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Harare Residents Discuss Zimbabwe's Future

Residents of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, talk to VOA about their hopes and concerns for their country's future after the resignation of longtime President Robert Mugabe who spent 37 years in power.

Sudan's President Visits Russia, Asks for Protection From US

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on a visit to Russia Thursday that his country needs protection from the U.S. and could serve as a gateway to Africa for Moscow. Al-Bashir, speaking at the start of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, accused the ...

Mnangagwa Back in Zimbabwe Ahead of Friday Swearing-In

Zimbabwe’s incoming president returned to the country Wednesday to loud cheers after spending about two weeks in exile following his dismissal by then-President Robert Mugabe. Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in this Friday. In a speech that lasted fewer than 15 minutes, the 71-year-old ...

International Community Vows to Support Zimbabwe as Former VP Returns

Zimbabwe's former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa who fled for his safety two weeks ago after being sacked by then President Robert Mugabe is back home and is promising what he called a "new and unfolding democracy." As Zimbabweans await his swearing in, expected Friday, Britain, Germany, China ...

France Seeks UN Meeting on Apparent Slave Auctions in Libya

France is seeking an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss the alleged sale of African migrants as slaves. President Emmanuel Macron called the video footage aired last week by U.S. news network CNN "scandalous" and "unacceptable." "It is a crime against humanity," Macron said ...

Nigeria Oil Spills Double Risk of Infant Mortality, Research Shows

Babies are much more likely to die in their first few weeks of life if their mothers live close to the site of an oil spill, according to new research. Scientists studied data on infant mortality and oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region – and describe their results as ...

Nigeria Oil Spills Double Risk of Infant Mortality, Research Shows

Babies are much more likely to die in their first few weeks of life if their mothers live close to the site of an oil spill, according to new research. Scientists studied data on infant mortality and oil spills in Nigeria’s Niger delta region – and describe their results as ...

Angola's New Leader Shakes up Old Order, Visits South Africa

Angola's new leader is making surprising moves to shake himself free of the legacy of one of Africa's longest-serving presidents, and is seeking closer relations with South Africa. Joao Lourenco is to visit South Africa Thursday and Friday, after having already met with President Jacob Zuma in ...

Zimbabwe Awaits New President

Zimbabwe's parliament speaker says Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the country's new president on Friday, taking over following the resignation of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. The announcement Wednesday came as Mnangagwa was due to return to Zimbabwe. The former vice president abruptly fled ...

China Says it Respects Mugabe's Decision to Resign

China said on Wednesday that it respects Robert Mugabe's decision to resign as Zimbabwe's president, a week after the African country's army and Mugabe's former political allies moved to end his four decades of rule. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang made the remark during a regular press ...

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe Resigns after 37 Years in Power

People in Zimbabwe are awaiting the swearing-in of a new president following Tuesday's resignation of Robert Mugabe, ending 37 years in power. The United States responded to Mugabe's departure with a call for free and fair elections, while on the streets of Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, people danced ...

Zimbabwe Awaits New President

Zimbabwe's state-run broadcaster says Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the country's new president on Friday, taking over following the resignation of longtime leader Robert Mugabe. The announcement Wednesday came as Mnangagwa was due to return to Zimbabwe. The former vice president abruptly ...

Zimbabwe Reacts to Mugabe Resignation

People in Zimbabwe react to news of Robert Mugabe's resignation after 37 years in power, Nov. 21, 2017.

US Launches New Airstrikes Against Islamic State in Libya

The U.S. military has launched new airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Libya, officials tell VOA. U.S. Africa Command spokesperson Robyn Mack said the strikes occurred on November 17 and 19 near Fuqaha “in coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord .”      ...

US Military: Drone Strike Kills More Than 100 Al-Shabab in Somalia

A U.S. military drone strike has killed more than 100 al-Shabab militants in Somalia, U.S. Africa Command said. Military officials told VOA that Tuesday’s strike hit an al-Shabab training camp in the country’s Bay region, about 200 kilometers northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. ...

US Seeks 'Genuine Transition' in Zimbabwe

The United States is urging Zimbabwean leaders to move the country towards a “genuine transition” and allow political space for the country's opposition and its people to determine their future.     During a small roundtable with State Department reporters late Monday, Acting Assistant ...

More Remains of US Army Soldier Killed in Niger are Found

Additional remains of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson were found in Niger on November 12, an unnamed U.S. official said Tuesday. Johnson and three other U.S. soldiers were killed on October 4 when their convoy was ambushed as it left the village of Tongo Tongo. The official said medical ...

