Two killed during anti-UN protests in eastern Congo protests, officials say

10 April 2021, 2:31 PM
At least two people were killed during violent protests on Friday against the United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials said. 
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Libya launches COVID-19 vaccination drive after delays 10 April 2021, 7:34 PM

Libya’s new unity government launched a long-delayed COVID-19 vaccination programme on Saturday after receiving some 160 000 vaccine doses over the past week, with the prime minister receiving his jab on live television.

Mozambique working to identify beheaded victims of militant attack 9 April 2021, 6:55 PM

Mozambique is sending a medical team to identify the bodies of 12 people beheaded during an Islamic State attack last month on the northern gas exploration hub of Palma, an army spokesman said.

Djibouti president widely expected to win fifth term in office 9 April 2021, 10:41 AM

Voters head to the polls on Friday in the tiny but strategically important Horn of Africa nation Djibouti, with President Ismael Omar Guelleh widely expected to win a fifth term and extend his 21-year-long rule.

Africa CDC says pockets of conflicts will derail continent’s COVID-19 fight 9 April 2021, 10:24 AM

The African Centre for Diseases Control (CDC) says the pockets of conflicts in Africa will derail the fight against COVID-19 and access to vaccines.

Mozambique should be held accountable for providing services to its people: Dr Matambo 9 April 2021, 9:41 AM

Research Director at the Centre for Africa-China Studies Dr Emmanuel Matambo says SADC leaders should urge the Mozambican government to be accountable for its provision of public goods and services - especially for the youth in the north of the country

UN concerned about reports of alleged beheadings in Mozambique 9 April 2021, 7:21 AM

The United Nations (UN) says it's following with deep concern new reports of violations against civilians, including alleged beheadings and unverified reports of the use of child soldiers during attacks by non-state armed groups and clashes in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado's Palma District.

‘I know in advance that I will win’: Chad’s Deby eyes sixth presidential term 8 April 2021, 7:07 PM

Chad’s President Idriss Deby, an ally of Western nations in the fight against militants, is poised to extend his three-decade rule in Sunday’s election despite mounting signs of popular discontent with his leadership.

Troika summit resolves to technical deployment to Mozambique 8 April 2021, 5:50 PM

Immediate technical deployment will be directed to Mozambique to aid it's fight against the insurgency in it's northern region of Cabo Delgado.

Police fire shots to disperse anti-UN protest in eastern Congo 8 April 2021, 5:01 PM

Congolese police fired live rounds on Thursday to disperse protesters demanding the departure of the United Nations peacekeeping mission from the city of Beni, its mayor and witnesses said.

Somalia’s election deadlock continues 8 April 2021, 3:30 PM

Another round of talks to resolve Somalia's election deadlock have ended without a deal in the capital Mogadishu.

Factbox: Africa’s longest-ruling current leaders 8 April 2021, 12:56 PM

Voters in Chad will go to the polls on Sunday for an election in which President Idriss Deby is poised to extend his three-decade rule.

SADC Heads of State to meet today over Mozambique attacks 8 April 2021, 8:00 AM

Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi has convened Thursday's Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State meeting in Maputo.

Algeria to start Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine production in September 7 April 2021, 11:47 PM

Algeria will start producing Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in September in partnership with Moscow, and part of the production will be intended for African countries, the pharmaceutical industry minister said on Wednesday.

Tanzania goes back on decision to lift media ban 7 April 2021, 9:22 PM

Tanzania revised a decision to lift a ban on all media in the country, clarifying that only online television would benefit from the measure, a government spokesman said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Mozambique seeks targeted foreign support to help tackle insurgency: President 7 April 2021, 7:39 PM

Mozambique has told the international community what support it needs to deal with an Islamic State-linked insurgency, but for reasons of sovereignty it will tackle some aspects of the problem unassisted, its president said on Wednesday.

Egypt’s Sisi warns of potential for conflict over Ethiopian dam 7 April 2021, 5:34 PM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday warned Ethiopia of the risk of conflict over its giant dam on the Blue Nile after talks involving the two countries and Sudan ended without progress.

‘Marginalised bearing brunt of COVID-19 due to discriminatory policy decisions’ 7 April 2021, 1:00 PM

The report also describes those already most marginalised, including women and refugees, as bearing the devastating brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of discriminatory policy decisions by leaders in the region. 

SADC security, defence ministers to meet in Mozambique 7 April 2021, 11:05 AM

The gathering will discuss the instability and insurgency in Mozambique's northern region of Cabo Delgado, where militants have been terrorising the region since 2017.

UNHCR urges Mozambique’s neighbours to assist people fleeing violence 7 April 2021, 6:00 AM

Large numbers of people have fled the area around the town of Palma in Cabo Delgado after the attack by ISIS-linked fighters.

At least 100 killed in border clashes between Ethiopia’s Somali and Afar regions: Official 6 April 2021, 7:48 PM

Border clashes between Ethiopia's Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, a regional official said on Tuesday, the latest outbreak of violence ahead of national elections in June.

UN warns Tanzania not to reject people fleeing Mozambique violence 6 April 2021, 3:02 PM

United Nations teams have received "worrying" reports that Tanzania has rejected over 1 000 people seeking refuge from an Islamic State-claimed attack on a town in northern Mozambique

Mozambique government secures Palma after bloody attack 6 April 2021, 9:05 AM

The United Nations welcomed an announcement by Mozambican authorities that the town of Palma had been cleared of ISIS linked militants and was once again secured.

Tanzania accused of turning away Mozambican asylum seekers 6 April 2021, 7:30 AM

The asylum seekers had fled Palma after non-state actor militants attacked the area in March, leaving death, destruction and displacement in their wake.

Forty dead as violence escalates in Sudanese city of El Geneina 6 April 2021, 2:00 AM

Sudan’s government has declared a state of emergency in West Darfur state after at least 40 people were killed and 58 injured in three days of tribal clashes in capital El Geneina, according to the United Nations.

18 dead as violence escalates in Sudanese city of El Geneina: Medics 5 April 2021, 3:09 PM

Eighteen people have been killed and 54 injured in tribal clashes in the Sudanese city of El Geneina, medics said on Monday, in a renewal of bloodshed following a major flare up of violence earlier this year.

Masisi expected to announce date for SADC Troika meeting on Mozambique 5 April 2021, 12:55 PM

Botswana's President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, is expected to announce a date for an urgent SADC Troika meeting on Mozambique.

Mozambique city overwhelmed by people fleeing attacks 5 April 2021, 11:53 AM

Peter N'Guila used to have no trouble supporting his family of three on his consultant's salary, but since insurgents attacked a northern Mozambique gas hub town in March, he has seven more mouths to feed.

Egypt says latest round of GERD talks are ‘last chance’ before second dam filling 5 April 2021, 9:57 AM

The latest meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) may be the last chance to re-launch talks before it is filled for the second year in a row, Egypt said in a statement on Sunday.

Niger’s President Bazoum appoints former minister Mahamadou as PM 5 April 2021, 4:00 AM

Niger’s newly elected President Mohamed Bazoum has appointed former minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou as Prime Minister to lead his government, according to a decree read on national television late on Saturday.

Libya PM hails COVID vaccine delivery as ‘first drop of rain’ 4 April 2021, 7:20 PM

More than 100 000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Tripoli’s Mitiga airport on Sunday, Libya’s ministry of health said, the first shipment to reach the country.