Head of Somalia’s military unhurt, civilian killed in suicide car bomb on convoy

13 July 2020, 8:44 PM
The head of Somalia’s military escaped unhurt and one civilian was killed on Monday when a suicide attacker drove a bomb-laden car into a convoy in the capital Mogadishu, according to a military spokesman and an ambulance service.
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Tunisian parties seek to oust parliament speaker 13 July 2020, 4:35 PM

At least five Tunisian parties plan to launch a vote of no confidence in parliamentary speaker Rached Ghannouchi who has been accused of partisan interests, while members of his moderate Islamist Ennahda party have called for a new government, escalating the country’s political crisis.

Mali govt criticised by UN, EU for lethal response to protests 13 July 2020, 2:55 PM

The United Nations and the European Union have condemned the Malian government’s use of lethal force during protests calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to resign, and urged it to release detained opposition leaders.

Ivory Coast vice president resigns, days after PM’s death 13 July 2020, 2:28 PM

Ivory Coast’s Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan has resigned, the presidency said on Monday, further unsettling the political outlook days after the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, President Alassane Ouattara’s designated successor.

Sudan to allow drinking alcohol for non-Muslims, ban FGM 13 July 2020, 6:41 AM

Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and strengthen women’s rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said late on Saturday, in a reversal of almost four decades of hardline Islamist policies.

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Mali opposition rejects president’s concessions aimed at ending impasse 12 July 2020, 11:08 PM

Mali’s opposition on Sunday rejected concessions by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita aimed at resolving an escalating political crisis that has sparked deadly protests, saying it would be satisfied only if he resigns.

Five Tunisian parties seek to oust Ghanouchi as parliament speaker 12 July 2020, 7:37 PM

At least five Tunisian parties plan to launch a vote of no confidence in the speaker of parliament, Rached Ghanouchi, the leader of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, politicians said on Sunday.

Sudan to allow drinking alcohol for non-Muslims, ban FGM 12 July 2020, 3:15 PM

Sudan will permit non-Muslims to consume alcohol and strengthen women’s rights, including banning female genital mutilation (FGM), its justice minister said late on Saturday, in a reversal of almost four decades of hardline Islamist policies.

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Mali opposition says headquarters raided after mass protest 12 July 2020, 2:27 AM

Mali’s opposition coalition said security forces had raided its headquarters on Saturday in the wake of violent protests against the president that saw the temporary occupation of state buildings and the arrest of a protest leader.

Botswana receives test results to determine cause of mysterious elephants deaths 11 July 2020, 9:45 PM

Botswana says it's received its first test results on Friday from samples sent to Zimbabwe to determine the mysterious cause of death of hundreds of elephants.

Congo justice minister resigns after judicial reform dispute 11 July 2020, 4:41 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo's Justice Minister Celestin Tunda tendered his resignation on Saturday in the wake of a dispute with the president over proposed laws that would give politicians more control over criminal prosecutions.

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Amadou Gon was an exemplary leader: Akinwumi Adesina 11 July 2020, 4:17 PM

Amadou Gon was an exemplary leader, He was my friend. I remember calling him while in Paris, writes Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank.

Ethiopian police arrest 2 suspects in connection with the killing of a popular political singer 11 July 2020, 7:34 AM

Ethiopian authorities said on Friday they had arrested two suspects over the killing of a popular political singer, whose death last week sparked protests in which 166 people were killed.

Kenyan museum, Mau Mau fighter shed light on British colonial abuses 10 July 2020, 6:06 PM

Nearing 100, Gitu Wa Kahengeri clearly remembers the day when, as a prisoner of Kenya’s colonial occupier Britain, he wanted to die.

Uganda cracks down on media ahead of elections in 2021, watchdog say 10 July 2020, 2:22 PM

Uganda's security forces are cracking down on authors and journalists who challenge the 34-year-old rule of President Yoweri Museveni ahead of elections next year, a watchdog told Reuters.

