Egypt on Wednesday set a referendum for April 20-22 on sweeping consitutional changes including amendments that could extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule until 2030.
Police in Kenya have been left red-faced after thieves stole guns and ammunition from an unattended checkpost as the officers on duty watched UEFA Champions League matches down the road.
South Sudan opposition leader Riek Machar is not ready to return to Juba and wants to postpone the formation of a unity government until security issues are resolved, an official from his party said Wednesday.
Hundreds of Algerians rallied Wednesday outside the offices of the country’s biggest union, calling for its chief to quit over his ties to ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Egypt on Wednesday set a referendum for April 20-22 on sweeping consitutional changes including amendments that could extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule until 2030.
Rocket fire on the Libyan capital, which the UN-recognised unity government blamed on military strongman Khalifa Haftar, killed three people late on Tuesday as the Security Council haggled over a ceasefire.

Africa After protests, Gabon backtracks on university grant reform

Gabon has suspended an overhaul of university grants that last week sparked three days of student protests and led to shuttered schools.

Africa Fear, uncertainty haunt shelter near Libya front line

Sadness and fear are etched into the faces of those lining up for food near the front line of fighting that is raging on the outskirts of Libya’s capital.

Africa Mauritania sets presidential election for June 22

Mauritania on Wednesday set June 22 for the first round of elections to succeed President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, who is stepping down after his second and final term in office.

Africa UK drafts UNSC resolution calling for Libyan ceasefire

If none of the five permanent members vetoes the resolution and if nine out of 15 members approve it, the resolution will pass.

Africa Benin votes – but with no opposition to choose from

Benin votes for a new parliament on April 28, but a country that was once seen as a model of democracy in Africa is facing a worrying political crisis.

Africa Algeria protests loosen stranglehold on media

Weeks of anti-government protests have helped Algerian journalists shake off the chokehold of state-imposed censorship but their work remains complicated and is often contested by demonstrators.

Africa World Bank making women’s entrepreneurship a priority

Abolishing the myriad of obstacles for African women to become entrepreneurs must be a priority on a continent where poverty continues to grow, World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva said Tuesday.

Africa UN evacuates 150 more refugees from Libyan detention

The UN said Tuesday it had evacuated another 150 refugees from a Tripoli detention centre impacted by clashes, but said it had been unable to relocate others amid a rapid escalation in fighting.

Africa US says Sudan new regime can exit terror list if progress

The United States is willing to remove Sudan from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism if its new military leaders take tangible steps, a US official said Tuesday.

Africa Sheep slaughtered as Sudan protesters celebrate Bashir ouster

Several cows and sheep were slaughtered Tuesday as Sudanese protesters celebrated the ouster of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir outside the army complex where they have been camped for days, witnesses said.

Africa New UN envoy to work with African Union on Sudan crisis

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday appointed an envoy to Sudan to work with the African Union on mediating an end to the crisis sparked by a military takeover.

Africa Sixteen massacred at party for newborn in Nigeria conflict

Those murdered included the parents and the infant, residents said.

Africa ‘Yellow vest’ Libya protesters say France backs Tripoli assault

Dozens of “yellow vest” protesters rallied Tuesday in the Libyan capital to denounce what they said was France’s support for military strongman Khalifa Haftar who has launched an offensive on Tripoli.

Africa Algeria top official quits as students keep up protest

In yet more upheaval for Algeria since the ousting of long-time leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the controversial head of the country’s constitutional council quit Tuesday bowing to weeks of anger from protesters.


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