Banda says will accept court ruling on disputed vote

By Mabvuto Banda LILONGWE (Reuters) – Malawian President Joyce Banda said on Thursday she is ready to step down if the High Court ratifies a disputed election last week and her opponent ends up as the winner, even though she still believes the vote was fraudulent. The High Court is due to decide on Friday … Read more

Zimbabwe Plans 100 Percent “Local Control” Of Minerals, Land

By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe will demand 100 percent local control of its minerals and land under planned changes to its controversial black economic empowerment law, which has largely kept some foreign investors away, the finance minister said on Wednesday. Patrick Chinamasa’s comments are sure to add to an already confused picture over policy in Zimbabwe, … Read more

Africa Must Tackle Poverty To Share Benefits Of Strong Growth: IMF’s Lagarde

By Pascal Fletcher and Ed Cropley MAPUTO (Reuters) – Africa is “taking off” with strong, steady growth but poverty is unacceptably high so that governments need to build infrastructure and institutions and educate people to share the benefits more widely, the IMF’s head said on Thursday. Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow by around 5.5 percent this year – … Read more

Boko Haram Too Extreme For ‘Al Qaeda In West Africa’ Brand

By Tim Cocks ABUJA (Reuters) – When Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan branded Boko Haram “al Qaeda in West Africa”, it was sure to turn up the alarm among Western policy-makers, if its kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls was not enough. Yet while Jonathan’s remarks, made at a meeting of regional leaders in Paris this … Read more

Angolan police detain, beat protesters: activist

LUANDA (Reuters) – Angolan police have beaten and detained 20 people protesting against the killing of three activists by security forces, demonstrators said on Wednesday. Neither police and nor Interior Ministry officials responded to several requests for comment about Tuesday’s incident. Security forces have in the past denied using violence on protesters, saying detentions are … Read more

Egyptian voting turnout slow on extra day given

By Asma Alsharif and Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – Voting in Egypt’s presidential election was slow on Wednesday after polling was extended for a third day in an attempt to boost turnout, raising questions about the level of support for the man forecast to win, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. An early tour of … Read more

Italy flies adopted Congolese to waiting parents

Thirty-one children who had been blocked from leaving Congo months with their adoptive parents have arrived in Rome for a joyful reunion with their new families. The children ran excitedly into their parents’ arms at Ciampino airport Wednesday after an overnight flight from Congo. The Italian government had worked since late last year to allow … Read more

Migrants try to storm Spanish enclave in north Africa

About 1,000 African migrants tried to storm the Spanish exclave of Melilla from Moroccan territory early Wednesday, Spanish police reported, with about 400 managing to breach the territory’s fortifications. Migrants have repeatedly tried to cross the border into the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the northern coast of Africa, often climbing 6-metre-high fences … Read more

Better late than never, Germany joins new scramble for Africa

By Stephen Brown BERLIN (Reuters) – German industry’s representative in Angola, Ricardo Gerigk, has a tough job drumming up business in Luanda, the costliest city in the world for expats, where contracts tend to go to firms from China, Portugal and other countries with a bigger presence. Although Angola has dynamic growth and a wealth … Read more

Boko Haram Attack Kills 31 Nigerian Security Personnel

By Joe Hemba and Lanre Ola DAMATURU/MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) – Boko Haram gunmen attacked a Nigerian military base and adjacent police barracks in the northeastern town of Buni Yadi, killing 31 security personnel, security sources and witnesses said. The attack late on Monday in Yobe state occurred not far from where the Islamist insurgents shot … Read more