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Sunday 22 January 2017

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AFP (eng) 1/22/17
Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth announced on Saturday he would be stepping down to make way for his son Pravind, a move that could spark turmoil in the Indian Ocean island.
"I will tender my resignation on Monday as president of the republic. I will relinquish my place to a younger and more dynamic leader, Pravind Jugnauth, who has a parliamentary majority," said the 86-year-old political veteran.
In 2014 he was elected to his sixth term as prime minister, 22 years after first being...
AFP (eng) 1/22/17
Nigeria may consider itself a regional aviation hub but years of mismanagement and now recession have blighted domestic airline operations, making delays and cancellations the norm.
Industry experts say the sector needs a fundamental overhaul, pointing to opaque management practices, rampant corruption and risks for passengers from security and dilapidated infrastructure.
Arik Air, which has a 60 percent share of domestic flights and is the country's biggest private carrier, has found itself...
(AFP (eng) 01/22/17)
A pro-government militia in Mali said that it had lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels Saturday, three days after a suicide car bomber left more than 70 dead. Some 77 people were killed and 120 wounded in the suicide blast Wednesday which targeted a camp in northern Gao housing...
(AFP (eng) 01/22/17)
Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh flew out Saturday from the country he ruled for 22 years to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis. Jammeh refused to step down after a December 1 election in which Barrow was declared the winner, triggering weeks of uncertainty that almost ended...
(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Egypt is working to organise direct talks between the leaders of rival Libyan authorities contesting the war-torn country, its foreign minister said Saturday after hosting a regional meeting. The UN-backed government in Tripoli has struggled to impose its authority contested by a rival...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/17)
Ghana's new government plans to review its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund because it may need more money for its spending plans, a minister-designate said on Friday. The three-year programme, signed by the previous government in April 2015, imposes strict targets for...
(The New York Times 01/21/17)
Before ceding power, the Obama administration quietly removed a former extremist stronghold in Libya from a list of combat zones where United States counterterrorism drone strikes are authorized without obeying special rules intended to prevent civilian deaths, officials said on Friday. The change...
(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh said Saturday he would step down to keep peace in his country after 22 years in power, following last-chance talks with west African leaders before a military intervention. Jammeh spent hours with Guinea and Mauritania's presidents on Friday in Banjul, where agreement...
(Fox News 01/21/17)
Boko Haram extremists attack a refugee camp in Nigeria on Thursday evening, with reports suggesting the death toll could be as high as 170. Over 100 Boko Haram fighters launched the attack as soldiers battled for hours trying to repel them, according to witnesses. The attack comes after Nigeria’s...
(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh agreed "in principle" to hand over power to President Adama Barrow on Friday, Mauritanian and Guinean sources said, but differences remained before a full deal could be reached. Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde held several hours of talks...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/17)
Zambia and the European Union (EU) have signed a 65-million-euro financing agreement aimed at improving electricity connectivity in the country's capital, a senior official said Friday. The agreement, signed in Brussels, Belgium, by Zambia's Finance Minister Felix Mutati and European Commissioner...
(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
Zimbabwe is reaching the end of construction on its $300 million Tokwe-Mukosi Dam, a project first proposed about five decades ago, which will supply water to sugar growers in the south of the country. Construction of the dam, which will have capacity of 1.8 billion cubic meters (475 billion...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
A car bomb exploded Friday near a mosque in Libya's second city of Benghazi, wounding 12 people including a former interior minister, medical and security sources said. Ashour Shwayel, who served as interior minister in the government of former prime minister Ali Zeidan, and his son were seriously...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Kenya's new electoral commission was sworn in Friday to replace a team forced to quit after violent protests by opponents who accused them of bias, mismanagement and corruption. The seven new commissioners have only seven months to organise presidential and parliamentary elections which already...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/17)
The Moroccan House of Advisors, the upper house, unanimously approved here on Thursday the constitutive act of the African Union (AU). The house also adopted the additional protocol and the bill on the approval of the act to allow the Moroccan government to go on with its bid to rejoin the AU as of...
