Dozens dead as armed group attack villages in Central African Republic

An armed militia killed 34 civilians in an attack on Tuesday in Central African Republic, a government spokesman said, issuing a deadline for the group’s leader to give up the perpetrators to the authorities. The attack was the most deadly since 14 armed groups agreed a peace deal in February that was meant to bring… Read More Dozens dead as armed group attack villages in Central African Republic

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as prime minister

Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba, a career politician and ally of former President Joseph Kabila, was appointed as Democratic Republic of Congo’s prime minister on Monday, the government said in a statement. Ilukamba was previously the head of Congo’s national railway company, known as the SNCC, and has served in various government posts since the 1970s, according… Read More Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi appoints Sylvestre Ilunga Ilukamba as prime minister

Twelve injured following explosion targeting tour bus in Egypt

An explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two security sources said. A third security source said the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists from the airport to the pyramids area, and… Read More Twelve injured following explosion targeting tour bus in Egypt

Egypt’s President Abdel al-Sisi pardons 560 prisoners

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has pardoned 560 prisoners, the majority of whom were accused of supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, two judicial sources said on Friday. Of those pardoned, 482 were imprisoned on charges related to the Brotherhood, a decades-old Islamist political movement with a mass following, the sources said. A prominent journalist, Abdel… Read More Egypt’s President Abdel al-Sisi pardons 560 prisoners

Priest, five others dead following attack outside Catholic church in Burkina Faso

Gunmen killed six people including a priest outside a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday, the government said, the second attack on Christians in two weeks in a nation increasingly overrun by jihadists. Congregants were leaving church around 9 a.m. (0900 GMT) in the town of Dablo in the Central North region when about… Read More Priest, five others dead following attack outside Catholic church in Burkina Faso

Two French soldiers killed during operation to rescue hostages in Burkina Faso

French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France’s military said on Friday, adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed in the night-time operation. French special forces carried out the raid under cover of dark over the night of Thursday-Friday, supported by U.S. intelligence… Read More Two French soldiers killed during operation to rescue hostages in Burkina Faso

U.S. airstrike kills thirteen Islamic State militants in Somalia

A U.S. air strike killed 13 Islamic State fighters in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, days after another strike killed three. The U.S. military has stepped up its campaign of air strikes in Somalia since President Donald Trump took office, saying it has killed more than 800 militants in two… Read More U.S. airstrike kills thirteen Islamic State militants in Somalia