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Huawei turns to Africa to offset U.S. blacklist

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:29 PM

Huawei's presence in Africa goes far beyond selling smartphones and building mobile networks – it provides training at top universities, and offers 'smart city' services

SECURITY THREAT? Chinese telecommunications equipment provider Huawei beefs up its presence in Africa after the United States blacklisted it. Photo from Shutterstock

AU suspends Sudan until civilian-led authority established

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Calls for the African Union to take action have mounted after the crackdown on June 3 on protesters who had camped outside army headquarters in Khartoum

CRACKDOWN. Members of Sudan's security forces patrol on June 6, 2019 in Khartoum. AFP PHOTO

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

May 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries are among 36,000 people who witnessed the event replete with pomp, military honors and an air force flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria

South African Deputy President and ANC Presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a plenary meeting at the NASREC Expo Centre during the 54th ANC national congress on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.  South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds its 54th national conference, with the party expected to elect its new leader, who will probably become the country's next president. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN

South African parliament reelects Ramaphosa as president

May 22, 2019 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday, May 25, and is expected to name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked at South Africa sports event

May 19, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,' says the actor and former politician

US actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) is seen at the Arnold Classic Africa, a multi-sport festival held at the Sandton Convention Centre on May 18, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

South African president vows to speed reforms after election win

May 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'We identified a number of reform issues that we needed to address, we are now going to do that with greater speed,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

REFORMS. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

ANC wins closely-watched South Africa poll with absolute majority

May 11, 2019 - 12:49 AM

Seats in parliament are allocated based on vote share and the party with the most representatives selects the president, who will be sworn in on May 25

WIN. Supporters of the ruling party the African National Congress cheer as they arrive at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg to attend the ANC's final presidential election campaign rally on May 5, 2019. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

ANC takes strong early lead in closely-watched South Africa poll

May 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

With more than two-fifths of voting districts tallied, the Electoral Commission puts the ANC well ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing with a distant 25%

ELECTIONS. President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. - South Africans began voting today in national elections which the ruling ANC, in power since 1994, is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment. The ANC has won all the past five elections, but today's vote is set to be an electoral test on whether the party has staunched a decline in popularity. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

Mozambique fears 'devastating' floods after Cyclone Kenneth

Apr 28, 2019 - 11:57 PM

'We are very worried because, according to the forecasts, heavy rain is expected for the next 4 days,' says a spokeswoman for the UN World Food Program

AFTERMATH. Residents stand next to a road partially destroyed by floods after heavy downpours in Pemba, on April 28, 2019, after the destruction caused by Cyclone Kenneth. Photo by AFP

25 years after apartheid, South Africans still not free – president

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:04 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa 'cannot be a nation of free people when so many still live in poverty'

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war. Five of the biggest emerging economies on July 26, stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Themba Hadebe

African summit urges Sudan 'democratic transition' within 3 months – Egypt

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:56 PM

African leaders at an emergency summit in Cairo agree on 'the need for more time' for Sudanese authorities and political actors 'to implement peaceful, organized and democratic transition measures'

AFRICAN SUMMIT. A handout picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency on April 23, 2019 shows Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (C) hosting African leaders for summit talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, in the Egyptian capital Cairo. AFP PHOTO / HO / EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Ibon Foundation claims attack on website

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:19 PM

(UPDATED) On Twitter, Ibon Foundation executive director Sonny Africa says they are working on resurrecting the site

Africa's richest man withdrew $10 million just to look at it

Apr 07, 2019 - 9:40 PM

'When you're young your first million is important, but after, the numbers don't mean much,' says Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote

Nigerian businessman and Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote leaves the Elysee presidential Palace following a meeting between French President and French and African businessmen on October 7, 2016 at in Paris. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP)

Sudan protesters rally outside army HQ for 2nd day – witnesses

Apr 07, 2019 - 8:36 AM

(UPDATED) 'We won't leave this area until he steps down," a protester says, referring to President Omar al-Bashir

TEAR GAS. Sudanese protesters run for cover from tear gas canisters fired by police outside the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 6, 2019. Photo by AFP

WWF orders probe into allegations of abuse by rangers

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:14 PM

According to an in-depth Buzzfeed investigation into anti-poaching practices across 6 countries, the World Wide Fund for Nature funds 'vicious paramilitary forces' who have killed and tortured people in national parks in Asia and Africa

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Bashir declares year-long state of emergency across Sudan

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Protesters accuse the government of mismanaging their economy and call on President Omar al-Bashir to step down

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

NBA, FIBA unite to operate 12-team African pro league

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The Basketball Africa League, the first NBA collaboration on a league outside North America, will be launched in 2020

NEW VENTURE. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the Basketball Africa League is an important step in developing the game in Africa. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP


Sudan opposition head backs protester calls for Bashir to go

Jan 26, 2019 - 12:10 PM

"This regime has to go immediately," opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi Mahdi tells hundreds of worshippers at a mosque in Omdurman, after nearly daily anti-government protests.