(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
The President of Guinea is disputing public statements made by Rio Tinto Group regarding the firing of a senior executive for a $10.5 million payment made to the president’s friend Francois de Combret. President Alpha Conde said the firing of Alan Davies, who headed Rio’s $20 billion Simandou iron...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Long-ruling Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who lost elections last month, has until midday Friday to hand over power and agree to leave the country or face military action, regional bloc ECOWAS has said. West African troops entered The Gambia on Thursday to bolster its new President Adama Barrow but...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/20/17)
Strikes outside Sirte mark widening of U.S. campaign. American B-2 bombers and drones struck Islamic State training camps and other targets in Libya on Wednesday evening, killing dozens of militants, according to Pentagon officials, in a broadening of the U.S. war against the extremist group in...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Senegalese troops entered The Gambia on Thursday in support of its new President Adama Barrow, who took office demanding loyalty from his own armed forces in a tense standoff with his defeated rival. Barrow was sworn in at The Gambia's embassy in Dakar, although longtime leader Yahya Jammeh has...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously backed regional efforts to ensure a handover of power in The Gambia, throwing its full weight behind newly-inaugurated President Adama Barrow in the escalating standoff. The council adopted a resolution drafted by Senegal that expressed "full support...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
As Somalia faces its second major drought this decade, the government has issued an urgent appeal for large-scale, life-saving aid. Holding a joint press conference with the country's National Drought Task force on Thursday, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said millions of his people are at risk of...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/17)
Burundi and a UN agency on Thursday evening launched the country's 2017 humanitarian response plan (HRP) to address hunger affecting a quarter of the country's population. "The situation of hunger is due to natural disasters that are behind climate change, on the one hand, and to degrading...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Libya's unity government chief Fayez al-Sarraj called off taking part in the World Economic Forum in Davos because of worsening power cuts at home, his spokesman said Thursday. Total blackouts have struck the south and west of the North African country twice this week because of production...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Burundi said Thursday it would not follow through on its planned withdrawal of troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) after reaching an agreement over the payment of wages. The EU funds AMISOM salaries, which are disbursed by the AU, but Bujumbura has not received them for months...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
The UN Security Council on Wednesday agreed to consider setting up a sanctions regime for Mali to punish those who are hindering a struggling peace deal, the council president said. The council discussed the faltering peace effort in Mali after a car bomb killed 50 people in the northern city of...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
The first patient Cynthia Waliaula lost was a baby who stopped breathing while she carried him in her arms through the hospital, desperately trying to find an oxygen tank. Barely out of medical school, the bright-eyed young doctor quickly learned that many of the techniques she had spent five years...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
South Africa's ruling ANC party, which has dominated the country's politics since the end of apartheid, has begun its search for a new leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma. Dwindling popular support, corruption scandals and rampant in-fighting mean that the contest looks set to be a bitter battle...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Gambia's army chief said Wednesday he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation's borders. The Senegalese troops backed by other African forces are on standby to move into The Gambia as...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
The United States on Wednesday condemned the car bombing that killed 50 people in the northern Mali city of Gao. The attack in the region's biggest city targeted a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia who were signatories to a 2015 peace accord struck with the government. "The...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt's prosecution has referred 304 suspects including Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Turkey to military trial for allegedly organising militant groups that claimed several attacks in Cairo last year. The case is one of the largest to link armed attacks with the Muslim Brotherhood movement of...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
For opponents of Zimbabwe's veteran President Robert Mugabe, internet data charges have become a key battlefront in their campaign against a regime that often cracks down violently on dissent. Last week, the state's telecommunications authority approved a sharp increase in mobile data prices --...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Nigeria has sent 200 soldiers and air assets including fighter jets to Senegal as part of a regional force to enforce the result of Gambia's contested election, the country's air force said Wednesday. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had "today moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
The Senegalese army said Wednesday it was ready to intervene in neighbouring Gambia failing a solution to the crisis triggered by President Yahya Jammeh's refusal to step down after his election defeat last month. "Our troops are on alert... The ultimatum takes effect at midnight," when Jammeh's...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt has made a "good start" on reforms under a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund and soaring inflation is expected to drop around mid-2017, an IMF official said Wednesday. Chris Jarvis, the international lender's mission chief in Egypt, said the North African country's implementation...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
The number of miners killed in South Africa's mines fell in 2016 to a new record low of 73 from 77 in 2015 thanks to a government drive to improve practices, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday. Unions in South Africa, the world's top platinum producer, say the death toll is...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
