Africa 

Ethiopia’s fuel prices rise by 20%

Fuel prices in Ethiopia rose by about 20% on Thursday (September 29), less than three months after a previous 30-40% hike, as part of the phasing out of government subsidies for petroleum products. Faced with soaring crude oil prices this year, which are widening the state’s deficit, the Ethiopian government decided to phase out all fuel subsidies in July. “Although… Read More
Africa 

Gunfire heard in Burkina Faso, sparking mutiny fears

Gunfire rang out early Friday in Burkina Faso’s capital and the state broadcaster went off the air, sparking fears of a mutiny nine months after a military coup d’etat overthrew the country’s president. It was not immediately known where Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba was in the West African country. He had given a speech the day before in… Read More
Africa 

SA: Ramaphosa denies corruption allegation once again

Pressure continues to pile on South Africa’s president amid hidden cash allegations. When questioned about alleged cooperation between the government and criminal gangs during a parliament session Thursday, Ramaphosa doubled down on denial. “These are allegations that are outrageous, and that we deny completely, because there is no truth at all in any of these, he said. The Minister is… Read More
Africa 

In Cameroon, skin-lightening products remain popular despite risks, and ban

Wearing a large hat protecting her face from the sun’s rays in Cameroon, 63-year-old Jeanne now bitterly regrets using skin whitening products after being diagnosed with skin cancer. She is one of many women in Cameroon who use the controversial products that have been banned after social media outrage. “I am embarrassed when people look at me,” the trader in… Read More
Africa 

Qatar World Cup 2022 : Covid tests required on arrival

Fans attending the Qatar 2022 World Cup must show a negative COVID-19 test when they arrive as part of the host nation’s rules to combat the virus. Organisers announced on Thursday that all visitors aged 18 and over must also download a government-run phone application tracking people’s movements and health status, called Ehteraz. Fans aged six and above must be… Read More
Africa 

Recently-elected Kenya President addresses Parliament

President of Kenya, William Ruto, addressed a joint sitting of Parliament this Thursday, with members of both the Senate and the National Assembly convening for the address. Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetangula and his Senate counterpart Amason Kingi stated that the address by the head of state complies with Article 132 (1) (a) of the Constitution requiring the… Read More
Africa 

Ultra-Orthodox men protest Israeli military service

Last updated: 52 minutes ago Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men blocked a major Jerusalem intersection on Thursday to protest attempts to force them to register for Israeli military service. Military service is mandatory for most Israeli Jewish men, but the ultra-Orthodox are often exempted in order to pursue their religious studies. These exemptions have long infuriated secular Israelis, but ultra-Orthodox communities… Read More
Africa 

Presidential candidates start campaigning in Nigeria

Four top presidential candidates started campaigning in Nigeria this week for next February’s election in an open race to replace President Muhammadu Buhari. Less than five months before the ballot, no clear frontrunner has emerged in the race.  Amongst younger voters, there is hope for change. “I’m a first time voter. I would like to see the candidates speak so… Read More
Africa 

Morocco: At least 19 people die after drinking toxic alcohol

At least 19 people have died and dozens of others were hospitalised after consuming toxic alcohol from a roadside kiosk in northern Morocco, local media reported Wednesday. The Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement that the Police had arrested a 48-year-old suspect in connection with the incident. The victims are thought to have consumed the toxic… Read More
Africa 

Moroccan women call for the right to have a legal abortion

Moroccan women demonstrated outside parliament in the capital, Rabat, yesterday calling for abortion to be legalised. The protest on International Safe Abortion Day came weeks after a teenage girl, Meriem, died in a village in the centre of the country following a clandestine termination. Abortion is illegal in Morocco and is punishable by up to five years in prison, except… Read More