Muslim, Christian Clerics Convene Co-Existence Mee

Burkina parties for top film festival a year after attacks

Police officers check cars at the entrance to the Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou.  By ISSOUF SANOGO (AFP) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ouagadougou (AFP) - A year after jihadist attacks killed 33 people, Burkina Faso's capital is kicking up its heels on the back of Africa's top film festival, which it has hosted since 1969. Heavily ...

Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought

People pass dead goats near Dhahar in Puntland, northeastern Somalia, in December 2016.  By MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB (AFP) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mogadishu (AFP) - Somali's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Tuesday declared a "national disaster" due to severe drought which aid agencies say has left some three million in crisi ...

Guinea president sacks ministers following deadly protests

Three weeks of protests by teachers demanding better conditions led to violence and seven deaths in Guinea..  By CELLOU BINANI (AFP) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Conakry (AFP) - Guinean President Alpha Conde has sacked three ministers, including his education minister, in a reshuffle after a long strike by teachers and violent protests. The unrest saw a thr ...

Tunisian police 'shambolic' over beach attack: UK judge

Gunman Seifeddine Rezgui killed 38 people including 30 British tourists and three Irish citizens in a shooting spree in June 2015 at the Sousse beach resort in Tunisia.  By KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (AFP/File) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

London (AFP) - The Tunisian police response to the 2015 Sousse beach resort massacre was "at best shambolic, at worst cowardly", the judge investigating the deaths of 30 Britons in the attack said Tue ...

Egypt lawmaker says his expulsion is warning to opposition

Mohamed Anwar Sadat has been expelled from Egypt's parliament.  By  (Egyptian presidency/AFP/File) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cairo (AFP) - An Egyptian lawmaker who was one of the few dissenting voices in parliament said Tuesday his expulsion over accusations of leaking a draft law to foreign embassies was a warning to the o ...

Burkina jihadists claim attack on police positions

Police officers check cars at the entrance to the Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou on February 27, 2017.  By ISSOUF SANOGO (AFP) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Ouagadougou (AFP) - A night attack on two police positions in Burkina Faso was claimed by jihadists who killed 12 soldiers in the area in December, a senior official said Tuesday. There were no dea ...

Dying of hunger: What is a famine?

South Sudan is suffering the world's first famine in six years, after Somalia in 2011 where an estimated 260,000 people died.  By TONY KARUMBA (AFP/File) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nairobi (AFP) - From ancient Rome to modern times, mankind has suffered devastating periods of hunger caused by drought, war or misguided politics. Last week South Sudan was declared the site of th ...

Hiding in swamps, S.Sudanese eat little more than lilies

A baby gets tested for malnutrition in Thonyor, South Sudan, where years of conflict have inflicted famine on thousands of people.  By George Fominyen (WFP/AFP) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Leer (South Sudan) (AFP) - Thousands of people at the epicentre of a man-made famine in South Sudan emerged from the safety of the swamps this past weekend hoping to receive emergency deliveries of fo ...

Life-saving Togo striker wins over Czech fans

Togolese striker Francis Kone of FC Slovacko gives first aid to Bohemians' goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during their Czech E-Pojistovna game, in Prague, on February 25, 2017.  By Zdenka Bartosova (AFP/File) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Prague (AFP) - Racially abused by their fans, Togolese striker Francis Kone has taken on hero status after saving a rival goalkeeper's life in a Czech top-flight game last weekend. Half an hour int ...

Mugabe talks of own death at 93rd birthday party

The annual birthday party for Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is reported to cost up to $1 million (0.9 million euros).  By Jekesai NJIKIZANA (AFP) Saturday, February 25, 2017

Matobo (Zimbabwe) (AFP) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd ...

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Life-saving Togo striker wins over Czech fans

Togolese striker Francis Kone of FC Slovacko gives first aid to Bohemians' goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during their Czech E-Pojistovna game, in Prague, on February 25, 2017.  By Zdenka Bartosova (AFP/File) Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Prague (AFP) - Racially abused by their fans, Togolese striker Francis Kone has ...

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Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach

Libyan Red Crescent volunteers recovering the bodies of 74 migrants that washed ashore on February 20 near Zawiyah on Libya’s northern coast on February 21, 2017.  By Mohaned KREMA (Al-Zawiyah Branch - Libyan Red Crescent/AFP) Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Harcha (Libya) (AFP) - The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranea ...

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South Africa: Longstanding Criminal Justice Failures And Toxic Populist Rhetoric Fueling Xenophobia

File Photo Friday, February 24, 2017

[B]Authorities must ensure adequate protection for all refugees and migrants liv ...

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Boko Haram leader killed spokesman over 'leadership plot'

The leader of Boko Haram's main faction, Abubakar Shekau, admits killing the group's spokesman.  By HO (BOKO HARAM/AFP/File) Friday, February 24, 2017

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - The leader of Boko Haram's main faction, Abubakar Shekau, ...

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Gambia's Barrow fires armed forces chief

Gambian chief of staff Ousman Badjie has been fire by new Gambian president Adama Barrow.  By SEYLLOU (AFP/File) Monday, February 27, 2017

Banjul (Gambia) (AFP) - Gambia's President Adama Barrow has fired the head of th ...

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