Archive for Category: "Society"
Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for a five-day trip to meet King Abdullah and top government officials, his spokesman said.
A Spanish doctor has been sentenced to a year in prison, for his role in the death of the former first-lady of Nigeria, Stella Obasanjo. The wife of Olusegun Obasanjo had visited a clinic in Marbella in October 2005 to undergo cosmetic surgery. She underwent liposuction to reduce the size of her abdomen, but left [...]
Nigeria’s government is asking cinemas to stop showing a science fiction film, District Nine, that it says denigrates the country’s image.
Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, who said last year he would burn Israeli books, won a comfortable lead in the first round of voting in UNESCO’s election of a new director-general on Thursday.
Top mineral producer South Africa vows to clamp down on illegal mining operations which have increased on the back of higher metals prices and as Africa’s biggest economy hit its first recession in 17 years.
Kenyan MPs have thrown out a proposal by the president to reappoint a much-criticised anti-corruption chief. President Mwai Kibaki had intended to give retired judge Aaron Ringera a second five-year-term as head of the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission. However, MPs said the proposal was illegal as they had not approved it.
Nigeria’s main militant group said on Wednesday it was extending a two-month-old ceasefire in the oil-producing Niger Delta by 30 days but warned the government an amnesty programme had not yet tackled key issues.
Ugandan military intelligence units have been hunting Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Central African Republic (CAR) since last month with the permission of the CAR government, Uganda’s army said on Monday.
Aucun incident n’a été signalé dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi à Port-Gentil. L’annonce de la victoire d’Ali Bongo à la présidentielle du 30 août avait provoqué des émeutes dans la deuxième ville du Gabon.
Revenue from Sudan’s oil may be being unfairly shared out threatening a north-south peace deal, a report by campaign group Global Witness says. It says discrepancies in figures given by the north and those of the Chinese firm operating the oilfields may mean the south is being seriously underpaid. Following the 2005 agreement to end [...]
Officials in Cameroon have defended President Paul Biya’s controversial holiday in La Baule, southern France. His trip has been making headlines in France and Cameroon, as he is alleged to be spending $40,000 (£24,500) a day on 43 hotel rooms.
Looting and violence has continued in Gabon’s second city, Port Gentil, with buildings being set on fire and gunshots heard, reports say.
The aid agency Oxfam has decried the conditions in which hundreds of thousands of refugees from the conflict in Somalia are being forced to live.
Nearly 700 soldiers from the South African defence force have been sent letters of dismissal following last week’s strike action. Up to 3,000 military personal clashed with the police on the streets of Pretoria during demonstrations over pay and conditions. The action was condemned by both the defence minister and the secretary general of the [...]
Justice Secretary Jack Straw has said reports that the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was released over an oil deal are “wholly untrue”.