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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

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the new chairman of the African Union, at the 32nd African Union Summit, in Addis Ababa, Sunday

Egypt’s president elected new chairperson of African Union

By Associated Press ADDIS ABABA: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been elected chairman of the African Union at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia. Also at the African Union meeting Sunday, a statue of Ethiopia’s last emperor was unveiled. Afterward a scuffle erupted between security guards for some African leaders and African Union guards,

SA police vow deadly force if threatened

SABC Police have the right to use deadly force if their lives are threatened, that’s according to Police Minister Bheki Cele. He was addressing the funeral of Warrant Officer Erusmus Sifundo Musa in Port Shepstone on Saturday. Musa, from the Special Task Force and Lieutenant-Colonel Carl van der Vyver from Crime Intelligence were killed in

Monkeys take over hospital in South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal

eNCA DURBAN – Patients at one of Durban’s biggest hospitals are being terrorised by aggressive monkeys. The kitchen and some wards have been taken over by the primates. Health authorities have now formed a task team to come up with a solution. Patients at Durban’s RK Khan Hospital have to fight off cute but aggressive

Chadian army says 250 rebels captured after rebel convoy targeted

AFP The Chadian military on Saturday said it had captured more than 250 rebels, including some top leaders, after an operation against a convoy of militants trying to cross into the country from Libya in late January that also involved French airstrikes. In a statement issued by army staff the Chadian military said the sweep

Ethiopian groom and best man killed by ‘grenade accident’

By BBC A groom and his best man have been killed in Ethiopia in an apparent accident involving a grenade belonging to the groom, local officials say. The grenade exploded after a traditional 10-day honeymoon celebration, during which the best man is expected to entertain the newlyweds. The bride was not present when the grenade

South Africa Gloria coal mine explosion ‘kills six’

By BBC Six people have been killed by a gas explosion in an abandoned coal mine in South Africa, the national broadcaster is reporting. About 20 others are still trapped at the Gloria coal mine in Middelburg, east of the capital, Pretoria. A police spokesman said some people had gone into the mine to steal

Uganda shuts main independent news website

By AFP Uganda’s communications regulator on Wednesday ordered the country’s main independent newspaper the Daily Monitor to shut down its website. In a letter to the newspaper’s managing director, the head of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), Godfrey Mutabazi, said the Daily Monitor had failed to register under data communications regulations introduced in 2018. It

Laurent Gbagbo

Ex-Ivorian President Gbagbo now in Belgium after ICC acquittal

AFP Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been released in Belgium under conditions following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the court said Tuesday. Belgium said on Saturday that it had agreed in principle to host Gbagbo pending a possible prosecution appeal, after he was cleared of crimes against humanity

Anti-government activist released in Gabon after 17 months

By AFP An anti-government activist who made videos that were deemed hostile to Gabonese President Ali Bongo was released on Tuesday after being held for 17 months, his lawyer said. Herve Mombo Kinga, who was arrested on August 31, 2017, over a number of video clips he showed in a public place, was released in

Burkina Faso forces kill 146 jihadists after civilian attack

By Associated Press Burkina Faso’s commander general says armed forces have killed 146 jihadists in three counterattack operations in the northwest near its border with Mali. General Moise Minoungou spoke on National Television late on Monday saying armed men entered Kain village early on Monday and killed 14 men and women. He said Burkina Faso’s

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt

Egypt debates motion to extend presidential term limits

By Associated Press Egypt’s parliament is debating a motion to amend the country’s constitution, a move that could allow President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office beyond his designated maximum two-term limit ending in 2022. Lawmaker Haitham el-Hariri says Tuesday’s session will discuss the motion, which was submitted on Sunday. The proposed amendments also include

Experts call for emergency declaration on Congo’s Ebola

By Associated Press  An international group of public health experts on Monday called on the World Health Organization to convene an emergency committee to consider declaring Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency. The group of experts wrote in the Lancet that such a call would help galvanize “high-level political, financial, and technical support

President Felix Tshisekedi

New DRC president seeks to reassure security forces

By AFP Democratic Republic of Congo’s new president, Felix Tshisekedi, sought on Monday to reassure the country’s security forces that he would be as “benevolent” as his predecessor, after taking power in the country’s first-ever peaceful change of leadership. Tshisekedi, who has no military experience, has made several overtures to the powerful security apparatus since