Trump to host Nigerian president April 30: White House

  UNITED STATES (AFP) — President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria will meet Donald Trump in Washington on April 30 to discuss issues including “fighting terrorism” and economic growth, the White House announced Sunday. “President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to enhance our strategic partnership and advance our shared priorities: promoting economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism and other threats to peace and security, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the […]

Boko Haram has abducted over 1,000 children in Nigeria since 2013: UNICEF

  LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) — As Nigeria prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the Chibok kidnapping, UNICEF reported on Friday that over 1,000 children have been abducted by jihadists since 2013. “Since 2013, more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014,” said UNICEF in a statement. “These repeated attacks against children in schools are unconscionable,” […]

Zimbabwe leader to meet Xi in first China state visit

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa was due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday as he seeks economic support from a major partner that previously backed his ousted predecessor Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, who received military training in China when he was a young liberation fighter decades ago, will be greeted by Xi at the colossal Great Hall of the People for his first state visit to Beijing since taking power. Mnangagwa […]

Trump congratulates Egypt’s Sisi after dubious vote

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump congratulated Egyptian former general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on securing another four years as president, hailing the “strategic partnership” between the two countries Monday. The White House said Trump and the Egyptian president spoke by phone after the Egyptian won 97 percent of the vote against a man who was, until recently, his campaign manager. “President Trump congratulated President Al Sisi on his reelection,” the White House […]

Winnie Mandela, activist ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, dies

by Ben SHEPPARD and Gregory WALTON Agence France Presse JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — Winnie Mandela, the former wife of South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, died on Monday aged 81, triggering an outpouring of tributes to one of the country’s defining and most divisive figures. The firebrand activist died in a Johannesburg hospital, her family said, adding that she had “fought valiantly against the Apartheid state” and that she was known “far and wide […]

Egyptians vote in second day of election

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Polls opened in Egypt on Tuesday for the second day of a presidential election incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win easily against a little-known rival. Few voters could be seen at one polling station which opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) in Cairo. Authorities have been urging Egyptians to participate in the three-day vote, hoping for a high turnout despite what is seen as a foregone conclusion. Sisi’s sole […]

23 killed as vehicle ploughs into Mozambique party: police

  MAPUTO, Mozambique (AFP) — Mozambique police said on Monday that a pick-up truck ploughed into a crowd of party-goers at the weekend killing 23 people, many of whom were teenagers. The speeding vehicle ignored orders from traffic police, hit an obstacle and veered into the local carnival in the working-class Luis Cabral neighbourhood of Maputo in the early hours of Sunday morning. “The driver was speeding when he did not obey the signal from […]

Egypt: pyramids, desert and military rule

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Egypt, known worldwide for its ancient pyramids, is the Arab world’s most populous country and has been under military control for decades. It is ruled by ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is assured of a second term in elections next week. Here is some background about the country. Army’s grip on power  After a period of British rule, Egypt gained independence in 1922 under King Fuad I. In 1952, charismatic army […]

Dozens killed in troubled eastern DR Congo province

BUNIA, DR Congo (AFP) – Dozens of people were killed overnight in fresh clashes in DR Congo’s volatile northeastern Ituri province, sharpening an ethnic conflict that has already forced tens of thousands to flee, officials said Tuesday. At least 30 people were killed in the latest unrest, which came in the wake of the interior minister’s visit to the region. “We have recorded 30 deaths. There are certainly other bodies out in the bush. A search is underway,” a […]

South Africa begins meat recall as listeriosis toll hits 180

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — South African supermarkets began a mass recall Sunday of meat products made at a facility that health officials say was the source of a listeriosis outbreak that has killed 180 since January 2017. Listeriosis is caused by a bacteria found in soil, water, vegetation and animal feces, and can contaminate food, especially fresh meat, dairy and seafood. It is prevented by basic hygiene and washing food. The country’s second largest […]

Dozens dead or wounded in attacks on Burkina military HQ, French embassy

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AFP) — Twin attacks on the French embassy in Burkina Faso and the country’s military headquarters Friday left dozens dead or wounded, security sources said. The apparently coordinated attacks underlined the struggle the fragile West African nation faces in containing a bloody and growing jihadist insurgency. The government said the attack on the military was a suicide car bombing, adding that a regional anti-terrorism meeting may have been the target. Eight […]

10 killed as Egypt trains collide: health ministry

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — At least 10 people were killed and 15 wounded Wednesday as two trains collided in Egypt, the latest in a string of deadly accidents on the North African country’s railways, the health ministry said. The collision between a freight train and a passenger train took place in the northern province of Behaira, it said in a statement. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, but it comes months after […]