Amnesty report alleges Sudanese forces use chemical weapons

Amnesty report alleges Sudanese forces use chemical weapons

Sudanese forces are suspected of using chemical weapons in attacks against civilians, according to an Amnesty International report released Thursday. The global human rights group said an investigation using satellite imagery to support more than 200 interviews with survivors, combined with expert analysis of images, suggests at least 30 chemical attacks…

Zambia, SADC launch food aid in drought-stricken south

Zambia, SADC launch food aid in drought-stricken south

The Zambian government began Wednesday to send food relief to neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, in an effort to address food shortages in the drought-stricken nations of southern Africa. Shipment of the 48,000 metric tons of maize is part of a USD$2.4 billion humanitarian response coordinated through the Southern African Development…

African leaders reflect on the death of Israel’s Shimon Peres

African leaders reflect on the death of Israel’s Shimon Peres

African leaders offered their condolences Wednesday on the news that Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, has died. Peres was a 1994 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, following his work on the Oslo Peace Accords alongside the late Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He…

AU acts on election unrest in Gabon, DRC

The African Union plans to send observers to Gabon, to assist the Consitutional Court with a recount of votes cast in last month’s disputed presidential election. The Peace and Security Council of the AU has asked for observers from other French-speaking nations to assist, the Mail & Guardian reports. The…

Ethiopia co-hosts at Obama Leader’s Summit on Refugees

U.S. President Barack Obama hosted his Leaders’ Summit on Refugees Tuesday, following a U.N. General Assembly on Monday that resulted in adoption of the New York Declaration on refugees and migrants. Obama’s proposal to increase to 110,000 the number of refugees welcomed to the U.S. next year, from countries across…

Mali dedicates restored UNESCO mosque at center of ICC case

The restored Sidi Yahia mosque in Timbuktu was unveiled this week in a ceremony attended by about 100 Mali political and religious leaders, the AFP reports. The 15th-century mosque, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1998, was damaged by jihadists in 2012. UNESCO specialists spent five months this…

Deadly Anti-Kabila protests erupt in #Kinshasa, #DRC

Thousands of protesters clashed with security forces in Kinshasa Monday, demanding that longtime Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila step down. At least eight people died in the city, including three police officers, with reports that the body of one officer was burned in the suburb of Limete….

Nigerian Dangote renews call to make African trade, travel easier

As world leaders gathered at the United Nations Monday to discuss the movement of refugees and migrants across the globe, Africans at home called for easier cross-border travel across their continent. Nigerian Aliko Dangote, Africa’s wealthiest businessman said he needs 38 different visas to move across Africa and renewed his…

Françafrique’s Poisonous Legacy

France and Africa have a long and intertwined history. As a former colonial ruler, France still possesses considerable influence and power in its former colonies to this very day, but the connections between Paris and its former colonial brethren are deeper than commonly assumed. The entanglement – a concept referred…

#IGAD in Mogadishu; new Zimbabwe protest ban; SA illegal mine solutions

Under tight security, Somalia welcomes IGAD summit leaders  Streets and markets in Mogadishu were closed Tuesday, as regional heads of state arrived at the Peace Hotel for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit in the Somali capital. Security forces remained vigilant as Somalia, for the first time since IGAD…

#Malawi corruption: Who bears the cost?

As British ambassador Michael Nevin leaves his four-year posting at Lilongwe, his recent remarks about Malawi’s future are disheartening. Nevin, who will be replaced by new High Commissioner Holly Tett, irked some Malawi government officials when he said the nation is significantly more corrupt now, and that the rule of…

A confrontation with Rwanda leaves Nkurunziza in better position

As five African leaders arrived in Bujumbura Thursday, they certainly are engaging a more emboldened President Pierre Nkurunziza who apparently, has regained the upper hand in the ongoing conflict. This comes after a confidential report to the United Nations Security Council by experts accused Rwanda of training anti Nkurunziza rebels….

Magufuli: what next?

John Pombe Magufuli earned a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009 and five years later became president of Tanzania. He has since impressed many, including his former critics with his hands on leadership style in the East African nation. “I will fight corruption without fear or favor; I will…