Jailed Nigerian Journalist Agba Jalingo To Face Cybercrime Charge In Court

New York, February 12, 2020 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Nigerian authorities to drop all charges against Agba Jalingo, the publisher of the privately-owned news website CrossRiverWatch and set him free. Jalingo is set to appear…

Hunger stalks drought-stricken southern Africa

The spectre of want is haunting Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa as they grapple with a long and devastating drought. AFP reporters who travelled across the three countries saw widespread suffering in rural areas where successive harvests have been hit…

Malawi elections chief defends use of correction fluid in disputed vote

Malawi’s electoral commission chief Wednesday defended the use of results sheets that had been altered with correctional fluid in last year’s disputed presidential elections. The Constitutional Court last week annulled the May results that gave President Peter Mutharika a narrow…

Rights groups want swift hand over of Sudan's Bashir to ICC

Rights groups pushed Wednesday for the swift handover of Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court after Sudan’s new authorities pledged to bring the ousted strongman to justice for alleged war crimes in Darfur. Top Sudanese officials said Tuesday that…

E.Guinea blasts France after son sentenced for embezzlement

Equatorial Guinea lashed the French judiciary for “meddling” in its affairs after a Paris court handed the son of its president a three-year suspended term and $32.9 million fine for embezzlement. Teodorin Obiang, the son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema,…

Hunger stalks southern Africa as climate crisis deepens

Just under a year ago, Alice Posha fled her home in the middle of the night and then watched as it was swept away by floods. The torrential rain came from Cyclone Idai, one of the worst storms ever to…

Why Mali has opted for dialogue with jihadists

Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has opened the door to talks with jihadists to defuse mounting violence in the West African country, in a break with long-held tradition. Despite the presence of foreign troops, Mali has been struggling to contain…

S.Africa says ‘world stood still’ 30 years ago as Mandela walked out of jail

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from jail with an address from the spot where the anti-apartheid icon made his first speech as an awestruck Ramaphosa held the microphone for him….

Lisbon freezes bank accounts of Angola’s ex-first daughter

Portugal has ordered a freeze on bank accounts held in the country by Angola’s billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos, who is accused of stealing state funds to build a colossal business empire. “The public prosecutors have ordered a…

WHO 'encouraged' by improved Ebola situation in DRC

The World Health Organization on Tuesday said it was encouraged by an improvement in the Ebola situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo but urged caution. The WHO’s Emergency Committee of experts will be meeting in Geneva on Wednesday to…