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Coronavirus force Ethiopia to shift election

Ethiopia's electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of current coronavirus pandemic.A new schedule would be announced once the threat of...

Boy 13, shot dead in Kenya by police enforcing curfew

The bullet struck the 13-year-old as he stood on the balcony of his family’s home with his siblings. Below, police officers moved through the...

Foreigners in East Africa face hostility over coronavirus

Panic over the global coronavirus pandemic has led to reports of discrimination against foreign nationals in East Africa.From Ethiopia, to Kenya and the Democratic...

Tunisia frees 1,420 prisoners over coronavirus

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied on Tuesday ordered the release of 1,420 prisoners in an amnesty to combat the spread of the coronavirus in prisons,...

MTN to go ahead with Nigeria stock sale amid market crisis

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus...

Effort to combat coronavirus force Kenya to restore internet to opposition hotspot

Ethiopia is restoring the internet in western parts of the country in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.Services have been blocked for...

West Africa

Sierra Leone ex-minister charged with treason after taking a gun to State house

A Sierra Leonean former minister has been charged with treason for walking into the president's house with a gun...

North Africa

Libya: Haftar forces capture Syrian mercenary recruited by Turkey

A video shared by Libyan National Army (LNA) allied to Gen. Khalifa Haftar, shows an alleged Syrian mercenary talking about being recruited by Turkey...

Libya battles escalate amid report of first coronavirus case

An intense bombardment shook Tripoli on Wednesday as new battles erupted around the capital hours after Libya reported its first case of coronavirus and...

Human Rights Watch says Egypt security torturing children

Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Egyptian security forces of torturing children in jails, saying it was typical of "the brutal security tactics" employed...

Five killed in attacks in Tripoli despite calls for truce over virus spread

At least five civilians were killed, including two members of the same family, by heavy shelling in Libya’s capital of Tripoli on Monday, officials...

Central Africa

Human Rights Watch say Cameroon forces ‘massacred civilians’

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Cameroonian forces of killing at least 21 civilians - including 13 children and one pregnant woman - in...

East Africa

Effort to combat coronavirus force Kenya to restore internet to opposition hotspot

Ethiopia is restoring the internet in western parts of the country in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.Services have been blocked for...

Water crisis may sabotage Zimbabwe’s coronavirus lockdown

Dozens of Zimbabweans stand close to each other in a long queue, patiently waiting at a borehole in Harare's middle-class Mabelreign suburb to collect...

Sierra Leone ex-minister charged with treason after taking a gun to State house

A Sierra Leonean former minister has been charged with treason for walking into the president's house with a gun ahead of a meeting on...

Zimbabwe sets aside $600m to mitigate impact of covid-19 on the poor

Zimbabwe said it has set aside over $600 million to cover one million vulnerable households under a cash transfer programme for the next three...

Southern Africa

Zimbabwe sets aside $600m to mitigate impact of covid-19 on the poor

Zimbabwe said it has set aside over $600 million to cover one million vulnerable households under a cash transfer...

Mozambicans in hundreds flee Islamist militants in the north

Hundreds of people are arriving in the Mozamican city of Pemba, mostly by boat, from areas attacked by Islamist...

Zimbabweans fear starving to death at home as 21-day coronavirus lockdown looms

Zimbabweans braced on Sunday for a three-week lock-down to curb the spread of the coronavirus which has killed one...

Zimbabwe to impose 21-day lockdown from Monday to combat coronavirus

Zimbabwe will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Monday to help curb the spread of the coronavirus,...

Coronavirus cases in S/Africa now 1,170 as bus taking tourists to testing facility breaks down

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has gone up to 1, 170, this is even as...

Entertainment

Conspiracy theories spread over Nipsey Hussle shooting

Amid glowing tributes, shock and sadness, conspiracy theories have circulated online in response to the shooting of Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Legendary South African Jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

Legendary South African jazz musician, Bra Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78. According a story from Timeslive, Bra Hugh's family issued a...

Kanye West hands out sneakers to kids in Uganda

Children can be heard chanting "Kanye" and "Welcome Kanye West" as the US rapper is seen handing out pairs of his branded...

Must Read

Oxfam report criticizes EU aid money for Africa say it may harm, not help

European aid money earmarked for development in Africa is increasingly tied to how well countries can block their own citizens from trying to migrate...

UN Security council votes to restore Western Sahara mission

The UN Security Council on Friday voted to restore the UN mission in disputed Western Sahara but was divided over the steps demanded from...

 

Pope Francis and leader of Anglican Church to make trip to South Sudan

Pope Francis said on Sunday he wants to make a trip to South Sudan together with the head of the Anglican Church to bring...

