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Sudan police fire tear gas as protests erupt in Khartoum, Darfur

Sudanese police fired tear gas Sunday at crowds of anti-government protesters in several cities including Khartoum, as organisers pushed for more nationwide rallies against President Omar al-Bashir this week.
Supporters of Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir shout slogans as they gather during a rally for him in the Green Square in the capital Khartoum on January 9, 2019. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY - AFP)

Call for protests across Sudan as organisers pile on pressure

A Sudanese group that has spearheaded anti-government demonstrations since last month called Friday for nationwide protests next week to pile pressure on the government of President Omar al-Bashir.

South Sudan resumes oil production

South Sudan has resumed oil production in the Northern Unity region after disruption by a five-year old conflict which damaged oil wells.
Abukar Dahir Osman

Somalia tells UN not to interfere after expelling envoy

Somalia on Thursday told the UN Security Council not to interfere in its national affairs after expelling a UN envoy who questioned the government's decision to arrest an al-Shabaab defector running for election.
In this Thursday, December 20, 2018 handout photo provided by a Sudanese activist, protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan. (Sudanese Activist via AP)

Sudan protests biggest threat yet to President al-Bashir – analysts

Deadly protests that have grown across Sudan in recent weeks are the biggest threat to President Omar al-Bashir’s iron-fisted rule since he swept to power in a 1989 coup, analysts said.
Nicholas Haysom

Somalia expels UN envoy Nicholas Haysom

Somalia has expelled the UN's top envoy, Nicholas Haysom, accusing him of "shaming" the world body by acting like the country's ruler.
Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir forms panel to probe protest violence

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir ordered authorities Tuesday to set up a committee to investigate violence during anti-government protests, even as a range of political groups called for a "new regime" in the country.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome announces ‘Year of Lights,’ Future Africa Leader Award winner chosen

Last night’s annual New Years’ Eve service at the LoveWorld Convocation Arena hosted by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was everything we expected and more. The Future Africa Leader Award Winner (FALA) ceremony shone bright on the future of youth in Africa. From several special guest appearances to stunning performances, the Year of Lights is sure to be spectacular.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres: World still on ‘red alert’ but there’s hope

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has restated the “red alert” he issued on January 1, 2018, over a range of dangers confronting the world, which “still persist” as 2019 looms.

UNICEF accuses Boko Haram of violations against children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has accused the Boko Haram terrorists’ factions of carrying out grave atrocities against children in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region over the course of 2018.
Thousands rallied in the capital Khartoum and other cities for a tenth day on Friday [Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah-Reuters-File]

Sudan opposition leader arrested hours after new protests

Sudanese security forces have arrested a top opposition leader following a crackdown on new anti-government demonstrations held in several cities on Friday.

Sudan ruling party HQ torched in bread price protests – witnesses

Hundreds of Sudanese took to the streets of three cities Wednesday to protest against the rising price of bread, with demonstrators setting fire to a ruling party headquarters, witnesses said.
Former Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo: Nigeria’s delay in ratifying African free trade agreement regrettable

The Nigerian government’s continued delay in ratifying the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is regrettable, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Sunday.

South Sudan: UN investigates systematic sexual violence

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in South Sudan has ended its first fact-finding mission on widespread and systematic sexual violence across the country.
President Buhari participates at the Corruption Risk Assessment training for Leadership of National agencies in the AU and the presentation of report of the corruption risk assessment of Nigeria’s e-government system in Abuja on 10th Dec 2018-4

Muhammadu Buhari: Federal government committed to making ACAN best in Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the Federal Government was committed to making the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), a training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the best anti-corruption training school in Africa.
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference after an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as ‘very high risk’

World Health Organisation says Ebola vaccinations soon will begin in South Sudan as the country is at "very high risk" in the current outbreak based in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo

Emeka Anyaoku calls for unity, integration of African states

Former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has called for the unity and integration of African states in order to advance development among Africans.

Uganda MPs query legality of East African passport

The move to have an East African Community (EAC) international passport has hit a snag in Uganda after MPs blocked it over its legality and the cost to users.

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Explosion, gunfire at Nairobi hotel and office complex

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