Sudan rejects linking removal from US terrorism list with Israel ties

26 September 2020, 3:57 PM
Sudan does not want to link its removal from a US terrorism list that is hindering access to foreign funding for the country's economy with a normalisation of relations with Israel, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Saturday.
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.

Locked out by COVID-19, refugees’ lives on hold 31 August 2020, 2:35 PM

When Michelle Alfaro left her office at the United Nations in Geneva on March 13, her job finding homes for the world’s most vulnerable refugees was under control. Four days later, the new coronavirus had knocked it into chaos. Governments across the world announced border closures, lockdowns and flight cancellations. The United Nations was forced to suspend the programme.

Why Kenya’s urban poor are exploited by informal water markets 31 August 2020, 2:16 PM

Informal urban water markets – as opposed to piped water – have long supported many of Kenya’s urban areas. Those that use them are either unserved or inadequately served, by public utilities.

Life of Congo’s Nobel Laureate doctor in danger 31 August 2020, 2:30 AM

The life of a top Congolese doctor who won the Nobel Peace prize for his work treating war rape victims is in danger after a series of death threats, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday.

Schools to reopen in Nigeria’s Lagos as COVID-19 cases decline 30 August 2020, 4:12 PM

Schools will reopen in Nigeria's commercial hub of Lagos next month as part of plans to revive the economy as COVID-19 cases decline, the state governor said on Saturday.

Impala Car Rental willing to cooperate in Zim activist abduction 30 August 2020, 10:44 AM

The CEO of Impala Car Rental in Zimbabwe, Thompson Dondo, says the company is willing to cooperate with law enforcement regarding the abduction of a civil rights activist in Bulawayo.

Ethiopia’s political crisis plays out in the regions. Why it’s a federal problem 30 August 2020, 6:29 AM

The political crisis in Ethiopia is not showing sings of abating. Ongoing riots in Oromia and Wolayta; state fragmentation in the Amhara region, and the standoff between the federal government and the Tigray region have put the survival of the government in question.

Uganda holds national day of prayer as COVID-19 cases rise 30 August 2020, 6:24 AM

Uganda has conducted national prayers over the rising cases of the coronavirus. In just one week, the country has recorded 12 deaths and more than 900 cases.

Angola to join oil and extractives transparency group 30 August 2020, 3:00 AM

Angola plans to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), an international effort to fight corruption in revenues from oil, gas and mineral extraction.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party denies abducting activists 29 August 2020, 8:15 PM

Zimbabwe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, has denied that security agents are abducting activists and alleged dissidents.

Footage emerges showing abduction of activist Tawanda Muchehiwa in Bulawayo 29 August 2020, 6:34 PM

CCTV footage has emerged showing the abduction of activist Tawanda Muchehiwa in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. He was abducted in broad day light in July and was reportedly tortured for three days.

Influential Libyan interior minister suspended amid protests 29 August 2020, 3:22 PM

The head of Libya’s internationally recognised government suspended his powerful interior minister from his duties on Friday, saying his handling of street protests and a violent crackdown against them would be investigated.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa
Western diplomats express deep concern over Zimbabwe crisis 29 August 2020, 12:09 PM

Western diplomats in Zimbabwe expressed deep concern on Friday over a deteriorating political and economic crisis and said the government should stop using the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to curtail freedoms.

Tanzanian opposition alleges irregularities in candidates’ enrollment 29 August 2020, 4:00 AM

Tanzanian opposition parties said on Friday that widespread irregularities had taken place in the enrollment of their candidates for elections scheduled for October.

Sierra Leoneans sue government for alleged environmental failings at diamond mine 28 August 2020, 10:14 PM

Sierra Leoneans living next to the country's largest diamond mine are taking their government to West Africa's regional court for failing to protect them from alleged environmental lapses by the company that runs it, a subsidiary of Octea Limited.

Former Central African Republic interim leader to run in December poll 28 August 2020, 9:01 PM

Former Central Africa Republic's transitional leader Catherine Samba-Panza, who guided the country from 2014 to 2016, has declared she will challenge incumbent President Faustin Archange Touadera in the December 27 election.

Felix Tshisekedi
At least two students killed during exams in eastern Congo 28 August 2020, 7:27 PM

At least two students and a teacher were killed and several other teachers kidnapped after a primary school holding exams was attacked by unidentified gunmen in eastern Congo, authorities and the United Nations said on Friday.

INFOGRAPHIC | Africa eradicates wild Polio 28 August 2020, 4:14 PM

The World Health Organization this week declared Africa region polio-free after four years of no reported cases. This makes Africa the fifth region to eradicate polio. 

“South Africans stranded abroad can apply for a temporary emergency one-way passport” 28 August 2020, 12:18 PM

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says South Africans stranded abroad with expired passports can apply for a temporary emergency one-way passport in order to come back home. Motsoaledi has been briefing the media in Pretoria on regulations under alert Level 2 of the nationwide lockdown.

African countries must strengthen their health systems: Health ministers 28 August 2020, 9:01 AM

Health ministers and representatives from African countries have voiced concern over the impact of COVID-19 and stressed that the pandemic was a poignant reminder for countries to bolster health systems.

Kenya’s President orders investigations into alleged theft of COVID-19 funds 27 August 2020, 8:06 PM

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered investigations into the alleged theft of funds meant for the procurement of provision for the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

Seven more dolphins found dead on Mauritius beach near oil spill 27 August 2020, 2:43 PM

Seven more dead dolphins were found on a Mauritius beach on Thursday, a government official said, a day after 17 carcasses were washed up near an oil spill caused by a Japanese ship that struck a coral reef.

Mali transition must be quick: French Foreign Minister 27 August 2020, 11:03 AM

France’s foreign minister said on Thursday that the transition in Mali needs to be quick, but that the coup d’etat in the country would not stop French military operations targeting Islamist militants.

Mali junta seeks three-year post-coup transition, West Africans say one is enough 26 August 2020, 9:33 PM

The leaders of the military coup in Mali have told a delegation of West African mediators that they want to stay in power for a three-year transition period, Nigeria said on Wednesday.

Tanzanian president Magufuli to face 14 challengers in October elections 26 August 2020, 9:30 PM

Tanzanian president John Magufuli will face 14 challengers in elections scheduled for this October, the elections board announced on Wednesday, with analysts saying a divided opposition was likely to ensure he won a second term.

Congo army says militia have killed 20 people in east 26 August 2020, 7:03 PM

Islamist militants killed at least 20 people during attacks on three villages in eastern Congo, the army and a local administrator said.