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Leading Ethiopia opposition activist, Jawar Mohammed slammed with terror charges

Associated PressEthiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 others with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other crimes, the attorney general’s office announced Saturday. They could face life in prison if convicted.They will appear in...

Cargo plane crashes at Mogadishu’s Aden Adde airport

A cargo plane operated by Kenya’s Silverstone Air has crash-landed in Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu adding to four the number of Kenyan aircraft that have suffered air crash incidents in Somalia this year alone.There was s no...

Somali president names new PM as elections loom

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has picked political newcomer Mohamed Hussein Roble as prime minister, his office said on Friday, cementing power around the presidency ahead of elections due next year.Roble studied civil engineering and previously worked for the...

Militia attacks in western Ethiopia leave more than 30 dead

ReutersArmed militia men killed more than 30 people in the Metakal zone of Ethiopia's Benishangul-Gumuz region, a senior opposition leader said on Thursday, the latest security headache for reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government.The attacks, whose victims included women...

Over 200 inmates escape Uganda jail, some with guns

ReutersPrisoners in a Ugandan jail overpowered their guards and 219 of them escaped with at least 15 guns, but two were killed after security forces launched an operation to recapture them, a military spokeswoman said on Thursday.The inmates escaped...

Hotel Rwanda hero charged, declines to plead to terrorism charges

A Rwandan court on Monday charged Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” with terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming an armed rebel group.Rusesabagina, credited with saving more than 1,000 lives during the 1994 genocide, appeared in...

Three killed as suicide bomber detonates outside Somali mosque

At least three people were killed and seven others were wounded following a suicide bomb attack outside a mosque in Kismayo in southern Somalia on Friday, according to official.The dead included a security guard and two civilians, one of...

Rights group insists ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero was forcibly taken

Paul Rusesabagina sounded strained. The man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving people from genocide but is now accused of terrorism in Rwanda was speaking to his family for the first time since being paraded in handcuffs...

Armed militia kill 58 in Ituri province, eastern DR Congo

Fifty-eight people have been killed in attacks in a restive province of eastern DR Congo, local officials said on Thursday, blaming a notorious militia.Large numbers of the population have fled following the attacks in Irumu, a territory in the...

Ethiopia’s Tigray region defies PM Abiy with ‘illegal’ election

Ageing war veterans and university students joined long pre-dawn lines in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region to vote Wednesday in parliamentary elections that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government has deemed illegal.Polls opened at 6am (0300 GMT) across the mountainous northern...
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Post coup Mali interim president and vice sworn in

ReutersRetired colonel Bah Ndaw was sworn in as Mali’s interim president on Friday, tasked with presiding over an 18-month...
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Migrants stranded in Libya face vicious cycle of cruelty

Associated PressAmnesty International said Thursday that thousands of Europe-bound migrants who were intercepted and returned to Libyan shores this year have disappeared after being...

Unusually heavy rains in Senegal expose big gap in $1.4B flood plan

ReutersMore than two weeks after heavy rains hit Senegal, thigh-high stagnant water still fills streets in Dakar’s suburbs, as angry residents ask what happened...

Fmr French president Sarkozy to know fate in cash-from-Libya case

AFPA Paris appeals court will rule Thursday on a legal challenge by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and former aides against an investigation into claims that...

US Secretary of States pushes for breakthrough on Sudan deal

AFPWith weeks to go before US elections, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is racing to make a breakthrough with Sudan that he hopes could...