Soldier admits role in killing of Burkina’s revolutionary leader

A former army private admitted at a trial on Tuesday that he had helped transport a hit squad to assassinate Burkina Faso’s revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara, 34 years ago.People pose next to a statue of Sankara in Ouagadougou at ceremonies to mark the 34th anniversary of his assassination The trial unfolding at a military court in Ouagadougou is being closely followed by the Burkinabe public, many of whom hope it will shed light on one of their country’s darkest chapters. Fourteen people are on trial for the 1987 assassination in which Sankara and 12 others were cut down in a … Continue reading Soldier admits role in killing of Burkina’s revolutionary leader

Update: Protesters killed in Sudan over coup plot

At least three people are reported to have died and some 80 have been hurt after soldiers fired on crowds opposing a military takeover in Sudan. Protestors took to the streets after the armed forces dissolved civilian rule, arrested political leaders and called a state of emergency on Monday. Troops are reported to have been going house to house in the capital Khartoum arresting local protest organisers. The coup has been condemned around the world, and the US halted $700m in aid. The leader of the coup, Gen Abdel Fattah Burhan, blamed political infighting for the military action. Civilian leaders … Continue reading Update: Protesters killed in Sudan over coup plot

Update: US ‘deeply alarmed’ over reports of military coup in Sudan

The top U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa on Monday took to Twitter to announce his alarm over reports of a military coup in Sudan targeting the country’s tenuous transitional government. Reports out of the country suggest a coordinated military offensive to blackout the internet in Khartoum, arrest key political figures and raid broadcast companies. A Reuters witness described members of the military and the country’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces stationed in the streets throughout the capital. Military forces in the country have reportedly placed Prime Minister Abdulla Hamdok under house arrest and have been urging him to come out in support of the … Continue reading Update: US ‘deeply alarmed’ over reports of military coup in Sudan

Sudan Prime Minister’s house surrounded and top government officials reportedly arrested

The Khartoum home of Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok appears to be surrounded by the military, according to images from the scene.Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok chairs an emergency cabinet session in the capital Khartoum, on October 18. It is unclear if the military is there to protect Hamdok, of if he is under house arrest in the capital. Various top government officials have also reportedly been arrested and taken to prison by men wearing military police uniforms, according to witnesses to the arrests posting on social media as well as Reuters and other media on the ground, citing unnamed … Continue reading Sudan Prime Minister’s house surrounded and top government officials reportedly arrested

Incredible: Rare and giant owl spotted for the first time in 150 years

A giant owl known as the Shelley’s eagle-owl has been spotted for the first time in 150 years. The vulnerable species was seen in a rainforest in Ghana on October 16, the Daily Mail reported. Imperial College London biologist Joseph Tobias and freelance ecologist Robert Williams stumbled upon the owl while conducting research in the Atewa forest. They couldn’t believe their eyes when they accidentally disturbed it from its slumber. “It was so large, at first we thought it was an eagle,” Dr. Tobias said. He continued: “Luckily it perched on a low branch and when we lifted our binoculars our … Continue reading Incredible: Rare and giant owl spotted for the first time in 150 years

Nigeria police arrest 57 in Shia procession, deny casualties

Nigerian police said they arrested dozens of Shia Muslim followers of an outlawed group at a religious procession in the nation’s capital with a spokesperson of the group claiming eight members were shot dead during the gathering. Abuja police denied any casualties occurred when the group, marking the religious ritual of Arbaeen, was dispersed on Tuesday. Police said they intervened to stop members of the banned Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) as they had been causing “unnecessary hardship to motorists” along the Abuja-Kubwa expressway, adding that 57 people were arrested after IMN members attacked the police with petrol bombs and … Continue reading Nigeria police arrest 57 in Shia procession, deny casualties

Sudan says it has repelled Ethiopian troops advance

Sudan says it has repelled an attempted “incursion” by Ethiopian troops into its territory. The head of the Sudanese military, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said this showed how the army was protecting the country after last week’s coup attempt. In its statement, Sudan said the incident happened in the district of Umm Barakit. But Al-jazeera quotes Ethiopian government sources as saying: “We deny the movement of our forces on the Sudanese border or their incursion into any area.” Umm Barakit sits within the disputed al-Fashaga border region, where there has been increased tension. For decades, Ethiopians there have been farming on fertile … Continue reading Sudan says it has repelled Ethiopian troops advance

Somalis enjoy first public film screening in 30 years

Somalia has hosted its first public film-screening in 30 years – raising hopes of a cultural revival in the war-ravaged country. Two short films by Somali director Ibrahim CM were shown at the National Theatre in the capital Mogadishu, where heavy security was in place. The theatre has been a suicide bomb target and a base for warlords. Theatre director Abdikadir Abdi Yusuf said it was a “historic night for the Somali people”. “It shows how hopes have been revived… after so many years of challenges,” he told the AFP news agency. “It’s a platform that provides an opportunity to… … Continue reading Somalis enjoy first public film screening in 30 years

Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ given 25-year jail sentence

Paul Rusesabagina, a one-time hotel manager portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood film about the nation’s 1994 genocide was found guilty of being part of a group responsible for “terrorist” attacks and sentenced to 25 years in prison by a Rwandan court. Rusesabagina boycotted Monday’s verdict after declaring he did not expect justice in a trial he called a “sham”. The case has had a high profile since Rusesabagina, 67, was arrested in August 2020 after what he described as a kidnapping from Dubai by Rwandan authorities. He was accused of supporting an armed wing of his opposition political platform, … Continue reading Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ given 25-year jail sentence

Coup attempt fails in Sudan – state media

State TV in Sudan has said a bid to overthrow the government has failed. “There has been a failed coup attempt, the people should confront it,” state media reported, but did not identify the plotters. Reports from the capital city Khartoum and nearby Omdurman say there has been intense military activity, and bridges across the River Nile have been closed. The plotters had tried to take over the state media building, AFP news agency quotes a government source as saying. Video on social media appears to show armoured vehicles on city streets. The government is reported to have said measures … Continue reading Coup attempt fails in Sudan – state media

Free football tickets for fully vaccinated people in South Africa

South African football fans who are vaccinated can get free entry to watch the national team play Ethiopia in a World Cup qualifier next month, the country’s football association says. Its head Danny Jordaan said the deal would apply to half the tickets. It is subject to an agreement with the government and depends on how many fans show up, according to the News24 site. The government is concerned about growing anti-vaccine sentiment in the country. Only 10 million people have been inoculated against Covid-19, and the government says this needs to reach 40 million for population immunity. But a recent … Continue reading Free football tickets for fully vaccinated people in South Africa

Guinean military officer says President arrested, as apparent coup unfolds

A Guinean military officer broadcast a statement Sunday announcing that Guinea’s Constitution has been dissolved in an apparent coup.Members of Guinea’s armed forces drive through the central neighborhood of Kaloum, in Conakry, on September 5, 2021. “We will no longer entrust politics to a man. We will entrust it to the people. We come only for that; it is the duty of a soldier, to save the country,” Guinean army officer Mamady Doumbouya says in the video. An adviser to President Alpha Conde told reporters that Conde is under arrest and that a coup has taken place in the West African … Continue reading Guinean military officer says President arrested, as apparent coup unfolds