News of Africa – Online African News – Daily Newspaper – Breaking News http://newsofafrica.org NewsofAfrica African News and Daily Newspaper. Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:34:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 Nigeria Air Strike Error: President Buhari Expresses ‘Deep Sadness, Regret’ http://newsofafrica.org/200053.html http://newsofafrica.org/200053.html#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:34:08 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200053 A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said. Military commander Major General Lucky Irabor confirmed an accidental bombardment in the northeastern town of Rann, near the […]

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Al-Shabaab Video Appears To Show Killing Of Ugandan Soldier http://newsofafrica.org/200051.html http://newsofafrica.org/200051.html#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:30:05 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200051 Somalia’s al-Shabaab extremist group has released a video that appears to show the killing of a Ugandan soldier who had been held captive since an attack on an African Union peacekeeping base in 2015. The footage released on Tuesday shows the soldier, called Masassa MY, sitting handcuffed with someone holding a gun near the back […]

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Uganda Military Denies M23 Rebels Left Camp http://newsofafrica.org/200049.html http://newsofafrica.org/200049.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:56:13 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200049 Uganda’s military on Monday denied that armed Congolese rebels sheltering in the country had crossed back into the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying they were still in their camp. The DRC government said Sunday that at least 200 former members of M23, a mostly ethnic Tutsi rebel group defeated by the Congolese army three years […]

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Deny Men S*x’ If They Don’t Register To Vote, Kenyan MP Tells Women http://newsofafrica.org/200046.html http://newsofafrica.org/200046.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:54:32 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200046 A female member of parliament in Kenya, Mishi Mboko, has reportedly urged women in opposition strongholds to deny men sex if they don’t register to vote in the upcoming elections. Kenya’s election commission on Monday began a national drive to register millions of new voters ahead of the August presidential poll, with rival parties encouraging […]

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I Don’t Have Regrets Making My Prophecy- Zimbabwe Pastor Held Over President Mugabe Death Prophecy Says http://newsofafrica.org/200044.html http://newsofafrica.org/200044.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:51:51 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200044 A Zimbabwean pastor, who was arrested after claiming that President Robert Mugabe would die in October, has reportedly said that he has “no regrets” for making the prophecy. According to BBC, Pastor Patrick Mugadza’s lawyer Gift Mtisi said the man of the cloth was in “good spirits” when he visited him in jail following his […]

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Morocco Parliament Elects Speaker In Absence Of New Government http://newsofafrica.org/200042.html http://newsofafrica.org/200042.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:46:49 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200042 Morocco’s parliament elected a new speaker on Monday, three months after elections that left the country, which aims to rejoin the African Union, without a government. Sole candidate Habib el-Malki, a leftist economist who has held several ministerial posts, mustered 198 votes in the 395-seat house, in a plenary session broadcast live online. King Mohammed […]

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Darfur Rebel Groups Retreat To Libya, South Sudan: UN Report http://newsofafrica.org/200040.html http://newsofafrica.org/200040.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:44:27 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200040 Two rebel groups driven out of Darfur by a Sudanese military offensive now run mostly in Libya and South Sudan but hope to return to fight again, a UN report said on Monday. Sudan meanwhile is breaking out of international isolation – the Obama administration eased its sanctions on Friday – giving the Khartoum government […]

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Gambia Crisis: Yahya Jammeh’s Administration Hit By Resignations http://newsofafrica.org/200038.html http://newsofafrica.org/200038.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:11:19 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200038 Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s administration has been hit by resignations after three government ministers called it quits, a report said on Tuesday. According to BBC, foreign affairs, finance and trade – Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, Abdou Kolley and Abdou Jobe respectively – had handed in their resignations. Gambia has been plunged in political turmoil since Jammeh disputed opposition leader […]

