Tunisia set to hold second free presidential poll

Tunisia is set to hold its second free presidential poll since the 2011 uprising that toppled ex-president Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring. It was brought forward from November after the death in July of Beji Caid Essebsi, the first democratically elected president, who took office in 2014. Twenty-six candidates, including two women, are running in the election. It […]

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Gambian ex-president to face prosecution for corruption

BANJUL (AFP) – The Gambian government on Friday (Sept 13) said it intended to prosecute former president Yahya Jammeh on allegations of theft and corruption. Jammeh, who ruled the tiny West African state for 22 years, fled the country in January 2017 after losing presidential elections and initially refusing to step down. The former president acquired more than 280 private […]

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How Paris got a taste for second-hand style from Africa

Unloved cast-offs sent to Togo’s markets by charity shops in Europe are given a second life by a canny vintage dealer in Paris. “They’re sending them to Africa and most of it we don’t need here – like coats and furs. I select it with my guys, send it back to Europe and we sell it,” says Amah Ayivi. Much […]

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Sharp rise in South Africa murder and sex offences

Sexual offences and murder rates have risen significantly in South Africa over the past year, according to new official crime figures. Murders recorded by the police have been rising every year for the last decade, and sexual offences including rape have risen 4.6% this year. The release of the figures comes amid growing concern about violence against women after a […]

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UK ‘threats’ over Indian Ocean islands

The British government has been accused of threatening a close ally in an increasingly bitter diplomatic tug-of-war over the fate of a tiny, strategic archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The dispute over the Chagos Islands – home to the US military base on Diego Garcia – is being portrayed by some as an indication of Britain’s waning […]

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How ‘rock star’ Pope wowed Africa

Pope Francis drew huge crowds during his three-nation visit to Africa, reflecting the growth of the Roman Catholic Church on the continent. This was his fourth visit to Africa since he became the pontiff in 2013. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, visited just twice during his eight-year papacy. The BBC’s Religion Editor Martin Bashir accompanied Pope Francis on his visit […]

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African migration ‘a trickle’ thanks to trafficking ban

The number of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean for Europe has been dropping and that is partly because of tougher measures introduced on the migrant routes, as Mike Thomson reports from Niger. In a small dusty courtyard near the centre of Agadez, a town on the fringes of the Sahara desert, Bachir Amma, eats lunch with his family. A […]

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Tunisian women absent from presidential campaign

TUNIS (AFP) – Tunisia has long been seen as a pioneer for women’s rights in the Arab world, but on the eve of presidential elections, women are calling this reputation into question. “Men promise a lot to women. But when Mr Moustache arrives in power, nothing happens,” said Feryel Charfeddine, head of Calam, an association fighting violence against women. Whether […]

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Twenty-nine killed in two attacks in Burkina Faso

Government struggling to contain insurgency that has spread from the West African country’s north to east. At least 29 people were killed in two separate incidents in Burkina Faso’s troubled north on Sunday after a food convoy and a transport truck were attacked, the government said. One vehicle transporting people and goods “rode over an improvised explosive device (IED) in […]

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