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Catholic Church appeals to thieves to return Pope John Paul’s blood container

Thieves stole a container of blood belonging to the Pope John Paul II

Egypt army supports Field Marshal Sisi to run for president

The former general has been popular in Egypt after he deposed President Mohammed Morsi

U.S. threatens sanctions to curb Central African Republic conflict

Mr. Kerry urged CAR’s leaders to cease attacks on civilians.

African Union welcomes Madagascar back after power handover

Madagascar was isolated following a coup in 2009

Thieves steal Pope John Paul’s blood from Italian church – Custodian

John Paul to be made saint in May

Indian woman raped on orders of village elders

Woman was for having relationship outside community

South Sudan rebel leader vows to bring down government

More than 10,000 people have been killed in fighting in South Sudan

EU warns Israel, Palestinians of cost of peace failure

The European Union, long been seen as a payer not player in the Israel/Palestinian conflict, now warns it should not be taken for granted

U.S. setting dangerous example on surveillance – Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Watch says the U.S. programme could lead to more censorship of critical speech on the internet.

Former Vatican accountant faces further charge of money laundering

Former Vatican accountant faces further charge of money laundering

Fraudster uses Fashola, Okonjo- Iweala’s names to defraud Nigerians

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has uncovered a sophisticated web of trickery involving a 34 year-old graduate of the Lagos State University, Anthony Ezechukwu who uses the names of spouses of prominent Nigerian political figures and others holding key offices to dupe unsuspecting members of the public. Ezechukwu allegedly cloned the facebook accounts […]

Laurent Gbagbo

Cote d’Ivoire: Gbagbo’s release will facilitate reconciliation in Cote d’Ivoire – Son

Mr. Gbagbo is held at the International Criminal Court, for his role in the 2011 post-election violence that gripped Cote d’Ivoire. Michel Gbagbo, son of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, has called for his father’s release, saying it would facilitate reconciliation in the country. An Abidjan-based newspaper, Le Temps, on Sunday in Abidjan quoted Michel […]

Mohammed Morsi

Egypt’s ex-President Morsi to face trial for ‘insulting’ judiciary

Mr. Morsi was dethroned July 2013, and remained under detention since

INTERVIEW: Ghanaian BBC Komla Dumor’s last extensive interview

Ghanaian BBC reporter, Komla Dumor, died of cardiac arrest Saturday morning in London. Since news of his passing broke Saturday, tributes have been pouring in torrents from all parts of the world. Those who know him well describe him as a quintessential journalist who did his best and left a legacy. For those who don’t […]

Komla Dumor, Ghanaian BBC journalist dead

Ghanaian BBC reporter, Komla Dumor, has died. He died of cardiac arrest on Saturday morning in London, the Ghanaian media are reporting. The media reports quoted neighbours as confirming the death of the Focus on Africa presenter. Ghana’s Joy Online quoted the former Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah, as confirming the journalist’s […]

Obama orders limit to U.S. spying over Snowden leaks

Stricter control will be enforced on how US agencies gather phone and internet data of governments, individuals and world leaders. United States President Barack Obama has ordered limits on the vast gathering of data and eavesdropping on world leaders by US intelligence agencies, a move triggered by the leaking of extensive spying by the National […]

Bomb attacks kill 52 in Iraq

Two years after U.S. troops left Iraq, violence has climbed to the highest level.

U.K. to help U.S. destroy Syrian chemical weapons faster

Britain planned to give equipment to the U.S. worth around $4.12 million

South Sudan ceasefire deal stalled over release of political detainees

The rebel leader wants political detainees released before a deal

Kenya: Al Shabaab commanders killed in air strikes

Air strikes part of reprisal attack for Westgate Mall. The Kenyan military has killed more than 30 al Shabaab militants, including commanders, in its first major barrage of air strikes in Somalia, a spokesperson said on Friday. The air strikes were in retaliation for the Islamists’ attack on a Westgate shopping mall, Nairobi in September, […]

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe

Japan to partner West African leaders to promote peace, security

Japan says it’s ready for massive investments in West Africa. The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, on Friday in Abidjan, said his country would partner with West African leaders to promote peace and security in the sub-region through dialogue. Mr. Abe, who spoke at the opening of a meeting with ECOWAS Heads of Government, said […]

Former Israeli leader Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in coma

Mr. Sharon was in coma for eight years. Ariel Sharon, one of Israel’s most powerful leaders, who led several military campaigns and became the country’s prime minister before suffering a devastating stroke in 2006, has died. Mr. Sharon died on Saturday at the age of 85 after a long illness. He had spent eight years […]

President, Prime Minister of Central African Republic resign

Country has been engulfed in months of violence

Cote d’Iviore government faults Gbagbo’s party on Ouattara’s eligibility for 2015 poll

Ouattra intends to run for second term

United Nations HQ

58 UN staff killed by terrorists in 2013

UN says 2013 was dangerous for its staff.