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Sudan ex-PM al-Mahdi succumbs to Covid-19

Sudan’s last democratically elected prime minister, Sadiq al-Mahdi, has died from Covid-19 at the age of 84, his party announced on Thursday, November 26. Al-Mahdi was overthrown in the 1989 military coup that brought Omar al-Bashir to power. Last month, Mahdi’s family said he had...

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 1:05pm

UN urges protection of civilians amid ongoing fighting in Tigray

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Tuesday urged the parties in the conflict in Ethiopia's northernmost Tigray regional state "to give clear and unambiguous orders" to their forces to take constant care to spare and protect the civilian population....

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 12:03pm

Nigeria's economy slips into "worst" recession in decades

There is hope for Nigeria to recover from its current economic recession which is widely seen as the worst recorded by the West African nation in almost four decades, said local experts. Official data released on Saturday showed that Nigeria's economy slipped into recession for the second...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 11:43am

Covid-19 related death toll in Africa nears 50,000: Africa CDC

The Covid-19 related death toll in Africa has reached 49,412, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Sunday. The continental disease control and prevention agency said in a statement that the total reported cases of Covid-19 cases in the continent has reached...

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 10:40am

Ethiopia forms two fact-finding missions to assess humanitarian situation in northern region

An Ethiopian official on Thursday said his country has formed a fact-finding mission to assess the humanitarian situation in the country's northern Tigray regional state. Speaking to journalists, Redwan Hussein, spokesman of a newly-established State of Emergency Task Force for the Tigray...

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 11:27am

Uganda: Death toll climbs to 29 after deadly protests

Reports early Friday, November 20, indicated that the countrywide death toll has climbed to 29 in three days of protests in Uganda triggered by the arrest of musician-turned-presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, commonly known as Bobi Wine. The deaths occurred during security operations,...

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 1:35pm

Seven killed in Uganda protests after arrest of popular presidential candidate

At least seven people died in violent protests that erupted in Kampala on Wednesday after Ugandan presidential candidate MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine was arrested, police said. Security forces clashed with supporters of the pop star-turned-opposition leader who is President...

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 5:44pm

South African president calls for caution amid Covid-19 resurgence

With the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world and damaging economies, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for cooperation and caution to curb a resurgence of the virus and rebuild the economy. "We are meeting at a time of global crisis, a time that calls for cooperation and...

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 3:35pm

Ebola outbreak in the DRC is over – WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that the latest outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is over. Reported in the Western DRC on June 1 this year, the epidemic came at a time that a serious outbreak of the same disease was...

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 4:36pm

Ethiopian army says captures strategic town in restive region

The Ethiopian government on Monday announced the capture of a strategic town from Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters in the restive Tigray regional state. "The Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) have liberated the town of Alamata in Raya from the Tigray People's...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 6:34pm

Thousands of Ethiopians flee to Sudan as Tigray crisis escalates

The United Nations refugee agency said on Sunday that more than 20,000 people have crossed into Sudan from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, where federal government troops are battling forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party of the regional government...

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 11:17am

Rockets from Ethiopia hit Eritrea's capital

Rockets from Ethiopia's northern Tigray region struck the capital of neighbouring Eritrea on Saturday night, diplomats said, as tensions between the Ethiopian federal government and local force in the Tigray region are growing. At least two of the rockets appeared to have hit areas near the...

Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 1:10pm

Libya to hold national elections in December 2021: UN mission

Representatives across the Libyan social and political spectrum have agreed to hold national elections in December next year, said the UN Mission in Libya on Friday. The 75 representatives reached this agreement at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, an inclusive intra-Libyan political...

Saturday, November 14, 2020 - 2:57pm

UN officials express deep concern over escalating tensions in Ethiopia

Two United Nations high-ranking officials on Thursday expressed deep concern over reports of escalating ethnic tensions in Ethiopia and recent military clashes in the Tigray region, in which many civilians have allegedly been killed. Pramila Patten, UN acting special adviser on the Prevention of...

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 11:44am

Ex-Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings dies

The former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, has died at the age of 73, according to media reports on Thursday. The former leader who seized power twice via military coups was admitted to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana's capital, Accra, last week after...

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 5:00pm

Civilians in Tigray, Ethiopia endure conflict, disruption of services: UN

The United Nations and partners in the Tigray area of Ethiopia are working to protect civilians in the face of conflict, the disruption of banking, communications and supplies, a UN spokesman has said. More than 200,000 refugees and internally displaced persons in Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan...

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 2:36pm

Nigeria ratifies membership of AfCFTA

The Nigerian government on Wednesday, November 11, ratified the country's membership of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) created for a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments within the African region...

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 12:56pm

Nigerian troops kill five Boko Haram militants, rescue four hostages

At least five Boko Haram militants were killed and four hostages rescued by Nigerian troops on separate operations in the country's northeast region, the military said on Tuesday. The Boko Haram militants were killed on Monday in a gunfight in the village of Buni Gari, located in the Gujba...

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 11:46am

Africa faces $30 billion spending cut in energy sector – report

Capital expenditures in Africa’s energy sector are expected to experience a $30 billion cut over the 2020-2021 period, the latest report by African Energy Chamber on the sector outlook has stated. The report dubbed the African Energy Outlook 2021, explored the forces shaping up the...

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 3:29pm

Former Mali President Amadou Toure passes on

Amadou Toumani Touré, former president of the Republic of Mali ousted by a coup in 2012, died on the night of Monday to Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey. He was 72. A retired General, Touré succumbed to a heart attack in Turkish hospital on Tuesday, November 10, according to several Malian media....

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 11:33am

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