Sunday, 19 Jan 2020


Libya oil exports blocked, raising stakes for Berlin peace summit

BERLIN (AFP) – Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country’s main ports on Saturday (Jan 18), raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation. The move to cripple the country’s main income source was a protest […]

How West Africa is under threat from Islamist militants

France’s president and his counterparts from the Sahel region are due to meet to discuss military operations against Islamist militants in West Africa. We look at the figures behind the conflict, which is slipping out of control. Attacks on army positions and civilians across the region are occurring with increasing regularity, despite the presence of […]

Tripoli attack toll hits 30 as battle escalates

The death toll from an airstrike that slammed into a military facility in Libya’s capital climbed to at least 30 people, most of them military trainees, as fighting over control of Tripoli between rival armed groups escalated. Eastern Libyan forces led by General Khalifa Hifter launched an offensive in April to take the capital from […]

Gambia reconciliation process to look into former leader's abuses

The Gambia’s truth and reconciliation commission for Yaya Jammeh-era crimes opened Monday. Will it work? Serrekunda, The Gambia – When Ebrima Chongan was confronted by a cadre of mutinying soldiers near Banjul on July 22, 1994, it was a matter of shoot or die. A former commander of the Gendarmerie, he knew some of the […]

Riot police deployed at DRC electoral body before vote result

Violence feared as election commission prepares to announce presidential poll results marred by accusations of fraud. Riot police deployed at the electoral commission headquarters in Kinshasa on Wednesday amid fears of a disputed result in Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential election marked by accusations of vote fraud. The tally could be announced later in the day […]

Gabon soldiers seize national radio station in coup attempt

Minister says government in control and plotters detained by elite force after takeover attempt by ‘Patriotic Movement’. Soldiers in Gabon have attempted a coup, announcing the establishment of a “restoration council” after taking over the national radio station. But the communications minister later on Monday announced most of the renegade military officers had been arrested […]

DR Congo internet restored after 20-day suspension over elections

DR Congo government officials shut off internet and SMS services nationwide to prevent election result ‘chaos’. The internet is working again in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being blocked since December 31 in a likely attempt to dampen speculation about the presidential election results.  Barnabe Kikaya bin Karubi, a senior adviser to President Joseph Kabila, […]

New York Times faces Twitter backlash for Nairobi attack coverage

Newspaper’s use of graphic images of victims sparks online fury and allegations of disrespectful and biased reporting. As Kenya reels from the deadly attack on an upmarket hotel in capital Nairobi that killed 14 people, a controversy over a New York Times (NYT) article has added to the anger. Many Kenyans have taken to Twitter […]

Tributes pour in for Zimbabwean Afro-jazz legend Oliver Mtukudzi

One of Africa’s most renowned musicians, Mtukudzi’s lyrics often carried social messages about HIV/AIDS and politics. Tributes are flowing for Zimbabwean musician Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, a star of Afro-jazz who won a following across Africa and beyond after he died on Wednesday aged 66. According to various local media reports, the self-taught guitarist passed away at […]