Egypt, Armenia agree to undermine foreign interference in region

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan have agreed on the importance of undermining foreign interference in the region. Egyptian presidential spokesperson, Bassam Radi, said Al-Sisi met the Armenian minister and discussed bi

Congo gold miners scour rubble for bodies after cave-in

Informal gold miners in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo scoured rubble on Saturday for more than 50 colleagues presumed dead after a mine collapsed under the weight of heavy rain. Hundreds of young men in rubber boots crowded around the site of Friday's cave-in, with some removing rocks by h

Ousted Mali president Keita leaves country as transition talks begin

Ousted Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita left the country on Saturday for medical treatment in Abu Dhabi, an adviser said, as talks about a transition back to civilian rule following last month’s military coup got off to a chaotic start. Keita, 75, was hospitalised in the capital Bamako

Last hostages held by Somali pirates released after five and a half years

A British-led team of hostage negotiators are celebrating after securing the release of three kidnapped sailors in the last and longest running hijacking in the Somali piracy crisis. For eight years, the Hostage Support Partnership has been behind the release of dozens of ‘forgotten’

Mali junta postpones transfer of powers meeting as cracks emerge

Mali's military junta on Saturday postponed the first meeting on the transfer of power after rising tensions with the group that sparked the August 18 coup. The junta had invited civic groups, political organisations and former rebels to consultations on Saturday, but said in a statement that the

Ethiopia PM arrives in Khartoum to strengthen relations

  Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abi Ahmed, arrived in Sudan yesterday on a one-day visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries, the official Sudanese News Agency (SUNA) reported. SUNA said Ahmed was received at Khartoum airport by his Sudanese counte

South African court allows sheep exports to Middle East, rejects cruelty concerns

A South African court ruled on Tuesday that a Kuwaiti firm could ship thousands of sheep to the Middle East, dealing a blow to animal welfare activists seeking to ban such exports on concerns that extreme heat could kill the animals en route. In the high court case, South Africa’s National

People of Ethiopia will sacrifice their lives for Renaissance Dam, says Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that Ethiopia will carry on building the Renaissance Dam and will not succumb to pressure, adding that the construction of the dam is now 88 per cent complete. The dam is a symbol of freedom and independence, Ahmed said, stressing that the Ethiopian people

Mali coup leaders suggest 'transitional president'

Coup leaders in Mali say a transitional president will be appointed, drawn from either the civilian population or the military. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was removed in a coup on Tuesday. West African leaders have called for him to be reinstated and the UN has called for the release of of

Ethiopia DM replaced after criticising PM Abiy amid ethnic violence

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office announced yesterday that he was replacing the defence minister, a fellow ethnic Oromo and former ally after he was openly critical of Abiy’s political reforms. As part of a cabinet reshuffle against the backdrop of recent ethnic violence in

Mali coup leaders vow transition leading to fresh elections

BAMAKO: Leaders of a military coup in Mali that detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and forced his resignation said Wednesday they would enact a political transition and stage elections within a “reasonable time.”The National Committee for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) &ldqu

Mali President Keita 'arrested in mutiny by soldiers'

Mutineering soldiers said on Tuesday that they had detained Mali’s President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse. Witnesses and officials said soldiers seized an important army base in the town of Kati, near the capital Bamako, on Tuesday morning. “We can tell yo

Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan Resume AU-led Talks over GERD

Three key Nile basin countries on Sunday resumed online negotiations led by the African Union to resolve their dispute over a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, Egyptian and Ethiopian officials said. Years of talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan with a variety

Zimbabwe rejects Catholic bishops' criticism of corruption and abuse

Zimbabwe's government has dismissed a letter by Roman Catholic bishops highlighting corruption, poverty and human rights abuses. "There is no crisis, political or otherwise," said Information Secretary Nick Mangwana. He accused the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishop's Conference (ZCBC) of joining groups s

South Africa crime rate falls 40 percent in coronavirus lockdown

Crime-plagued South Africa posted a drastic drop in criminal offences, including sexual assaults, during the first three months of its coronavirus lockdown. Crime rates dropped by up to 40 percent between April and June, when the country was placed under strict stay-home restrictions aimed at lim

Madagascar president's herbal tonic fails to halt Covid-19 spike

Hospitals in Madagascar have been struggling to cope with a surge of Covid-19 cases, while the president has been promoting an unproven product he says can cure the disease despite the World Health Organization (WHO) warning against using untested remedies. Cases have quadrupled in the past month

Mozambique battles ISIS fighters to regain key port

Mozambique's security forces engaged in a "tense" battle with ISIS-linked militants on Thursday to try to regain control of a port in a gas-rich northern province, Defence Minister Jaime Neto said. Mr Neto was speaking a day after the insurgents staged an early-morning attack and captured the por

Mocimboa da Praia: Mozambique battles for port seized by IS

Mozambique says its troops are fighting to regain control of the key port of Mocimboa da Praia, following multiple reports that it had fallen to Islamist militants on Wednesday. The city is near the site of natural gas projects worth $60bn (£46bn). The military says there is ongoing action

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