UNREST. Sudanese protestors burn tires during an anti-government demonstration on January 18, 2019 in the capital Khartoum. Photo from AFP

Zimbabwe crackdown 'taste of things to come' – presidential spokesman

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The crackdown has underlined fears of a return to the violent repression of Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power by the military 14 months ago

New interim Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa looks on after he was officially sworn-in during a ceremony in Harare on November 24, 2017. Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed during his inauguration speech on November 24 to protect foreign investments in the country as he sought to lay out his economic credentials. "In this global world no nation is, can, or need be an island. All foreign investments will be safe in Zimbabwe," he told a crowd of tens of thousands at his inauguration ceremony.  / AFP PHOTO / MUJAHID SAFODIEN

U.N. condemns 'vile' killing of 8 peacekeepers in Mali

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Mahamat Saleh Annadif, the UN's special representative for Mali, says the 'cowardly' attack 'demands a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces'

Israel and Chad renew diplomatic ties as Netanyahu visits

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:15 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno sign defense and security cooperation agreements

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

'Zebra' tribal body paint cuts fly bites 10-fold – study

Jan 16, 2019 - 1:47 PM

It is known that zebras get bitten far less than animals with a single fur color, so a team of researchers decided to see if the light stripes painted on humans would have a similar deterrent effect

WATCH: Salah seals great day for Egyptian football

Jan 09, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah bags the African Player of the Year title anew as Egypt wins the Cup of Nations hosting rights

SENSATIONAL. Liverpool star Mohamed Salah tallies 44 goals for Liverpool last season. Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Boko Haram raids military posts in northeast Nigeria

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Fighters from the ISIS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province overrun the posts in Borno state on Tuesday, January 1, military and militia sources tell Agence France-Presse

South Africa launches minimum wage ahead of election

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'Millions of South African workers will benefit. This is the result of many decades of tireless struggle and is a powerful demonstration of the shared resolve of all social partners to tackle poverty and inequality,' says South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa

NEW YEAR. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa gives his new year's address. Screengrab from the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Youtube

Starbucks' expansion runs out of steam in South Africa

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Taste Holdings, the local licensee of Starbucks in South Africa, struggles to control operational costs and debt

Hundreds of people queue during the official opening of South Africa's first Starbucks store, also the US coffeehouse chain's first store in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Johannesburg on April 21, 2016. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)

ICC prosecutor says risk of 'grave crimes' in Congo ahead of vote

Dec 20, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Problems pile up ahead of the Congolese vote, with violence at electoral rallies, inter-ethnic conflict, militia attacks in the east and an Ebola outbreak

'Breaking Bad' Nigeria? Fear of a new narco-state

Dec 20, 2018 - 1:58 PM

More and more meth labs are sprouting in Nigeria, stoking fears that the country will follow in the footsteps of Mexico

52,000 displaced by 'horrific violence' in west Niger – U.N.

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:34 AM

In addition to the number of local residents fleeing, 53,000 other refugees from Mali continue to suffer from violence in the area

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

East Africa may lose its crown as 'cradle of mankind'

Nov 30, 2018 - 2:39 PM

The findings suggest that the ancestors of modern people were present in north Africa at least 600,000 years earlier than scientists thought

NEW DISCOVERY. This handout image obtained November 29, 2018 shows an Oldowan core (stone tool) freshly excavated at Ain Boucherit from which sharp-edged cutting flakes were removed. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED SAHNOUNI/HANDOUT

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The charred body of a priest has been recovered in the central town of Alindao, where sectarian clashes have claimed at least 37 lives this week, says Catholic Church

Waste not: South Africa makes world's first human urine brick

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers create bricks using human urine

Dr Dyllon Randall, one of the developers of the world's first bio-brick which uses human urine as one of the binding components, shows off one of the bricks in the lab at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on November 2, 2018 in Cape Town. In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers have created bricks using human urine. The first of their kind in the world, the bio-bricks hold out the prospect of a sustainable alternative to standard clay and concrete bricks, they hope.  Rodger BOSCH / AFP

'Holy plant': Legalizing marijuana delights South African users

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:13 PM

For generations, cannabis, known in the country as dagga, has been used as a medicinal herb by traditional healers

