Egypt, Sudan back resumed Nile dam talks as UN urges deal

Egypt and Sudan have expressed readiness to resume talks with Ethiopia on its controversial Nile dam after the UN Security Council urged the three governments to swiftly reach a binding deal.The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, set to be Africa’s largest hydroelectric project when completed,

Djibouti says rumors about president’s health are ‘poison’

Djibouti on Tuesday dismissed speculation about President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s health as “poison” aimed at destabilising the country and said the 73-year-old was simply taking a few days off to recover from overwork.Re-elected for a fifth term in April, Guelleh has ruled Djibout

Vaccine passport comes to S. Africa, ahead of easing restrictions

Cape Town is planning to introduce COVID-19 "vaccine passports" to prevent the widespread skepticism of the jab, ahead of an easing of movement restrictions this week, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday. After sluggish vaccine procurement and a delayed rollout, Africa's

South Africa vaccinates some kids in test of Chinese vaccine

 South Africa on Friday started vaccinating children and adolescents as part of the global Phase 3 clinical trials of China’s Sinovac Biotech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged between 6 months and 17 years.The global study will enroll 2,000 participants in South Africa and 12,000 other

ECOWAS suspends Guinea after coup, falls short on sanctions

West Africa's main political and economic bloc suspended Guinea's membership on Wednesday following a weekend military coup that ousted President Alpha Conde and dealt the latest in a flurry of setbacks to democracy in the region. During a virtual summit, leaders from the 15-member Econ

Guinea's opposition leader says he's open to transition following military coup

Guinea's main opposition leader said on Tuesday he was open to participating in a transition following a military coup over the weekend, as the soldiers who seized power consolidated their takeover. West African countries have threatened sanctions following the overthrow of President Alpha C

Sudan refugee camps not used as hideout for Tigray rebels: UN

Claims that Tigray rebels hide out in refugee camps in Sudan were denied by the United Nations Tuesday, after Ethiopian officials said fighters had been caught with refugee ID cards. Tens of thousands of refugees have streamed across the border into Sudan since war broke out 10 months ago in

Rebels with Daesh links kill 30 in DR Congo massacre

Extremists with links to the Daesh terrorist group have killed at least 30 in an attack in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), local and U.N. sources said Monday. Members of civil society blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) for the attack on Saturday in the province of

Gunfire near Guinea's presidential palace raises coup concerns

Guinea's capital was rocked by the sound of heavy gunfire early Sunday near the presidential palace in Conakry, witnesses said. Troops were seen in the streets of the capital city, raising security concerns in a country with a long history of military power grabs and coup attempts. At least two

Ethiopia announces the arrival of humanitarian aid to the Tigray region

Ethiopia announced on Saturday the arrival of more than 150 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid in the past two days to the war-torn Tigray region. The Ethiopian Ministry of Peace said that about 500 trucks arrived in Tigray a week ago, including 152 in the past two days. The ministry noted that

African countries to fall behind COVID-19 vaccination goal: WHO

Most African countries are on course to miss the goal of vaccinating the most vulnerable 10% of their population against COVID-19 by end of September, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday, as it blamed wealthy nations for hoarding shots. Forty-two of Africa's 54 nations, nearly 80%,

Tigray Battle Looms on Sudan's Border

The Tigray People's Liberation Front took control over the Lalibela city as part of the military activity and the fighting that erupted since July 27th with the Ethiopian government forces. The government forces withdrew militarily from parts of northern Ethiopia, including the capital, Mekele.

Zambia’s opposition leader takes lead in presidential poll

 Veteran Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema appears on the verge of clinching the southern African country’s presidency, with a commanding lead in votes. The 59-year old businessman, contesting the presidency for the sixth time, has more than 2.3 million votes to President Ed

Ivory Coast records first case of Ebola: health minister

 Ivory Coast has recorded a first case of Ebola, the health minister announced late Saturday, the first occurence of the deadly disease in nearly three decades.Officials at the Institut Pasteur had confirmed the case after testing samples taken from an 18-year-old Guinean woman, Health Minist

Thousands in Ethiopian capital rally against Tigray rebels

Ethiopia's capital saw a large rally on Sunday in support of the national defense forces and condemning the Tigray rebels in the country's north, Anadolu Agency reported. Thousands of people from the Oromia region and elsewhere rallied at Meskeq Square in the capital Addis Ababa, with f

Niger terror attack leaves 15 soldiers dead

Fifteen soldiers have been killed and six more are missing after a "terrorist" attack in southwest Niger, near the border with Burkina Faso, the defence ministry announced Sunday. The soldiers were first ambushed and later hit by an improvised explosive device as they tried to evacuate their woun

Corruption trial of South Africa’s ex-president is postponed

The corruption trial of former South African president Jacob Zuma, who is currently in prison, has been postponed to August 10 as it is decided whether he must be physically present in the courtroom or can appear via video from where he is in detention.Zuma asked that his trial be postponed until

Zuma graft trial to resume despite deadly protests across South Africa

The dragging corruption trial of South Africa’s jailed ex-president Jacob Zuma resumes on Monday despite deadly violence that swept the nation after his imprisonment in an unrelated case.Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, graft and racketeering related to a 1999 purchase of fighter jets, patrol