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17-year-old Makenna Muigai. [PHOTO CREDIT: AllAfrica]

How scramble for resources fuels conflict across Africa

By David Njagi Nairobi — She may not be from central Africa, but 17-year-old Makenna Muigai would like African leaders to rally their political muscle to save the endangered Congo Basin - for a good reason. As the world's second largest rain forest supports over 80 million people in the…

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How Climate Change contributes to insecurity in Nigeria, other African countries

Cape Town — In this allAfrica explainer we delve into the relationship between climate change and conflict on the continent Levels of poverty, economic opportunities, and unemployment are key factors increasing the likelihood of conflict, and there is strong agreement that climate change is a major driver of violent conflict,…

Province of Cabo Delgado

How gunmen burned down college in Mozambique

Cape Town — Unknown gunmen have attacked six communities and torched a teacher-training college in Quissanga district, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in the space of less than a week, a development that marks an escalation in attacks on the gas-rich province. Unidentified fighters emerged in 2017,…

Photo: Staff Sgt. Alex Echols / 435th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members practice vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019.

U.S. military in Nigeria, other African countries under spotlight

By Tami Hultman and Reed Kramer Washington, DC — Amid rising attacks by Islamic supremacists, the American military presence in Africa has come under scrutiny in U.S. policy circles, as well as among African analysts. Some two-thirds of the approximately 6,000 U.S. troops in Africa are stationed at Camp Lemonnier…

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South Africa boycotts 2020 Futsal over Morocco’s Occupation of Western Sahara

Cape Town — The South African Football Association (SAFA) has announced its decision to withdraw the national team from the 2020 Africa Futsal Cup of Nations to be hosted in Morocco. The national administrative governing body confirmed that it reached its decision after "Morocco insisted on hosting the tournament in…

Boko Haram has killed some Nigerian citizens

Human Rights Violations and Violence: Nigeria, Somalia, other African hotspots

Cape Town — Eleven African nations are highlighted in a major annual report on human rights as places where violations of citizens' rights were accompanied by insurgencies, domestic conflict or inter-communal violence in 2019. The nations named in the 2020 World Report of the New-York based rights group, Human Rights…

Tuberculosis treatment. (Photo: Jelle Krings/MSF)

Cost of treatment drug for Tuberculosis slashed 70%

A French pharmaceutical giant has slashed the price of a critically important antibiotic used to prevent tuberculosis, giving new hope of beating the disease to millions of people - including hundreds of thousands living with HIV. The cost of the drug, rifapentine, will be cut from U.S. $45 to $15…

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth (file photo). (Photo: Pradeep.Ramgoolam/Wikimedia Commons)

Incumbent Mauritius PM Wins Five-Year election mandate

The ruling Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) has won more than half of the seats in parliament, securing incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth a five-year term, Reuters reports. According to the report, Jugnauth's coalition won four more seats in the final allocation to hold 42 of 70 parliamentary seats following the…

Photo: GCIS/Flickr Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe briefs the media on the gazetting of the Mining Charter in 2018.

South African minister denies bribing journalists to make story about sex life disappear

South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe has denied bribing journalists to withhold a story about his sex life, TimesLive reports. In a story published by the Sunday World newspaper at the weekend, Mantashe was quoted as saying he paid the journalists R70,000. The journalists apparently had…

Lid of the coffin of the priest of Heryshef, Nedjemankh. (Photo: METMuseum/Wikimedia)

Stolen Gold Coffin of Ancient Egyptian Priest returned by American museum

By Melody ChirondaCape Town — The Egyptian relic is finally going home. According to BBC, the coffin was stolen and smuggled out of Egypt in 2011 and sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York by a global art trafficking network, which used fraudulent documents. The museum had purchased the…

The Constitutional Court ruled that it is illegal to spank children

Spanking children unconstitutional, South African court rules

By Andre van WykThe Constitutional Court has upheld a South Gauteng High Court ruling in 2017 to eliminate the common-law defence of reasonable chastisement when spanking a child, TimesLive reports. The court said that there are effective ways to discipline a child without needing to resort to corporal punishment. The…

Darlene Superville's corrected tweet. [Photo: Photo: @dsupervilleap/Twitter]

South Africa: White House Reporter Now Knows Who South Africa’s President Is

The United States reporter who called South African president Cyril Ramaphosa an "unidentified leader" has corrected her mistake. About 12 hours after she was taken to task by South Africans on Twitter, Darlene Superville - who is the White House reporter for Associated Press - tweeted the same picture with…

