Saturday, 7 Dec 2019


Sudan’s revolutionaries pin hopes on new PM

Sudan’s pro-democracy movement has achieved its biggest victory – getting the junta to agree to a civilian government. The Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) have hammered out a deal with the generals who took power after the fall of long-serving ruler Omar al-Bashir. They have agreed to a 39-month transitional period. During this time, […]

Remembering the lost Jews of Sudan

A recent call by a minister in Sudan’s new government for Jewish people to return to the country and reclaim citizenship has shone a light on a small but once-thriving community. Oral historian Daisy Abboudi, herself descended from Sudanese Jews, has been talking to members of the community and collecting their photographs. David Gabra can […]

Zimbabwe ‘on brink of man-made starvation’ – UN

Zimbabwe is on the brink of man-made starvation, a UN official has warned. More than 60% of the country’s 14 million people are considered food-insecure, according to the findings. Hyperinflation, poverty, natural disasters and economic sanctions were among the identified causes. Women and children were “bearing the brunt of the crisis” with 90% of children […]

UN troops suspected in DR Congo protester’s death

The UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is opening an investigation after gathering evidence that its troops may have killed a protester, a spokesman says. The man died on Tuesday in the eastern city of Beni, where locals accuse the UN and government troops of failing to protect them from an Islamist […]

Why France is focused on fighting jihadists in Mali

As jihadist violence escalates in Mali, analyst Paul Melly considers if France can persuade the rest of Europe to join the deadly fight. Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly has called on fellow EU governments to despatch special forces to the Sahel, to help curb militant attacks that have killed more than 100 Malian troops in […]

Nigeria launches first national sex offenders register

Database of those convicted of sexual violence set up to help in efforts to tackle violence against women. Nigeria has launched its first national sexual offenders register, setting up a database of those convicted for sexual violence in a move seen as an important step towards clamping down on abuse. The “Sexual Offender Register” will contain […]

South Africa beat England to lift Rugby World Cup

Springboks secure their third World Cup trophy after dominating the final. South Africa have defeated England 32-12 to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup at the Yokohama International Stadium in Japan. Tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe and the goalkicking of Handre Pollard earned South Africa their third Rugby World Cup title on […]

DR Congo launches large-scale operation against rebels

Offensive against armed rebels comes as efforts to contain deadly Ebola virus outbreak are ongoing. Armed forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo said an offensive against rebel groups in the country’s east has been launched while efforts continue to contain a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus. Army spokesman General Leon Kasonga announced the large-scale […]

Ethiopia: Sidama people vote on forming new regional state

Polls open in a referendum on whether to create a semi-autonomous state in the restive Sidama region. People in southern Ethiopia’s Sidama region are voting in a referendum on whether to create a new regional state along ethnic lines. Polls opened at 6am (03:00 GMT) on Wednesday and will close at 6pm (15:00 GMT). Preliminary […]

South Africa: Monthlong UNHCR sit-in ends in violent eviction

Scores held after clashes at Pretoria compound of UN refugee agency where hundreds camped out to demand resettlement. Pretoria, South Africa – Close to 200 people have been arrested after clashes between foreign nationals and security forces broke out at the offices of the United Nations’ agency for refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria. In […]