Egypt is considering temporarily reintroducing a stamp duty on stock market transactions after the tax was frozen in 2014, two finance ministry sources told Reuters on Thursday. The comments come a day after the International Monetary Fund released the details of its $12 billion, three-year...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Senegal on Wednesday presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council seeking support for ECOWAS efforts to press Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to step down, diplomats said. But the text does not explicitly seek council authorization to deploy troops to The Gambia to force Jammeh to cede power...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Sudanese government reiterated Wednesday that the rapprochement between Sudan and the United States after Khartoum's sanctions are partly eased would not be at the expense of any other country. "We deal with each country according to our interests and our relations with any country will not be...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Switzerland said Wednesday that it had no grounds to charge former Algerian defence minister Khaled Nezzar with war crimes, the latest twist in a controversial five-year-old case. The Swiss attorney general's office (OAG) said it could not move forward with a trial because there was no conclusive...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
Thirty-three percent of South African CEOs surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), an international accounting firm, believe their companies will perform better this year, and over 91 percent are confident of growth in the next three years. China was seen as the most important country for their...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/18/17)
Kenyan legislators on Tuesday approved a corporate lawyer to head the electoral board, hoping to restore voters' confidence in the much-maligned body before national elections later this year. The previous electoral board resigned in October after the opposition accused them of corruption, leading...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Cairo will do all it can to preserve crucial ties with Saudi Arabia, experts say, after an Egyptian court ruled against government plans to transfer control of two islands to Riyadh. Strains between the two Sunni Arab allies have grown in recent months, in particular over Cairo's less-than-...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
The United States on Tuesday urged the outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to "peacefully hand over power" to his elected successor Adama Barrow, to prevent "potential chaos" in the small West African country. Despite being increasingly isolated and facing escalating international pressure,...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
France is considering a UN Security Council draft resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali to target opponents of a peace deal signed 19 months ago, the ambassador said Tuesday. The peace accord signed in June 2015 between the Malian government and rebels ended years of fighting in...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said. The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Tunisian and Libyan parties on Tuesday struck a deal to resume vital trade through the Ras Jedir crosspoint after a week of unrest, a source close to the negotiations said. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agreement was reached at a fresh talks between the two sides...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday declared a state of emergency just two days before he is due to step down, citing "extraordinary" foreign interference in the country's post-electoral crisis. The declaration was necessary, he said on state television, after the "unprecedented and...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Plans to deploy a UN regional force in South Sudan are bogged down in delays over visas, the allocation of land for bases and a dispute over protecting Juba airport, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Tuesday. The Security Council decided six months ago to deploy the 4,000-strong...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
Rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector on Tuesday claimed it repulsed an attack by Sudanese army in Blue Nile State. "Forces of the SPLM/northern sector in Blue Nile repulsed an attack by the government forces against an external point at Al-Rum area in the state," Arno...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Morocco has offered The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh asylum in return for accepting election defeat and stepping down, a local news website reported Tuesday. The small west African country has been plunged into political turmoil since Jammeh disputed president-elect Adama Barrow's December...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Elite loyalist troops from Ivory Coast on Tuesday killed a mutinous soldier in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, a military source said. The soldier's death was the first since a mutiny over pay erupted in second city Bouake on January 5. That mutiny ended in an agreement last week with the...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Ivory Coast's mutinous soldiers took to the streets in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents, several witnesses told AFP on Tuesday. "They're driving through the city in army trucks. They're snatching vehicles," said Ahmed Ouattara, who owns a car...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Two rebel groups driven out of Darfur by a Sudanese military offensive now operate mostly in Libya and South Sudan but hope to return to fight again, a UN report said Monday. Sudan meanwhile is breaking out of international isolation -- the Obama administration eased its sanctions on Friday --...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Morocco's parliament elected a new speaker on Monday, three months after elections that left the country, which aims to rejoin the African Union, without a government. Sole candidate Habib el-Malki, a leftist economist who has held several ministerial posts, mustered 198 votes in the 395-seat house...
(The Associated Press 01/17/17)
South Sudanese government and opposition soldiers "blatantly ignored" international law during clashes in July that killed hundreds of people, according to a United Nations human rights investigation. The South Sudanese military swarmed throughout the capital with house-to-house searches and used...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Uganda's military on Monday denied that armed Congolese rebels sheltering in the country had crossed back into the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying they were still in their camp. The DRC government said Sunday that at least 200 former members of M23, a mostly ethnic Tutsi rebel group defeated...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
An eight-year-old son of The Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs, a family source said Monday, days before his contested inauguration. Barrow, who is in Senegal, is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, but President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
At least three people were killed and 15 injured in a suicide bomb attack claimed by Boko Haram on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, police said on Monday. The blast happened at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri and is thought to have been carried out by a...
(Bloomberg 01/17/17)
Nigerian cashew producers are working on a four-year plan to cultivate more land and boost exports more than threefold to 500,000 metric tons a year to feed a growing export market. With about 160,000 hectares (395,000 acres) of land producing about 150,000 tons a year, farmers are seeking to bring...
