Africa region

UN supports arrest warrant of DR Congo warlord

June 26, 2019

DR Congo warlord Guidon Shimiray Mwissa, who heads a coalition of armed groups dubbed NDC-R. Courtesy photo By AFP IN SUMMARY The 16,000-strong MONUSCO mission — the UN’s biggest and costliest with an annual budget of over $1 billion (880 million euros) — has been present in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 20 years. […]

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Why Zimbabwe needs a new currency

June 22, 2019

Zimbabwe has been inching towards a new currency for years. Over the last nine months, the economy has fallen into its worst crisis in 10 years. In Summary • In US dollar terms, some basic goods are now cheaper than they used to be. • In February the dollar was officially pegged at 2.5 RTGS […]

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30 killed in triple suicide bombing in Nigeria

June 17, 2019

Members of the Boko Haram jihadist group. By AFP Thirty people were killed late Sunday in a triple suicide bombing in northeast Nigeria, emergency services reported, in an attack bearing the hallmarks of the Boko Haram jihadist group. Three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres (24 miles) from the Borno […]

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Sudan repression aims to ‘break’ elite, says analyst

June 8, 2019

A picture taken on June 6, 2019 shows Street 60 nearly deserted in the capital Khartoum. Hanging placards read in Arabic “Civilian and Peaceful”. AFP PHOTO Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) with its repression of the country’s protest movement aims to “psychologically break” the educated elite, says Marc Lavergne of the French National Centre […]

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AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established

June 7, 2019

Civilians have been demonstrating against military rule in Sudan. File photo By AFP The African Union (AU) suspended Sudan on Thursday, demanding a “civilian-led transitional authority” to resolve an entrenched and bloody crisis. Calls for the AU to take action had mounted after Monday’s crackdown on protesters who had camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum. […]

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Sudan military scraps transition deal after deadly crackdown

June 4, 2019

Sudanese forces are deployed around Khartoum’s army headquarters on June 3, 2019 as they try to disperse Khartoum’s sit-in. At least two people were killed Monday as Sudan’s military council tried to break up a sit-in outside Khartoum’s army headquarters, a doctors’ committee said as gunfire was heard from the protest site. AFP photo By […]

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DR Congo’s Tshisekedi laid to rest as his son looks on

June 3, 2019

A coffin containing the remains of late former DR Congo Prime Minister and opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, is placed at the burial site on June 1, 2019 in Kinshasa. The remains of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s revered opposition leader, arrived in Kinshasa on May 30, in an emotion-laden moment for the country […]

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Angola rebel Savimbi gets reburial 17 years after death

June 1, 2019

A coffin containing the the remains of Jonas Savimbi, former leader Angola’s rebel UNITA movement, as part of the preparation for his reburial on Friday, in the village of Lopitanga, near the town of Andulo, in Bie Province in Angola. AFP photo By AFP Former leader of Angola’s rebel UNITA movement Jonas Savimbi will be […]

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Uncertainty grips Sudan weeks after Bashir’s ouster

May 26, 2019

Ousted Sudan leader Omar al Bashir Weeks after the army ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, Sudan is gripped by uncertainty as talks between the military rulers and protesters on the transition to civilian rule remain deadlocked. Protest leaders have said that preparations are under way for a “general strike and civil disobedience” to pressure the […]

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South Sudan’s Kiir warns against ‘violent attempts to usurp power’

May 16, 2019

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (C) attends a session at the National Parliament in Juba, on May 14, 2019. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said Wednesday that any attempt to forcibly seize power in the country would be met with “violent resistance”, as calls for his ouster spread on social media. In the past two […]

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