Somalia joins Africa’s largest trade bloc

Africa’s largest trade bloc on Wednesday added Somalia and Tunisia as members. The announcement came at the official opening the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) summit in Lusaka, Zambia. The signing ceremony was witnessed by heads of state from member countries of COMESA. Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui ratified the

Venezuelan president says Africa won Fifa World Cup title

The President of Venezuela has called for an end to racism against immigrants in Europe while congratulating the France national football team for its 2018 Fifa World Cup title, noting that several players in the team are of African descent. "The French team won, although it looked like an African team.

Djibouti calls Addis Ababa blast ‘attempted attack’ on Ethiopian PM

The president of Djibouti has called a grenade explosion in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, an "attempted attack on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed". President Ismail Omar Guelleh said on Twitter that Djibouti "strongly" condemned the blast. He blamed "small groups who want to oppose...bold reforms" in Ethiopia for the blast. "We strongly condemn

MSF faces sex abuse and prostitution claims in Africa 

Several former female employees at Doctors without Borders (MSF) have alleged that aid workers at the charity widely used "local prostitutes" while working in Africa. One former aid worker said MSF employees even gave medication in exchange for sex. The whistle-blowers spoke anonymously to the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. In February, MSF said

Gunmen attack Libyan election HQ, killing 16

At least 16 people have been killed after gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Libyan elections body in the capital, Tripoli. The attack was carried out by assailants including suicide bombers and took place as citizens registered for elections slated for later this year. A spokesperson for the Libyan electoral commission, Khaled

Turkey to train Kenya police in effort to expand influence in Africa

Turkey is offering to train Kenyan police in the fight against crime including terrorism which poses a security threat for the East African nation, a move seen as Ankara's latest effort in expanding its influence in Africa. A high-level Turkish delegation is visiting Kenya and is expected to to visit various

DR Congo president sacks more than 200 judges for lack of law degrees

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo has sacked 256 magistrates who did not have a law degree or were accused of corruption, the country's Justice Minister has said. "President Joseph Kabila has sanctioned more than 200 individuals who do not fulfil the conditions to function as magistrates," Alexis Thambwe