Tuesday 12 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
The runoff in Liberia's presidential elections will be held on December 26, the country's electoral overseer announced on Tuesday, clearing a last hurdle in a protracted saga. It means the final round of voting between the two leading candidates -- ex-footballer George Weah and Vice President Joseph Boakai -- can go ahead. "I am pleased to announce that the 2017 presidential runoff elections will be conducted on Tuesday December 26, 2017," the president of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Jerome Korkoya, said.
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
A militia leader in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) has been killed in clashes with rival groups in the country's gold-rich heart, sources said Tuesday. The fighting erupted on Sunday in the town of Ndassima, pitching two militias, the FPRC and UPC, against a rival called the RDR, which is in alliance with a splinter group of the FPRC. The RDR's leader, Gaetan Boade, was killed in the clashes, a police source in Bambari, reached by phone, told AFP. The account was confirmed separately by a UN official and by Azor Khalit, who heads the FPRC splinter group. Several sources said there had been additional deaths in Ndassima, although the toll remained sketchy. Ndassima lies at a crossroads of...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Four people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday. A Nigerian military source confirmed the incident and put the death toll at five. The explosion happened at about 12:30 pm (1130 GMT) on Monday in the border town of Pulka, in the Gwoza area of Borno state, where a Spanish team from the medical charity is providing healthcare. It was initially...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed is the most popular political figure with a confidence rate of 42%, according to the monthly barometer of Tunisian newspaper of Arabic expression Al-Maghrib (Le Maghreb). Tunisia has been facing popular discontent during the past three months, with pessimistic sentiment about the country's future persisting at a high rate of 78.1%. But Youssef Chahed was able to rectify the situation by reversing statistics to benefit from 81.7% of Tunisian confidence in government performance. Youssef Chahed...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Russia will "do everything necessary" to facilitate an agreement between rival camps in Libya to end the country's political crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. "We will assist in resolving all questions in negotiations between Tripoli and Tobruk, with whom we are regularly in contact," Lavrov said at a press conference following a meeting with his Libyan counterpart Mohamad Taha Siala in Moscow. "Russia will do everything necessary to fully normalise the situation in Libya and in...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
More than 170 people have been killed in fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan in the past week, a lawmaker said on Tuesday. "When it comes to those who are wounded, it is almost 200," added Dharuai Mabor Teny, a member of parliament from the Western Lakes area, some 250 kilometres (155 miles) northwest of the capital Juba. It more than doubles a previous toll issued late last week, since fighting between rival factions of the Dinka people, the Rup and Pakam clans, broke out on December 6. The government has declared the fighting a state of emergency, meaning that soldiers have been deployed...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Prosecutors are demanding jail terms ranging from 20 years to life against militiamen accused of raping dozens of children, including a baby, in eastern DR Congo, plaintiffs said on Tuesday. Eighteen men, including provincial lawmaker Frederic Batumike, have been on trial since November 9 in Kavumu, in the troubled eastern province of South Kivu. "The prosecution yesterday demanded punishment ranging from 20 years' jail to life for most of the accused, except for four for whom it requested acquittal," Charles...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Burundi's government has launched a fundraising drive for elections in 2020, presented as "voluntary" but condemned by rights groups as "organised robbery". Western electoral aid was cut in 2015, when Burundi was plunged into crisis as President Pierre Nkurunziza sought -- and went on to win -- a controversial third term. Between 500 and 2,000 people are estimated to have died in the ensuing turmoil, according to varying tolls. The government launched on Monday the contribution campaign for the next...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Former Paralympic champion and convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius has been injured in a prison brawl over the use of a public phone, a South African official said on Tuesday. The double amputee -- who is serving a 13-year jail term for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp -- was left with a bruise after "an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone" on December 6, according to the department of Correctional Services. "Oscar Pistorius sustained...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
The European Union on Monday warned Democratic Republic of Congo it would cut off help to hold elections next year if the authorities failed to end "harassment" of the opposition and civil society. In a statement, the 28-nation bloc said it was "critical" for the Kinshasa government to uphold the timetable of the much-delayed elections. It also detailed a long list of abuses, including "acts of harassment toward opposition political figures, representatives of the media and civil society and defenders of human rights." The statement urged the release of all political prisoners, the lifting of "unjustified"...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
As soon as Ethiopian opposition activist Henok Gabisa read the email, he knew something was not right. With the subject line "Democracy in Ethiopia: Can it be saved?", the message seemed tailor-made for him. Yet the US-based academic, who teaches law at Washington and Lee University, said it was written vaguely and contained a suspicious hyperlink. Indeed, the email was an attempt to infect his computer with spyware that secretly gathers information and similar to hundreds sent to Ethiopian dissidents worldwide that were probably ordered by the country's government, according to a report published last week by the cyber security research group Citizen Lab.
