John Magufuli: Tanzania’s president dies

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has died aged 61, the country’s vice-president has announced. He died on Wednesday from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Samia Suluhu Hassan said in an address on state television. Magufuli had not been seen in public for more than two weeks, and rumours have been circulating about […]

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WTO: Director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the first African woman.

South Korea’s Trade Minister, Yoo Myung-hee, has abandoned her bid to head the World Trade Organization, following consultation with her chief backer, the United States. No explanation has been offered. Twice Nigeria’s finance minister and its first woman foreign minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been described as a trailblazer. The 66-year-old is looking to make more history as she bids […]

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Algeria army chief demands Bouteflika be declared unfit to rule

Ahmed Gaid Salah calls for a constitutional procedure that would see the president’s removal on health grounds. Algeria‘s army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah has called for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit to rule the country, following weeks of protests against the ailing head of state’s decision to seek a fifth term. Although Bouteflika later reversed […]

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134 killed in attack on Fulani villagers in Mali

Armed men reportedly dressed as traditional hunters have killed 134 people, including women and children, during an attack on a village in central Mali, according to the United Nations. A further 55 civilians were hurt in the attack in Ogossagou in the Mopti region. The region’s Fulani ethnic community is frequently targeted and accused of […]

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Cyclone Idai: more than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique

Cyclone Idai: more than 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique More than 1,000 people are feared dead in a devastating cyclone that hit Mozambique on Friday, the country’s president has said. Filipe Nyusi told Mozambican radio he had seen “many bodies” floating in the overflowing Pungwe and Busi rivers. “It appears that we can register more than 1,000 […]

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DR Congo court upholds Tshisekedi presidential election win

The constitutional court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has upheld the victory of opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi. The court rejected an appeal by Martin Fayulu, another opposition contender in the 30 December poll. Mr Fayulu argued that Mr Tshisekedi had made a power-sharing deal with outgoing President Joseph Kabila. Mr Tshisekedi’s team denies […]

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