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Mubarak, Egypt’s Toppled Pharaoh, Is Free After Final Charges Dropped

Mubarak, Egypt’s Toppled Pharaoh, Is Free After Final Charges Dropped

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011 and the first leader to face trial after the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region, was freed on Friday after six years in detention, his lawyer said. The 88-year-old was cleared of the final murder charges against him this month, after facing trial in a litany […]

Zimbabwe Police Out In Force Ahead Of Opposition Protest

Zimbabwe Police Out In Force Ahead Of Opposition Protest

Zimbabwean police deployed water cannon and anti-riot officers on the streets of the capital on Wednesday ahead of a planned demonstration by opposition parties against changes to the voter registration process. Anti-government protests in August descended into some of the worst violence seen in the southern African nation for two decades as anger over economic […]

Somalia’s New Prime Minister Names 26-Minister Cabinet

Somalia’s New Prime Minister Names 26-Minister Cabinet

Somalia’s new prime minister named a 26-strong cabinet on Tuesday, including a former foreign affairs chief as finance minister and a BBC journalist as the country’s top diplomat. Hassan Ali Khaire, who was appointed to the post by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed last month, read out his list of cabinet ministers to reporters. President Mohamed […]

Zuma to Lead S. Africa Grant Reform After System’s Near Collapse

Zuma to Lead S. Africa Grant Reform After System’s Near Collapse

  South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will chair an inter-ministerial committee set up to ensure social grants are paid to recipients on time after the government was criticized for leading the system close to failure. The committee will consist of ministers including Pravin Gordhan, minister of finance, and Bathabile Dlamini, minister for social development, who […]

South African Court Extends Welfare Contract, Slams Government

South African Court Extends Welfare Contract, Slams Government

South Africa’s Constitutional Court ordered the nation’s welfare agency to extend Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc.’s contract to distribute grants to more than 17 million beneficiaries for a year to avoid a “potential catastrophe” and slammed the government’s handling of the matter. The ruling on Friday effectively ends the threat of an interruption to a signature […]

South Africa’s ANC Says Must End Corruption, Infighting To Curb Decline

South Africa’s ANC Says Must End Corruption, Infighting To Curb Decline

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) needs to end corruption and party divisions, and deliver on promises to tackle poverty if it is to halt a decline in voter support, a party policy document said on Sunday. The report was produced by the party leadership and comes as the ANC prepares to select a […]

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabon Opposition Rejects President’s Call For Talks To Ease Tensions

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has offered to hold talks with opposition parties in an apparent bid to ease tensions over his contested re-election last year, but his main political rival swiftly rejected the call for dialogue. Responding to a presidency statement issued late on Friday, opposition leader Jean Ping branded the proposal for talks starting […]

Ex-South Sudan General Forms Rebel Group, Vows To Topple President Kiir

Ex-South Sudan General Forms Rebel Group, Vows To Topple President Kiir

A disaffected South Sudanese army general who quit his position last month announced on Monday that he had formed a new anti-government rebel group, underscoring mounting resistance to the rule of incumbent president Salva Kiir Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka, formerly deputy head of logistics, resigned after he accused Kiir of turning the country’s military […]

Buhari’s Sick Leave Re-energizes Nigeria’s Presidency

Buhari’s Sick Leave Re-energizes Nigeria’s Presidency

When protesters marched on Nigeria’s presidential villa earlier this month to complain about a biting recession, they were not repelled by baton-wielding policemen, the usual fate for anyone arriving uninvited at the gate of the country’s power centre. Instead, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who is standing in for the country’s sick leader, sent a vehicle […]

South African Police Disperse Anti-immigrant Protesters

South African Police Disperse Anti-immigrant Protesters

South African police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse rival marches by hundreds of citizens and non-nationals in the capital on Friday, following looting this week of stores believed to belong to immigrants. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa against a background of near-record unemployment, with foreigners being accused […]