Libyan court reinstates presidential bid of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

A Libyan court ruled on Thursday that the son of the late leader Muammar Gaddafi could run for president, his lawyer said, as arguments intensified over the conduct of an election aimed at ending a decade of turmoil. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s appeal against disqualification for the December 24 vote was delayed for days as fighters… Read More Libyan court reinstates presidential bid of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi

Dozens dead as boat carrying students capsizes in northern Nigeria

A boat carrying Nigerian students capsized in Kano state in northern Nigeria, killing at least 29, local officials said on Wednesday. The boat on the Watari dam was carrying roughly 40 students from an Islamic school, most of whom were under 18, and capsized around 5:30 local time Tuesday evening, a local government official said.… Read More Dozens dead as boat carrying students capsizes in northern Nigeria

Nigeria’s Lagos State rejects Lekki massacre report by judicial panel

Nigeria’s Lagos State rejected findings by a judicial panel that security forces carried out a “massacre” of unarmed protesters last year, maintaining that only one person suffered a gunshot wound, according to a paper issued by the government this week. The judicial panel, which submitted its full report last month, was tasked with investigating October… Read More Nigeria’s Lagos State rejects Lekki massacre report by judicial panel

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo launch joint military operation against Islamist insurgent groups

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo have carried out a joint military operation to counter increased attacks by Islamist insurgent groups in parts of West Africa, Burkinabe Security Minister Maxime Kone said on Tuesday. Over 5,700 troops were deployed in the borderlands between Burkina Faso and the other three countries under a security cooperation… Read More Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo launch joint military operation against Islamist insurgent groups

Uganda, DR Congo launch joint military operations against Islamist militia

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo launched joint air and artillery strikes in eastern Congo on Tuesday against an Islamic State-allied militia known as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), both countries said. Ugandan army spokeswoman Flavia Byekwaso said she was yet to have details of the attacks but they would not be a one-off. “As… Read More Uganda, DR Congo launch joint military operations against Islamist militia

China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have fallen behind amid… Read More China’s President Xi Jinping pledges a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines to Africa

Botswana appeals court upholds ruling decrimalising gay sex

Botswana’s Court of Appeal on Monday upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalised gay sex, a decision hailed by gay community as establishing the southern African country as a “true democracy”. Monday’s decision in effect struck off two sections of the penal code that had outlawed homosexuality. Before the 2019 High Court ruling, which was praised… Read More Botswana appeals court upholds ruling decrimalising gay sex

Two Chinese nationals killed, several abducted following attack on mining camp in eastern DR Congo

Two Chinese nationals have been killed and an unknown number of other people kidnapped in an attack by the CODECO militia on a mining camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an army spokesman said on Thursday. A local chief and a civil society leader also confirmed the two deaths and said eight other Chinese… Read More Two Chinese nationals killed, several abducted following attack on mining camp in eastern DR Congo