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20 Jan 2016
RWANDA’S High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador Stanislas Kamanzi, has assured the international community that the decision by President Paul Kagame to run for third term in 2017 will not threaten the country’s democracy. The envoy, who made this known yesterday, also maintained that the fact that 98.3 per cent of Rwandan people endorsed the Constitutional…
20 Jan 2016
THE bodies of Kenyan soldiers killed when Al-Qaeda-linked militants overran their base in Somalia were flown home late on Monday draped in the national flag as a rescue operation was underway for survivors. Defence Minister, Raychelle Omamo, called the dead “VIPs, the fallen heroes” as four coffins arrived by plane in the capital, Nairobi. They…
20 Jan 2016
MEMBERS of Libya’s proposed national unity government have been named under a United Nations (UN)-brokered deal aimed at uniting the country’s warring factions. The 32 names will be sent to the internationally recognised parliament in the eastern city of Tobruk for approval. But only seven members of the Tunis-based Presidency Council have signed the document.…
20 Jan 2016
FOOD supplies for thousands of African refugees at a camp in central Malawi are running out fast, United Nations (UN) agencies warned yesterday, appealing for urgent funds to provide full rations for the coming year. The World Food Programme (WFP) said a lack of money had forced it to reduce food aid at Dzaleka camp…
20 Jan 2016
FRENCH-MOROCCAN photographer, Leila Alaoui, has died from injuries sustained in the Burkina Faso hotel attack, taking the death toll to 30. Alaoui was taken to hospital but suffered a heart attack, human rights group Amnesty International said. She was carrying out work “focusing on women’s rights” for the group. The assault at a hotel in…
19 Jan 2016
ABOUT 14 million people in Southern Africa are facing hunger because of last year’s poor harvest, caused by the El Nino weather pattern, the World Food Programme said. In a statement released yesterday, the WFP, which is the UN’s food-assistance branch, gave warning that the number of people without enough food is likely to rise further in…
19 Jan 2016
BURKINA Faso has begun three days of national mourning after al-Qaeda fighters in a vehicle from neighbouring Niger Republic killed at least 28 people in an attack on a hotel and cafe popular with foreigners. The national mourning began on Sunday, a day after government soldiers and French forces ended a more than 12-hour siege…
19 Jan 2016
SENEGAL’S President Macky Sall has proposed to cut his own term in office by two years. Changing the president’s mandate from seven to five years is part of several proposals for constitutional reforms, which are to be put to a referendum. The president’s office said they are aiming to strengthen democracy. Several African presidents have…
18 Jan 2016
The Niger government and UN staff have moved 99 schools to "safer zones" out of harm's way from Boko Haram jihadists who attack from neighbouring Nigeria, the United Nations said Monday. The programme was launched in November and has enabled nearly 6,000 pupils -- a total of 2,784 boys and 3,129 girls -- to resume…
17 Jan 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured President Roch Marc Kabore and the people of Burkina Faso of Nigeria’s solidarity and support as they grapple with the aftermath of Friday night’s terrorist attack on Ouagadougou. A statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said the president…
17 Jan 2016
"We didn’t know if we would get out. We tried calling our families, to tell them we weren’t sure we were going to see them again," said Suzanne Songa-Ouedraogo, her voice trembling as she recalled Friday night’s jihadist attack that killed 29 people in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou. The Burkinabe artist, one of…
17 Jan 2016
Burkina Faso’s government says 26 people were killed and a further 56 injured after Islamist militants attacked a hotel in the capital, Ouagadougou, popular with foreigners. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has said it carried out the attack, which began on Friday night. The siege at the Splendid Hotel was declared over after a…

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