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'Frightening': S Africa sees biggest daily jump in COVID-19 cases

Officials consider reimposing restrictions as more than 8,700 infections reported over 24 hours amid lockdown easing. South Africa has reported its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases, as hospitals across the country brace for an onslaught of patients and officials warn of another strict lockdown.  More than 8,700 infections were confirmed on Thursday, taking the country’s total […]

Ethiopia: 'At least 50' dead in protests over musician's killing

Oromia protests broke out after fatal shooting of Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, regional spokesman says. At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromia region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said. Musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead on Monday night in what police said was a targeted killing. Protests […]

At least 10 dead as slaying of Ethiopian singer triggers protests

ADDIS ABABA (REUTERS) – At least 10 people died and more than 80 were wounded when the killing of a popular singer triggered blasts and protests in Ethiopia’s capital and the surrounding Oromiya region on Tuesday (June 30), police and a doctor said. The unrest spotlights growing divisions in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Oromo powerbase […]

France says its army killed al-Qaeda's Abdelmalek Droukdel

No immediate confirmation from al-Qaeda as French minister says Abdelmalek Droukdel killed in northern Mali operation. France said on Friday that its military has killed al-Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key fighter who its forces had been hunting for more than seven years, during an operation in Mali. “On June 3, French army […]

Cameroonian journalist Samuel Wazizi dies in gov't detention

Media watchdog calls Samuel Wazizi’s death ‘the worst crime against a journalist in the past 10 years in Cameroon’. Cameroonian journalist Samuel Wazizi, who was arrested in August for criticising the government’s handling of a separatist revolt, has died in detention, rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said.   Wazizi worked for CMTV, a […]

Ghana ruling party nominates President Akufo-Addo for re-election

Akufo-Addo from New Patriotic Party will contest against former President John Mahama for the third consecutive time. Ghana’s governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has picked incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo as its presidential candidate in this year’s election, setting up a third consecutive head-to-head battle against former President John Dramani Mahama. Akufo-Addo, 76, unseated Mahama in 2016 […]

Ethiopia to fill Nile dam in July even if 'no agreement reached'

Ethiopia remains undeterred from filling contentious reservoir while talks with Sudan and Egypt remain deadlocked. Ethiopia has reiterated it will start filling the reservoir of a controversial dam on the Nile – that has been at the centre of a decade-long dispute in East Africa – even without an agreement from Egypt and Sudan. The […]

Ugandan campaigners seek to decolonise Kampala's streets

Petition urging removal of names of British colonial figures from streets and landmarks to be taken to Parliament. A campaign to rename street names in Uganda’s capital has gained traction as the Black Lives Matter protests and decolonisation movement that erupted after the US police killing of George Floyd sweep the globe. Launched on June […]

Armed group abducts 10 aid workers in southwestern Niger

NGO says its workers were distributing food when unidentified gunmen drove in and forced the victims to follow them. Unidentified gunmen have abducted 10 humanitarian aid workers as they were distributing food in a village in southwestern Niger, their NGO said in a statement. Kadidiatou Harouna, of the Action and Impact Progress (APIS), said on […]

DR Congo announces fresh Ebola outbreak in country's northwest

Newest outbreak of disease, the 11th recorded in DRC’s history, comes as epidemic in country’s east is still ongoing. Health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have reported a fresh Ebola outbreak in the country’s northwest, just weeks before they hoped to declare the end of another Ebola epidemic in the country’s east. […]