Africa

DRC: New Ebola deaths confirmed, dozens believed infected 7 August 2018 KINSHASA - Ebola is suspected to have caused as many as 33 deaths during the latest outbreak of the virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the health ministry said. Thirteen cases of the virus were confirmed across northeastern North Kivu province and neighbouring Ituri province, DRC...
Boko Haram fighters who abducted Chibok girls captured 19 July 2018 NIGERIA - Nigerian police have arrested eight members of the armed group Boko Haram who were involved in the 2014 abduction of more than 276 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, an official said. The men "confessed to having participated actively in the kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls," p...
Zuma's son charged with corruption, granted bail 10 July 2018 JOHANNESBURG - Duduzane Zuma, the son of former South African President Jacob Zuma, has been released on bail after being charged for corruption. The Johannesburg Specialised Commercial Crimes Court released Duduzane, who appeared in court with his legs shackled, on just under $7,500 bail on M...
Heroin becomes Mozambique's second biggest export 9 July 2018 MAPUTO - As many as 40 tonnes of heroin could be passing through Mozambique every year, making it the country's second biggest export, in a trade that is boosted by the use of mobile phone apps, writes Mozambique analyst Joseph Hanlon. Mozambique is now an important stop for heroin traders who...
Democracy activists challenge Swaziland name change 7 July 2018 MBABANE - A pro-democracy activist in Swaziland has challenged the king's decision to change the country's name. In April, King Mswati III, one of the world's last-remaining absolute monarchs, unexpectedly announced he was changing the country's official name to the Kingdom of eSwatini. The...
Night in Mandela's prison cell auctioned 5 July 2018 JOHANNESBURG - An auction is being held in South Africa for the opportunity to spend a night in Nelson Mandela's former prison on Robben Island. A charity is taking bids, opening at $250,000 (£330,000), to allow 67 people to stay overnight in the old maximum-security jail, where the former Sou...
'Dead' woman found alive in hospital morgue fridge in South Africa 3 July 2018 JOHANNESBURG - A South African woman is recovering in hospital after being discovered alive in a mortuary fridge. The woman was taken to Carletonville morgue, in Gauteng province, having been declared dead by paramedics following a road accident. Ambulance company Distress Alert said she ha...
Uganda introduces social media tax 2 July 2018 KAMPALA - Millions of people in Uganda now have to pay to use popular social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter as new rules come into force. In late May, the Ugandan parliament passed legislation that introduced a tax on the use of the so-called Over The Top (OTT) social m...
DRC countdown toward end of latest Ebola outbreak begins 29 June 2018 KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry says the countdown toward the end of its latest Ebola outbreak has begun, as all people who were in contact with the last confirmed case have passed the 21-day incubation period with no sign of the virus. The ministry announced the mile...
DRC's Kabila attacked by MP's 27 June 2018 KINSHASA - Dozens of legislators in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have attacked President Joseph Kabila over the trial, opening on Wednesday, of opposition leader Moise Katumbi who intends to contest upcoming elections. Katumbi and six others, including an American national, are to go...
Nelson Mandela Foundation urged to withdraw Barak Obama invitation 26 June 2018 JOHANNESBURG - Pressure has been building on the Nelson Mandela Foundation to withdraw an invitation to former US President Barack Obama who is scheduled to travel to South Africa next month to deliver the NGO's annual lecture, which this year marks the late anti-apartheid icon's birth centennial...
Malema wades further into race debate 25 June 2018 JOHANNESBURG - Firebrand EFF leader Julius Malema has lashed out at the way Africans are perceived when talking about white or Indian racism, calling some black reporters who are critical of his party "house n****rs". Addressing a crowd after a brief appearance in the Newcastle Magistrate's Co...
Malema says South Africa's white people are safe under his rule 15 June 2018 PRETORIA - EFF leader Julius Malema has warned of an "unled revolution" in South Africa, as black people "are worse off in democracy than they were under apartheid". "If things are going the way they are, there will be a revolution in this country. There will be an unled revolution, and an unl...
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‚Äôs 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...