Gogo Phephisile Maseko, 44, traditional healer and national coordinator of the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) of South Africa attends to patients on October 1, 2018 using a blend of cannabis and other herbs in a consultation room at their offices in Johannesburg. South Africa's top court decriminalised in September 2018 the private and personal use of cannabis in a landmark case that pitted law enforcement agencies against cannabis advocates. GULSHAN KHAN / AFP

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:23 PM

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa, exceeding the combined total of the African Development Bank (ADB), the EU, International Finance Corporation, the WB and the G8 countries

WELCOME. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping applauding as he attends the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

At least 6 police die in Burkina Faso blast – security sources

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) A police convoy runs into an ambush in Solle town in Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali

Melania Trump kicks off Africa tour in Ghana

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The US First Lady attempts to step out of her husband's shadow, this Africa trip has been seen as an attempt for her to carve her own diplomatic path

AFRICA TOUR. File photo shows US First Lady Melania Trump. AFP Photo.

South African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Scientists hope the technique can be used to save other endangered big cats

The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation centre, northwest of the South African capital Pretoria, on September 14, 2018. They are a product of the successful pregnancy concieved via non-surgical artificial insemination of a lioness with freshly harvested semen from a male lion. Scientists hope that the technique could be applied elsewhere to save endangered wild felines globally. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Sep 24, 2018 - 10:12 AM

An NGO says girls in refugee camps suffer abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are '14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict'

Released Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped from their school in Dapchi, in the northeastern state of Yobe, wait to meet the Nigerian president at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2018.  The Nigerian president promised on March 23, 2018 to free the remaining Christian schoolgirl still held by the Islamist militants Boko Haram, as he prepared to meet the other released Dapchi students. A total of 104 of the 110 students seized from the school in Dapchi on February 19 were released on March 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIP OJISUA / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by PHILIP OJISUA has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [school girls ] instead of [Christian school girls ]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”

Desperate search for missing after deadly Lake Victoria disaster

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers -- double the ferry's capacity -- when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island

South Africa's Blombos cave home to earliest drawing by a human

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'It’s also evidence of early humans' ability to store information outside of the human brain,' says Professor Christopher Henshilwood

'EARLIEST DRAWING'. The drawing found on silcrete stone in Blombos Cave. Craig Foster

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

China's Xi offers $60 billion in Africa aid, says 'no strings attached'

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Xi offers the funding at the start of a two-day China-Africa summit that focused on his cherished Belt and Road initiative. The money – to be spent over the next 3 years – comes on top of $60 billion Beijing offered in 2015.

CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION. A host of African leaders join Chinese president Xi Jinping for a group photo session during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on September 3, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

The German massacre of Namibia's indigenous tribes

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Some historians consider as genocide the massacre from 1904 to 1908 of modern-day Namibia's indigenous Herero and Nama groups by German imperial troops

MASSACRE. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2011 in Berlin, a skull is on display at the Charite Hospital, prior to a hand-over ceremony of 20 skulls taken from Namibia at the beginning of the 20th Century. Photo by John MacDougall/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Court grants Lipa City Mayor TRO for his suspension

Aug 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'The basic purpose of the restraining order is to preserve the status quo until the hearing of the application for preliminary injunction. It is a preservative remedy for the protection of substantive rights and interests,' the order reads

Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

Tension grips Lipa city hall due to Mayor’s suspension order

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Meynard Sabili is meted with a year's suspension without pay on June 27, but maintains he has filed a motion for review and is waiting for a temporary restraining order. Meanwhile, the opposition calls for the vice mayor to take Sabili's place.

ERIC AFRICA. Lipa City Vice Mayor Eric Africa presents a document signed by DILG Regional Director Manuel Gotis dated July 31, 2017 informing Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas of the suspension order vs Mayor Meynard Sabili. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

South Africa to seek constitutional change for land reform

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:51 AM

'It has become patently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. In this file photo, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/AFP

Mali votes in key election for violence-hit Sahel

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:41 PM

His record on security has been a dominant theme, with opponents, including several former ministers, accusing him of incompetence

VOTE. Malian outgoing president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita speaks after casting his vote in a polling station in Bamako on July 29, 2018 during the first round of Malian presidential election, a key electoral test for the fragile Sahel state, battling a wave of ethnic violence and jihadism. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP

Obama warns of 'strange and uncertain times' in Mandela tribute

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Delivering a speech in Johannesburg marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth, Obama makes no direct reference to his successor but warns that the 'politics of fear and resentment' were spreading across the world

OBAMA SPEAKS. Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg on July 17, 2018. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The former US president met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela 'makes me want to be a better man'

PIDATO PERPISAHAN. Presiden Barack Obama saat menyampaikan pidato perpisahan di Chicago, Illinois, Rabu, 11 Januari. Foto oleh Nicholas Kamm/AFP