Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home

Ethiopia’s government on Thursday assumed custody of a priceless 18th-century crown that a former refugee had kept hidden in his apartment in the Netherlands for two decades. The handover took place at a ceremony in the capital, Addis Ababa, attended…

Algeria’s new president promises ‘radical changes’

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who succeeded longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika in December, asked in the face of his country’s insistent protest movement for time to implement “radical changes”, in an interview published Thursday. The interview with French daily Le Figaro…

S.Sudan’s warring leaders to form long-delayed unity government

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed on Thursday to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending six years of war. The two old rivals, who have been bickering for months, have overseen a…

Fear spreads in Mozambique’s gas-rich province as jihadist attacks rise

Villagers are fleeing a gas-rich region in northern Mozambique and energy giants are pleading for more protection in the face of mounting attacks by a shadowy jihadist group. Security officials and local residents interviewed by AFP described a bushfire of…

Togo leader treads in father’s steps

Faure Gnassingbe was seen as a malleable 38-year-old when the military installed him as president of Togo after the death of his strongman father in 2005. Now the leader once dubbed “the youth” is preparing to claim a fourth term…

Togo in five points

The West African nation of Togo, where President Faure Gnassingbe is seeking a controversial fourth term Saturday, has been ruled by the same family for more than half a century. Here is some background about the French-speaking country of 7.8…

Libya’s UN-recognised government withdraws from Geneva talks

Libya’s unity government has announced it is halting its participation in UN talks aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire in the war-torn country where a fragile truce has been repeatedly violated. The pull-out came after a barrage of rocket fire…

Ethiopia’s once-dominant political party marks anniversary

The political party that dominated Ethiopian politics for nearly three decades staged massive anniversary celebrations Wednesday that highlighted rising tensions with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and neighbouring Eritrea. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) led the overthrow of the…

Coronavirus study pinpoints African nations’ vulnerabilities

Egypt, Algeria and South Africa are at high risk of suffering from the deadly coronavirus, a study released Wednesday suggested. The Lancet medical journal reported that the three African countries were at particular risk because of higher levels of travel…

Burundi’s president named ‘supreme guide for patriotism’

Burundi lawmakers on Wednesday passed a law declaring outgoing President Pierre Nkurunziza “supreme guide for patriotism”. A bill put forward by Justice Minister Aimee-Laurentine Kanyana was adopted by 91 votes to four with 13 abstentions, said National Assembly speaker Pascal…