Fears of violence in Nigeria ahead of Saturday vote

With the presidential and legislative elections just days away, political watchers and voters fear spike in violence. Lagos, Nigeria – Fears of violence have gripped many in Nigeria days before the presidential and legislative elections on February 16 with at least five deaths reported so far in pre-poll clashes. On Sunday, five members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were […]

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Africa grapples with clean energy conundrum

Africa is both the world’s least electrified continent and the most vulnerable to climate change. And as the continent with the world’s fastest growing population, the decisions that African politicians make to boost power supplies could have an impact both locally and globally. The conundrum is how to meet the demand for energy without making the climate situation worse. There […]

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Ethiopian 18th Century crown returns home

An 18th Century Ethiopian crown has been returned home after being hidden in a Dutch flat for more than 20 years. Ethiopian Sirak Asfaw, who fled to the Netherlands in the late 1970s, found the crown in 1998 in the suitcase of a visitor and realised it was stolen. The management consultant protected it until he alerted a historian and […]

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WHO declares 'progress' in fight against coronavirus

CAIRO (AFP) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday (Feb 19) hailed “tremendous progress” in the fight against the deadly new coronavirus since it emerged in China in December. “We are making tremendous progress in a short period of time … trends are very encouraging but we are not at a turning point yet,” said Dr Richard Brennan, WHO’s […]

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Locust swarms cross into hunger-hit South Sudan

Swarms of desert locusts that have been devouring crops and pasture in the East Africa region have spread to South Sudan, the UN food agency says. Several million South Sudanese are already facing hunger as the country struggles to emerge from a civil war. The UN has warned that a food crisis could be looming in East Africa if the […]

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At least 20 killed in Niger aid stampede

At least 20 people, many of them women and children, have been killed in a stampede in south-eastern Niger, reports say. Refugees from neighbouring Nigeria were queuing for food and money in the town of Diffa when the incident took place, according to local sources. Ten other people were injured. The region is home to around 120,000 people displaced by […]

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Stars pay tribute to Queen of Katwe actress

Stars of the film Queen of Katwe have paid tribute to actress Nikita Pearl Waligwa who has died at the age of 15. Waligwa had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and died in hospital in Kampala on Sunday. She starred in the 2016 film which was based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy from a […]

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The ruthless gold mercenaries who run Sudan

The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been accused of widespread abuses in Sudan, including the 3 June massacre in which more than 120 people were reportedly killed, with many of the dead dumped in the River Nile. Sudan expert Alex de Waal charts their rise. The RSF are now the real ruling power in Sudan. They are a new kind […]

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Kenya mourns ‘iconic leader’ Daniel arap Moi

Kenyans are queuing up to view the body of the country’s longest-serving president, Daniel arap Moi, as it lies in state in the capital, Nairobi. Mr Moi, who led the country from 1978 to 2002, died on Tuesday at 95. Speaking before the body was taken through Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta called him an “iconic leader”. But he had a […]

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Embattled Jacob Zuma takes aim in rifle photo

South Africa’s embattled former President Jacob Zuma has found himself at the centre of fresh controversy after tweeting a photo of himself taking aim with a rifle. Its meaning was unambiguous, and provocative. A day after he had learned that a judge had issued an arrest warrant for him for failing to appear in court on corruption charges related to […]

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