President of Somali state of Jubaland re-elected in divisive vote

22 August 2019, 1:57 PM
The president of Somalia's southern Jubbaland state, a region still partly held by al Shabaab, won a fresh term in office on Thursday, the parliamentary speaker said, amid heightened strains between the federal government and regional officials.
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Gangs kill soldier, 18 civilians in DRC 23 July 2019, 6:04 PM

Armed gangs have killed a soldier and 18 civilians, including two children, in machete and gun attacks in volatile northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), officials said Tuesday.

Kenya’s finance minister pleads not guilty to graft charges 23 July 2019, 2:17 PM

Kenya's Finance Minister Henry Rotich pleaded not guilty Tuesday to corruption charges linked to the construction of two dams, a rare example of a sitting minister facing court in the graft-wracked country.

Moroccan lawmakers vote to bolster French in education system 23 July 2019, 9:48 AM

Moroccan lawmakers passed a draft law on Monday evening that would pave the way for strengthening the place of French in Moroccan schools, overturning decades of Arabisation.

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Ethiopia says army to take over security in troubled south 23 July 2019, 6:35 AM

Ethiopia announced that soldiers and federal police will take over security in a restive southern region following days of violence that has left at least 18 people dead.

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Car bomb wounds three troops at French, UN army base in Mali: official 22 July 2019, 9:34 PM

Three French and Estonian troops were wounded on Monday when a car bomb exploded at the entrance to an international peace-keeping base in the Malian town of Gao, France's military said on Monday.

Malawi opposition party offices burnt down 22 July 2019, 6:18 PM

Malawi's main opposition party, which has been lobbying to annul the result of the May presidential election, said Monday its headquarters were burnt to the ground in an arson attack.

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Zimbabwe’s Chiwenga to receive medical treatment in China 22 July 2019, 5:12 PM

Zimbabwean Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga has been flown to China to receive medical treatment.

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Kenyan minister arrested on suspicion of corruption 22 July 2019, 2:03 PM

Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich was arrested on Monday on suspicion of corruption related to the construction of two dams.

Students at an anti-government rally in the DRC.
DRC authorities ban Kinshasa rallies over tensions 22 July 2019, 6:05 AM

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have banned political rallies this week in the capital Kinshasa because of tensions between supporters of President Felix Tshisekedi and those of former leader Joseph Kabila, police said on Sunday.

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Drone strike near Tripoli kills seven fighters loyal to Haftar -military source 21 July 2019, 6:00 PM

At least seven fighters loyal to Libyan National Army (LNA) forces commanded by Khalifa Haftarwere killed overnight in a drone strike in southern Tripoli, a military source said.

SOS Mediterranee relaunches migrant rescue missions off Libya 21 July 2019, 4:55 PM

Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Sunday it has relaunched rescue efforts off Libya seven months after it abandoned operations using its ship Aquarius and despite a refusal by European ports to accept the migrants.

Nigeria’s president condemns latest killings in northwestern Sokoto state 21 July 2019, 7:07 AM

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the killing of 37 people by bandits in the northwestern state of Sokoto, his spokesman said in a statement.

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Africa poses critical challenge for World Bank and IMF 21 July 2019, 6:38 AM

Global heat maps of extreme poverty show Africa in deep red. And the problem will only accelerate as population on the continent grows in coming decades.

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Libya government fears Haftar prepping new push on Tripoli 20 July 2019, 9:35 PM

Libya's UN-recognised government said Saturday it feared forces led by strongman Khalifa Haftar were prepping a new "military escalation" in their months-long push to take Tripoli.

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Last PM under Gaddafi freed in Libya for ‘health reasons’ 20 July 2019, 4:50 PM

Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Libya's last prime minister under ousted dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has been released from jail for health reasons four years after being sentenced to death, Tripoli's justice ministry said on Saturday.

