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DR Congo struggle to dislodge armed groups

DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October aimed at fulfilling a pledge by President Felix Tshisekedi to root out the armed groups that infest the east of the vast country.Today, the much-trumpeted campaign seems to have made only...

Mass arrests in Ethiopia raise fear of return to repressive past

Ethiopia has detained more than 9,000 people after deadly clashes last month, the state-run human rights commission said, raising fears that a government hailed for reforms is returning to the iron-fisted tactics of past administrations.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who...

Veteran Ugandan opposition, Kizza Besigye opts out of 2021 general election

Veteran Ugandan opposition leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye, has left his party at crossroads after the four-time presidential aspirant, refused to carry the party’s flag in the 2021 General Election.Dr Besigye, who has challenged President Museveni for the country’s presidency...

Condemnation trail Somalia new bill seeking to allow child and forced marriage

Somalia’s parliament has sparked outrage by replacing long-awaited legislation to protect women and girls from violence with a new bill permitting child and forced marriage.The east African nation has high rates of child marriage and violence against women, including...

Three persons handed 30 years jail term for throwing stone at president’s convoy

Three people have been sentenced to 30 years in prison in Burundi after being accused of throwing stones at the president’s convoy. The sentence has caused an outcry, but the governor says he thinks there will be “changes in...

Scores killed as South Sudan’s disarmament program erupts in violence

At least 81 people have been killed in the South Sudan region of Warrap State following heavy fighting between armed civilians and government forces carrying out a disarmament exercise, the military’s spokesman said on Tuesday.Lul Ruai Koang told Reuters...

Ethiopia officials say at least 10 died in protests over autonomy

At least 10 people died in clashes between protesters and security forces in Ethiopia’s southern region on Monday, health officials said, the latest violence as myriad ethnic groups clamour for more autonomy.The protests were sparked by Sunday’s arrest of...

Military base in Somali capital rocked by bomb blast, at least 8 dead

A huge blast rocked a military base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu near a stadium on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 14, emergency workers said.Soldiers opened fire after the explosion which sent clouds of smoke into the...

Lightning strikes again for Tanzanian miner with another huge gem find

Lightning has struck again for a small-scale miner in Tanzania Laizer Saninu, who became an overnight millionaire over a month ago when he unearthed two of the biggest rough tanzanite gemstones ever found.The now famous miner, Saninu struck it...

South Africa urges for talks on Nile dam to continue despite obstacles

South Africa, current mediator in a long-running feud over Ethiopia's dam on the Blue Nile, on Thursday urged talks to continue despite threats of suspension and walkout.Egypt on Tuesday called for a halt in the talks while Sudan threatened...
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ReutersMore than two weeks after heavy rains hit Senegal, thigh-high stagnant water still fills streets in Dakar’s suburbs, as...
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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...

Ouattara party dares Ivorians, says will hold election with or without opposition

ReutersIvory Coast’s ruling party said on Tuesday it will push ahead with the October election regardless of whether the opposition participate, comments likely to...

Egypt’s Sisi committed to ridding Libya of militia, regional interference

ReutersEgypt is committed to helping Libyans “rid their country of armed militias and terrorist organizations, and put an end to the blatant interference of...