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.
‘Shameful’ if Darfur chemical attacks is left unprobed: Amnesty 7 March 2017, 9:15 AM

Amnesty International on Tuesday renewed its call for a UN investigation into suspected chemical weapons attacks by Sudanese government forces in Darfur.

Zim declares state of disaster following floods 6 March 2017, 3:09 PM

Zimbabwean authorities have declared a national disaster and appealed to international donors for $100 million to help flood-stricken areas.

Drought emergency spirals in Ethiopia amid major aid shortages 6 March 2017, 2:59 PM

Millions of drought-stricken Ethiopians needing food, water and emergency medical care are not receiving it due to funding shortages, the United Nations said.

Zambia provides opportunity for South African agri investment 6 March 2017, 12:05 PM

South African companies and farmers looking to branch out beyond the republic’s borders should consider the potential offered by Zambia as the Agritech Expo Zambia takes place in Chisamba from April.

‘Militants kill 11 Malian soldiers near Burkina border’ 6 March 2017, 6:01 AM

Militants attacked a Malian army post near the border of Burkina Faso on Sunday, killing 11soldiers, a Mali defence ministry spokesman told Reuters.

Zuma congratulates Ghana on 60th independence anniversary 5 March 2017, 8:37 PM

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated Ghana ahead of its 60th independence anniversary on Monday.

Zimbabwe doctors call off strike ahead of civil service walk-out 5 March 2017, 6:33 PM

Zimbabwean junior doctors on Sunday called off a three-week strike saying the government had partially met their demands.

110 killed by famine in two days in Somalia 5 March 2017, 8:39 AM

110 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from a drought.

Four suspected poachers, ranger killed in Kenya 5 March 2017, 7:45 AM

Four suspected poachers and a ranger have been shot dead in an anti-poaching operation, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Lesotho opposition parties adds more pressure to govt 4 March 2017, 5:18 PM

Lesotho opposition parties that this week won a motion of "no confidence" in the Prime Minister, have called on the King to not to dissolve parliament.

Armed faction enters major Libyan oil ports, putting output at risk 4 March 2017, 6:52 AM

An armed faction entered two major Libyan oil ports on Friday, pushing back forces that captured and reopened the terminals in September, officials and residents said.

Mozambique truce extended, boosting peace deal hopes 3 March 2017, 8:31 PM

Mozambique's Renamo opposition party and rebel movement extended a ceasefire by two months on Friday to allow further peace talks with President Filipe Nyusi's government.

Ethiopia celebrates 121 years of defeating Italians 3 March 2017, 8:15 PM

Ethiopia is one of the only two countries that were never colonised in the continent  celebrated its 121 years of  defeating  Italians.

CAR clashes could trigger humanitarian ‘catastrophe’ – agencies 3 March 2017, 3:18 PM

Clashes between militias near the CAR town of Bambari could soon escalate into full-blown conflict, forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes and triggering a humanitarian 'catastrophe'.

Multiple bomb blasts kill three in Maiduguri, Nigeria 3 March 2017, 10:54 AM

Multiple explosions have rocked the outskirts of Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Friday, killing three suicide bombers.

Late Congo opposition leader’s son named as successor 3 March 2017, 9:59 AM

The DRC's main opposition coalition said it had named the son of its late leader Etienne Tshisekedi to succeed him on Thursday, but some within the opposition rejected the choice.

Egypt court finds Mubarak innocent in killing of protesters 2 March 2017, 9:11 PM

Egypt's top appeals court found Hosni Mubarak innocent on Thursday of involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule.

Zim doctor’s strike hard on patients 2 March 2017, 5:23 PM

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is seeking medical treatment in Singapore while his country’s hospitals have been turning away the sick.

Kenya says its forces kill 57 militant insurgents in Somalia 2 March 2017, 3:49 PM

Kenyan soldiers killed 57 militants in fighting in southern Somalia on Wednesday, a military spokesman said.

Nigeria says South Africa deported 97 of its citizens after raids 1 March 2017, 7:51 PM

South Africa has deported 97 Nigerians for various offences following a series of raids, Nigerian officials said on Wednesday.

Lesotho’s Prime Minister loses confidence vote 1 March 2017, 5:24 PM

Lesotho's Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has lost a confidence vote in Parliament and may call a snap election.

Nigerian school helping community affected by Boko Haram attacks heal 28 February 2017, 9:21 PM

A school in northern Nigeria is trying to help communities heal after years of attacks staged by Boko Haram militants in the region.

Burundi’s SADC application to be deliberated 28 February 2017, 7:11 PM

Burundi's application for SADC membership together with that of the Comoros has been submitted to the SADC's Troika and will be deliberated on during the coming SADC meeting in Swaziland.

African leadership prize fails to find a winner – again 28 February 2017, 4:08 PM

Sudanese telecoms magnate Mo Ibrahim failed to award a $5 million African political leadership prize on Tuesday.

Boko Haram attack kills seven in Nigeria: Security sources 28 February 2017, 7:07 AM

At least seven soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram attack on military positions in northeast Nigeria, a civilian vigilante and a security source said on Friday.

Famine-hit South Sudanese eat weeds and water lilies to survive 27 February 2017, 5:55 PM

The UN says 100 000 people face imminent starvation in the counties of Leer and Mayendit, while some 5.5 million South Sudanese people will not have a reliable source of food by July.

UN air operation disperses Central African Republic militia 27 February 2017, 6:25 AM

A UN operation with an attack helicopter dispersed heavily armed militiamen in the remote Central African Republic town of Bambari town on Sunday, the peacekeeping mission said in a statement.

Frail Mugabe still not ready to name successor at 93 26 February 2017, 5:54 PM

An emotional Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday with thousands of his supporters from all over the country on Saturday.  

World Bank pledges $60 mln to help fill Gambia’s empty coffers 26 February 2017, 3:24 PM

The World Bank's Vice President for Africa, Makhtar Diop, said on Saturday he had agreed to give Gambia $60 million in budget support.

Morocco king urges UN measures on Western Sahara 25 February 2017, 9:28 PM

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has called on the United Nations to take "urgent measures" following months of tensions with the Polisario independence movement.