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Senegal’s voters head to the polls

Senegal’s voters head to the polls

Voters in Senegal head to the polls on Sunday in a closely watched contest that’s raised concerns over electoral violence and a democratic process. Five candidates, including incumbent President Macky Sall, are competing for the presidency. The others include  Issa Sall and the Unity and Assembly Party (PUR); Ousmane Sonko of…

Tense Nigeria awaits election results

Tense Nigeria awaits election results

Nigerians who went to the polls in droves on Saturday now are waiting for the results of the postponed presidential contest between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, the main opposition challenger among dozens of candidates in the race. They did so as the threat of electoral violence continued to rise….

Bashir declares year-long state of emergency in Sudan

President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan declared a year-long state of emergency on Friday, in an address that also announced his decision to dissolve his federal cabinet and local governments. He also called on Sudanese lawmakers to defer any constitutional amendments that would allow him to remain in office for a…

Locust swarms present risk to Red Sea nations

Horn of Africa nations continue their battles with a desert locust outbreak that is affecting the Red Sea region, where February rains have promoted a second generation of the insect breeding that began in December. New swarms are expected to form at the end of the month. “Once vegetation begins…

Algerian marchers protest another term for Bouteflika

Young Algerians took to the streets on Friday to protest the possibility of a fifth term for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing 81-year-old who has been Algeria’s leader since 1999. The marches in Algiers, Oran, Sidi Bel Abbès and beyond featured signs and slogans to oppose another term for the…

Anadarko confirms attack on Mozambique LNG contractors

Anadarko, an oil and gas company based in the United States, confirmed on Friday that at least one person was killed in an extremist attack on its project workers in the Cabo Delgado province of northeastern Mozambique. The death of an Anadarko contractor happened on the road between Mocimboa da…

DRC Ebola death toll at 531 amid signs of progress

The Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now claimed 531 lives, according to Thursday’s report from the Ministry of Health, with the overall number of cases set at 853. The new total includes 788 confirmed cases and 65 probable. Another 177 suspected cases are under investigation in what…

Cameroon: Amnesty issues appeal as Kamto heads to court

Amnesty International issued an appeal Thursday on behalf of Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who is expected in military court today on charges which carry the death penalty. Kamto, head of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC), is in the first group of 131 people who were arrested in January and…

Concerns in Tanzania over condom shortage, HIV

Authorities say there’s a condom shortage in parts of Tanzania, and that’s leading to concern over the spread of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS. Dr. Faustine Ndugulile, the country’s deputy minister of public health, confirmed the shortage on Tuesday during a visit to Tanzania’s national orphanage in Kurasini, where about…

Uganda’s ruling party backs Museveni for another term

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has received backing from his ruling National Resistance Movement Party to seek another presidential term when the country holds general elections in 2021. Reports of the decision followed the conclusion of NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) retreat at the Chobe Safari Lodge in northwest Uganda….

EU holds back on new Zimbabwe sanctions but warns it’s watching

While the European Union has declined to impose additional sanctions against Zimbabwe, there remains much concern over human rights and democratic principles amid the country’s economic and political crisis. “We have seen a crackdown on demonstrations in January – just a month ago – as well as the disproportionate use of force by…