Kenya environmentalists concerned over tree felling for a highway construction

23 November 2020, 10:49 PM
Kenya finds itself at a crossroads between development and environmental conservation as construction work on a 600 million US Dollars Chinese-funded highway in Nairobi gets underway.
Germany angers Turkey with attempt to police Libya arms embargo 23 November 2020, 9:56 PM

Turkey protested to Germany and the EU on Monday after German forces belonging to an EU military mission boarded and tried to search a Turkish cargo ship that they suspected of taking weapons to Libya illegally.

Ethiopia says Tigray capital encircled after surrender ultimatum 23 November 2020, 9:39 PM

Ethiopian federal forces were encircling the Tigray region's capital from around 50 km (30 miles) on Monday (November 23), the government said, after giving the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender.

Nigeria to bar airline passengers who flout COVID-19 testing rules 23 November 2020, 8:48 PM

Nigeria will bar passengers who fail to follow the country's COVID-19 protocol from flying for six months, an official said on Monday.

Ethiopia says Axum airport smashed, Tigrayans face surrender deadline 23 November 2020, 2:19 PM

Forces of Ethiopia’s Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have destroyed an airport in the ancient town of Axum, state-affiliated media said on Monday, after advancing federal troops gave them a 72-hour ultimatum to surrender.

Nigeria’s COVID-19 waste management policy should include the informal sector 23 November 2020, 5:28 AM

About a million waste pickers are estimated to operate in Nigerian cities.

Burkina Faso holds election under looming threat of violence 23 November 2020, 3:37 AM

Polls closed in Burkina Faso on Sunday after a presidential and parliamentary election dominated by the threat of Islamist violence that prevented voting in hundreds of villages.

Ethiopia warns it may shell rebel capital 22 November 2020, 8:20 PM

 Civilians in the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region should "save themselves", a spokesman for the federal military has said, amid plans to surround Mekelle with tanks and warnings that the rebel stronghold could be shelled.

Burkina Faso votes in the shadow of violence 22 November 2020, 3:24 PM

Polls opened in Burkina Faso on Sunday and the incumbent president Roch Kabore is urging everyone to take part.

Lesotho urged to engage with SA’s Health Minister for COVID-19 rapid test supplies 22 November 2020, 1:10 PM

South Africa's International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor has urged Lesotho to engage with the country's Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize with regards to the shortage of rapid test supplies for COVID-19.

Burkina opposition candidate alleges ‘massive fraud’ ahead of Sunday vote 21 November 2020, 9:09 PM

Burkina Faso opposition candidate Zephirin Diabre said President Roch Kabore is orchestrating a "massive fraud" to secure re-election in Sunday's presidential vote, and that he will not accept results marred by irregularities.

Nigeria slips into recession, weighed down by COVID-19 and oil prices 21 November 2020, 3:58 PM

Nigeria has slipped into a recession after its gross domestic product contracted for the second consecutive quarter, according to data released on Saturday which showed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and low oil prices.

External mediation to Ethiopia’s conflict has been rejected: Gutteres 21 November 2020, 8:58 AM

United Nations (UN) Chief Antonio Gutteres has revealed that external mediation to the conflict in northern Ethiopia has been rejected by national authorities and he's worried about the implications of conflict on the region.

UN, several countries denounce arrests of Egyptian activists 21 November 2020, 12:05 AM

The UN human rights office, the United States and several European countries on Friday criticised the arrest of three members of a prominent Egyptian rights group after a meeting with diplomats in Cairo.

Uganda’s Bobi Wine released on bail as protest death toll rises to 37 20 November 2020, 9:50 PM

Ugandan pop star and presidential candidate Bobi Wine, whose arrest this week triggered protests that led to at least 37 deaths, was released on bail on Friday after being charged with holding rallies likely to spread the coronavirus.

Aid agencies scramble to respond as Ethiopians flee to Sudan 20 November 2020, 9:10 PM

At the Um Rakuba settlement in Sudan, refugees queue for helpings of cornflour porridge and put up makeshift shelters under scrubland trees, their lives upended by fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

France’s Macron urges Ivory Coast leader to offer olive branch to opponents 20 November 2020, 6:01 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron has defended a decision by Ivory Coast's veteran president to run in an election in October, but urged him to hold out an olive branch to opponents including former leader Laurent Gbagbo to ease tensions.

Mekelle: conflict returns to Ethiopian city steeped in legacy of war 20 November 2020, 2:19 PM

Mekelle, a city nestled in the arid, mountainous Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, is steeped in the lore of its guerrilla fighters, who marched in sandals to Addis Ababa to topple a Communist dictatorship in 1991.

WHO urges greater COVID-19 vigilance in Africa as holidays near 20 November 2020, 10:50 AM

With the end of year approaching and many African families planning get-togethers, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging countries to be on high alert for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases.

Our lives are more important than property: Bushiri 20 November 2020, 6:10 AM

Self-proclaimed prophet, Shepherd Bushiri says he does not care if his property is seized in South Africa because his and his wife's lives are more important.

Malawi court orders the release of the Bushiris 19 November 2020, 6:32 PM

A Malawian court has ordered the release of fugitive pastor Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary.

State argues for Bushiri to remain in custody in Malawi prison 19 November 2020, 5:40 PM

The state in the bail hearing of the leader of the Enlightened Christian Gatherings Church, Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, has asked the Lilongwe court in Malawi to keep the couple in custody at the Maula Prison for 30 days.

Ethiopia accuses WHO chief of backing rebels 19 November 2020, 4:21 PM

 Ethiopia's military has accused the head of the World Health Organization of supporting the rebels the government is fighting in the northern Tigray region, and of trying to procure weapons for them.

Bushiris bail application under way in Malawi 19 November 2020, 2:55 PM

The bail application of self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, has started in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe.

Protests erupt in Uganda after arrest of main opposition candidate 19 November 2020, 9:33 AM

Violent protests broke out in Uganda on Wednesday after police arrested presidential candidate and pop star Bobi Wine.

Bushiri stands to lose millions if not back in SA 19 November 2020, 6:19 AM

Leader of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church and self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary stand to lose millions of rand of they do not present themselves to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Ethiopian troops push for regional capital, rebels promise ‘hell’ 19 November 2020, 2:23 AM

Ethiopia predicted swift victory but northern rebels promised them “hell” on Wednesday in a two-week war threatening the vast nation’s unity and further destabilising the Horn of Africa.

Oil companies tighten Nigeria security as protests, job losses stoke tension 18 November 2020, 3:20 PM

Oil companies have asked security services to tighten surveillance as violent anti-police brutality protests and the expected sacking of hundreds of workers worsen desperation in the region, industry sources told Reuters.

Malawi law enforcement agents confirm arrest of Bushiris 18 November 2020, 2:00 PM

Police in Malawi have confirmed that they have arrested leader of Enlightened Christian Gathering church and self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary.

Bushiri hands himself over to law authorities in Malawi 18 November 2020, 9:35 AM

Malawian fugitive, pastor Shepherd Bushiri has handed himself over to law authorities in his country of origin, Malawi.

Ethiopia claims Tigray victories, says army marching to state capital 17 November 2020, 8:50 PM

Ethiopia’s government said on Tuesday its troops had achieved significant victories on the eastern and western fronts of its war against the leaders of Tigray and its army was marching to the region’s capital Mekelle.