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
The bodies of 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels were repatriated Monday, where the defence minister welcomed them as "heroes". The arrival of the plane carrying 14 white coffins covered with the UN's blue flag was marked by a military ceremony at the international airport in Dar es Salaam. "We are here to welcome our heroes," Tanzanian defence minister Hussein Mwinyi said of the soldiers, all members of the Tanzania People's Defence Forces. They were killed on Thursday in the conflict-torn east of the country after clashes with suspected Ugandan Muslim rebels of the so-called Allied Democratic Forces.
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Two people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists, sources said. "A suicide bomber blew himself up this morning in a mosque in Kerawa," on the border with Nigeria, a regional security official reached by AFP said. "Two civilians and the bomber were killed," the source said, confirming an account by an eyewitness, who said the event took place shortly after morning prayers, when the mosque was relatively empty.
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
War crimes judges in The Hague delivered a slap to Jordan on Monday, referring the Arab country to the United Nations for failing to arrest the visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on genocide charges. Despite two international warrants for his arrest on 10 charges arising from the conflict in Darfur, Bashir freely attended an Arab League summit in Amman in March. Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled that "Jordan failed to comply with its obligations... by not executing the court's request for the arrest of Omar al-Bashir and his surrender to the court while he was on Jordanian territory...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Amnesty International on Tuesday accused European governments of "complicity" in the detention under horrific conditions of migrants in Libya, especially through their assistance to the Libyan coastguard implicated in people trafficking. "European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya," the rights group said in a report. It accused European governments of "actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants by the Libyan coastguard, detention authorities and smugglers in order to prevent people from crossing the Mediterranean".
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
At least two civilians were killed on Monday in a suspected Boko Haram suicide bombing in Cameroon's Far North province, a source told Xinhua. Oumar, a local resident, said the attack occurred at 5:45 a.m. local time when the young bomber detonated inside the Abdoulaye mosque in Kerawa, a town in Mayo Sava department of the province, killing the imam and the muezzin. The bomber died in the blast.
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
A big roadside poster announces a "Pest Control Campaign" in Sao Tome and Principe, with a man in a white face mask wielding an insecticide spray fuelled by a tank on his back. The island nation in the Gulf of Guinea is at war against malaria, as it has been twice a year since 2003, with such success that the disease no longer routinely claims lives. In mainland central Africa, the incidence of malaria spread by infected female mosquitos is...
(Xinhua 12/12/17)
The number of people killed in clashes between rival Dinka tribe clans in central South Sudan has risen to 60, a local official said on Monday. "The fighting stopped on Friday but the number of dead is around 60," Western Lakes Minister of Information Shadrack Bol told Xinhua. "There is now calm in the area and no more confrontation." Earlier reports put the toll of the clashes, which started on Dec. 6, between the Rup and Pakam clans, at 45...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
A Somali television journalist was killed by a car bomb in front of his children, relatives said, the fifth murder of a journalist in the war-torn country this year. Mohamed Ibrahim Gabow, a journalist working for Kalsan TV, had taken a break from work to spend time with his children. He had just left his home on Monday afternoon when a bomb planted beneath the driver's seat ripped through the car. He later died of his wounds in hospital. "He...
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
Judicial officers in Uganda have suspended their strike against low pay after the government announced plans to increase salaries of all public servants. Solomon Muyita, the spokesperson of the judiciary told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday that the judges and judicial officers under their umbrella organization, Uganda Judicial Officers Association on Monday voted to halt their strike until February 12, 2018. "The members agreed to suspend the strike to wait and scrutinize the proposed new salary structures," said Muyita...

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