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Somalia names new prime minister, unveils plan for elections

President appoints newcomer Mohamed Hussein Roble to replace former Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire. Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed political newcomer Mohamed Hussein Roble as the country’s prime minister, hours after brokering an agreement with regional leaders for elections next year that abandons a promised one-person, one-vote model. In a statement late on […]

Hotel Rwanda 'hero' denied bail in terrorism trial

KIGALI (AFP) – A Kigali court on Thursday (Sept 17) denied bail to Paul Rusesabagina, whose actions during the 1994 Rwandan genocide inspired the Oscar-nominated film Hotel Rwanda, ahead of his trial on numerous charges including terrorism. Rusesabagina, who has become a high-profile government critic and has been living in exile for years, appeared last […]

Hotel Rwanda hero Paul Rusesabagina charged with 'terrorism'

The 66-year-old government critic who inspired the Hollywood film about 1994 genocide was arrested abroad last month. Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, has faced 12 charges including “terrorism” in a case shining a spotlight on opposition to President Paul Kagame. Brought to a Kigali court handcuffed in […]

Libya's eastern-based government resigns amid protests

Protesters have taken to the streets in several cities in recent days in anger over poor living conditions. An interim government allied with Libya’s eastern-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar has resigned amid protests over power cuts and deteriorating living conditions. Ezzel-Deen al-Falih, a spokesman for the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), said Prime Minister Abdallah […]

Around 50 feared dead in Congo mine collapse

BUKAVU, DR CONGO (AFP) – About 50 people are feared dead after a gold mine collapsed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following torrential rain, local authorities said on Saturday (Sept 12). The accident in the makeshift mine occurred on Friday in the town of Kamituga, in South Kivu province. Provincial governor Theo Ngwabidje […]

Chickens roost in Kenya's empty classrooms amid Covid-19 shutdown

MWEA, KENYA (REUTERS) – Rows of spinach sprout in the sports field where the students of Roka Preparatory school once played football, and clucking chickens fluff their feathers in sawdust-covered classrooms where children once sweated over their exams. No students have thundered down these eerily quiet corridors since March, when Kenya abruptly closed its schools […]

Several dead as suicide bomber targets Mogadishu restaurant

At least three, including a child, killed and seven others wounded in the attack, government spokesman says. Three people were killed and seven were injured in a suicide attack inside a Mogadishu restaurant. Information ministry spokesman Ismail Mukhtar Omar said the attacker walked into the Blue Sky restaurant near Mogadishu National Theatre on Wednesday before […]

Ethiopia's Tigray region votes, defying federal government and PM

Officials holding polls warn that any federal government intervention would amount to a ‘declaration of war’. People have begun voting in a local election in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, defying the federal government and increasing political tensions in Africa’s second-most populous country. Tigray officials holding polls on Wednesday for the 190-seat regional parliament have warned that any […]

Sudan floods threaten ancient archaeological site, experts say

Sandbag walls set and water being pumped out of ruins of Al-Bajrawiya – site of Meroe pyramids, a World Heritage Site. Rising Nile floodwaters are threatening to swamp an ancient archaeological site in Sudan after rivers in the country reached some of the highest ever recorded levels, archaeologists said. Teams have set up sandbag walls […]

Africa leaders: Mali military gov't must name president by Sep 15

The 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS has been pressuring new military leaders to hand over power to civilian rule. The West African regional bloc ECOWAS called on Mali’s new military government that seized power last month to appoint a civilian to head a transition government by September 15. The 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) slapped […]