Retired colonel sworn in as Mali interim president after coup

25 September 2020, 8:31 PM
Retired colonel Bah Ndaw was sworn in as Mali's interim president on Friday, tasked with presiding over an 18-month transition back to civilian rule after a military coup.
‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero was not kidnapped, says President Kagame 7 September 2020, 2:29 AM

Rwandan President Paul Kagame denied on Sunday that his government had kidnapped from abroad Paul Rusesabagina, whose widely acclaimed heroism inspired a Hollywood movie but who has been detained on terrorism and other charges.

Senegal activates emergency floods aid plan after downpour 6 September 2020, 9:53 PM

Senegalese President Macky Sall has activated an emergency aid plan after a seven-hour downpour caused widespread floods.

Veteran Guinea opposition leader to challenge President Conde in October election 6 September 2020, 6:47 PM

Guinea's veteran opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo was picked on Sunday by his UFDG party to challenge President Alpha Conde, who is seeking a third term in the October 18 presidential election despite protests from the opposition.

Sunday marks one year anniversary of Mugabe’s death 6 September 2020, 5:02 PM

Sunday marks a year since Zimbabwe's former President, Robert Mugabe died. The former President died at the age of 95 in Singapore where he had been receiving medical attention.

Tunisian police kill three suspected militants after fatal attack on officer 6 September 2020, 2:02 PM

Police in Tunisia chased and shot dead three suspected Islamist militants after they attacked two police officers, killing one of them, in the coastal city of Sousse on Sunday, the authorities said.

Ousted Mali president Keita leaves country as transition talks begin 6 September 2020, 2:26 AM

Ousted Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita left the country on Saturday for medical treatment in Abu Dhabi, an adviser said, as talks about a transition back to civilian rule following last month's military coup got off to a chaotic start.

Ethiopia’s upper house rules Tigray regional vote unconstitutional 5 September 2020, 8:02 PM

Ethiopia's upper house ruled on Saturday that plans by the Tigray region to hold an election on September 9 were unconstitutional, setting up a potential clash between the central government and a powerful ethnic party.

Rowdy protests get Mali transition talks off to chaotic start 5 September 2020, 3:53 PM

Talks in Mali about a transition back to civilian rule following last month's military coup got off to a chaotic start on Saturday as opponents of the deposed president accused the ruling junta of excluding them from some of the negotiations.

Congo police fire tear gas to disperse protesters calling for the expulsion of Rwandan diplomat 5 September 2020, 11:53 AM

Police in Congo’s capital Kinshasa fired tear gas on Friday to disperse around 100 protesters calling for the expulsion of the Rwandan ambassador they accuse of denying a massacre during the 1998-2003 Congo war.

About 10 Malian soldiers killed in militant attack, army says 4 September 2020, 7:00 PM

Militants killed around 10 Malian soldiers on Thursday near the west-central town of Guire, the army said, the deadliest such attack against the armed forces since an Aug. 18 military coup.

Militia enters city unopposed in east Congo, surrounds prison 4 September 2020, 4:34 PM

Around 100 heavily-armed rebel fighters entered the city of Bunia in eastern Congo with a police escort on Friday, in an apparent show of force in protest over their treatment during a continuing peace process.

Mali’s junta faces reality check as honeymoon phase ends 4 September 2020, 4:14 PM

After seizing power to widespread acclaim last month, Mali’s junta has faced a reality check ahead of weekend talks about a transition back to civilian rule, stung by sharp criticism from some political leaders and teachers’ unions.

Thousands rally to support Congo’s threatened Nobel Laureate 4 September 2020, 3:19 PM

A city in eastern Congo has rallied in support of Denis Mukwege, the Congolese Nobel Laureate who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations.

Congolese abuse survivors rebuild lives, brick by brick 4 September 2020, 12:34 PM

Congolese teenager Aline was left destitute aged only 15 after she was raped, left pregnant and then accused of bringing dishonour to her family and made to leave her home.

Sanef welcomes release on bail of Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono 4 September 2020, 11:31 AM

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has welcomed the release on bail of Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin'ono.

