Jeered over attacks, S.Africa’s president apologises at Mugabe funeral

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa was jeered and whistled at on Saturday during his speech at Zimbabwe ex-leader Robert Mugabe’s funeral before he apologised for recent xenophobic attacks. At least 12 people have been killed this month in a surge…

Zimbabwe sees thaw in chilly ties with West

Zimbabwe’s frosty relations with Western powers are thawing despite tensions caused by a brutal repression of protests, the country’s foreign minister says. Since the military-backed ouster of late ruler Robert Mugabe in November 2017, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has campaigned…

Suspect funds used to send military gear to Sudan neighbours: Bashir trial witness

A witness in the trial of Omar al-Bashir said Saturday that his army-owned firm had supplied military equipment to neighbouring countries using funds allegedly received illegally by the ousted Sudanese leader. Bashir was deposed by the army in April following…

Libya airport hit by drone, rocket fire: unity govt

An airport near the Libyan capital was hit by a new round of rocket fire and air strikes, the UN-recognised government said Saturday, two weeks after it was closed due to repeated attacks. The Government of National Accord accused forces…

US urges Guinea leader on democracy amid talk of new term

The United States on Friday encouraged Guinea’s visiting president to respect regular transitions of power as the leader flirts with ending term limits to allow him to remain in office. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Guinea’s 2020 elections, which…

Divided Zimbabwe bids farewell to Mugabe with state funeral

Zimbabwe gave former leader Robert Mugabe a state funeral on Saturday with African leaders paying tribute to a man lauded as a liberation hero but whose 37-year rule was defined by repression and economic turmoil. Mugabe, who died in Singapore…

In Ivory Coast, telemedicine revolution proves blessing for heart patients

Every time Catherine Coulibaly’s 19-year-old son had to make a routine appointment with the cardiologist for his heart condition, she gritted her teeth as she silently counted the financial cost. It wasn’t just the hospital fee — there was the…

Pressure was ‘horrendous’ says World Cup winner Mark Andrews

As a member of the South Africa team that won the 1995 World Cup and was later immortalised in the Clint Eastwood film “Invictus”, Mark Andrews is already assured of a place in rugby history. “We were just out of…

African leaders gather in Zimbabwe for Robert Mugabe’s state funeral

Zimbabwe is holding a state funeral for former president Robert Mugabe on Saturday, with African leaders to attend his memorial at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. The ceremony follows a dispute between Mugabe’s family and the government over where he should…

Algerians take to the streets to oppose presidential poll

Algerians returned to the streets Friday, protesting proposed presidential elections after parliament passed bills that could pave the way for the announcement of a vote to take place in December. Demonstrations that started in February led to the resignation of…