four killed in plane crash in Ivory Coast
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – At least four people were killed on Saturday when a propeller-engine cargo plane crashed into the sea near the international airport in Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan, a Reuters witness said.
Somalia’s al Shabaab takes over town near capital after troops withdraw
MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab militants took over a town close to the capital Mogadishu on Saturday, officials said, after government troops withdrew from the area.
Kenya police shoot dead two during opposition protest – commissioner
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan police shot dead two people and wounded a third when a crowd tried to storm a police station during an opposition protest against a looming presidential vote re-run, a senior official said.
Soccer star and VP maintain early leads in Liberia election
MONROVIA (Reuters) – Former soccer star George Weah maintained his lead over Vice President Joseph Boakai as more provisional results from Liberia’s presidential election were announced on Friday.
South Africa’s ANC needs to put an end to scandals – official
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) needs to put an end to scandals that are tarnishing its image, an ANC official said, after a court ruling that paved the way for President Jacob Zuma to face nearly 800 counts of corruption.
South African Supreme Court upholds reinstating 783 corruption charges against Zuma
South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday upheld a High Court ruling to reinstate nearly 800 corruption charges filed against Jacob Zuma before he became president.
Zambian villagers can sue Vedanta in the UK-London’s Court of Appeal
LONDON (Reuters) – Nearly 2,000 Zambian villagers can pursue a claim for damages in English courts for environmental pollution after London’s Court of Appeal on Friday rejected an appeal by diversified miner Vedanta.
Nigeria jails 45 Boko Haram suspects in mass trial held in secret
ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria has convicted and jailed 45 Boko Haram suspects, the government said on Friday, the first sentences it has handed down in a set of mass trials that have drawn criticism for being held behind closed doors. [nL8N1MK327]
Mother of Rwandan president’s challenger tells court of torture
KIGALI (Reuters) – The mother and sister of a prominent critic of Rwanda’s president said on Friday all three of them had been tortured and deprived of food as they were held in jail on charges of forgery and inciting insurrection.
Uganda freezes bank account of charity opposed to extending Museveni rule
KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda has frozen a bank account of a prominent South Africa-based pro-democracy organisation, an official said on Friday, a move seen as punishment for its lobbying against a plan to have aging leader Yoweri Museveni extend his rule.