As Kagame steps down, Egypt takes helm at African Union

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passes the baton to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will officially take over the post of ceremonial head of the AU which …

3 dead as Ethiopian helicopter crashes at UN compound

The United Nations says three crew members are dead after an Ethiopian military helicopter crashed inside the compound of the UN peacekeeping mission for the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border. The statement says 23 passengers were on board when the helicopter crashed on Saturday morning while carrying Ethiopian

Tens of thousands of Muslims attend anti-govt rally in Mali

Tens of thousands of Malians gathered on Sunday in Bamako for a rally called by the country’s chief Muslim leaders, who accuse the government of failing to bring stability back to the nation plagued by jihadist attacks. Huge crowds packed out the capital’s 60 000-seat stadium, with many veiled women sitting in stands

US says new airstrike in Somalia kills 8 al-Shabaab fighters

The United States military says it has killed eight al-Shabaab extremists with an airstrike in southern Somalia. A US Africa Command statement says Friday’s strike hit near Kobon, not far from the port city of Kismayo. The US says Kobon has been used to stage attacks against Somali forces. Its statement says no civilians were

Egypt’s el- Sisi elected new chairperson of African Union

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been elected chairperson of the African Union at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia. The Egyptian leader addressed the summit, saying he would focus on security on the African continent. “Our work must continue to improve peace and security in Africa in a holistic

Algeria’s Bouteflika to seek 5th presidential term

Algeria’s ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to seek a fifth term in April elections, state media announced on Sunday, despite health issues that have kept him largely out of the public eye for years. The 81-year-old head of state, in power since 1999, declared his widely expected candidacy in a message to the nation that

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara says ‘someone must be responsible’ for poll deaths

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has refused to comment on the acquittal on crimes against humanity of his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court while insisting investigations would continue. “No reaction from me, it’s an ongoing trial…” Ouattara said in an interview

Police disperse protest march on Sudan women’s prison

Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of Sudanese protesters who marched on a women’s prison calling for the release of detainees in Omdurman on Sunday, witnesses said. “We are fighters, we will complete our mission,” protesters had chanted as women ululated and men flashed the victory sign, according to the

Zim Vice President Chiwenga on emergency medical trip to India, in the midst of political crisis

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is reportedly being treated for a minor ailment in India, according to a government minister. It is reported that Chiwenga had recently gone to India to attend to his health issues, Reuters reported. He was last seen by the public when he attended a cabinet meeting together with