UN chief visits DR Congo’s restive Ebola-hit east

UN chief Antonio Guterres arrived Saturday in the troubled east of DR Congo, expressing “solidarity” with a region ravaged by violence and an Ebola epidemic. The secretary general started his three-day tour of Africa’s largest country in Goma, the capital…

Grieving fans open late Ivorian singer DJ Arafat’s grave just after funeral

Fans of the singer DJ Arafat opened his tomb and his coffin after his private funeral on Saturday morning. The Ivorian star was killed following a motorbike accident in Abidjian on 12 August. A video going around on social networks…

UN chief expresses solidarity with Ebola-hit DR Congo

UN chief Antonio Guterres started a three-day tour of the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday, expressing “solidarity” with a region ravaged by violence and an Ebola epidemic. The secretary general first visited Goma, the capital of North Kivu province which…

Tunisia reveals final candidates for presidential poll

Tunisia’s electoral commission on Saturday announced a final list of 26 presidential candidates to stand in a September 15 poll to elect a successor to late leader Beji Caid Essebsi. “There are 26 candidates for the 2019 presidential election,” electoral…

Ivory Coast bids singer DJ Arafat farewell, fans open his coffin

Fans of Ivorian singer DJ Arafat opened his coffin Saturday to take photos of the corpse, prompting police to fire teargas after an overnight funeral concert where tens of thousands paid tribute to the one of West Africa’s most popular…

Sudan court charges Bashir with illegal use of foreign funds

A Sudanese court on Saturday charged ousted president Omar al-Bashir, on trial for corruption, with illegal acquisition and use of foreign funds. Judge Al-Sadiq Abdelrahman said at the third session of Bashir’s trial that foreign funds of multiple currencies were…

Rubio stars as Spain shrug off slow start to Basketball World Cup

Phoenix Suns star Ricky Rubio led Spain with 17 points as the title contenders made a slow start to their Basketball World Cup campaign in a 101-62 victory over Tunisia on Saturday. The Olympic bronze medallists have been touted as…

Ivorian music star DJ Arafat gets royal send-off with grand funeral concert

Tens of thousands of fans of Ivorian singer DJ Arafat, star of the hugely popular musical style “coupe-decale” who died this month in a motorbike accident, gave him a spectacular send-off at the country’s main stadium early Saturday. The overnight…

Botswana to hold elections on October 23

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has ordered general elections on October 23, as tensions rise with his estranged predecessor, Ian Khama, the man who put him in the top job. Khama, whose father led the southern African country to independence, has…

Girl, 9, dies from Ebola in Uganda: health official 

A nine-year-old girl who tested positive for Ebola in Uganda after travelling from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo has died, a Ugandan health official told AFP on Friday. “She passed on at around 0800 (0500 GMT) this morning,” said…