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Gambia Top Judge Pulls Out Of Inauguration Challenge http://newsofafrica.org/200036.html http://newsofafrica.org/200036.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:23:57 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200036 The Gambia’s top judge on Monday pulled out of hearing a bid by President Yahya Jammeh to halt the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow later this week, in a blow to the incumbent head of state. The small west African country has been plunged in political turmoil since Jammeh disputed Barrow’s December election victory and […]

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Barrack Obama Leaves Symbolic Legacy In Africa http://newsofafrica.org/200034.html http://newsofafrica.org/200034.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:03:48 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200034 It was always going to be hard for outgoing US President Barack Obama to live up to expectations in Africa. Born to a Kenyan father who once herded goats, the first black US president was seen as Africa’s prodigal son who would understand the continent in a way white presidents never could. Nelson Mandela said […]

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Botswana Cops Launch Manhunt After 15 Zimbabweans Escape Jail http://newsofafrica.org/200032.html http://newsofafrica.org/200032.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:59:28 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200032 Police in Botswana have launched a manhunt for 15 Zimbabwean fugitives who escaped from a prison in Francistown on Saturday after destroying the prison fence with manhole cover. Three of the 18 inmates that escaped during lunchtime at Gerald Estates Centre for Illegal Immigrants have since been captured while the rest are still on the […]

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Gunmen Kill 8 Egyptian Policemen In Southwest Egypt http://newsofafrica.org/200030.html http://newsofafrica.org/200030.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:55:32 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200030 Gunmen killed eight police late on Monday in an attack on a checkpoint in el-Wadi el-Gedid province in southwest Egypt, the interior ministry said. Two of the attackers were killed when security forces fought back, and three other security personnel were injured, the ministry said in a statement. The attack took place on al-Naqab checkpoint, […]

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Pastor Who Prophesied President Mugabe’s Death Arrested http://newsofafrica.org/200025.html http://newsofafrica.org/200025.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:02:22 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200025 A pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die on October 17 was arrested in Harare on Monday, his lawyer said. Patrick Mugadza has been told he undermined the authority of the longtime Zimbabwean leader, who turns 93 next month. He was later charged with criminal nuisance, according to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human […]

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Trial Resumes Of Ugandan LRA Warlord http://newsofafrica.org/200023.html http://newsofafrica.org/200023.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:55:10 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200023 Former child soldier-turned-warlord Dominic Ongwen was back in the dock on Monday as the first witness appeared in the trial of the Ugandan ex-commander of the Lord’s Resistance Army due to last several years. Abducted as a child and pressed into the ranks of the LRA, Ongwen has denied “in the name of God” 70 […]

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Libya Forces Retake Benghazi District From Jihadists http://newsofafrica.org/200020.html http://newsofafrica.org/200020.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:53:35 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200020 Forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar on Monday retook a district in Libya’s Benghazi from jihadists after fighting that killed nine soldiers in two days, a military source said. “We now control the district of Abu Sneib” in the southwest of the city, said a commanding officer in the army headed by Haftar, who backs […]

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Gambia President-Elect Adama Barrow’s Son, 8, Killed By Dogs http://newsofafrica.org/200017.html http://newsofafrica.org/200017.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:51:32 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200017 An eight-year-old son of The Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs, a family source said Monday, days before his contested inauguration. Barrow, who is in Senegal, is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, but President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step down by then. “President-elect Barrow’s son, […]

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Nigeria’s VP Yemi Osinbajo Calls For Peace In Restive Oil Region http://newsofafrica.org/200015.html http://newsofafrica.org/200015.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:48:27 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200015 Nigeria’s vice-president on Monday called for an end to repeated attacks on oil and gas facilities in the restive south, warning there would be no progress in the region without peace. Yemi Osinbajo toured several communities and met local leaders in Delta state, as part of what his office said was the government’s “readiness and […]

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US Delivers Two More Patrols Boats To Ally Tunisia http://newsofafrica.org/200013.html http://newsofafrica.org/200013.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:46:26 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200013 Tunisia’s army on Monday received two American patrol boats as part of a deal concluded with the United States to help battle terrorism and illegal migration. Tunisia has suffered from a wave of jihadist violence since the 2011 revolt that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, which has killed dozens of soldiers, police […]

