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.
Nigeria launches 48-hour online visa application system 23 March 2017, 9:54 PM

Nigeria has launched an online system aimed at enabling business executives to apply for a visa online and collect it on arrival 48 hours later, its immigration service said on Thursday.

Nigeria issues new retail savings bond to raise $7 million 23 March 2017, 3:34 PM

Nigeria's debt office said on Thursday it raised 2.07 billion naira ($6.6 million) from a new two-year savings bond intended for retail investors.

Millions under threat of starvation in Somalia, Yemen 22 March 2017, 9:11 PM

The International Red Cross says the world has just three months to stop the situation in Somalia and Yemen where millions of people are under threat of starvation.

Global court gives Congo’s Bemba an extra year for witness bribing 22 March 2017, 6:06 PM

Judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday added a year to Jean-Pierre Bemba's 18-year jail term following attempt to bribe witness.

UN worried about forced return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon 22 March 2017, 3:10 PM

The UNHCR said on Tuesday it is concerned about Cameroon forcing thousands of refugees to return to northeast Nigeria, an area struggling with insurgency and facing a potential famine.

Deterioration of DRC security raises concerns 22 March 2017, 5:47 AM

The deteriorating security situation in the DRC remains a source of major concern while violence and threats to civilians are no longer concentrated in the east of the country.

Car bomb near presidential palace kills four in Somali capital 21 March 2017, 7:13 PM

At least four people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint less than a kilometre away from the presidential compound in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, police said.

Namibian president calls for land expropriation 21 March 2017, 5:13 PM

Namibia's president said Tuesday that the government is considering radical land expropriation to spur the transfer of property to the country's black majority.

Cameroon forcing thousands of refugees to return to Nigeria 21 March 2017, 4:27 PM

Cameroon is forcing thousands of Nigerian refugees uprooted by the jihadist group Boko Haram to go home against their will, despite a recent agreement between the countries to prevent forced returns.

Mauritius gathering tackles business competitiveness 21 March 2017, 12:00 PM

Delegates at the African Economic Platform in Mauritius will today debate the competitiveness of the African businesses.

Thousands flee famine, fighting in S.Sudan 20 March 2017, 8:43 PM

South Sudanese continue to flee their country because of the ongoing fighting and famine.

Several feared killed in South Sudan plane crash 20 March 2017, 5:45 PM

Several people are feared to have been killed in a plane crash in northern South Sudan, local broadcaster Eye Radio said on Twitter.

Mugabe takes swipe at SA for not freeing up trade 20 March 2017, 2:29 PM

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has taken a swipe at South Africa for what he says is Pretoria's failure to open up free trade in the SADC region.

Mauritius prime minister calls for unity among African leaders 20 March 2017, 11:14 AM

The Prime Minister of Mauritus Kumar Jugnauth has called on all African leaders to rely on each other's strengthens to make up for their weaknesses.

Lesotho closes voter registration ahead of June elections 20 March 2017, 5:56 AM

The first step to prepare for elections in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho has been completed.

Three suicide bombers kill four people in north east Nigeria 19 March 2017, 4:18 PM

Three suicide bombers killed four people and injured eight others in a village near the north east Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

Last chance to register for Lesotho elections 19 March 2017, 9:45 AM

Lesotho's citizens have their last chance on Sunday to register or change their voting stations ahead of the June 3 National Assembly elections.

Proposed migration policy to be brought before Parliament 18 March 2017, 5:20 PM

Home Affairs ministers from the SADC region have gathered in Sandton to discuss South Africa's white paper on international migration.

Ethiopia to open its first trans boundary railway link to Djibouti 18 March 2017, 12:16 PM

Ethiopia will operate its first trans-boundary railway network in May this year. The railway links Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa to Djibouti in the north.

SADC tackles political challenges in DRC and Lesotho 18 March 2017, 7:17 AM

The SADC Troika summit held a meeting on Friday night to discuss the volatile situation in the eastern DRC and the political uncertainty in Lesotho.

Ethiopian wine sector projected to boom 18 March 2017, 6:57 AM

East Africa’s winery sector is expected to expand rapidly over the next few years.

SADC to decide on inclusion of Burundi, Comoros 17 March 2017, 7:34 PM

The 15 member Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc is expected to make a decision whether to accept the two countries which have applied to join the regional body.

Morocco’s king names PJD’s Othmani as new prime minister 17 March 2017, 5:49 PM

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has named Saad Eddine El Othmani of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) as the country's new prime minister and asked him to form a government.

31 Somalis killed in raid off Yemen coast 17 March 2017, 2:08 PM

Thirty-one Somali refugees were killed off the coast of Yemen late on Thursday when a helicopter attacked the boat they were travelling in.

Political instability in Lesotho to dominate SADC summit 17 March 2017, 6:18 AM

Political developments in Lesotho are set to dominate talks at the SADC Extra-Ordinary Summit in Swaziland this weekend.

Dry spell in Kenya leaves 3 million people facing food shortages 16 March 2017, 6:09 PM

The United Nations (UN) and aid agencies have appealed for $166 million to provide humanitarian assistance to countries who have been affected by the ongoing drought in East Africa.

Attack on aid convoy in South Sudan kills two, wounds three 16 March 2017, 4:19 PM

Gunmen in famine-hit South Sudan killed two people and wounded three when they attacked a humanitarian convoy in the centre of the country, the IOM said in a statement on Thursday.

Four suicide bombers kill two in northeast Nigeria 16 March 2017, 8:00 AM

Four female teenage suicide bombers killed two people and injured 16 others in a residential area in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a disaster agency spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe tobacco selling season kicks off 15 March 2017, 8:43 PM

The Zimbabwe tobacco selling season has kicked off in Harare.

Tripoli armed factions take over rival’s compound in heavy fighting 15 March 2017, 5:15 PM

Armed groups aligned with a UN-backed government in Tripoli took over a compound occupied by a self-declared rival prime minister.