Ethiopia says state of emergency will last 6 months
Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa on Saturday said a state of emergency imposed by Ethiopia after the prime minister resigned will last six months. “Ethiopia bans protests, publications that incite violence during emergency rule. “There are still pockets of areas where violence is prevalent. The (ruling EPRDF coalition‘s) council... Read more
ANC to remove Zuma as South Africa President
The ANC has decided to sack Jacob Zuma as President of South Africa, a senior official said on Tuesday, after a marathon meeting to determine the fate of a leader whose scandal-plagued years in power darkened and divided Nelson Mandela’s ‘Rainbow Nation’. The decision by the ruling party’s national... Read more
Zuma ‘rejects ANC request’ to stand down
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has defied his party and refused to step down, according to media reports. He and senior members of the African National Congress (ANC) held talks on Sunday but no details of their meeting have been released. Facing corruption allegations, Mr Zuma was replaced as... Read more
[Full Text] President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address
President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. Read the President’s speech as prepared for delivery and released by the White House: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1... Read more
Odinga inaugurates self as Kenyan president
Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has declared himself the “people’s president” at a controversial “swearing-in” ceremony in the capital. Thousands of his supporters attended the event, despite a government warning that it amounted to treason. The BBC reports that Kenyan authorities shut down TV stations to prevent live... Read more
President Weah makes first appointments
Liberia’s President George Weah on Tuesday made his first appointments less than 24 hours after his swearing in on Monday. Seven names made the first batch of appointees, including former Senate Pro-Tempore Gbezohngar Findley, who has been named Minister of Foreign Affairs. Findley, according to local media, is close... Read more
Police arrest five pregnant students
Tanzanian authorities say they have arrested five schoolgirls so that they can help with information on the men who impregnated them. The girls aged between 16 and 19 were arrested as part of a crackdown on child pregnancies. The District Commissioner Sebastian Waryuba said that the schoolgirls were arrested... Read more
Trump ‘looking forward’ to Russia probe
United States President, Donald Trump, has for the first time said he is prepared to be questioned under oath as part of an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S election. The President said he was “looking forward” to it, subject to the advice of his lawyers.... Read more
Catalan parliament meets for first time since failed secession
Catalonia’s parliament met Wednesday for the first time since it was dissolved following a failed attempt to break from Spain in what will see separatists start the process to get sacked regional leader Carles Puigdemont back into power. Pro-independence parties are in the majority in the assembly after winning... Read more
Trump wins Press Oppressor award
The Committee to Protect Journalists, a Journalists’ and press freedom campaign organisation based in the U.S., has named President Donald Trump as the winner of its award for ‘Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom’. The CPJ said Trump emerged the overall winner at the award on Monday night... Read more