UN’s COP22 climate conference in Morocco calls for ‘urgent’ action

UN’s COP22 climate conference in Morocco calls for ‘urgent’ action

The COP22 UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco wrapped up on Friday after nearly 200 nations made an urgent appeal for the “highest political commitment” to combat climate change. “We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” the 197 parties to the UN’s climate convention stated […]

Guinea-Bissau president dissolves government

Guinea-Bissau president dissolves government

Guinea-Bissau’s President Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the government on Monday in an attempt to solve a political succession crisis that has paralysed the tiny west African state. Guinea-Bissau has been in the throes of a power struggle since August 2015, when Vaz sacked then prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the ruling African Party […]

Ruling Islamists win new mandate in Moroccan election

Ruling Islamists win new mandate in Moroccan election

Morocco’s moderate ruling Islamist party has defeated a liberal rival seen as close to the royal palace in Friday’s parliamentary elections, increasing its share of seats in parliament, final results show. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 125 seats while the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) — which had campaigned against the “Islamisation” […]

Disillusioned Moroccan voters to snub parliamentary election

Disillusioned Moroccan voters to snub parliamentary election

Morocco’s October 7 election has been presented as a showdown between the ruling PJD party and a self-styled party of “modernity”. But on the streets of Casablanca, the country’s largest city, few people can be bothered to vote. Morocco heads to the polls Friday, and yet there is hardly any trace of the looming general […]

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance against government

South Sudan rebel chief urges armed resistance against government

A top South Sudanese opposition leader called Saturday for armed resistance to the government in Juba – a stance that suggests the troubled Central African nation could face a renewed civil war in the near future. Leader Riek Machar and top officials of the opposition SPLM-IO party issued a statement saying their forces would reorganize […]

European oil companies selling dirty fuel to Africa, report says

European oil companies selling dirty fuel to Africa, report says

European oil companies, especially Swiss commodity traders, are exploiting weak African fuel standards by selling toxic diesel and gasoline across the continent, a campaign group said Thursday. A three-year investigation published by Switzerland-based environmental and economic group Public Eye did not accuse oil companies of breaking any laws. But it charged several firms with using […]

Families seek relatives missing in Gabon’s post-electoral crisis

Families seek relatives missing in Gabon’s post-electoral crisis

With hundreds detained and a disputed number of people killed in Gabon’s violent post-electoral crisis, several families in the Central African nation are on a desperate hunt for information on their missing loved ones. On Wednesday evening, shortly after the final results of Gabon’s fraught presidential elections were released, Bruna had a brief phone conversation […]

Live: Gabon rocked by fresh clashes after Ali Bongo re-elected president

Live: Gabon rocked by fresh clashes after Ali Bongo re-elected president

Loud explosions and gunfire could be heard in Gabon’s capital Libreville on Thursday, as security forces clashed with protesters for a second day following President Ali Bongo’s disputed re-election. Bongo beat opposition candidate Jean Ping with 49.8 percent of the vote, with Ping gaining 48.2 percent. The opposition rejected the results, calling them fraudulent. Since […]

Tension mounts as Gabon braces for presidential elections results

Tension mounts as Gabon braces for presidential elections results

Gabon was braced on Wednesday for an election result that looks likely to be hotly disputed between bitter rivals President Ali Bongo and his main challenger Jean Ping. The electoral commission was scheduled to release the results on Tuesday evening, but by 5.30 a.m. (0430 GMT) the following day, the panel was still in a […]

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

Getting away with murder in DR Congo

For more than a year and a half, a series of massacres – which have never been claimed – have been committed in the Beni region in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 700 people have died in attacks on civilians in the region neighbouring Uganda, according to the United Nations. […]

S. Sudan opposition leader in Khartoum for medical treatment

S. Sudan opposition leader in Khartoum for medical treatment

South Sudan opposition leader, Riek Machar, is in Khartoum for medical treatment, a Sudanese minister told the state news agency SUNA on Tuesday, after he left the country to escape government forces. President Salva Kiir sacked Machar from his post as vice president after renewed fighting in South Sudan’s capital Juba last month between forces […]

Campaign unrest tests stability as Zambians vote in general election

Campaign unrest tests stability as Zambians vote in general election

Zambians went to the polls on Thursday shaken by an election campaign of “unprecedented” violence that could threaten the country’s relative stability and its democratic record. Just 18 months after President Edgar Lungu narrowly won office in a snap election, he and his main rival Hakainde Hichilema face off again in a field of nine […]

