Tuesday 23 January 2018
(AFP (eng) 01/19/18)
US Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed regret on Thursday to African ambassadors who were outraged by President Donald Trump's alleged description of African countries as "shithole" nations, the head of the African Group said. Haley asked to meet the African ambassadors at the United Nations after they released a joint statement on Friday demanding an apology from Trump for his "outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks." Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba of Equatorial Guinea, who chairs the Africa Group, said the US ambassador did not offer an apology during the closed-door meeting, but she did express regret. Haley told the meeting that "she was not there at the White House, she is not sure what was said, but...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
Mozambique's military and the opposition Renamo group were both guilty of serious crimes before a 2016 ceasefire, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Friday detailing killings and torture. HRW called for justice over the violence that erupted between November 2015 and December 2016 as Mozambique appeared at risk of returning to its long and bloody civil war. Renamo rebels had fought a 16-year war against the ruling Frelimo party until 1992, and unrest again boiled over in 2015. "More than a year since the ceasefire was declared, the Mozambican government has not held anyone from its security forces or Renamo accountable," said HRW programme director Iain Levine. "The government should investigate abuses by both sides and bring those...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
The African Union said Friday that President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" broke with "accepted behaviour" and was "extremely upsetting." Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump's statement "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice." "This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens," she said. "It's an extremely upsetting statement," she added. The comment was reportedly made during a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out in a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries. The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks. Trump sat down with senators and congressmen at the White House to discuss a proposed bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members...
(AFP (eng) 12/11/17)
Up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official warned Sunday, calling on countries to prepare for the threat. Smail Chergui, the AU's commissioner for peace and security, said African nations would need to work closely with each other and share intelligence to counter returning militants. "There are reports of 6,000 African fighters among the 30,000 foreign elements who joined this terrorist group...
(AFP (eng) 12/05/17)
Unidentified attackers killed two villagers, burned dozens of homes and destroyed a church in the far north of Mozambique, police said on Tuesday. The violence, which struck last week, came two months after a wave of attacks in the same region that investigators blamed on "Islamist extremists". On October 5 and 6, two armed men laid siege to three police stations in Mocimboa de Praia, close to the Tanzanian border, killing a civilian and two officers, detectives said. As many as 14 attackers were also killed. The latest attack happened on the night of November 29 in the villages of Mitumbate and Makulo...
(AFP (eng) 12/01/17)
Leaders at an EU-Africa summit called Thursday for the immediate evacuation of nearly 4,000 distressed African migrants in Libya under a new drive to fight slave traders and traffickers. Wrapping up a two-day summit in Ivory Coast's economic capital, a top African Union (AU) official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans stranded in Libya, where many have suffered atrocities and even been sold into slavery. He said a fact-finding mission had seen one camp in Tripoli where...
(AFP (eng) 11/30/17)
A summit gathering European and African leaders from more than 80 countries drew to a close Thursday with plans for the immediate evacuation of some 3,800 African migrants stranded in Libya. Wrapping up the summit in the Ivorian capital, a top African Union official said there could be as many as 700,000 Africans trapped in Libya, where many have suffered attrocities and even been sold into slavery. The two-day summit of the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) was showcased as a project to boost development in Africa as it faces a population crunch.
(AFP (eng) 11/28/17)
Hard cash but also the intangible ties of history have kept Europe in pole position as Africa's main partner, even if an influx of Chinese investment is prompting many African countries to look eastward. Successive years of hefty spending, particularly in infrastructure, have propelled China into the continent's top slot when calculated in terms of individual investor nations. But a quite different picture emerges when this is seen through a broader prism -- the ties between Africa and Europe as...
(AfricaNews 11/21/17)
The African Union has called for an investigation on the Libyan authorities regarding the ‘slave markets’ of African migrants in the conflict torn nation. The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Professor Alpha Conde, strongly condemned the despicable acts which are at odds with the ideals of the Founding Fathers of the Organization and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. He calls for an immediate end to these practices and other criminal...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/17)
srael's cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally. Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries. "The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country," the public security ministry said in a...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/17)
he African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to north African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400. Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also Chairman of the African Union, demanded an enquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a "despicable trade... from another era". Meanwhile Senegal's government. commenting on Facebook, expressed "outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil,"...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/17)
US politicians are voicing concern over America's growing military presence across Africa, where they worry the Pentagon is getting ever more embroiled in a secretive campaign against a shifting enemy. Last month's killing of four US soldiers in a Niger ambush has thrust the issue into the spotlight, with lawmakers calling for greater transparency on what is going on in Africa. "The footprint in Africa is much bigger than the American public understands," Democratic Senator Tim Kaine said this week...
(AFP (eng) 10/25/17)
President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique has sacked three top security chiefs two weeks after an attack on police stations initially blamed on jihadists that left two officers and 14 attackers dead. The president's office announced in a statement late on Tuesday that the head of the country's spy agency, police force and army would be removed immediately. Their replacements have yet to be named and no reason for the dismissals was given. Police initially claimed that the perpetrators of the...
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Police in Mozambique said Tuesday they had detained 52 people after a string of attacks on police stations, in which 14 attackers were gunned down and two officers killed. Police also backed away from an earlier claim that the gunmen were linked to homegrown "Islamic extremist sects", saying they were not connected to any organised terror group. "Nothing can make us say there is a connection between the attackers and terrorist groups," police spokesman Inacio Dina told reporters. "Among those...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
MAPUTO (Reuters) - Gun battles last week between police and attackers in a remote northern Mozambican port killed 16 people, including two police officers, local media reported. The attacks in the Indian Ocean port of Mocimboa da Praia, near the border with Tanzania and offshore gas fields, took place last Thursday and police have since regained control of the town, the official AIM news agency said. The motive for the attacks were not clear and the government has not blamed...
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - The spokesperson for the Mozambican police, Inacio Dina, has confirmed that two policemen and three members of a gang have been killed after 30 armed and hooded gunmen attacked them in the coastal district of Mocimboa da Praia early on Thursday. The incident took place in a police compound in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in a pre-dawn raid. Radio Mozambique reported that the police later seized two AK-47 rifles and three machetes left behind...
(AFP (eng) 10/05/17)
The mayor of Mozambique's third city was shot dead outside his house by unknown gunmen, officials said Thursday, in an apparent targeted assassination. Mahamudo Amurane, mayor of Nampula, was killed on Wednesday evening, sparking angry demonstrations in the northwestern city, where he was widely seen as an anti-corruption crusader. "He was murdered by a man who shot him three times as he left his private residence," Saide Ali, a member of the Nampula municipal government, told reporters. On Thursday police fired warning shots in Nampula to control angry crowds who gathered to protest against his death and to call for justice.
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - Unknown gunmen have shot and killed Mahamudo Amurrane, the mayor of Nampula city, in Mozambique's northern province of Nampula, APA can report. [Img : Mozambican mayor assassinated] According to private television, STv, Amurrane was caught by three bullets as he visited a chemistry lab in the city on Wednesday afternoon. An unnamed official of his Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) confirmed that the mayor died on the spot after the gunmen fired repeatedly at him. The motive for...

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