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Lungu deploys military ahead of Zambia elections

Lungu deploys military ahead of Zambia elections

In Zambia, President Edgar Lungu said he has deployed military personnel to assist police in controlling political violence ahead of the country’s August 12 election. “Defense personnel have already been deployed in some parts of Lusaka and will be deployed in other parts of the country where need arises,” said…

Runners from Kenya, Nigeria banned from Olympic races

Runners from Kenya, Nigeria banned from Olympic races

Two African athletes are now suspended from further Olympics competition in Tokyo following the results of testing for banned substances. Kenyan runner Mark Otieno tested positive for the steroid methasterone, according to media outlet The Standard, and was pulled from competition in the 100-meter men’s race on Saturday. He has…

South Africa rejects decision on Israel’s AU observer status

South Africa rejects decision on Israel’s AU observer status

South Africa voiced its objection to Israel’s new status as an observer at the African Union, issuing a statement Wednesday that said it was “appalled” by a decision described as “unjust and unwarranted.” The statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) follows last week’s decision by the…

Kenyans sue British Army over wildfire damage near training site

Some 1,000 Kenyans are suing the British military, after a wildfire back on March 24 destroyed part of a wildlife conservation area and affected people in the surrounding communities. Lawyers for the Kenyans say the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) started the fire while conducting military training exercises. The…

G20 environment ministers fail to agree on coal phaseout

South Africa and the other members of the G20 Environment Ministers issued a final communiqué following their meeting in Italy, but they’ve failed to come to terms on a global coal phaseout. The meeting, which in some respects signals what to expect ahead of the COP26 climate meeting in Scotland…

African nations implicated in Pegasus spyware inquiry

Morocco, Egypt and Rwanda are just three of the nations where governments and their leaders are named in an ongoing investigation into the use of Pegasus spyware supplied by Israeli tech company NSO Group. The Pegasus Project, coordinated by the Paris-based NGO Forbidden Stories, looks at how the technology is…

Mali confirms knife attack on Goïta during Eid prayers

Officials in Mali say an attempted attack on interim leader Assimi Goïta on Tuesday was unsuccessful, and that they’re investigating the incident. Goïta was at the Grand Mosque in Bamako when an assailant with a knife approached him, according to an Agence France-Presse journalist who witnessed the attack. Mali’s transitional president…

South African team members test COVID positive in Tokyo

Four members of South Africa’s Olympic sports teams in Tokyo have tested positive for the coronavirus. Three of them are members of Team South Africa’s soccer squad and have moved into an isolation facility after testing positive for COVID, according to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)….

IOM sees increase in Mediterranean migrant deaths

Back in March, a 22-year-old rapper named Sohail Al Sagheer left Algeria for Spain aboard a migrant boat. He went missing and his body wasn’t found until April 5, when it was discovered off the coast of Aïn Témouchent. The Algerian musician is one of at least 1,146 people who…

Botswana issues travel warning over South Africa violence, eSwatini

The government of Botswana issued a travel advisory for South Africa on Tuesday because of violent protests that followed former president Jacob Zuma’s surrender to authorities and subsequent imprisonment. Zuma, long entangled by corruption inquiries and investigations, was sentenced last week to 15 months on contempt of court charges for…

Ethiopia confirms Abiy election win

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his Prosperity Party have won the Ethiopian election by a landslide, according to official results released Saturday by the National Election Board of Ethiopia (NEBE). The ruling party is expected to hold more than 400 of the country’s 546 legislative seats, giving Abiy the power…

Zuma Foundation: Former SA president has turned himself in

Former South African president Jacob Zuma has turned himself into police, according to a statement issued by the Jacob Zuma Foundation late Wednesday. “Please be advised that President Zuma has decided to comply with the incarceration order,” the foundation said, referring to the 15-month sentence handed down last week and…