Child soldiers carried out Burkina Faso massacre, say UN and government

24 June 2021, 3:30 PM
A massacre in northeast Burkina Faso in which more than 130 people were killed this month was carried out mostly by children between the ages of 12 and 14, the United Nations and the government said.
African states to consider implementation of ‘Kampala Convention’ 3 April 2017, 9:33 PM

Millions of families across the continent are displaced due to armed conflict and violence.

Botswana earthquake leads to tremors in SA 3 April 2017, 9:16 PM

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Botswana has led to considerable tremors in South Africa.

Kenya remembers victims of the Garissa University terror attack 3 April 2017, 7:03 PM

Kenyans this week are remembering victims of the Garissa University terror attack in which148 people including 142 students were killed.

U.N. food agency launches $250 million Zimbabwe plan to end hunger 3 April 2017, 5:13 PM

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Monday pledged $253 million to fund a five-year plan to end hunger in Zimbabwe.

Pope Francis calls for peace in DR Congo 2 April 2017, 8:46 PM

Pope Francis on Sunday called for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, urging an end to the bloodshed in the troubled Kasai region.

Cholera spreads in famine-threatened Somalia 1 April 2017, 9:34 PM

Deadly cholera is spreading through drought-ravaged Somalia as clean water sources dry up.

UN to reduce peacekeepers in DRC 1 April 2017, 8:20 AM

The United Nations Security Council has voted to cut the size of its largest and most expensive peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Recent Congo violence could amount to war crimes – ICC prosecutor 31 March 2017, 9:16 PM

Recent acts of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the killing of foreign United Nations experts, could constitute war crimes.

South Sudan Troika throws weight behind AU and IGAD 31 March 2017, 5:25 PM

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) reiterate their strong support for the combined efforts of the AU and IGAD.

Somali children facing malnutrition 31 March 2017, 10:06 AM

As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from acute malnutrition and cholera.

South Sudanese rebels free three foreign oil workers 30 March 2017, 9:21 PM

South Sudanese rebels said on Thursday they had freed three oil workers from Pakistan and India that their fighters had seized earlier this month.

Nairobi resumes direct flights to Mogadishu after 10 years 30 March 2017, 4:23 PM

Kenya began direct flights between Nairobi and the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after a suspension that lasted close to ten years over security concerns.

UN accused of aiding corrupt government in DRC 30 March 2017, 7:00 AM

The United States Ambassador has accused the United Nations of aiding a corrupt government in the Democratic Republic of Congo; a view the UN was cautious to respond to.

Sanctions against Gaddafi’s daughter lifted 29 March 2017, 3:49 PM

Aisha Gaddafi, the only daughter of the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has had sanctions against her lifted by Europe’s second-highest court, which ruled they were no longer justified.

Thousands flee cholera-stricken Somalia as famine looms 29 March 2017, 3:01 PM

More than 3 000 people a day are fleeing their homes in search of food and water due to Somalia's worst drought in 20 years.

Zimbabwe tobacco sales up 33.3% in 2017 29 March 2017, 11:05 AM

Volumes of sold tobacco have surged to 33.3% during the first nine days of this year’s tobacco auctioning season in Zimbabwe, despite a ravaging El-Nino.

Malawi’s plans for major electoral reform are way overdue 28 March 2017, 6:54 AM

Malawi is set for a major overhaul of its winner-takes-all electoral system with far-reaching implications for the country, if ongoing efforts to reform the system bear fruit.

31 Al Shabaab militants killed in Somalia 27 March 2017, 2:06 PM

Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 31 Al Shabaab militants in a raid on two of their bases in the southern Somali region of Jubbaland, the Kenyan military said on Monday.

Court stops Zimbabwe’s First Lady’s eviction of villagers 27 March 2017, 8:53 AM

The High Court Judge has interdicted Zimbabwe government authorities from harassing villagers at a farm that First Lady Grace Mugabe wants to turn into a wildlife park.

Lesotho’s AD refutes allegations over Bidvest deal 26 March 2017, 8:49 PM

Lesotho opposition party says it does not believe SADC Facilitator Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should be blamed for Lesotho awarding a multibillion rand fleet management contract to BidVest.

Six aid workers killed in an ambush in South Sudan, U.N. says 26 March 2017, 8:17 PM

Six aid workers were killed in an ambush in South Sudan on Saturday while travelling from the capital Juba to the town of Pibor.

56 jail terms for Egypt migrant shipwreck 26 March 2017, 3:07 PM

An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced 56 people to prison terms of between seven and 10 years over the deaths at sea of at least 202 migrants in September, judicial officials said.

East African regional group agrees to a trust fund to reform Somalia 26 March 2017, 6:58 AM

East African regional grouping, the Intergovernmental Authority and Development, has agreed to create a trust fund for the reconstruction of Somalia.

Thousands of protesters call for Guinea Bissau leader to quit 25 March 2017, 9:07 PM

Thousands of protesters in Guinea Bissau's capital on Saturday demanded President Jose Mario Vaz step down to resolve a political crisis that has paralysed the coup-prone West African country.

IGAD leaders tackle the Somali refugee’s crisis 25 March 2017, 4:37 PM

 Leaders from the East African regional bloc IGAD will on Saturday hold a special summit on Somali refugees in Nairobi.

Central Congo militia decapitates 40 police officers in ambush 25 March 2017, 4:20 PM

Militia fighters in central Democratic Republic of Congo decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush, local officials said on Saturday.

Polio vaccine campaign targets 100 million children 25 March 2017, 8:49 AM

Health workers are preparing to vaccinate more than 116 million children against polio across West and Central Africa in a drive to contain an outbreak of the disease.

IMF holds talks with Zambia over possible aid programme 24 March 2017, 4:25 PM

The International Monetary Fund said on Friday it held talks with Zambian authorities over the possibility of an aid programme.

Egypt acquits Hosni Mubarak 24 March 2017, 3:55 PM

Egypt's top appeals court has acquitted Hosni Mubarak over his alleged involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprisings which ended his 30-year rule.

Mogae warns UN of worsening crisis in South Sudan 24 March 2017, 6:30 AM

Festus Mogae has told the UN Security Council that there is a heightened sense of alarm that the situation in South Sudan is slipping out of control.