Mali president names diplomat Moctar Ouane as interim prime minister

27 September 2020, 8:08 PM
Former foreign minister Moctar Ouane was named as Mali's interim prime minister, state television said on Sunday, a move likely to trigger the lifting of sanctions imposed by the West Africa regional bloc in the aftermath of the military coup last month.
Return of military service divides Moroccans 16 September 2018, 7:15 AM

Some view it as gainful employment for youths with too much free time, others as a tool to blunt protest movements -- Moroccans are divided over the looming return of military service.

Nigerians hail finance minister’s ouster over forgery claim 15 September 2018, 6:12 PM

Nigerians on Saturday welcomed the resignation of finance minister Kemi Adeosun, accused of forging a document to avoid compulsory national service, as the opposition called for her to be prosecuted.

Rwandan opposition leader released from jail: AFP journalist 15 September 2018, 11:45 AM

Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was unexpectedly freed from jail on Saturday after President Paul Kagame permitted her early release, alongside two thousand other prisoners.

Ugandan warlord’s defence to open at ICC 15 September 2018, 7:37 AM

Notorious Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen's lawyers open their defence Tuesday at the International Criminal Court, where their client is charged with conducting a reign of terror in northern Uganda.

Kenyatta proposes 50 cent cut in fuel tax 14 September 2018, 4:13 PM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta seems to have bowed to pressure and has now proposed a 50 cent cut on the 16% value added tax on fuel and fuel products following public anger.

U.S. sanctions to remain until Zimbabwe demonstrates reforms – official 14 September 2018, 3:11 PM

The U.S. government will not lift sanctions against Zimbabwe until the new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa demonstrates it is “changing its ways,” a senior U.S. economic official told a congressional panel on Thursday.

Fish shortage sparks conflict on Africa’s Great Lakes 14 September 2018, 12:14 PM

Ugandan navy speedboats sliced through murky Lake Edward towards a fleet of wooden canoes carrying illegal fishermen from the Democratic Republic of Congo, hightailing it back to their own waters.

Sudan ruling party unveils new, smaller cabinet 14 September 2018, 9:32 AM

Sudan's ruling party unveiled a new 21-member cabinet Thursday after President Omar al-Bashir sacked the previous government for failing to tackle a growing economic crisis.

Tunisia struggles to host migrants saved at sea 14 September 2018, 6:27 AM

Surrounded by other people's belongings piled high on beds, Georgie Ndab wants to leave Tunisia's only migrant centre and take her baby to Europe.

America should not be allowed to control Africa: Nxangisa at Kofi Anna Lecture 13 September 2018, 8:22 PM

America should not be allowed to control Africa, and Africans should not fight each other. This is according to the Free State provincial executive committee member, Thembeni Nxangisa.

Tributes paid to former UN chief Annan at his funeral 13 September 2018, 4:10 PM

Ghana bid farewell to former U.N. Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, on Thursday in a state funeral attended by African leaders and international statesmen who hailed his record as an advocate for humanity and world peace.

Ethiopia, Eritrea re-opens cross borders after 20 years 13 September 2018, 8:57 AM

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea re-opened crossing points on their shared border for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday, raising hopes of reduced tensions in the region.

Tom Thabane sitting in front of a microphone.
Thabane suspends Chief Justice Majara 13 September 2018, 7:56 AM

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane has suspended the Chief Justice Nthomeng Majara with the intention to impeach her. In her place Thabane has appointed Judge Maseforo Mahase.

At the time of his death international mediators were relentlessly undertaking efforts to stall a return to outright hostilities
The body of General Arlindo Chenda Pena to return to Angola 13 September 2018, 6:21 AM

South Africa will hand-over the remains of former Angola Deputy Chief of Staff Of the army and UNITA commander General Arlindo Chenda Pena "Ben Ben".

Zimbabwe police ban public gatherings in capital to contain cholera outbreak 12 September 2018, 4:45 PM

Zimbabwe’s police on Wednesday issued a ban on all public gatherings to control the spread of cholera, which has killed 21 people in the capital Harare, a day after the government declared an emergency following the outbreak of the disease.

Olusegun Obasanjo
Obasanjo urges West African govts to decriminalise personal use of drugs 12 September 2018, 4:05 PM

West African governments should overhaul their drug laws to decriminalise personal use and prioritise treatment as a response to rising substance abuse in the region, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo said on Tuesday.

Mourners pay respects in former UN chief’s hometown 12 September 2018, 1:04 PM

Mourners are paying their respects in the birthplace of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan ahead of the Ghanaian diplomat's funeral on Thursday.

Burundi under fire at UN for expelling human rights team 12 September 2018, 7:06 AM

Burundi’s ambassador struggles to explain to UN Human Rights Council why the country threw out UN team which was sent to investigate human rights abuses in the country.

Rockets fired at Libya capital’s only working airport 12 September 2018, 5:54 AM

Rockets were fired at the only working airport in the Libyan capital Tripoli overnight, with no reports of casualties or damage, an airport source said early Wednesday.

Zimbabwe’s Chamisa plans mock inauguration in challenge to president 11 September 2018, 8:12 PM

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa may take a mock presidential oath on Saturday, his spokesman said, three weeks after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was inaugurated following a court decision upholding his disputed election victory.

Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency in capital after death toll rises to 20 11 September 2018, 6:28 PM

Zimbabwe declared a cholera outbreak in the capital Harare after 20 people died from the disease and more than 2,000 were infected by drinking contaminated water, new Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said on Tuesday.

Over 100 died in boat wreck off Libya Sept. 1-2: MSF 11 September 2018, 3:34 PM

More than 100 migrants died in early September when their crowded rubber boats were wrecked off the coast of Libya, the MSF aid agency on Monday quoted survivors as saying.

Ethiopia-Eritrea land border to reopen after 20 years 11 September 2018, 3:01 PM

The land border between Ethiopia and Eritrea is to reopen Tuesday allowing citizens of both countries to cross over for the first time in two decades.

UN blasts Nigeria for human trafficking 11 September 2018, 12:10 PM

The United Nations has criticised Nigeria for failing to tackle human trafficking, after a human rights mission looked at efforts to stamp out the organised trade in people.

Body of former UN secretary general returned to Ghana 11 September 2018, 9:50 AM

The body of Kofi Annan was on Monday returned to his native Ghana in a solemn ceremony marking the start of official mourning for the former UN secretary-general.

Nigerian gas tanker explosion kills at least 35 11 September 2018, 7:04 AM

At least 35 people were killed on Monday and hundreds injured when a gas tanker exploded in northern Nigerian state of Nasarawa and started a blaze, the state emergency agency said.

Nigeria: tackling corruption with a children’s book 11 September 2018, 6:13 AM

Bribery is a fact of life for most people in Nigeria, whether it's a daily "dash" of a few naira to traffic police or payment of an "administration fee" to speed up maddening bureaucracy.

Parliament sitting
New Zimbabwe ministers sworn in 10 September 2018, 5:17 PM

The swearing in of cabinet ministers in Zimbabwe  got underway at the State house on Monday. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa appointed a new cabinet on Friday.

Egypt security forces kill 11 suspected jihadists in Sinai 10 September 2018, 1:02 PM

Egyptian security forces have killed 11 suspected jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula as they press a campaign against Islamist militants in the area, a security source said Monday.

Bus attack kills one, wounds several in anglophone Cameroon 10 September 2018, 6:42 AM

A coach driver was killed and several other people were injured in an attack on a passenger bus convoy in strife-torn northwestern Cameroon, a public broadcaster said late Sunday.