Libyan commander hands over prominent militant to Egypt
A prominent Egyptian militant wanted for scores of terror attacks in his country was handed over by Libyan forces loyal to a commander pushing to take the capital of Tripoli and flown back to Egypt on Wednesday.Egyptian TV networks aired footage of a blindfolded Hisham el-Ashmawi, a former army officer ...
Nigerian president Buhari sworn in for 2nd term
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term as head of Africa's most populous nation on Wednesday, facing heightened pressure to defeat Islamic extremism and boost the oil-dependent economy amid concerns over his health.The 76-year-old former military dictator read the oath of office from a card as he stood beside ...
HRW: Egyptian security forces committed widespread abuses in northern Sinai
Report alleges that security forces, who have been conducting military operations against Islamist insurgents in region, have engaged in unlawful action against civilians
Malawi’s Mutharika sworn in, declares ‘I am not dead!’
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday called for unity as he was sworn in for a second five-year term after an election in which top opposition parties alleged irregularities.The 78-year-old Mutharika began his acceptance speech by declaring "I am not dead!" to address persistent rumors ahead of the vote. He ...
Sudan protesters begin 2-day strike to press ruling military
Sudan's protest leaders have launched a two-day general strike to press the ruling military to hand over power to a civilian-led authority.Wajdi Saleh, a negotiator for the protesters, says they resorted to holding the strike after negotiations with the military council became deadlocked over the makeup and leadership of a ...
Desperate Zimbabweans risk lives in abandoned mines
Government says it has embarked on a safe mining campaign targeting small-scale miners
Ghana just scratching surface of illegal gold mining
Ghana cracked down on illegal small-scale gold mining in 2017 but banned small-scale operations continue despite digital monitoring and land reclamation
Kenya conference takes on rapid urbanization
Meeting in Nairobi, some 3,000 delegates of the first UN Habitat Assembly will focus on sustainable planning
Somali officer remembered as mother, military hero
Somali officer who was a hero in the community died along with her husband on duty, leaving 10 children, including a 22-day-old baby
Malawi’s Mutharika re-elected to 2nd term in tight race
Malawi's President Peter Mutharika has narrowly won re-election with 38% of the votes in last week's polls, the electoral commission declared Monday.Mutharika's victory was announced in Blantyre, Malawi's largest city, immediately after the High Court in Lilongwe, the capital, threw out an injunction preventing the electoral commission from announcing the ...
Hifter’s forces push toward Libyan capital city’s center
Heavy clashes have been slowly nearing the center of Libya's capital, Tripoli, as forces loyal to the military commander Khalifa Hifter battle to seize power, an official and residents said Monday.Hifter opened a military offensive on the Libyan capital of Tripoli in early April despite commitments to move toward elections ...
Cameroon teachers protest escalating violence in separatist areas
As students in Cameroon began their annual exams Monday, hundreds of their teachers in English-speaking regions were on the streets protesting. The teachers are demanding better security after three t
Some Kenyan farmers turn to silk production for cash
A growing number of Kenyan farmers are turning to silk production, in a move away from traditional cash crops such as coffee, maize, sugarcane and cotton.The rearing of silkworms is seen as less affected by a changing climate that has hurt some traditional crops in the East African nation because ...
South African conference teams taking command in Super Rugby
Teams from the South African conference teams have taken command in the late race for playoffs positions in Super Rugby, exposing the limitations of their Australian and New Zealand opponents.Meanwhile, Argentina's conference-leading Jaguares are being criticized from fielding what is in effect the national team.With three rounds remaining in the ...
Sudan’s leading opposition party rejects strike call
A leading Sudanese opposition party said Sunday it has refused a call by protest leaders for a two-day general strike, in a sign of divisions within the pro-democracy movement that is challenging military rule in Sudan.The opposition Umma Party said it opposes the "preparations and timing" of the strike. However, ...
2 Libyan reporters taken by commander Hifter’s forces freed
The U.N. mission in Libya says two local TV reporters detained by forces loyal to a commander who is on the offensive to capture the country's capital, Tripoli, have been released after three weeks in captivity.Libya's Alahrar TV station said commander Khalifa Hifter's self-styled Libyan National Army detained two of ...
Court injunction delays Malawi presidential results
The court ordered that ballots from a third of the voting districts be recounted before the results are announced
South Africa’s Ramaphosa sworn into office
New president tells the crowd in Pretoria he envisions a country free from graft and 'resources squandered' as he calls for the nation to end poverty in a generation
UN strengthens measures to combat ebola epidemic in DR Congo
The new strategy will provide better security for patients and health workers, wider access to vaccination, and present a more humane face
Ramaphosa takes oath as South Africa’s president
Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in for a five-year term as South Africa's president.He took the oath of office on Saturday in front of some 30,000 people at a stadium in the capital, Pretoria.It followed his ruling African National Congress party's 57.5% victory in this month's election. It was the ...