Category: International News

Nkurunziza reshuffles Burundi cabinet ministers ahead of referendum.

Nkurunziza reshuffles Burundi cabinet ministers ahead of referendum.

Burundi’s president Pierre Nkuruniziza announced a partial cabinet reshuffle on Thursday night replacing the Foreign Affairs minister Alain-Aimé Nyamitwe with Ezéchiel Nibigira, former boss of the notorious Imbonerakure youth league. Ambassador Nyamitwe had been in office since May 2015, just after the attempted coup, tasked with containing the diplomatic uproar that followed Nkurunziza’s ambitions to [&hellip

Mugabe summoned by parliament to explain diamond looting comment.

Mugabe summoned by parliament to explain diamond looting comment.

A parliamentary committee in Zimbabwe has summoned former President Robert Mugabe to explain a past comment about the country losing billions of dollars in revenue due to diamond corruption. Mugabe, who stepped down in November 2017 after a military intervention and huge protests, said in 2016 that $15bn worth of gems had been looted from [&hellip

South Africa riots force president to leave Commonwealth summit.

South Africa riots force president to leave Commonwealth summit.

South African police have fired rubber bullets at protesters as violent riots forced President Cyril Ramaphosa to cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London. Shops were looted, roads were blocked and vehicles set alight in North West province on Friday in unrest over alleged government corruption and poor public services. At [&hellip

At least 200 child soldiers freed in S Sudan, but problem continues.

At least 200 child soldiers freed in S Sudan, but problem continues.

More than 200 child soldiers were released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1 000 children freed in the coming months. An estimated 19 000 children are believed to be in armed forces amid the country’s 5-year civil war, which has killed tens of [&hellip

Syria returns Assad’s Légion d’honneur to France.

Syria returns Assad’s Légion d’honneur to France.

Syria returned to France the prestigious Légion d’honneur it gave to President Bashar al-Assad, saying Thursday he would not wear the award of a “slave” to America. Assad was decorated with the Légion’s highest rank of Grand Croix, or Great Cross, by former president Jacques Chirac in 2001, shortly after taking power following the death [&hellip

JKCI shines, treats 20,000 patients in three months.

JKCI shines, treats 20,000 patients in three months.

Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) treated 19,371 patients with heart-related diseases between January and March, this year alone. The institute said in a statement in Dar es Salaam yesterday that 18,481 of the beneficiaries were out-patients, with 890 in-patients. The institute said that 105 patients, 53 adults and 52 children, underwent catheterisation surgery. The institute’s [&hellip

The King of Swaziland renames the country ‘the Kingdom of eSwatini’

The King of Swaziland renames the country ‘the Kingdom of eSwatini’

At first glance eSwatini reads like the name of a Silicon Valley start-up company. But rather than an overnight success story, eSwatini is the name Africa’s King Mswati III will change Swaziland’s to overnight. The King announced he was officially renaming Swaziland to the Kingdom of eSwatini at Golden Jubilee independence celebrations which corresponded with [&hellip

Ethiopia premier reshuffles cabinet to implement reform.

Ethiopia premier reshuffles cabinet to implement reform.

Ethiopia premier reshuffles cabinet to implement reform. Ethiopia’s new premier Abiy Ahmed named a new defense minister on Thursday as part of a reshuffle to help implement reforms demanded by the public during unrest in which hundreds were killed by security forces. Abiy named 10 new ministers but retained the finance and foreign ministers from [&hellip

Sudan’s al-Bashir fires foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour.

Sudan’s al-Bashir fires foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour.

(Khartoum) – Sudan’s President Omer al-Bashir relieved his foreign minister Ibrahim Ghandour said the official Sudan News Agency (SUNA) on Thursday evening. In a very short wire, SUNA reported that al-Bashir issued a presidential decree removing Ghandour from his position. Also, the decision was announced in less than three hours after the return of the [&hellip

UAE-backed ex-officials in south Yemen brutally abuse migrants: HRW.

UAE-backed ex-officials in south Yemen brutally abuse migrants: HRW.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has revealed that Yemen’s UAE-backed ex-officials based in Aden detain and brutally abuse African refugees passing through the war-torn country’s southern port city. The New York-based rights group reported on Thursday that the former Yemeni officials controlling Aden “torture, rape and execute” the refugees from the Horn of Africa in a [&hellip