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Nigeria’s revered emir dethroned for ‘disrespect’

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, one of Nigeria’s most influential Muslim traditional leaders, has been removed from his throne. He was deposed for showing “insubordination” to the authorities in the northern state of Kano. Mr Sanusi, an ex-central bank chief, has had frosty relations with Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje since 2017. His supporters […]

‘We were deported from the US to the wrong country’

Saren Idaho said he has no connection to Sierra Leone and had never been to the country until he was deported there from the US six months ago. “I know nobody here,” lamented the 55-year-old father of two. Looking unwell and struggling to walk, he sat down on a plastic chair in his sparsely furnished […]

The fake coronavirus stories spreading in Africa

As cases of the coronavirus increase around the world, there’s been a flurry of misleading or false news stories emerging, as well. There have been relatively few confirmed cases of the virus in Africa so far, but the authorities in some countries in the continent are still having to deal with misinformation. 1. No, you […]

Coronavirus: South Africa to airlift 151 from virus-infected China within days

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – South Africa will evacuate 151 citizens from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan within days, the health minister said on Sunday (March 1), as the death toll and number of infected worldwide mounted. The virus has spread to more than 60 countries around the globe – killing nearly 3,000 people and sickening […]

UN tells Tunisia to free Libya sanctions expert

Official involved in monitoring arms embargo on Libya arrested in Tunisia despite having diplomatic immunity, UN says. The United Nations says a member of its panel of experts monitoring sanctions against Libya has been arrested in Tunisia despite having diplomatic immunity. Moncef Kartas, a Tunisian national, was arrested after arriving at Tunis airport on Tuesday, […]

Somalia: At least 15 dead in al-Shabab assault on Mogadishu

Plumes of smoke seen near labour ministry in downtown Mogadishu following blasts and gunfight. A gun battle between Somalia’s security forces and the armed group al-Shabab in the capital, Mogadishu, has ended, leaving 15 people dead, including the country’s deputy labour minister, police said. Al-Shabab gunmen on Saturday stormed Somalia’s ministries of labour and works […]

Algeria's Bouteflika warns against 'chaos' amid ongoing protests

President welcomes peaceful protests but cautions against foreign, domestic attempts to ‘stir sedition, spread chaos’. Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has warned that the ongoing protests against his reelection campaign risk being exploited by “internal and external” parties attempting to disrupt the country’s stability. Tens of thousands of Algerians have taken part in nationwide protests since […]

'Scores killed' after attack in central Mali village

Local officials say early morning attack leaves at least 110 dead, amid worsening ethnic violence in parts of Mali. Armed men have killed more than 100 people in central Mali, according to local officials, in what is one of the deadliest attacks in a country plagued by worsening ethnic violence and the rise of armed […]

Cyclone Idai destroys Zimbabwe farms, deepening food crisis

Farmers say cyclone winds and floods destroyed fields in Chipinge and Chimanimani, worsening Zimbabwe’s food insecurity. Chipinge, Zimbabwe – Flash floods and landslides triggered earlier this month by Cyclone Idai has destroyed large tracts of cornfields in Zimbabwe’s agricultural Manicaland and Masvingo provinces, heightening food insecurity in the southern African country. Farmers in the worst-affected villages […]

Algerians mobilise for mass anti-Bouteflika protests

Tens of thousands demonstrate across Algeria in a bid to keep up the pressure on ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Tens of thousands of Algerians have defied large contingents of riot police and resumed mass demonstrations against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s bid to extend his 20-year rule. A rally on Friday in the capital, Algiers, was […]