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Sudan military asks protesters to pick interim Prime Minister

Africa News The military council in charge of Sudan has asked activists to nominate an independent candidate for the position of Prime Minister in the transitional government, Al Jazeera reports. The portal’s journalist covering the Sudan uprising confirmed that on day two of military – protester groups talks, the military said it was only interested

TB Joshua

Parents of kidnapped Chibok girls turn to TB Joshua

BBC In our series of letters from African journalists, Nigerian writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani says parents of the missing Chibok girls remain desperate five years after their daughters’ kidnapping. The parents of the Chibok girls are worried that an unseen force, beyond Boko Haram, could be behind the troubles they have experienced in the past

Bouteflika ally named Algeria’s first new president in 20 years

AFP Algerian lawmakers appointed a regime stalwart as the country’s first new president in two decades on Tuesday, dismaying protesters seeking sweeping change following the resignation of veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The election of upper house speaker Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president follows constitutional rules but goes against the demands of demonstrators, who have pushed

Sudan army deploys as protesters keep pressure on Bashir: witnesses

AFP Sudan’s army deployed around its Khartoum headquarters Monday as thousands of protesters urging the military to join calls for leader Omar al-Bashir’s resignation defied tear gas to demonstrate for a third day, witnesses said. Since protests erupted across Sudan in December agents of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) and riot police

Libya crisis: Fighting near Tripoli leaves 21 dead

BBC Libya’s UN-backed government says 21 people have been killed and 27 wounded in fighting near the capital, Tripoli. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for an immediate halt to the fighting and called for talks. Rebel forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar have advanced from the east with the aim of taking Tripoli.

Muammar Gaddafi. Libya is in turmoil since he was deposed and killed in 2011

Libya crisis: Foreign powers evacuate as unrest worsens

BBC International powers have begun evacuating personnel from Libya amid a worsening security situation. US Africa Command said it had relocated an unspecified contingent of US forces, while India said it had evacuated peacekeepers to Tunisia. Rebel forces under Gen Khalifa Haftar have advanced from the east with the aim of taking the capital, Tripoli.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa struggling with unrest in agriculture

Call for Ramaphosa to intervene in farmworker evictions

NEWS24 PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa should halt farmworker evictions to allow for proper input from the departments of social development and education, according to the Rural and Farmworkers Development Organisation. “We urge and make a plea to our government and the judiciary to stand up for the poor and helpless farm dwellers who sometimes don’t have the

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 pilots ‘could not stop nosedive’

BBC A preliminary report into the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane last month says the aircraft nosedived several times before it crashed. Pilots “repeatedly” followed procedures recommended by Boeing before the crash, according to the first official report into the disaster. Despite their efforts, pilots “were not able to control the aircraft”, Transport Minister

Debris from the Ethiopian Airlines crash site

Ethiopian Airlines pilots followed Boeing’s emergency procedures before crash: report

CNN PILOTS flying Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 initially followed emergency procedures that were laid out by Boeing before the plane nose-dived into the ground, according to preliminary findings reported in the Wall Street Journal. Citing unnamed sources familiar with the investigation, the WSJ reported that despite following the steps, which included turning off an automated

Algeria's Constitutional Council has confirmed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation

Algeria in no man’s land after Bouteflika fall

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALGERIA’s Constitutional Council met Wednesday to confirm President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation, as rattled international partners watch closely to see what’s next for this gas-rich country and key player in the global fight against terrorism. Algerians woke to a new and uncertain era, after the departure of a man who had ruled Algeria for

The after-effects of Cyclone Idai that wreaked southern Africa include cholera in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

Mozambique begins cholera vaccination of 1 million Cyclone Idai victims

ASSOCIATED PRESS DOZENS of fragile patients poured into a clinic in the wrecked Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, as the government said it had confirmed the first cases of cholera in the wake of deadly Cyclone Idai. A cholera vaccination campaign is kicking off to reach nearly 900 000 cyclone survivors in Mozambique

More than 113 mn people suffer ‘acute hunger’: UN

AFP More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced “acute hunger” last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region, the UN said Tuesday. Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and Syria were among the eight nations accounting for two-thirds of the total number of people worldwide exposed to

SA Justice Minister Michael Masutha

Apartheid-era killer Ferdinand Barnard released on parole – report

News24 FERDINAND Barnard, the killer of anti-apartheid activist David Webster, was released from prison on Tuesday, according to The Citizen. Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha granted Barnard parole last month and the minister indicated that he would be released on April 2. The Citizen reported that multiple sources had confirmed Barnard’s release on Tuesday, but did

The African Union's commitment to human rights has been questioned

African Court Slams Benin’s Treatment of ‘Chicken King’ Ajavon

Bloomberg AN African human-rights court slammed Benin’s treatment of former presidential candidate Sebastien Ajavon, who lives in exile in France after being sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison on drug-trafficking charges. Civil-society groups in Benin said the government has become more authoritarian since the 2016 election of Patrice Talon as president. Ajavon, who

Pope Francis

Pope in Morocco to support growing immigrant population

Associated Press POPE Francis praised Morocco as a model of religious moderation and migrant welcome as he kicked off a trip to the kingdom Saturday, warning that walls and fear-mongering won’t stop people from exercising their legitimate right to seek a better life elsewhere. King Mohamed VI welcomed Francis as he arrived during an unusual

World first as living HIV patient donates kidney in US

BBC IN a world first, US doctors have transplanted a kidney from one HIV-positive patient to another. The operation took place at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, with both patients said to be doing well. “This is the first time someone living with HIV has been allowed to donate a kidney, ever, in the world,”