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Nigerian Air Force: Drone bombs Boko Haram base

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Air Force says a drone bombed a Boko Haram logistics base in the northeast, possibly hitting an ammunition depot and dealing a “major setback” to the Islamic extremists. A statement from Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the first attack by an unmanned combat aerial…

South Sudanese people continue to suffer

South Sudanese are starving as the peace deal continues to be ignored. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body which is observing the implementation of the peace agreement, reported that civilians are starving to death in Mundri county. Former Botswanan president and JMEC chairman, Festus Mogae, stated “I…

Where to beyond Power Africa?

  The passage of the Power Africa bill through the US Congress this week will mean the creation of a new beginning for energy on the continent. The US Senate passed the act in mid-December, with a vote expected this week in the House of Representatives. The legislation, officially called…

Africa making progress in fight against malaria

Over the past 15 years the African continent has achieved considerable progress in the fight against malaria. Since the year 2000, Africa has considerably reduced deaths caused by malaria, falling by 71 percent in children under 5 and by 66 percent among all other age groups, reported The New Times….

ICC: Laurent Gbagbo pleads “not guilty”

Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire’s former president, has pleaded “not guilty” on Thursday at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to four charges of crimes against humanity. Gbagbo and his close ally, Charles Blé Goudé, who was the youth and employment minister during Gbagbo’s administrations and was also the leader of the…

Ethiopia: hunger levels rising

Save the Children has warned that Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in half a century. This comes only days before the 26th African Union Summit in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Due to the El Nino induced drought conditions which began in June last year the country is suffering; 10.2…

UN “should place an arms embargo on South Sudan”

United Nations sanctions monitors recommended in an annual report that the United Nations Security Council “should place an arms embargo on South Sudan” reported Reuters in an exclusive. According to the news agency the confidential UN report produced by the panel stated that both President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar…

US “deeply alarmed” over Burundi

The United States State Department said it is “deeply alarmed” regarding the situation in Burundi and has advocated for African leaders to “work behind the scenes” to convince Burundi to receive the deployment of international troops. Ambassadors to the United Nations Security Council addressed the African Union (AU) in Addis…

Was Davos a success for Africa?

On Thursday the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) released a statement on the launch of the New Deal on Energy at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The aim of the deal is to attain universal access to energy in Africa by 2025, in order to achieve this goal,…

Zanzibar sets election rerun date

The chairman of the Zanzibar Electoral Commission, Jecha Salim Jecha announced that a date for the election rerun in Zanzibar is set for March 20. President John Magufuli was the winner in Tanzania however, Zanzibar remains in a confused state of affairs. The semi-autonomous archipelago went to vote on October…

Mugabe returns

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has returned after a month-long holiday. On Friday Mugabe, who will turn 92 on February 21, came back after a holiday which spiked rumours that he had suffered a heart attack and collapsed. However, the presidency dismissed the idea. According to state media, rumours over…