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Cameroon's President Biya has been accused of human rights abuses during the conflict

Children among 22 killed in attack on Cameroon village

BBC At least 22 people have been killed in an attack on a village in north-west Cameroon, the UN says. Over half those killed in Ntumbo were children, and local media report that several victims were burned alive. No-one has claimed responsibility for Friday’s incident, but an opposition party blamed the army. Cameroon’s government, which

Egypt says its population reaches 100 million

AFP Egypt’s population has reached 100 million, its statistics agency said on Tuesday, highlighting the threat of overpopulation in a poverty-stricken country where many live in crowded megacities. The North African country retains its position as the most populous Arab nation and Africa’s third most populous country behind Nigeria and Ethiopia. A counter installed atop

South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma

Court issues warrant of arrest for Zuma

BBC The Pietermaritzburg High Court has issued a warrant of arrest for South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma after be missed a scheduled court appearance. Zuma, who has been charged with a string of crimes including corruption, racketeering and money-laundering was expected at the pre-trial hearing on Tuesday but was not present due to bad-health,

Soldiers from the French Army hold detectors while searching for the presence of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) during the Burkhane Operation in northern Burkina Faso.

‘Jihadists’ kill 18 civilians in Burkina Faso

AFP Suspected jihadists have killed 18 civilians in an attack in northern Burkina Faso, the governor of the Sahel region said. “The defence and security forces brought back the body of the nurse to give it to her family in Yalgo and secure the area to allow the burial of other victims,” Colonel Salfo Kabore

UN says Nigeria could lose more than a million children to pneumonia

BBC About 1.4 million children could die from pneumonia over the next decade in Nigeria, according to the UN. The UN’s children agency Unicef has in its latest forecast said Nigeria could have the world’s highest amount of deaths caused by pneumonia. Overall, Unicef said its forecast estimates 6.3 million children could die worldwide from

New drug to fight sleeping sickness in DR Congo

BBC The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have started distributing a new oral drug to fight against sleeping sickness. The disease, caused by a parasite that attacks the nervous system, is fatal if it is not treated. It affects at least 8 million people in about 30 different African countries. Health officials in

Suicide bomber attacks Nigerian mosque

BBC Reports from north-eastern Nigeria say two suicide bombers attacked a mosque during early morning prayers. The attack took place in the town of Gwoza in the north-eastern Borno state on Sunday morning. Reports in the Nigerian media say three people died when a suicide bomber ran into a group of worshippers in a mosque

Countries in East Africa have not faced a locust infestation this size in decades

Locusts: UN calls for international help in East Africa

BBC The UN has called for international help to fight huge swarms of desert locusts sweeping through east Africa. A spokesman for the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), called for aid to “avert any threats to food security, livelihoods, malnutrition”. Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are all struggling with “unprecedented” and “devastating” swarms of the

Isabel dos Santos: Banker found dead in Lisbon

BBC A banker implicated in the embezzlement and money-laundering case against Africa’s richest woman, Isabel dos Santos, has been found dead in Lisbon. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha managed the account of oil firm Sonangol, formerly chaired by Dos Santos, at the small Portuguese lender EuroBic. His death, on Wednesday, was reported on Thursday soon after

Somalia ranked world’s most corrupt nation

BBC Somalia is still ranked the world’s most corrupt country, according to the just released 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The index is published annually by Transparency International (TI) and assesses the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries. According to TI, the country’s poor rule of law has created room for everything

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Isabel Dos Santos: Africa’s richest woman accused of fraud

BBC 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 Dos Santos. Pitta Gros said an international arrest warrant would be

Tanzania to relocate 36 lions who attacked humans and cattle

AFP Tanzania will give rehouse 36 lions following a slew of attacks by the big cats on people and cattle, environmental authorities said Saturday. The lions, an increasingly endangered species, live on the edge of safari mecca the Serengeti National Park, but have been increasingly affected by encroaching human activity. Eleven of the group have

Four die in Nigeria oil pipeline fire

AFP Four people were killed and several shops and vehicles burnt after thieves breached a fuel pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, causing an explosion, emergency services said on Monday. The incident, which happened on Sunday evening in the Abule-Egba area, is the latest in a long string of such accidents. “We recovered the bodies

At least 15 killed in Mali night attack

BBC There are reports from central Mali that at least 15 people have been killed in an overnight attack on a Fulani village. A security official told AFP news agency that some of the victims had their throats slit during the attack on Sinda village near the town of Douentza in the Mopti region of

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US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

AFP The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington’s top military officer said, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said resources “could be reduced and then shifted, either to

Death toll from Niger army base attack rises to 89

BBC Niger’s government has said that the number of soldiers killed in last week’s attack on a military base has reached 89. It is the highest number of casualties suffered by the army in a single attack since it started fighting Islamist militants who spill over from neighbouring Mali in 2015. The government has declared