Hayatou to stand again for CAF presidency

By Mark Gleeson LIBREVILLE, Jan 13 : Issa Hayatou is seeking another four-year term as the Confederation of African Football’s president to extend his grip on a position he has held since 1988, the organisation said today. Cameroonian Hayatou, 70, will face a rare challenge, however, after executive committee member Ahmad, from Madagascar, declared his […]

African rats to turn sensitive noses against poaching

By Edmund Blair NAIROBI, Nov 18 : Africa’s giant rats have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect tuberculosis in humans, and soon they could turn their superior noses to protecting other animals by finding illegal wildlife trophies being smuggled out of African ports. The US-financed project is still in its early stages – […]

Opposition leads protest against Zuma in South Africa’s capital

By TJ Strydom and Mfuneko Toyana PRETORIA, Nov 2 : South African opposition parties, civic groups, unions and businesses marched in the capital Pretoria today in a protest against President Jacob Zuma and a string of scandals linked to him. Hundreds of people gathered at various points in the city. Some chanted outside a court […]

France says ready to keep troops in W.Africa for as long as needed

By John Irish PARIS, Oct 19 : France appeared today to accept that it would need to keep thousands of troops in Africa’s Sahel region for an indefinite period given the ongoing instability and preponderance of Islamist militants. The region, a politically fragile area whose remote desert spaces spanning from Mauritania in the west to […]

France to invest 47 mln dollar in Sahel counter-terror training

By Emma Farge DAKAR, Oct 8 : France plans to invest 47 million dollar to help countries of Africa’s Sahel region prepare to face jihadist attacks similar to those that killed dozens in Paris in 2015, an interior ministry official said. The Sahel, a politically fragile region whose remote desert spaces host a medley of […]

Africa struggles to improve governance in past decade -Ibrahim survey

By Karin Strohecker London, Oct 3 : Governance across Africa has improved very little over the past decade as deteriorating safety and rule of law have held back progress made in other areas such as human rights or economic opportunities, a survey said today. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) – the most comprehensive […]