Shaka: Extra Time

We are live. In Extra Time Shaka answers your questions about politics in Africa.

Somaliland Ruling Party Candidate Bihi Wins Election

Ruling party candidate Muse Bihi Abdi has been declared the winner of the presidential election in the breakaway republic of Somaliland. The electoral commission said Bihi won 55 percent of the vote compared to 40 percent for Abdurahman Mohamud Abdullahi, the opposition Wadani party candidate. ...

Mugabe’s Presumptive Successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is Called ‘the Crocodile’

For 37 years, Emmerson Mnangagwa was Robert Mugabe’s right-hand man and one of his staunchest defenders. “Zanu-PF is a sacred party,” he told a crowd at a ZANU-PF rally earlier this year in central Zimbabwe. “It will rule and rule. Those barking will continue doing that while ...

Celebrations in Harare After Mugabe Resigns

The streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, erupted in celebration Tuesday after President Robert Mugabe resigned, ending 37 years in power. His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, will be sworn in as president on Wednesday or Thursday, according to top officials in the ruling ZANU-PF party. ...

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 50 in Nigeria

A suicide bombing early Tuesday at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 50 people. The attack, which President Muhammadu Buhari condemned as "cruel and dastardly," happened as people arrived for morning prayers at the mosque in the town of Mubi, located in Adamawa state. In a statement, ...

Zimbabwe MPs Begin Impeachment Process Against Mugabe

Lawmakers in Zimbabwe have begun impeachment proceedings against longtime President Robert Mugabe after he ignored a Monday deadline to resign. Speaker Jacob Mudenda opened debate Tuesday on the impeachment motion as thousands of protesters rallied outside parliament in Harare, demanding that Mugabe ...

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 50 in Nigeria

A suicide bombing early Tuesday at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria killed at least 50 people. The attack happened as people arrived for morning prayers at the mosque in the town of Mubi, located in Adamawa state. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the bombing resembled numerous ...

Fired Zimbabwean VP Says Mugabe Should Resign Immediately

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should acknowledge the nation's "insatiable desire'' for a leadership change and resign immediately, the recently fired vice president and likely successor to the 93-year-old leader said Tuesday. Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was dismissed earlier this month, also said ...

Lawmakers to Begin Mugabe Impeachment Process

Lawmakers in Zimbabwe plan to begin impeachment proceedings Tuesday against longtime President Robert Mugabe after he ignored a deadline to step down. Members of the ruling ZANU-PF party expressed hope the process could be completed within a week.  The impeachment motion includes charges of abusing ...

Women in Yei Accuse Police of Ignoring Rape Cases

Many women in Yei River state say they have been the victims of sexual violence but say it is nearly impossible to get justice in Yei since violence broke out in July 2016. "Many of these cases are happening in Yei and once you approach the police to help, someone asks ‘what was the case all ...

US Arrests Former Officials in Africa Bribery Schemes

The bribery scheme was hatched in the halls of the United Nations in New York and spanned several continents. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, Hong Kong’s former Home Secretary, and Cheikh Gadio, a one-time foreign minister of Senegal, plotted to bribe high-level African officials to secure business rights ...

Elephant Advocates Sue Trump Administration on Trophy Hunting

Conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Monday over a plan to allow hunters to bring home elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, following changing statements about the possible move by President Donald Trump's administration. The lawsuit in federal court in Washington was the latest move ...

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Kenyan Supreme Court Upholds October Election Results

Kenya’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that Uhuru Kenyatta won last month's presidential election, striking down arguments that the law was not followed in conducting the repeat poll. Chief Justice David Maraga announced the decision following three days of hearings. “The ...

Mugabe Heads for Impeachment After Ignoring Resignation Deadline

When Zimbabwe’s military sent tanks into the capital, Harare, and took President Robert Mugabe into custody nearly a week ago, it was clear they wanted a quick resolution to the growing discontent with the longtime president. But now, with Mugabe refusing to resign despite repeated attempts at ...

Mugabe Faces Impeachment, Ignores Resignation Deadline

Zimbabwe's longtime president Robert Mugabe has ignored a Monday noon deadline to either step down or face impeachment. Mugabe made clear in a televised speech Sunday that he did not intend to resign. Millions tuned in to radio and television Sunday expecting to celebrate the end of what has been 37 ...

Zimbabwe's President Clings to Power After Being Sacked As Ruling Party Leader

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addressed the nation in a televised speech Sunday after being sacked as the ruling party leader. Reading his statement in a hesitant manner, the 93-year-old leader said “the pillars of state remained functional” during the most recent political turmoil ...

