Category: African News

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after decade issuing visas

Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the U.S. State Department said. Until it was shut down this summer, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink two-storey building with a corrugated iron roof and flew a U.S. flag […]

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President-elect Adama Barrow of The Gambia

President-elect hails a new Gambia

Property developer Adama Barrow says his shock win of the Gambian election heralds new hope for the country. Yahya Jammeh, an authoritarian president who ruled for 22 years, has confirmed he will step down. “I will help him work towards the transition,” Mr Jammeh said on state TV on Friday evening, after speaking to the president-elect by telephone. Mr Barrow, […]

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Ugandan king charged with murder

The king of a region in Uganda has been charged with murder after clashes with security forces over the weekend in which at least 87 people were killed. Charles Mumbere was detained after government forces raided his palace in the Rwenzururu region on Saturday. The authorities accuse him of launching a secessionist movement to create a new state, to be […]

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Rwanda to probe France genocide role

Rwanda to probe France genocide role

Rwanda has opened a formal investigation into 20 French officials it says are suspected of involvement in the genocide of 1994. Chief prosecutor Richard Muhumuza said French authorities had been contacted and full co-operation was expected. Relations between the two countries have been strained since the mass killings. About 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis, died at the hands of Hutu extremists […]

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EU to keep patrolling for Somali pirates until end of 2018

The European Union’s naval mission will keep patrolling for pirates off the coast of Somalia for another two years, to guard against any resurgence of attacks, the bloc said on Monday. The number of raids and kidnappings has fallen – though maritime officials have warned that the risk is still, underlined by two attempted attacks last month.

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Zuma faces ANC vote of no confidence

Zuma faces ANC vote of no confidence

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa is facing a vote of no confidence from the leaders of his own party, the ANC. He has survived several parliamentary votes but this is the first time the ANC will formally discuss his position. The top ANC body has extended its meeting to debate the motion, tabled by Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.

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ICC prosecutor uphold fight against atrocities

ICC prosecutor uphold fight against atrocities

The International Criminal Court’s prosecutor said her investigations into alleged war crimes would not be impacted by the plans of three African countries to withdraw from the court and she would keep going after the perpetrators of atrocities.

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4500 children drop out of school in Zimbabwe this year to get married

More than 4,500 children in Zimbabwe dropped out of school to get married this year, despite a court ruling that no person should marry before reaching 18 years. Primary and Secondary Education Minister Lazarus Dokora told the state-controlled Herald newspaper Tuesday that 3,650 girls and 251 boys had dropped out of secondary school between January and November this year.

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Egypt hands journalist two years in prison

Egypt hands journalist two years in prison

An Egyptian court sentenced the head of a journalists union and two board members to two years in prison for harbouring colleagues wanted by the law and spreading false news, judicial sources said. Yahiya Kallash, president of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, Gamal Abd el-Rahim and Khaled Elbalshy were charged in May with sheltering two journalists wanted over protests against the transfer of […]

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Mali ethnic militia group lays down arms

A militia in central Mali that represents ethnic Peuhls said on Saturday it would lay down its arms in a boost for government attempts to bring peace to the country. The National Alliance to Safeguard the Peuhl Identity and Restore Justice was one of three groups that claimed an attack on an army base in central Mali in July in […]

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