Africa

Shock, outrage after African students attacked near New Delhi

Indian authorities on Tuesday ordered an investigation into a mob attack on African students near New Delhi, an allegedly racially-motivated crime that has triggered shock and condemnation in the country.

East African countries pledge to integrate Somali refugees

East African leaders on Saturday pledged to facilitate the free movement of Somali refugees in their countries, calling for alternatives to camps for the refugees, whose number stands at about 900,000 in the region as well as Yemen and Egypt.

EU commissioner takes aim at US with criticism of aid cuts

The European commissioner for international cooperation and development on Friday indirectly criticized cuts in US foreign aid, saying that any cuts on development assistance went against global development goals.

Unknown rebels abduct American and Swedish UN staffers in Congo

Two United Nation staffers - one American, one Swedish - are among six people recently abducted by unknown rebels in central Congo, the government announced Monday.

Ethiopia arrests 76 rebels, says they were based in Eritrea

About 76 Ethiopian militants who stand accused of trying to foment rebellion from Eritrea have been arrested on charges of infiltrating Ethiopia, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate reported Monday.

As Europe hardens its line on migration, children bear the brunt

The number of children arriving on their own in Europe doubled in 2016, and is set to increase this year. But the response by governments has not matched the need, pushing some into criminality and prostitution.

Gambia's new President Barrow fires army chief

Gambia's new President Adama Barrow has sacked army chief Ousman Badjie, replacing him with a presidential military aide.

Croatian food company Podravka opens EUR 4 mn factory in Tanzania

The Croatian food company Podravka on Wednesday opened a food seasonings factory in Tanzania worth four million euros, the Koprivnica-based company said.

UN warns of rapid spread of devastating pest in Africa

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization on Tuesday called for urgent action against a pest devastating maize fields in Africa, saying it risked spreading to a growing number of countries.

Germany presents "Marshall plan" for Africa at business summit

Hundreds of business and political personalities on Thursday attended a German-African economic summit in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his "Marshall Plan" for Africa.

Chadian foreign minister elected African Union chief

Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was Monday elected chairman of the African Union Commission, Ethiopian and Kenyan government sources said at an AU summit in the Ethiopian capital.

African Union to readmit Morocco and elect new leader at summit

African heads of state gathered in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday for a two-day summit expected to readmit Morocco into the organization after a 33-year absence and to elect a new chairperson to succeed South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Africa-France summit opens in Mali amidst strong security

French and African foreign ministers opened a summit in Mali on Friday to strengthen their cooperation on economic and security issues.

EU report: Cooperation with Niger, Mali has not yet curbed arrivals

EU cooperation with five African countries has helped limit migrant movements in West Africa but not yet reduced the number of arrivals to European shores, according to report released Wednesday from the European Commission.

Number of southern Africans needing aid rises by one million

The number of people in southern Africa needing food aid and related assistance has risen by more than a million to 13.8 million since July, the UN said Tuesday.

Kenya burns thousands of illegal weapons

More than 5,200 guns were burned in Kenya on Tuesday to discourage the circulation of illegal weapons, according to Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.

German minister apologizes after racial slur against African men

German Development Minister Gerd Mueller apologized Tuesday for a speech he made earlier this month that contained a racial slur against African men, saying that his comments had been "too sweeping."

Congo to ban foreign media from broadcasting independently

The government of Congo wants to ban all 24-hour foreign news services, including the BBC and Deutsche Welle, from operating independently, Communications Minister Lambert Mende Omalanga said Monday.

Congolese premier resigns as part of deal with opposition

Congolese Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo resigned Monday as part of a deal made with the opposition that allows President Joseph Kabila to stay in power after the end of his second term, officials said.

Report: Germany mulls sending Mediterranean migrants back to Africa

Germany's Interior Ministry would consider sending migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea back to Africa, a spokesman said in comments published Sunday.

EU: migration cooperation with Africa is bearing fruits

European efforts to tackle migration in concert with African countries of origin and transit are beginning to bear fruits, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday, four months after the bloc adopted its controversial sticks-and-carrots approach.

