Africa

Former Hostage Held by Al Qaeda Describes 6-Year Ordeal in the Sahara

STOCKHOLM — It was supposed to be an adventurous motorcycle journey through Africa. Johan Gustafsson, then a 36-year-old engineer, set off with a friend to see the continent, “not just read about it in books,” he later said. His biggest concern was traffic accidents.<p>Twenty-four hours after he …

Terrorism

Record-High Nigeria Rate Seen Held to Curb Inflation, Back Naira

Now that Nigeria’s economy is recovering from its worst slump in 25 years, the central bank can turn its focus to fighting inflation again -- and …

Economy

Where is the R500,000, Collen?

ANC Youth League president Collen Maine accepted a half a million rand “donation” from a coal company after promising it he could stop its contract …

Coal

Tanzania: President Magufuli Gives 24-Month Dodoma Relocation Ultimatum

Dodoma (file photo).<p>Arusha — CENTRAL government employees who are supposed to relocate to Dodoma, but will still be in Dar es Salaam come 2019 should …

Dar Es Salaam

Gone now is Nnamdi Kanu, whose father’s house was the headquarters of the group, gone now are the pro-Biafran agitators. And gone too are the red, green and black insignia of the now proscribed group.

It is quiet now in Afara-Ukwu community of Umuahia, Abia State, where two weeks ago, it was a mecca for vociferous members of the Indigenous People …

Abia State

US strikes Libya for first time under Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US military conducted airstrikes against ISIS fighters in Libya on Friday, the first time it has struck targets in the North African country since Donald Trump became President.<p>"In coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord and aligned forces, U.S. forces conducted six …

Politics

IPOB not a terrorist organisation – US govt

By Anthony Ogbonna<p>The United State government has said that it does not see the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, as a terrorist organisation.<p>While …

Nigeria

Living with violence in the DR Congo

<b>Since last October, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region has been wracked by violence, leading to the deaths of many civilians.</b><p>These fatalities are the result of clashes between the army and a government-backed militia known as the Bana Mura, and a rebel group called Kamuina Nsapu.<p>Many …

Mother of all marches against Zuma

Hlengiwe Nhlabathi<p>The ANC’s allies, Cosatu and the SA Communist Party (SACP), will on Wednesday take to the streets as part of a national shutdown in …

News (South Africa)

Former Rwandan presidential aspirant Rwigara is arrested

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan police have arrested Diane Rwigara, a leading critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and a women's rights activist, for alleged offenses against state security.<p>Rwigara's mother and sister were also detained on the tax evasion charges and she is also being charged with …

News

Europe is training military forces in weak states – and that's seriously risky

Within hours of the death of Guinea’s president in 2008, four officers trained by the German military launched a coup d’état. Led by Captain Moussa …

War

Signs of Political, Military Confrontations to Gain Control in Tripoli

From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English.Tripoli- It seems that Tripoli, with its clouded skies, will witness a conflict very soon as it may erupt on …continue …

Middle East

The ex-governor is currently under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly benefitting from the $2.1billion arms scandal.

A run-away former governor has lost a choice hotel in Singapore to the latter day wife he used to launder his loot.<p>The ex-governor is currently under …

Corruption

Kabila promises elections before UN assembly

File: Democratic Republic Congo's President Joseph Kabila. Photo: Reuters/Tiksa Negeri<p>NEW YORK - Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President …

News (South Africa)

Explosion in Mali kills three U.N. soldiers from Bangladesh | Reuters

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Sep 24, 2017 10:17 pm | Updated Date: Sep 24, 2017 …

Mali

Nigeria: The Phenomenon of Biafra (IX)

opinion<p>One thing is certain: the killing of Ndigbo in 1966 left very deep physical and psychological wounds on the Igbo, making them to begin …

Nigeria

Zimbabwean activist pastor arrested for criticizing Mugabe government

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean police arrested activist pastor Evan Mawarire of the #ThisFlag movement as he stepped down from his pulpit, accusing him of subversion for a series of social media posts that charged Robert Mugabe's government had wrecked the economy, his lawyer told Reuters on …

World News

Government aims to deracialise economy through radical economic transformation: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says his administration aims to deracialise the economy through radical economic transformation.<p>“We have indicated that we will …

South Africa

Myths and political inaction is driving trade in body parts of people with albinism in Africa

There has been a rising demand for the body parts of people with albinism used in rituals by traditional healers in African countries.<p>In the last …

How Cape Town's Zeitz museum can be money spinner for city, country

Cape Town - The new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Zeitz MOCAA) in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town will likely become one of the top three …

Business (South Africa)

Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer championship

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Kenya has been stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship.<p>The Confederation of Africa Football cited "accumulated delays" in Kenya's preparations for the tournament, which is the continental championship for players playing in their home leagues.<p>CAF made …

Sports

I still have a World Record in my legs, says Kipchoge

<b>NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 24 – Despite missing the World Record in his Berlin Marathon win on Sunday, Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is upbeat he will</b> …

Athletics

SABC investigating 'demeaning' mistakes about Dlamini-Zuma

Tammy Petersen<p>Cape Town - The SABC has apologised for “demeaning” mistakes made in its news bulletins during its reportage on Dr Nkosazana …

South African Politics

Why Nigeria Is Facing Secessionist Fervor, Again: Q&A

Almost half a century after a secessionist war in southeastern Nigeria ended, a renewed push for an independent state known as Biafra is stoking …

Business

World Digest: Sept. 24, 2017

FRANCE<p>Macron’s party suffers blow in Senate election<p>French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party on Sunday suffered its first electoral blow, as rival conservatives dominated the Senate election amid mounting disenchantment with Macron’s leadership.<p>The results damage Macron’s legitimacy as he …

News (U.S.)

African startups need to solve big problems, not chase unicorn status

In 1938, when the Nigerian author D.O. Fagunwa published his seminal work, <i>Ògbójú Ọdẹ nínú Igbó Irúnmalẹ̀</i>, it was the first novel ever written in the Yoruba language of southwest Nigeria. It was translated into English in the late 1960s by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, while he was held as political …

Startups

17 ISIS Fighters Reported Killed as U.S. Ends Lull in Libya Airstrikes

WASHINGTON — The United States military said on Sunday that it had conducted drone strikes on an Islamic State training camp in Libya, killing 17 militants in the first American airstrikes in the strife-torn North African nation since January.<p>A half-dozen “precision strikes” on Friday hit a …

News (U.S.)

U.S. air strikes kill 17 Islamic State militants in Libya: U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six U.S. air strikes on an Islamic State desert camp in Libya killed 17 militants and destroyed three vehicles, the U.S. military said on Sunday.<p>U.S Africa Command said in a statement that strikes on Friday targeted a camp 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Sirte, a city that …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Explosion in Mali kills three UN soldiers from Bangladesh

Three United Nations soldiers from Bangladesh were killed by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in northern Mali on …

Terrorism

New textbook policy elicits sharp criticism

The guidelines have been published by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

Education