Ethiopian government says it has recaptured UN World Heritage site Lalibela

2 December 2021, 12:34 PM
Ethiopian government forces and their regional allies have recaptured the town of Lalibela, a United Nations World Heritage Site, from Tigrayan forces, the Prime Minister's office said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of towns the military says it has retaken.
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Ghana says 34 samples from returning travellers test positive for Omicron COVID-19 variant 2 December 2021, 5:35 PM

Ghana detected the Omicron coronavirus variant in 34 samples from travellers who returned to the country from November 21-25, according to data from the state institute responsible for coronavirus testing.

Madagascar food crisis caused more by poverty, natural weather than climate change: study 2 December 2021, 7:59 AM

Poverty, poor infrastructure and natural weather variability are bigger contributors to Madagascar's food crisis than climate change, according to a study released on Thursday by international research collective World Weather Attribution.

DRC says it has to fight joint enemy with Uganda as soldiers cross border 2 December 2021, 2:30 AM

Congolese authorities on Wednesday sought to allay concerns about the arrival of Ugandan troops in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for an ongoing joint operation against a militia linked to Islamic State.

Nigeria confirms first Omicron cases in airport arrivals in past week 1 December 2021, 5:09 PM

Nigeria on Wednesday confirmed its first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in air passenger arrivals, but amended an earlier statement to say the travellers had arrived in Nigeria only over the past week.

Nigeria confirms first cases of Omicron among travellers from South Africa 1 December 2021, 9:34 AM

Nigeria confirmed its first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant among two travellers who arrived from South Africa last week, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said on Wednesday.

Four West African states mount operation against militant insurgents 30 November 2021, 7:32 PM

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by militant insurgent groups in parts of West Africa, Burkinabe Security Minister Maxime Kone said on Tuesday.

Lesotho ex-PM Thomas Thabane charged over murder of estranged wife 30 November 2021, 4:58 PM

Lesotho's former prime minister, Thomas Thabane, was charged on Tuesday over the murder of his estranged wife in a case that has shocked the southern African highland kingdom.

Anti-military protesters to march on Sudan’s presidential palace 30 November 2021, 12:35 PM

Protesters plan to march across Sudan and on the presidential palace on Tuesday in the latest protest against military rule following last month's coup.

Botswana court upholds ruling that decriminalised gay sex 30 November 2021, 7:04 AM

Botswana's Court of Appeal on Monday upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalised gay sex, a decision hailed by gay community as establishing the southern African country as a "true democracy".

Congo denies agreeing to joint operations with Ugandan army 29 November 2021, 10:09 PM

Democratic Republic of Congo's government on Monday denied agreeing to joint operations with Uganda's army to track down militant rebels accused of suicide bombings in Kampala, insisting the two countries were only sharing intelligence.

Ramaphosa to visit four countries in West Africa to promote SA’s economic recovery 29 November 2021, 12:30 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be visiting four West African countries this week in an effort to promote South Africa's economic recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rwanda suspends direct flights from countries in Southern Africa following detection of the COVID-19 Omicron variant 29 November 2021, 7:36 AM

Rwanda has announced that it is suspending direct flights from Southern African countries to prevent the transmission of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Burkina Faso lifts internet suspension a day after violent protest 29 November 2021, 2:49 AM

The Burkina Faso government said it was lifting a suspension on the mobile internet from Sunday evening, a week after imposing the ban for what it said was security and defence reasons.

Malawian government says travel bans on southern African countries not done in good faith 28 November 2021, 8:33 PM

The Malawian government says that the travel ban that the United Kingdom, the United States, European Union and other countries have imposed on some southern African countries including South Africa and Malawi is tantamount to Afrophobia and not based on science.

France to begin repatriating citizens from Ethiopia on Sunday 28 November 2021, 6:14 PM

France will begin repatriating some of its nationals from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Sunday night after chartering a special flight to bring them back to Paris, a Foreign Ministry source said.

Six Sudanese soldiers killed in Ethiopian attack 28 November 2021, 9:30 AM

Six Sudanese soldiers were killed on Saturday in an attack by Ethiopian forces on a Sudanese army post near the border between the countries, Sudanese military sources say.

At least two killed, 18 wounded as French convoy faces new protests in Niger 28 November 2021, 4:30 AM

At least two people were killed and 18 injured in western Niger on Saturday when protesters clashed with a French military convoy they blocked after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, Niger's government said.

Mauritius to stop flights from SA from Nov. 28 over new coronavirus variant 27 November 2021, 5:32 PM

Mauritius will suspend all commercial passenger flights from South Africa from November 28 due to the new coronavirus variant Omicron, its foreign affairs ministry said on Saturday.

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Blinken calls for speedy negotiations over Ethiopia military escalation 27 November 2021, 8:58 AM

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is greatly concerned about Ethiopia's military escalation and called for urgent negotiations over the crisis, a US State Department spokesperson said.

Ethiopia restricts information sharing about war 27 November 2021, 4:05 AM

Ethiopia has announced new restrictions on the sharing of information about the war in the north of the country which stipulate that battlefront updates can only come from the government.

Sudanese politicians detained in coup start hunger strike 26 November 2021, 6:25 PM

Several Sudanese political figures arrested since a coup last month have started a hunger strike in protest at their continued detention, the coalition they were part of said on Friday.

Botswana says all contact tracing showing no symptoms of new COVID-19 variant 26 November 2021, 2:54 PM

Botswana's Health Ministry says it is now in the process of tracing the people who were in contact with four foreign nationals who tested positive with the new strain of COVID-19.

Oil gushing from Nigerian wellhead blasts hopes of cleaner future 26 November 2021, 12:25 PM

A deafening roar shatters the peace of Nembe in Nigeria's Delta as a mix of water, gas and oil blast the swamp and tropical trees.

Sierra Leone indicts opposition front-runner for alleged corruption 26 November 2021, 2:55 AM

Sierra Leone's anti-corruption commission has indicted six officials on corruption allegations,including an opposition front-runner for the 2023 presidential election.

Bombing near school in Somalia kills 8, injures 13 children 25 November 2021, 5:02 PM

A suicide bombing outside a school in Somalia's capital killed eight people and wounded 17 including 13 children, the latest in a string of deadly blasts this year in a country beset by political turmoil and drought.

Thousands of Sudanese protest against deal between PM Hamdok and military 25 November 2021, 4:23 PM

Thousands of Sudanese protested in the streets of Khartoum and other cities on Thursday, keeping up the pressure on military leaders after they struck a deal to bring back a civilian prime minister deposed in a coup one month ago.

‘Libya continues to be at a delicate and fragile juncture’ 25 November 2021, 12:05 PM

Libya continues to be at a delicate and fragile juncture on its path to unity and stability through the ballot box.

It is not true that SA is not supportive to other conflict ridden African countries: Pandor 25 November 2021, 8:47 AM

International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor says it is not true that South Africa is not as supportive to other conflict ridden African countries as it is toward Sudan.

Burkina Faso government extends internet suspension amid protests 25 November 2021, 4:25 AM

Burkina Faso's government, facing mounting public anger over repeated killings by Islamist militants, extended its suspension of mobile internet service on Wednesday while offering conflicting reasons for why access was cut in the first place.

Nigeria’s President says Aiteo oil spill will be ‘speedily addressed’ 24 November 2021, 11:58 PM

An oil spill in Nigeria's Delta region that has been spewing for more than two weeks will be "speedily addressed," President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement on Wednesday.