An artist's rendering shows a concept for the Pavilion area of the Konza Technopolis, Kenya.
Laborers milled around an unfinished eight-story building in an expansive field in Konza dotted with zebra and antelope — the only visible sign of progress in a decade-old plan to make Kenya into Africa's leading technology hub by 2030.Grandiose plans, red tape and a lack of funding have left Konza Technopolis — the $14.5 billion new city to be built some 60 km (37 miles) southeast of Nairobi — way…
Then the top UN envoy in Afghanistan, Nicholas Haysom speaks during a press conference in Kabul, Feb. 18, 2015.
Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Somalia, has been asked by the Somalia government to leave the country. "The decision came after the highest U.N. diplomat in Somalia violated the agency's standards and the international diplomatic norms by intervening the national sovereignty of Somalia," according to the statement published by the government-controlled media. The statement gave no further details…
Mohamed Olad Hassan
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 07:27 PM
FILE - A peacekeeper with the United Nations patrols outside the mosque in Mopti, central Mali, May 30, 2018.
Armed men killed 37 Fulani civilians Tuesday in central Mali, where ethnic violence cost hundreds of lives last year, the government said.Violence between Fulani and rival communities has compounded an already dire security situation in Mali's semi-arid and desert regions, which are used as a base by jihadist groups with ties to al-Qaida and Islamic State.The government said in a statement that the attackers, who were dressed as traditional Donzo hunters, raided the…
The Somali military has executed six al-Shabab militants without a trial, according to officials and rights activists. "The men have been in prison for the last five months. They were part of an assassination unit. One of them was caught red-handed as he killed a government soldier, and his arrest led us to the arrest of five others, and finally we executed them," Farah Mohamed Turba, a Somali military commander told VOA's Somali Service on Tuesday. The…
Mohamed Olad Hassan
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 02:00 PM
Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir speaks during a press conference after the oath of the prime minister and first vice president Bakri Hassan Saleh at the palace in Khartoum, Sudan, March 2, 2017.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has ordered an investigation into "recent events" after two weeks of violent protests against his 29-year autocratic rule, as he seeks to placate popular anger over worsening economic conditions.The state news agency reported late Monday that al-Bashir has tasked Justice Minister Mohammed Ahmed Salem with leading the investigation, without providing further details on the subject of the probe.   Twenty-two political parties and…
Torn voter's lists are seen outside the St. Raphael school in the Limete district of Kinshasa, Monday Dec. 31, 2018. Forty million voters were registered for a presidential race plagued by years of delay and persistent rumors of lack of preparation.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s government cut internet connections and SMS services across the country for a second straight day on Tuesday as the country nervously awaited results from the weekend’s chaotic presidential election.Both the opposition and ruling coalition said on Monday they were on track to win after a turbulent election day on Sunday in which many Congolese were unable to vote due to an Ebola outbreak, conflict and logistical problems.Barnabe…
Motorists in Zimbabwe are ringing in the new year by toasting — or cursing — increased traffic fines which are expected to raise needed revenue by the cash-strapped government and reduce car accidents. Come Jan. 1, if motorists break a traffic law, they will pay as much as $700 for offenses such as speeding, drinking and driving, overloading their vehicle, or driving without a license. The previous maximum penalty was just $30. 
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Mon, 12/31/2018 - 04:23 PM
Police in Sudan's capital fired tear gas Monday at demonstrators who had planned to march to the presidential palace to call for a change in President Omar al-Bashir's government.Witnesses say demonstrators gathered in groups in downtown Khartoum, but were quickly confronted by security forces and unable to march to the palace of President Omar al-Bashir. Some in the crowd chanted, "The people want the fall of the regime," the slogan used in the 2011 Arab Spring.Witnesses…
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Mon, 12/31/2018 - 03:42 PM
President Idriss Deby Itno attends a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after talks at the chancellery in Berlin, Oct. 12, 2016.
Chad's President Idriss Deby on Monday freed nearly 60 detainees considered political prisoners by rights groups as part of a general amnesty for former rebels, the country's justice minister told AFP. Those released included Moussa Tao, arrested in 2013 on a conspiracy charge; and Colonel Haroun Bata and about 10 Chadian "mercenaries" accused of having organised an attempted coup in Equatorial Guinea a year ago. "We conducted a ceremony…
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Mon, 12/31/2018 - 11:47 AM
FIEL - A Congolese health worker prepares to vaccinate a resident during an emergency campaign of vaccination against yellow fever in Kisenso district, of the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, July 20, 2016.
Only four in 10 Nigerian children age two and older are immunized; some 60,000 Africans die annually from the disease
FILE - A Christmas tree is placed inside a banking hall of Consolidated Bank along Koinange Street in Nairobi, Dec. 10, 2018.
Kenya's economy expanded faster in the third quarter of this year than in the same period last year due to strong performance in the agriculture and construction sectors, the statistics office said on Monday. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics said the economy grew 6 percent in the third quarter of 2018, compared with 4.7 percent in the same period in 2017. It said the agriculture sector expanded by 5.2 percent compared with 3.7 percent in the third…
A man rides his bicycle past graffiti on a wall in Banjul, Gambia, Jan. 24, 2017.
Journalists in Gambia have launched a self-regulatory body they hope will offer legitimacy, and far more freedom, to media emerging from a dictatorship that ruled the tiny West African nation for more than two decades.During the 22 years of former President Yahya Jammeh's rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and killed. The new government has vowed new freedoms after he fled into exile in early 2017 following a surprise election defeat.