Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

S Africa ex-leader Zuma ‘received death threats’

South African former President Jacob Zuma says he and his family received death threats after his testimony at an inquiry into corruption under his rule. He told the judge-led inquiry on Tuesday that the threats had followed his testimony on the previous day. In the earlier testimony, he said he had been the target of […]

Somalia honours reporter killed in militant attack

Somalia’s government has announced that it will award a prize in honour of journalist Hodan Nalayeh who was killed in an attack by Islamist militants. The annual Hodan Nalayeh prize will be awarded to “outstanding” individuals from the Somali diaspora. Nalayeh, who grew up in Canada, returned to Somalia last year to highlight positive stories […]

Former president Jacob Zuma says he's a victim as he faces South African graft probe

JOHANNESBURG (BLOOMBERG) – Former South African President Jacob Zuma rejected a slew of allegations that he aided and abetted graft during his almost nine years in office and claimed he was the victim of a conspiracy by foreign and domestic intelligence agencies intent on ousting and discrediting him. “I have been the subject of talk […]

Sudan protester ‘shot dead’ as talks stall

A Sudanese protester has been shot dead by members of a feared paramilitary group, pro-opposition doctors say. The man was shot in the head by members of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the south-eastern Sinnar state, during a protest against allegations of RSF brutality, they say. Neither the RSF nor Sudan’s ruling military council […]

Outcry as militia leader named as national TV head

The head of a Burundian militia accused of atrocities has been named to lead the state broadcaster, RTNB, sparking condemnation by human rights groups. Human Rights Watch said the appointment of Eric Nshimirimana was “a blow to all victims of abuse perpetrated by the Imbonerakure, as well as freedom of the press in Burundi”. The […]

Somalia Attack Claimed by Shabab Kills 10, Including Canadian Journalist

MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 10 people, including a Canadian journalist, were killed by militant Islamists in an attack Friday on a hotel in the port city of Kismayo, a Somali official said. Abdi Ahmed, a local district official, told The Associated Press that the death toll may rise as fighting between the militants and […]

How the US has stepped up its war in Somalia

Donald Trump’s presidency has coincided with a sharp rise in US-led airstrikes in Somalia and the trend is set to continue in 2019. In a speech in December outlining the US’ Africa policy, President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton said “terrorists operating in Africa have… repeatedly targeted US citizens and interests”. He gave the […]

Who are Somalia’s al-Shabab?

Islamist militant group al-Shabab is battling the UN-backed government in Somalia, and has carried out a string of attacks across the region. The group, which is allied to al-Qaeda, has been pushed out of most of the main towns it once controlled, but it remains a potent threat. Who are al-Shabab? Al-Shabab means The Youth […]

‘Groom’ threatened after mock Facebook wedding

Four men in Nigeria’s northern city of Kano have received death threats for organising a mock wedding on Facebook that was deemed offensive to Islam. The groom, Sanusi Abdullahi, confessed to having “jokingly” offered a female Facebook friend a bride price of $56 (£44) during the “online marriage”. Religious leaders said it was a mockery […]

French missiles found on rogue general’s base

France has denied breaching a UN arms embargo after four of its anti-tank missiles were found on a base loyal to a rogue Libyan general. The country’s defence ministry says the “unusable” US-made Javelin missiles were never intended to be passed to any group, and were due to be destroyed. However, they were discovered in […]