Nigeria’s “African Davos” to go ahead amid terrorist attacks

By Pascal Fletcher ABUJA (Reuters) – Delegates to the World Economic Forum on Africa (the African Davos) next week in the Nigerian capital Abuja will be in the right place to reflect on the rising continent’s problems, as well as its undoubted potential. Participants, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and African leaders, meet as the continent’s largest economy grapples with a surging Islamist … Read more

Death toll up to 19 in latest Nigerian attack

Police say the toll has risen to at least 19 killed in a car bomb that exploded on a busy road in Nigeria’s capital, just days before the city is to host a major international conference. The bomb exploded where traffic built up near a checkpoint across the road from a busy bus station where … Read more

Suspected bomb on edge of Nigerian capital kills at least 15

By Isaac Abrak and Afolabi Sotunde ABUJA (Reuters) – A suspected car bomb exploded on the outskirts of Nigeria‘s capital Abuja on Thursday, killing at least 15 people a week before the city was to host a conference of leaders and business executives focused on Africa’s growth prospects, witnesses said. The explosion hit the suburb of Nyanya, close to the … Read more

Personal power struggle destroying South Sudan: U.N. rights chief

By Carl Odera JUBA (Reuters) – A personal power struggle between South Sudan’s leaders is driving Africa’s newest nation to “catastrophe”, the U.N. rights chief said on Wednesday. The visit by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay was prompted by a rebel attack on the South Sudanese oil hub of Bentiu this month … Read more

China says Li Keqiang’s Africa visit about more than just oil deals

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is to visit four African countries, including oil-rich Angola and Nigeria, but will not be going simply for energy deals as China increasingly aims to boost African living standards, officials said on Wednesday. Trips by Chinese leaders to Africa are often marked by big natural … Read more

Abducted girls forced to marry extremist- Reports

A civil society group says villagers are reporting that scores of girls and young women who were recently kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry Islamic extremists. A federal senator for the area in northeast Nigeria wants the government to get international help to rescue the more than 200 missing girls … Read more

Mozambique extends registration deadline for election

MAPUTO (Reuters) – Mozambique has extended voter registration for elections due in October by 10 days, after a request by the main opposition party, Renamo, the government said on Tuesday. Renamo has conducted an insurgency over the past year in parts of central and southern Mozambique and its leader Afonso Dhlakama is holed up in … Read more

One dead after blast on Ghana oil refinery pipeline -Source

ACCRA (Reuters) – At least one person has been killed after an explosion on a pipeline linking Ghana’s 45,000 barrel-per-day Tema Oil Refinery to a nearby port, an employee at the refinery said on Tuesday. The employee, who asked not to be named, said a fire had broken out on a 5 km (3 mile) … Read more

Seeking deals, France rolls out red carpet for Angolan president

By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) – French officials welcomed Angola’s president on Tuesday for the first time in 20 years, hailing his economic reforms in the clearest sign yet that Paris is turning its diplomatic focus to winning overseas contracts. Relations were strained in the past decade after the “Angolagate” trial over arms sales to … Read more

Gunmen storm Libyan Parliament, stop lawmakers’ vote on next PM

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Gunmen stormed Libya’s parliament on Tuesday and started shooting, forcing lawmakers to abandon a vote on the country’s next prime minister, a parliamentary spokesman said. Spokesman Omar Hmeidan told Reuters that several people had been wounded by the shooting started by gunmen linked to one of the defeated candidates for prime minister. … Read more