Information round to clock

    • Thursday 21 June
    • Exiled Ethiopian group ‘ready to return home’

      BBC Amharic - 15h10

      The exiled Ethiopian opposition group, Ginbot 7, has declared its support for the reconciliation call by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

      The Eritrea-based rebel group’s statement came shortly after Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki announced his intention to seek peace with Ethiopia on Wednesday.

      The two countries have been in a “no peace, no war” stand off for the past 17 years, following a bloody and inconclusive border war between them.

    • South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Riek Machar embrace at dinner hosted by Ethiopia PM

      Africanews - 14h55

      South Sudan’s president and rebel leader met on Wednesday for the first time since 2016, when a peace deal collapsed and fighting re-erupted between their forces, the Ethiopian prime minister’s chief of staff said.

      “The PM Abiy Ahmed hosted a private dinner to President Salva Kiir & Dr Rieck Machar together,” Fitsum Arega said on his Twitter account.

      “Faced with the continued suffering in South Sudan, Ethiopia simply can’t stand by. With more work, a peaceful future is possible.”

    • ‘It’s my World Cup’: Defiant Blatter attends Moscow match despite FIFA ban

      Reuters - 14h51

      Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter attended a World Cup match in Moscow on Wednesday, saying the tournament in Russia felt like “my World Cup”, but soccer’s world governing body said his presence did not directly violate his ban from football activities.

      Speaking in front of the Kremlin against of backdrop of football fans queuing to visit Moscow’s Red Square, Blatter said he had advocated Russia be chosen as the World Cup host in 2010.

      “When I arrived yesterday, I saw it a little bit, it’s my World Cup. How I was received here, television, cameras, people photographs and so on,” he said.

    • Cameroon violence ’caused by diaspora on social media’

      BBC Africa - 14h46

      Cameroon’s prime minister has blamed “the diaspora… crouched in the shadows” for the violence which has engulfed parts of the country.

      Yang Philemon accused Cameroonians living overseas of using social media to “spread hate speech and terror” and to even “order murders”.

    • Female suicide bombers injure 15 in Nigeria

      AFP - 14h43

      Two female suicide bombers left 15 people injured in north-eastern Nigeria, news agency AFP reports.

      Borno state police spokesman Edet Okon told the agency the first woman exploded when she was shot by officers near a military base in Maiduguri on Wednesday evening.

      The second woman died after detonating her device near a rickshaw, he added.

    • Monday 18 June
    • Rwanda seeks Cameroon’s support for Francophonie top job

      Cameroun Tribune - 14h22

      The special envoy of the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame on June 14, 2018 handed a message to Prime Minister Philemon Yang to forward to President Paul Biya.

      The Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and East African Community, Louise Mushikiwabo on June 14, 2018 handed a message of her President Paul Kagame to Cameroon’s Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang to forward to President Paul Biya. The Prime Minister received the special envoy of the Rwandan President on behalf of President Paul Biya.

    • Wednesday 13 June
    • Morocco lose bid to host 2026 World Cup

      - 12h12

      The 2026 World Cup has been awarded to the USA, Canada and Mexico after voting that took place on Wednesay during the FIFA Ordinary Congress in Russia.

      The vote dash Africa’s hopes of hosting the competition for the second time after Morocco’s bid just fell short of that put up by the three nations

    • Monday 11 June
    • Uganda impose social media tax

      CNN - 17h27

      The Ugandan government has imposed taxes on social media to raise money for the country and to avoid donor aid, a lawmaker told CNN.

      Ugandans will have to cough up 200 Ugandan shillings ($0.05) a day to use popular platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.
      President Museveni, who has ruled the country since 1986, is reported in local media as saying that social media encourages gossip.

    • South African Airways to cut 1000 jobs

      BBC Africa - 17h25

      Cash-strapped South African Airways (SAA) is set to make dramatic cuts in order to get its house back in order, news agency Reuters reports.

      Chief executive Vuyani Jarana – who has been in the job just six months – told the agency “there cannot be sacred cows” when it comes to South Africa’s flag carrier.

