DR Congo health minister resigns in Ebola row

The health minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo has resigned in protest at the handling of the Ebola outbreak in the east of the country. In his resignation letter, Oly Ilunga condemned a decision by President Félix Tshisekedi to replace him as the head of the Ebola response team. He also criticised what he described as outside pressure to […]

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Congo’s Health Minister Resigns Over Ebola Approach

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The health minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo resigned on Monday after he had been stripped of responsibility for managing the country’s Ebola outbreak, potentially paving the way for the introduction of a second vaccine to contain the spreading disease. The minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga, had overseen the nearly year-old response to what […]

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The corruption fighter taking on South Africa’s president

South Africa’s corruption watchdog is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Just three years into the job, there have already been two attempts to remove Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office. She has faced public scrutiny, accusations of political bias and has most recently become the subject of a scathing finding by the country’s constitutional court. The latest of her controversies […]

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With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in Somalia

When a small car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the bustling port city of Bosaso in northern Somalia, local news reports chalked it up to Islamist militants retaliating for American airstrikes. At least eight people were wounded, and a local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility. The attack, however, may have also been part of a very different […]

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Making peace with ‘Africa’s North Korea’

Rarely is history made so vividly and swiftly. Two nations that were bitter enemies for half a century, who fought wars that left tens of thousands dead and many more displaced, have embraced peace in the space of a few days. This is very big news not only for Africa. The rapprochement between Ethiopia and its smaller neighbour Eritrea offers […]

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Kenya’s Bible plan to tackle corruption

In our series of letters from African journalists, Kenyan Joseph Warungu looks at the new strategy by the country’s anti-corruption body to use the Bible to deter theft of public funds. You know you are in deep trouble when nothing else can save you except prayer. That’s where Kenya is at the moment. The country is sinking into deep debt, […]

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S African president fights back in corruption row

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is mounting a legal challenge against an official report that concluded he had deliberately misled parliament over a campaign donation. He said the report by the country’s corruption watchdog was “fundamentally and irretrievably flawed”. Speaking to reporters, he also said it was appropriate for courts to make an impartial judgment on the matter. […]

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Ethiopia: At least 17 killed in violence over Sidama autonomy

A local official says 13 people were killed a day after hospital authorities reported four died of gunshot wounds. At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between Ethiopian security forces and activists seeking a new autonomous region for their Sidama ethnic group, according to a local official and hospital authorities. A local district official told Reuters news agency […]

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South Africa’s Ramaphosa accused in corruption row

South Africa’s watchdog has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of misleading parliament and potential money laundering over a campaign donation. Mr Ramaphosa has previously denied any wrongdoing. His supporters say the allegations made by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane are politically motivated. The scandal is seen as part of a larger power struggle within the governing party, reports the BBC’s Andrew Harding […]

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Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Borno state ambush

Attacks came hours after local military chief warns ‘terrorists’ in the region to disarm or be destroyed. Six soldiers have been killed in an ambush by rebel fighters in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, two military sources told the AFP news agency on Thursday. Heavily armed fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group opened fire on a patrol […]

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