Can Siemens save Nigeria's chaotic power sector?
The Nigerian government has agreed to a deal with the German energy company in an attempt to fix the country's unreliable electricity grid.
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2019 15:53:00 GMT


Eastern DRC: Distressed calls for security from Ituri residents
According to unverified videos, youths in Bunia carried the severed head of a woman through the streets. The message: They want an end to the violence. The government, however, denies that these videos are real.
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2019 16:48:00 GMT


Kenya's finance minister arrested on corruption charges
Although hundreds of Kenyan officials face fraud charges, the detention of a sitting minister still came as a surprise. Henry Rotich is accused of graft in connection with a dam project being overseen by an Italian firm.
Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:24:00 GMT


South Africa: Ramaphosa denies graft allegations linked with campaign funding
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to battle a report accusing him of misleading lawmakers on campaign funding. A state watchdog body has linked Ramaphosa's campaign to money laundering.
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2019 23:18:00 GMT


Uganda: One year of social media tax
The introduction of a social media tax a year ago in Uganda caused an outcry from government critics and rights groups. And today, even some of the staunchest supporters of the tax are no longer convinced.
Date: Sat, 20 Jul 2019 14:47:00 GMT


South Africa: Zuma agrees to cooperate with inquiry after threatening to withdraw
Jacob Zuma's lawyers have agreed that he will respond in writing to an inquiry commission's questions into the "state capture" corruption scandal. Zuma had initially threatened to withdraw from the proceedings.
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 14:38:00 GMT


Morocco court condemns 3 to death for decapitation of Scandinavian hikers
Three men have been sentenced to death in Morocco for beheading two Scandinavian women in December. Twenty other defendants were sentenced to various terms in prison.
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:01:00 GMT


Ethiopia delays referendum on new independent region
Members of the Sidama ethnic group must now wait several months longer for a referendum that could lead to the setting up of a new independent region. Many, especially young Sidama, are unhappy with the delay.
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:22:00 GMT


Ebola: WHO declares international emergency over Congo outbreak
The UN's public health agency has warned that the possibility of the outbreak spreading across the region "remains very high." Health organizations have struggled to contain the outbreak in the conflict-stricken country.
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 18:02:00 GMT


End of a 'secret' German military mission in Cameroon
The announcement that Germany has ended its military mission in Cameroon came as a surprise to many who were unaware of the presence of German soldiers in the conflict-torn African country.
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:29:00 GMT


Opinion: Key steps needed for Cameroon peace talks
Switzerland has agreed to mediate talks between the government of Cameroon and separatist leaders aimed at faciliating a peaceful resolution to a three-year conflict. This is welcome news, says Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla.
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 13:35:00 GMT


Sudan's military and opposition sign first part of power-sharing deal
Protesters and the ruling military inked a political declaration to end months of unrest. Both sides clashed over the east African country's future after President Omar al-Bashir was deposed three months ago.
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:53:00 GMT


Nigeria: The politicized herders and farmers conflict
Special grazing zones and settlements for pastoralist Fulani groups were supposed to be the answer to the heated farmers and herders conflict. It has instead become a highly politicized debate.
Date: Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:38:00 GMT


Refugees sent to Libya under EU deal face 'catastrophic' conditions
Facing the risk of exploitation, violence and torture, aid groups warn Libya is not a safe country for refugees. They argue that is reason enough for the EU not to send asylum-seekers back to the country.
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:52:00 GMT


Ebola in DR Congo's Goma potential 'game-changer'
A first case of Ebola arriving in Goma, Congo's eastern border hub, amounts to a potential "game-changer," warns the World Health Organization. It's called an appraisal meeting in Geneva while urging calm in Goma.
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 14:55:00 GMT


Africa's Green parties bet on international help
In Germany and large parts of Europe, green parties are compounding their electoral successes. Environmental parties in Africa still have a long way to go, but the climate crisis could quicken their ascent.
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 13:24:00 GMT


South Africa's Zuma denies being 'king of corruption'
Ex-President Jacob Zuma has appeared in court, claiming to have been the victim of a campaign of vilification. He faces corruption charges over military equipment he sold as a minister in the 1990s.
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 09:16:00 GMT


DR Congo sees first case of Ebola in Goma, near Rwanda border
The Democratic Republic of Congo has reported its first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma. The presence of the virus has raised concerns of an outbreak in the densely populated area along the Rwandan border.
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 21:42:00 GMT


Can Chinese weapons contribute to peace in Africa?
China's military leaders have invited African army chiefs to Beijing — officially, to discuss peacekeeping missions. But China's military strategy in Africa also has a few other objectives, experts say.
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 17:30:00 GMT


Rwanda: Genocide widows struggle to forgive killers
The month of July officially marks the end of the mourning period for genocide victims in Rwanda. Between April - July, different activities are held countrywide to remember victims.
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2019 15:01:00 GMT


Egypt opens Bent Pyramid to tourists, unveils new archaeological finds
The Egyptian government has opened an unusual pyramid to the public for the first time in decades. Its Antiquities Ministry also put on display a host of significant archaeological finds recently discovered in the area.
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2019 22:18:00 GMT


Sudan: Thousands rally to mark 40 days since deadly crackdown
Protesters have called for justice for those killed in a brutal raid on a Khartoum camp. The military and civilian opposition still can't finalize power-sharing months after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2019 18:48:00 GMT


Somali security forces end al-Shabab hotel siege
An al-Qaida-linked extremist attack on a hotel in the Somali city of Kismayo has killed at least 26 people, including two journalists and a UN worker. The hotel is often visited by lawmakers and government officials.
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2019 07:51:00 GMT


Italy frees Eritrean refugee mistaken for human trafficker
An Eritrean carpenter residing in Sudan was arrested in 2016 as part of a joint British-Italian operation. Three years later, a court in Sicily said he isn't the human trafficking kingpin they wanted.
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2019 18:12:00 GMT