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.
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SA PAP delegation condemns ‘brazen attempt’ to undermine the AU’s authority 1 June 2021, 11:52 AM

The Southern Caucus is calling for rotational leadership based on AU rules, while the Eastern and Western Caucuses want to keep the direct voting system.

PAP chaos un-African and taints image of the institution: Contralesa 1 June 2021, 11:06 AM

On Monday, chaos erupted in the chamber in Midrand when members of the PAP argued over rotational leadership instead of direct elections.

Zimbabwe Court ruling on Mugabe’s reburial described as outrageous 1 June 2021, 10:29 AM

Zimbabwe's Constitutional law expert Professor Lovemore Madhuku says an order for the exhumation and reburial of former President Robert Mugabe issued by a traditional Chief in Zvimba district  is "outrageous" and "defies logic".

Pan-African Parliament expected to elect new leadership on Tuesday 1 June 2021, 8:00 AM

Some members of the PAP resorted to violence on Monday as frustrations grew over whether the Presidency should be on a rotational basis or via the current direct ballot box.

Gbagbo plans to return home to Ivory Coast on June 17 1 June 2021, 12:03 AM

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo plans to return home on June 17 following his acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, his party said on Monday.

Majodina drops decision to open assault case against PAP member 31 May 2021, 7:52 PM

South African Member of Parliament Pemmy Majodina will no longer be opening a case of assault against a fellow Pan-African Parliament member.

Chaos erupts over leadership election at Pan-African Parliament 31 May 2021, 3:30 PM

There are chaotic scenes at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, Johannesburg.

Burkina Faso receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines 31 May 2021, 12:41 PM

Burkina Faso, one of several countries in Africa that has yet to launch a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, received its first shipment under the global vaccine-sharing scheme, COVAX, on Sunday, the Health Ministry said.

Pan-African Parliament legal body finds current leadership election system unlawful 31 May 2021, 12:39 PM

The elections of Pan-African Parliament's leadership could be further delayed after the body's legal entity found that the current system was unlawful.

West African bloc ECOWAS suspends Mali’s membership after coup -minister 30 May 2021, 11:12 PM

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday suspended Mali’s membership of the regional bloc in response to last week’s coup, Ghana’s foreign minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, said after a summit in Accra to respond to the crisis.

Mali coup leader to attend emergency West African summit 30 May 2021, 4:42 PM

West African leaders will discuss on Sunday how to respond to a coup in Mali, gathering in the Ghanaian capital Accra for a summit to be attended by Assimi Goita, who was named interim Malian president after leading the takeover last week.

Ethiopians criticise United States at pro-government rally 30 May 2021, 12:15 PM

Ethiopian pro-government demonstrators denounced the United States on Sunday for imposing restrictions on aid over the Tigray conflict, at a massive rally organised by the authorities to show support for their positions.

Macron says France will help Africa make more COVID-19 vaccines locally 30 May 2021, 1:30 AM

President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday France would invest in boosting the production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, to help close a gap in the availability of the shots between African and Western nations.

Kidnappers free 14 Nigerian students in northwest Kaduna state 29 May 2021, 9:50 PM

Kidnappers have released the remaining 14 students who had been held captive after being abducted last month from a northern Nigerian university, a senior member of the teaching staff said on Saturday.

‘We chose stability’ – Mali’s interim president after coup 29 May 2021, 6:03 PM

Mali's interim president, Assimi Goita, said he would establish a government of "consensus and inclusivity" on Friday after being confirmed in his post by the constitutional court.

There’s still room for Mozambique to negotiate: Prof Khadiagala 29 May 2021, 11:15 AM

Head of the Department of International Relations at Wits University, Professor Gilbert Khadiagala, says it is not too late for the Mozambican government to initiate dialogue with the militants in the north of the country.

Mali’s top court declares coup leader Goita as interim president 29 May 2021, 2:00 AM

Mali's constitutional court on Friday declared Assimi Goita, the colonel who led a military coup this week while serving as vice president, to be the new interim president.

More than 70 dead after boat sinks in Nigeria 28 May 2021, 7:25 PM

Nigerian authorities have recovered the bodies of more than 70 people after an overloaded boat capsized in the northwestern state of Kebbi on Wednesday, a state spokesman said.

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Zambia ex-minister jailed in graft case that led to aid freeze 28 May 2021, 7:16 PM

A Zambian court on Friday jailed a former cabinet minister for two years in a corruption case that had prompted some Western donors to freeze aid to the southern African nation.

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Africa requires 200 million doses of vaccine to immunise 10% of its population: WHO 28 May 2021, 6:07 PM

Africa requires an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to immunise about 10% of the African population by September, said a World Health Organisation (WHO) regional official Thursday.

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UN alarmed at soldiers detaining displaced from Tigray camps 28 May 2021, 4:00 PM

The United Nations refugee agency voiced deep concern on Friday at reports of soldiers taking hundreds of people away from displacement camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia earlier this week, saying such sites should be a safe haven.

Around 400 000 people need help after fleeing Congo volcano, UN says 28 May 2021, 2:35 PM

Around 400 000 people need support or protection after fleeing a volcano eruption and a wave of aftershocks in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said on Friday.

COVID-19 rebounds in Namibia, challenging exhausted medical system 28 May 2021, 12:18 PM

Namibia, a sparsely populated African country, has recently reported a rebound in the number of COVID-19 infection cases, putting its medical system struggling under the heavier burden.

Germany to atone for Namibian colonial horrors with a billion euros of projects 28 May 2021, 9:40 AM

Germany has agreed to fund projects in Namibia worth more than a billion euros over 30 years to atone for its role in genocide and property seizures in its-then colony more than a century ago, a Namibian government spokesman said on Thursday.

Africa urgently needs 20 million second doses of COVID-19 vaccine: WHO-AFR0 28 May 2021, 6:45 AM

World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO) says Africa needs at least 20 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the next six weeks to get second doses to all who received a first dose within the 8—12-week interval between doses recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Macron says it is in Europe’s interest to provide Africa with COVID-19 vaccines 28 May 2021, 12:53 AM

Shipping COVID-19 vaccines to Africa is not just a moral duty but it is also in Europe and the world's interest in order to prevent the resurgence of new virus variants, French President Emmanuel Macron said in Rwanda.

Morocco escalates row with Spain over Western Sahara 27 May 2021, 9:49 PM

Morocco's ambassador to Madrid on Thursday said press comments by the Spanish foreign minister undermined Moroccan territorial integrity and Rabat "would act accordingly"

Lesotho to extend amnesty for Basotho still in possession of illegal diamonds 27 May 2021, 8:21 PM

The ministry of Mining in Lesotho is planning to extend an amnesty for all Basotho still having illegal diamonds in their possession.

Somalia’s political leaders sign agreement resolving impasse out elections 27 May 2021, 4:06 PM

Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and regional state presidents have signed an agreement resolving an impasse over holding elections, the state-run television station said on its Twitter account.

France’s Macron seeks forgiveness over Rwanda genocide 27 May 2021, 1:04 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron said he recognised his country's role in Rwanda's genocide and hoped for forgiveness at a memorial in Kigali on Thursday, seeking to reset relations after years of Rwandan accusations that France was complicit in the 1994 atrocities.