Category archives for: African News

NATO Studying ‘Options’ to Bolster Africa Anti-Jihadi Force, UN Says

NATO is studying options to bolster support for the multinational G5 Sahel Joint Force in the troubled three-borders region of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, where a surge in jihadis violence has cost thousands of lives, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a letter seen by AFP on Thursday October 7. The North Atlantic Treaty […]

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

PHILIP MARCELO She was orphaned during Rwanda’s genocide and lost much of one of her legs to childhood cancer, but Claudine Humure has dreams of giving back to her once war-torn homeland. First, though, she needed a new leg to propel her on the next part of her journey. The 29-year-old, who spent some of […]

Pope Francis saddened by ‘brutal attack’ which killed Catholic nuns in South Sudan

HANNAH BROCKHAUS Pope Francis has sent his condolences after a violent attack on a group of Catholic religious sisters and others in South Sudan left five dead on Monday, August 16. “His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the brutal attack on a group of Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,” […]

Côte d’Ivoire: Ebola vaccination of high-risk populations begins three days after outbreak declared

The vaccination against Ebola of high-risk populations began on Monday August 16, in Côte d’Ivoire following the discovery of an outbreak in the country three days ago. The swift response came after vaccines manufactured by Merck, which the World Health Organization (WHO) helped to secure to fight a four-month long outbreak in neighboring Guinea, were […]

Kenyan Court Blocks Attempt to Change Constitution

MOHAMMED YUSUF Kenya’s Court of Appeal ruled Friday August 20, that a plan by President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to change the Constitution was unlawful. Justice Gatembu Kairu said the power to change the Constitution lay with the citizens, not the political elite. “Abolishing or abrogating provisions of the Constitution in such […]

A Senegal-born factory worker is Europe’s first TikTok megastar

ALEXANDER ONUKWUE The latest TikTok star to reach 100 million followers is not a musician, actor, or athlete. It’s a 21-year-old former factory worker living in Italy on a Senegalese passport. Khaby Lame has crafted a comedic brand that has resonated around the world by putting so-called life hacks or complicated maneuvers through the lens […]

Mali violence threatens country’s survival, warns UN human rights expert

Rapidly spreading violence in Mali is threatening the State’s very survival, the UN independent expert on the human rights situation in the country said on Friday August 6. At the end of an 11-day official visit, Alioune Tine recounted stories of increasing extrajudicial executions, civilian kidnappings and gang rapes, saying that the “serious and continuing […]

First West African case of deadly Marburg virus detected: WHO

Guinea confirmed a case of Marburg disease, the World Health Organization said on Monday, the first recorded in West Africa of the lethal virus that’s related to Ebola and, like Covid-19, passed from animal hosts to humans. The virus, which is carried by bats and has a fatality rate of up to 88 percent, was […]

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo announces push for new party

Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo on Monday proposed setting up a new political party, his deeply divided Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) announced. At a crunch meeting of party leaders, Gbagbo lashed out at his former prime minister, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, the FPI’s president, and proposed “creating a new instrument of struggle in line with our […]

Alarm Over Push to Execute 3,000 Convicts

MOHAMMED MOMOH Rights bodies are raising the alarm over the fate of 3,008 Nigerian convicts on death row as the federal government advises state governors to sign warrants for their execution. The federal government accused the 36 regional state governors of hampering progress and justice because of their failure to sign the death warrants for […]