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Nigeria’s electoral commission has bowed to pressure from political parties and approved resumption of campaigns ahead of Sunday’s presidential election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Saturday told political parties to stop campaigning, after it pushed the vote from February 16 to February 23. The two main political parties, president Muhammadu Buhari’s All […]

At least three people were killed and several injured when an explosive device carried by a militant exploded in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Monday, according to a statement from the interior ministry. The dead include the militant and two policemen who were pursuing him when the device exploded. The blast occurred in the city’s […]

In a bid to accelerate the pace of the construction of Ethiopia’s strategic dam, the country has contracted the services of two Chinese companies. The Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) on Tuesday signed a contract worth $40m with China Gezhouba Group Co., Ltd (CGGC). CGCG will henceforth handle the pre-commissioning activities at the dam, that is expected to […]

Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza hosted a state banquet in honour of his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Farmaajo, who is in the East African nation on an official visit. The visit comes at a time when Burundi has been asked to withdraw up to 1,000 of its troops from Somalia. Burundi is one of the African nations […]

President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Félix Tshisekedi, met his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, over the weekend for talks aimed at the formation of a coalition government following the December 30, 2018 elections. The presidency late Sunday confirmed the meeting via an official statement saying the two had met at the residence of President Tshisekedi […]

Kenya has summoned its ambassador to Somalia back home after the Mogadishu government’s decision to auction oil and gas exploration blocks at the centre of a maritime territorial dispute in the Indian Ocean, the foreign ministry said. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague is considering a claim on the two countries’ maritime […]

February 17, 2019: Fruit seller dies over tear gas inhalation A Sudanese fruit seller died Sunday in a hospital in Khartoum after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police during protests, according to his relatives and a committee of doctors linked to the anti-government protest movement. “He was taken to the hospital but the doctors […]

Ethiopian teenager Samuel Tefera outduelled compatriot Yomif Kejelcha to break the world indoor 1,500 metres record in Birmingham on Saturday. Tefera, 19, clocked three minutes, 31.04 seconds at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting to take down Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj’s 1997 record of 3:31.18. It came on the same Birmingham track where Tefera had won the […]

In Nigeria, churches were packed on Sunday as the faithful prayed for the future of Africa’s largest democracy. It follows postponement of the presidential elections hours before polls were scheduled to open. In the capital Abuja, congregants at the Family Worship Centre say they are unfazed. “If they postpone the vote late again on Saturday, […]

French prosecutors on Monday sought a seven-year prison sentence against Congolese music star Koffi Olomide. The 62-year-old musician is standing trial for allegedly sexually assaulting four former dancers who say they were held against their will at a villa outside Paris. The acts including those of violence, coercion and kidnapping were allegedly committed in the […]


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