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Ivory Coast VP Daniel Kablan Duncan Sworn In http://newsofafrica.org/200010.html http://newsofafrica.org/200010.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:43:53 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200010 Ivory Coast’s former prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan was sworn in on Monday as the west African nation’s first vice president, taking up a post created under constitutional changes approved in November. At a ceremony in the presidential palace, Duncan, 73, pledged to work with President Alassane Ouattara to “help Ivory Coast become an emerging […]

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UN Chief: Consider Sanctions On Those Thwarting Mali Peace http://newsofafrica.org/200007.html http://newsofafrica.org/200007.html#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:34:44 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200007 Secretary General Antonio Guterres is urging the UN Security Council to consider imposing sanctions on key players in Mali who are obstructing implementation of a 2015 peace agreement if there are no immediate results on the ground. The new UN chief said in a report to the council circulated Monday that progress in implementing the […]

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African Leaders Vow To End Conflict http://newsofafrica.org/200004.html http://newsofafrica.org/200004.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:29:14 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200004 African leaders at the just ended 27th edition of the France-Africa summit in Mali have reportedly vowed to end conflicts across the continent. The two-day summit, themed “Partnership, Peace and Emergence”, was held last week and was aimed at strengthening ties between France and African countries. At least 30 countries attended. According to Lusaka Times, the […]

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Kenya Registers Voters Ahead Of August 2017 Election http://newsofafrica.org/200001.html http://newsofafrica.org/200001.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:14:33 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=200001 Kenya’s election commission began a national drive to register millions of new voters ahead of the August presidential poll, with rival parties encouraging their supporters to sign up on time. Kenyans will go to the polls on August 8 in what is set to be a hard-fought general election decided in large part by the […]

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Donald Trump Promises Health Care ‘For Everybody’ http://newsofafrica.org/199999.html http://newsofafrica.org/199999.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:12:30 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199999 President-elect Donald Trump wants health “insurance for everybody,” he told The Washington Post, no small feat in a country where millions are uninsured. The Republican has long lashed out at President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act, campaigning on a pledge to repeal and replace it. But the billionaire developer had […]

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Gambia’s President Elect Adama Barrow To Remain In Senegal ‘Until His Inauguration’ http://newsofafrica.org/199997.html http://newsofafrica.org/199997.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:10:52 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199997 Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow is in neighbouring Senegal and will remain there at the request of West African leaders until his planned inauguration this week, Senegalese sources said Sunday. “Senegalese President Macky Sall accepted on Saturday in Bamako to welcome Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow in Dakar until his inauguration,” the official APS agency said citing […]

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Barrack Obama Doesn’t Regret ‘Red Line’ Over Syria Conflict http://newsofafrica.org/199995.html http://newsofafrica.org/199995.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:08:33 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199995 US President Barack Obama says he does not regret his speech drawing a “red line” over Syria’s use of chemical weapons, a phrase critics say symbolises the US failure to act over the country’s conflict. Obama made the comment in 2012 about possible US military action in Syria, saying “a red line for us is […]

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Fearful’ Gambians Flee ‘Looming Political Violence’ http://newsofafrica.org/199992.html http://newsofafrica.org/199992.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:41:05 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199992 Gambians fearful of a looming political violence are reportedly fleeing the tiny west African nation’s capital Banjul, as the deadline for long-time leader Yahya Jammeh to hand over power nears. According to BBC, hundreds of people were pressing to get aboard a boat in the capital to escape an impending conflict. Many of those fleeing were women […]

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In Nigeria, Gunmen Kill American Returnee, Abduct Malaysian-Based Man http://newsofafrica.org/199990.html http://newsofafrica.org/199990.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:48:30 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199990 Some gunmen, who kidnapped and subsequently murdered an American-based Nigerian, Chuks Okebata, struck again in Imo state on Saturday – two days after the first attack – and abducted a Malaysian-based Nigerian, Punch reports. While Okebata was kidnapped in Mbieri town, in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state on Thursday, the Malaysian-based, who […]

