Burkina Faso names former foreign minister Kafando transitional president

By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Nadoun Coulibaly OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) – Authorities in Burkina Faso named former foreign minister Michel Kafando as transitional president on Monday in a key step towards returning the West African country to democracy in the wake of a brief military takeover. Kafando was chosen as part...Read More

Import tariffs strain rich-poor gap in ‘madly expensive’ Luanda

(Reuters) – In Luanda’s Jumbo supermarket, a half-litre tub of imported vanilla ice-cream used to cost $25, testament to the Angolan capital’s rank as one of the world’s most expensive cities. With new import tariffs imposed last month, that price has jumped to $31, enough to make even wealthy...Read More

CAR President Samba-Panza ‘declares war’ on militias

The Christian militias claim to be taking revenge for atrocities perpetrated by Muslims Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza has said she will “go to war” with Christian militias who are slaughtering Muslims. She said the militias, called anti-balaka, had “lost their sense of mission” and had become “the...Read More

U.S. pledges $40 million for Central Africa peacekeepers as violence escalates

(Reuters) – The United States expressed concern on Wednesday about growing violence and lawlessness in Central African Republic and pledged $40 million toward an African Union-led peacekeeping force to bolster security throughout the country and protect civilians. “The United States sees no evidence that the CAR transitional government has...Read More

Kenya warns of ICC threat to Eastern Africa’s stability

(Reuters) – Kenya said the International Criminal Court’s case against its two highest elected officials risked destabilizing the entire east African region at a meeting of the court’s member states on Thursday. At a debate to discuss the crisis resulting from the court’s cases against President Uhuru Kenyatta and...Read More

France says Central African Republic on verge of genocide

(Reuters) – France said on Thursday that Central African Republic was “on the verge of genocide” and it expected the United Nations to give Paris and the African Union permission to intervene. Central African Republic, a landlocked nation of 4.6 million people, has descended into violence and chaos since...Read More

Chad’s president appoints economist as PM after government quits

N’DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad’s President Idriss Deby named a new prime minister on Thursday, hours after the previous head of government resigned along with his cabinet as parliament prepared to examine a motion of censure against them. Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet an economist who currently heads Chad’s government-owned cotton parastatal,...Read More

Guinea gold mine explosion kills up to 25: sources

(Reuters) – A gas explosion has killed as many as 25 people in a gold mine in eastern Guinea, a resident and a police source said on Thursday. The accident took place on Wednesday at an artisanal mine in the remote Siguiri province, 800 km (500 miles) northeast of...Read More

Can DR Congo’s Inga dam project power Africa?

The roaring waters of the Congo River have the power to light up much of Africa – such is its huge hydroelectric potential. It has been a long-held continental dream to harness this renewable energy, but given the Democratic Republic of Congo’s chequered past, it seemed likely to remain...Read More