Africa

  • Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe's interim president
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    2017-11-22 06:40:28 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is expected to be sworn in as president following the resignation of Robert Mugabe, will return home on Wednesday, a ruling party ZANU-PF official said. Mnangagwa, whose sacking this month prompted the military takeover that forced Mugabe out, was expected ...
  • Robert Mugabe Resigns as Zimbabwe’s President
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    2017-11-21 18:07:12 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion fro...
  • Zimbabwe’s Ruling 'ZANU-PF' to Discuss Mugabe's Impeachment
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    2017-11-20 20:20:15 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power. Impeachment could see Mugabe kicked out by a vote in parliament in under a day an...
  • Mugabe Agrees to Stand Down as He Faces Impeachment
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    2017-11-21 17:54:29 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved against him, ending four decades of rule by a man who turned from independence hero to archetypal African strongman. The 93-year-old had clung on for a week after an army takeover and expulsion fro...
  • Mugabe and his wife “ready to die rather than step down”
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    2017-11-18 19:03:21 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party will meet on Sunday to dismiss President Robert Mugabe and reinstate the vice-president he dismissed, Emmerson Mnangagwa, two party sources told Reuters on Saturday. The sources said a party central committee meeting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. (3.30 a.m. ET) would also dismiss 93-ye...
  • Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe’s Fate Hung in the Balance
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    2017-11-17 04:19:43 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to make him step down following a seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule. The United States, a longtime critic of Mugabe over allegations of human rights abuses and elec...
  • Zimbabwe: Military appears to prevent Mugabe’s wife from succeeding him
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    2017-11-15 18:50:18 UTC

    ZIMBABWE/ HARARE (Reuters) — Military seized the state broadcaster and a general appeared on television to announce the takeover. But it has avoided calling the move a coup. Armored vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby. The at...
  • Zimbabwe military seized power, Robert Mugabe Arrested
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    2017-11-15 19:18:51 UTC

    ZIMBABWE/ HARARE (Reuters) — Zimbabwe’s military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”. Zimbabwean soldiers and armored vehicles blocked roads to the m...
  • Mugabe’s wife sued a man for not delivering a $1.35 million wedding anniversary ring
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    2017-10-18 16:52:27 UTC

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday. Grace, 52, an influential figure in Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party and seen as a potential successor to her husba...
  • Chad, a U.S. Counterterrorism Ally, Included in Travel Ban
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    2017-09-27 04:15:49 UTC

    Is Chad “an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States” or is it a nation that “does not adequately share public-safety and terrorism-related information”? Both, according to the White House proclamation that listed the central African country among seven nations [whose citizens are barred indefinitely from th...
  • Kenyan President Calls For Peace
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    2017-09-01 16:52:58 UTC

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday he disagreed with a Supreme Court ruling that nullified his win in last month’s presidential election, but that he would respect the decision and urged citizens to do the same. “The court has made its decision. We respect it. We don’t agree with it. And again, I say...
  • Court Nullifies Kenya Presidental Vote: Kenyatta Respects Decision
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    2017-09-01 15:33:26 UTC

    NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s Supreme Court on Friday nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win citing irregularities and ordered a new poll within 60 days, a rare move in Africa where judicial power is often seen as an extension of government. The ruling, broadcast to a stunned nation on national television, sets up a new rac...
  • UN Reports on Venezuelan 'repressive policy'
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    2017-08-30 14:14:28 UTC

    30 August 2017 – Extensive human rights violations and abuses have been committed in the wake of anti-Government protests in Venezuela and point to “the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instill fear in the population to curb demonstrations,” a report by the United Nations human rights office has found. “The pol...
  • More than 300 people killed in Sierra Leone mudslide
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    2017-08-14 16:01:50 UTC

    FREETOWN (Reuters) - By Christo Johnson More than 300 people were killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes. The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel were at the scene in the mountain t...
  • Rwanda's Paul Kagame wins 3th presidential term with 98% of the vote
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    2017-08-05 06:47:48 UTC