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Amnesty Calls For Release Of Nigerian Shiite Leader http://newsofafrica.org/199988.html http://newsofafrica.org/199988.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:44:13 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199988 Amnesty International on Monday urged Nigeria to comply with a court ruling to release a pro-Iran cleric and hundreds of his supporters, as a deadline for them to be freed loomed. Ibrahim Zakzaky, who leads the Shia Muslim Islāmic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has spent more than a year in custody since clashes between his […]

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Egypt To Cut Subsidies, Boost Revenues Under Reform Package http://newsofafrica.org/199986.html http://newsofafrica.org/199986.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:41:13 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199986 Egypt will make further “significant” cuts to energy subsidies, raise taxes and seek more international financing as it pursues economic reforms this year, Finance Minister Amr El-Garhy said on Sunday. Speaking at a Cairo press conference, Garhy said the steps are part of ongoing economic reforms the country urgently needs. The International Monetary Fund approved […]

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Congolese M23 Rebels Cross Over From Uganda, ‘Clash With Army’ http://newsofafrica.org/199984.html http://newsofafrica.org/199984.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:39:09 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199984 Armed Congolese rebels crossed back overnight into the country from their longtime refuge in Uganda, prompting fears that a guerilla conflict put to rest in 2013 could be rekindled. At least 200 former members of M23, an ethnic Tutsi group defeated by the Congolese army three years ago, arrived from Uganda and took over a […]

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Bomb Blasts At Nigeria’s University Of Maiduguri Kill 5 http://newsofafrica.org/199982.html http://newsofafrica.org/199982.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:37:21 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199982 Witnesses say two bombs have exploded at Nigeria’s northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing five people. One student said the first blast ripped through the mosque where professors were saying dawn prayers and many are feared among the victims. A university worker said the second bomb went off at an entrance gate. Both spoke on condition […]

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Uganda Detects Bird Flu http://newsofafrica.org/199980.html http://newsofafrica.org/199980.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:32:53 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199980 Uganda announced on Sunday it had detected bird flu among migratory birds, without specifying whether it was the particularly virulent H5 strain detected this season in countries worldwide. The agriculture ministry said bird flu had been detected in two spots, one near Entebbe, on the banks of Lake Victoria, and another in the Masaka distinct […]

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Barrack Obama’s ‘Hostile Goodbye To President Mugabe http://newsofafrica.org/199977.html http://newsofafrica.org/199977.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:58:19 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199977 Outgoing United States President Barack Obama has extended sanctions against Zimbabwe by at least another year, a report said on Sunday. This came as reports on Friday indicated that Obama’s administration was set to ease sanctions against Sudan and broaden now limited talks with the long estranged African government. However, sanctions against Zimbabwe were to […]

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Hundreds Of People Attend Last Rwandan King’s Funeral http://newsofafrica.org/199974.html http://newsofafrica.org/199974.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:55:02 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199974 Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of Rwanda’s last king, Kigeli V, in the country’s former royal capital Nyanza on Sunday. Kigeli was buried in his homeland after his body was repatriated from Washington on Monday. He had been living in exile in the United States since 1992. Kigeli actually died in October […]

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DRC Opposition Figure Heads Home After Crisis Deal http://newsofafrica.org/199972.html http://newsofafrica.org/199972.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:52:44 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199972 A Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader accused of “high treason” returned to Kinshasa on Sunday two weeks after a key deal to end a political crisis in the vast African country. Roger Lumbala, head of the small opposition Rally of Congolese Democrats and Nationalists (RCD-N), was one of a few accused figures whose freedom […]

