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Felix Tshisekedi

DRC’s Constitutional Court upholds election results; declares Tshisekedi elected president

By Associated Press KINSHASA: Congo’s Constitutional Court early Sunday declared the election of Felix Tshisekedi as president, rejecting challenges to the vote by runner-up Martin Fayulu, who had alleged fraud. Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is now set to be inaugurated on Tuesday. The declaration came shortly after the African Union

Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya

By Associated Press ROME: Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday. It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to

Ethiopian troops repel Al-Shabaab attack in Somalia

Africa News Ethiopian troops on Friday engaged in combat with Al-Shabaab fighters in the town of Buur Hakaba in Somalia’s southern Bay Region, multiple sources reported. One source, a VOA journalist described the confrontation as one of the deadliest saying that the insurgents had attacked the convoy of the troops with an improvised explosive device,

Manuel Chang

Mozambique seeks ex-minister’s extradition from South Africa

AFP JOHANNESBURG – Mozambique has asked for the extradition of ex-finance minister Manuel Chang, who is detained in South Africa on US charges over a corruption scandal in his home country, a Johannesburg court heard on Friday. The unexpected petition means Mozambique and the United States both want to extradite Chang, who was arrested at

Omar al-Bashir

Thousands protest against Bashir’s rule across Sudan

AP Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down. The protests, called for by professional and opposition groups, are part of

Outgoing DRC president Joseph Kabila

African Union urges DRC to suspend final election results

By Associated Press KINSHASA: The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo’s government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing “serious doubts.” Congo’s constitutional court is poised to rule as early as Friday on a challenge filed by the election’s declared runner-up. Martin

At least 21 killed as Kenya hotel siege is declared over

CNN An American and a Briton were confirmed to be among at least 21 people killed in an attack at a hotel complex in Nairobi as the incident was brought to an end Wednesday. The hourslong assault, launched Tuesday by heavily armed militants, targeted the DusitD2 compound, an upmarket cluster of shops and hotel facilities

Fisherman claims he saw MH370 crash

Daily Mail An Indonesian fisherman who claims to know the exact spot where the ill-fated MH370 plane crashed into the Sumatra sea has handed over the co-coordinators to investigators. Rusli Khusmin, 42, says he and his crew members witnessed the disaster, in which a Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines flight carrying 239 people disappeared, on the morning

African leaders to meet over DR Congo vote dispute

AFP Continental leaders will gather at the African Union this week to discuss the disputed election in the DR Congo, a spokeswoman for the body said Wednesday. The DR Congo election commission last Thursday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of the December 30 vote with 38.57 percent of the tally against chief rival

Ex- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo

Prosecutors plan to appeal Gbagbo ruling

AFP Prosecutors at the International Criminals Court (ICC) have said they plan to appeal the acquittal of Ex- Ivorian President, Laurent Gbagbo, according to a document cited by AFP. Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, who were charged with crimes against humanity, were freed by judges at the ICC on Tuesday. The judges ordered their immediate

Mmusi Maimane

Zimbabwe crisis a warning to SA, says opposition leader

By Business Day THE crisis in Zimbabwe should serve as a warning to SA that liberation movements still cannot be trusted to deliver, DA leader Mmusi Maimane suggested on Tuesday. Addressing the Cape Town Press Club, Maimane criticised the ANC’s record in government since 1994, citing its “failure to address unemployment, inequality, poverty, crime and

Suspected jihadists kill 12 in northern Mozambique

By AFP Suspected jihadist fighters have killed 12 people in northern Mozambique as they shift attacks to vehicles despite increased army patrols on main roads. Most of the victims died in attacks on cars and buses in the gas-rich, Muslim-majority Cabo Delgado region where Islamist militants have terrorised villagers in remote communities for more than

Laurent Gbagbo

Ivory Coast ex-strongman Gbagbo in shock ICC acquittal

By AFP The International Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo over a wave of post-electoral violence, in a stunning blow to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Judges ordered the immediate release of the 73-year-old deposed strongman, the first head of state to stand trial at the troubled ICC,

Storm punishes swath of US with snow, ice and freezing rain

By Associated Press A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day on Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents. Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus

DR Congo election: Sadc proposes unity government

By  BBC The southern African regional body Sadc has called for a unity government in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the disputed presidential election. All political leaders should agree a negotiated settlement, it said. Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was declared winner but another opponent of the current administration, Martin Fayulu, insists he won. He

Former South African president Jacob Zuma, left, and President Cyril Ramaphosa attend the African National Congress' 107th birthday celebrations in Durban

SA: Disgraced Zuma making a comeback

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: Jacob Zuma was in disgrace last year, a South African president forced from office by scandal and then in court on corruption charges. He is now in the midst of a remarkable makeover, wooed by a ruling party that recognizes his enduring appeal to some supporters and is anxious to paper

Dozens feared dead in Nigeria as leaking oil tanker explodes

By Associated Press LAGOS: An overturned oil tanker exploded in Nigeria while dozens of people were scooping up the leaking fuel and many were killed, police and witnesses said Saturday. Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, as impoverished people risk their lives to collect

Nigerian mob beats wrong person to death over stolen battery

The Punch A 45-year-old man, Yusuf Ibrahim, has lost his life in jungle justice after a mob lynched him over a car battery allegedly stolen at Nato Park, Tin Can Island, Apapa, Lagos. It was later discovered that the battery was found with one Yusuf Yahaya, who works around Tin Can First Gate – some

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Dozens feared dead in Nigeria oil tanker fire

AP Many people may have died after a stricken oil tanker exploded as people were scooping up the leaking fuel. The blast occurred on Friday evening in Odukpani in Cross River state in Nigeria’s southeast. “The number of victims is high,” but “I can’t confirm the exact number,” said Cross River State Police spokeswoman Irene