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Cameroonian muslims defy government’s coronavirus prayer restrictions

Muslims in Cameroon have defied and are protesting government restrictions on prayer attendance at mosques, imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which has so far been confirmed in 92 people in less than a month.The Muslims say the...

Cameroonians attack foreigners and diasporas over spread of coronavirus

Officials in Cameroon are calling on citizens to stop attacks on foreigners and visitors from the diaspora who are being blamed for an increase in coronavirus cases.The attacks began after some passengers on an Air France flight that landed...

Cameroon opposition raise alarm over attempt on leader’s life

Cameroon's main opposition party says the government is plotting to assassinate its leader, Maurice Kamto, three days after the party says an armed man tried to shoot him during a visit to the city of Garoua.The government has dismissed...

Cameroon records 2 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Cameroon said on Friday it has confirmed its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, a French national who arrived in the capital Yaounde in February and a Cameroonian who came in contact with him.Cameroon is the first central...

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 an attack in the country's troubled Anglophone region.HRW alleges that government forces along with Fulani...

Turkish immigration officials wrap a Cameroonian in bubble wrap to be deported

A Cameroonian businessman Emmanuel Chedjou, 47 was carried onto a Turkish Airlines plane wrapped in bubble wrap to be deported from Turkey, for allegedly having a fake visa.Emmanuel Fosso Someon Chedjou, a shoe seller from Cameroon’s commercial capital Douala,...

UN calls for independent investigation into Cameroon anglophone village massacre

The UN called on Cameroon Tuesday to conduct an independent investigation into the "shocking" killing of 23 villagers in a troubled English-speaking region and to ensure the perpetrators be held accountable.Citing information from UN colleagues on the ground, the UN rights...

Equatorial Guinea tells UN, France illegally seized its ‘embassy’

Lawyers for Equatorial Guinea told United Nations judges Monday that French authorities illegally seized a mansion in Paris that the African nation insists operated as its embassy. The building was seized as part of a money laundering investigation into...

Opposition blame army for the massacre of 14 children, 6 others in Cameroon Anglophone

A massacre in an anglophone region of Cameroon left up to 22 villagers dead including 14 children, the UN said Sunday, with an opposition party blaming the killings on the army.Armed men carried out the bloodshed on Friday in...

Opposition leader Maurice Kamto say wanted an inclusive Cameroon

The leader of Cameroon opposition MRC party that boycotted the parliamentary and local elections said that the Anglophone crisis was "a major reason" for the decision.Ongoing conflict between Cameroon's mainly French-speaking government and separatist fighters demanding independence for the...
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Ethiopia's electoral board has postponed August’s highly anticipated general election because of current coronavirus pandemic.A new schedule would be...
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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...