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Nigerian police fire tear gas and detain several protesters – witnesses

POLICE fired tear gas and detained several demonstrators in the Nigerian cities of Lagos and Abuja on Saturday during protests over the worsening security...

South Africa expels Malawi diplomats over booze scandal

MALAWI has said several of its diplomats had been expelled from South Africa after they were found guilty of peddling duty-free alcohol. Malawi’s foreign affairs...

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Politics

What’s at stake in the homecoming of Cote d’Ivoire’s Gbagbo

COTE D’IVOIRE’S former president, Laurent Gbagbo, returns home next week after almost a decade in which he was tried and acquitted of crimes against...

Kenya reopens airspace to flights from Somalia

KENYA on Thursday announced it will reopen its airspace for flights to and from Somalia, a move welcomed by Mogadishu. Kenya’s Foreign Ministry said it...

Nigerian lawmakers to investigate government’s Twitter ban

NIGERIA’S House of Representatives passed a new resolution to investigate the legality of the indefinite suspension of Twitter operations in the country. The investigation...

Belgium to return Lumumba’s tooth on June 21

BELGIUM will return murdered Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba's final remains - his tooth - to his compatriots at a ceremony in Brussels on...

SA minister Zweli Mkhize put on leave over corruption allegations

SOUTH Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has put his Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave, after allegations his department irregularly awarded Covid-19-related contracts to...

Trump congratulates Nigeria, which he once called a ‘s—hole’ country, for shutting down Twitter

FORMER US President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Nigeria for blocking Twitter. Trump once referred to African nations, of which Nigeria is one, as...

Mali coup leader Assimi Goita sworn in as interim leader

ASSIMI Goita, the Malian colonel who has overthrown two presidents in the past nine months, said he would oversee a transition towards democratic elections...

Eritrea blames the US for ‘destablisation’ in Ethiopia’s Tigray

ERITREA foreign minister has blamed US administrations that supported the Tigray People’s Liberation Movement (TPLF) for the last 20 years for the current conflict...

TECHNOLOGY

NIGERIA’S biggest mobile payments company is vying to become Africa’s next unicorn, and its ambitions now stretch beyond the continent. Paga, whose backers include US...
A RECENT Visa report has shown that the top market contributors to e-commerce in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) over the last 3 years were South...
ELECTRONIC mobile money is now the preferred currency in many developing countries. This poses significant economic and monetary policy risks, says Abdi Ali. When a...