Category: African News

Mugabe, 92, says Zimbabweans see no replacement for him

Mugabe, 92, says Zimbabweans see no replacement for him

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said his ruling ZANU-PF party and the people of Zimbabwe see no viable successor to him for next year’s general elections. Mugabe has been in power since 1980 and in December his party confirmed him as its candidate for the next presidential election expected in mid-2018, when he will be 94. The world’s oldest national […]

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Gambia leader sworn in at packed stadium

Gambia leader sworn in at packed stadium

The Gambia has formally sworn in its new elected President, Adama Barrow, in front of a crowd of thousands including African heads of state. It was the second time he had taken the oath after his formal inauguration was delayed by the reluctance of his predecessor to leave office. “This is a victory for democracy,” he told a full stadium […]

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Exiled Rio runner reunited with family

Exiled Rio runner reunited with family

Ethiopian runner Feyisa Lilesa, famous for his protest at the Rio Olympics, has been reunited with his family for the first time since going into exile. He crossed his wrists over his head as he took silver in the marathon in a gesture against the Ethiopian government’s treatment of Oromo people. Afterwards he refused to go home, saying his life […]

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Nigerian airport workers threaten walkout while capital’s runway repaired

Nigerian airport workers threaten walkout while capital’s runway repaired

Nigerian airport employees may walk out over pay issues at the capital’s temporary airport while the main airport’s runway is being repaired, their trade union said on Saturday. The Abuja airport runway had deteriorated to such an extent that some major international airlines had refused to fly there, and some aircraft reported damage to their undercarriage. Nigeria’s government has said […]

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Angola stadium stampede kills 17

Angola stadium stampede kills 17

At least 17 people have been killed in a stampede at a football stadium in the northern Angolan city of Uige, local officials say. Hundreds more were reported to have been injured when supporters stormed the gates after failing to gain entry. Some of those who fell became trapped and suffocated at the venue on Friday, a medical official said. […]

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‘220 million children live in conflict zones around world’

UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said on Sunday in Algeria that more than 220 million children are living in 20 conflict zones around the world. “More than 220 million children live in 20 countries hit by armed conflicts around the world, including eight Arab countries and eight African countries,” Zerougui was quoted as saying […]

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Tension in DRC as talks on Kabila’s future break down

Tension in DRC as talks on Kabila’s future break down

Talks in Democratic Republic of Congo between the ruling coalition and the opposition have failed to reach a compromise on the political future of President Joseph Kabila, who intends to stay in power when his mandate ends on Monday. Growing tension on the ground in DRC was visible on Saturday. Police set up road checkpoints in the capital Kinshasa, while the […]

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Why are Sudanese protesting?

Why are Sudanese protesting?

Protesters in Sudan are holding a “day of disobedience”. What is it and why are they protesting? BBC World Service Africa Editor James Copnall explains. Instead of taking to the streets or marching towards a ministry or the presidential palace to express their concerns, as they have done in the past, Sudanese protesters are doing something much simpler – staying […]

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Former Mozambique president’s daughter shot dead

Former Mozambique president’s daughter shot dead

The daughter of former Mozambique president Armando Guebuza, Valentina Guebuza, is reported to have been shot dead in the capital Maputo. Her husband, Zofino Muiuane has been arrested by police, the Diario de Noticias newspaper reported. The shooting is said to have taken place on Wednesday.

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Respect election result—Ban Ki-moon tells Jammeh

Respect election result—Ban Ki-moon tells Jammeh

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and all political actors and their supporters to “fully respect the outcome of the election and to resolve all disputes” through established legal procedures. In a statement issued here by his spokesman, the Secretary-General said that he “is dismayed” by Jammeh’s statement on Friday in which he

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