South Africa passes party financing law

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has enacted a law on financing political parties before the May legislative elections, according to the presidency. The law prohibits the acceptance of donations from foreign governments, foreigners and public organizations as well as donations…

614 terror-related deaths recorded across Africa in mid-January

The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) in its bi-weekly “Africa Terrorism Bulletin” has recorded a total of 614 terrorism-related deaths in Africa between the period of 1-15 January 2019. Out of the 614terrorism-related deaths,190 were…

Zimbabwe president ‘appalled’ at attack

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said he is “appalled” by an attack by security officials on a protester that was featured in a TV news report. His statement comes after widespread criticism of the way security forces have handled recent…

Draft framework for Afghan peace ‘agreed’

US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, Washington’s top negotiator has said. US negotiators held six days of talks with the Taliban…

Guaido calls protests in Venezuela amid growing international support

Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, says he will not step down despite mounting pressure from the international community for him to cede power to opposition leader, Juan Guaido. Maduro said that the courts of his country will have the final say…

Nigeria female candidate Oby Ezekwesili quits presidential race

The main female candidate in Nigeria’s upcoming presidential election said she is withdrawing her candidacy to help build a coalition to defeat the ruling All Progressive Congress. Oby Ezekwesili of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) announced her decision on Thursday in…

French broadcaster sued over ‘Burundi massacre’ footage

A defamation case lodged by Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza against a French TV channel, a Belgian lawyer and a Burundian writer has begun at a court in France’s capital, Paris. Mr Nkurunziza says that three years ago France 3 broadcast…

Sudan’s Bashir travels to Cairo to seek Egypt’s backing as protests rage

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir travelled to Cairo on Sunday to meet his Egyptian counterpart, his second trip abroad since anti-government demonstrations began in his country, the official Sudanese news agency, SUNA reported. “President Omar al-Bashir will discuss regional issues of interest to…

UK ‘could ban’ social media over suicide images

After Molly Russell took her own life, her family discovered distressing material about suicide on her Instagram account Social media firms could be banned if they fail to remove harmful content, the health secretary has warned. Speaking on the BBC’s…

Nigerian chief justice’s suspension raises international concerns

International observers have expressed concern about the suspension of Nigeria’s chief justice – just three weeks before a general election. Judge Walter Onnoghen was suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday. He is facing charges for allegedly failing to declare…