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
Mandela showing “sustained improvement”
Former South African President Nelson Mandela is showing “sustained improvement” in hospital although he remains in a critical condition, the government said on Monday. The government statement said President Jacob Zuma had visited the 95-year-old Mandela in the Pretoria hospital where he has been for the last seven weeks... Read more
African Union calls for inclusion of Muslim Brother in new Egyptian government
Egypt risks being engulfed in a civil war unless its newly installed interim government is expanded to include Islamists, the African Union warned on Thursday. The bloc, headquartered in Addis Ababa, suspended Egypt this month after the military ousted President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 following huge street protests... Read more
Al-Bashir arrives Nigeria in contempt of ICC warrant
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Nigeria on Sunday for an African Union summit on HIV/AIDS as his hosts chose to ignore an International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant against him. Bashir, accused of masterminding genocide and other atrocities during Sudan’s Darfur conflict, which has left some 200,000 people... Read more
U.S not supporting any Egyptian party, says Obama
President Barack Obama on Saturday reiterated that the U.S. is not aligned with and is not supporting any particular Egyptian political party or group and again condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt. Obama made those points during a telephone conference with the National Security Council about developments in Egypt,... Read more
Egypt’s “brotherhood” accuse West of supporting Mursi’s ouster, believes action will fuel hate
Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood believes Western governments fully supported the military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi, a decision it says will fuel hatred towards the United States and Europe and ultimately backfire on them. Mohamed El-Beltagi, a senior Brotherhood politician, said everyone would lose, including the West, from violence that... Read more
In Libya, women speak out on sex crimes of Gaddafi era
The young woman introduced as “The Revolutionary” was breaking a taboo in Libya by speaking out about how she and other women had been raped by Muammar Gaddafi’s men in the early months of the country’s uprising. “They arrested me publicly at Nasser University,” she said, recalling how guards... Read more
Embattled Mursi, army not ready to budge as deadline lapses
Egypt’s armed forces and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi refused to back down on Wednesday as a deadline for a military takeover passed with rival demonstrators out in force in the streets of Cairo. Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a country racked by protests over Mursi’s Islamist policies,... Read more
Obama to announce $7 billion power initiative for Africa
  Pointing to Africa’s crippling lack of electrical power, President Barack Obama is due to announce on Sunday a $7 billion initiative over five years to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa. “We see this as the next phase in our development strategy and a real focal point... Read more
Mandela’s condition critical, says South Africa’s president
Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday. The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team that... Read more