Saturday, 25 Jan 2020

Africa

French army denies ISIS claim for deadly Mali crash that killed 13 soldiers

PARIS (AFP) – An ambush by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants did not cause a collision between two French army helicopters which left 13 soldiers dead in Mali, France’s military chief of staff said on Friday (Nov 29). ISIS’ West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for Monday’s accident, the heaviest single loss for […]

Thousands demand justice for Sudan protesters

Thousands of people have protested in Sudan to demand justice for pro-democracy demonstrators who were killed earlier this year. The crowd gathered outside the presidential palace in the capital, Khartoum, on Thursday. They chanted slogans, waved flags, and also called for the appointment of new senior judiciary officials. Sudan has been in turmoil since long-time […]

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 […]