(Bloomberg 01/17/17)
The Congolese government has dropped objections to Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Lundin Mining Corp.’s $3.8 billion combined sales of one of the country’s biggest mines to Chinese companies, bringing an end to an eight-month dispute. Minister of Mines Martin Kabwelulu said by text messages that he had...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Mozambique, caught between a scandal over hidden debt that has prompted an aid cut-off and a commodity price slump, said Monday it would miss a $60 million interest payment. The country is currently in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over resuming support that was suspended in...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell will sign a deal to sell its Gabon oil assets to US fund Carlyle this month, a source close to the talks said Monday, as unions threatened further strike action. The expected sale, worth an estimated $700 million, is part of a drive by Shell to spin off a total of $30...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Sudan on Sunday extended a ceasefire for six months in the war-torn regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, official media said. "The cabinet headed by President Omar al-Bashir decided to extend the ceasefire by six months," Sudan's official news agency reported. In June, Bashir declared a...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
A DR Congo opposition leader accused of "high treason" returned to Kinshasa on Sunday two weeks after a key deal to end a political crisis in the vast African country. Roger Lumbala, head of the small opposition Rally of Congolese Democrats and Nationalists (RCD-N), was one of a few accused figures...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Kenya's election commission began a national drive to register millions of new voters ahead of the August presidential poll, with rival parties encouraging their supporters to sign up on time. Kenyans will go to the polls on August 8 in what is set to be a hard-fought general election decided in...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Amnesty International on Monday urged Nigeria to comply with a court ruling to release a pro-Iran cleric and hundreds of his supporters, as a deadline for them to be freed loomed. Ibrahim Zakzaky, who leads the Shia Muslim Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has spent more than a year in custody...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Egypt's High Administrative Court upheld on Monday a ruling voiding a government agreement to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in a deal that sparked protests. The government had appealed against a lower court ruling in June that found the controversial border demarcation agreement was...
(The Associated Press 01/16/17)
South Sudan's government is claiming that the U.N. Security Council mandate to send a new contingent of 4,000 peacekeepers to boost the existing force has expired. Minister of Information Michael Makuei told the Associated Press that Dec. 15th was the expiration date for the deployment of...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/17)
Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow is in neighbouring Senegal and will remain there at the request of west African leaders until his planned inauguration this week, Senegalese sources said Sunday. "Senegalese President Macky Sall accepted on Saturday in Bamako to welcome Gambian president-elect...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/14/17)
Libya's U.N.-backed government has not accepted proposals by Rome aimed at cutting migrant flows to Italy and the two sides are "far apart" on the issue, Malta's foreign minister said on Friday. George Vella, whose government holds the rotating chair of European Union ministerial councils, said he...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
Ivory Coast's government and rebel troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said late Friday at the close of a tense day which saw outbreaks of gunfire at barracks across the country. Soldiers in Bouake mutinied earlier this month, firing rocket-launchers and...
(France 24 01/14/17)
In an ongoing assault on human and civil rights groups, the Egyptian government froze the assets of several NGOs and activists this week, raising a chorus of criticism from the international community. An Egyptian court on January 11 froze the assets of Mozn Hassan, director of the Nazra for...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
West African leaders flew out of Banjul late Friday with The Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow, en route to Mali for crisis talks with regional heavyweights in hopes of ending the nation's political impasse. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari led a three-nation delegation to Banjul earlier in...
(AFP (eng) 01/14/17)
The Africa Cup of Nations gets underway in Gabon on Saturday afternoon as the hosts, spearheaded by the brilliant Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang, face minnows Guinea-Bissau in the tournament's opening game in Libreville. The Panthers, coached by veteran Spaniard Jose Antonio Camacho, are looking to the...
(The Jerusalem Post 01/14/17)
In a statement, the ANC said it noted the anger and joined “fellow South Africans in condemning the visit by the DA’s Maimane to Israel and to Israel’s prime minister”. The Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa’s opposition, has hit back following heavy criticism of its leader Mmusi Maimane’s...
(Business Day Online 01/14/17)
Trade between Nigeria and China stood at 9.5 billion dollars in 2016, according to the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Mr Zhao Linxiang. Linxiang gave the figure at a dinner to host participants of different training courses in China on Friday night in Abuja. The envoy...
(AFP (eng) 01/13/17)
At least one person was killed and three others injured when three explosions ripped through a town in northeastern Nigeria, the state government said on Friday, blaming Boko Haram. The blasts happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) on the outskirts of Madagali, in the far north of Adamawa state,...