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Sudan government arrests opposition leaders ahead of protest

By Associated Press CAIRO: A Sudanese opposition party says more than 10 opposition leaders have been arrested ahead of the latest day of protests urging President Omar al-Bashir to resign. In a statement, the Sudanese Congress Party says security forces “pre-empted” demonstrations by arresting the deputy head of the Umma Party, Mariam Sadiq al-Mahdi; the

President Yoweri Museveni

Uganda’s ruling party endorses Museveni for sixth-term run

By AFP Uganda’s ruling party has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni, 74, as its candidate in 2021 elections, which could see him seek re-election for a sixth term, a party resolution said Wednesday. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) called for Museveni to “continue leading the movement and the state in 2021 and beyond to eliminate bottlenecks to

Nigeria’s president: Disrupt vote at the ‘expense of your life’

By Aljazeera President Muhammadu Buhari has warned of grave consequences for those who steal ballot boxes or attempt to disrupt rescheduled Nigeria elections. Buhari spoke during an emergency meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the nation’s capital, Abuja, on Monday. “Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb

Shootings kill eight in eastern DR Congo

By AFP Eight people died in three shootings in Goma, eastern DR Congo, the town mayor said on Sunday, while others complained authorities were slow to react to violence in North Kivu province. “In Mugunga (district), there was shooting last night. Five people were killed and more injured. In Katoy, one was killed near a

Nigeria election: Muhammadu Buhari vows to deal with vote riggers

By BBC Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the police and military to be “ruthless” with vote-riggers, following the last-minute postponement of the general election. Critics said his comments condoned “jungle justice”. The incumbent president also called the electoral commission incompetent and ordered an investigation into why the vote was delayed. Election officials

About 40 people remain trapped in Liberian gold mine

By Associated Press Fellow miners have been using their bare hands to remove debris in an effort to free some 40 gold miners who have been trapped for a week, a spokesperson for Liberia’s disaster management agency said on Sunday. Authorities are now trying to arrange for an excavator to help in the rescue effort

FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress party, wave to supporters, as he departs from Daura, Nigeria, to Abuja following the postponement of Nigeria's Presidential election

Nigeria’s candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

By Associated Press KANO: Nigeria’s top candidates on Saturday condemned the surprise last-minute decision to delay the presidential election for a week until Feb. 23, blaming each other but appealing to Africa’s largest democracy for calm. The decision, announced five hours before polls were to open, is a costly one, with analysts at SBM Intelligence

187 ex-Boko Haram fighters surrender arms

By AFP Nearly 200 Cameroonians who were members of Nigeria’s Boko Haram jihadist group have returned home and surrendered to the authorities after breaking with the organization, the government said on Thursday. A total of 187 former jihadists from the district of Mayo-Sava, in Cameroon’s Far North province, gave themselves up, many of them returning

Egyptian president may rule until 2034

By BBC Egypt’s parliament has overwhelmingly voted to approve draft constitutional changes that could extend President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi’s time in office by another 12 years. Sisi is due to stand down in 2022 when his second four-year term ends. But 485 of the country’s 596 lawmakers voted on Thursday to lengthen presidential terms to

President Omar al-Bashir

Sudan protest organisers vow to oust president Omar al-Bashir

AFP Organizers of anti-government demonstrations in Sudan have reiterated their determination to continue mobilizing people until they overthrow the regime, excluding any dialogue with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Driven by a deep economic crisis, Sudan has been shaken since December 19 by almost daily demonstrations triggered by the government’s decision to triple the price of

Malawi removes 260 minors from adult prisons

By AFP Malawi has removed nearly 270 minors from two adult prisons, a legal action group said on Wednesday, following a court ruling and warnings about food shortages, disease risk and overcrowding. The move came after a High Court ruling in June 2018 which ordered Bvumbwe and Kachere prisons to release all children being held

Suspected Boko Haram attack ‘kills many’ before Nigeria polls

By Aljazeera Suspected Boko Haram rebels have attacked the convoy of the governor of Nigeria’s Borno state in the country’s northeast and killed at least three people, officials said. Two security sources told Reuters news agency on Wednesday that three people died. A government and a separate security source said as many as 10 people

Kenya police: 5 dead including 3 Americans in plane crash

By Associated Press NAIROBI: A Kenyan police official says a small plane has crashed in the country’s west killing all five people on board, including three Americans. Kericho County Commander James Mugera said Wednesday the Cessna plane crashed at Kamwingi area in Londiani in western Kenya. Photographs of the crash site show a single engine

Black panther: Rare animal caught on camera in Kenya

By BBC Black Panther has been everywhere in recent years  but spotting one of the animals the famous superhero is named after in the African wilderness is a little more rare. Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas managed it  and it’s thought to be the first time anyone has captured a melanistic leopard on camera in Africa

119 child soldiers released to families in South Sudan

By News24 Nearly 120 children were released from an armed group in South Sudan on Monday, bringing the total number of children released to 3 100. The children were released in Yambio where they were associated with the South Sudan National Liberation Movement. Of the 119 children, 48 were girls and the youngest was only

African Union calls for peace conference on Libya in July

By Aljazeera The African Union (AU) has proposed a global conference in July to try to resolve the Libya conflict with the aim of holding elections in October. A statement on Tuesday said the 55-member body would like to hold “an international conference on reconciliation in Libya under the auspices of the AU and UN”

Islamic militants’ deadly resurgence threatens Nigeria polls

By Associated Press Nigeria’s government acknowledges there has been a resurgence of violence by Islamic extremists in the country’s troubled northeast region in the weeks before the country’s upcoming national elections on Saturday. The near-daily attacks have many traumatized Nigerians questioning whether they can vote for Buhari as he seeks a second term. Others question

4 killed as hospital torched in Cameroon’s anglophone west

By AFP Four people died when gunmen raided a hospital and burnt it to the ground in western Cameroon where anglophone separatists have been fighting troops, witnesses and a local official said on Monday. The incident occurred in Kumba, a town which serves as the commercial hub for the anglophone region and which has been

Police disperse protest march on Sudan women’s prison

By AFP Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of Sudanese protesters who marched on a women’s prison calling for the release of detainees in Omdurman on Sunday, witnesses said. “We are fighters, we will complete our mission,” protesters had chanted as women ululated and men flashed the victory sign, according to the witnesses. The