Africa

Isabel dos Santos banker found dead in Lisbon

A banker implicated in the embezzlement and money-laundering case against Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been found dead in Lisbon. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, 45, managed the account of oil firm Sonangol, formerly chaired by Ms Dos Santos, at the small Portuguese lender EuroBic...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 11:18pm

Sudanese gov't forces retake security buildings

Chairman of Sudan's Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said Wednesday that government forces have retaken all buildings of the General Intelligence Service (GIS), which were seized Tuesday by a rebellious security force. "All headquarters of the GIS's Operations Authority are...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:06pm

Trump says he deserves Nobel Peace Prize not Abiy Ahmed

Why, what did he say? "I'm going to tell you about the Nobel Peace Prize, I'll tell you about that. I made a deal, I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country. I said: 'What, did I have something...

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 5:05pm

Libya: Rebel forces 'seize strategic city Sirte'

Rebel forces in Libya say they have taken control of the coastal city of Sirte, in what would be a key strategic gain. Sirte has been controlled by forces aligned with Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) since the Islamic State (IS) militants were expelled in 2016. The...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 9:11am

Al-Shabab attacks military base in Kenya

Al-Shabab fighters have attacked a military base in Kenya's Lamu County used by US and Kenyan military personnel, the East African country's army and the armed group said. Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) said in a statement on Sunday that "at around 5:30am an attempt was made to breach...

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 12:06pm

Turkish MPs approve bill to send troops to Libya

Turkey's parliament has passed a bill that will allow the government to deploy troops to Libya to intervene in the civil war. Turkish lawmakers approved the bill on Thursday, with 325 in favour to 184 against. Turkey is allied with Libya's UN-backed government, which is based in the...

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 10:43pm

Rush-hour vehicle bomb kills dozens in Mogadishu

At least 76 people have been killed by a vehicle bomb detonated during morning rush hour in Somalia's capital. The blast took place at a checkpoint at a busy intersection in Mogadishu. More than 90 people were also injured. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb but al-...

Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 7:54am

Erdogan announces plan to send troops to Libya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced military backing for Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), now that the north African country requested it. In a speech in Ankara on Thursday, Erdogan said that he will on January 7...

Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 1:07pm

Sudan launches Darfur crimes investigation

Sudan has launched an investigation into crimes committed in the Darfur region under former President Omar al-Bashir, the state prosecutor says. A trial could take place outside the country, Tagelsir al-Heber said. Ten years ago the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for...

Monday, December 23, 2019 - 9:03am

West Africa takes a step away from colonial-era currency

A bloc of West African states took a step away from a French-backed regional currency that dates back to the colonial era, making a significant symbolic break from the past. The president of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara, speaking at a joint news conference with the visiting president...

Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 12:25pm

Somalis fight locust invasion by eating them

Somalia is facing its worst invasion of locusts in 25 years, but some people are turning the desert insects into delicious meals. Local media reports show residents of Adado town, in central Somalia, frying the locusts and eating them with rice and pasta. One man said they are tastier than fish...

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 9:05am

DR Congo to 'relocate families from cobalt-rich area'

The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo will relocate some 10,000 families from a southeastern town rich in cobalt estimated to be worth billions of dollars, the AFP news agency reports. DR Congo produces 60% of the world's supply of cobalt. The rare mineral is used to produce...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 8:42am

Ex-CAR President François Bozize 'returns home' from exile

François Bozize, the former president of the Central African Republic (CAR), has returned to the country more than six years after he was forced from power and fled abroad, according to his party. "François Bozize has definitely been in the capital of the CAR since yesterday," ...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 2:18pm

Mali: President Keita holds crisis talks amid unrest in the north

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has received representatives of political and armed groups as well as civil society in an attempt to foster dialogue in his conflict-wracked country. Saturday's talks in the capital, Bamako, are being billed as a "national inclusive dialogue...

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 10:41am

Nigeria: Buhari promises Africans visas on arrival

Nigeria says it will give all African travellers visas on arrival from January, dropping the requirement that they apply in advance. President Muhammadu Buhari said it showed Nigeria's commitment to "free movement of Africans within Africa". The announcement comes five months...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:04am

Al-Shabab gunmen attack Mogadishu hotel

Al-Shabab gunmen have attacked a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital, according to police and the armed group. Fighting was still continuing following Tuesday's attack on SYL hotel in Mogadishu.  "We thought they were police but they started...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 10:29am

Tanzanian Industrialist Ali Mufuruki dies in South Africa

One of Tanzania’s dollar millionaires and chairman for Infotech Investment Group, Ali Mufuruki, has died in South Africa. Mr Mufuruki, who founded CEO Roundtable of Tanzania (CEOrt) and Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa died on Saturday night at Montnigside Hospital in...

Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 11:45pm

Dozens dead as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast: UN

At least 58 people, including women and children, were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the UN's migration agency said. The perilous sea passage from West Africa to Europe was...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:55pm

Namibia's President Hage Geingob wins re-election

Namibia's President Hage Geingob has been re-elected for a second term, the country's electoral commission says. Mr Geingob polled 56.3% in Wednesday's election, well ahead of his nearest rival Panduleni Itula with 29.4%. However, Mr Geingob's tally was well down from the 87%...

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 9:46am

DR Congo: Many dead as plane crashes into homes

At least 27 people have died after a passenger plane crashed into houses in Goma city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials say. Residents on the ground, including nine family members, were among the victims. The small aircraft went down in the Mapendo neighbourhood...

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 5:48pm

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