Gunmen killed at least eight Chadian UN peacekeepers in an attack Sunday on one of their bases in northern Mali, a source close to the MINUSMA force said. “According to a new toll, still provisional, at least eight peacekeepers have been killed,” the source said. #UPDATE Gunmen killed at least eight Chadian UN peacekeepers in an attack on […]

The Southern African Development Community on Sunday congratulated President-elect Felix Tshisekedi and Congo for conducting elections in a peaceful manner “despite the security and logistical challenges.” The 16-nation regional bloc had last week called for a unity government and possible recount. #SADC congratulates President-Elect of #DRCongo, Mr Felix Tshisekedi & calls upon all stakeholders to support the […]

The United States military said Saturday it has killed 52 Somali Islamists during air strikes in response to an attack by a large group of Somali Shebabs against Somali national forces in the south of the country. Earlier in the day, at least 8 Somali soldiers were killed by Shebab fighters in an attack on […]

(1) January 17 marks the forty-first anniversary of the brutal assassination of Patrice Lumumba. (2) He was the first and only elected Prime Minister of the Republic of Zaire – now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo. (3) He was assassinated a few months after DR Congo gained formal independence from Belgium. (4) It […]

Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to promulgate a law that allows for better inclusion of refugees in the country – the Refugee Proclamation. The House of Peoples Representatives passed the law after it had been passed by the Council of Ministers having incorporated detailed comments. It is one of key laws that the Attorney […]

Qatar donated 68 armoured vehicles to Somalia on Thursday, Qatar’s defence ministry said, a sign that Doha is pushing for influence in the country with the role of its Gulf rival, the United Arab Emirates, under strain. Somalia, a Horn of Africa country located on key shipping routes, has refused to take sides in the […]

Nigeria’s February 16 presidential elections will have a total of 72 candidates participating, the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, said on Thursday. INEC released a list that had the name of all aspirants and their vice-presidential candidates. The list also included aspirants for the senatorial and house of representatives positions. Nigeria’s is Africa’s most populous nation and INEC has reported […]

Atiku Abubakar, a former vice-president of Nigeria on Thursday flew to the United States of America for the first time in a long while. His inability to travel to the US was reportedly due to a federal summons for his arrest in a corruption case that dates years back to when he was in government. […]

The headline inflation for December moved further to 11.44 per cent, but may be escalated with a combination of improved minimum wage, alongside fuel and energy price hike, if unchecked. Though the new minimum wage and proposed salary reviews are expected to improve consumer spending, there are concerns that such increment, alongside fuel and electricity […]

For a populous nation as Ethiopia – on record as Africa’s second biggest only behind Nigeria, imports are as important to its economic growth as are the goods it also exports – chief amongst them, coffee. Ethiopia is, however, landlocked with five neighbours who have access to the sea – Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia and […]

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