ADDIS ABABA- Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next year’s national elections. UK court gives Nigeria more time to appeal in $10 billion dispute. LAGOS- A London court on…
Ethiopia’s Tigray region to holds poll, defying federal government
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region will head to the polls on Wednesday in defiance of the federal government, the latest challenge to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a slew of regional leaders flexing their muscles ahead of next year’s national elections.
Thousands rally to support Congo’s threatened Nobel Laureate
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A city in eastern Congo has rallied in support of Denis Mukwege, the Congolese Nobel Laureate who received death threats in recent weeks after he called for justice over serious human rights violations.
Militia enters city unopposed in east Congo, surrounds prison
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – Around 100 heavily-armed rebel fighters entered the city of Bunia in eastern Congo with a police escort on Friday, in an apparent show of force in protest over their treatment during a continuing peace process.
WHO aiming for 20% of Africa to get initial COVID jabs from access plan
The World Health Organization wants to secure an initial 230 million doses of any COVID-19 vaccine for Africa, officials said Thursday, while emphasising that any vaccine in development should also be tested on the continent.
UK court gives Nigeria more time to appeal in $10 billion dispute
LAGOS (Reuters) – A London court on Friday gave Nigeria more time to appeal in a $10 billion arbitration case, although the Commercial Court ruling did not specify the length of the extension in the long-running dispute.
Kenyans fear ‘ecological disaster’ if two swollen lakes merge
BARINGO, Kenya (Reuters) – The fresh waters of Kenya’s Lake Baringo teem with birds, fish, hippopotamuses and crocodiles and sustain tens of thousands of people. But none of them can survive in the alkaline Lake Bogoria nearby.
Shepherd-turned-singer mixes Lesotho folk music with techno, rap
MASERU (Reuters) – He looks every bit the traditional Lesotho sheep herder, wrapped in a blanket to ward off the mountain kingdom’s cold and swinging an ornate walking stick while he sings in the local Sesotho language.
Macron to meet Ivory Coast President on Friday in Paris-Elysee
PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will meet Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Friday at the Elysee Palace in Paris, his office said on Thursday.
Elderly Guinea president confirms 3rd term bid, vows to represent young people
Guinea’s octogenarian President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he would be the candidate of young people and women in October’s election, confirming his party’s announcement that he would seek a third term.
U.S. to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia over dam dispute
The United States has decided to cut $100 million in aid to Ethiopia amid a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a dam Ethiopia is building on the Nile, a congressional source told Reuters on Wednesday.
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