São Tomé’s Trovoada: ‘This is an attack with war weapons’

São Tomé’s Trovoada: ‘This is an attack with war weapons’

Eric Overvest, the United Nations coordinator for São Tomé and Príncipe, thanked authorities on Friday after an attack on a military barracks, part of a reported coup attempt, was shut down. Overvest said military and judicial authorities acted swiftly and appropriately transferred the detainees after the attack. He appealed for…

Lourenço announces ceasefire in Rwanda, DR Congo fighting

Lourenço announces ceasefire in Rwanda, DR Congo fighting

Angola’s President João Lourenço announced that negotiations between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, held in Luanda on Wednesday, resulted in a ceasefire agreement among parties who have been fighting in eastern DR Congo and along the border near Goma. Lourenço, heading up a peace talk process meant to end…

Côte d’Ivoire, UK latest to pull troops out of Mali

Côte d’Ivoire, UK latest to pull troops out of Mali

Côte d’Ivoire has been one of the Top 10 nations to contribute troops to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, but the government has announced it’s pulling out of the mission in a letter sent to the UN. The letter, according to Radio France International (RFI), confirms Abidjan’s decision…

Calls for diplomacy as Rwanda, DR Congo fighting escalates

The Democratic Republic of Congo has expelled Rwandan ambassador Vincent Karenga, the latest move in escalating tensions between the neighboring Central African nations. Karenga was told to leave by Tuesday following the capture of Kiwanja and Rutshuru, towns in the volatile eastern DR Congo, by March 23 (M23) rebels over…

African leaders decry racism after CDC head stopped in Germany

The acting director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says he won’t be attending this year’s World Health Summit in Berlin after experiencing difficulties with immigration control when his flight landed in Germany — a situation that immediately sparked outrage on social media. “I’ve been mistreated at…

West African nations conduct maritime security exercises

Twenty African nations, along with European partners and the United States, are participating in the Grand African Navy Exercise for Maritime Operations (NEMO) in the Gulf of Guinea. The exercise, led by French forces, is designed to support cooperative security efforts in West African waters. Along with coastal and island…

Amnesty calls on Lesotho to end alleged human rights violations

Authorities in the small southern African kingdom of Lesotho have come under scrutiny from human rights advocates who say excessive force is part of a pattern when security forces arrest and detain suspects. Ahead of general elections planned for next week, the Amnesty International appeal calls on political candidates in…

U.S. urges Ethiopia, TPLF to engage in AU-led negotiations

The United States has again urged the Ethiopian government and Tigray leaders to negotiate a peace deal, while insisting that Eritrea needs to step away from fueling conflict in the northern Ethiopian region. Ned Price, spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, said Tuesday that the U.S. does not favor…

Humanitarian crisis grows amid Burkina Faso violence

More than 600,000 people in Burkina Faso now face severe food insecurity, with nearly one in 10 people displaced by conflict and in urgent need of assistance. That’s according to a statement signed by 28 different nonprofit agencies, including Oxfam, the Danish Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee and World…

At least 32 dead in renewed Tripoli fighting

At least 32 people have died in renewed fighting in Tripoli, ending the relative peace that has held for the last two years and signaling the breakdown of a political process that’s brought Libya no closer to long-delayed elections and a unified state. Libya’s health ministry, cited by Al Jazeera,…

Tedros opens WHO meeting in Togo amid reports of new Ebola case

African health ministers and government officials gathered in Togo on Monday for the Regional Committee on Africa meeting, headed by the World Health Organization with WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering the keynote remarks. The meeting, hosted in Lomé by President Faure Gnassingbé, centers on issues faced by African nations…

Death toll rises to 21 in Mogadishu hotel attack

The death toll in Saturday’s attack on the Hayat Hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 21 people, but Somali officials have released few other details about the attack. Gen. Abdi Hassan Mohamed Hijar, head of Somalia’s police force, confirmed that the 30-hour siege had ended early Sunday and that 106…