ANC parliamentarian Boy Mamabolo apologises to Malema over domestic violence claim

ANC parliamentarian Boy Mamabolo has apologised to EFF leader Julius Malema and his wife Mantoa for his claim that Malema had beaten his spouse.Mamabolo...

Ban Ki Moon welcomes progress in carrying out political accord in DRC

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the first concrete progress in implementing a historic political agreement in the Democratic Republic of...

Africa Focus

Millions enter lockdown in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, as Africa steps up virus fight

More than 20 million Nigerians on Monday went into lockdown in sub-Saharan Africa's biggest city Lagos and the capital Abuja, as the continent struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus.President Muhammadu Buhari ordered a two-week “cessation of all movements”...

Black box shows fire on board probable cause for EgyptAir crash

Egyptian investigators said Wednesday that wreckage from the EgyptAir flight that crashed in May shows "signs of damage because of high temperature" and that...

Train services on Tanzania-Zambia route suspended over strike in Zambia

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) on Wednesday announced an indefinite suspension of all train services between Dar es Salaam, New Kapiri Mposhi and Nakonde...

Kanye West hands out sneakers to kids in Uganda

Children can be heard chanting "Kanye" and "Welcome Kanye West" as the US rapper is seen handing out pairs of his branded...

Two South Africans test positive for coronavirus

Two South African nationals working aboard a cruise ship quarantined at sea have contracted coronavirus, according to the country's health ministry.It quoted Japanese officials...

Video News

Cairo’s poor fight back against government relocation efforts

Egyptian authorities destroyed the houses of some of Cairo’s poorest last week in a grab for land rumoured to be slated for development by...

Liberians in USA grapple with possible loss of legal status

As snow blanketed African markets, churches and graves in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in February, members of the Liberian community were praying...

Libya’s LNA says ready to battle Turkish forces if talks fail

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar vowed on Friday to fight Turkish forces if peace talks in Geneva failed, in comments to a Russian news agency.The...

Protest erupt in Morocco after 2 brothers die in ‘mines of death’

In the neglected northern Moroccan mining city of Jerada, hundreds of people risk their lives every day to scrape a meagre living from perilous...

Gunmen kidnap Mozambique businessman

Unidentified gunmen have kidnapped a wealthy businessman, Issufo Satar in the city of Chimoio in central Mozambique.An eyewitness told reporters that Issufo Satar, who...

Nigerian ‘Jeff Sessions’ Imposter Faces Prison

Nigerian scam syndicate Karim Oluwaseyi created a Gmail account to impersonate U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Now, Oluwaseyi has been charged...

Business & Finance

MTN to go ahead with Nigeria stock sale amid market crisis

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus...

Tunisia prints new banknote featuring first female doctor in North Africa

The Central Bank of Tunisia announced on Thursday that the new 10 Tunisian dinar note would feature female doctor Tewhida ben Sheikh, a first...

UNDP warns that half of jobs in Africa could be lost to coronavirus

The United Nations Development Programme has issued a call to action from the international community to assist developing countries with the enormous fallout they...

World Bank, IMF clear Somalia for debt relief

The IMF and the World Bank on Wednesday said Somalia had taken the necessary steps to begin receiving debt relief, a key move that...

Zimbabwe inflation rockets to 540 percent

Zimbabwe's annual inflation soared to over 500% in February, the country's statistical agency said on Monday, releasing its first consumer price data since June...

Sport News

Tokyo Olympic games 2020, moved to summer 2021

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed on Tuesday to 2021, the first such delay in the Games’ 124-year modern history, as the coronavirus crisis wrecked...

Drogba to fans; take coronavirus very serious

With the world on a standstill, the African legend thinks the spread of the virus is being taken lightly by everyoneChelsea legend Didier Drogba...

Mikel blasts Trabzonspor over coronavirus handling and say they don’t care

Former Nigerian international and Chelsea star, John Mikel Obi returned to his family in England after protesting at Turkish football's continuation during the Covid-19...

Sadio Mane donates €45,000 to help Senegal fight coronavirus

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has made a donation of 30 millions FCFA - around 45,000 euros (£41,000) - to the national committee fighting against...

World Bank, IMF clear Somalia for debt relief

The IMF and the World Bank on Wednesday said Somalia had taken the necessary steps to begin receiving debt relief, a key move that...

Zimbabwe inflation rockets to 540 percent

Zimbabwe's annual inflation soared to over 500% in February, the country's statistical agency said on Monday, releasing its first consumer price data since June...

Africa’s tallest building – The Leonardo opens in South Africa

Africa’s tallest building - and one of the most exclusive hotels in Sandton, South Africa, The Leonardo - finally opened its doors on Tuesday,...

South African economy goes into recession

Widespread power cuts are blamed for pushing South Africa’s economy, the continent’s most industrialized, into recession, according to official statistics released Tuesday.The South African...