      “My view is that the starting point to getting out of the hole is to stop digging, you stop doing the things that sink you deeper into trouble,” he added.

      Mr Jarana would not be drawn on exactly how many jobs would be lost, but sources told Reuters it was somewhere in the region of 1,000 to 1,500.

    • Ethiopia Offers Reassurances to Egypt Over Nile Waters

      VOA - 17h22

      The leaders of Egypt and Ethiopia say they have made progress in their talks on sharing the waters of the Nile River.

      The two countries have been trying for months to settle a dispute over the dam Addis Ababa is building on the Nile River that Cairo fears will threaten its water supplies.

      Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, estimated to cost at least $4 billion, will be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam.

    • Machar commits to peace in South Sudan following meeting with Raila Odinga

      Africanews - 17h19

      South Sudan’s rebel leader, Riek Machar has committed to the ongoing peace process that seeks to organise a face-to-face meeting with his nemesis, president Salva Kiir.

      Following a meeting with veteran Kenyan politician, Raila Odinga, Machar tweeted saying ‘something will change’ and emphasising that he has been ‘advocating for this peaceful resolution of the conflict’.

    • Ex-Ghana FA boss resigns from Caf and Fifa

      BBC Africa - 17h06

      The former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President Kwesi Nyantakyi has resigned from the posts he held with Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf).

      It is his latest move after a film was released last week in which he was seen apparently accepting a gift of $65,000 (£48,500) in “shopping money” from an undercover reporter. He denies any wrongdoing.

      Football’s world governing body, Fifa, suspended Nyantakyi for 90 days on 8 June but he has now left his role on the Fifa Council.

    • Monday 04 June
    • Nigerian Senate President summoned over bank robbery

      BBC Africa - 11h32

      Police in Nigeria have summoned Senate President Bukola Saraki to come in for questioning over bank robberies in Offa in Kwara state in April.

      Thirty-three people were killed in Offa, including nine policemen, when six banks were targeted.

      Police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood said Mr Saraki has been invited for questioning after arrested suspects said that the senate president and the state’s governor had sponsored them.

    • Afghan kids deprived of Education

      VOA - 11h22

      A newly published report on education in Afghanistan concludes nearly 44 percent of all children in the country are not going to schools, pushing the rate up for the first time since 2002.

      The report blames the ongoing conflict and worsening security situation, combined with “deeply engrained” poverty and discrimination against girls, for the 3.7 million children aged between 7 and 17 years old who are out of school.

    • North Korea takes back seat in Key China meeting

      CNN - 11h19

      It was billed as the pre-summit summit. A gathering of regional defense chiefs in the very same city where the two leaders of the United States and North Korea are due to meet in a mere nine days’ time.

      But rather than offering a preview of next week’s main event, issues surrounding North Korea took a backseat during this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s foremost security forum.

    • Madagascar’s PM resigns to pave way for transitional gov’t

      Africanews - 11h15

      Madagascar’s prime minister Olivier Mahafaly said he resigned from his post on Monday to comply with the terms of a court ruling that ordered the formation of a new consensus government to end a political crisis on the Indian Ocean island nation.

      Last month, president Hery Rajaonarimampianina approved an election law under which the main opposition candidate, Marc Ravalomanana, could run for office. An earlier version of the law had sparked deadly street protests.

    • Kenyans protest over rape of school girl

      BBC Africa - 11h11

      Former students from Moi Girls High School in Kenya are holding a protest outside the school’s gate amidst reports that one of the students was raped in an attack on Saturday.

      Students say three men entered the girls’ hostel and sexually assaulted one of the girls while two others managed to escape.

      Some of the protesters are wearing the school’s uniform, others are holding placards.

    • Friday 01 June
    • Trump to receive Kim letter as nuclear summit takes shape

      - 13h45

      US President Donald Trump was to receive a letter from his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong Un on Friday, a much-anticipated moment as preparations for a historic nuclear summit gain pace.

      Kim’s right-hand man, Kim Yong Chol, was due in Washington a day after talks in New York with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made what the US diplomat called “real progress” towards holding the planned June 12 summit.

