Algeria’s former President Bouteflika dies at 84

18 September 2021, 6:31 AM
Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died at 84, the presidency said on Friday, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army.
Guinea junta brushes off impact of ECOWAS sanctions 18 September 2021, 9:36 PM

The leader of Guinea’s recent coup told a delegation of West African leaders he was not concerned about new sanctions imposed by the regional bloc to pressure a swift transition to constitutional rule, the junta’s spokesman said on Saturday.

Mali says it can seek military help from anyone, despite French concern 18 September 2021, 5:05 PM

Mali has the right to seek military support from whoever it wants, the prime minister said, after France and other foreign powers expressed alarm at a report that Bamako was approaching Russian mercenaries for assistance.

Defiant junta rejects pressure to let Conde leave Guinea 18 September 2021, 1:50 AM

Guinea's military junta said on Friday it would not bow to regional pressure and allow President Alpha Conde, detained since his overthrow on September 5, to leave the country.

Tunisia detains parliament member as rights worries grow 17 September 2021, 7:07 PM

 Tunisian security forces detained a member of parliament on Friday, his lawyer said, amid growing concern for rights after the president seized governing powers in July in a move his foes call a coup.

Pan African Parliament to resume election of bureau officials in November 17 September 2021, 10:53 AM

The Pan African Parliament (PAP) will resume its election of bureau officials in November, five months after chaos inside the house forced the suspension of the process, PAP's clerk of the assembly Vipya Harawa has announced.

West African bloc resorts to sanctions over Guinea and Mali coups 17 September 2021, 1:46 AM

West Africa's main regional bloc on Thursday imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea and those slowing Mali's post-coup transition - its toughest response yet to a run of military takeovers.

West African leaders demand six-month transition after Guinea coup 17 September 2021, 12:00 AM

West Africa’s main regional bloc imposed sanctions against the junta in Guinea on Thursday and demanded they return the country to constitutional rule within six months, the president of the bloc’s commission said.

Africa CDC calls for vaccine production transparency 16 September 2021, 3:41 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called for vaccine production transparency - saying poor and developing countries are not receiving enough COVID-19 vaccinations.

West African leaders to hold summit on Guinea coup 16 September 2021, 8:43 AM

West African leaders will meet on Thursday to decide how to respond to the coup in Guinea and how to pressure the junta leaders to return the country to constitutional rule, Ghana's Foreign Minister said.

UN Secretariat orders repatriation of Gabonese peacekeepers serving in CAR 15 September 2021, 9:17 PM

The United Nations Secretariat has ordered the repatriation of Gabonese peacekeepers serving in its mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) after becoming aware of allegations of sexual abuse against five girls in that country.

Africa loses close to 90 billion dollars a year to illicit financial flows 15 September 2021, 7:13 PM

Africa has lost close to 90 billion dollars a year to illicit financial flows according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates.

As seaborne migration soars, Spain rushes to save six boats off Canaries 15 September 2021, 6:47 PM

The Spanish Coast Guard dispatched rescue vessels to help six boats of migrants drifting off the Canary Islands on Wednesday amid a surge in seaborne migration that has seen thousands make the dangerous crossing from Africa to the Atlantic archipelago.

WHO-backed vaccine hub for Africa to copy Moderna COVID-19 shot 15 September 2021, 12:57 PM

Efforts to develop an African base for COVID-19 vaccine production will focus on trying to replicate Moderna's (MRNA.O) shot, but a lack of progress in talks with the US company mean the project will take time, a senior WHO official told Reuters.

Less than 3.5 % of Africans vaccinated against COVID-19: Africa CDC 15 September 2021, 7:06 AM

Less than 3.5% of Africans are vaccinated against COVID-19, far short of its official target of 60%, John Nkengasong, director of Africa's Centers for Disease Control, said on Tuesday.

Tunisian president rejects dialogue with ‘traitors’ 15 September 2021, 3:55 AM

Tunisia's President Kais Saied said on Tuesday he would not do deals with those he described as"traitors", an apparent reference to the moderate Islamist Ennahda party, the biggest in the suspended parliament.

