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Tunisians snub poll on reforms as economic crisis deepens

Tunisians snub poll on reforms as economic crisis deepens

Tunisian President Kais Saied, who last year grabbed power in what critics labelled a coup, has now asked voters for their political views – but days before an online poll closes, fewer than six percent have taken part. Most people in the [...]

March 19, 2022 Africa
Mali to suspend France 24 TV station and RFI radio

Mali to suspend France 24 TV station and RFI radio

The Malian military government is moving to suspend broadcasts by French state-funded international RFI radio and France 24 television channel, accusing the news outlets of reporting “false allegations” that the army killed dozens of civilians. The allegations were made by [...]

March 18, 2022 Africa, Media representation
Chad surrenders Central African ex-militia head to ICC

Chad surrenders Central African ex-militia head to ICC

Chadian authorities have handed over a former Central African Republic militia leader accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, to the International Criminal Court On Monday, the Hague-based court said in a statement that Maxime Jeoffroy Eli Mokom Gawaka, [...]

March 16, 2022 Africa, Law
750 civilians killed in Amhara in half of 2021

750 civilians killed in Amhara in half of 2021

At least 750 civilians were killed or executed in Ethiopia’s Amhara and Afar regions in the second half of 2021, the country’s rights body has said. In a report released on Thursday, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission also catalogued widespread [...]

March 12, 2022 Africa, Crime
South Africa’s Ramaphosa appoints new chief justice

South Africa’s Ramaphosa appoints new chief justice

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed experienced jurist Raymond Zondo as the country’s new chief justice effective April 1. The announcement was made in a statement released on Thursday, after a public selection process. Zondo, who has served as [...]

March 11, 2022 Africa
More S African corruption exposed in ‘state capture’ report

More S African corruption exposed in ‘state capture’ report

On February 28, Raymond Zondo, South Africa’s acting chief justice, handed the third and penultimate part of a report from the judicial commission of inquiry he chairs, to President Cyril Ramaphosa. It was another chapter of arguably the most anticipated [...]

March 10, 2022 Africa
West African Coastal Terror Attacks: Just tip of the iceberg

West African Coastal Terror Attacks: Just tip of the iceberg

Violent extremism is escalating in West Africa’s coastal states. This is terrifying for citizens but is just the tip of the insurgency iceberg. Under the surface lies a covert network that ensures terrorism continues in the region. Evidence is emerging [...]

March 10, 2022 Africa, Boko Haram And Terror
Burkina Faso military names interim prime minister

Burkina Faso military names interim prime minister

Burkina Faso’s military government has appointed an interim prime minister, according to a statement from its transitional president, Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba. In a statement on Thursday, the military government named Albert Ouedraogo, a development economist and university professor, as prime minister. [...]

March 5, 2022 Africa, Government and politics
Pope Francis to visit South Sudan and DR Congo in July

Pope Francis to visit South Sudan and DR Congo in July

Pope Francis will visit South Sudan in July after repeatedly delaying his trip due to security concerns in a country still emerging from a post-independence civil war. A statement from the Vatican on Thursday said the pope would be in South [...]

March 4, 2022 Africa
Nigerian women protest rejection of pro-equality bills

Nigerian women protest rejection of pro-equality bills

Nigerian women have converged at the country’s parliament in Abuja to protest its decision to vote against the adoption of five gender bills. As early as 8am on Wednesday, hundreds of women showed up at the National Assembly Complex in [...]

March 3, 2022 Africa
IMF says Somalia funding at risk over election delays

IMF says Somalia funding at risk over election delays

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) could stop its programme in Somalia in three months if long-postponed national elections encounter new delays, a senior official has told the AFP. The IMF’s programme in Somalia is due for a review in mid-May, but election [...]

February 23, 2022 Africa
Mali parliament approves five-year democratic transition plan

Mali parliament approves five-year democratic transition plan

Mali’s lawmakers on Monday approved a plan allowing the military government to rule for up to five years, AFP journalists said, despite regional sanctions imposed on the country over delayed elections. The army-dominated legislature also decided that the country’s interim [...]

February 22, 2022 Africa, Government and politics, Law
Attack on Ethiopia refugee camp kills five: UN

Attack on Ethiopia refugee camp kills five: UN

Fighting in northern Ethiopia’s Afar region “engulfed” a camp housing refugees from neighbouring Eritrea, the United Nations has said, killing five people and forcing thousands to flee. The attack earlier this month is the latest blow to the more than [...]

February 19, 2022 Africa
EU launches reset with AU after pandemic disruption

EU launches reset with AU after pandemic disruption

The European Union has welcomed more than 40 African leaders to Brussels in an effort to reassert its influence on a continent where China and Russia have made hefty investment inroads, and where many felt let down by Europe’s COVID-19 [...]

February 18, 2022 Africa, Foreign relations
Flutterwave is now Africa’s most valuable startup

Flutterwave is now Africa’s most valuable startup

Flutterwave Inc., an Africa and emerging markets-focused payments firm, more than tripled its valuation in less than a year to over $3 billion following its latest fund-raising. B Capital Group led the $250 million round, with participation from Alta Park [...]

