Cameroon separatists prepare for guerrilla war

by Célia Lebur  IKOM, Nigeria (AFP) — For the first time in his life, Victor Obi believes that the only way to win freedom in Cameroon is with a gun. “I don’t want to die, but the only future is our independence, and they will not give it to us,” said the student, whose name has been changed for his own safety. The 25-year-old is camped out in a small Nigerian village just kilometres from his home […]

UN envoy sees possible South Sudan deal from talks in Ethiopia

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — The latest round of Ethiopia-led peace talks on South Sudan will wrap up on Friday with a possible agreement that could pave the way to further negotiations on ending the war, the UN envoy said. The talks that opened on February 5 in Addis Ababa are aimed at finding a settlement to one of Africa’s worst conflicts. “We are hoping that there will be some form of agreement signed tomorrow,” UN […]

S.Africa parliament to elect Ramaphosa as president Thursday

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa’s parliament will elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s new president on Thursday, the ruling ANC party said, after Jacob Zuma resigned in a late-night television address. The African National Congress (ANC), which has a large majority in parliament, said it would nominate Ramaphosa, a wealthy former businessman, “to be elected as the new President of the Republic of South Africa”. After being voted in, Ramaphosa will address lawmakers […]

Zuma’s reluctant exit ushers in new S.African president

by Ben Sheppard Agence France Presse JOHHANESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South Africa readied to welcome wealthy former businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as its new president Thursday after scandal-tainted Jacob Zuma resigned under intense pressure from his own party. Zuma announced he had stepped down in a late-night television address in which he took some digs at the African National Congress (ANC) party that had threatened to oust him via a parliament no-confidence vote. In a […]

At least 19 migrants killed in Libya truck crash: hospital

TRIPOLI, Libya (AFP) — At least 19 migrants were killed on Wednesday and more than 100 injured when the truck transporting them crashed in Libya, a hospital said. Over 300 migrants, mostly Eritrean and Somali nationals, were on board the vehicle which overturned near the town of Bani Walid. A child was among the at least 19 migrants killed in the accident, the head of the town’s hospital, Mohamad al-Mabrouk, told AFP. The hospital, which had earlier given […]

Ramaphosa: Trade unionist, tycoon and S.Africa’s likely next leader

by Gregory Walton © Agence France-Presse CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AFP) — Cyril Ramaphosa’s long and eventful career has taken him from trade union activist to multi-millionaire — and is now likely to become president of South Africa. After South Africa dismantled apartheid, Ramaphosa saw his hopes for the country’s top job apparently dashed. True to his pragmatic character, he opted instead for life in business — a move that brought him spectacular wealth. But Wednesday’s announcement […]

Zimbabwe opposition leader Tsvangirai dies at 65

by Fanuel Jongwe  © Agence France-Presse HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — Morgan Tsvangirai, the veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who confronted Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer, a party official said. He was 65. Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November. “It is sad for me to […]

Egypt arrests ex-presidential candidate Abul Fotouh: officials

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Egyptian police arrested on Wednesday a leading government critic and party leader Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh along with five of his aides, security officials said. The reason for the arrest of Abul Fotouh, a candidate in the 2012 presidential election, was not immediately clear. It comes after the arrest of a party deputy leader and a call by Abul Fotouh and several other politicians for a boycott of next month’s election. President Abdel […]

S.Africa’s Zuma resigns ‘with immediate effect’

PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) — South African President Jacob Zuma announced his immediate resignation on Wednesday after the ruling ANC party threatened to eject him from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence. Scandal-tainted Zuma said in a 30-minute national television address that he had “come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect.” “I have served the people of South Africa to the best of my ability. I am forever […]

22 school pupils die in Nigeria road crash: official

  KANO, Nigeria (AFP) — Twenty-two students and their driver were Tuesday killed when their bus collided with a truck in northern Nigeria, a road safety official told AFP. The students from a public secondary school in Bauchi state were on their way to the city of Kano for an excursion when their driver lost control while trying to dodge a pothole, Kabiru Daura, spokesman for the federal road safety corps (FRSC) in Kano said. […]

Chibok girls’ kidnapper jailed for 15 years

by Aminu Abubakar Agence France-Presse KANO, Nigeria (AFP) – A man involved in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok in northeast Nigeria has been jailed for 15 years, the government confirmed on Tuesday. The conviction of Haruna Yahaya, 35, is the first in relation to the mass abduction, which triggered global outrage and sparked a worldwide campaign for the girls’ release. A total of 276 students were seized from the Government Girls Secondary […]

Zuma triggers crisis by refusing ANC’s exit order

by Susan Njanji and Ben Sheppard Agence France-Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) – South Africa braced Tuesday for a major political showdown as scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma reportedly rejected a direct order from the ruling ANC party to leave office. The power struggle over Zuma’s departure put the president at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the new head of the African National Congress. The party’s powerful 107-member national executive committee (NEC) met for […]