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- Uganda: Veteran leader Yoweri Museveni declared election winneron 2021-01-16 at 20:01
But his main rival Bobi Wine claims vote-rigging and vows to produce evidence.
- Ugandan President Museveni wins sixth term as vote rigging allegedby FRANCE 24 on 2021-01-16 at 13:10
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni won a decisive re-election victory on Saturday, elections officials said, but his main rival Bobi Wine alleged widespread fraud and said citizens should reject the result.
- Madagascar: UN’s WFP warns of a humanitarian crisis due to drought and Covid-19on 2021-01-16 at 09:56
A third of the population of Madagascar will suffer from food insecurity due to ongoing droughts and a recession.
- Ethiopia’s Oromia conflict: Why a teacher was killed ‘execution-style’on 2021-01-16 at 00:35
An increasing number of civilians are becoming victims of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.
- US Election 2020: What do countries around the world want from Joe Biden?on 2021-01-16 at 00:09
We speak to reporters in six global regions about hopes and expectations for the new US administration.
- Project 17: One girl’s quest for clean water in Rwandaon 2021-01-16 at 00:01
Joyce, 17, explores progress towards the goal of clean water for all in her country, Rwanda.
- Ethiopia Tigray crisis: EU concern over war crime reportson 2021-01-15 at 17:45
The conflict threatens the stability of the entire region, the EU’s top diplomat says.
- UK judges reject Lockerbie bomber’s appealon 2021-01-15 at 16:19
The family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi had launched the posthumous bid to overturn his conviction.
- Uganda’s Bobi Wine rejects early poll results, claims victoryby NEWS WIRES on 2021-01-15 at 09:46
Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Friday claimed victory in presidential elections, rejecting as a “complete sham” early results that gave President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead.
- Kenya Covid-19: Has the pandemic led to an increase in FGM?on 2021-01-15 at 09:44
There are concerns that the Covid-19 pandemic has created the environment for a rise in FGM cases in Kenya.
- French motorcyclist Pierre Cherpin dies from injuries in Dakar Rally crashby NEWS WIRES on 2021-01-15 at 08:15
French motorcyclist Pierre Cherpin has died from his injuries after a fall during the Dakar Rally, becoming the notoriously perilous race’s first fatality this year, organisers said on Friday.
- Africa’s week in pictures: 8 – 14 January 2021on 2021-01-15 at 00:26
A selection of the week’s best photos from across the continent and beyond.
- Uganda vote count underwayby Georja CALVIN-SMITH on 2021-01-14 at 22:02
In tonight’s edition: Ugandans turn out for a landmark election amidst an internet blackout. Former pop star Bobi Wine takes on President Yoweri Museveni’s 35-year rule following a bloody campaign in which the longtime leader’s opponents were regularly targeted. Also, this Thursday marks 10 years since Tunisia’s revolution, which saw the toppling of then leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali following a wave of protests. A decade on, the country is held up as a rare example of democratic progress, but frustrations continue.
- How Caf went from stopping Hayatou’s pension to honouring himon 2021-01-14 at 18:52
On the eve of Caf making Issa Hayatou its ‘honorary president’, a former official says it has taken too long to recognise African football’s longest ruler.
- Taking stock of Tunisian democracy, 10 years after the revolutionby Lilia BLAISE on 2021-01-14 at 16:41
January 14, 2011 was a historic day for Tunisia. After 29 days of an unprecedented uprising, and in the first of the Arab Spring revolutions, dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled by his own people. A decade on, how is Tunisia’s young democracy faring? Free elections have been held, but politics are often tumultuous. Some 13 different governments have run the country in the decade since the revolution, amid an ongoing economic crisis. Our correspondents spoke to ordinary Tunisians, as well as politicians and activists, to get their point of view on their country’s democracy.
- Africa internet: Where and how are governments blocking it?on 2021-01-14 at 11:56
Uganda has restricted internet access ahead of elections, but it’s not the only African country to have done this.
- Uganda elections 2021: ‘We want peace’on 2021-01-14 at 10:17
The BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga speaks to voters as they wait to cast their ballots.
