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Somalia to introduce direct universal suffrage to local elections in 2024

Somalia's government and federal member states said Sunday that direct universal suffrage would be introduced with local elections set for June 2024.

US conducts strike near site of Shabaab attack in Somalia

The United States conducted an airstrike that destroyed stolen Al-Shabaab weapons and equipment in Somalia near an African Union military base that was attacked by the group, officials reported Saturday.

Clashes between Senegal's police and supporters of opposition leader leave one dead, several injured

Clashes between police and supporters of the opposition leader in Senegal left one person dead and several injured, friends of the victim told The Associated Press on Saturday.

10 killed in new clashes in southern Chad

Clashes between herders and farmers have killed at least 10 people in southern Chad, a region regularly troubled by such violence, a local governor told AFP on Saturday.

Russia offers support to Somalian army in fight against terrorist groups

Russia is ready to supply Somalia’s army with military equipment in its war against terrorism, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.

China and DR Congo vow tighter ties, discuss mining contracts

China and the Democratic Republic of Congo will strengthen their partnership and step up cooperation, Beijing said Friday, as talks over renegotiating mining contracts for the African country's valuable mineral reserves continue.

Africa must not become geostrategic battleground : AU warns

Africa must not become a 'geostrategic battleground' for global powers, as the continent grapples with several threats to its peace and security, African Union leaders warned Thursday.

UN conference pledges $2.4 bln to head off Horn of Africa famine

A United Nations-backed conference raised $2.4 billion Wednesday to prevent famine in the Horn of Africa, which is reeling from its worst drought in decades as global temperatures rise.

WFP appeals for 810 mln USD to ramp up food aid in Horn of Africa

The World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday appealed for 810 million US dollars over the next six months to scale up humanitarian assistance for millions of people in the Horn of Africa who are trapped in a hunger emergency.

Cholera-hit S.African town blames govt for deadly outbreak

A grieving family gathers in their yard in a town near Pretoria, mourning the death of a relative who fell victim to a deadly cholera outbreak which has killed 15 people in recent days.

'Modern slavery' most common in North Korea and Eritrea: Study

North Korea, Eritrea and Mauritania have the highest prevalence of modern slavery in the world, according to the 2023 Global Slavery Index published Wednesday, which noted a "worsening" situation globally since its last survey five years earlier.

Separatists kidnap 30 women in Cameroon: Officials

Separatists in Cameroon's restive anglophone region, scene of six years of fighting between the state and insurgents, have kidnapped around 30 women who were protesting against violence, officials said on Tuesday.

Ethiopia's Tigray war displaced stage demonstrations

Thousands of people displaced by the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region staged protests Tuesday demanding to be able to return home and calling for the withdrawal of "invading forces", witnesses and local television said.

UNICEF reports over 7 mln malnourished children under 5 in Horn of Africa

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday that children in the Horn of Africa face an unprecedented crisis that includes hunger, displacement, water shortages, and insecurity.

Aid agencies back UN's $7 bln appeal for Horn of Africa crisis

Humanitarian agencies are calling for full funding of the U.N.'s $7 billion appeal for the Horn of Africa during a pledging conference this week, citing a growing crisis and the need for urgent lifesaving intervention.

Eritrea, ultra-repressive Horn of Africa nation

Eritrea, which is widely considered to be one of the world's most repressive states, marks three decades of independence on Wednesday.

Around 15 killed in Burkina Faso attack: security, local sources

More than a dozen people, thought to be mostly shepherds, have been killed in an attack in eastern Burkina Faso, security and local sources told AFP on Monday.

African leaders to broach thorny issue of paying Russia for fertilizers in Kyiv and Moscow talks

A delegation of six African leaders set to hold talks with Kyiv and Moscow aim to “initiate a peace process," but also broach the thorny issue of how a heavily-sanctioned Russia can be paid for the fertilizer exports Africa desperately needs, a key mediator who helped broker the talks said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Zimbabwe releases prisoners in amnesty, reducing overcrowding

Zimbabwe has begun releasing more than 4,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty that authorities say will help ease congestion in some overcrowded jails.

At least 20 killed in Burkina's troubled north: local sources

At least 20 people were killed in a series of raids on villages in Burkina Faso's troubled north, security sources and local residents told AFP Friday.

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