Thursday, 23 Jan 2020

Africa

US puts two South Sudan ministers on sanctions list

Washington accuses ministers of defence and cabinet affairs of fomenting conflict. The United States government has imposed sanctions on two senior South Sudanese officials, accusing them of fomenting conflict in the country. Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro and Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Kuol Manyang Juuk were blacklisted for their role in […]

G5 Sahel leaders seek concrete measures to counter militant attacks

NIAMEY, NIGER (REUTERS) – The leaders of the G5 Sahel countries on Sunday (Dec 15) visited the graves of 71 Niger soldiers killed near the Mali border in the worst militant attack on security forces in Niger in memory. Islamic State claimed to have killed the soldiers in an attack on a remote military camp […]

Tiffany Haddish: Being black and Jewish

The Eritrean-American comedian Tiffany Haddish has celebrated her Bat Mitzvah. The Jewish coming-of-age ceremony – normally marked when a girl turns 12 – signifies a stepping into religious maturity, and a commitment to keep the commandments of the Torah, the first five books of the Bible containing the foundations of Jewish law. It was held […]

Algeria ex-PM wins race to succeed Bouteflika

Former Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been elected president in a vote marred by protests. The 74-year-old succeeds Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was forced to resign in April after two decades in power. Mr Tebboune took 58% of the votes in Thursday’s election, according to the head of the electoral commission. Mr Tebboune and the […]

Son of Angola’s ex-leader in ‘extraordinary’ trial

The son of the man who ruled Angola for 38 years has gone on trial for corruption in a rare case of such a high-profile official being taken to court. José Filomeno dos Santos and his co-accused helped spirit $0.5bn (£0.4bn) out of the country during his time as head of Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, […]

Flooding in western Uganda kills more than a dozen

Red Cross says at least 16 bodies recovered after torrential rain causes landslides in Bundibugyo district. At least 16 bodies have been recovered after torrential rain caused landslides in western Uganda, the Red Cross has said. “Our team continues to recover more bodies including some that are trapped by cocoa trees in Bundibugyo hills. It […]

The island nation with a novel way to tackle climate change

On board Darryl Green’s small fishing boat, just off the island of Praslin in the Seychelles, the water is so clear we can see the seabed. Brightly coloured fish swim around the hull. “You know at my age I’ve seen the fish size decrease dramatically,” the fisherman reminisces. He’s on board his boat with his […]

Africa-focused evangelist Reinhard Bonnke dies

German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who drew huge crowds in Africa over decades of preaching, has died aged 79. “He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family,” his wife Anni Bonnke said in a statement. The family lives in the United States but Bonnke was best-known for his work with the Christ For All Nations organisation […]

Rwanda cycling chief resigns amid scandal

The president of the Rwanda Cycling Federation has resigned after allegations of corruption and sexual abuse were made against the organisation. Aimable Bayingana and his entire executive team have stood down, according to reports. The Rwanda Investigative Bureau (RIB) said it was investigating the allegations but would not comment further. Mr Bayingana has denied any […]

At least 10 killed in Kenya bus attack claimed by al-Shabab

Seven police officers among the dead after gunmen attacked a bus in northeast Kenya, local media reported. At least 10 people, including several police officers, have been killed when gunmen attacked a bus in northeast Kenya. The vehicle belonging to the Medina Bus Company was attacked on Friday on a lonely stretch of road in the […]