Category: Africa

More protests erupt across Ivory Coast

Thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in several cities throughout Ivory Coast on Monday, protesting against President Laurent Gbagbo‘s decision to dissolve the government and the electoral commission (CEI).

LRA rebels kill two and kidnap 40 in raid

Ugandan rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) raided the town of Rafai in the Central African Republicearly on Friday, killing two people and kidnapping 40 others, local residents and unnamed military sources said.

China throws birthday bash for Zimbabwe’s Mugabe

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Monday its embassy in Zimbabwe had thrown a birthday party for President Robert Mugabe, a rare sign of foreign support for a leader reviled by many Zimbabweans and criticized by the United States and Europe.

Swiss leave Tripoli embassy after Libya stand-off

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Two Swiss businessmen left the shelter of their country’s embassy in Tripoli on Monday after Libyan police had surrounded the building in a long-running row which has drawn in governments across Europe.

Nigeria’s North and South Divide

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT The transfer of power to Nigeria’s vice-president has eased immediate concerns about a power vacuum in the country, but there is still plenty of potential for political acrimony–and delays in policymaking.

UK firm wins Ugandan oil contract

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT Tullow Oil has won the battle to buy Heritage’s holdings in western Uganda, despite strong competition from Italy’s ENI. Attention will now switch to developing the finds.

Libya suspends issuing visas to Europeans

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya has suspended the issuing of entry visas to European citizens apart from British nationals, an official at the country’s main international airport said on Monday.

Guinea: Three dead in Nzerekore religious clashes

Three days of fierce clashes between Christians and Muslims in the eastern Guinea city of Nzerekore left at least three people dead and dozens wounded, witnesses and officials said on Sunday.

Zimbabwe diamond sale under scrutiny

A proposed sale of Zimbabwean diamonds proved controversial, because of disputes over ownership and whether or not the gems are “blood diamonds”. Although the sale was postponed, the issue is unlikely to go away.