Kenyans fear ‘ecological disaster’ if two swollen lakes merge 4 September 2020, 9:06 AM

The fresh waters of Kenya’s Lake Baringo teem with birds, fish, hippopotamuses and crocodiles and sustain tens of thousands of people. But none of them can survive in the alkaline Lake Bogoria nearby.

Libyan interior minister restored to post after talks 3 September 2020, 8:52 PM

Libya’s internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on Thursday restored the interior minister to his post after announcing his suspension last week following protests over living conditions.

Paul Rusesabagina
Paul Rusesabagina’s arrest shows there’s no space for critical voices in Rwanda 3 September 2020, 3:16 PM

Paul Rusesabagina, who saved hundreds of Rwandans during the genocide by sheltering them in the hotel he managed - and saw his story made into the Hollywood film, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ - has been arrested by Rwandan authorities who allege “terror related offences”.

Africa CDC urges all nations to join WHO’s COVAX vaccine initiative 3 September 2020, 2:25 PM

All nations should join hands in a global effort to procure and distribute potential vaccines against the coronavirus across the globe, the head of Africa’s disease control body said on Thursday.

Russia steps up support for private military contractor in Libya: UN report 3 September 2020, 9:26 AM

Russia has stepped up its logistic support for private military contractor Wagner Group in Libya with some 338 military cargo flights from Syria in the nine months to July 31 to aid Wagner fighters backing eastern-based Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, according to a UN report seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

South Africa ready to help insurgency-hit Mozambique, if asked 2 September 2020, 11:45 PM

South Africa is ready to help insurgency-hit Mozambique with support from its intelligence services or military, but its neighbour would first need to request that help, South Africa's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday.

Zim journalist Chin’ono and politician Ngarivhume granted bail 2 September 2020, 6:44 PM

Zimbabwean journalist, Hopwell Chin'ono and opposition politician, Jacob Ngarivhume, have been released from prison after the High Court in that country granted them bail.

Paul Rusesabagina
‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero’s family calls for an international trial 2 September 2020, 4:19 PM

The family of Paul Rusesabagina - hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide - has demanded that authorities in Kigali charge him in an international court after his sudden detention, his son told Reuters on Wednesday.

What’s triggered new conflict between farmers and herders in Nigeria 2 September 2020, 2:45 PM

Previous studies have established land resource struggles and weather among the factors fuelling clashes between farming and herding communities in Nigeria. While these factors remain relevant to understanding the relationship between these two communities, contemporary triggers show the dynamic nature of the conflict and the unique nature of the crisis in different locations.

Zimbabwe to reopen schools for students preparing to sit for final exams 2 September 2020, 8:25 AM

Zimbabwe will reopen primary and secondary schools this month for students preparing to sit their final exams, six months after they were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the government said on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe licences dollar-denominated bourse to lure foreign investors 1 September 2020, 7:02 PM

Zimbabwe's markets regulator on Tuesday licensed a US dollar-denominated stock exchange to operate in the resort town of Victoria Falls, part of efforts to lure foreign investors to a country grappling with severe foreign exchange shortages.

Guinea’s Conde accepts nomination to seek third term 1 September 2020, 5:41 PM

Guinea President Alpha Conde has accepted his party's nomination to run in October's election, the party said on Monday, taking advantage of a new constitution to seek a third term that his opponents say is unconstitutional.

Algeria to lift ban on some cultural activities as part of easing lockdown restrictions 1 September 2020, 11:36 AM

Algerian authorities say they will carry out further measures to ease a coronavirus lockdown from September 1, including lifting a ban on some cultural activities such as reopening museums and libraries.

Sudan signs peace deal with key rebel groups, some hold out 1 September 2020, 2:30 AM

Sudan’s power-sharing government signed a peace agreement with key rebel groups on Monday, a step towards resolving deep-rooted conflicts from the long rule of ousted leader Omar al-Bashir.

Paul Rusesabagina
‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero arrested on terrorism charges 31 August 2020, 6:20 PM

Rwanda said it had arrested Paul Rusesabagina the man who was hailed a hero in a Hollywood movie about the country's 1994 genocide on terrorism charges, and paraded him in front of the media in handcuffs.