Obama lands in Ethiopia, kick-starts African Union visit US President Barack Obama landed in Ethiopia on Sunday, beginning a two-day stay and becoming the first American leader to visit Africa’s second most populous nation. Air Force One touched down at Addis Ababa’s international airport after a short flight north from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, and the president was greeted...... read more
Nkurunziza elected Burundi President for third term amid controversies Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third five-year term as the leader of the small east African nation, the country’s electoral commission said on Friday, after a vote marred by violence and a boycott by the opposition. Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, head of the electoral commission, told reporters Nkurunziza had won...... read more
Tutu out of hospital after taking treatment South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been discharged from hospital after a week of treatment for a persistent infection, his family has confirmed, adding doctors had ordered him to rest. The 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate was on a course of intravenous antibiotics to treat the infection, which was not connected with...... read more
Burundi votes amid violence as Nkurunziza seeks third term in office Burundians are going ahead to cast their votes on Tuesday amid gunfire and grenade blasts, with President Pierre Nkurunziza widely expected to win a third straight term despite international condemnation and thousands of people fleeing feared violence. At least two people including a policeman and a civilian were killed in a...... read more
Opposition party boycotts election as crisis escalates in Burundi Opposition parties said on Friday they would boycott Burundi's elections in protest at the president's bid for a third term and over concerns voting would not be fair, escalating the African nation's worst political crisis since a civil war ended in 2005. Highlighting international worries about a region that has a...... read more
Burundi crisis: Vice President on the run One of Burundi’s Vice President, Gervais Rufyikiri, has fled the country to Belgium, saying he felt threatened after opposing President Pierre Nkurunziza’s third-term bid, an allegation which has been denied by Burundi’s government. Rufyikiri He said on Thursday that he could no longer support Nkurunziza’s unconstitutional attempt for a third term, adding...... read more
Togolese President reported missing as health condition worsens Togolese President is said to be missing, two weeks after he last appeared before the public. The last time Gnassingbe was spotted in public was two and a half weeks ago, on June 5, 2015. He was seen in Ghana consoling the families of victims of the gas station explosion in...... read more
South Africans resume Xenophobia attacks on Nigerians, other Foreigners Nigerian Union in South Africa on Tuesday reported new xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other foreigners in Sternkopf, Namakwa Municipality, Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The President of the Union, Ikechukwu Anyene, said in Pretoria, South Africa, that the Northern Cape Province Chapter Chairman of the Union reported the incident...... read more
Egypt court 'condemns' Mursi to death Egyptian court sentenced deposed President Mohamed Mursi to death on Tuesday on charges of killing, kidnapping and other offences during a 2011 mass jail break.   The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and four other Brotherhood leaders were also handed the death penalty. More than 80 others were...... read more
Bashir 'flees' from South Africa Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes, has left South Africa, pre-empting a court ruling over an international warrant for his arrest. The Pretoria High Court was due to decide whether he should be handed over to the International Criminal Court which charged him with the crimes. Mr...... read more
BREAKING: Adesina elected AFDB president Nigeria’s outgoing Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, has been elected President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). His election was on Thursday in Abidjan, the capital of Ivory Coast where the African Development Bank Annual General Meeting has been ongoing. He beat seven other contenders for the top job. The...... read more
FG heaps praises on ECOWAS as commission marks 40 years since inception Minister of State 11 for Foreign Affairs, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro has commended the Economic Community of West African States  (ECOWAS) achievements in 40 years in spite of the daunting challenges.Obanikoro gave the commendation at a one–day sensitization workshop on the role of the media in deepening democracy and de-escalating violent conflicts...... read more
Burundi president dumps 'key' ministers Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has dismissed his defence and foreign ministers after last week's failed military coup, according to a presidential spokesperson. Emmanuel Ntahonvukiye, a civilian, was named on Monday to replace Pontian Gaciyubwenge, the defence minister, while Alain Aime Nyamitwe was appointed foreign minister to succeed Laurent Kavakure, the spokesperson said. Al Jazeera's...... read more
Burundi President makes first public appearance after failed coup Burundi President, Pierre Nkurunziza, made his first public appearance on Sunday after a failed coup. Nkurunziza met with ruling party officials in the Kamenge neighbourhood of the capital, Bujumbura, as part of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy’s (CNDD-FDD) election campaign. Local government polls...... read more
Xenophobia: South Africa sends 5,645 immigrants parking South Africa has repatriated 5,645 foreigners since the end of xenophobic attacks in late April, the government said on Sunday. A Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who said this in a statement, added that the foreigners chose to leave South Africa voluntarily. Malawians made up the bulk of the foreigners,...... read more
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