Ethiopia PM: Singer Hundeessa killing part of plot to sow unrest

Hundeessa was shot dead in the capital Addis Ababa on Monday, sparking large protests in the country. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said the killing of a popular singer and subsequent violence that has left nearly 100 dead this week represented “coordinated attempts” to destabilise the country. Speaking during a meeting with high-ranking officials on Friday, Abiy did not […]

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France rejects new probe into killing of Rwanda's Habyarimana

The appeals court in Paris rejects a request to reopen a probe into the 1994 assassination of Rwanda’s president. French appeals judges have rejected a request to reopen an investigation into the 1994 assassination of Rwanda’s President Juvenal Habyarimana, which sparked the genocide that killed 800,000 people. Families of those who died when Habyarimana’s plane was shot down, including Habyarimana’s […]

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Twenty-six killed, village torched in central Mali attack

Attack targeted a Fulani village named Binedama in the volatile Mopti region, officials say. Twenty-six people were killed and a village burned in the volatile Mopti region in central Mali on Friday, according to officials. The attack targeted a Fulani village Binedama, said Aly Barry, an official from Tabital Pulaaku, a Fulani association. Two other local officials confirmed the attack and […]

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Burundi: Ex-president Nkurunziza to be buried in state funeral

Pierre Nkurunziza died at the age of 55 of what the government said was ‘heart failure’. Thousands of Burundians lined the road to the capital, Gitega, on Friday as the body of former president Pierre Nkurunziza was escorted under heavy security for a state funeral after his death earlier this month. Nkurunziza, who ruled the country for almost 15 years, […]

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DR Congo police use tear gas on protesters outside parliament

People take to the street for second consecutive day to protest against proposed changes to the judiciary. Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) capital have fired tear gas for a second straight day to break up violent protests outside parliament over proposed changes in the judiciary. The demonstrators, some armed with petrol bombs, blocked traffic outside parliament […]

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South Africa partly lifts coronavirus lockdown to revive economy

Numerous businesses allowed to reopen as millions face hunger due to the shuttering of the economy. South Africa partly lifted a two-month-old coronavirus lockdown on Monday, letting people outside for work, worship, exercise or shopping, and allowing mines and factories to run at full capacity to try to revive the economy. President Cyril Ramaphosa was widely praised when he ordered […]

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Malawi votes in a historic presidential election rerun

Six million registered to take part in the poll after incumbent Mutharika’s re-election was annulled over rigging. Polls opened in Malawi on Tuesday in a hotly contested presidential vote, the second time in just over a year, after incumbent Peter Mutharika’s re-election was annulled over rigging. Polling stations opened at 6am (04:00 GMT) and will last for 12 hours. Some […]

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Thirteen killed in Ivory Coast landslide, others missing

Twenty houses swept away in Anyama after a drainage channel burst following torrential rains in the Abidjan suburb. At least 13 people have died and several others are missing in a landslide near Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan after a drainage channel burst following torrential rains. “The provisional death toll is 13 and searches are continuing,” Abidjan’s Prefect Vincent Toh […]

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20 soldiers, 40 civilians killed in attacks Nigeria's Borno state

Islamic State West Africa Province claim twin attacks, which burned down a UN humanitarian hub and police station. At least 20 soldiers and more than 40 civilians have been killed, and hundreds have been injured in twin attacks in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state on Saturday, residents and a civilian task force fighter said. The attacks, in the Monguno and Nganzai […]

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Ethiopian parliament allows PM Abiy to stay in office beyond term

The move comes after elections scheduled for August were postponed in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Ethiopia’s parliament has approved allowing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to stay in office beyond his mandate after elections planned for August were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The vote on Wednesday – 114 in favour, four against and one abstention – came two days […]

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