Category Archives: Africa

S. Africa’s Gordhan ordered home from London

Pravin Gordhan

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is set to return to South Africa early on Tuesday after being ordered home from London by President Jacob Zuma, hours before a court hearing over the closure of accounts belonging to friends of the president.

Moroccan PM agrees to form coalition with five other parties

Moroccan Prime Minster Saad Eddine El Othmani said on Saturday he had agreed to form a coalition government with five other parties, breaking nearly six months of post-election deadlock. Othmani, from the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), was appointed

Somalia’s new president names 26-minister cabinet

Somalia’s new president named a 26-strong cabinet on Tuesday, including a former foreign affairs chief as finance minister and a BBC journalist as the country’s top diplomat. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed — better known by his nickname, Farmajo — was

Car bomb near presidential palace kills four in Somali capital

At least four people were killed on Tuesday when a car bomb exploded at a checkpoint less than a kilometre away from the presidential compound in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, police said. Security officials at the scene told Reuters the checkpoint

Actor Ben Stiller joins social media stars to raise $2 mln for Somalia

Ben Stiller

Hollywood actor Ben Stiller has teamed up with social media stars to raise $2 million for people facing starvation in Somalia amid a devastating drought. The Zoolander actor is now trying to recruit other celebrities including Formula One champion Lewis

East Timor votes for president in test for young nation

East Timor voted for a new president Monday in an election that will test Asia’s newest and poorest nation. Francisco “Lu Olo” Guteres, a former guerrilla leader from the leftist Fretilin party, was up against seven other candidates. He and

Three suicide bombers kill four people in northeast Nigeria

Three suicide bombers killed four people and injured eight others in a village near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a police spokesman said on Sunday. A man and two women blew themselves up when they were challenged by a

Syrians finding refuge in Africa as war at home grinds on

As desperate Syrians flee the devastating war in their country, some are finding refuge in sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana. One imam from Aleppo, Abdul Ghani Bandenjki, first visited Ghana in 2006 after being invited to officiate at prayers during the

Morocco’s king names PJD’s Othmani as new prime minister

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has named Saadeddine El Othmani of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD) as the country’s new prime minister and asked him to form a government, a statement carried by MAP state news agency said on

Libya government forces overrun Tripoli militia HQ

Forces loyal to Libya’s UN-backed unity government overran the headquarters of a rival militia on Wednesday as artillery exchanges rocked the capital for a third day, a security source said. Libya has experienced years of violence and lawlessness since the

Tripoli armed factions take over rival’s compound in heavy fighting

Armed groups aligned with a UN-backed government in Tripoli took over a compound occupied by a rival prime minister early on Wednesday, after heavy fighting that spread to several parts of the Libyan capital. The offices of a television station

November 26 proposed as date for Tunisia local polls

The body in charge of organizing elections in Tunisia on Tuesday proposed November 26 as the date for holding the first municipal polls since the country’s 2011 revolution. “It is still possible to hold the elections in 2017,” said the

Policeman killed in south Tunisia ambush

A police officer was killed and another wounded in a night-time ambush on a checkpoint in southern Tunisia, the interior ministry said Sunday. Two suspected militants were killed and another seriously wounded in the incident near Kebili, 480 kilometres (300

Moroccan parliamentarian shot dead in Casablanca

A Moroccan parliamentarian has been shot dead in Casablanca, local media reported Wednesday. Abdellatif Merdas was gunned down late Tuesday near his home in the well-off southern district of Californie. His assassins fled the scene. The 53-year-old was in his

Libya’s eastern parliament quits UN peace deal with Tripoli

Libya’s eastern parliament voted Tuesday to withdraw its support for a United Nations peace deal and Government of National Accord, an escalation in the fractured country’s split that stokes concerns recent violence could intensify. Abdullah Ablaihig, spokesman for the Tobruk-based,

110 dead from hunger in 48 hours in severe Somalia drought

Somalia’s prime minister said Saturday that 110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in a single region – the first death toll announced in a severe drought threatening millions of people across the country. Somalia’s government

Libyan National Army loses control of major oil ports to armed faction

An armed faction entered two major Libyan oil ports on Friday, pushing back forces that captured and reopened the terminals in September, officials and residents said. The move risks increasing the fighting around the ports and casts new doubt over

Merkel: Tunisia agrees to take back 1,500 migrants

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday Tunisia had agreed to take back 1,500 rejected Tunisian migrants from Germany, after an attack by a Tunisian on a Christmas market in Berlin which killed 12 people. Merkel had told Tunisia she wanted

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