MOZAMBIQUE GOVERNMENT, OPPOSITION TO SIGN FORMAL PEACE TREATY – PRESIDENT

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi will sign a peace agreement on Thursday to put a formal end to military hostilities with the main opposition party, Renamo, almost three decades after the end of a civil war. Renamo and Nyusi’s ruling party fought on opposing sides of the 16-year conflict that killed an estimated 1 million people […]

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Nigeria insists Boko Haram ‘defeated’ after 10-year insurgency

Nigeria’s presidency claimed Boko Haram’s 10-year-old insurgency had been “defeated” but admitted that international jihadists posed a growing threat. “The position of the Nigerian government is that the Boko Haram terrorism has been degraded and defeated. The real Boko Haram we know is defeated,” the presidency said in a statement late Tuesday. It said the […]

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Sudan’s academic activities suspended indefinitely following killing of students

Since protests broke out last December, 246 people have died. Academic activities in Sudan have been suspended indefinitely following the killing of four protesting students and one other person by snipers on Monday, and the wounding of more, as they rallied in the town of Al Obeid, in central Sudan. Following the deaths more protests […]

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Sudan ruler condemns teenagers’ killing as UN urges probe

Unicef has called on the authorities ‘to investigate’ the killings and hold the perpetrators accountable. A military ruler Tuesday condemned the killing of five schoolchildren at a rally as the United Nations called for an investigation ahead of planned talks between protest leaders and the generals. Demonstrators accused feared paramilitaries of the Rapid Support Forces, […]

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Tunisian parliament speaker sworn in as new president

Tunisian parliament Speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president on Thursday, hours after President Beji Caid Essebsi’s death in a smooth transition of power in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Essebsi, 92, helped guide the North African country transition to democracy after the 2011 revolution. Tunisia’s electoral commission has ordered the interim […]

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115 feared dead after worst Mediterranean shipwreck of the year

About 115 people are missing and feared to have drowned and another 134 were rescued by Libyan coast guards and local fishermen after a wooden boat carrying migrants capsized off Libya, a Libyan navy official said on Thursday. Earlier, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said that up to 150 people were feared dead. “The worst […]

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Ethiopia says army to take over security in troubled south

Ethiopia announced Monday that soldiers and federal police will take over security in a restive southern region following days of violence that has left at least 18 people dead. “The regular security structure has been unable to ensure rule of law and has been stymied by various agendas,” said a statement read on regional state television […]

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Zimbabwean vice president in China to receive treatment for unknown illness

Zimbabwean vice president Constantino Chiwenga has been flown to China for medical treatment, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, but gave no details of the health problems that have kept Chiwenga away from work for more than two months. The 62-year-old former general led a coup against Robert Mugabe in 2017 and was subsequently appointed […]

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Nigerian president condemns killing of 37 villagers by cattle thieves

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday “strongly” condemned recent attacks by cattle raiders on three villages in the country’s northwest that officials said killed 37 people. He offered commiserations to the survivors and vowed a firm response to “these brutal and remorseless enemies of humanity”. “These frequent and large scale killings of poor villagers by […]

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Phone operators and businesses left stranded as load-shedding hits Zim

Millions of mobile phone subscribers and businesses were left stranded as power cuts in Zimbabwe had their biggest mass effect at the weekend. Econet Wireless – with a subscriber base of at least 10 million people and with control of 90% of mobile money transfers – failed to power its generators on Saturday during 14 […]

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