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  1. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson touted the UK as an ideal business partner for Africa on Monday as the UK prepares for post-Brexit dealings with the world.But Britain faces tough challenges as it seeks to assert itself on a continent with several of the world’s fastest-growing economies and whose youthful 1.2 billion population is set to double by 2050.Far fewer of Africa’s 54 heads of state or government are attending the first UK-Africa Investment Summit than the dozens who attended the…
  2. An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how the daughter of Angola’s former president – dubbed Africa’s richest woman – siphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts.The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich’s Suddeutsche Zeitung to reveal the “Panama Papers” tax haven scandal in 2016.Its latest series called “Luanda Leaks” zeros in on…
  3. Lesotho’s prime minister said he intends to step down, following increased calls for his resignation over the murder of his second wife, which police have linked to the woman he married a month later.Thomas Thabane, 80, was inaugurated as prime minister of the tiny African mountain kingdom two days after his second wife was shot in June 2017.His decision to resign was announced by Communications Minister Thesele Maseribane on Thursday.Earlier this month, court documents showed that the country…
  4. French President Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to convince his US counterpart Donald Trump to keep American troops in Africa, after a top general said the Pentagon was weighing a troop reduction.The United States military provides intelligence, logistical and drone support for France’s forces in West Africa where Islamist extremists have carried out a spate of deadly attacks.Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, said resources “could be reduced and then shifted, either…
  5. A jihadist attack on a military camp in western Niger three days ago left 89 soldiers dead, according to a new toll announced by the government on public radio Sunday.“After a thorough search, the toll has been established as 89 dead among friendly forces, and 77 dead for the enemy,” said spokesman Zakaria Abdourahame.Three days of national mourning have been declared to honour the dead.The previous toll given for Thursday’s attack on the Chinegodar camp was 25 soldiers killed.Heavily armed…
  6. Mobile phone batteries constantly dying, health centres bereft of modern equipment, a dependence on flashlights after sundown – Kafule Yigzaw experienced all these struggles and more growing up without electricity in rural Ethiopia.So five years ago, he leapt at the chance to work on a project designed to light up his country and the wider Horn of Africa region: the US$4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a 145-metre-high, 1.8km-long concrete colossus that is set to become the largest…
  7. Jihadists from Somalia’s al-Shabab group on Sunday stormed a military base used by US forces in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region, killing three people and destroying several aircraft and military vehicles, officials said.Attackers breached heavy security at Camp Simba at dawn but were pushed back and four jihadists killed, said army spokesman Colonel Paul Njuguna.The American military, however, said three people died in the attack including a US service member and two civilian defence contractors…
  8. The al-Shabab extremist group attacked a military base used by US and Kenyan troops in coastal Kenya early on Sunday, with US aircraft and vehicles destroyed, Kenyan authorities said.Kenya’s military said the predawn breach was repulsed and at least four attackers were killed.A plume of black smoke rose above the base near the Somali border. Residents said a car bomb had exploded.At least 14 dead as Kenyan troops battle militants at luxury hotel in Nairobi, amid explosions and gunfireThe US…
  9. Fourteen civilians, mostly schoolchildren, died Saturday when a roadside bomb blew up their bus in northwestern Burkina Faso, a security source told AFP.Four people were seriously hurt in the blast in Sourou province near the Mali border, the source added, as children returned to school after holidays.“The vehicle hit a home-made bomb on the Toeni-Tougan road,” a second security source said. “Most of the dead are schoolchildren.”Meanwhile, the army reported an attack against gendarmes at Inata…
  10. At least 30 people were killed and 33 injured in an air strike on a military school in the Libyan capital Tripoli, a ministry spokesman said.Amin al-Hashemi, spokesman for the health ministry of the Government of National Accord (GNA), earlier confirmed 28 deaths and said dozens were injured.GNA Health Minister Hamid bin Omar said the number of dead and wounded was still rising, while Tripoli ambulance service spokesman Osama Ali said some body parts could not be immediately counted by forensic…