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Somalia's foreign partners hail peaceful election of new president

Somalia's international partners on Monday welcomed the election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who takes office after months of political instability and faces crises including a violent insurgency and devastating drought.

Somali lawmakers go to 2nd round to choose next president

Somalia's presidential vote is proceeding to a second round Sunday after the first round of voting did not produce a decisive winner.

Protests rock Nigerian city after blasphemy killing

Hundreds of people in Nigeria's northwestern city of Sokoto demonstrated Saturday over the arrest of two students following the murder of a Christian student accused of blasphemy, residents said.

UN humanitarian official urges attention to drought in Kenya

A top United Nations humanitarian official has raised concern about people going hungry in a remote part of northern Kenya, joining calls for the international community to commit more resources to address the wider region's drought crisis.

Child malnutrition mounts amid conflict in northeast Nigeria: AFP report

Iza Ali's five children are still waiting to eat at 3 p.m. It's not the first day that the family has gone without food since they fled extremist violence in northeast Nigeria six years ago.

Three steps for Africa to combat climate change: Africa Finance Corporation

With hopes for countering global warming pinned on progress at the upcoming COP27 UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt, a new report from the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Africa's leading infrastructure solutions provider, sets out the continent's stance by balancing the need for emissions reduction with critical development imperatives.

Burkina Faso's displaced numbers swell amid Jihadi violence

Ami Sana hangs a tattered tarp for a bit of shade where she can rest on a break from pounding stones under the scorching sun.

Nigerian airlines suspend flights over soaring fuel prices

Nigerian airlines are to suspend all flights from Monday over rising jet fuel prices, an umbrella organisation of operators said on Saturday.

Pope, hobbled by knee problem, looks forward to S Sudan trip

Pope Francis, whose mobility has been limited of late by a nagging knee problem, is looking forward to visiting South Sudan in July, according to a joint message by the pontiff, the archbishop of Canterbury and a Scottish church official.

West Africa defence chiefs meet over rising insecurity

Defence chiefs from West Africa's ECOWAS bloc began a two-day meeting Thursday aimed at boosting military cooperation in a region that has suffered hundreds of attacks this year alone.

UN chief sees African force for Mali with stronger mandate

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Mali could collapse if a UN peacekeeping mission withdrew, but suggested an option could be to replace it with an African Union force backed by a tougher operating mandate.

France has lost 'legal basis' for Mali operations: Junta

Mali's junta said France no longer has a "legal basis" for carrying out military operations in the country after Bamako quit key defence accords, in the latest round of a spat between the two former allies.

Record number of people without enough to eat in 2021: UN

The United Nations said Wednesday that the number of people without enough to eat on a daily basis reached all-time high last year and is poised to hit ``appalling'' new levels as the Ukraine war affects global food production.

Al-Shabaab attacks AU base in Somalia, casualties reported

Heavily armed Al-Shabaab jihadists stormed an African Union (AU) base in Somalia on Tuesday, triggering a fierce firefight that left an unknown number of casualties, a local military commander and witnesses said.

Pro-govt protesters call for constitutional change in Central African Republic

Hundreds of people demonstrated on Friday in front of the national assembly in Bangui, calling for a constitutional change which critics fear is a push to keep the president of the Central African Republic in power, an AFP correspondent said.

Ethiopia rejects Tigray rebel claim of pullout from Afar region

Ethiopia on Friday rejected as "lies" claims of withdrawal by Tigrayan rebels from a region neighbouring war-wracked Tigray and accused them of trying to "impede" the delivery of aid.

S.Africa lauds ECOWAS anti-coup drive

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday praised West Africa's regional bloc ECOWAS for developing what he called a "decisive" anti-coup strategy.

Humanitarian Crisis in Sahel Countries worsens with armed Conflicts, climate change: FDHRD report

The Counter-Terrorism Watch at the Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) issued on Thursday a new report entitled “Human Security in the African Sahel: Climate Change and Terrorism”.

Nigeria struggles to tame banditry ravaging northwest

When dozens of gunmen raided Abubakar Aliyu's village in central Nigeria two weeks ago, they stormed in on motorbikes, each carrying one or two attackers who opened fire and chased down residents.

Mali accuses France of spying after video of mass grave

Mali accused the French army of "spying" and "subversion" when it used a drone to film what France alleged was mercenaries burying bodies near a military base.

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