Posted On June 21, 2018By guidoIn SLIDER

Eritrea and Ethiopia toward peace

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa’s most intractable military stand-offs on Wednesday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as “positive signals”. Speaking at a Martyrs’ Day event in the capital, Asmara, the 72-year-old Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand the position of Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and “chart out a plan”. It was the first response from Eritrea, one of Africa’s most closed and authoritarian states, to Abiy’s surprisingRead More

Posted On May 12, 2018By guidoIn SLIDER

Affaire Bolloré, new evidence from Guinea

Since last 25th April, the financial tycoon Vincent Bolloré and some of his group’s leaders have been accused of alleged bribes paid to senior officials of Guinea Conakry and Togo. Bribes – claims the accusation – paid through communication contributions provided at low prices to have in exchange the management of the most important port hubs of the two countries. Soni Camara, the former general manager of Cory’s autonomous port, interviewed by Denise Epotè of TV5Monde as a subject aware of the facts, intervened publicly on this alleged scandal, whichRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) Seventeen people were killed in a flashpoint Muslim enclave of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), where a UN soldier also reportedly died, an AFP reporter saw Wednesday. Residents of the PK5 district laid out the bodies of 17 men in front of the headquarters of the United Nations mission (MINUSCA) in Bangui, saying they had been killed in clashes on Tuesday between local armed groups and UN peacekeepers. “Yesterday they killed lots of people. Here are the dead, which we have broughtRead More
Gold Coast (Australia) (AFP) A total of eight athletes from conflict-hit Cameroon are now missing from the Commonwealth Games in Australia, team officials said Wednesday. Three weightlifters and two boxers were initially reported to Australian police after not being seen since Tuesday, triggering suspicion they had fled with no intention of returning to Cameroon. Cameroon press attache Simon Molombe told AFP the number of missing athletes had risen to eight — one third of the country’s 24-strong team. “It came as a complete surprise,” he said. “We have no ideaRead More
Boufarik (Algeria) (AFP) An Algerian military plane crashed and caught fire on Wednesday killing 257 people, mostly army personnel and members of their families, officials said. An AFP photographer at the scene saw the charred wreckage of the plane in a field near the Boufarik airbase from where the plane had taken off. Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of fire trucks with their sirens wailing rushed to the scene of the crash about 25 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Algiers. The defence ministry said in a statement that 247 passengersRead More
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) Thousands of mourners flocked Wednesday to the heart of South Africa’s sprawling Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s former wife and struggle hero Winnie Mandela. Her grandson Bambatha Mandela described Winnie, who died on April 2 after a long illness, as “an extraordinary woman, a mother, a soldier, a fighter”. “Even at 81 (she) was one person I thought would live forever,” he said in an emotional tribute. “I had the privilege of being the first grandchild they couldRead More
Ambo (Ethiopia) (AFP) Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed paid a visit to a hotbed of anti-government protests Wednesday, asking residents for patience as he works to bring change to the country. Abiy is the first prime minister in modern Ethiopian history to come from the country’s largest ethnicity the Oromo, which took to the streets in late 2015 protesting the country’s one-party government. Those protests continued for months, leading to hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of arrests in an unprecedented challenge to the 27-year rule of theRead More
Bangui (Central African Republic) (AFP) Seventeen people and a UN peacekeeper were killed Tuesday in clashes in a Muslim enclave of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), in the city’s bloodiest flareup in years. Hundreds of angry residents of the PK5 district gathered Wednesday outside the headquarters of the United Nations mission in CAR, called MINUSCA, where they laid out the corpses of 17 men who they said had been killed by peacekeepers. Several bodies bore bullet wounds, an AFP reporter saw. “Yesterday they killed lots of people.Read More