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Ebola spreads to major Congo city as vaccines a concern

By Associated Press DAKAR: The second-largest Ebola outbreak in history has spread to a major city in eastern Congo, as health experts worry whether the stock of an experimental vaccine will stand up to the demands of an epidemic with no end in sight. Butembo, with more than 1 million residents, is now reporting cases

Mozambique anti-jihadist forces involved in rights abuses: HRW

By AFP Security forces in Mozambique waging the fight against jihadists in the country’s north are guilty of “serious abuses” of human rights including summary executions, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. The group said that witness statements gathered since August proved police had carried out dozens of executions and arbitrarily detained people suspected of

Former Rwanda presidential candidate Diane Rwigara is escorted by policemen to a court where she denied charges of insurrection and forgery that she says are linked to her criticism of the government's human rights record

Rwandan opposition leader defiant as prison term possible

By Associated Press KIGALI: As she waits for a judge to pronounce her fate, the Rwandan opposition leader accused of inciting insurrection and forgery after challenging the longtime president in last year’s election says no amount of pressure will silence her. Speaking to The Associated Press ahead of her court appearance on Thursday, Diane Rwigara

Nigeria first lady imposter Amina Mohammed

Nigeria’s fake First Lady arrested

BBC A woman who used various false identities to gain access to Nigeria’s presidential complex to allegedly run business scams has been arrested. The secret service said Amina Mohammed initially posed as Kogi state’s first lady to gain entry to the presidential villa in the capital, Abuja. She then allegedly invited people to the villa

Julius Malema

Malema vows to kill for wife and kids

eNCA JOHANNESBURG – EFF leader Julius Malema has hit out at investigative journalist Jacques Pauw for publishing his wife’s alleged residential address. Malema said since Pauw tweeted his wife’s alleged residential address, “strange cars are parking outside the house and drive away”. He warned that “when it comes to his wife and kids, he shoots

SA parly okays land seizures without compensation

Times Live The National Assembly has adopted the constitutional review committee’s report recommending a constitutional amendment to expropriate land without compensation. 209 MPs voted in favour of the report, with 91 voting against it and no abstentions. This means that parliament can start a process of amending the constitution, and ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu

More than 150 women, girls raped in South Sudan

AFP More than 150 women and girls have come forward in the past 12 days to seek help in South Sudan after they were raped or suffered other forms of sexual violence, the heads of three UN agencies said Monday. Armed men, many in uniform, carried out the attacks near the northern city of Bentiu,

Army clashes kill 18 in east DR Congo as election tensions rise

AFP Clashes between the army and rebels loyal to a renegade former general in eastern DR Congo have killed 18 people, military sources said on Monday, in the latest violence before crucial elections to replace President Joseph Kabila this month. Fighting killed 14 rebels and four soldiers in Fizi, a region of South Kivu, a

Peter Mutharika

New law aims to end political handouts in Malawi

AFP Malawi has passed a law that will ban politicians using cash payments and other incentives to buy support ahead of key polls due in May next year. The Political Parties Act, which came into force on Saturday, will see candidates convicted of improperly swaying the electorate face fines of up to 10 million kwacha

Africa wildlife films try to inspire amid poaching scourge

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: A documentary film about rhino poaching won awards at film festivals in Europe and the United States this year. But since bringing ”STROOP: journey into the rhino horn war ” home to South Africa, its makers have struggled for the same buzz in a country whose rhino population, the biggest in the

A visitor looks at charcoal drawings by artist William Kentridge paying homage to Africans' service in World War 1, at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg

Africans played key, often unheralded, role in World War I

By Associated Press JOHANNESBURG: Amid the fanfare marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, little has been said about crucial participants in the conflict: Africans. More than 1 million African soldiers, labourers and porters were vital actors in the war in Europe and especially in battles on the African continent, yet

Nigerian President Buhari

Nigerian police kill over 100 ‘bandits’ in crackdown

AFP Nigerian police claimed on Friday that over 100 “bandits” had been killed in a crackdown targeting crime in the northwest state of Zamfara, following a surge in kidnappings for ransom and cattle rustling. Zamfara has been plagued by violent crime over the past year, with Amnesty International warning in July that people living in

Guinea police use tear gas to break up opposition demo

AFP Policemen fired tear gas and used batons on Thursday to break up an anti-government protest by hundreds of opposition supporters in the heart of the Guinean capital Conakry. The political opposition has been demonstrating against what it considers a violation by the authorities of an agreement reached in August over the appointment of local

UK jails Japanese pilot caught 10 times over alcohol limit before flying plane

AFP A Japan Airlines pilot was jailed for 10 months on Thursday after being caught 10 times over the alcohol limit shortly before take-off from London Heathrow Airport. First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court in west London. The Japanese co-pilot was arrested at Heathrow on October 28 after failing a

Nigeria lost 39 troops in Boko Haram attack, not 118 – Army

Africa News The Nigerian Army has finally provided numbers on casualty figures arising from a recent Boko Haram attack. The army said it had lost 39 soldiers contrary to reports that over 100 soldiers were killed. The attack in Metele, located in the northeastern Borno State was widely reported as the deadliest by insurgents in

French museum chief hits back at call to return African art

By AFP The head of France’s greatest collection of African art hit back Tuesday at a report urging the return of thousands of artworks to the countries from which they were taken. Stephane Martin, of the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum in Paris, which holds more than two-thirds of the 90 000 African treasures in French

Tanzania's President John Magufuli

President Magufuli: Tanzania prefers ‘condition-free’ Chinese aid to West’s

By BBC.com Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has said he prefers Chinese to Western aid as it comes with fewer conditions. Maugufuli has been under intense pressure from Western nations over his controversial policies. On 15 November, Denmark said it had suspended $9.8m (£7.5m) in aid because of “unacceptable homophobic comments” by a Tanzanian politician. China