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Lesotho votes for new parliament amid continuing political crisis

Lesotho votes for new parliament amid continuing political crisis

Lesotho citizens have voted in a parliamentary election that political analysts said could see the ruling party lose power after years of political instability that the Southern African mountain kingdom’s legislators have failed to resolve. Friday’s election has gone ahead [...]

October 8, 2022 Africa, Government and politics
Ukraine promises to export more grains to African countries

Ukraine promises to export more grains to African countries

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has promised that his country will do all it can to send more grain to Africa as he began his African tour this week in Senegal. After meeting with Senegal’s president and foreign minister in [...]

October 5, 2022 Africa, Food
Nigeria to award flared gas contracts by end of 2022

Nigeria to award flared gas contracts by end of 2022

Nigeria will award contracts for its flared gas by the end of December under an accelerated programme to harness gas that is released as a byproduct of oil production, its petroleum regulator has said. President Muhammadu Buhari first launched the [...]

October 4, 2022 Africa, Oil & Gas
DRC declares end to latest Ebola virus outbreak

DRC declares end to latest Ebola virus outbreak

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has declared an end to its latest Ebola virus outbreak, according to officials. The outbreak, the 15th recorded in the country, emerged when one case was confirmed in the eastern city of Beni, [...]

September 28, 2022 Africa, Health issues
Kenya’s new president scraps petrol subsidy

Kenya’s new president scraps petrol subsidy

Kenya has scrapped a subsidy on petrol a day after new President William Ruto said subsidies were unsustainable, in a move that could add to upward pressure on inflation. Some of the key challenges the new president faces include bringing [...]

September 16, 2022 Africa, Oil & Gas
In Somalia, al-Shabab’s courts win more converts

In Somalia, al-Shabab’s courts win more converts

In late December 2021, Halima (her real name withheld on request) boarded a minibus from Zoobe bus station in the Somali capital of Mogadishu to Ugunji, a farming village just outside the city, controlled by al-Shabab. Her mission was to [...]

September 15, 2022 Africa
South Africa power cuts may not end in a year, Eskom says

South Africa power cuts may not end in a year, Eskom says

South African government plans to end recurring power cuts could take at least a year to deliver results, a top executive at state energy utility Eskom has said. Africa’s most industrialised economy is set for its worst year of electricity [...]

September 13, 2022 Africa, Power
More than 700 children have died in Somalia nutrition centres

More than 700 children have died in Somalia nutrition centres

Hundreds of children have already died in nutrition centres across Somalia, the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, a day after it warned that parts of Somalia will be hit by famine in the coming months. The Horn [...]

September 7, 2022 Africa, Human rights
Mali releases three Ivorian soldiers; 46 still detained

Mali releases three Ivorian soldiers; 46 still detained

Three women among the 49 Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali have been released. The women arrived home late on Saturday about seven weeks after their arrests sparked a diplomatic spat between military-ruled Mali and the Ivory Coast. Mali said the group – who [...]

September 6, 2022 Africa
Japan to push for Africa seat on the UN Security Council

Japan to push for Africa seat on the UN Security Council

Japan will push for an African seat at the United Nations by using its place on the world body’s Security Council. “Japan reiterates its determination to redress the historical injustice against Africa of not being represented through a permanent membership [...]

August 29, 2022 Africa
Ethiopia forces accused of deadly attack as Tigray war escalates

Ethiopia forces accused of deadly attack as Tigray war escalates

An air raid killed at least four people, including two children, in the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the head of a hospital said. The federal government denied the allegations saying the air force only targeted military sites and [...]

August 27, 2022 Africa
Vote counting begins in tight Angola election

Vote counting begins in tight Angola election

Ballot counting has begun in Angola on after polls closed in what was widely seen as the most competitive vote in the country’s democratic history, with incumbent President Joao Lourenco squaring up against charismatic opposition leader Adalberto Costa Junior. The People’s Movement [...]

August 25, 2022 Africa, Government and politics
The economy still centre stage ahead of Angola’s elections

The economy still centre stage ahead of Angola’s elections

Angola will vote for a new president and parliament on Wednesday, in what looks set to be the closest election in Africa’s second-biggest oil producer since the country won independence from Portugal in 1975. President João Lourenço of the governing [...]

August 24, 2022 Africa, Government and politics
Burundi sends troops to DRC for regional peacekeeping force

Burundi sends troops to DRC for regional peacekeeping force

Soldiers from Burundi have deployed to the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo as the first part of a recently created East African regional force to respond to crises. “As you have seen, our soldiers have been received officially. [...]

August 23, 2022 Africa, Military
Somali forces end al-Shabab siege at Mogadishu hotel

Somali forces end al-Shabab siege at Mogadishu hotel

Somali forces ended a deadly 30-hour siege of a hotel in the country’s capital with security personnel clearing explosives planted by al-Shabab fighters in the damaged building. “The ministry of health has so far confirmed the deaths of 21 people [...]

