Ivoirian PM appeals for calm as 18 die in Abidjan floods

Ivoirian PM appeals for calm as 18 die in Abidjan floods

At least 18 people have died in flash flooding that hit in and around the capital city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire on Tuesday, according to emergency personnel. Video from Côte d’Ivoire shared on social media appeared to show streets that turned into swollen and raging rivers, sweeping vehicles away…

Lesotho: A year later, and no arrests in Thabane murder case

Lesotho: A year later, and no arrests in Thabane murder case

It’s been a year since Lipolelo Thabane, then the estranged wife of Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, was shot dead at her home and still there’s been no closure on the case. The 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane was killed on June 14, 2017  – immediately prior to Thabane’s inauguration  – in Ha Masana,…

Moon sighting marks Eid Al-Fitr for African Muslims

Moon sighting marks Eid Al-Fitr for African Muslims

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced the official sighting of the moon on Thursday, and said the Eid Al-Fitr celebration will begin Friday for Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and a host of countries. South Africa also is among nations observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is…

New experts arrive in Mayotte to assess quake-swarm damage

The weeks-long earthquake swarm in Mayotte continues, as a new team of seismic experts arrives Monday to begin estimates on the vulnerability of buildings and assess the level of damage on the Indian Ocean island nation. The French territory is home to about a quarter million people, historically and culturally…

Machar, Odinga meet in Pretoria as South Sudan talks edge forward

In South Africa, exiled South Sudanese opposition leader Reik Machar acknowledged meeting with former Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga, but it remains to be seen if Machar will participate in direct peace negotiations with President Salva Kiir. “I have had a fruitful discussion with Hon. Raila Odinga in the quest…

Toxic toad poses threat to Madagascar’s native species

Toxic toads that arrived in Madagascar as an invasive species pose a threat to the island nation’s wildlife because – unlike animals in the toad’s native Asia – they’ve developed no gene mutations to protect them. That’s the conclusion of a team of European researchers who urge the government in…

Specialists arrive in Mayotte to deal with quake crisis

A team of French government specialists in seismology and civil security arrives in Mayotte on Friday, as the small Indian Ocean island continues to experience the jolting of an earthquake swarm that began on May 10. Their arrival follows a request for support from Dominique Sorain, the new prefect for…

Kabila’s Latest Gambit: Stacking the DRC’s Constitutional Court

While health workers race to protect his people, almost 8 million of which are already on the verge of starvation, from a new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congolese leader Joseph Kabila is—as usual—looking after his own interests. A year and a half after the official end of his…

Michael Wilcox

I am a London-based researcher specialized in security issues and environmental protection. He is currently writing a book about the role lobbying plays in keeping African leaders in power.

BRGM continues quake swarm updates as Mayotte closes schools

The small Indian Ocean island of Mayotte continues to experience an earthquake swarm that began on May 10, according to BRGM Mayotte, the France-based geological agency serving the territory. Schools in some parts of the island have now been temporarily closed as a precaution. Several hundred earthquakes have been recorded…

Amnesty’s West African human rights researcher Gaetan Mootoo dies

The global human rights community was in mourning Sunday after hearing the news that Gaëtan Mootoo, a well-respected French Mauritanian researcher for Amnesty International in West Africa, has died. The 65-year-old Mootoo died at the weekend in Paris, according to Amnesty International Benin. His cause of death was not immediately…