Ministry confirms 3 dead in post-election Comoros uprising

Ministry confirms 3 dead in post-election Comoros uprising

Officials in Comoros confirm at least three people died Thursday and many more were injured as violence continued to escalate following the disputed re-election of President Azali Assoumani on Sunday. The shooting deaths were linked to an operation to release military commander Faissoil Abdousalam from a Moroni prison, where he…

Reports confirm Russian security support in volatile Sudan

Reports confirm Russian security support in volatile Sudan

The Sudan Tribune, an independent news outlet based in Paris, say it has confirmed the presence of Russian mercenaries in Khartoum amid the country’s youth uprising and ongoing protests. Journalists speaking with a source at Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) say their contact acknowledged the Russian Wagner Group…

The U.S. may wish otherwise, but what if Africa has chosen China?

The U.S. may wish otherwise, but what if Africa has chosen China?

China wasted no time in responding to accusations by top United States official John Bolton’s claim that its dealings with Africa are corrupt and predatory. It’s an oft-repeated charge, as the U.S. appears to realize too late that Beijing has spent decades courting the continent while Washington was, by and…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ethiopia’s satellite plans come with strings attached

Last month, Ethiopia officially announced plans to launch its first earth observatory satellite, with China footing 75% of the $8 million bill and providing technical assistance. Such comprehensive assistance is of course welcome news for Ethiopia’s burgeoning space program, but it’s an open question to what extent the government is aware…

Monica Gitau

Monica is a freelance journalist based in Kenya

China-Africa security forum concludes in Beijing

Military leaders from nearly 50 African countries – The Gambia, Mali and South Sudan among them – completed on Tuesday a two-week conference in Beijing hosted by China’s Ministry of National Defense. The China-Africa Defense and Security Forum began June 26, with a focus on the security situation in Africa…

Swazi military faces new threat from … chickens

Members of the Swaziland Defence Force say they’re facing a new threat that they aren’t sure how to overcome – and it’s the chickens. Soldiers at the Mdzimba Army Barracks in the Hhohho region, in a mountainous northwestern part of the country, say their base is overrun by about 200…

Confusion in Zimbabwe as Mugabe impeachment plans move forward

President Robert Mugabe has called a cabinet meeting Tuesday in Zimbabwe, following a weekend speech in which the 93-year-old leader was expected to resign – but then, he never did. It’s the latest development in a confusing week that has seen the country’s military intervene and Mugabe’s own ruling Zanu…