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Militia Violence In Central African Republic Leaves 300 Dead

Militia Violence In Central African Republic Leaves 300 Dead

Militia violence in Central African Republic has killed around 300 people and displaced 100,000 in the last two weeks, the United Nations and the government said on Thursday, in the worst displacement since a 2013 civil war. The violence marks a sharp escalation in the long conflict that began when the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel […]

High Noon for President Zuma as Key ANC Leaders Seek Ouster

High Noon for President Zuma as Key ANC Leaders Seek Ouster

South African President Jacob Zuma faces a key battle for his political survival this weekend when senior members of his ruling party say they’ll push for its decision-making national executive committee to order him to step down. Zuma, 75, goes into the meeting of the committee facing an unprecedented level of opposition from within the African […]

Sudan Accuses Egypt Of Backing Rebels Ahead Of Foreign Minister’s Trip

Sudan Accuses Egypt Of Backing Rebels Ahead Of Foreign Minister’s Trip

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused Egypt on Tuesday of supporting rebels at war with Khartoum, a week ahead of a visit to Cairo by Sudan’s foreign minister that is aimed at easing tensions between the neighbouring states. Egypt and Sudan have been at odds in recent months on a range of issues from disputed land […]

Gambian Authorities Seize Ex-President Jammeh’s Bank Accounts

Gambian Authorities Seize Ex-President Jammeh’s Bank Accounts

  Gambian authorities have seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh, an official said on Monday, as an investigation into the veteran ruler’s wealth gathers pace. The new government has accused Jammeh of massive fraud including siphoning off public money during his 22-year rule that ended in […]

Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

Deputy President Ramaphosa Says South Africa Must Avoid “Mafia State” Fate

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, seen as a top contender to lead the ruling ANC into 2019 general elections, said on Sunday that the country must not become a “mafia state” as he admitted his party had become associated with corruption. Ramaphosa’s comments were among the strongest he has made on governance as the […]

Ethiopian Opposition Politician Convicted Of Encouraging Terrorism

Ethiopian Opposition Politician Convicted Of Encouraging Terrorism

An Ethiopian court has convicted an opposition politician of encouraging terrorist acts after he criticised the government’s response to protests in Facebook posts. Rights group Amnesty International said the case of Yonatan Tesfaye, a former spokesperson for the opposition Semayawi Party who was arrested in 2015, was a miscarriage of justice. Yonatan was charged with […]

Ivory Coast Mutineers Reject Deal To End Crisis

Ivory Coast Mutineers Reject Deal To End Crisis

  Renegade soldiers in Ivory Coast have rejected a proposal to end a four-day mutiny over unpaid bonuses just minutes after the government claimed a deal had been reached. President Alassane Ouattara has been trying to restore order after 8,400 mutineers took control of Ivory Coast’s second-biggest city, Bouake, closed border posts and blockaded roads […]

Ivory Coast Military Said to Give Ultimatum to Rebel Soldiers

Ivory Coast Military Said to Give Ultimatum to Rebel Soldiers

Ivory Coast’s military gave mutinous soldiers an ultimatum in talks on Sunday to drop their pay demands and end a revolt, according to a person familiar with the matter. The ultimatum came in fresh discussions after talks between army commanders and soldiers in Bouake, the center of the mutiny, failed on Saturday, said the person, […]

Ramaphosa Cheered as Presidential Campaign Gains Traction

Ramaphosa Cheered as Presidential Campaign Gains Traction

Cyril Ramaphosa’s bid to succeed Jacob Zuma as South Africa’s president received a boost Friday when he secured an enthusiastic reception from ruling party members in the Northern Cape province. About 700 African National Congress officials attending a provincial conference in the central town of Colesberg rose to sing and cheer as Ramaphosa, 64, arrived […]

Bribes Hotline Snag Is Symbol Of Stalled Nigerian Graft Campaign

Bribes Hotline Snag Is Symbol Of Stalled Nigerian Graft Campaign

Large billboards at Lagos airport urge travellers to call a hotline to report officials asking for bribes. But there is a problem with this attempt to fight the corruption that plagues Africa’s biggest economy. The phone number does not work, an indication of how little progress President Muhammadu Buhari has made in tackling a problem […]