Category Archives: Africa

Kenyan court frees doctors’ leaders jailed during health sector strike

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday ordered the release from jail of officials from the national doctors’ union so they can negotiate with the government over a strike that has paralyzed the public health sector. The strike … read more »

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UN chief: Tanzanian to lead Hammarskjold air crash review

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Tanzania’s former chief justice to review potential new information, including from South Africa, on the mysterious 1961 plane crash that killed U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said … read more »

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English vs. French tensions in Cameroon turn deadly

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A single student out of 4,000 showed up on the first day of the new term at one high school in Bamenda, the English-speaking city at the heart of a deadly conflict in Cameroon over language … read more »

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Baba Masaba: Nigerian man with 86 wives dies aged 93

A former Muslim preacher in Nigeria who had at least 86 wives has died aged 93. Mohammed Bello Abubakar, known as Baba Masaba, died at his home in central Niger state on Saturday after an undisclosed illness. A large crowd … read more »

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Gambia president plans massive overhaul, but keeps secret police

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) – Gambian President Adama Barrow said Saturday that every aspect of his tiny west African state would need an overhaul after ex-leader Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule, but that its dreaded secret police would remain. Barrow faces an … read more »

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Gambia’s Barrow to take oath in Senegal embassy as regional troops gather

BANJUL/DAKAR (Reuters) – Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow will be sworn in at the Gambian embassy in neighbouring Senegal on Thursday, officials said, as West African troops prepared to back him in a showdown with a defiant incumbent Yahya Jammeh. The … read more »

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Gambia: Jammeh’s lawyer asks court to block Barrow’s inauguration

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) – A lawyer for The Gambia’s president has filed an injunction asking the Supreme Court to bar the swearing in of the president-elect this month, as Yahya Jammeh battles on in his attempt to annul his election … read more »

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Boko Haram leader urges fighters: kill, slaughter and abduct

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Boko Haram’s leader is urging his fighters to “kill, slaughter and abduct … and detonate bombs everywhere,” in a new video that denies Nigerian government claims that his Islamic extremist group has been crushed. President Muhammadu Buhari … read more »

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New hitches hold up DR Congo crisis deal

Kinshasa (AFP) – Fresh problems held up efforts by the Catholic Church to forge a deal on Saturday for ending the political crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The agreement is ready, but this morning all the groups came … read more »

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