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Residents Of Egypt’s Northern Sinai Threaten Protests http://newsofafrica.org/199970.html http://newsofafrica.org/199970.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:51:12 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199970 Egyptians in the restive northern Sinai city of al-Arish are threatening civil disobedience to protest against what they claim to be the extrajudicial killing of six youths by security forces. The Interior Ministry announced on Friday that police killed 10 Islāmic militants in a shootout in al-Arish. However, the residents say six of them had […]

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South Sudan Claims Mandate Has Expired For More UN Troops http://newsofafrica.org/199968.html http://newsofafrica.org/199968.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:49:20 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199968 South Sudan’s government is claiming that the UN Security Council mandate has expired to send a new contingent of 4 000 peacekeepers to boost the existing force. Minister of Information Michael Makuei told the Associated Press that December 15 was the end date for the deployment of peacekeepers to bolster the existing 12 000 UN […]

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DRC’s M23 Rebels Cross Over From Uganda, Take Village http://newsofafrica.org/199965.html http://newsofafrica.org/199965.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:45:57 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199965 Congolese rebels who had taken refuge in neighbouring Uganda crossed the border overnight armed with weapons, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government said on Sunday. About 200 former members of M23, an ethnic Tutsi group defeated by the Congolese army in 2013, arrived from Uganda and took over the village of Ishasha, in North Kivu […]

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Fighter Jet Shot Down Over Libya’s Benghazi http://newsofafrica.org/199962.html http://newsofafrica.org/199962.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:36:48 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199962 A fighter jet from Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s forces was shot down over Libya’s Benghazi on Sunday as it carried out raids on jihadist positions, a military source said. The MiG-23 went down after being targeted by “extremist militias”, said a commanding officer with Haftar’s forces. The pilot ejected himself and survived unharmed, he said. A […]

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Gambia’s President Elect Adama Barrow Insists Inauguration Will Go Ahead http://newsofafrica.org/199960.html http://newsofafrica.org/199960.html#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:31:42 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199960 Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow’s inauguration will go ahead on January 19 as planned, his spokesperson said on Sunday as Barrow flew into Senegal at the request of west African leaders. “Jammeh’s term shall end on the 19th and the same date president-elect Barrow’s term begins. Nothing will change that. He will be sworn in and […]

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OUCH! Boy, 16, Tries To Circumcise Himself With A Machete In Zimbabwe http://newsofafrica.org/199958.html http://newsofafrica.org/199958.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:30:00 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199958 A 16-year-old boy tried to circumcise himself with a machete after his friends teased him that he’d never get a girlfriend, a newspaper reported on Friday. The boy had to be rushed to hospital in Lupane district after he botched the job. He’s now recovering at home after doctors safely circumcised him, the Chronicle reported. […]

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Africa, France Battling Same Threat, President Francois Hollande Says In Mali http://newsofafrica.org/199955.html http://newsofafrica.org/199955.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:28:10 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199955 French President Francois Hollande said on Friday that those battling jihad in Africa and the Middle East were like France part of “the same fight” against extremism. ‘It’s the same fight’ Hollande spoke ahead of a summit with African leaders in Mali with the fight against extremists, the struggle to improve governance and the migrant […]

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Deal Reached To End Ivory Coast Crisis http://newsofafrica.org/199953.html http://newsofafrica.org/199953.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:25:07 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199953 A government spokesperson in Ivory Coast says a deal has been reached with soldiers to end a crisis that began with a mutiny last week. Bruno Kone said the deal was reached on Friday night following negotiations between soldiers and a delegation led by the defense minister. The talks were held in Bouake, the country’s […]

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Gambia’s President Elect Adama Barrow Flies To Mali For Crisis Talks http://newsofafrica.org/199951.html http://newsofafrica.org/199951.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:22:48 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199951 West African leaders flew out of Banjul late on Friday with The Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow, en route to Mali for crisis talks with regional heavyweights in hopes of ending the nation’s political impasse. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari led a three-nation delegation to Banjul earlier in the day, which his foreign minister admitted had not […]

