The Democratic Republic of Congo will not be able to afford an agreed presidential election this year, the gov...
A courageous woman disrupted a public meeting attended by Tanzania’s President John Magufuli in the main city...
The Democratic Republic of Congo will not be able to afford an agreed presidential election this year, the government says. Budget Minister Pierre Kangudia said the cost of organising the poll, which was said to be $1.8bn (£1.5bn), was too expensive. Last year the government and the opposition agreed that new elections would be held […] Read more
A courageous woman disrupted a public meeting attended by Tanzania’s President John Magufuli in the main city of Dar es Salaam and drew the president’s attention and favour. She appealed to him to act against people whom she accused of conspiring to deprive her of her late husband’s properties. Ms Shoshi, as she was identified […] Read more
An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010. In one order, more than 40% of church figures were accused of abuse. Almost 4,500 people claim to have been victims between 1980 and 2015, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to […] Read more
Etienne Tshisekedi was set to take top post in transitional council to pave way for President Kabila’s exit. Etienne Tshisekedi, the main opposition leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has died in Brussels aged 84, according to diplomatic sources. Tshisekedi was set to take the top post in a transitional council agreed in December under […] Read more
The African Union has called for the mass withdrawal of member states from the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, the resolution is non-binding, with Nigeria and Senegal opposing a withdrawal. South Africa and Burundi have already decided to withdraw, accusing the ICC of undermining their sovereignty and unfairly targeting Africans. The ICC denies the allegation, […] Read more
A newly released prisoner has just been made The Gambia’s finance minister. Just 72 hours ago Amadou Sanneh was still in jail for being an opponent of former President Yahya Jammeh, who went into exile about 10 days ago, the Associated Press news agency reports. Among other the cabinet members sworn in today was a […] Read more
A phone call between US President Donald Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has called into question a refugee resettlement deal. The Washington Post reported Mr Trump called the conversation “the worst by far” of his calls with world leaders that day, and cut it short. Mr Trump later tweeted that he would “study this […] Read more
President Donald Trump has nominated Colorado federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for the US Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, the 49-year-old would restore the court’s conservative majority, lost with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Senate Democratic leader has said he has “very serious doubts” about Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. The court […] Read more
Donald Trump has fired the acting US attorney general after she questioned the legality of his immigration ban. Sally Yates, who was appointed by Barack Obama, ordered justice department lawyers not to enforce the president’s executive order. A White House statement accused Ms Yates of “betraying” the justice department and being “weak on borders”. Mr […] Read more
Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that ousted him after 22 years in power. He boarded a plane to Guinea and from there will travel on to exile in Equatorial Guinea, regional group Ecowas says. Mr Jammeh was defeated in December’s election by Adama Barrow but went […] Read more
President Donald Trump has accused the media of dishonestly reporting the size of the crowd at his inauguration. He said the crowd had reached the Washington monument as he spoke at the US Capitol, despite photographic evidence to the contrary. Later, his White House press secretary said it had been “the largest audience to ever […] Read more
Donald Trump has taken his first steps as president, signing an executive order which targets the signature health care reforms of his predecessor. His proclamation ordered agencies to ease the economic burden of the laws known as Obamacare. In Friday’s inaugural address he pledged to put “America first” and to end the “American carnage” of […] Read more
The Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections. In an announcement on state TV, he said it was “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed”. The statement followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave no details […] Read more
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