Nigeria restarts domestic flights amid easing coronavirus restrictions

8 July 2020, 9:14 PM
Nigeria resumed domestic flights on Wednesday after a hiatus of around three months as Africa’s most populous country relaxes restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.
UN identifies 38 mass graves in Congo’s Kasai region 12 July 2017, 7:24 PM

The United Nations has identified an additional 38 probable mass graves in Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region.

Buhari still recovering in London 12 July 2017, 7:10 PM

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is recuperating fast from illness and will return home shortly, his Deputy Yemi Osinbajo said on Wednesday.

Malawi hails Madonna at opening of new hospital 12 July 2017, 6:48 AM

Madonna was hailed as a "symbol of a motherly spirit" by Malawi President Peter Mutharika after the American singer opened a children's hospital named after her adopted daughter Mercy James.

Ocean pollution fast becoming a threat to fishing industry 11 July 2017, 8:52 PM

Ocean pollution is crippling communities and economic growth of countries who rely heavly on fishing for an income.

Numsa protest outside Zambian embassy over ‘Lungu dictatorship’ 11 July 2017, 6:01 PM

Numsa on Tuesday marched to the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, demanding urgent steps to foster democracy in Lusaka and respect for human rights and press freedom.

South Sudan’s women deminers brave danger 11 July 2017, 8:45 AM

Margret has decided that South Sudan is not a place to raise children, but she is changing this for future generations.

Grenade attack kills eight in Burundi village, police say 10 July 2017, 4:54 PM

A grenade attack killed eight people and wounded 50 others in a village in Burundi's northern Kayanza province late on Sunday, police said.

Heavy clashes break out east of Libya’s capital 9 July 2017, 8:46 PM

Heavy clashes erupted on Sunday between rival factions on the coastal road east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to a witness and local reports.

Egyptian migrants found dead in east Libyan desert – Red Crescent 9 July 2017, 4:50 PM

Libyan aid workers recovered the bodies of 19 migrants believed to be Egyptians in Libya's eastern desert, a Red Crescent spokesperson said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe state pension fund reports higher contributions, premiums 9 July 2017, 9:48 AM

Zimbabwe's state-owned pension fund on Thursday reported a 12% increase in pension contributions and premiums to $328m in 2016 due to improved collections and after the government settled its arrears

Botswana Democratic Party holds elective congress for new president 8 July 2017, 9:39 PM

Botswana Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi is the new chair of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

Ailing S Sudan skips Independence Day celebrations 8 July 2017, 5:36 PM

South Sudan marks its sixth Independence anniversary on Sunday, with no festivities to mark the day due to lack of funds and the on-going civil conflict in the country.

Somali militants killed 3 police in raid on Kenyan border town 8 July 2017, 2:27 PM

Somali Al Shabaab militants killed three police officers on Wednesday during a raid on a north eastern Kenyan town that sparked a day-long gun battle, a senior police official said.

South Africa signs tripartite free trade area agreement 8 July 2017, 6:49 AM

South Africa signed an agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area in Kampala, Uganda on Friday, during a meeting of the tripartite Sectoral Ministers Committee.

At least 10 Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai car bomb attacks 7 July 2017, 12:11 PM

At least 10 Egyptian soldiers were killed, and several injured in two suicide attacks on army checkpoints in northern Sinai on Friday, security sources said.

8 dead at Malawi Independence Day stampede 6 July 2017, 8:31 PM

The stampede occurred when gates were opened at the 40,000-seat Bingu stadium in the capital Lilongwe for a presidential address and football match to mark the annual holiday.

Lungu invokes emergency powers in Zambia after market blaze 6 July 2017, 7:04 PM

Zambian President Edgar Lungu said on Thursday he had invoked emergency powers to deal with "acts of sabotage" by his political opponents, after fire gutted the country's biggest market.

Understanding Zika’s presence in Africa key to tackling next epidemic 6 July 2017, 7:30 AM

The Zika virus emerged in northeast Brazil in early 2015. By September the first cases of infants born with microcephaly had been reported in 8 of 26 Brazilian states.

Kenya president to skip televised election debates 5 July 2017, 2:48 PM

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will not take part in two planned televised debates with his main rival Raila Odinga ahead of the August 8 election, his party said on Wednesday.

Tripoli beachgoers killed by shelling 5 July 2017, 12:19 PM

Two women and two girls were killed late on Tuesday when a shell landed on a beach near Mitiga airport in the Libyan capital

Burundi authorities purging army on ethnic lines – rights group 4 July 2017, 3:36 PM

Burundian authorities have intensified an ethnically-driven purge of the army this year, risking renewed civil war in the central African nation, a French rights group said on Tuesday.

Mugabe donates $1 million to African Union 4 July 2017, 6:45 AM

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said on Monday he was donating $1 million to the African Union (AU), hoping to set an example for African countries to finance AU programmes.

Mugabe calls for more innovative ways to fund AU programmes 3 July 2017, 6:55 PM

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called for more innovative ways of funding African Union programmes.

French and West African presidents launch Sahel force 3 July 2017, 6:01 AM

African powers launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel on Sunday.

Calls for Lesotho, South Africa borders to be abolished 2 July 2017, 4:40 PM

The Free Movement of Basotho are calling on the new government of Lesotho to advance their demands that borders between their country and South Africa be abolished.

Macron in Mali for diplomatic push on Sahel anti-jihad force 2 July 2017, 7:23 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Mali on Sunday to consolidate Western backing for a regional anti-jihadist force,

Mbeki, Mugabe to tackle ‘liberation movements’ 1 July 2017, 12:20 PM

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe says he will soon meet with former president Thabo Mbeki to discuss challenges liberation movements are facing in Africa.

UN alarmed by forced return of refugees from Cameroon into Nigeria 30 June 2017, 7:23 AM

UN refugee agency is alarmed by a fresh incident of forced returns of refugees from Cameroon into northeast Nigeria.

“Keeping Nigerian presidential jet at London airport won’t cost much” 30 June 2017, 6:32 AM

The cost of keeping a Nigerian presidential jet at a London airport while President Muhammadu Buhari is in Britain on medical leave will not exceed $1 300.

Migrants disillusioned with French asylum process return to Calais 29 June 2017, 9:47 PM

Somali teenager Abdulaziz Ahmad hunkered down in the sand dunes outside Calais, once again plotting how to reach Britain.