Africa

Shock over mysterious deaths of ancient trees 13 June 2018 International scientists have discovered that most of the oldest and largest African baobab trees have died over the past 12 years. They suspect the demise may be linked to climate change, although they have no direct evidence of this. The tree can grow to an enormous size, and may live hun...
Ghana to Import Petroleum Products From Dangote Refinery 12 June 2018 LAGOS - Ahead of the completion of the Dangote Oil Refinery, petroleum importing African nations and Bulk Oil Distributors based in Ghana have expressed eagerness to patronize the Nigerian Refinery when production starts. The oil buyers said arrangements have been put in place to import petrol...
Jacob Zuma corruption case adjourned to July 27 11 June 2018 JOHANNESBURG - A fraud, racketeering and money laundering case against South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma has been adjourned until next month. The 76-year-old appeared on Friday at the Durban High Court for the second time over charges relating to a $2.5bn arms deal in the late 1990s, ...
Kenya suspends search for missing plane carrying 10 people 8 June 2018 NAIROBI - A Kenyan official says the search for a small plane that went missing on Tuesday with 10 people on board has been suspended until the morning. Nyandarua County Commissioner Boaz Cherotich says the search is called off overnight due to poor visibility. Authorities on Wednesday focu...
Ebola death toll rises to 27 7 June 2018 KINSHASA - Two more people have died of Ebola in northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the toll to 27 in nearly a month, the health ministry said on Wednesday. Of the two deaths, one occurred in the remote area of Bikoro, where the first cases were declared on May 8, and was conf...
Madagascar Prime Minister resigns 6 June 2018 ANTANANARIVO - Madagascar's Prime Minister Olivier Mahafaly resigned on Monday to comply with a court ruling that ordered the formation of a new consensus government to end the country's political crisis. "I unconditionally accept this decision because I do not want to block a solution. I hand...
Ethiopia probes govt officials with foreign bank accounts 16 May 2018 ADDIS - Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that his government was investigating foreign bank accounts held by government officials, state-owned Fana Broadcasting Corporation news site reports. The report did not give details of whether they were former or current government off...
Jacob Zuma to be tried for corruption 17 March 2018 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma is to face prosecution for 16 charges of corruption relating to a multi-billion-dollar arms deal. The case centres on a 30bn rand ($2.5bn; £1.7bn) deal to modernise the country's defence in the late 1990s. The charges - which Mr Zuma...
Brain surgery done on wrong patient in Kenyan hospital 3 March 2018 NAIROBI - Staff from nurses to the CEO have been suspended at a Nairobi hospital after the wrong patient underwent brain surgery. One patient needed surgery for a blood clot on the brain, the other only non-invasive treatment for swelling. But a horrifying mix-up of identification tags saw ...
Zambia to ban foreigners from owning land 2 March 2018 LUSAKA - The Zambian government has proposed to ban the ownership of land by foreigners. The government is also seeking to review existing long term leases and the land in question cannot be disposed of, sold or exchanged without prior consultation with and approval by the government. In its d...
Ramaphosa reshuffles Cabinet 27 February 2018 PRETORIA - President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced several changes to his Cabinet. Here are short biographies of some of the new and not-so-new faces in the national executive. Former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene has made a dramatic return to his former position as head of National Treasury ...
Nigeria parents risk jail if children miss school 26 February 2018 LAGOS - Nigeria’s oil-rich Bayelsa state is threatening parents who do not make sure their children go to school with jail terms. The state signed the new law into the books amid concerns children were not attending class despite the fact that it spent 70bn naira ($200m; £140m) on new school b...
Nigeria Boko Haram: Search stepped up for 110 kidnapped schoolgirls 26 February 2018 NIGERIA - Nigeria has deployed extra troops and planes to search for 110 schoolgirls believed to have been abducted by Boko Haram militants last week. The girls went missing after jihadists stormed their school in the town of Dapchi in the north-eastern Yobe state on 19 February. President ...
Mozambique rubbish dump collapse kills 17 20 February 2018 MAPUTO - At least 17 people - including children - have been killed in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, and many more injured after a huge mound of rubbish collapsed, officials say. The pile of waste, some 15m (49ft) high, gave way in heavy rains at 03:00 local time (01:00 GMT) on Monday. The ...
SA president Zuma resigns 15 February 2018 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party's decision. The ANC had told him to step down or face a vote o...
ANC formally asks Zuma to go 13 February 2018 South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has formally asked President Jacob Zuma to resign, a senior party official has confirmed. The decision to "recall" him "urgently" followed marathon talks of the ANC's top leadership body. Mr Zuma, 75, agreed to step down, but only in the...
ANC resolves to recall Zuma 13 February 2018 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling ANC party ended marathon closed-door talks early Tuesday morning resolving to remove the scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma as head of state after he refused to resign, local media reported. The party later announced a media briefing to be held at 12:00pm to discus...
ANC ups pressure on Zuma 6 February 2018 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling party has called a meeting of its top body for Wednesday, amid growing pressure on President Jacob Zuma to stand down. In a statement, the ANC said the meeting would discuss the "management of the transition" between the Zuma administration and the next one...
I love Trump for being frank with Africans: Uganda president 25 January 2018 KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has given a speech declaring his "love" for US President Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Mr Trump was accused of referring to African nations as "shithole" countries during an immigration meeting. Mr Trump has denied making the remarks but US ...
Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies 23 January 2018 Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and "the father of South African jazz", has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had "passed peacefully" in Johannesburg "after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer". Mas...
Liberia's Weah seeks to reassure ahead of inauguration 20 January 2018 Monrovia - Incoming Liberian president George Weah on Saturday sought to dispel accusations he is ill-prepared to take the reins of his fragile west African country, and said his priority would be maintaining peace. Former international footballer Weah played a friendly match against the Liber...
Grace Mugabe's son 'sneaks out supercars'… but then they crashed 20 January 2018 Harare - Three 'supercars' owned by ousted Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe and her son have been involved in an accident in Botswana, a newspaper says. Mmegi Online said on its Twitter account that the three vehicles "believed to be belonging to Grace Mugabe" had had a "freak accident" on t...
Zuma's actions proof that he remains in charge - DA 20 January 2018 Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma’s leave to appeal the North Gauteng High Court ruling that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa should appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) proves that he remains in charge, the DA said on Saturday. In a statement, DA MP Glynnis Breytenb...
Bushiri Followers Fail To Stop Police From Closing Churches 20 January 2018 BOTSWANA - The Enlightened Christian Gathering Church International (ECG) of the flamboyant Malawian prophet, Shepherd Bushiri has failed to stop the police from enforcing an order by the Registrar of Societies to cancel the registration of the church and stop fellowship. ECG, represented by a...
Ramaphosa camp divided over SG vote dispute 19 December 2017 JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa's camp is deeply divided by the dispute over Senzo Mchunu's defeat. A leader from a province that supported Mchunu has dismissed the dispute lodged over 63 "non-existent" votes, and has urged the rest of the Ramapahosa team to accept t...