Ethiopian PM Abiy defends response to ethnic clashes

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday 11-3-2019 pushed back against portrayals of his government as weak and timid in the face of recent unrest that left more than 80 people dead. Protests against Abiy, this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, erupted in Addis Ababa and i

Zimbabwe minister barred from US over rights offences

The United States said on Friday that it would refuse entry to Zimbabwe's security minister in response to a crackdown on protests and the opposition. The announcement came the same day the Zimbabwean government organised a mass protest against longstanding US sanctions. The State Department said

Will the DA survive Mmusi Maimane's resignation?

South Africa's official opposition is in crisis. Mmusi Maimane's resignation on Wednesday as leader and member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) marked a critical climax of the party's undoing following a poor electoral performance that highlighted its challenges to win over the majority black vote.

EU criticises 'unlevel playing field' in Mozambique election

A European Union observer mission to Mozambique's election raised the alarm on Thursday over unfair conditions and unjustified use of state resources by the ruling party, as well as widespread violence. Results are not in yet from Tuesday's presidential, legislative and provincial poll. But its out

Sudan's government and rebels start peace talks in Juba

Sudan's transitional government and rebel leaders on Monday began peace talks to end years-long insurgencies in the country. The peace initiative was built into a power-sharing deal between Sudan's army and its pro-democracy movement that was reached after the overthrow of long-time president Omar

Nile dam dispute: Abiy Ahmed to meet Egypt's Abdel Fattah El Sisi in Russia

 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Sunday said he hoped differences with Ethiopia over the reduction of his country's share of Nile water would be resolved when he talked with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Russia.Mr El Sisi did not give the exact date for the talks or say why the meet

Ethiopian Prime Minister’s Office Says Proud of Nobel Peace Prize

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Friday that it was proud of the head of the government being awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize."The Office of the Prime Minister is pleased [to] express our pride in the selection of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as the 2

Egypt hardens rhetoric on Ethiopia's Blue Nile dam

Egypt has hardened its rhetoric on Ethiopia’s Nile dam in an apparent attempt to force the East African nation to make concessions to Cairo.Construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile is due to be completed next year, when Ethiopian authorities will begin to fill a large reser

Al Shabab claims attacks on EU convoy and US base in Somalia

Somali militant group Al Shabab claimed separate attacks on a US military base and a European Union convoy in the East African country on Monday.A bomb attack in the morning was followed by small arms fire at a base operated by US special forces in the Somali town of Baledogle. "In the early hour

'Biggest mosque in West Africa' to open in Senegal

Senegal's Sufi Mouride Brotherhood will inaugurate a mosque that can hold 30,000 worshippers, described as the largest in West Africa, in the capital Dakar on Friday.Work on the Massalikul Jinaan mosque, which means "the Paths to Paradise", began a decade ago on a swampy six-hectare site in the po

Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe buried in his native village

The body of Zimbabwe's late former President Robert Mugabe has been buried in his rural village of Kutama after weeks of wrangling between his family and the government over his final resting place.Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on September 6, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup

Congo to deploy second Ebola vaccine

Health authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Saturday that they plan to introduce a second Ebola vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, to counter the second-worst outbreak of the virus in history. The team overseeing Congo's Ebola response did not say when exactly the J&

WHO Investigating Amid Fears of Mystery Illness in Tanzania

The Tanzanian government said Saturday that there had been no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country amid earlier reports that a local woman may have contracted and died from the deadly virus, which has killed thousands of people across western and central Africa in recent years. The World Health

African leaders attend state ceremony for Zimbabwe's Mugabe

African heads of state and envoys gathered to attend a state funeral for Zimbabwe’s founding president, Robert Mugabe Saturday, whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains. The service and viewing of the body of Mugabe, who died la

Nigerians aren’t targeted more than other Africans in South Africa’s

The latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa have ignited the long-standing tensions between the country and Nigeria. These are captured in the retaliatory attacks on South African businesses in Nigeria and the diplomatic outrage by Nigerian authorities. Nigeria also boycotted the recent World Eco