Study finds nearly 385 million children worldwide live in poverty

Nearly 385 million children worldwide live in extreme poverty, UNICEF and the World Bank said Monday.

More than 300 kilogrammes of elephant tusks seized at Vietnam airport

More than 300 kilogrammes of elephant tusks have been confiscated at Hanoi's international airport, a customs official said Monday.

Push for closure of domestic ivory markets sparks controversy

The United States and 29 African countries on Monday pushed for a large-scale ban on the domestic ivory trade in an attempt to stop the dramatic decline of Africa's elephant populations.

Number of African elephants has dropped by a fifth in past decade

The number of African elephants in their home continent has dropped by more than a fifth in the past decade due to a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said Sunday.

South Sudanese refugee count climbs above 1 million

The internal conflict in South Sudan has forced more than 1 million people out of the country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNCHR) said Friday.

Zimbabwe introduces bond notes to combat cash shortages

Zimbabwe will launch notes with equivalent US dollar values to ease cash shortages and promote exports starting next month, the central bank announced Thursday.

EU parliament approves trade deal with six southern African countries

The European Parliament cleared the way Wednesday for a new trade agreement between the European Union and six southern African countries, approving the deal despite concerns among European farmers.

Thousands of opposition supporters detained in Gabon, official says

Thousands of opposition supports have been arrested in the wake of rioting that erupted over the election victory of President Ali Bongo, according to opposition leader Jean Ping.

South African school accused of discrimination against afro hairstyle

Protests have erupted at a South African girls' school after teachers were accused of making racist remarks about black pupils' hairstyles, the local news agency ANA reported Monday.

Japan pledges 30-billion-dollar investment in Africa over three years

Japan will invest 30 billion dollars in Africa's infrastructure over the next three years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a two-day summit on Saturday.

Tunisia's new unity government wins confidence vote

The new national unity government in Tunisia won a parliamentary vote of confidence late on Friday, almost a month after the last government was dismissed.

15 illegal migrants found in cargo train in east Croatia

Railway workers found 15 illegal migrants of African and Asian background hidden in carriages of a cargo train in Slavonski Brod, eastern Croatia, and a police investigation is under way.

Rioting in Zambia after president takes narrow election victory

Zambian President Edgar Lungu secured a narrow victory in last week’s general elections, the electoral commission announced Monday, while the opposition decried fraud.

Governor estimates 36 killed in rebel attack in eastern Congo

Dozens of people in eastern Congo were confirmed dead on Sunday after gun- and machete-wielding militants from the Uganda-based rebel group ADF launched an attack at the southern edge of the city of Beni.

Zambia's opposition claims vote rigged as incumbent pulls ahead

The opposition has claimed that Zambia's presidential elections held Thursday were rigged, as the most recent tally of votes show incumbent Edgar Lungu slightly ahead.

UN strengthens peacekeeping mission to South Sudan by 4,000 troops

The UN Security Council on Friday authorized the deployment of a 4,000-member regional protection force to strengthen the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan and threatened to impose an arms embargo if the government impedes the work of UN troops.

Zambians vote in close elections marred by violence

Zambians head to the polls Thursday in one their most tightly-contested general elections in decades, with President Edgar Lungu coming under fire for an economic downturn while the country struggles with a rare wave of political violence.

Mali arrests terrorist leader behind deadly attack on military

Malian special forces have arrested one of the leaders of Islamist terrorist group Ansar Dine, responsible for a recent attack that killed 17 soldiers, a government official said Wednesday.

Nearly 150 reported killed as South Sudan marks independence

Nearly 150 people were killed in a new outbreak of violence in South Sudan's capital Juba one day before the world's youngest nation marked the fifth anniversary of its independence from Sudan on Saturday, local broadcaster Radio Tamazuj reported.

EU looks to Africa, Middle East to help curb migration

The European Union should offer countries in Africa and the Middle East incentives to curb migration flows and have those who do not cooperate face "consequences," the bloc's executive is set to propose on Tuesday.