      Meanwhile, back in Pyongyang, the North Korean leader re-committed his isolated state to “denuclearization,” boosting hopes of what would be an extraordinary diplomatic turn-around just a week after Trump threatened to cancel preparations.

      Since that short-lived crisis, diplomats in both countries have conducted an intense flurry of negotiations, culminating on Thursday when Pompeo sat down in New York with Kim’s envoy.

    • Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over ‘sin’

      - 13h44

      Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has warned Saudi Arabia’s reformist Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his “sinful projects”, in a bulletin released Friday.

      Prince Mohammed has spearheaded a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive.

      “The new era of Bin Salman replaced mosques with movie theatres,” the Yemen-based jihadist group said in its Madad news bulletin, picked up by the SITE Intelligence Group.

      He “substituted books that belonged to the imams… with absurdities of the atheists and secularists from the east and the west and opened the door wide for corruption and moral degradation,” it said.

    • Belgium charges Abdeslam accomplice over 2016 bombings

      - 13h42

      A Belgian judge has charged an accomplice of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam with a terror offence linked to the Brussels suicide bombings, prosecutors said Friday.

      Tunisian Sofiane Ayari is the ninth person to be charged over the March 22, 2016 bombings at Brussels airport and a metro station that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds.

      Ayari, who along with Abdeslam was jailed in April for opening fire on police in Brussels days before the bombings, was charged late Thursday “with participation in the activities of a terrorist organisation,” the federal prosecutor’s office said.

      It said an investigating judge charged Ayari, 24, “in connection with the investigation after the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Zaventem” airport.

    • World on brink of trade war as US slaps tariffs on allies

      - 13h40

      The world’s largest economies stood on the brink of all-out trade war as the EU, Canada and Mexico drew up retaliatory measures to Washington’s stinging steel and aluminium tariffs that came into effect on Friday.

      Washington angered its major allies by slapping duties of 25 percent and 10 percent on imports of aluminium and steel.

      The measures had actually been decided back in March, but at the time US President Donald Trump gave Canada and the EU — the biggest sources of foreign aluminum and steel respectively for the US — a grace period until May 31.

    • EU ‘not at war with anyone’ on trade: Mogherini

      - 13h39

      EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Friday said the bloc was not in a trade war with anyone but would defend its interests, hours after the US slapped punishing metals tariffs on Europe and other close allies.

      “The European Union is not at war with anyone… the EU is a peace project, including on trade,” Mogherini said at a joint press conference in Brussels with the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

      “We believe in global free fair trade and we will continue to do so,” Mogherini told reporters.

      “Having said that, clearly the EU has to defend its interests,” she added.

    • Wednesday 30 May
    • Militants kill one in attack on interior ministry in Kabul

      - 15h31

      Militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the interior ministry in Kabul Wednesday, killing a policeman in the latest chilling demonstration of their ability to strike at the heart of the Afghan capital.

      The attack during the holy month of Ramadan, claimed by the Islamic State group, was the latest deadly assault by the group in Kabul. Five people were injured.

      The Taliban are also stepping up their attacks on the capital, making it the deadliest place in the country for civilians.

      Special forces rushed to the scene after the attackers detonated what police said was a car bomb at the first checkpoint leading to the ministry, then tried to battle their way inside.

      “The fighting is over, the attackers have all been killed by security forces between the first and second security perimeter,” said Kabul police chief Daud Amin.

    • Tuesday 29 May
    • French family of rescued boy thanks hero Malian ‘Spiderman’

      - 13h29

      The family of the young boy saved by “Spiderman” Mamoudou Gassama in a daring rescue that won him global acclaim and a promise of French citizenship has thanked the Malian youth for his quick thinking.

      Gassama, 22, scaled four storeys of an apartment bloc in France on Saturday to rescue the four-year-old who was spotted dangling from a balcony. On Tuesday, French authorities began the first steps towards making him a citizen in recognition of his bravery.

      The boy’s father, who had been living alone with him in Paris, had left him alone to go out to the shops and then remained on the street to play Pokemon Go, according to French investigators.

      The boy’s mother learned the news of the rescue on Reunion Island — the French Indian Ocean territory where she and the father were born and where she still lives.

