Egypt’s Sisi Sworn In For Second Term With Vow to Fight Terrorism

Egypt’s Sisi Sworn In For Second Term With Vow to Fight Terrorism

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been sworn in for a second term as Egypt’s president with a vow to fight “those who choose violence, terrorism and extremism”. Fighter jets flew overhead and there was a 21-gun salute as Mr Sisi took his oath in parliament. Mr Sisi won 97% of the vote in March but on […]

Uganda Imposes WhatsApp and Facebook Tax ‘To Stop Gossip’

Uganda Imposes WhatsApp and Facebook Tax ‘To Stop Gossip’

Uganda’s parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms. It imposes a 200 shilling [$0.05, £0.04] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip. The law should […]

Bearded Woman ‘Undressed by Kenya Police’

Bearded Woman ‘Undressed by Kenya Police’

A Kenyan woman has threatened to sue two police officers who she says harassed her by forcing her to undress so that they could confirm her gender after they spotted she had a beard, The Star newspaper reports. Teresiah Mumbi, who works as a matatu (minibus) tout, told local KTN TV on Thursday that the […]

Nigeria Troops ‘Rape Starving Women’

Nigeria Troops ‘Rape Starving Women’

Nigerian soldiers have raped women and girls who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said. Troops separated women from their husbands and raped them, sometimes in exchange for food, in refugee camps, the rights group added. Thousands of people have also starved to death in the camps in north-eastern […]

Kenyan Politicians Survive Bridge Collapse During Selfie

Kenyan Politicians Survive Bridge Collapse During Selfie

Two Kenyan politicians have escaped unhurt after a bridge collapsed, according to local media. Capital FM news site reports that Governor Alfred Mutua of Machakos county and Deputy Governor Joash Maangi of Kisii county were taking a selfie when the incident happened in Kisii, in western Kenya. Machakos governor Alfred Mutua was on a tour […]

Ghanaian Shoe Seller Vows To Bring Ex. Dictator Yahya Jammeh to Justice

Ghanaian Shoe Seller Vows To Bring Ex. Dictator Yahya Jammeh to Justice

A Ghanaian man is leading a campaign to bring The Gambia’s former leader Yahya Jammeh to justice over the murder of 56 migrants who were mistaken for coup plotters, writes the BBC’s Alex Duval Smith. Martin Kyere leapt from the pick-up truck into the darkness. Bullets whistled around him as he ran for his life […]

Direct Rule For South African Province

Direct Rule For South African Province

South Africa has taken over direct administration of North West province where corruption allegations have led to violent protests. There have also been calls for the regional premier to resign. The decision to intervene was taken by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who has made the fight against corruption a priority. Last month, he cut short his […]

Ebola: DR Congo Confirms New Outbreak In Country’s North-West

Ebola: DR Congo Confirms New Outbreak In Country’s North-West

An Ebola outbreak has been declared in the north-west of the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are two confirmed cases of the virus and 17 deaths, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The incident in the town of Bikoro comes more than a year after an outbreak in the country killed four people. In 2014. […]