Monthly Archives: May 2014

Nigeria: Obasanjo Talks to Boko Haram, Abducted Chibok Girl Escapes

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has met with people believed to be close to Boko Haram in an attempt to broker the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls by Boko Haram, even as it emerged last night that one of the abducted girls had escaped from her captors. Confirming this to […]

Rosewood: Kenya seizes illegal Hong Kong-bound cargo

Kenya has impounded illegally logged rosewood worth about $6.6m (£4m), officials have said, in one of the largest seizures of its kind. The rosewood was being shipped from Madagascar to Hong Kong when it was seized at Kenya’s Mombasa port, the officials added. Illegal logging in Madagascar’s rainforests has worsened since a coup in 2009, […]

Rio Tinto and Chinalco sign $20bn Guinea iron ore deal

Big mining companies have been eyeing the iron ore deposits at Simandou for many years Rio Tinto, Chinalco and the International Finance Corporation have signed a deal to develop Guinea’s iron ore deposits. The Simandou project, which has been delayed for years, would be the biggest iron ore and infrastructure project developed in Africa, the […]

Nigeria violence: Cameroon boosts anti-Boko Haram border forces

Cameroon has deployed about 1,000 troops to its border with Nigeria to fight the growing threat of the Islamist group, Boko Haram. A defence ministry spokesman said the troops would carry out reconnaissance missions and return fire if necessary. The group is also said to have killed 11 soldiers and 13 police officers in the […]

Zimbabwe: Police Ban MDC-T Rally, Reverse Decision

POLICE have been forced into a last minute overturn of a contentious ban they had imposed Saturday on an MDC-T star rally which party leader Morgan Tsvangirai was due to address at the symbolic Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare’s Highfields suburb on Sunday. Tsvangirai has earmarked the event to present his perspective on Africa Day. But […]

Malawi court blocks President Banda election annulment

Ms Banda said the vote had been marred by allegations of fraud Malawi’s High Court has rejected a decision by President Joyce Banda to annul this week’s general election – in which she was a candidate. Ms Banda had earlier said Tuesday’s vote had been marred by rigging, multiple voting and computer-hacking. She said a […]

South Africa: MPs Elect Zuma As President

Parliament — The new National Assembly on Wednesday elected President Jacob Zuma unopposed for a second term as head of state after a failed bid by the Democratic Alliance to argue that he was not fit for the post. After the ANC nominated Zuma, the DA’s James Selfe rose to ask that Chief Justice Mogoeng […]