Africa CDC launches a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial 10 July 2020, 7:45 AM

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has launched a Consortium for COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial (CONCVACT).

African countries urged to undertake vaccine trials 9 July 2020, 8:00 PM

The importance of undertaking clinical trials for a vaccine in Africa has dominated discussions at a webinar about COVID-19 and vaccine development on the continent.

Nigeria’s confirmed coronavirus cases pass 30 000 – NCDC 9 July 2020, 3:34 AM

Nigeria's confirmed coronavirus cases passed 30 000 on Wednesday, the country's disease control centre said, as the virus spreads in Africa's most populous country amid an easing of restrictions put in place to curb the disease.

Nigeria restarts domestic flights amid easing coronavirus restrictions 8 July 2020, 9:14 PM

Nigeria resumed domestic flights on Wednesday after a hiatus of around three months as Africa’s most populous country relaxes restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Congo virus funds embezzled by ‘mafia network’, says deputy minister 8 July 2020, 8:33 PM

Congo’s deputy health minister has accused cabinet members of receiving kickbacks on government contracts for the coronavirus response while health workers went unpaid for months.

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya conflict at ‘unprecedented levels’ 8 July 2020, 8:25 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the Security Council on Wednesday that the conflict in Libya has entered a new phase “with foreign interference reaching unprecedented levels.”

Ivory Coast’s prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies at 61 8 July 2020, 8:19 PM

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast's prime minister and its ruling party's candidate for the October presidential election, has died, President Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday, adding that the country was mourning.

Dozen of bodies found in Burkina Faso, and rights group suspects extrajudicial killings 8 July 2020, 7:30 PM

At least 180 bodies have been found in common graves in Djibo, a town in the north of Burkina Faso, Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a report released on Wednesday, saying that the killings were likely carried out by government forces.

Kenya decision to postpone reopening of schools met with mixed reactions 8 July 2020, 5:21 PM

Kenya's Education Ministry's decision to postpone the reopening of basic education to January 2021, or when the COVID-19 infection curve in the country has flattened, has been met with mixed reactions.

In Africa, lack of coronavirus data raises fears of “silent epidemic” 8 July 2020, 3:19 PM

When the new coronavirus hit Tanzania in mid-April, President John Magufuli called for three days of national prayer to seek God’s protection from the scourge. Barely a month later, he claimed victory over the disease and invited tourists to return to his East African nation.

COVID-19 forces Kenya basic education to resume in January 7 July 2020, 10:15 PM

Basic education in Kenya will resume in January next year when the COVID-19 curve is expected to flatten, the country's education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha announced on Thursday a day after the country's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a phased reopening of the country.

Sierra Leone doctors threaten to expand strike amid COVID-19 crisis 7 July 2020, 8:05 PM

Doctors in Sierra Leone, who are refusing to treat COVID-19 patients to press demands for bonus payments and more protective equipment, threatened on Tuesday to suspend care for other patients too if the dispute is not resolved by Sunday.

Congo dispatches former warlords to try to resolve ethnic conflict 7 July 2020, 7:44 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo’s government has dispatched former warlords, including two who were tried for war crimes in The Hague, to try to convince militiamen in their home region to surrender, the governor of Ituri province said.

Zimbabwe’s health minister, accused of corruption, sacked: Statement 7 July 2020, 7:33 PM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked health minister Obadiah Moyo with immediate effect for inappropriate conduct, a statement from the presidency shared by information minister Nick Mangwana on Twitter on Tuesday said.

Ghana presidential candidate selects first female running mate for major party 7 July 2020, 5:54 PM

Former Ghana President John Mahama said on Monday that he had chosen Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman as his running mate for this year’s election, making her the first woman on a major Ghanaian party’s presidential ticket.

Cameroon activist campaigns against colonial monuments 7 July 2020, 5:18 PM

Activist Andre Blaise Essama has been battling to purge Cameroon of monuments celebrating its French colonial past and replace them with local heroes long before protests swept the world after the death of George Floyd.