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Malawi Media Group Closed Over Alleged Unpaid Tax http://newsofafrica.org/199949.html http://newsofafrica.org/199949.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:20:36 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199949 Malawian tax authorities on Friday closed the offices of the country’s biggest media firm, the Times Group, which has been critical of the government and investigated controversial maize contracts. The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), accompanied by heavily armed police, shut the group’s offices in Blantyre, Malawi’s business capital, over allegations of tens of thousands of […]

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Court To Rule On President Mugabe’s ‘Fitness’ To Continue As Zimbabwe President http://newsofafrica.org/199947.html http://newsofafrica.org/199947.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:18:27 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199947 A Zimbabwean court is set to decide whether President Robert Mugabe is still fit to lead the troubled southern African country, given his advanced age and alleged wilfull violation of the nation’s governing charter. Zimbabwe’s Constitutional Court announced on Friday that it will make its determination early next month, following an application filed by Promise […]

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VP Mnangagwa’s Loyalty To ‘Boss’ President Mugabe ‘Questionable’, Zanu-PF Revolts Against Him http://newsofafrica.org/199945.html http://newsofafrica.org/199945.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:16:12 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199945 Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons and commissars have reportedly criticised Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa for associating with party renegades at a party he recently hosted at his village home in Zvishavane. According to New Zimbabwe, 10 Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons and political commissars described the “unholy alliance” as evidence that Mnangagwa’s “loyalty to President Robert Mugabe […]

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Gambia Crunch Talks Overshadowed By Refugee Crisis Fears http://newsofafrica.org/199943.html http://newsofafrica.org/199943.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:13:12 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199943 West African leaders began crisis talks with President Yahya Jammeh on Friday over his refusal to leave power, as fears grew of a refugee exodus caused by the nation’s political impasse. Appointed chief mediator by a group of west African states, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari led the delegation along with Ghana’s former president John Mahama […]

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Sudan Welcomes US Decision To Lift Sanctions http://newsofafrica.org/199941.html http://newsofafrica.org/199941.html#respond Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:09:50 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199941 Sudan on Friday welcomed a US decision to lift some economic sanctions against Khartoum, saying it was a “positive and important” development in relations with Washington. “The Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs welcomes the decision taken by President Barack Obama,” ministry spokesperson Ghariballah Khidir said in a statement. “This step represents a positive and important […]

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26 North Koreans Rescued As Cargo Ship Sinks Off Japan http://newsofafrica.org/199937.html http://newsofafrica.org/199937.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:28:38 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199937 Japan rescued 26 North Koreans after they abandoned their sinking cargo vessel in the East China Sea, the coast guard said on Thursday. Japan Coast Guard patrol boats plucked the ship’s entire crew out of the water in the early hours of the morning after they had abandoned the vessel and taken to life boats. […]

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President Mugabe Will Die On 17th Of October 2017 Says Zimbabwe Prophet http://newsofafrica.org/199935.html http://newsofafrica.org/199935.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:26:07 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199935 Zimbabwe’s controversial prophet and leader of Kariba Church, Patrick Mugadza, has revealed in a statement that President Robert Mugabe is dying on the 17th of October 2017. According to him, he said God told him on the 26th of December 2016, while he was praying that the 92-year-old president who has been ruling for thirty-seven […]

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Donald Trump Blasts Media Over Russia Allegations In First Briefing Since Being Elected http://newsofafrica.org/199933.html http://newsofafrica.org/199933.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:23:50 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199933 President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday flatly denied “phony” explosive allegations about ties with Russia and lurid behaviour on a trip to Moscow that have tainted his election victory and threatened to engulf his presidency. Just over a week before Trump takes office, the United States has been rocked by unsubstantiated claims that his aides colluded […]

