5 billion in support 13 November 2019, 10:03 AM

Sudan needs up to $5 billion in budget support to avert economic collapse and launch reforms after the ouster of veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir, its finance minister told Reuters.

Zimbabweans get new banknotes, but angered by withdrawal limits 12 November 2019, 4:32 PM

Zimbabweans finally got access to new low-denomination currency on Tuesday that authorities hope will end chronic cash shortages, but banks maintained an existing weekly withdrawal limit of $20, frustrating many customers.

Guinea president replaces security minister following deadly protests 12 November 2019, 11:56 AM

Guinea President Alpha Conde announced on Monday that he was replacing his security minister following deadly protests against suspected efforts by Conde to extend his mandate.

64% of African countries improve visa openness scores: Report 11 November 2019, 9:13 PM

Seychelles and Benin are the two African countries which offer visa-free access to all Africans.  This is according to the Africa Visa Openness Report 2019.

Gambia files Rohingya genocide case against Myanmar at World Court 11 November 2019, 3:29 PM

Gambia has filed a case at the United Nations’ top court accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority, Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said on Monday.

Pope wants to visit South Sudan next year, urges unity government 11 November 2019, 12:11 PM

Pope Francis said on Sunday he wanted to make his postponed visit to South Sudan next year, and he urged the country’s leaders to overcome their divisions and bring an end to the suffering of its people.

Congo army kills leader of splinter Hutu militia group 11 November 2019, 6:37 AM

Congolese forces have killed the leader of an offshoot of a Hutu militia in the restive east of the country, the army said on Sunday, two months after killing the leader of the main faction.

Zimbabwe fires 211 striking doctors as economy worsens 10 November 2019, 2:27 PM

Zimbabwe has fired more than 200 public sector doctors who have been on strike for more than two months demanding better pay to protect them from soaring inflation.

Anger grows as families bury the dead after Burkina Faso attack 10 November 2019, 6:30 AM

Relatives of people killed and survivors from an attack this week on a bus convoy of mine workers in Burkina Faso were increasingly angry on Saturday at what they said was a lack of support from authorities and the mining company.

Congolese forces kill 25 rebels in eastern offensive 9 November 2019, 7:50 PM

Congolese forces said on Saturday they had killed 25 Islamist rebels since launching an offensive against them late last month in an eastern region also struggling with an Ebola outbreak.

Zambia’s President vows to contain debt within sustainable levels 9 November 2019, 2:48 PM

Zambia is committed to ensuring that debt is contained within sustainable levels through continued austerity measures, President Edgar Lungu said on Friday.

Africa must define itself by its potential: Hajer Sharief 9 November 2019, 10:43 AM

Africa needs to define itself by its potential and not by the challenges it faces. This is according to Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Hajer Sharie

Mauritius elects incumbent PM for five-year term 9 November 2019, 8:24 AM

Mauritius’ ruling Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) has won more than half of parliamentary seats, securing incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth a five-year term, interim election results showed on Friday.

S Sudan President, ex-rebel leader agree to delay unity government 8 November 2019, 2:20 PM

South Sudan’s president and a former rebel leader agreed on Thursday to delay forming a unity government for 100 days beyond the November 12 deadline, buying time after concerns that war could resume if the two sides were pushed.

Women stand outside Bogodogo hospital where officials met with family members of victims of an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine, in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
At least 37 killed in ambush near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso 8 November 2019, 7:43 AM

Canada’s foreign ministry said there were no reports so far of any of its nationals being victims of the attack, the worst in Burkina Faso since groups with links to IS and al-Qaeda began targeting it in January 2016.

War crimes judges sentence Congolese’s Ntaganda to 30 years in prison 7 November 2019, 3:56 PM

The International Criminal Court sentenced former Congolese military leader Bosco Ntaganda on Thursday to 30 years in prison for atrocities including murder, rape and conscripting child soldiers.

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam is seen as it undergoes construction work on the river Nile in Guba.
Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan to try to resolve dam dispute by January 7 November 2019, 5:38 AM

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan agreed on Wednesday to work toward resolving their dispute over the filling and operation of a massive dam project in Ethiopia by January 15, 2020, the US Treasury said.

Calling for women to be included in peace resolution 6 November 2019, 6:55 PM

Day three of the African Women in Dialogue has put the spotlight on Women, Peace and Security.

Zimbabwe police stop public workers from marching for better pay 6 November 2019, 5:22 PM

Zimbabwe police on Wednesday blocked a handful of public sector workers from marching to government offices with a petition demanding better pay, reneging on an earlier pledge to allow the demonstration.

Sudan's Prime Minister in the transitional government Abdalla Hamdok addresses residents during his visit to the camps of El-Fashir in North Darfur, Sudan.
Doubts in Darfur as new PM promises peace 6 November 2019, 11:21 AM

Darfur’s transitional government has asked the UN and the AU to keep operating their joint peacekeeping mission in the country - a force that Omar al-Bashir was trying to shut down.

Zimbabwe govt workers down tools 6 November 2019, 7:04 AM

Zimbabwean government workers are expected to down tools on Wednesday and march against their employer over low wages.

Nigerian police release 259 people held captive 5 November 2019, 3:17 PM

Nigerian police have released 259 people held captive at an Islamic rehabilitation centre in the south-western city of Ibadan, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.

Ramaphosa urges African countries to develop their sports teams 5 November 2019, 11:24 AM

As the Springbok team prepares to arrive home, President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged other African countries to train and develop their sports teams, to help the continent make a meaningful presence in the field.