Uganda army to join Congo in offensive against rebels: Kinshasa government

12 May 2021, 8:39 PM
The Ugandan and Congo armies are setting up an operations centre in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo for a joint offensive against rebels who have killed hundreds of people in the last year, Congo's government said.
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Ethio Telecom launches Ethiopia’s first mobile money service 12 May 2021, 4:11 PM

Ethiopia's sole mobile operator, Ethio Telecom, on Tuesday launched a mobile phone-based financial service, seeking to boost growth by offering cashless transactions.

Grace Mugabe summoned to appear before village court over Mugabe burial site 12 May 2021, 12:37 PM

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Rwanda’s economy to recover this year, more spending seen: Official 12 May 2021, 12:07 PM

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People are plotting to overthrow Buhari’s government: Report 12 May 2021, 11:03 AM

The Nigerian Presidency has released an intelligence report that some people are plotting to overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

New sex abuse claims against aid workers exposed in Congo 12 May 2021, 9:49 AM

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Cameroonian transgender women convicted of ‘attempted homosexuality’ 12 May 2021, 8:53 AM

A court in Cameroon sentenced two transgender women on Tuesday to five years in prison for "attempted homosexuality" and other offences after they were arrested for the clothes they wore in a restaurant, their lawyers said.

Two killed as protesters mark anniversary of massacre in Sudan 12 May 2021, 5:47 AM

Two men were killed on Tuesday after Sudanese security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at demonstrators marking the anniversary of a deadly raid on a protest site during the country's 2019 uprising, said medics, protest groups and eyewitnesses.

Power outages in Ivory Coast devastate local businesses 11 May 2021, 7:19 PM

Ivory Coast is dealing with major power outages that are devastating local businesses, and cutting supplies to neighboring countries.

Italy to ask EU to pay Libya to stop migrant departures: Newspaper 11 May 2021, 12:38 PM

Italy's government is set to ask the European Union to pay Libya to stop migrant boats leaving its coast, newspaper la Repubblica reported on Tuesday.

Sudanese search for oxygen cylinders as COVID-19 third wave swells 11 May 2021, 10:22 AM

Sudan is struggling to provide hospital beds, drugs and medical oxygen to COVID-19 patients hit by a third wave of infections that is straining the country's patchy healthcare system beyond what it can cope with. 

Ethiopian peacekeepers moved to Sudanese refugee camp after seeking asylum 11 May 2021, 4:09 AM

Thirty-five Ethiopian peacekeeping soldiers were flown from Darfur in western Sudan to a refugee camp near the border with their country after they sought asylum in Sudan, a source at the Sudanese refugees commission and state media said.

Reduced claim still high, says insurer of ship that blocked the Suez Canal 10 May 2021, 5:05 PM

UK Club, an insurer of the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March, said on Monday, a reduced compensation claim made by the Egyptian authorities for almost $600 million to free the vessel and cover related losses was still "exceptionally large".

Suicide bomber kills six police officers in Somali capital: Police 10 May 2021, 12:34 PM

A suicide bomber killed six police officers in front of a district police station in the Somali capital Mogadishu late on Sunday, police said, in an attack they blamed on the Al Shabaab militant group.

South Sudan faces the worst food security crises: IGAD 10 May 2021, 12:13 PM

South Sudan is facing one of the worst food security crises globally, according to the East African regional group, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)'s Food Security and Nutrition Working Group.

Chad military claims victory over rebels in the north 10 May 2021, 4:47 AM

Chad's military claimed victory on Sunday in its weeks-long battle with northern rebels that led to the death of President Idriss Deby on the battlefield.

Salva Kiir
South Sudan president dissolves parliament in line with peace deal 9 May 2021, 7:05 PM

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties in the country.

Africa has done well in COVID-19 fight: Zimbabwean MP 9 May 2021, 4:51 PM

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Gunmen kill seven Nigerian police officers in oil state attacks 9 May 2021, 4:31 AM

Gunmen killed seven Nigerian police officers in a night of attacks in the southern oil hub of Rivers state, police said on Saturday.

Chad police fire tear gas at protesters 8 May 2021, 6:37 PM

Chadian security forces fired tear gas in the capital N'Djamena on Saturday as protesters took to the streets, angry at a military takeover of the government.

WHO stresses importance of providing COVID-19 vaccines to African societies 8 May 2021, 1:31 PM

The World Health Organisation has emphasized the importance of ensuring societies across Africa be provided with coronavirus vaccines in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Najla al-Mangoush
Libya presidency denies armed groups attacked hotel where it meets 8 May 2021, 11:06 AM

A senior official at Libya's new Presidency Council denied on Saturday that groups who entered a hotel where the body meets had been armed or used force, playing down an incident that had  appeared to illustrate the risks facing the unity government.

Tears and singing as abducted Nigerian students return to parents 7 May 2021, 7:03 PM

Nearly two months after their abduction by armed gunmen, more than two dozen students in northwest Nigeria's Kaduna state were reunited with jubilant family members on Friday amid tears and celebratory singing.

Malawi postpones AstraZeneca vaccine second phase rollout 7 May 2021, 2:25 PM

Malawi has postponed rolling out the second shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from May to June.

Dr John Nkengasong
African Health Ministers to review COVID-19 strategy 7 May 2021, 10:00 AM

Africa is preparing itself to avoid another surge of the COVID -19 pandemic, as it watches India closely.

Somalia revives ties with Kenya after nearly six-month break 7 May 2021, 12:00 AM

Somalia said on Thursday it was restoring diplomatic relations with neighbouring Kenya almost six months after severing ties, accusing Nairobi of meddling in politics.

Egypt and Turkey say they held frank, in-depth talks in Cairo 6 May 2021, 8:11 PM

Egypt and Turkey said on Thursday they had held frank and in-depth talks on bilateral and regional issues, including the conflict in Libya and the eastern Mediterranean, in a push to rebuild their relations.

EU mulls military training mission to steady Mozambique 6 May 2021, 7:05 PM

The European Union will consider sending a military training mission to Mozambique to help the government withstand a growing insurgency, and Portugal is already sending troops, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Thursday.

Former Ugandan rebel commander Ongwen sentenced to 25 years in prison 6 May 2021, 4:52 PM

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday sentenced a former Ugandan child soldier who became a commander of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to 25 years in prison for crimes including rape, sexual enslavement, child abduction, torture and murder.

UDM urges Africa to invest in developing its own COVID-19 vaccines 6 May 2021, 9:30 AM

The United Democratic Movement says Africa should extensively invest in developing its own vaccines that will act against all forms of coronavirus variants that mutate.

Weak and tattered, 29 students freed in Nigeria’s Kaduna 6 May 2021, 1:13 AM

Kidnappers have released the remaining 29 students they were holding captive on Wednesday, nearly two months after abducting them from a forestry college in Nigeria's Kaduna state.