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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 […]

Macron Vows to Heal France’s Divisions After Victory Over Le Pen

Macron Vows to Heal France’s Divisions After Victory Over Le Pen

  Emmanuel Macron pledged to unite France’s rifts after his victory over Marine Le Pen in the presidential election, saying that he’ll work to address the concerns that were exposed during one of the most divisive campaigns of recent history. The president-elect made his comments in a speech to supporters at his campaign headquarters in […]

Nigerian Activists Urge President Buhari to Take Medical Leave

Nigerian Activists Urge President Buhari to Take Medical Leave

Nigerian civil-rights group leaders are urging President Muhammadu Buhari to take a second medical leave while his health prevents him from performing his duties. Buhari has missed the last weekly cabinet meetings, and the presidency said April 28 that he is resting and working from home. The 74-year-old leader stayed in the U.K. for more […]

South Africa’s Phosa Accepts Nomination to Run for ANC President

South Africa’s Phosa Accepts Nomination to Run for ANC President

South African businessman Mathews Phosa said he accepted a nomination to stand as president of the ruling African National Congress. Phosa will challenge Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former chairwoman of the African Union Commission, who are seen as the frontrunners to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader at a […]

Pope Francis Arrives In Cairo Seeking To Mend Ties With Islam

Pope Francis Arrives In Cairo Seeking To Mend Ties With Islam

Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders just as Egypt’s ancient Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out. In an address to the Egyptian people this week, Francis spoke of his hope that his visit would help bring […]