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Nine sailors abducted off the coast of Benin

A Norway-based shipping company says that nine of its employees have been abducted from one of its vessels while it was moored off the coast of Benin in West Africa. Shipping firm J.J. Ugland said the cargo ship, the Bonita, was attacked on Saturday by pirates 15km (9 miles) off the coast. The crew’s identity […]

ALGERIA: Police clash with striking judges

Algerian riot police clashed with judges participating in a nationwide strike on Sunday in the north-western port city of Oran, local media report. The judges are pushing for the independence of the judiciary after an unprecedented mass reshuffle by the justice ministry in October that affected thousands of judges, the AFP news agency reports. Officers […]

ETHIOPIA: Abiy says 86 Ethiopians died in wave of violence

At least 86 people died in the recent spate of violence in parts of Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Sunday in his first public appearance since the violence broke out. He termed the violence as “embarrassing” and lives lost “for no reason”. Mr Abiy told a news conference on Sunday that four out […]

Cameroon responds to US scrapping of trade benefits over rights abuses

The United States has advised Cameroon to respect human rights in order to be reinstated as a beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), even as authorities in Yaounde insist on their innocence. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday terminated the Central African nation’s preferential trade benefits from Jan. 1, citing what he […]

Ivory Coast’s Guillaume Soro to run for 2020 Presidential race

Ivory Coast’s youngest opposition figure, Guillaume Soro on Saturday, officially declared his intention to run for the country’s 2020 Presidential race. The former rebel and former prime minister made the announcement during a meeting with some of his supporters in Valencia, Spain. “There are pro-Soro parties that have chosen me as a candidate, so yes, […]

Six Ugandan media organisations risk licences being revoked

Six broadcast stations in Uganda risk having their licences revoked after an investigation by the industry regulator found that they breached broadcasting standards while covering events that followed the arrest of pop star and presidential aspirant Bobi Wine. The politician’s supporters held demonstrations in April in the capital, Kampala, after he was detained.

US in Somalia: Is it still a safe haven for al-Shabab?

The US recently reopened its embassy in Somalia after 28 years, citing security improvements in the East African nation blighted by conflict for many years. The announcement came days after a US military base about 90km outside Mogadishu and an EU envoy in the capital were attacked by Islamist militant group al-Shabab. So has the […]

Malawian migrants found in container lorry in Mozambique

Police in Mozambique scuttled an attempt to traffic 42 illegal migrants from Malawi in a container lorry heading to South Africa. They had been travelling in the lorry for three days before being intercepted in the capital of Gaza province, Xai-Xai, police spokesman Carlos Macuacua said. The detained migrants told authorities they had been assured […]
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