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Ivory Coast's Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies

Coulibaly’s death throws Ivory Coast into uncertainty as he is also the ruling RHDP’s presidential candidate. Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister and the governing party’s candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France.  The 61-year-old, who had heart surgery in […]

Algeria buries remains of anti-colonial fighters after 150 years

The skulls of 24 combatants laid to rest after being repatriated from France where they were kept in a Parisian museum. Algeria buried the remains of 24 resistance fighters returned from Paris after more than a century and a half as it marked the 58th anniversary of its independence from France. The skulls of the […]

Zimbabwe calls US envoy 'thug' as anti-government protests loom

Ruling ZANU-PF accuses Ambassador Brian Nichols of ‘funding disturbances, coordinating violence and training fighters’. Zimbabwe’s ruling African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has called the US ambassador to the country a “thug” and accused him of funding the opposition ahead of this week’s planned anti-government protests. Patrick Chinamasa, a spokesman for ZANU-PF, told reporters on Monday […]

Russia to reopen its embassy in Libya, says FM Lavrov

Embassy head will temporarily be based in Tunisia, Interfax news agency cited Lavrov as saying ahead of Saleh meeting. Russia has decided to reopen its embassy in Libya although its head will temporarily be based in neighbouring Tunisia, Interfax news agency cited Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov as saying. Russia evacuated its diplomats from […]

South African police recapture all prisoners after mass escape

Sixty-eight prisoners broke out on Friday during routine physical exercise at the facility north of Cape Town. All 68 prisoners that escaped from a jail near Cape Town have been recaptured following a large-scale manhunt, a spokesman for the South African justice ministry has said.  The prisoners, who were awaiting trial, escaped around noon from […]

'Two killed' as soldiers block mourners from Hundeessaa's funeral

Two people reportedly shot dead, seven wounded as Ethiopian singer buried in town of Ambo. Two people were reported to have been killed and seven others injured when soldiers opened fire on mourners seeking to attend the funeral of popular Ethiopian musician and activist Haacaaluu Hundeessaa, according to a medical officer. Security was high in […]

West African mediation fails to reach deal to end Mali crisis

After Bamako visit by five regional presidents aimed at breaking deadlock, ECOWAS to hold virtual extraordinary summit. Unprecedented mediation efforts by five West African presidents in Mali have ended without a deal on how to resolve the country’s deepening political crisis. The leaders of Ghana, Ivory Coast, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal on Thursday headed to Bamako […]

UN calls for basic income to curb coronavirus spread in poor nations

JOHANNESBURG (BLOOMBERG) – The United Nations Development Programme proposed the immediate introduction of a temporary basic income that could stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic by allowing the world’s poorest people to stay at home. A six-month guaranteed handout for 2.7 billion living below or just above the poverty line in 132 developing countries […]

South African anti-apartheid icon Andrew Mlangeni dies at 95

Mlangeni, the last remaining co-defendant sentenced alongside Nelson Mandela in the Rivonia Trial, has died. South African anti-apartheid icon Andrew Mlangeni, the last remaining co-defendant of the historic Rivonia Trial that sentenced activists including Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment, has died at the age of 95. Who was Andrew Mlangeni? Mlangeni was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1963 […]

WHO sounds alarm at spread of coronavirus in Africa

WHO’s emergencies chief Michael Ryan expresses concern over COVID-19’s acceleration on the continent. The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced alarm on Monday at the spread of COVID-19 in Africa, warning South Africa’s surging numbers could be a “precursor” for outbreaks across the continent. “I am very concerned right now that we are beginning to see […]