Category archives for: African News

Nigeria labels bandit gangs ‘terrorists’ in bid to stem violence

Official gazette refers to criminal gangs who carry out mass kidnappings of students, abduction for ransom, cattle rustling and destruction of property, among other crimes. Nigeria has branded criminal gangs known locally as bandits that are blamed for mass abductions of schoolchildren as “terrorist” groups, a designation aimed at containing growing insecurity in the north. […]

Biden to Lift Travel Ban on Southern African Countries on Dec. 31

President had put restrictions in place as the Omicron variant began spreading around the world, but it is now the dominant strain in the U.S. President Biden will lift a travel ban he imposed last month on non-U.S. citizens traveling from South Africa and seven other southern African countries, according to a senior administration official. […]

Gambia Commission Recommends Ex-President Jammeh Be Tried

A commission in Gambia has suggested that former President Yahya Jammeh be brought before an international tribunal for crimes committed during his 22-year dictatorship. A truth and reconciliation commission in Gambia has found former President Yahya Jammeh responsible for a spate of killings, rapes and torture during his 22-year long dictatorship and recommended that he […]

Biden to Lift Travel Ban on Southern African Countries on Dec. 31

President had put restrictions in place as the Omicron variant began spreading around the world, but it is now the dominant strain in the U.S. President Biden will lift a travel ban he imposed last month on non-U.S. citizens traveling from South Africa and seven other southern African countries, according to a senior administration official. […]

Calls Grow for a ‘Fighting Government’ in Burkina Faso as Prime Minister Quits

President Roch Marc Christian Kabore faced demands Thursday December 9 for tougher action against Burkina Faso’s jihadi insurgency, a day after the crisis cost the prime minister his job. Seeking to defuse anger over a bloody 6-year-old campaign that has claimed about 2,000 lives and forced 1.4 million from their homes, Kabore on Wednesday accepted […]

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 […]

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