Ethiopia declares national state of emergency

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Demonstrators celebrate the release of political prisoners in Adama, Oromia A national state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia just one day after the unexpected resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. A statement by the state broadcaster said the move was necessary to stem a wave of anti-government protests. […]

Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o on ‘reimagining Africa’

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DR Congo troops killed ‘in Virunga park’ by Rwandan army

Image copyright AFP Image caption Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo remains deeply unstable At least five Congolese soldiers have been killed by the Rwandan army, the military in DR Congo says. Gen Bruno Mandevu said the clash had occurred in the Virunga National Park, on Congolese territory – a claim Rwanda denied. He said the […]

Oxfam sex scandal: Director promises justice for victims

Media captionOxfam head: ‘I know we have a problem’ Oxfam says it will set up a commission to investigate past and present allegations of exploitation by staff. Oxfam International’s executive director Winnie Byanyima said it would “do justice” and “atone for the past”. She invited victims to come forward “for justice to be done” for […]

Anger over ‘racist blackface’ in China show

Image copyright Youtube/CCTV Image caption By some estimates, the show is the most watched entertainment programme on earth A skit on China’s biggest Lunar New Year TV show has sparked widespread criticism and accusations of racism. In a comedy routine celebrating Chinese-African ties an Asian actress appears in blackface and with exaggerated buttocks. Using make-up […]

Ethiopia PM Hailemariam Desalegn in surprise resignation

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Hailemariam Desalegn had been Ethiopia’s prime minister since 2012 The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn, has resigned unexpectedly in an effort to end years of unrest and political upheaval. In a televised address, he said his resignation was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would […]

Cyril Ramaphosa succeeds Zuma as South African president

Media captionCheers and song as Ramaphosa elected South Africa president Cyril Ramaphosa has become South Africa’s president a day after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. He was the only candidate nominated in parliament on Thursday so no vote was needed to make him president. MPs from the ruling African National Congress broke into song at […]

Cyril Ramaphosa due to become South Africa’s president

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cyril Ramaphosa, left, was the deputy president to Jacob Zuma Cyril Ramaphosa is due to become South Africa’s president after embattled leader Jacob Zuma resigned. Mr Zuma was under intense pressure from his own ANC party, which told him to step down or face a vote of no-confidence in parliament. […]

South Africa’s Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party

Media captionMr Zuma said he was resigning “with immediate effect” South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned after intense pressure from his own party. In a televised statement he said he was quitting with immediate effect but said he disagreed with his ANC party’s decision. The ANC had told him to step down or […]

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma resigns

Media captionIn a televised speech, South African President Jacob Zuma said he would resign “with immediate effect” South Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma has resigned from his office with immediate effect. He made the announcement in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. Earlier, Mr Zuma’s governing ANC party told him to step […]