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A protest has taken place in the Namibian capital Windhoek against an agreement made with Germany after it apologised for a genocide in the southern African country in the early 20th Century. Various political parties and traditional chiefs have dismissed Germany’s offer to pay $1bn in development aid, and say the deal was made without […]

The leader of the coup which ousted Guinea’s President Alpha Condé has said a new “union” government would be formed in weeks. Col Mamady Doumbouya told ministers who served in Mr Condé’s government that there would be no witch-hunt against former officials. President Condé remains in detention, but his fate is unclear. The UN, African […]

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the decision to release former president Jacob Zuma on medical parole. President Ramaphosa wished Zuma a quick recovery, during his concluding remarks at a meeting of the ruling party ANC’s national executive committee. “We welcome this. We’ve heard that he is not well and we’d like to wish […]

South Africa’s jailed former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital, less than a week before he is due in court on further charges of corruption. The South African prison department said a routine examination at the jail in Kwa-Zulu Natal, where Mr Zuma is being held, prompted the authorities to take him to […]

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has appeared on a video link from prison to attend a corruption trial. Mr Zuma faces charges of fraud and racketeering dating back to the 1990s. This is the first time he has been seen since he was sent to jail for contempt of court – a move that […]

The European Union is in the process of removing financial restrictions on Burundi, the president’s office has said. The decision to lift the ban on restrictions was communicated to Burundi’s president when he met the EU delegates on Monday in the political capital, Gitega, the president’s office announced on Twitter. The EU representative in Burundi, […]

South African police have opened an investigation after 20 unidentified bodies were found in the gold mining town of Orkney. The police suspect the deceased, who were found wrapped in white plastic bags, to be illegal miners “All the deceased are suspected to be illegal miners commonly known as ‘zama zamas’ operating in obsolete shafts […]

Mali has been suspended from the African Union following last week’s military coup – for the second time in nine months. The first was last August following a military coup – but the country was reinstated after the heads of a civilian-led transitional government were announced. Now that administration has been overthrown, and so once […]

South African emergency workers have evacuated three 17-storey residential buildings overlooking Cape Town as a huge fire burns along Table Mountain. The blaze spread quickly after breaking out on Sunday morning near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes. A restaurant was destroyed. The University of Cape Town’s historic library was also badly damaged. About 250 […]

In many countries the willingness of global institutions, like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to beef up the state coffers with a loan is seen as a sign of approval. It shows that the economists in far-away Washington have confidence that the country can afford and properly manage the interest payments. But this is not […]


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