U.S. confirms Biden presidency after Capitol chaos

U.S. confirms Biden presidency after Capitol chaos

The victory of President-elect Joseph Biden is now confirmed in the United States, but not before a mob of angry opposition activists swarmed Washington D.C. and overran the country’s legislative seat at the U.S. Capitol building. The supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, encouraged by statements from their leader, entered…

Kuwait announces end to Qatar crisis ahead of GCC summit

Kuwait announces end to Qatar crisis ahead of GCC summit

The government of Kuwait confirmed on Monday that the regional standoff between Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations that began in June 2017 has been resolved between the two main players. Foreign Minister Ahmad Nasser Al Mohammad Al Sabah, who has represented Kuwait during mediation talks, delivered the news…

South Africa nears 25K deaths as COVID variant increases concern

South African health officials are grappling with a new wave of COVID infections, some linked to a newly identified variant of the coronavirus as the country closes in on 25,000 fatalities. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) announced another 216 COVID fatalities on Monday. At least 150 samples from…

Akufo Addo accepts, but Ghana’s opposition not ready to concede

Presidential candidate John Dramani Mahama and his National Democratic Congress say they’re not yet accepting defeat following Ghana’s election on Sunday, which appeared to give President Nana Akufo Addo the win. The Electoral Commission of Ghana delivered an updated results summary on Thursday that shows Akufo Addo and the New…

Polls close in Ghana with 2 injured in shooting

At least two people have been injured in Ghana, following a shooting at a polling station in the country’s central region. Police confirmed to national broadcaster GBC that unidentified men opened fire on the polling station at Awutu Senya East Constituency and drove off in a black SUV. The injured,…

Parties call for peace as uneasy Ghana heads to the polls

Voters in Ghana are headed to the polls on Monday for the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections, with President Nana Akufo Addo facing off against rival and former president John Dramani Mahama. The two leading candidates wrapped up their campaigns over the weekend, with Akufo Addo delivering a Sunday-evening televised…

Wine targeted again as Uganda moves toward presidential election

Opposition candidate Bobi Wine and his National Unity Platform party endured another round of clashes on Tuesday in Uganda, where the popular singer and member of parliament hopes to unseat President Yoweri Museveni in January’s presidential election. Wine, MP for the Kyadondo East area in Kampala, said supporters gathered for…

Ethiopia thanks AU envoys but remains firm on Tigray crisis

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed agreed to meet with an African Union delegation on Friday, but the prime minister would not permit the AU team to meet with Tigray leaders to help bring an end to the fighting in the country’s north. Liberia’s former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, along with former leaders…

Kaboré re-elected in Burkina Faso

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré has been re-elected to a second term in Burkina Faso, according to provisional results released Thursday by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Kaboré received 58 percent of the vote, while nearest challenger Zéphirin Diabré came in with 12 percent of the vote. The CENI…

U.S. to require pricey visa bonds in 15 African nations

A new program in the United States will require nonimmigrant visitors from 23 foreign countries – most of them African – to post a US$10,000 bond when applying for travel visas. The U.S. pilot program targets citizens of nations with high visa overstay rates, according to the U.S. Department of…

UN’s Bachelet warns Tigray attack may amount to war crimes

The United Nations human rights chief warned Friday that allegations about mass killings in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia, if confirmed, may amount to war crimes. Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for a full inquiry as the fighting between the Ethiopian military and Tigray’s…

African leaders congratulate Biden on U.S. election win

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was among world leaders to congratulate United States presidential election winner Joe Biden and his Democratic Party running mate on Saturday, after Biden – the former U.S. vice president under Barack Obama – was assured of victory. “We congratulate President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President…