Africa

Kenya and Somalia restore ties amid sea border row

Kenya and Somalia have agreed to normalise diplomatic relations despite an ongoing maritime boundary case at the International Court of Justice. The rapprochement will start with restoration of the issuance of travel visas on arrival for citizens of the two East African nations. This follows...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 7:22am

ICC prosecutor warns of trials over Guinea clashes

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has urged the government and the opposition in Guinea to resume talks following protests and deadly clashes. The ICC's Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, warned that people who commit or incite violence are liable to face trial either in Guinea or at the...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 9:06am

Zimbabwe to distribute new currency

Zimbabwe's central bank is due to begin circulating new banknotes on Monday, which it says will help to ease a severe cash shortage as the country suffers a deepening economic crisis. The bank has played down fears that the move will fuel inflation insisting that the two- and five- dollar...

Monday, November 11, 2019 - 8:02am

Pope Francis 'hopes to visit South Sudan next year'

Pope Francis has urged the leaders of South Sudan to overcome their divisions and to find consensus for the good of the country. Speaking at his weekly blessing in the Vatican, the Pope said he hoped to visit South Sudan next year. South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011 but has...

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 8:16pm

Zimbabwe bans South Africa livestock import over disease fears

Zimbabwe has suspended imports of livestock and meat from South Africa for the second time this year after an outbreak of foot and mouth in the north of its neighbouring country. In a statement on Friday, the agriculture ministry called the move "a precautionary measure designed to...

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 9:09am

Burkina Faso: 37 killed in attack on Canadian mining convoy

Thirty-seven civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on Wednesday. The attack is the deadliest in recent years as the military struggles to contain...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 9:09am

Mali: Dozens of troops killed in military outpost attack

At least 53 soldiers and a civilian have been killed in an attack on a military post in northeast Mali, according to the country's communication minister. The attack, one of the deadliest against Malian forces, took place in Indelimane, in the Menaka region close to the border with Niger,...

Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 8:36pm

Aid workers killed in South Sudan

The UN's migration agency says three of its aid workers have been killed in fighting in South Sudan, near the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) volunteers were caught in the crossfire during clashes that broke out on...

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 5:44pm

PM Abiy Ahmed warns Ethiopia ethnic violence could worsen

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has warned of further instability and vowed to bring to justice those responsible for violence that left at least 67 people dead this week. "The crisis we have faced will become even more fearsome and difficult if Ethiopians don't unite and...

Sunday, October 27, 2019 - 11:45am

Thousands in Zimbabwe denounce 'evil' Western sanctions

Thousands of Zimbabweans have rallied in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's call on the United States and the European Union to lift sanctions imposed against him and dozens of other officials over alleged human rights abuses and electoral fraud. Friday's...

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 8:42am

Somali forces kill 20 al-Shabab militants

Somali forces on Friday night killed 20 al-Shabab extremists in an operation in Jalalaqsi town in the country's central region of Hiran, an official confirmed on Saturday. Mohamed Nur Aga Jof, governor of Jalalaqsi town, said the militants were on a public vehicle and the forces got...

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 6:23pm

Nigeria has a mental health problem

On the outside, the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba seems tranquil. But on the inside of this century-old facility - one of only a half-dozen psychiatric centres in Lagos, and the only one run by the federal government of Nigeria - tensions are running high. At the...

Friday, October 11, 2019 - 9:11am

Dilemma in Gabon's forest conservation and economic interests

The lush green canopy stretches over the Akanda National Park -- one of the many forest jewels that Gabon is fighting to conserve. But those living in poverty in the shadow of the park are ambiguous. They see the forests less as a global treasure to be cosseted and more as a resource that...

Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 12:06am

Nigerian army rescues 25 child soldiers from Boko Haram

Nigerian army on Thursday handed over 25 child soldiers recruited by the terror group Boko Haram to the government and an agency of the United Nations for rehabilitation. The child soldiers, aged between eight and 16 years, were rescued separately during recent operations by troops in the...

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 1:19pm

Somalia: Jihadists attack US Baledogle training base

Jihadists have attacked a military base where US soldiers train commandos in Somalia. Local residents reported heavy blasts and gunfire at Baledogle airport in the southern Lower Shabelle region. The al-Shabab militant group said it had carried out the attack, using a car bomb to blast...

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 5:20pm

Egypt protests: 'Hundreds held' after rare anti-government unrest

Almost 500 people have been detained in Egypt in the past few days after protests against alleged government corruption, human rights activists say. Demonstrations were reported in Cairo, Alexandria and several other cities on Friday night, and in the port city of Suez on Saturday evening....

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 11:23am

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday accused the World Health Organization of rationing the Ebola vaccine in the Democratic Republic of Congo where more than 2,100 people have died of the deadly virus. A lack of transparency by the @WHO on #Ebola vaccine use in #DRCongo is...

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:08am

Tanzania not sharing information on suspected Ebola cases – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a rare public rebuke to Tanzania over its failure to provide detailed information on suspected Ebola cases. In a statement on Saturday, the UN health agency said it had learned of one suspected fatal case of the virus in Tanzania’s commercial...

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 12:31am

'Leave, Sisi!': All you need to know about the protests in Egypt

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets across several cities in Egypt, in a rare show of dissent against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Gathering in Cairo's Tahrir Square late on Friday, the demonstrators chanted slogans such as "the people demand the fall of the...

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 5:41pm

Nigerian court orders firm that won $9bn to forfeit assets

A company that was awarded more than nine billion dollars in an arbitration case against Nigeria has been ordered by a court in the capital city of Abuja to forfeit its local assets to the government. The order comes after two men linked to the company, Process & Industrial...

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 11:48am