Kenyan court upholds laws criminalizing same sex relations
A three-judge panel of Kenya's High Court has upheld sections of the country's penal code that criminalize same-sex relations. The judges' unanimous ruling on Friday disappointed Kenya's vibrant gay community, as many had hoped the court would make history by scrapping the colonial-era laws. Activists argue that the laws criminalizing consensual same-sex ...
South Africa’s Zuma must wait 3 months for court decision
Former South African president Jacob Zuma will hear in three months' time whether corruption and other charges against him might be dropped.Pietermaritzburg High Court judges have reserved judgment on his application for a permanent stay of prosecution. No date was announced.Zuma was president from 2009 until 2018, when his African ...
East African countries move to ban skin-bleaching products
A South Sudanese lawmaker in the East African Legislative Assembly has authored a resolution to ban the import and sale of skin-lightening products containing hydroquinone
Blocked arrest of ex-Sudanese official stirs concern
Failure to arrest former intelligence chief Salah Gosh has caused alarm among protesters and analysts
Dispute over oil deposits raises Somalia-Kenya tension
Somalia claims its officials were denied entry into Kenya; Kenyan foreign minister says she is unaware of the incident
Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger
Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups.The southern African nation is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants. The lifting of the ban raised concerns about a possible ...
Sudanese protesters plan mass rally as talks stall with army
Sudan's protest leaders are calling for mass rallies across the country amid deadlocked negotiations with the ruling military over its handover of power.The Sudanese Professionals' Association, which has spearheaded four months of protests that drove Omar al-Bashir from power in April, says it's also calling for a "million man march" ...
Pioneering veterinary medicine for Africa’s enigmatic pangolins
Veterinarian Dr. Karin Lourens has become known as Africa’s “pangolin doctor” for leading medical efforts to help the scaly anteaters rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. Case in point, she’s tr
South Africa’s Ramaphosa starts crackdown on corruption
South African President-elect Cyril Ramaphosa has taken steps to crack down on corruption Wednesday as the country's new parliament voted him to lead the country for a five-year term.South Africa's lawmakers were sworn into the legislative body in Cape Town following elections earlier this month in which Ramaphosa's ruling African ...
5 dead in Somalia car bomb blast
Militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack
South Africa to extradite ex-Mozambique official to home country, not US
Former finance minister Manuel Chang is to be tried for a loan scam that diverted proceeds to Mozambican government officials and others
Suicide car bomb kills 6 in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu
A Somalia police spokesman said a suicide car bomb by Islamic extremists has killed at least six people in the capital Wednesday.Capt. Mohamed Hussein said most of the casualties are soldiers and more than 13 people were injured.Somalia's extremist rebel group, al-Shabab, has claimed the responsibility for the blast, saying ...
UN warns Libya is on verge of full-scale civil war
To UN diplomat for Libya warns that country is on the verge of descending into a full-scale civil war, as warlord general from the east continues to try to capture capital from internationally-recognized government
UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war
The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region.Ghassan Salame told the Security Council that extremists from the Islamic State and ...
WHO: Ebola strategies need adjusting in Congo
Health experts say keeping Congo's Ebola epidemic in check requires an adaptive response and constant vigil
Fuel, electricity shortages force Zimbabweans to go solar
New energy minister asked Zimbabweans for solutions to solve country's chronic energy problems
Egypt says security forces kill 16 militants in Sinai
Egypt says its police forces have killed 16 militants in raids in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.An Interior Ministry statement Tuesday says security forces exchanged fire with Islamic militants as they stormed insurgent hideouts in the Mediterranean coastal city of el-Arish.No casualties were reported among the police.Tourists ...
Malawians vote for president, parliament
Voters choosing between three presidential candidates; ballots also being cast for parliament and local councils
Libyan capital, under siege, gets water back after 2 days
Authorities say the Libyan capital, which has been under attack by commander Khalifa Hifter's forces since last month, has seen its water supplies resume two days after gunmen shut the pipes down, depriving over 2 million residents of water.The Interior Ministry says the gunmen on Sunday stormed the offices of ...
Electronic trade helps Cameroonian farmers
Local e-commerce platforms allow farmers to earn more money by selling directly to the consumer