Keita Triumphs in Mali Presidential Elections after Rival Concedes Defeat
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, an ex-prime minister with a reputation for firmness, won Mali’s presidential election after his rival conceded defeat on Monday in a poll meant to draw a line under more than a year of turmoil. Keita, 68, universally known by his initials IBK, will now have access... Read more
Nigerian Naval Ship, Thunder departs for Australia International Fleet Review, Naval Chief Urges Good Behaviour
  From: Diana-Okon Effiong   Calabar The Nigerian Navy ship, NNS Thunder (f90) departed the Calabar Port Aug. 8 enroute Australia to participate in the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review (IFR). The Chief Naval staff Vice Adm. Dele Ezeoba, charged the 177-member crew including 37 officers and 140... Read more
Nigeria Targets North For Wheat Bumper Harvests, Set to Halve Imports by 2015 via Local production
The discovery of two improved varieties of wheat is expected to position Nigeria well in local wheat production, sufficient to reduce national wheat import by half in 2015. This was disclosed by the executive director, Lake Chad Research Institute (LCRI), Dr. Oluwasina Gbenga Olabanji, in Abuja, while presenting 100 per cent... Read more
Egypt’s brotherhood not persuaded to “swallow reality”
The Muslim Brotherhood on Monday rejected pleas from international envoys to “swallow the reality” that Mohamed Mursi will not return as Egypt’s president. The envoys from the United States and the European Union, trying to resolve a political crisis brought on by the army’s overthrow of the Islamist Mursi... Read more
ICC Accuses Nigerian Islamist Group of Crimes against Humanity
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court says that after a preliminary investigation she believes that acts attributed to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram are likely crimes against humanity. “Information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that since July 2009 Boko Haram has launched a widespread and... Read more
Gulf of Guinea naval chiefs seek effective legal framework for maritime law enforcement
  From: Diana-Okon Effiong, Calabar. Heads of Navies and Coast Guards of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) Wednesday rose from a conference in Calabar and resolved to institute effective legal regime for maritime law enforcement. Their resolve was stated in a communiqué at the end of the first Gulf... Read more
Bananas hurled at Italy’s first black minister
Some of Italy’s top politicians on Saturday rallied behind the country’s first black minister, a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April, after a spectator threw bananas at her while she was making a speech. Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge, who is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo,... Read more
Tunisians protest at funeral of slain opposition politician
Thousands of protesters chanting anti-government slogans joined a funeral march to lay to rest an assassinated Tunisian opposition politician, a display of the anger threatening the survival of a government once seen as a model in the region for the transition to democracy. Adding to the tension, a bomb... Read more
Over 1,000 escape in Libyan jail break
More than 1,000 detainees escaped from a prison near the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in a massive jailbreak Saturday, officials said, as protesters stormed political party offices in Libya’s main cities. It wasn’t immediately clear if the jailbreak at the al-Kweifiya prison came as part of the demonstrations.... Read more
Zimbabwe’s next poll witness less violence as date approaches
At the age of 89 President Robert Mugabe is on the campaign trail, seeking to extend his grip on Zimbabwe in an election next week that observers fear will be marred by fraud. But the opposition is gambling that there is enough discontent to unseat the wily political survivor,... Read more