AU increases its target to vaccinate 70% of Africa’s population by December 14 September 2021, 9:05 PM

The African Union (AU) says it's increased its target to vaccinate Africa's population to 70% coverage by the end of next year. This comes after a two-day meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO), vaccine alliance: GAVI, and other stakeholders in Geneva.

China backs Congo’s ban on 6 small Chinese mining companies 14 September 2021, 4:40 PM

China gave its backing on Tuesday to a Congolese provincial government's order last month banning six small Chinese-owned mining companies operating illegally.

Israeli Prime Minister visits Egypt in first official trip for a decade 14 September 2021, 6:32 AM

 Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday for talks on Israeli-Palestinian relations and bilateral ties in the first official trip by an Israeli head of government to Egypt for a decade.

Nigeria says 75 abducted children released after army crackdown 13 September 2021, 8:29 PM

Seventy-five children who were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria's northwestern state of Zamfara were freed after their abductors came under pressure from a military crackdown, a state official said on Sunday.

Corruption, maladministration continue to challenge African countries: Dr Moeti 13 September 2021, 5:46 AM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Sub-Saharan Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says Africa loses $88 billion each year through illicit financial flows which could have been injected into the continent's economies for sustainable development.

Five people stabbed in Italian resort, Somali man arrested 13 September 2021, 3:29 AM

A Somali asylum-seeker was arrested by Italian police after he allegedly stabbed four women and a six-year-old child in the tourist town of Rimini on Saturday night, ANSA news agency reported on Sunday.

Steve Biko Memorial Lecture | COVID-19 pandemic helped some African leaders realise opportunities for self-sufficiency: Moeti 12 September 2021, 9:15 PM

World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, says the COVID-19 pandemic has helped some African leaders realise opportunities for agency and self-sufficiency.

AVAT delivers COVID-19 vaccine to Ethiopia 12 September 2021, 1:37 PM

African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) has delivered 108 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Ethiopia as part of the first monthly shipment of Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

US urges immediate talks over Ethiopia conflict as reported abuse grows 12 September 2021, 10:19 AM

The United States is gravely concerned about fighting in parts of Ethiopia, the US State Department said on Friday, urging the Ethiopian government and rebellious forces from the Tigray region to start immediate negotiations to address the conflict.

Key Tunisian players signal they oppose suspending constitution 12 September 2021, 5:00 AM

Tunisia's powerful labour union and the biggest party in its parliament on Saturday both signalled their opposition to any attempt by the president to suspend the constitution and offer his own version unilaterally.

(Correction) Many of the insurgencies in Africa may have originated as a result of 9/11: Analyst 11 September 2021, 8:01 PM

Political analyst, Lebohang Pheko says security forces across the African continent should be aware of the impact of international terror incidents, as local militant groups are likely to draw inspiration from attacks overseas.

Tunisia president rebuffs foreign pressure over political crisis 11 September 2021, 10:47 AM

Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday said the country would not tolerate any foreign interference as he faces rising pressure from Western governments to restore constitutional order after seizing power in July.

Court rules that Mugabe’s remains should be exhumed and reburied at National Heroes Acre 10 September 2021, 7:51 PM

Former Zimbabwean first lady, Grace Mugabe has lost an appeal to keep her late husband former president Robert Mugabe buried at his homestead in Kutama.

Regional envoys to hold talks with Guinea junta over coup 10 September 2021, 5:12 PM

A delegation from West Africa’s main political and economic bloc arrived in the Guinean capital on Friday in hopes of steering the junta that ousted President Alpha Conde towards a civilian-led, constitutional regime.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
Somalia on edge as President, Prime Minister clash over intelligence chief 10 September 2021, 9:24 AM

Somalia's two most powerful leaders were locked in a standoff on Wednesday after they named different men to head the intelligence service of the politically unstable nation in the Horn of Africa.