    With more than 80 percent of the results tallied there is no major change expected when the final results are announced later on Saturday. President Paul Kagame earned the expected victory over two little-known rivals. His win extends his time in office to 17 years. "We think that at this level, tomorrow it will be the same result ...
  • Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe: There is no one with my political stature to replace me
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    2017-07-29 16:04:49 UTC

    CHINHOYI, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Saturday said he was not stepping down nor dying and that there was no one with his political stature who could immediately take over from him. The 93-year-old leader has been in charge in the former British colony since independence in 1980. His health is closely ...
  • African immigrants in Germany help refugees to integrate
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    2017-07-21 06:52:17 UTC

    <blockquote><h2>How African migrants are turning the tide for refugees in Germany</h2><h3><i>There's hardly anyone more qualified to help migrants and refugees new to Germany than former newcomers themselves. This is the premise of AfricanTide, an organization that runs a refugee shelter and multiple programs for migrants and refugees ...
  • Death toll from cholera outbreak in Yemen rises to 1,500
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    2017-07-03 06:06:50 UTC

    The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization's (WHO) representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a Saudi-led coalition and the armed Iran-aligned Houth...
  • Merkel's Plan is a Miracle for Africa
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    2017-06-14 05:08:30 UTC

    Alpha Conde, head of the African Union and Guinean president, nudged German Chancellor Angela Merkel conspiratorially: yet another of his African counterparts had just described the so-called "Marshall Plan" for Africa, laid out by German Development Minister Gerd Müller, as the "Merkel Plan." A girlish smile crept over the chancel...
  • Controversial study: The evolutionary lineage arose in Africa?
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    2017-05-23 07:10:13 UTC

    Fossils from Greece and Bulgaria of an ape-like creature that lived 7.2 million years ago may fundamentally alter the understanding of human origins, casting doubt on the view that the evolutionary lineage that led to people arose in Africa. Scientists said on Monday the creature, known as Graecopithecus freybergi and known only fro...
  • Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe Rivals Ally To Challenge President
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    2017-04-19 17:24:17 UTC

    HARARE — Two of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's chief rivals said on Wednesday they were allying to deny the 93-year-old another term in office. Morgan Tsvangirai, 65, who was Zimbabwe's prime minister in an uneasy coalition government with Mugabe from 2009 until 2013, said he and Joice Mujuru, who was Mugabe's vice president f...
  • World’s Top Executioners 2016: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan
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    2017-04-11 07:57:07 UTC

    <blockquote><strong>Amnesty International</strong> <h2>The Death penalty in 2016: Facts and figures</h2> <h3>Global figures</h3> At least 1,032 people were executed in 23 countries in 2016. In 2015 Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25 countries worldwide - a historical spike unmatched since 1989. Most execu...
  • Senegalese troops enter The Gambia to back Adama Barrow as president as strongman Jammeh refuses to stand down
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    2017-01-19 20:53:31 UTC

    Senegalese troops enter The Gambia to back Adama Barrow as president as strongman Jammeh refuses to stand down. By Tim Cocks and Emma Farge | BANJUL/DAKAR Senegalese troops entered neighboring Gambia on Thursday, an army spokesman said, as part of regional effort to support its new President Adama Barrow in a showdown with lo...
  • Hijacked Libyan plane lands in Malta with 118 people aboard
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    2016-12-23 12:22:34 UTC

    (Reuters) - An airliner on an internal flight in Libya was hijacked by a man claiming to have a hand grenade on Friday and diverted to Malta, where it landed with 118 people on board. The hijacker told crew he was "pro-Gaddafi" and that he was willing to let all 111 passengers leave the Airbus A320, but not its seven crew, if his de...
  • Oscar Pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison
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    2016-07-06 08:51:30 UTC

    Update - Judge Masipa has sentenced Oscar Pistorius to six years’ imprisonment for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. The state had called for him to receive no less than the prescribed minimum 15-year sentence for murder. She said there were “substantial and compelling reasons” to deviate from the 15-year minimum sentence for murder...