      Reacting to Gassama’s intervention on Antenne Reunion radio late Monday, the woman, who was not identified, said: “We can only thank him and thank heaven he was so reactive.”

    • US search firm says to end MH370 hunt in ‘coming days’

      - 13h24

      A private search for Flight MH370 will end in the coming days, an exploration firm said Tuesday, some four years after the plane disappeared in one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

      The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished in March 2014 with 239 people — mostly from China — on board, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

      No sign of it was found in a 120,000-square kilometre (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led hunt, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January last year.

    • Buhari grieves over killings as nation celebrates Democracy Day

      - 13h22

      As Nigeria marks Democracy Day, President Muhammadu Buhari is pained over the grievous loss of lives and properties caused by the insurgents and other criminal elements.But he has assured Nigerians that he will not rest until all criminal elements and their sponsors are brought to justice.

      In his Democracy Day national broadcast on Tuesday, he said the government was boosting the capacity of its security agencies through recruitment of more personnel, training and procurement of modern equipment, enhancement of intelligence gathering as well as boosting their morale in the face of daunting challenges.

      He noted that the Niger Delta region has enjoyed relative peace through social inclusiveness and cooperation of the elders and the good people of the region.

    • First rights trial since 2011 revolt opens in Tunisia

      - 13h21

      The first court case brought by a Tunisian commission probing human rights violations stretching back six decades opened on Tuesday, with 14 former officials, including the ousted president, on trial.

      The Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) was set up in 2014 following the 2011 revolt that toppled dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings.

      It has a mandate to investigate human rights violations between 1957, when Habib Bourguiba became president, and the date of its creation, with the aim of holding perpetrators to account and rehabilitating their victims.

      Tuesday’s first court case concerns the forced disappearance of Kamel Matmati, a member of the Islamist movement Ennahdha, who was arrested in 1991 during Ben Ali’s rule, and tortured to death.

    • Italy financial markets plunge on political turmoil

      - 13h19

      The Milan stock exchange plunged more than three percent Tuesday, while Italy’s debt-risk premium surged, reflecting investor worry over the prospect of a fresh eurozone crisis.

      Financial markets are nervous as Italy faces the prospect of new elections as early as September after a nascent populist government collapsed over the weekend, prolonging almost three months of uncertainty.

      At close on Monday, Italy’s 10-year bond yields were 235 basis points higher than Germany’s, already their top levels since 2013, before surging further to over 300 basis points Tuesday morning.

      Yields typically rise at times of stress as investors demand higher returns if they are to buy a country’s bonds.

    • Monday 28 May
    • Italy plunges into political crisis after govt talks collapse

      - 14h48

      Italy was plunged into fresh political chaos as the president prepared Monday to appoint a pro-austerity economist as leader after a bid by two populist parties to form a government collapsed.

      The crisis was sparked when President Sergio Mattarella vetoed the nomination of fierce eurosceptic Paolo Savona as economy minister, enraging the far-right League and leading to the anti-establishment Five Star Movement calling for his impeachment.

      The decision led to prime minister-elect Giuseppe Conte stepping aside, exacerbating the political turmoil nearly three months after March’s inconclusive general election.

      Mattarella said he had accepted every proposed minister except Savona, who has called the euro a “German cage” and has said that Italy needs a plan to leave the single currency “if necessary”.

    • Kenya: Authorities arrest youth fund boss over $99M theft

      - 14h46

      Kenyan authorities on Monday arrested the head of the National Youth Service (NYS), Richard Ndubai, over the theft of 9 billion Shillings ($99 million).Ndubai was arrested alongside 20 other suspects over the loss of the funds at NYS that has increasingly embarrassed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.

      The officials were arrested following a directive from the Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, who on Monday confirmed receiving files on 10 companies and more than 40 individuals named in the ongoing NYS scandal.

      The funds were lost through fictitious invoices, and multiple payments on one supplier invoice, at the NYS.

      The suspects face charges that include forgery, money laundering, abuse of office, obtaining by false pretence and fraud at NYS whose sole mandate is to offer vocational training to the youth and young people in Kenya.

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