Africa

Zuma's tent collapses in storm 17 December 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma was forced to run for cover after a tent in which he was giving a speech collapsed. Strong winds and rain tore through the marquee, where Mr Zuma was addressing a crowd for Reconciliation Day. A video posted on social media by local reporte...
DRC may block social networks as Kabila mandate expires 15 December 2016 KINSHASA - Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo plan to block social networks such as Facebook and WhatsApp soon before President Joseph Kabila's mandate expires, four internet service providers said Thursday. "The instructions of the government (are that) all social networks be blo...
Malema loses court bid after calling Cyril 'murderer' 15 December 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema’s “murderer” comment which he directed at Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the National Assembly has not only been judged as unparliamentary by the Western Cape High Court, but also deemed “a very serious allegation which cannot be categorised as free political spe...
Former Mozambican president Guebuza's daughter 'shot dead' 15 December 2016 MAPUTO - Former Mozambican president Armando Guebuza's daughter Valentina Guebuza has reportedly been short dead by her husband, Zófimo Muiuane, in Maputo. Reports on Thursday said the incident took place on Wednesday. According to Club of Mozambique, police confirmed the shooting, adding t...
Gambia security forces 'seize election commission HQ' 14 December 2016 BANJUL - The Gambia's security forces have taken over the headquarters of the electoral commission, its chairman says, as the country's president refuses to accept his loss in recent elections. Alieu Momar Njai told the BBC that staff were barred from entering. President Yahya Jammeh initia...
Gambia election chief dismisses dictator's call to annul poll 12 December 2016 BANJUL - The Gambia's elections commission head has dismissed President Yahya Jammeh's call to annul the election he was declared to have lost. Mr Jammeh said on state television on Saturday that he rejected the result and his party announced they will file a petition to the Supreme Court. ...
Super Falcons demand full bonus payments 8 December 2016 LAGOS - Nigeria's women's team are continuing to refuse to leave a hotel in Abuja until they are paid allowances and bonuses for winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Falcons, who clinched their eighth African title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon, are protesting ...
Ghana polls open with tight race predicted 7 December 2016 ACCRA - Voting is under way in Ghana's presidential election in what analysts say is a tight race between President John Mahama and veteran opposition leader Nana Akufo Addo. All seven candidates have pledged to keep the process peaceful but an opposition supporter died when a rally tuned viol...
Zuma gains reprieve despite calls for his resignation 29 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s beleaguered president, appeared to have won a fierce battle to remain in office as the ruling African National Congress concluded an intense and acrimonious three-day debate on whether he should stand down from the office he has held for seven years. M...
Floods hit Joburg 10 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Mopping up operations are under way in Johannesburg after a flash flood on Wednesday afternoon caused chaos on the city’s roads. - Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos. Seven people are believed to be missing after their vehicles washed away, the Johanne...
TB Joshua says Clinton will win US election 7 November 2016 LAGOS - Nigerian prophet TB Joshua of the Synagogue Church of Nations (SCOAN) has predicted that Hillary Clinton will win the US presidential election in a "narrow victory" against her Republican rival Donald Trump. TB Joshua's declaration came as the world's attention focused on the contentio...
Zuma report points to possible corruption 3 November 2016 JOHANNESBURG - An investigation into South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has found evidence of possible corruption at the top level of his government. In the report, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommends Mr Zuma establish a judicial commission of inquiry within 30 days. Mr Zuma...
Clashes in CAR leave 25 dead - UN 30 October 2016 BAMBARI - Twenty-five people have been killed in two days of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN peacekeeping mission has said. On Thursday, 15 people died in clashes between Muslim fighters of the former Seleka militia and the Christian vigilante anti-Balaka group, it said....
Nigeria to spend $10bn to end 'oil war' 28 October 2016 LAGOS - Nigeria will invest $10bn (£8bn) in its oil-rich south to end an insurgency by militants, the oil minister has said. The money would be used to build infrastructure, including roads and railways, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu said. Militant attacks have severely disrupted oil production, fu...
SA 'to withdraw from ICC' 21 October 2016 JOHANNESBURG - South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), media reports say. They say diplomats have notified the UN of the move, accusing the ICC of bias against African countries. Last year, South Africa refused to arrest Sudane...
Outrage over Buhari's 'sexist' remark 21 October 2016 LAGOS - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari did not take kindly Friday to reports his wife may not support his re-election: The first lady's place is the kitchen, he said. Buhari's blatantly sexist remark came during a Berlin news conference with one of the world's most powerful women, German ...
Chaos at Wits University 4 October 2016 JOHANNESBURG - There has been chaos at Wits University, with two students arrested after protests. The university's management says it will do everything in its power to ensure that academic activities resume. The situation on the university's main campus in Braamfontein remains tense. S...
Tanzania president fires officials over 'fake' earthquake fund 29 September 2016 DAR ES SALAAM - Tanzania's president has sacked two senior officials for opening a fake account to siphon money from an earthquake fund, his office has said. An accountant had been suspended for being part of the plan to take money collected for earthquake victims, John Magufuli's office added...
Fees protests rock varsities across SA 20 September 2016 JOHANNESBURG - By lunchtime on Tuesday a number of universities across the country had been disrupted by protesting students‚ with some closing shop. This after higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande's 2017 fee increase announcement on Monday reignited student protests over free...
Tanzania earthquake kills 13 11 September 2016 DAR ES SALAAM - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has killed at least 13 people and injured 203 in northern Tanzania, the authorities say. The quake struck close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria. Images posted on social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba,...
Two billion more face Zika risk - study 3 September 2016 LONDON - More than two billion people could be at risk from Zika virus outbreaks in parts of Africa and Asia, according to scientists writing in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Populations in India, Indonesia and Nigeria are some of the most vulnerable to transmission, the researchers said. ...
Gabon security forces storm opposition HQ after disputed election 1 September 2016 LIBREVILLE - Gabonese security forces have stormed the headquarters of the defeated presidential candidate, Jean Ping, after they accused "armed criminals" of torching the parliament. Mr Ping said two people had been killed as live shots were fired. His supporters had been staging protests ...
Ex-Kenya president Kibaki leaves SA hospital 31 August 2016 JOHANNESBURG - Kenya's former President Mwai Kibaki has been discharged from a Johannesburg hospital where he was admitted on 21 August. The 84-year-old was in jovial and high spirits, his family said. He would continue to recuperate for a few more days before returning home, their statemen...
Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya 30 August 2016 TRIPOLI - About 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, the Italian coastguard says, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date. Some 40 co-ordinated rescue missions took place about 20km (12 miles) off the Libyan town of Sabratha, it added. Video footage shows migrants, said ...
Man arrested for naming dog after Nigeria's president Buhari 25 August 2016 LAGOS - A Nigerian man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari and painted the name on both sides of the dog was arrested for breach of the peace. Joe Fortemose Chinakwe walked Buhari in an area where support for the president was high, police said. Officers said they were worrie...