Yemen forces launch new attack after latest UN talks collapse

Yemen forces launch new attack after latest UN talks collapse

Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi launched a new offensive east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, the military command said, after United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement. The offensive, which is backed by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, came as the Iran-allied Houthis and the party of […]

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

Uncertainty over Boko Haram leadership as IS group ‘names new leader’

The Islamic State group’s online weekly Al-Naba has named a new leader for their West African affiliate, fuelling speculation about the fate of Boko Haram’s longtime commander Abubakar Shekau. The jihadist magazine made the announcement on Tuesday in an interview with Sheikh Abu Musab al-Barnawi, whom it referred to as the new “governor of West […]

Gao protest turns deadly as Malian army opens fire

Gao protest turns deadly as Malian army opens fire

Malian soldiers opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the northern city of Gao on Tuesday, killing three and wounding at least 31, two doctors at a hospital that received the bodies told Reuters. The protesters were angry about the introduction of a new interim authority set to take charge of the region on Friday, which […]

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

UN blasts South Sudan violence, calls rival leaders to control forces

The UN Security Council strongly condemned the renewed violence in South Sudan and called on rival leaders President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar to control their forces in a statement unanimously passed after a Sunday meeting. “The members of the Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians […]

Scores feared dead after South Sudan gun battles

Scores feared dead after South Sudan gun battles

Gun battles near South Sudan’s presidential palace and a United Nations base in the capital of Juba broke out on Friday with scores feared dead, once again sparking fears of a return to civil war. President Salva Kiir and his vice president, former rebel leader Riek Machar, were both preparing to address the media at […]

Libya government forces seize key sector of IS group stronghold

Libya government forces seize key sector of IS group stronghold

Libyan pro-unity government forces said they seized a key central district of the Islamic State jihadist group’s coastal bastion of Sirte on Friday. Fighters allied to the Government of National Accord took control of a residential area called the “700 housing units” near Ibn Sina hospital and the city’s Ouagadougou conference centre, the GNA’s forces […]

Search teams recover cockpit voice recorders from ill-fated EgyptAir flight

Search teams recover cockpit voice recorders from ill-fated EgyptAir flight

Both cockpit voice recorders from the crashed EgyptAir plane have now been found by search teams, Egyptian investigators said Friday. Egypt’s investigation committee said the first so-called black box from the ill-fated Airbus A320 was located and pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. Despite damage to the voice recorder, the Mauritius-based Deep Ocean […]

Eritrean leaders committing crimes against humanity, says UN

Eritrean leaders committing crimes against humanity, says UN

Eritrea’s government is guilty of committing crimes against humanity since independence a quarter-century ago with up to 400,000 people “enslaved”, and should face international justice, the UN said Wednesday. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI) on human rights said the government of President Isaias Afwerki, in power since 1991, was guilty of systematic enslavement, […]

Gunmen kill female journalist in Somalia’s Mogadishu

Gunmen kill female journalist in Somalia’s Mogadishu

Gunmen suspected of belonging to Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab group shot and killed a female journalist working for state-run radio on Sunday, police said. Major Nur Ali, a police officer, said Sagal Salad worked for Radio Mogadishu. “Three men armed with pistols killed (her)… We heard gunfire and we rushed to the scene, the gunmen […]

France disciplines five soldiers accused of abuse in Central African Republic

France disciplines five soldiers accused of abuse in Central African Republic

France has disciplined five soldiers accused of physical abuse in Central African Republic, where Paris had sent peacekeepers to quell bloody sectarian violence, the defence ministry said on Saturday. There are currently three investigations under way into allegations that French troops in the country sexually abused children, but the latest case does not relate to […]

Al Shabaab claims deadly Somali hotel attack

Al Shabaab claims deadly Somali hotel attack

A suicide car bomber crashed his vehicle into a gate outside a hotel frequented by lawmakers in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Wednesday and the attack was followed by gunfire, killing at least 10 people, police said. Al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab militants quickly claimed responsibility for the attack at the Hotel Ambassador […]

Five UN soldiers killed in central Mali ambush

Five UN soldiers killed in central Mali ambush

Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and one other seriously injured in an ambush in central Mali on Sunday, the United Nations said. A convoy of soldiers in the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was attacked 30 kilometers west of Sevaré, the U.N. said. The nationalities of the soldiers were not released […]

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