South Sudan Leaders ‘To Decide On Power-Sharing Deal’

South Sudan Leaders ‘To Decide On Power-Sharing Deal’

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed – who is mediating efforts to end South Sudan’s conflict – says rival politicians are due to decide in the next few hours whether to agree to a proposed power-sharing deal. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar signed a permanent ceasefire last month, although there […]

Cameroon President Paul Biya To Stand for Seventh Term

Cameroon President Paul Biya To Stand for Seventh Term

Paul Biya, Cameroon’s 85-year-old president, has formally declared that he will run again in the country’s upcoming elections, seeking a seventh term. Biya has been head of state since 1982, when he took over following the resignation of Ahmadou Ahidjo who was in power since independence in 1960. “Aware of the challenges, we must take […]

Algeria ‘Stops Dumping Migrants In Sahara’

Algeria ‘Stops Dumping Migrants In Sahara’

The number of migrants allegedly being forced to cross the Sahara Desert on foot by Algeria has dropped significantly, a UN agency says. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has dealt with about 10,000 people abandoned near the southern border since last September. Some were left by traffickers, but others were expelled by Algerian authorities, […]

Uganda Social Media Tax to Be Reviewed

Uganda Social Media Tax to Be Reviewed

Uganda is reviewing its decision to impose taxes on the use of social media and on money transactions by mobile phone, following a public backlash. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda made the announcement soon after police broke up a protest against the taxes. President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the taxes to boost government revenue and […]

Zimbabwe Launches Space Agency

Zimbabwe Launches Space Agency

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has launched a space agency to help farmers, mine companies and cartographers, among others. The Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZNGSA) is expected to use observation satellites and drones, among other hardware, to help in its work, AFP news agency reports. The ZNGSA was launched alongside two other new organisations […]

Uganda and DR Congo Clash On Lake Edward

Uganda and DR Congo Clash On Lake Edward

Seven people died, including four Ugandan soldiers, in clashes on Lake Edward between forces from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, according to a Congolese official quoted by the AFP news agency. Lake Edward straddles the border between the two countries. The administrator of Congo’s Beni region, Donat Kibwana, is quoted by AFP as […]

Night in Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell Auctioned

Night in Nelson Mandela’s Prison Cell Auctioned

An auction is being held in South Africa for the opportunity to spend a night in Nelson Mandela’s former prison on Robben Island. A charity is taking bids, opening at $250,000 (£330,000), to allow 67 people to stay overnight in the old maximum-security jail, where the former South African anti-apartheid leader spent 18 of his […]

Zimbabwe ‘Recovers $850m Looted Funds’

Zimbabwe ‘Recovers $850m Looted Funds’

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that his government recovered $850m (£644m) during a three-month moratorium aimed at getting looted funds back, state-owned Herald newspaper reports. Mr Mnangagwa had announced the recovery plan for an estimated $1.4bn stolen by individuals and businesses after taking office last November. He made the revelations during discussions about measures […]

Kenyan Man Sues Over ‘Burst Condom’

Kenyan Man Sues Over ‘Burst Condom’

A Kenyan man is seeking damages from the country’s quality control body, the tax revenue authority and pharmaceutical company Beta Healthcare after alleging that he contracted a sexually transmitted disease for using substandard condoms, local media report. The unnamed man said the three failed to protect consumers by branding Zoom Condoms with the quality mark […]

Zimbabwe National Rugby Team ‘Sleeping On Tunisia Street’

Zimbabwe National Rugby Team ‘Sleeping On Tunisia Street’

Pictures have emerged of Zimbabwe’s national team rugby players apparently sleeping on the streets of Tunisia’s northern city of Beja, because they had been booked into sub-standard accommodation. The team is in Tunisia for a World Cup qualifier. Several pictures shared on Twitter show the players lying on the ground while surrounded by their luggage. […]

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