Mugabe Faces Impeachment After Refusing to Resign

Zimbabwe's longtime president Robert Mugabe is facing impeachment after making it clear in a televised speech he will not resign. Millions tuned in to radio and television Sunday expecting to celebrate the end of what has been 37 years of Mugabe's autocratic rule. They were bitterly disappointed - ...

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Skirts Resignation

In a much awaited address to the nation, Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe did not resign Sunday, despite calls from his own party to do so. "We must learn to forgive, and to resolve contradictions in comradely spirit," Mugabe said in a televised address, noting he acknowledges concerns brought up ...

Egypt Warns Ethiopia Nile Dam Dispute 'Life or Death'

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, for the second time in as many days, has delivered a stern warning to Ethiopia over a dam it is building after the two countries along with Sudan failed to approve a study on its potential effects. Ethiopia is finalizing construction of Africa's largest ...

Kenya's Odinga Calls for International Help in Deadly Crisis

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga called Sunday for "international intervention" in the country's election crisis, saying at least 31 supporters have been killed by police and militia since his return from an overseas trip on Friday. Odinga said Kenya "was being pushed to the precipice" after ...

Mugabe's Ruling Party Meeting to Discuss His Ouster

Leaders of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s own ZANU-PF party have begun meeting Sunday and are widely expected to dismiss the long-time ruler. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe fired last week, is expected to be reinstated at the meeting, and Mugabe’s wife Grace is ...

Sources: Mugabe's Ruling Party to Meet Sunday to Discuss His Ouster

Leaders of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s own ZANU-PF party are meeting Sunday and are widely expected to dismiss the long-time ruler. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe fired last week, is expected to be reinstated at the meeting, and Mugabe’s wife Grace is expected to be ...

Report: ONLF Rebel Leader Illegally Extradited to Ethiopia

The controversial extradition of a prominent ONLF rebel leader to Ethiopia was illegal, a report by a Somali parliamentary commission said Saturday. Abdikarim Sheikh Muse, a top member of Ogaden National Liberation Front , which is based in Ethiopia, was handed over to Ethiopian authorities on ...

Sources: Mugabe's Ruling Party to Meet Sunday to Discuss His Ouster

Officials of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's own ZANU-PF party said Saturday that they would meet Sunday to discuss dismissing the longtime ruler. Two unnamed party sources told Reuters they would reinstate Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mugabe fired last week, and would dismiss ...

Zimbabwean Demonstrators Holding Anti-Mugabe Rally in Harare

Thousands of exuberant Zimbabwean demonstrators who flooded the streets of the capital of Harare Saturday marched toward the official residence of President Robert Mugabe amid nationwide protests calling for the resignation of the long-time leader. The protesters — some carrying signs that ...

Protesters in Zimbabwe Call for Mugabe to Resign

Demonstrators in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, and in other cities around the country Saturday are calling for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation. Mugabe, 93, is reported to be resisting demands from the army, members of his own ZANU-PF party, and political activists to step down after 37 ...

Rex Tillerson Calls for a Return to Civilian Rule in Zimbabwe

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson advocated for a return to civilian rule in Zimbabwe, where embattled leader Robert Mugabe was seen in public Friday. That was the first time since the apparent military seizure of power earlier this week put the leader under house arrest. VOA Correspondent ...

Trump Puts on Hold New Policy on Imports of Big Game Trophies

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is putting on hold a decision to allow imports of big game trophies until he can “review all conservation facts.” Trump tweeted Friday that he will review the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. He said the policy has been “under study for ...

African Union Calls for Libya 'Slave Market' Probe

The African Union on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate "slave markets" of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men. The demand followed the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where ...

5 Killed in Kenya Post-election Violence

At least five people were killed Friday as Kenyan police tried to disperse supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga in ongoing tensions over disputed elections. Police fired tear gas and water cannons to try to stop supporters of Odinga from reaching Nairobi's center, where the opposition leader ...

Tillerson, African Foreign Ministers Talk Trade, Good Governance, Security

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the Trump administration wanted to refocus the U.S. relationship with Africa squarely on trade and investment, to help unlock the tremendous potential of what is expected to become the world's most populous continent in coming decades. "By 2050, the ...

2 Shot Dead in Somaliland as Opposition Party Calls Voting Rigged

At least two people were killed in post-election violence Thursday in the breakaway republic of Somaliland, after one of the two opposition parties claimed "massive" polling irregularities. Hundreds of angry supporters of the Wadani Party took to the streets in three major cities, setting up ...