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21 begin trial in Madagascar over alleged coup plot

Twenty-one people, including two Frenchmen, went on trial in Madagascar on Monday accused of a plot to stage a coup and assassinate President Andry Rajoelina.

Gambia incumbent leads in partial results, opposition cries foul

Rival candidates on Sunday rejected partial results from Gambia's first presidential election that gave the incumbent Adama Barrow an early lead.

Ethiopia's war in uncertain phase after Abiy's advance

Ethiopia's military this week regained control of territory previously claimed by Tigrayan rebels, a potential validation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's decision to join soldiers to conflict-hit areas.

Protesters hit S.Africa beaches to oppose oil exploration

Hundreds of environmentalist demonstrators gathered on South African beaches Sunday to protest against oil and gas exploration by energy giant Shell.

Sudan top general denies military could run in elections

Sudan's top general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday denied that military and paramilitary members of the transitional administration could run for the country's July 2023 elections.

Tanzania's president accuses rivals of smearing her leadership

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan on Saturday accused rivals inside the government of trying to damage her leadership in a rare public showing of division within the ruling party's ranks.

Suspected jihadists kill 30 in central Mali: Local officials

Suspected jihadists killed at least 30 civilians in an attack on a passenger vehicle in central Mali's volatile Mopti, local officials said Saturday.

Gambians vote in first presidential election since Jammeh era

Gambians were due to head to the polls on Saturday, in the first presidential election in the tiny West African nation since former dictator Yahya Jammeh fled into exile.

UN projects soaring humanitarian needs in world in 2022

The United Nations is predicting that a record 274 million people - who together would amount to the world's fourth most-populous country - will require emergency humanitarian aid next year in countries like Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Syria and Yemen which face a raft of challenges including war, insecurity, hunger, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.

The shifting fortunes of Ethiopia's massive army

Ethiopia's federal army is facing a tough fight against Tigrayan rebels seeking to advance on the capital Addis Ababa, despite its advantages in numbers following a huge recruitment drive and access to greater firepower.

Ethiopian forces recapture UNESCO site Lalibela: Government

Ethiopia said Wednesday that pro-government forces had recaptured the UNESCO World Heritage site Lalibela, which fell to Tigrayan fighters in August, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's administration seeks to wrest back territory from the rebels.

Transport strike paralyses Senegalese capital

A two-day strike called by transport unions over alleged official harassment and illicit competition paralysed the Senegalese capital Dakar on Wednesday.

Nigeria confirms first Omicron cases

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, on Wednesday confirmed its first cases of the new Covid-19 variant, among three passengers who had arrived from South Africa.

Ethiopia accuses Twitter of pro-rebel bias in complaint

Ethiopia has filed a complaint with Twitter accusing the social media giant of suspending accounts critical of Tigrayan rebels it has been fighting in a gruesome, year-long war, a government spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Sudan security forces fire tear gas at demos against post-military takeover deal

Sudanese security forces fired tear gas Tuesday at protesters rallying against last month's military takeover and a deal that saw the prime minister reinstated after his ouster in the military takeover, witnesses said.

South Africa's Aspen inks deal with J&J for African anti-Covid jab

South African pharma giant Aspen said Tuesday it has reached an agreement in principle with US-based Johnson & Johnson paving the way for an anti-Covid vaccine "made in Africa for Africa".

Ethiopia's PM Abiy Ahmed claims 'war gains', urges rebels to 'surrender'

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Tuesday urged Tigrayan rebels to surrender, claiming government forces were nearing victory just one week after he vowed to lead military operations at the front.

S.Africa says travel ban by African nations 'regrettable'

South Africa on Monday said it was "regrettable... (and) sad" that fellow African nations had joined a rush by wealthy countries to impose travel bans over the new Covid variant.

China leader promises Africa 1 bln Covid vaccine doses

China's President Xi Jinping on Monday pledged to offer one billion Covid vaccine doses to Africa, in a speech made via videolink to a China-Africa summit in Senegal's capital Dakar.

Burkina attack kills four soldiers

Four soldiers were killed in an attack in northern Burkina Faso, security sources said Monday, bringing the toll from two weeks of raids by suspected jihadists to at least 80.

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