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Battle for change far from over for women in new Sudan 20 July 2019, 12:13 PM

She may have spent 40 days in jail for demonstrating against president Omar al-Bashir who has since been toppled, but activist Amani Osmane says the battle for women's rights in Sudan is far from over.

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One-stop clinics, a rare lifesaver for Zimbabwe’s sick 20 July 2019, 11:15 AM

Blessing Chingwaru could barely walk without support when he arrived at the specialist Rutsanana clinic in Harare complaining of chest pains and fatigue.

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AU calls for international actions to address Ebola outbreak in DRC 20 July 2019, 7:43 AM

The African Union (AU) on Friday called for immediate international actions to deal with the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has lingered for almost one year with a high number of casualties.

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Algerian protesters return to streets, demand reforms 19 July 2019, 8:54 PM

Tens of thousands of Algerians returned to the streets in the capital Algiers and other cities on Friday to demand radical political reforms and the departure of the ruling elite.

Militants kidnap at least one NGO worker in Nigeria, sources say 19 July 2019, 5:40 PM

Islamist insurgents have kidnapped at least one person working for an international aid organisation, Action Against Hunger, in north-eastern Nigeria, sources said on Friday.

General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo – deputy chief of the army council and chief of the feared Rapid Support Forces -was among the three military negotiators.
Friday talks with Sudan army rulers postponed: protest leaders 19 July 2019, 11:45 AM

Another protest leader also confirmed the talks had been suspended.

Human rights defender Hala Al-Karib from KIOS partner organisation Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) speaks about challenges and achievements regarding her work for women rights in East Africa.
Sudan urged to ensure justice for raped women protesters 19 July 2019, 6:12 AM

Action must be taken to address scores of rapes committed during a deadly crackdown by security forces in June, and ongoing sexual harassment on Sudan’s streets.

Ethiopia averts confrontation as party delays plan for new region 18 July 2019, 9:30 PM

A potentially bloody confrontation between Ethiopia's federal government and a minority community was averted on Thursday when a political party postponed plans to set up a new region for the Sidama people in defiance of central authorities in Addis Ababa.

S Africa not co-operating in arrest of genocide suspect: UN court 18 July 2019, 4:14 PM

The chief prosecutor of a UN tribunal on Wednesday accused South Africa of failing to co-operate in the arrest of a fugitive sought over his role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

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South Africa accused of failing to co-operate in the arrest of a fugitive 18 July 2019, 12:36 PM

The chief prosecutor of a UN tribunal has accused South Africa of failing to co-operate in the arrest of a fugitive being sought over his role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Goma, which has a population of around one million, is the capital of North Kivu province, the epicentre of what is now the second deadliest recorded Ebola outbreak on record.
WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify 18 July 2019, 9:17 AM

Despite a highly effective vaccine and a swift international response after it was declared 11 months ago, the Ebola outbreak has proved tenacious.

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Sudan protesters, army rulers ink power sharing deal 18 July 2019, 6:12 AM

Sudan's protesters and ruling generals inked a deal which will loosens a deadlock that has gripped the country, following nationwide mass protests that began against Omar al-Bashir.

Dakar hosts DELTAS Africa scientific conference 17 July 2019, 9:10 PM

It’s the second day of the DELTAS Africa scientific conference in Dakar, Senegal. On Wednesday, young African scientists and researchers spent the day presenting results of some of their work. The conference is showcasing Africa’s bid to train its health research experts. 

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Tanzanian press champion hopes prize ‘lifts veil’ on abuses 17 July 2019, 6:09 PM

A Tanzanian journalist awarded a prestigious prize for press freedom said Wednesday he hoped the recognition will "lift the corner of the veil" on the plight of reporters in his homeland.

Zimbabwe’s economic woes worsen as manufacturing sector grows by just 1% 17 July 2019, 2:29 PM

There seems to be no end in sight for Zimbabwe's economic woes. Official statistics have projected that the country's manufacturing sector will grow by a mere 1% in 2019.