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South Sudan Frees 20 Political Detainees

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  South Sudan’s national security service has freed 20 detainees following a presidential amnesty to persons detained during the five-year-old conflict, state radio reported on Thursday. South Sudanese President Salva Kiir on Sept. 27 ordered the release of all prisoners of war and political detainees as part of a recently signed peace deal. […]

South Sudan To Source Electricity From Neighbouring Countries

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Sudan will harness electricity power connection from neighbouring countries and build additional hydro power dams to boost its development and growth. Dhieu Mathok, the Minister of Dams and Electricity, said on Thursday that the government would implement deals on power extension previously signed with Ethiopia and Uganda. Mathok said that besides […]

Egypt Court Orders Arrest of Mubarak’s Sons in Profiteering Case

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  An Egyptian court on Saturday ordered the arrest of the two sons of former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of stock market manipulation, state media reported. The Cairo Criminal Court accuses Alaa and Gamal Mubarak of being involved in making unlawful profits of about 500 million pounds (about 28 million dollars) from […]

Court Confirms Death Sentence On 75 People Over Egypt’s 2013 Protest

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld death sentences against 75 people for participating in a 2013 sit-in protest in support of deposed  President Mohammed Morsi. Those convicted included senior officials in Morsi’s now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group, state television reported on its website. BThirty-one of the 75 defendants were tried in absentia. The […]

Algeria’s Bouteflika Sacks 2 More Generals to Consolidate Power

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria has  dismissed two army generals to tighten his grip on power ahead of him possibly seeking re-election next year and to diminish the power of the military, analysts and diplomats said. Two weeks ago, Bouteflika, 81, sacked two more generals, bringing the number of dismissed top military […]

Libyan Court Sentences 45 to Death For Killing Protesters in 2011

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Libyan court has sentenced 45 people to death by firing squad for killing protesters during the 2011 uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, according to the ministry of justice. They were convicted of opening fire on anti-Gaddafi protesters in the capital Tripoli, in August 2011. Another 54 defendants were sentenced to five years […]

Saudi Arabia Considers Further Action Against Canada Amid Escalating Row

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Saudi Arabia is considering further measures against Canada, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair said on Wednesday, amid an escalating diplomatic row between the two countries. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador, and froze trade and new investments with Canada after Ottawa called on Riyadh to release detained rights activists. “Additional […]

South Sudan Terminates Total Petroleum License

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum says it has  terminated negotiations with French international oil company, Total for exploration and production sharing agreements (EPSA) for oil licenses B1 and B2. Recall that prior to South Sudan’s independence in 2011, Total held a petroleum agreement for the 120,000-square kilometer Block B, but ceased activities […]

Security Council Imposes Arms Embargo On South Sudan

(AFRICAN EXAMINER)  – The UN Security Council on Friday narrowly passed a measure aimed at stopping the flow of weapons to armed groups in South Sudan. Adopting a resolution by a vote of nine in favour and none against, with six abstentions, the 15-member body obliged all UN Member States to immediately to take necessary […]

Egypt Denies Report That Fire Caused 2016 Egyptair Plane Crash

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Egypt public prosecution on Monday, denied reports the crash of an EgyptAir flight in 2016 was likely caused by fire in the cockpit, stressing that investigations into the incident were still ongoing. The Airbus A320 en route from Cairo to Paris crashed into the eastern Mediterranean on May 19, 2016, killing all […]

Libyan Company Requests Sanctions Over Push to Sell Oil From East

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Libya’s Tripoli-based National Oil Corporation (NOC) is asking for U.N. sanctions against 48 individuals and others they accuse of trying to sell oil illicitly in a struggle over the country’s oil wealth. In a letter circulated to foreign embassies and the United Nations, and seen by the Media, NOC Chairman, Mustafa Sanalla, […]

Libyan Coast Guard Rescues 301 Migrants in West of Tripoli

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – More than 300 migrants on board two rubber boats have been rescued off the Libyan coast near the Capital Tripoli, reported Libya’s Coastguard Thursday. Navy spokesman, Ayoub Qasim, told dpa the operation to rescue 301 migrants, attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, began in the early hours of the day. The […]

Morocco, Nigeria Sign Agreements on Gas Pipeline, Chemical Plant, Agriculture

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Nigeria has signed with the Kingdom of Morocco three agreements; including a regional gas pipeline that will see country providing gas to countries in West Africa sub-region that extend to Morocco and Europe. The signing of the agreements, which took place in Rabat, Morocco, was witnessed by President Muhammadu Buhari and King of […]

Tunisia Ruling Coalition Fails to Agree On Reforms, Cabinet Reshuffle

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Tunisia’s ruling coalition has failed to agree on a new economic reform plan and a cabinet reshuffle, officials said on Monday. This new political setback happened as the International Monetary Funds (IMF) prepares to review the next loan tranche. The North African country has been hailed as the Arab Spring’s only democratic […]

Terrorist Member Surrenders to Algerian Military Authorities

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Senior Terrorist Official activating in the Sahel Region surrendered to the Algerian Military Authorities on Monday, according to Algerian Defence Ministry statement on Tuesday.  “As part of the fight against terrorism and thanks to the efforts of the National People’s Army, a dangerous terrorist senior official at one of the terrorist […]

Nigerian Envoy Assassinated in Sudan

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – A Nigerian diplomat has been reportedly assassinated in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. The envoy dead body according to reports was found Thursday at his home in Khartoum. A Dubai-based al-Arabiya television identified the late diplomat as the Consul General and described his death as an “assassination.” There is no detail yet with respect […]

Sudan Close 3 Diplomatic Missions, 4 Consular Offices Abroad

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan announced the decision to close 13 diplomatic missions and four consular missions abroad due to a financial crisis, the official Sudan News Agency reported. Al-Bashir issued a decree to restructure Sudan’s external representation and directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to close select diplomatic and consular missions abroad. […]

Jailed Egyptian Photojournalist Wins 2018 UN Press Freedom Prize

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Mahmoud Abu Zeid, a photojournalist who has been in jail for nearly five years after being arrested for covering a demonstration in Cairo, has won the 2018 Press Freedom Prize. According to the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Zeid was selected to receive the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize, the […]

Germany to Accept 10,200 North Africa, Middle East Refugees in 2019

Slovenia Refugees

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Germany is to take in a further 10,200 refugees this year and 2019 as part of a EU programme, German Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, said in Berlin on Thursday. Seehofer spoke after meeting EU Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos. This year, around 4,600 refugees will be allowed to enter […]

257 Killed in Algeria Military Plane Crash

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – No fewer than 247 people have died after a military plane crashed in Algeria. The media reports confirm that 26 members of Polisario Front, supported by Algeria and seeking independence from Morocco for Western Sahara, were among the victims. The crash occurred shortly after the plane took off from Boufarik military airport […]

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