Indian police arrest 5 over attacks on African residents in Delhi

Police in Delhi said Sunday they had arrested five people over attacks on Africans in the city, as authorities promise tougher measures to ensure their safety in the Indian capital.

WHO demands faster mass vaccinations to stop yellow fever in Africa

Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo should speed up yellow fever mass vaccinations and should get better at spotting new cases to prevent the outbreak from spiralling out of control, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday.

WHO calls yellow fever outbreak in Africa an "emergency"

Yellow fever outbreaks in three African countries that have claimed nearly 300 deaths in Angola constitute an emergency situation, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said Tuesday in Geneva.

Aid group sees growing trend of middle-class Africans among migrants

A small but growing number of middle-class citizens from West African countries are migrating to Europe, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

South Sudanese rebel leader sworn in as vice president

South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar was sworn in Tuesday as the country's vice president in a move to end his 28-month conflict with President Salva Kiir, which has killed tens of thousands of people.

Morocco agrees on cooperation with Germany to speed up deportations

Morocco assured Germany on Monday that it will take back nationals who have been unsuccessful in applying to stay there, as interior ministers from the two countries met to discuss measures to streamline deportations.

Ban Ki-moon in Burundi for talks to end months of deadly violence

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon arrived in Burundi Monday to step up efforts to end months of political violence in the east African nation.

Ugandan opposition leader re-arrested after trying to lead procession

Uganda's main opposition leader, who was arrested in the run-up to the presidential elections last week, was re-arrested on Monday as he was about to lead a procession through the capital, Kampala

Heavy security in Ugandan capital after "irregular" elections

 Soldiers and police patrolled the streets of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on Sunday after President Yoweri Museveni's victory in an election marred by violence and irregularities.

UN: 26,000 flee ethnic violence in South Sudan refugee camp

Some 26,000 people have reportedly fled a refugee camp in South Sudan after ethnic clashes broke out at the UN facility, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said Friday.

Riots erupt in Ugandan capital after opposition candidate is arrested

 Rioting erupted in the Ugandan capital on Friday after police arrested the country's main opposition leader while incoming election results showed President Yoweri Museveni leading in the presidential poll.

Four more allegations of sexual abuse made against UN troops in CAR

Four new allegations of sexual abuse involving minors have been made against UN peacekeepers from the Democratic Republic of the Congo serving in the Central African Republic, a UN spokesman said Tuesday.

German president urges European-African cooperation on refugee crisis

Africa and Europe must work together to tackle terrorism and the causes of refugee flows, said German President Joachim Gauck Wednesday, speaking before the Economic Community of West African States in Nigeria.

South Africa's Zuma to pay back millions used for home upgrades

President Jacob Zuma offered Wednesday to pay back millions of dollars in taxpayer money used to install luxurious features at his sprawling homestead in rural South Africa.

Mugabe demands equal membership for Africa in "white-skinned" UN

African countries are "artificial members of the UN," Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said at the opening of an African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Saturday as he demanded equal representation for the continent in the organization.

Thousands protest in Morocco over education job cuts

Thousands of trainee teachers Sunday protested in the Moroccan capital Rabat against a government plan to cut education jobs.

Egypt's al-Sissi on 2011 uprising anniversary: Democracy needs time

Democracy needs time to grow, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi said in a televised address on Sunday, ahead of the anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising.

Tunisia's anti-unemployment protests spread amid violence

Anti-unemployment protests, which started earlier this week in Tunisia's western central province of Kasserine, have spread to other areas of the country, including the capital Tunis, security officials said Friday, in the worst unrest since the 2010 uprising.

Second person tests positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone

A second case of the Ebola virus was reported in Sierra Leone on Thursday, barely a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the outbreak had ended in West Africa.

UN: 1 million children forced out of school in west, central Africa

In Nigeria alone, approximately 600 teachers have been killed since the start of the Boko Haram insurgency, according to UNICEF.

WTO countries fail to agree on future of development agenda

India and Venezuela criticized that the more than 160 WTO countries could not agree on whether to continue or abandon the so-called Doha round.