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Sudan urged to halt arresting reporters amid protests

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Sudanese authorities "to cease harassing and arresting" journalists and confiscating newspapers covering anti-inflation protests. Thursday's statement by the New York-based CPJ says seven journalists including one from Reuters...

Timkat Festival : The Ethiopian epiphany celebration

Ethiopian Christians on Thursday began a three-day Ethiopian epiphany celebration with religious and cultural activities. It is one of the most important events of Ethiopian Orthodox religion. The Ethiopian epiphany (Timkat in Amharic) is considered...

Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF dismisses 11 Mugabe allies from Parliament

Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF has fired 11 members of parliament allied to Robert Mugabe and his wife. Current president, Emerson Mnangagwa has spoken out against retribution, but local media are reporting that the ZANU-PF restructuring...

42 people arrested in Burundi over referendum campaign

42 Burundian activists were arrested for illegally contesting an upcoming referendum that could see President Pierre Nkurunziza extend his stay in office, opposition lawmakers said. Those arrested "were held arbitrarily and have been imprisoned on...

Trump asked to meet African leaders in Ethiopia after “shithole” remark

African UN envoys on Thursday suggested that President Donald Trump meet with African leaders in Ethiopia this month as they gather for the AU summit, after he was reported to have described Africa and...

Zimbabwe opposition leader dies in U.S. helicopter crash

Zimbabwe’s key opposition leader, Roy Bennett and four other people were killed in a helicopter crash in a remote area of the U.S. state of New Mexico, officials and his political party said on...

Zimbabwe fires more than 30 police commanders

Zimbabwe’s government has fired more than 30 senior police commanders in a move aimed at improving the police force, local online website, the Herald reports. Those fired were of the rank of assistant commissioner and...

Senegal to revamp logging laws after massacre linked to timber trade

President Macky Sall on Thursday suspended all authorisations for logging and ordered an overhaul of Senegal's forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber. In a statement, Sall said he had...

Zimbabwe to hold elections in “four to five months”

Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, local Herald newspaper said on Thursday, quoting President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mnangagwa – who was sworn into office on November 24 on a caretaker basis – pledged...

At least 200 cases reported as typhoid hits Harare

Zimbabwean health officials have reportedly said that at least 200 cases of typhoid have been recorded in Harare, adding that the country is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in Zambia. According to Daily News, the...