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The protest movement is demanding a civilian-led transition, which the generals have steadfastly resisted since bowing to their demands and toppling longtime autocrat Bashir

Sudan army ruler suspends civil rule talks

AFP Sudan’s military rulers on Thursday suspended crucial talks with protesters on installing civilian rule, insisting more time was needed to finalise the deal as Khartoum’s security situation deteriorated. On Wednesday army generals and protest leaders were expected to decide on the make-up of a new body to govern Sudan for three years, the thorniest

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‘Four killed’ in attack on Burkina Faso Catholics

BBC Gunmen have killed four Catholics and burnt a statue of the Virgin Mary in an attack on a religious procession in northern Burkina Faso, church officials have said. The attack in the town of Ouahigouya occurred on Monday, a day after a Catholic priest and five parishioners were shot dead in Dablo town, also

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Health workers dying from Ebola in DR Congo

BBC The Democratic Republic of Congo has been struggling to control an outbreak of Ebola for the past nine months. The outbreak is the second deadliest in Africa and has killed more than 1,000 people. Health workers have also been affected – 93 of them have been infected and 34 have died. Medical personnel usually

Sudan crisis: Military and opposition agree three-year transition

BBC Sudan’s military leaders have announced an agreement with the opposition alliance for a three-year transition period to a civilian administration. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) said the alliance would have two-thirds of the seats on a legislative council. Sudan has been ruled by the military council since last month’s toppling of President Omar al-Bashir.

Sudan crisis: Clashes in Khartoum leave five dead

BBC At least four Sudanese protesters and a member of the security forces have died in clashes in the capital, Khartoum. They were killed in gunfire at a sit-in outside military HQ where demonstrators are demanding full civilian government. Protesters said soldiers were responsible, but the army blamed it on “unidentified elements”. Sudan has been

Sudan protest leaders say accord with army on transitional authority

AFP Sudan’s protest leaders said on Monday they have reached a breakthrough agreement with the country’s military rulers on transitional authorities to run the country. The news came shortly after the prosecutor general’s office said ousted president Omar al-Bashir had been charged over the killings of protesters during anti-regime demonstrations that led to the end

Gunmen kill six during Catholic mass in Burkina Faso

Aljazeera Gunmen killed a priest and five worshippers during mass on Sunday in an attack on a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso. The attackers  numbering between 20 and 30  managed to trap some of the people inside then set fire to the church in the town of Dablo, about 200km from the capital Ouagadougou.

Sudan protest death toll hits 90: doctors committee

AFP Ninety protesters have been killed in protest-related violence across Sudan since demonstrations against ousted president Omar al-Bashir erupted in December, a doctors’ committee said Monday. The death toll given by the committee is higher than the official figure of 65 killed in such violence since December. The committee linked to the Alliance of Freedom

Boeing admits knowing of 737 Max safety issue

BBC Boeing has admitted that it knew about a problem with its 737 Max jets a year before the aircraft was involved in two fatal accidents, but took no action. The firm said it had inadvertently made an alarm feature optional instead of standard, but insisted that this did not jeopardise flight safety. All 737

Dozens killed in Niger fuel tanker blast

BBC At least 50 people have been killed in Niger’s capital, Niamey, after a fuel tanker exploded early on Monday morning. The tanker overturned near the main airport and the victims were siphoning fuel when the explosion occurred, the director general of Niger’s civil protection, Col Maj Boubacar Bako, told the BBC. At least 30

‘We are losing everything’: Flooding in cyclone-hit Mozambique

Aljazeera Rescuers raced to help people caught in fast-rising floodwaters in Mozambique’s cyclone-hit city of Pemba on Sunday, as houses collapsed in one neighbourhood and heavy rain raised fears of worse to come. More than 160 000 people have been affected in the largely rural region, many already exposed and hungry. “Help us, we are

157 children rescued from West Africa trafficking ring

CNN More than 150 children  some as young as 11  were among 220 people rescued from sex and labor trafficking rings in West Africa, Interpol said. Most of the victims were beaten, subjected to abuses and told they would never see their families again by their traffickers, said Interpol. They came from West African countries

Mozambique braces for Cyclone Kenneth

AFP A powerful cyclone was set to make landfall in northern Mozambique Thursday, barely a month after a super-storm slammed into the country’s centre, leaving hundreds dead and causing devastation. As Cyclone Kenneth barrelled towards to the northeastern coast after swiping the Comoros, the UN warned of flash flooding and landslides. Dozens of schools were

The African Union Troika is meeting in Cairo to discuss the security situation in Libya and Sudan

Ramaphosa to discuss worsening situations in Libya and Sudan

By SABC SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa is taking his Defense and State Security Ministers to the emergency meeting. President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Egypt on Tuesday for an urgent African Union Troika to discuss the worsening political and security situations in Libya and Sudan. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called an Emergency Summit

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

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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