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.
Ahmed Mohamed Madobe
A man poses with Zimbabwean bank note at a bank in central Harare
Zimbabwe public workers threaten strike over wages 17 July 2019, 6:37 AM

Zimbabwe’s public workers on Tuesday said they would go on strike if the government failed to increase their wages to at least $475 per month for the lowest paid employee, as resurgent inflation returned.

SPA protesters celebrate the overthrow of Omar al Bashir
Sudan protesters reject ‘absolute immunity’ for generals 17 July 2019, 5:26 AM

The Sudanese Professionals Association refused absolute immunity that the military rulers have asked for.

IS jihadists kill seven Tuareg leaders in Sahel 16 July 2019, 6:04 PM

Islamic State jihadists in south-western Niger have killed seven leaders of the Tuareg ethnic group in less than three months, as part of a strategy to create a political void in the region, officials said Tuesday.

Ebola patient in DR Congo city of Goma has died: governor 16 July 2019, 2:41 PM

The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the eastern DR Congo city of Goma has died, the governor of North Kivu province said on Tuesday.

Sudanese people, seeking to revive a push for civilian rule in ongoing tumult since the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir more than two months ago, chant slogans and wave Sudanese flags during a demonstration in Khartoum
Night protest in Sudan over civilian’s death 16 July 2019, 5:20 AM

Riot police looked on as a crowd waved Sudanese flags and chanted revolutionary slogans in the capital's eastern district of Burri, a hotbed of protests since demonstrations first erupted in December.

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.

Zimbabwe inflation rate soars to 175% 15 July 2019, 3:19 PM

Zimbabwe's annual inflation rate hit 175% in June, official data showed Monday, stoking fears of a return of the hyperinflation that wiped out savings ten years ago when the economy collapsed.

Africa seeks to train more researchers 15 July 2019, 2:57 PM

In 2007, African Union countries committed to investing at least 1% of GDP to Research and Development.

Gunmen kill 10 in revenge attack on Nigerian village: police 15 July 2019, 11:49 AM

About 300 gunmen raided a village in northwestern Nigeria in a revenge attack, killing 10 people, burning cars and stealing cattle, police said.

Burundi names head of ruling party militia to lead state broadcaster 15 July 2019, 5:46 AM

Burundi has appointed the head of the ruling party youth league to head its state-run broadcaster, a move an opposition party has described as a danger to press freedom.

Members of Sudanese paramilitary force kill civilian 14 July 2019, 7:48 PM

Members of a feared Sudanese paramilitary force shot dead a civilian Sunday in a town southeast of the capital as angry residents protested against the paramilitaries, witnesses and doctors said.

Palestinian Hamas militants
Egypt security in talks with Palestine leaders to prevent tensions 14 July 2019, 3:31 PM

Egyptian security officials have held talks with Palestinian leaders in recent days in part to prevent a new flare-up of tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Palestinian officials said Sunday.

Final death toll in boat migrant accident off Tunisia rises to 82 14 July 2019, 11:05 AM

The number of bodies recovered by Tunisia after a ship packed with migrants sank off its coast last week has risen to 82, in one of the worst disasters in recent years, the Tunisian Red Crescent said on Saturday.

Deby lifts Chad social media restrictions 14 July 2019, 7:01 AM

Chad President Idriss Deby said Saturday he was lifting social media restrictions which were imposed more than a year ago for "security reasons."

Tanzania says elephant, rhino populations rebounding after anti-poaching crackdown 13 July 2019, 4:49 PM

Elephant and rhino populations in Tanzania have begun to rebound after a government crackdown dismantled organised criminal networks involved in industrial-scale poaching, the country's presidency said.

26 dead, 56 injured in attack on Somali hotel: official 13 July 2019, 10:53 AM

At least 26 people, including many foreigners, were killed and 56 injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia, a top regional official said Saturday. 

Somalia hotel siege over, 12 dead 13 July 2019, 9:12 AM

At least 12 people were killed and 30 others wounded when Al-Shabab militants stormed a popular hotel in the southern Somalia town of Kismayo, security officials and witnesses said Saturday.

Somalia security forces end militant attack on hotel that killed 13: police officer 13 July 2019, 7:42 AM

Somalia's security forces on Saturday ended an overnight attack by the al Shabaab militant group on a hotel in the southern port city of Kismayu that killed at least 13, a police officer said.

Zimbabwe winning war against child marriages 12 July 2019, 6:34 PM

Zimbabwe may be on a verge of winning the war against early child marriages.

Freddy Matungulu
DRC opposition figure nominated for African Development Bank job 12 July 2019, 3:46 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi has nominated a top opposition figure for a post in the African Development Bank, thereby obliging him to drop his political activities.

General Jamal Omar, center, a member of Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC), arrives in the capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman.
Sudan general says coup attempt foiled 12 July 2019, 10:19 AM

Sudan's ruling military council foiled a coup attempt, a top general announced on state television Thursday, saying that 12 officers and four soldiers had been arrested.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington.
IMF approves DRC bailout after China debt deal 12 July 2019, 5:36 AM

IMF demanded that Congo ensure the long-term sustainability of its debt as a precondition for a three-year extended credit facility programs.

Europe’s ties with Africa must change: Ghana president 11 July 2019, 9:28 PM

Africa must change its relationship with Europe if it wants to become self-reliant and exploit rich resources that could transform the continent, Ghana's president said Thursday. 

‘Political tension in Malawi won’t derail govt from rebuilding economy’ 11 July 2019, 7:13 PM

Malawian Minister of communications, Mark Botomani, says the much reported political tension in Malawi will not derail the current government in its task of rebuilding the economy.

Azory Gwanda
Call for answers after Tanzanian minister says missing reporter is dead 11 July 2019, 2:59 PM

Press freedom advocates demanded Thursday that Tanzanian authorities disclose everything they know about missing journalist Azory Gwanda, after a government minister said the reporter who disappeared in 2017 was dead.

Algeria parliament elects opposition figure as protesters demand change 11 July 2019, 5:54 AM

Algerian lawmakers late on Wednesday elected an Islamist opposition figure as chairperson of parliament under pressure from mass protests demanding the departure of the ruling elite.

African Union regrets ‘external interference’ in Libya 10 July 2019, 10:03 PM

The African Union's High Level Committee on Libya has expressed concern at "outside interference" in the besieged country and proposed the creation of a special joint UN and AU envoy.

Sahel nations need more support to fight extremism: UN chief 10 July 2019, 6:50 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the international community Wednesday to support West Africa's fight against violent extremism, saying the region alone could not be expected to contain the spread of jihadism.

President urges Tanzania’s women to ‘set ovaries free,’ have more babies to boost economy 10 July 2019, 2:40 PM

President John Magufuli urged Tanzania's women to "set your ovaries free" and bear more children as a way to help boost the economy into a regional powerhouse, a step critics said would instead worsen inequality and poverty.

Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation decreases 10 July 2019, 9:50 AM

Egypt's annual urban consumer price inflation eased to 9.4% in June from 14.1% in May, official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Wednesday, a sharper decline than many analysts had expected after last week's fuel price hikes.