Angolans choose new leader to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angolans choose new leader to replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angolans are heading to the polls to vote for a successor for their veteran leader. Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been in power in the oil-rich country since 1979, making him the world’s second-longest serving president. He is not contesting this election – Defence Minister Joao Lourenco is standing for the governing MPLA party. His main challenger is expected to be Isias Samakuva, from the MPLA’s rival in the 27-year civil war, Unita. Under Angola’s…

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Mass burials held for unidentified Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Mass burials held for unidentified Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Hundreds of bodies have been removed from the mortuary in Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown overnight after devastating mudslides. There is now serious concern that diseases like cholera or typhoid could spread, and so the priority is for burials to take place as soon as possible. Taxis and ambulances arrive at the morgue, with coffins and flowers in the back. The bodies that have been identified will get the dignity of a private funeral service….

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‘Red alert’ to stop Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

‘Red alert’ to stop Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

Police have put out a red alert to stop Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assault, from leaving South Africa. She is alleged to have assaulted a 20-year-old model who was in a hotel room with her two sons in Johannesburg. Gabriella Engels claims she was beaten with an extension cord and posted a picture on Twitter showing a gash on her forehead. Image: Ms Engels appeared at a press conference with…

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Grace Mugabe requests diplomatic immunity in assault case

Grace Mugabe requests diplomatic immunity in assault case

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe is requesting diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police say. The wife of leader Robert Mugabe failed to appear at a police station on Tuesday to answer charges she hit Gabriella Engles with an extension cord, authorities claimed. Ms Engels was visiting the first lady’s sons in a hotel room in an upmarket suburb of Johannesburg when she alledges the assault happened. She later…

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Wife of South Africa’s president fails to hand herself in after assault charge

Wife of South Africa’s president fails to hand herself in after assault charge

Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert Mugabe, didn’t hand herself over to South African police after a charge of assault was laid against her. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said in an interview with Johannesburg-based broadcaster eNCA earlier on Tuesday Mugabe has handed herself in. “She is not in custody: she was supposed to be and that’s the agreement that was reached,” national police spokesman Vish Naidoo said by phone on Tuesday. “When…

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Massive mudslides killed hundred in Sierra Leone

Massive mudslides killed hundred in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone has been “gripped by grief” after massive mudslides near the capital city of Freetown, the country’s President said in a speech to the West African nation. Hundreds of people are feared dead after landslides swept through the outskirts of the rain-soaked city early Monday, according to government officials and aid agencies. A spokesman for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Sierra Leone said authorities have recovered the bodies of 205 people…

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Buhari: BBC slams Nigeria president for medical treatment abroad

Buhari: BBC slams Nigeria president for medical treatment abroad

BBC has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for “an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home”. Buhari was named in the category of five African presidents who routinely travel abroad for medical treatment. Others listed were Presidents Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola) and Patrice Talon (Benin). Buhari was described as the “first among equals” in terms of time spent abroad getting medical help. In the report, BBC…

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Burkina Faso terror attack kills 18, government says

Burkina Faso terror attack kills 18, government says

Eighteen people have been killed and about 20 have been wounded in a “terrorist attack” in the centre of the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, the government says. Gunmen opened fire on customers seated outside a restaurant, witnesses were quoted as saying. The attack is now over, authorities say, with at least two assailants killed by security forces. A jihadist attack on a nearby cafe killed 30 people in January last year. There are fears…

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Kenya election: Raila Odinga urges supporters to strike

Kenya election: Raila Odinga urges supporters to strike

Kenya’s opposition leader has urged people to stay away from work on Monday over the disputed election result. Raila Odinga said it would be a “day of mourning for the fallen patriots” after a rally in Kibera, the largest slum in the capital Nairobi. The international community has urged calm following the election, which Mr Odinga alleges was fixed. But after Mr Odinga spoke on Sunday, renewed violence broke out between his supporters and their…

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Kenya election 2017: Odinga supporters warned over claims

Kenya election 2017: Odinga supporters warned over claims

Kenya’s electoral commission has warned the opposition that its claims of victory for its presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, could be deemed illegal. The opposition has published its own figures, putting Mr Odinga ahead of incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. This contrasts with provisional electronic results giving Mr Kenyatta a clear lead in Tuesday’s poll. Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati told the BBC it was the only body legally allowed to count votes. He accused the opposition…

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