The August-20 Stadium in Algiers.. Photo: Aziouez/Wikimedia Commons

Algeria’s culture minister resigns after fatal stampede at rap concert

Cape Town — Algeria's culture minister has resigned after the deaths of five young music fans in a stampede at a rap concert, the BBC reports. Meriem Merdaci's resignation follows public outrage over Thursday's stampede in Algiers. Arab News reports that Merdaci handed her resignation to interim president Abdelkader Bensalah,…

Ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in court on August 19, 2019. [Photo: Photo: France24/YouTube]

Sudan’s ousted president Bashir ‘got millions from Saudi royals’

Sudan's ousted president Omar Hassan al-Bashir says he received millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, a police detective told a Khartoum court on Monday, Reuters reports. AFP reports that the former president, who was forced from power by months of protests in April, sat in a metal cage wearing a traditional white…

Caster Semenya at the Meeting de Paris on June 30, 2018.

Caster Semenya to miss World Championships

Cape Town — South African athlete Caster Semenya will not be able to defend her 800m crown at the world championships in Doha later this year. TimesLive reports that a Swiss judge has reversed a ruling that had temporarily suspended her ban. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court had previously suspended…

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Nigerians can now get Google directions in local accent

Cape Town — We all know Nigerians are proud of their unique accent. So technology giant Google has given Nigerian drivers an option to hear travel advice in a local voice when they use Google Maps. The new feature with the local accent is also available on Google Assistant. Before…

South African President Ramaphosa fights to save his presidency

By John AllenSouth Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will launch legal action to overturn a report by the country's official ombudsman which threatens his presidency. He announced at a news conference on Sunday evening, South African time, that he would ask the country's courts to carry out an "expedited, urgent judicial review" of…

INTERVIEW: Why I resigned as head of Nigeria’s AIDS agency, NACA – Aliyu

The pace of progress against HIV is slowing, says a report released 16 July by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency charged with" reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to treatment and ending AIDS-related deaths". The warning comes as the global group is hiring a new executive director. After a search,…

Cameroon President, Paul Biya

Six bodyguards of Cameroon president arrested in Switzerland

Cape Town — Six members, five men and a woman, of President Paul Biya's security team were arrested in Geneva for an alleged assault on a journalist who was covering a demonstration by opponents of the Cameroonian leader. The woman was released as she held a diplomatic passport. According to…

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In Libya, guards shot at people fleeing air strikes – UN Report

Cape Town — The United Nations said on Thursday that it had information that Libyan guards shot at refugees and migrants trying to flee from air strikes that killed at least 53 people, including six children, in a migrant detention centre in Tripoli. Reuters is quoting a report from the…

South Africa’s Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya lodges appeal against testosterone ruling

Cape Town — Double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya is to appeal a Court of Arbitration ruling against her. AFP reports that the South Africn athlete has lodged an appeal in Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court after losing her case against controversial IAAF rules forcing her to lower her testosterone levels.…

The voting booth in the Lwandle community hall in Strand could not be used because people who have lost their homes are sleeping there. Instead people had to vote at this pre-primary school. (Photo: Velani Ludidi)

South Africa: Ruling ANC Remains Ahead in Election Results

Cape Town — At 6.30am on Friday May 10, South Africa's Electoral Commission results were showing the African National Congress in the lead, with just over 57% of the vote. The country voted in national and provincial elections on May 8. Results for the three main political parties were as…

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ANC takes early lead in South African elections

Cape Town — At 9am on Thursday May 9, South Africa's Electoral Commission results were showing the African National Congress in the lead. The country voted in national and provincial elections on May 8. Results for the three main political parties were as follows: ANC - 1 742 573 votes,…

WHO

Diseases cost Africa $2.4 trillion a year – WHO

By Nontobeko Mlambo Praia — The World Health Organisation has launched a new report titled "A Heavy Burden - An Indirect Course of Illness in Africa" at the second Africa Health Forum in Praia, Cape Verde. "This report will help to establish a link between ill health and gross domestic…

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Africa: Here’s How 24 Teams Qualified For 2019 AFCON

The full line-up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been completed, after the final fixtures on March 24. South Africa - Bafana Bafana secured the last spot in Egypt following a 2-1 win over Libya in Tunisia on March 24, 2019. Zimbabwe - The Warriors seal their place with a 2-0 win over…