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Burqa Ban Splits Morocco http://newsofafrica.org/199931.html http://newsofafrica.org/199931.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:18:39 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199931 Morocco’s ban on the sale and production of burqa full-face Muslim veils beloved of Salafists has sharply divided opinions in the North African country. “The burqa is not an item of clothing just like any other… it’s an instrument of oppression, a horrific negation of women, an insult to half of humanity,” according to award-winning […]

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Nigeria Leader In New Effort To Get Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh To Leave http://newsofafrica.org/199928.html http://newsofafrica.org/199928.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:06:04 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199928 Nigeria’s president was leading a regional delegation to Gambia in a last-ditch attempt on Friday to persuade its longtime leader to step down and allow his rival’s inauguration next week. President Muhammadu Buhari has been authorised to offer Gambian President Yahya Jammeh asylum, if necessary, during the visit. The West African regional bloc also has […]

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Gunfire Breaks Out Ahead Of Talks On Ivory Coast Mutiny Deal http://newsofafrica.org/199926.html http://newsofafrica.org/199926.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:02:39 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199926 Witnesses say gunfire has broken out in Ivory Coast’s second-largest city, where the defense chief was expected to resume talks on an army mutiny there a week ago. Fanta Kourouma, a resident of Bouake, says shots could be heard shortly before noon Friday. She says they appeared to come from near the city’s main military […]

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Nigeria: Niger Delta Avengers Announce End To Ceasefire, Declare ‘Operations Walls Of Jericho’ http://newsofafrica.org/199924.html http://newsofafrica.org/199924.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:56:06 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199924 Militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, who were responsible for various attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta Region in 2016, have released their first statement for 2017, basically announcing an end to their ceasefire in the coming months, as negotiations have failed. Part of the statement read: “As we get ready for the challenges […]

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Use Summit In Mali To Support ICC, African Leaders Told http://newsofafrica.org/199922.html http://newsofafrica.org/199922.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:28:06 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199922 The Africa-France summit has kicked off in Mali, with the Human Rights Watch (HRW) urging African countries to “stand with victims of grave international crimes by voicing their support for the International Criminal Court (ICC)”. Three countries – South Africa, Burundi and Gambia – announced their withdrawal from The Hague-based court last year. HRW said […]

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Barrack Obama To Ease Sudan President Omal AL Bashir’s Sanctions On Way Out http://newsofafrica.org/199920.html http://newsofafrica.org/199920.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:25:48 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199920 The Obama administration is set to ease sanctions against Sudan and broaden now limited talks with the long estranged African government, a US-designated terrorism sponsor whose leader has been indicted on war crimes charges. The change in policy is a response to positive actions by the Sudanese government in fighting terrorism, reducing conflict, denying safe […]

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Zimbabwe Plane Crash: Leading Gold Producer Claims Ownership Of Cargo http://newsofafrica.org/199918.html http://newsofafrica.org/199918.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:21:08 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199918 A leading gold producer, developer and explorer in southern Africa, Metallon Corporation, has claimed ownership of the gold that was being transported by a private plane that crash-landed in southern Zimbabwe on Tuesday, putting to rest speculation that the mineral was being smuggled out of the troubled southern African country. Following the plane crash, several […]

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Nigerian Legislators OK Offering Asylum To Gambia Leader http://newsofafrica.org/199916.html http://newsofafrica.org/199916.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:16:09 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199916 Nigerian legislators voted Thursday to offer asylum to Gambia’s longtime leader, who is refusing to cede power after losing elections. Legislators confirmed the vote in favor of authorizing Nigeria’s leader to offer safe haven to President Yahya Jammeh. The offer would “strengthen the hand” of President Muhammadu Buhari in negotiating with Jammeh, said Sani Zoro […]

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SADC ‘Failed’ Zimbabweans In 2016 – HRW http://newsofafrica.org/199914.html http://newsofafrica.org/199914.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:07:52 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199914 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) failed to raise concerns about deteriorating human rights conditions in Zimbabwe in 2016, Human Rights Watch has said in its World Report 2017. The annual review of human rights issues from around the world was released in Washington on Thursday. “When SADC leaders met for their annual summit in […]

