Africa 

Libya: Top official urges UN special envoy to prompt election talks

An influential Libyan official said that the United Nations’ special envoy should meet with the joint electoral committee made up of rival Libyan factions, to start constitutional arrangements for elections. Aguila Saleh, the influential speaker of Libya’s east-based parliament, was speaking to reporters in Cairo after meeting Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Saleh said the joint committee could send… Read More
Africa 

Ethiopia offers no date for end to blackout in Tigray region

There is “no timeline” for restoring internet access to Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, a senior government official said Tuesday. The restoration of Tigray’s internet service will be carried alongside the resumption of its phone and electricity services, though no date has been set for those goals, Ethiopia’s Minister for Innovation and Technology Belete Molla said. He was speaking at the… Read More
Africa 

Cameroon: Rescue efforts continue, as death toll from landlside increases to 15

At least 15 people died Sunday in a landslide on a hillside where a crowd was attending a funeral in a popular neighborhood of Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital, the governor of the region told AFP Monday in a new report. A few hours after the tragedy, Naseri Paul Bea, the governor of the Centre region, announced on the state radio… Read More
Africa 

Portugal sends coup investigators to São Tomé and Príncipe

Portugal has dispatched a team of investigators and experts from the judicial police at the request of Sao Tome and Principe to participate in the investigation into the failed coup attempt in this former Portuguese colony. This team, made up of “investigators and experts from the judicial police” as well as an “expert in forensic medicine”, was sent on Sunday… Read More
Africa 

Senegal’s Aliou Cisse says won’t ‘overthink’ Equador game

Coach Aliou Cisse looked ahead to Senegal’s Group A decider against South American side Ecuador on Monday. The AFCON champions go into Tuesday’s showdown knowing a win guarantees a spot in the round of 16, and could see them finish as group winners if the Netherlands fail to beat Qatar. A point seprates the top three in Group A, with… Read More
Africa 

DRC relatively calm but no withdrawal from M23-held areas

The ceasefire between the M23 rebels and the Congolese army appeared to be holding on Monday in eastern DRC, but no movement to withdraw from areas occupied by the rebellion, as called for by the Luanda summit, appeared to be taking place, according to reports gathered by AFP. As at the weekend, clashes pitted the Tutsi rebel M23 against Hutu… Read More
Africa 

Third meeting on DRC peace process opens in Nairobi

The third round of consultations for the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo facilitated by the East Africa regional bloc have begun in Kenya’s capital Nairobi with a plan to discuss reforms that will facilitate disarmament of rebel groups. Kenya’s President William Ruto and Burundi’s Évariste Ndayishimiye attended the Monday opening session in person, while the presidents of… Read More
Africa 

Somali forces storm hotel held by extremists, free 60 people

Somali forces on Monday stormed a hotel in the capital, Mogadishu, where Islamic extremists had been holed up for more than 18 hours after killing eight civilians and trapping dozens in the building, officials said. Police spokesperson Sadik Dodishe said all six extremists died during the operation at the Villa Rosa hotel, and one member of the security forces was… Read More
Africa 

Senegal celebrates cultural richness during 3rd Dakar carnival

The third edition of the Dakar carnival ended on Saturday( Nov. 26). This year’s guests of honour were the Hal Pular ethnic group. During three days, hundreds of dancers, instrumentalists and artists paraded through the streets of Senegal’s capital to showcase the best of their culture. The festival gives the opportunity together different communities living across the country to come… Read More
Africa 

Nigeria: Office of the Electoral Commission set on fire

The Nigerian Electoral Commission (INEC) said one of its offices was burnt down on Sunday in the southeastern state of Ebonyi, three months ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections in Africa’s most populous country. “Our Izzi local government office in Iboko was burnt down,” INEC spokesman Festus Okoye said in a statement on Sunday. The attack by “unidentified” men did… Read More