China Africa

The latest breaking news, politics and current affairs from Africa.
  1. Taiwan has secured a rare diplomatic victory in establishing relations with the independent region of Somaliland.Intense pressure from China has reduced the self-governing, democratic island to having only 15 diplomatic allies, and being excluded from the United Nations and most other international organisations where Beijing has leverage.China claims Taiwan as its own territory to be brought under its control by military force if it deems necessary. In elections and public opinion surveys,…
  2. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Ghanaian counterpart Nana Akufo-Addo have pledged to join hands to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, as the West African leader heads into two weeks of isolation amid an outbreak of the disease among members of his government.Coronavirus cases have been growing in Ghana – with the country’s forestry minister, who died last week, among them. The Ghanaian government said on Saturday that Akufo-Addo had tested negative for the disease but would enter 14 days of…
  3. Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday.The dead elephants were first spotted months ago in the Okavango Panhandle region, and the authorities say they have since been trying to discover the cause. Poaching has been ruled out as the cause of death, as the carcasses were found with tusks intact.“Three laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada have been…
  4. The United States, South Africa and Indonesia have all reported record new daily coronavirus infections, with US figures surpassing 50,000 cases a day for the first time, underlining the challenges still ahead as nations press to reopen their virus-devastated economies.Globally there have been 10.7 million coronavirus cases and more than 516,000 dead, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The true toll of the pandemic is believed to be significantly higher, in part because of…
  5. Nigeria has started construction of a US$2.8 billion Chinese-funded pipeline that will boost energy supply in a country dogged by power shortages, despite being Africa’s largest oil and natural gas producer.The project – launched on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari with a virtual flag-off via video link – will be Nigeria’s biggest domestic gas transmission infrastructure and is expected to revive moribund industries along its route.Buhari said the Ajaokuta-Kadana-Kano (AKK) pipeline would…
  6. The military was deployed in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday, as armed gangs roamed neighbourhoods in a second day of unrest that has claimed more than 80 lives and deepened political divisions in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s political heartland.The protests were sparked by the assassination of popular musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa on Monday night and spread from Addis Ababa to the surrounding Oromiya region.The killing tapped into grievances fuelled by decades of government repression and…
  7. Gauteng, home to South Africa’s richest city Johannesburg, is emerging as the country’s next coronavirus epicentre after authorities eased restrictions to heal the struggling economy, health authorities have warned.Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Monday that the country, which is already dealing with hotspots in Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces, was expected to witness a surge in cases in Gauteng and surrounding areas in the winter months of July and August.“Gauteng is expected…
  8. A Zimbabwean rights group on Tuesday accused Chinese-run mining companies of “rampant abuse” after two workers were shot and wounded, allegedly by their Chinese boss, after they complained about outstanding wages.Police in the central city of Gweru said the dispute erupted on June 21, when coal mine owner Zhang Xuelin, 41, reneged on a promise to pay wages in US dollars instead of the local currency, whose value is fast depreciating.Watch again the shock moment Chinese national Zhang Xuelin,…
  9. A high-profile Egyptian belly-dancer, Sama el-Masry, was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 300,000 Egyptian pounds (US$18,500) on Saturday for inciting debauchery and immorality as part of a crackdown on social media postings.El-Masry was arrested in April during an investigation into videos and photos on social media, including the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive.The dancer, 42, denied the accusations, saying the…
  10. For almost two years the Democratic Republic of Congo has battled the deadliest Ebola outbreak, killing 2,287 people from 3,470 reported infections.DRC Health Minister Eteni Longondo described it as the “longest, most complex and deadliest” in the country’s history, with the worst-hit area in North Kivu, an active conflict zone where dozens of armed groups operate, making it extremely challenging to contain the disease.But on Thursday, health authorities in the DRC and the World Health…