Gabon soldiers seize national radio station in coup attempt

Minister says government in control and plotters detained by elite force after takeover attempt by ‘Patriotic Movement’. Soldiers in Gabon have attempted a coup, announcing the establishment of a “restoration council” after taking over the national radio station. But the communications minister later on Monday announced most of the renegade military officers had been arrested and the situation was under […]

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Mauritania President Ould Abdel Aziz marches to fight hate speech

President Ould Abdel Aziz launches rally aimed at dampening ethnic tensions between Arab-Berbers and Haratines. Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Wednesday called for the west African country to root out hate speech as he headed a rally aimed at dampening ethnic tensions. “The people who are behind this speech are a minority, but we have to put an […]

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DR Congo crisis deepens; African leaders congratulate Tshisekedi

African Union ‘postpones’ urgent trip to Congo after court confirmed Tshisekedi win, despite questions over the result. The political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo deepened on Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country’s “only legitimate president”. Fayulu’s supporters have alleged an […]

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The other JLo – the man taking on Africa’s richest woman

Joao Lourenço was supposed to be a relatively safe pair of hands. A liberation party stalwart, a veteran of Angola’s long wars, an ambitious but unremarkable Soviet-trained artillery general hand-picked by other generals, a man who would, surely, do nothing to rock the boat. That, at least, appeared to be the plan. When he took over as president of the […]

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Mnangagwa back in Zimbabwe, vows to probe protest crackdown

Zimbabwe’s president says raising fuel prices ‘right thing to do’, but violence by security forces will be investigated. Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will investigate wrongdoing by security forces in the wake of their brutal crackdown on nationwide protests. The president cut short a foreign tour and returned to Harare on Monday night to deal with the crisis. Police […]

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Sudan's army says it will 'not allow state to fall' amid protests

Army chief Kamal Abdul Maarouf says those leading demonstrations are hostile to Sudan and hurt the country’s image. The Sudanese army has said it will not allow the state to collapse following weeks of mass protests demanding an end to President Omar al-Bashir’s near 30-year rule. Some activists had been calling for the military to back the protesters and pressure […]

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Cleaner receives 15 years for stealing Morocco king's watches

RABAT (AFP) – A Moroccan court has sentenced a cleaner to 15 years in prison for the theft of dozens of luxury watches belonging to King Mohammed VI, her lawyer said. The 46-year-old woman worked in a royal household and the judgement was handed down overnight Friday to Saturday (Jan 25) at a court in the Moroccan capital, Rabat. She […]

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Angola’s Isabel dos Santos accused of fraud

Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been formally accused of embezzlement by prosecutors in Angola. Attorney General Helder Pitta Gros said the allegations related to her time as chairwoman of state oil firm Sonangol. Several other people have also been accused alongside Ms Dos Santos. Mr Pitta Gros said an international arrest warrant would be issued for all the […]

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The man who took Aung San Sui Kyi to the world court

Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou’s actions brought Aung San Sui Kyi to The Hague to deny that her government was committing a genocide. As the UN’s highest court is about to rule on the case, Anna Holligan takes a look at the man taking on the Nobel laureate. It was an unexpected detour that led Abubacarr Tambadou from his home […]

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SA’s first black world champion boxer dies

The first black South African to win a world boxing title has died at the age of 67. Peter Mathebula made history in 1980 when he beat fellow flyweight Tae-Shik Kim of South Korea at the World Boxing Association title fight in Los Angeles. His fearsome skill inside the ring earned him the nickname “Terror”. Mathebula had been “in and […]

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