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Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, Ivory Coast Elected To UN Security Council

Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru, Poland, Ivory Coast Elected To UN Security Council

The 193-member United Nations General Assembly elected Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Kuwait, Peru and Poland to the U.N. Security Council on Friday for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The Netherlands was elected for a one-year term after reaching a deal with Italy last year to split a two-year term. Voting between the pair […]

South African Leaked Emails Heap More Pressure On Zuma

South African Leaked Emails Heap More Pressure On Zuma

Leaked documents released by the South African media on Thursday alleging improper dealings in government contracts will open President Jacob Zuma up to renewed scrutiny and may deepen divides in the ruling African National Congress. Zuma has survived calls to resign from within the usually united ANC in recent weeks due to disputes over political […]

Ailing African Presidents Leave Nations in Leadership Limbo

Ailing African Presidents Leave Nations in Leadership Limbo

Nigeria, Angola and Zimbabwe are being left in leadership limbo as their ailing rulers spend weeks abroad seeking medical attention. The presidents of the three African nations all wield considerable power, and their absence has stoked investor uncertainty and stirred talk about succession. The situation hasn’t been helped by their governments’ failure to disclose what’s […]

Egypt’s Cabinet Approves $2.48 Billion Social Aid Program

Egypt’s Cabinet Approves $2.48 Billion Social Aid Program

The Egyptian government approved a social spending plan to support lower and middle income families after inflation surged to the highest levels in decades following the flotation of the pound. The government plans to spend 45 billion Egyptian pounds ($2.48 billion) on income tax discounts, bonuses for public employees, and increased pension payments and cash […]

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 […]