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Humanitarian Crisis Triggered By Boko Haram Is ‘Worsening’ http://newsofafrica.org/199912.html http://newsofafrica.org/199912.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:03:59 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199912 The UN humanitarian chief says the humanitarian crisis triggered by Boko Haram’s “violent and inhuman campaign” is worsening, with 10.7 million people in need of aid in northeast Nigeria and parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council Thursday that although Boko Haram has lost much of the territory it […]

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Barrack Obama Not Slipping Away Quietly From Presidency http://newsofafrica.org/199909.html http://newsofafrica.org/199909.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:09:35 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199909 Barack Obama is not leaving his presidency quietly. Besides his farewell address to the nation on Tuesday night, Obama has been on a media blitz during his final weeks in office. The biggest broadcast networks have all been granted interviews, culminating in a full-circle talk on Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” The History network airs […]

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Nigerian Army Denies Planning Attack On The Gambia http://newsofafrica.org/199907.html http://newsofafrica.org/199907.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:06:49 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199907 The Nigerian Army on Thursday dismissed a report alleging that it was planning to remove Gambian President Yahya Jammeh by force Premium Times had published a report titled, “Exclusive: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh.” But in a statement on Thursday by its spokesperson, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the army described the […]

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Albino Boy, 17, Choked, Hit With Sharp Object In Brutal Murder http://newsofafrica.org/199905.html http://newsofafrica.org/199905.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:04:32 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199905 Rights group Amnesty international has condemned the brutal killing of a 17-year-old boy with albinism, who was choked and hit with a sharp object in southern Malawi. The teenager, Sunganani Pensulo, was attacked by a renowned businessman Willard Mikayele, becoming the 19th recorded albino to be killed across Malawi since November 2014. However, reports indicated […]

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SA Failed To Speak Out On Zimbabwe Rights Abuses – HRW http://newsofafrica.org/199903.html http://newsofafrica.org/199903.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:02:25 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199903 South Africa missed several opportunities to place respect for human rights at the centre of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch says in its World Report 2017. It singled out ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe for dismissing protests against police brutality in Zimbabwe as “sponsored elements seeking regime change”. The annual review of human rights […]

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Boko Haram: UN Security Council Plans Visit To Nigeria http://newsofafrica.org/199901.html http://newsofafrica.org/199901.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:56:08 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199901 The UN Security Council is planning a visit in the coming weeks to Nigeria and two other countries affected by the Boko Haram insurgency which has sparked one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises. British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said the 15 envoys are hoping to visit northeast Nigeria, Cameroon and Chad which along with Niger […]

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Nigeria: PDP Accuses Police Of Arresting 21 INEC Ad-hoc Staff In Rivers http://newsofafrica.org/199899.html http://newsofafrica.org/199899.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:53:40 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199899 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state have alleged that 21 ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The party in a  press statement said the INEC staff arrested took part in the legislative re-run election in the state and served in areas where […]

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Armed Men Try But Fail To Seize Libya Govt Ministries http://newsofafrica.org/199896.html http://newsofafrica.org/199896.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:43:34 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199896 Gunmen on Thursday tried but failed to seize three government ministries in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a spokesperson for the UN-backed Government of National Accord said. Ashraf al-Thulthi said “outlaws” who back the former self-proclaimed “Government of National Salvation” of Khalifa Ghweil opposed to the GNA clashed with loyalist forces and were forced to retreat. […]

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SA Supports Ecowas Mediation In Crisis-Hit Gambia – Dirco http://newsofafrica.org/199894.html http://newsofafrica.org/199894.html#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:37:27 +0000 http://newsofafrica.org/?p=199894 South Africa supports mediation efforts by the west African regional bloc Ecowas, aimed at persuading President Yahya Jammeh to step down after he lost in the December 1 elections, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) said on Thursday. In a statement, Dirco urged “all concerned parties to co-operate with Ecowas and find a […]

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