August 22, 2022 Africa
South Africa’s Zulu nation to coronate new king amid tussle

South Africa’s Zulu nation to coronate new king amid tussle

South Africa’s ethnic Zulu nation is preparing to host a coronation event for its new traditional king amid internal divisions that have threatened to tear the royal family apart. On Saturday, King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini, a son of the late [...]

August 20, 2022 Africa, Government and politics
More than 150 endangered vultures poisoned in South Africa, Botswana

More than 150 endangered vultures poisoned in South Africa, Botswana

At least 150 critically-endangered vultures were poisoned to death in separate incidents in Botswana and South Africa, conservationists said, warning that the mass killings pushed the birds closer to extinction. In the latest incidents, more than 50 white-backed vultures were [...]

August 13, 2022 Africa
Calm returns to Sierra Leone as protest death toll rises

Calm returns to Sierra Leone as protest death toll rises

At least six protesters and six police officers were killed as anti-government protests in Sierra Leone turned violent, according to officials and local media reports. Hundreds of people took to the streets on Wednesday in a public display of anger over [...]

August 12, 2022 Africa, Security
Economy, political permutations at centre of Kenyan election

Economy, political permutations at centre of Kenyan election

Kenyans are voting on Tuesday to pick a successor to outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta in what is seen as a key test of stability for one of Africa’s healthiest democracies. Voting begins at 6am local (03:00 GMT) and runs through [...]

August 9, 2022 Africa
From al-Shabab to the cabinet: Somalia’s move fuels debate

From al-Shabab to the cabinet: Somalia’s move fuels debate

Somalia’s appointment of a former al-Shabab leader to the cabinet is fuelling debate. While some are critical of Hamza Abdi Barre’s administration for naming Mukhtar Robow as the minister in charge of religious affairs, others laud the move as a step towards [...]

August 6, 2022 Africa, Government and politics
Mob attacks illegal miners after rapes shock South Africa

Mob attacks illegal miners after rapes shock South Africa

Thousands of angry residents in the South African city of Krugersdorp attacked a group of illegal miners with machetes, golf clubs and hammers after a gang rape last week shocked the nation. The mob set fire to their camps in [...]

August 5, 2022 Africa
In African women’s football, homophobia still poses a barrier

In African women’s football, homophobia still poses a barrier

Nigeria’s hegemonic decades-long dominance over Africa’s women’s football scene has long masked a dark secret: Openly homosexual players are not allowed. The Super Falcons are Africa’s most prosperous national team, but this discriminatory attitude has cast a shadow over their [...]

July 30, 2022 Africa, Sports
South Africa applies for Guptas’ extradition over ‘state capture’

South Africa applies for Guptas’ extradition over ‘state capture’

South Africa has formally filed a request with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to extradite two brothers accused of orchestrating industrial-scale corruption in the country, according to its justice minister. Business tycoons Atul and Rajesh Gupta were held in Dubai [...]

July 26, 2022 Africa
Explosions, gunfire at a military base near Mali’s capital

Explosions, gunfire at a military base near Mali’s capital

Explosions and gunfire were heard in the early morning hours near the Kati military base on the outskirts of Mali’s capital Bamako, according to residents, in a suspected attack by armed fighters. The military, which cordoned off the roads to [...]

July 23, 2022 Africa, Security
US says it killed two al-Shabab fighters in Somalia air raid

US says it killed two al-Shabab fighters in Somalia air raid

The United States military has said it killed two fighters from the al-Shabab armed group during an air raid in a remote part of southern Somalia over the weekend. The strike took place on Sunday near Libikus, in the Lower [...]

July 20, 2022 Africa, Military
Nigerian unions to protest 5-month strike in public universities

Nigerian unions to protest 5-month strike in public universities

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will embark on a two-day protest on July 26 to demonstrate against an eight-month shutdown of public universities across the country due to pay disagreements between the government and teachers, the body has said. The [...]

July 19, 2022 Africa, Employment
South African mobile operator MTN in talks to buy domestic rival

South African mobile operator MTN in talks to buy domestic rival

South African mobile operator MTN Group Ltd is in talks to buy smaller domestic rival Telkom for a stock or a cash-and-stock deal, the two companies have announced, sending their shares higher. “Discussions are at an early stage and there [...]

July 16, 2022 Africa, Business
Seven children killed in an explosion in northern Togo

Seven children killed in an explosion in northern Togo

Seven children have been killed in a blast at Margba, a village in Tone Prefecture, in Savanna, the northernmost region of the country, which has been under a state of emergency since last June. In a statement, the Togolese army [...]

July 12, 2022 Africa, Incidents
South African unions accept Eskom wage offer amid power cuts

South African unions accept Eskom wage offer amid power cuts

South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom and workers’ unions have signed a wage deal, paving way for a possible resolution to its worst power cuts in two years. Struggling Eskom and its three recognised labour unions signed the agreement for a 7 [...]

July 6, 2022 Africa
West African leaders lift economic sanctions on Mali

West African leaders lift economic sanctions on Mali

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have lifted economic and financial sanctions imposed on Mali, after its military rulers proposed a 24-month transition to democracy and published a new electoral law. The bloc imposed stiff sanctions on [...]

July 5, 2022 Africa