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Senegal’s Karim Wade freed by Macky Sall and ‘flies to Qatar’

Senegal’s Karim Wade freed by Macky Sall and ‘flies to Qatar’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Karim Wade hid money in offshore companies The son of Senegal’s ex-President Abdoulaye Wade has been freed from prison after receiving a presidential pardon, the government has said. Karim Wade served three years of a six-year sentence for illegally enriching himself during his father’s rule. He left Senegal immediately after […]

Democratic Republic of Congo arrests group over child rape

Democratic Republic of Congo arrests group over child rape

Image copyright AFP Image caption There have been repeated reports of sexual violence in eastern parts of the DRC (file image of rape victim) The authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested 75 suspected militiamen for murder and rape in the province of South Kivu. They are accused of targeting very young girls, […]

Uganda to withdraw troops from Somalia’s Amisom force

Uganda to withdraw troops from Somalia’s Amisom force

Image copyright AFP Image caption Uganda says international partners are acting without coordination, and that this is causing problem Uganda will pull its soldiers out of the African Union mission fighting Islamist group al-Shabab in Somalia, its military chief has said. Gen Katumba Wamala said the decision to withdraw Ugandan troops by December 2017 was […]

Uganda to withdraw troops from Somalia’s Amisom force

Uganda to withdraw troops from Somalia’s Amisom force

Image copyright AFP Image caption Uganda says international partners are acting without coordination, and that this is causing problem Uganda will pull its soldiers out of the African Union mission fighting Islamist group al-Shabab in Somalia, its military chief has said. Gen Katumba Wamala said the decision to withdraw Ugandan troops by December 2017 was […]

Nigeria Boko Haram: Scores of refugees starved to death – MSF

Nigeria Boko Haram: Scores of refugees starved to death – MSF

Image copyright AFP Image caption Boko Haram frequently attacks villages, forcing people to flee their homes Nearly 200 refugees fleeing Boko Haram militants have starved to death over the past month in Bama, Nigeria, the medical charity MSF says. A “catastrophic humanitarian emergency” is unfolding at a camp it visited where 24,000 people have taken […]

Moise Katumbi: DR Congo presidential hopeful sentenced to jail

Moise Katumbi: DR Congo presidential hopeful sentenced to jail

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Moise Katumbi left the country in May, a day after an arrest warrant was arrested for him Congolese presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi has been sentenced in absentia to 36 months in prison. The wealthy businessman, who owns one of Africa’s biggest football clubs, is currently out of Democratic Republic Congo […]

In pictures: Pretoria burns amid SA mayoral protests

In pictures: Pretoria burns amid SA mayoral protests

Image copyright AFP Pictures of violent protests near South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, prompted by anger at the ANC’s choice of a mayoral candidate. Image copyright AP Image caption South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, remains tense after clashes saw residents in townships around the city torching vehicles and looting. Image copyright EyeWitness News Image caption The protests […]

Luanda no longer most costly expat city

Luanda no longer most costly expat city

Hong Kong is the world’s most expensive city for expats, leapfrogging Angolan capital Luanda in the annual chart compiled by consultancy firm Mercer. Luanda, which had consistently topped the list in recent years, fell in the ranking owing to the weakening of its local currency. Zurich and Singapore were third and fourth on the list, […]

Islamic State conflict: Libyan forces ‘make gains’ in Sirte

Islamic State conflict: Libyan forces ‘make gains’ in Sirte

Image copyright Reuters Government-backed forces in Libya have made their largest gains yet into so-called Islamic State (IS) territory in Sirte city since their offensive began in May, officials say. Troops advanced more than 1km (0.6 miles) into areas previously held by IS, re-taking residential districts. Dozens of soldiers and IS fighters were reportedly killed. […]

DR Congo warlord Bemba jailed over war crimes

Media captionCongolese vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba has been sentenced to 18 years in prison Congolese ex-rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba has been jailed for 18 years following a landmark conviction at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and sexual violence. Bemba, a former vice-president of DR Congo, was convicted in March of crimes committed in […]