February 17, 2022 Africa, Business, Technology Business & StartUps
Hunger crisis threatens half of Somalia’s young children

Hunger crisis threatens half of Somalia’s young children

Severe drought risks pushing nearly half of Somali children under five into acute malnutrition this year, with hundreds of thousands needing life-saving treatment, according to the United Nations, which called for urgent action. “Malnutrition has reached crisis levels,” Victor Chinyama, head [...]

February 16, 2022 Africa, Human rights
Climate change forcing Zimbabwean girls into sex work

Climate change forcing Zimbabwean girls into sex work

Tawanda, 16, gazes calmly into the sky as the sun sets, getting ready for work as the night begins. Tawanda, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, is among hundreds of girls from Zimbabwe’s rural regions who joined [...]

February 15, 2022 Africa
Several killed in attack targeting Somalia election delegates

Several killed in attack targeting Somalia election delegates

A suicide bomber targeting a minibus full of delegates involved in Somalia’s parliamentary elections killed at least six people in Mogadishu, the ambulance service said, as the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab armed group claimed responsibility for the attack. The blast occurred early [...]

February 11, 2022 Africa, Security
Cyclone Batsirai: At least 20 killed in Madagascar tropical storm

Cyclone Batsirai: At least 20 killed in Madagascar tropical storm

At least 20 people have been killed and more than 55,000 others were displaced after Cyclone Batsirai slammed into Madagascar’s eastern coast, officials have said. The tropical storm weakened quickly as it moved southwest across the island, missing the capital [...]

February 8, 2022 Africa
Dozens dead from Tropical Storm Ana in southern Africa

Dozens dead from Tropical Storm Ana in southern Africa

The death toll from a storm that struck three southern African countries rose to 70 on Thursday as emergency teams battled to repair damaged infrastructure and help tens of thousands of victims. Packing torrential rains, Tropical Storm Ana made landfall [...]

January 28, 2022 Africa, Incidents
Burkina Faso army says it has deposed President Kabore

Burkina Faso army says it has deposed President Kabore

Burkina Faso’s army has announced it has deposed President Roch Kabore, dissolved the government and the national assembly, and suspended the constitution, seizing control of the country after two days of unrest at army camps in the capital. The announcement, [...]

January 25, 2022 Africa
Malians rally after army calls for protests over ECOWAS sanctions

Malians rally after army calls for protests over ECOWAS sanctions

Malians have taken to the streets en masse after the country’s ruling military called for protests against stringent sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) over delayed elections. Thousands of people wearing the national colours of red, yellow [...]

January 15, 2022 Africa
TPLF rebels announce retreat to Ethiopia’s Tigray region

TPLF rebels announce retreat to Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Rebel Tigrayan forces fighting the central government troops say they have withdrawn from neighbouring regions in northern Ethiopia, a step towards a possible ceasefire after 13 months of the brutal war. “We trust that our bold act of withdrawal will [...]

December 21, 2021 Africa, Military
Ebola outbreak in DRC’s east declared over

Ebola outbreak in DRC’s east declared over

An Ebola outbreak that emerged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) east more than two months ago, infecting 11 people and killing six, has been declared over. The DRC had announced its 13th outbreak of Ebola on October 8 in [...]

December 17, 2021 Africa
South Africa ex-president Zuma ordered to return to jail

South Africa ex-president Zuma ordered to return to jail

South Africa’s High Court has ordered former President Jacob Zuma to return to jail after setting aside a decision to release him on medical parole. The decision to place the 79-year-old on medical parole is “declared unlawful and set aside”, read the [...]

December 16, 2021 Africa
Alleged CAR rebel leader to face war crimes trial at ICC

Alleged CAR rebel leader to face war crimes trial at ICC

An alleged leader of a rebel group in the Central African Republic will go on trial to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has said. The Hague-based court, which has been considering [...]

December 10, 2021 Africa, Law
Anti-apartheid veteran Ebrahim dies aged 84

Anti-apartheid veteran Ebrahim dies aged 84

Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, a veteran of the fight against apartheid who spent years imprisoned on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela, has died aged 84, South Africa’s ruling party announced. Ebrahim passed away at his Johannesburg home after a long illness, the African National [...]

December 7, 2021 Africa
Libyan court reinstates Saif Gaddafi as presidential candidate

Libyan court reinstates Saif Gaddafi as presidential candidate

The son of Libya’s longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi has been given the go-ahead to run in the country’s upcoming presidential election, his lawyer said, a week after being disqualified for what Libyan authorities said were war crimes committed during the [...]

December 3, 2021 Africa, Government and politics
Map: Tracking global Omicron travel restrictions

Map: Tracking global Omicron travel restrictions

About 30 countries have closed their borders to some nations and others have imposed stricter measures to curb the spread of the Omicron variant. The newly detected coronavirus variant has prompted countries to tighten their borders just as many were beginning to reopen [...]

December 1, 2021 Africa
South Africa slams ‘unjustified’ travel bans

South Africa slams ‘unjustified’ travel bans

“Unjustified”, “draconian” and “counterproductive” – these are just some of words used by South Africa’s health minister as he criticised countries around the world that decided to restrict travel from the country and its neighbours in an attempt to contain [...]

November 27, 2021 Africa