Sudan’s Bashir sacks army chief of staff

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday fired his military chief of staff as part of a “major” shake-up, the official SUNA news agency reported. The agency said Lieutenant General Emadeddin Adawi was “sacked” and the job of military chief of staff given to Lieutenant General Kamal Abdul Maaruf, who was previously the army’s inspector general. […]

‘Save Lake Chad’ meeting opens in Nigeria

Experts gathered in Nigeria’s capital on Monday to discuss ways to stop Africa’s Lake Chad from drying up, after years of environmental decline that has hit livelihoods and security. The two-day conference, organised by the government in Abuja and the Lake Chad Basin Commission, aims to “save the lake from extinction”, according to UNESCO, which […]

Ethiopian prime minister departure brings no change, opposition says

Ethiopia’s opposition reacted cautiously on Friday a day after the surprise resignation of the prime minister, warning it did not herald real change since the ruling party remains in power. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned on Thursday after weeks of anti-government demonstrations and growing splits within the country’s ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) […]

Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president

Former South African Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa (rear L) reacts as he hugs South African National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete (rear R) after being elected by the Members of Parliament during a session at the Parliament in Cape Town prior to his swearing in as South Africa’s President, on February 15, 2018.<br />/ AFP PHOTO […]

Goodbye to romance: Indonesian cities ban Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was banned in some Indonesian cities Wednesday as police rounded up amorous couples, giving the official kiss-off to a tradition which critics say doesn’t deserve any love in the Muslim-majority nation. The prohibitions come amid concerns that traditionally tolerant Indonesia is taking a sharp fundamentalist turn, by pushing to make pre-marital sex — […]