- The Arab Spring, 10 years on: In Tunisia, ‘the powerful are still stealing from us’by FRANCE 24 on 2021-01-14 at 08:14
This week marks ten years since deposed strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, the first to fall as the 2011 Arab Spring took hold across North Africa and the Middle East. Although democratic advances have been made, many Tunisians feel that the revolution’s promise of a better life never really materialised, particularly in the country’s poorer south and interior. FRANCE 24 brings you the fourth and final instalment of a series of reports from Tunisia, a decade after the dawn of the Arab Spring.
- Ugandans head to polls under heavy security and amid internet blackoutby FRANCE 24 on 2021-01-14 at 06:37
Ugandans began voting in a tense election Thursday under heavy security and an internet blackout as veteran leader Yoweri Museveni pursues a sixth term against challenger Bobi Wine, a former pop star half his age.
- Uganda braces for presidential electionby Georja CALVIN-SMITH on 2021-01-13 at 21:17
In tonight’s edition: Uganda braces for tense presidential and parliamentary elections on Thursday. It is doing so without internet, as a blackout descends on the eve of the vote and security is beefed up in the capital Kampala. We bring you a special edition of the show.
- More than 80 civilians killed in new attacks in western Ethiopia, rights group saysby NEWS WIRES on 2021-01-13 at 15:25
More than 80 civilians died in the latest attack in an area of western Ethiopia that has seen recurring grisly violence in recent months, the national human rights commission said Wednesday.
- The Arab Spring, 10 years on: Martyrs but no jobs in the cradle of Tunisia’s revolutionby FRANCE 24 on 2021-01-13 at 09:50
This week marks ten years since deposed strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, the first to fall as the 2011 Arab Spring took hold across North Africa and the Middle East. Although democratic advances have been made, many Tunisians feel that the revolution’s promise of a better life never really materialised. That’s especially the case in the country’s poorer interior, where much of the anger first boiled over. FRANCE 24 brings you the third instalment in a series of four reports this week from Tunisia, a decade after the dawn of the Arab Spring.
- Viewpoint: Global media’s Nigeria abductions coverage ‘wrong’on 2021-01-13 at 00:26
Novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani criticises coverage of the kidnapping of schoolchildren.
- Malawi declares state of emergency over Covid-19by Georja CALVIN-SMITH on 2021-01-12 at 22:22
Malawi imposes a state of emergency over Covid-19, after two cabinet ministers died of the disease. But first, tensions mount ahead of Thursday’s vote in Uganda. Security is beefed up in the capital after a violent campaign. Also, France condemns the killing of more than half a dozen people in a village in Cameroon. The army has denied accusations from some locals who say soldiers were responsible for the massacre. And a fall in global demand for cocoa beans has led to a pile-up of unsold stock in the ports of Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer.
- Which way for Uganda? Bobi Wine takes on longtime incumbent Museveniby François PICARD on 2021-01-12 at 19:13
It has been billed as a generational battle. Africa’s gaze is turning to Uganda and the tense homestretch to Thursday’s presidential election. 38-year-old pop star-cum-opposition leader Bobi Wine is among nine candidates taking on 76-year-old Yoweri Museveni, the former military leader whose National Resistance Movement took the capital way back in 1986.
- Uganda bans social media ahead of critical voteby NEWS WIRES on 2021-01-12 at 13:55
Uganda banned social media and messaging apps on Tuesday, two days ahead of a presidential election pitting Yoweri Museveni, one of Africa’slongest-serving leaders, against opposition frontrunner Bobi Wine, a popular singer.
- Run-up to Uganda vote marred by violence, repressionby Tom WHEELDON on 2021-01-12 at 12:20
Uganda votes on Thursday in presidential and parliamentary elections marred by political repression as singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine challenges President Yoweri Museveni’s 34-year rule.
- Uganda elections 2021: What you need to knowon 2021-01-12 at 10:36
Five things you need to know about Uganda’s divisive election.
- The Arab Spring, 10 years on: Tunisia’s ‘border burners’, longing for Europe in Sfaxby FRANCE 24 on 2021-01-12 at 09:52
This week marks ten years since deposed strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, the first to fall as the 2011 Arab Spring took hold across North Africa and the Middle East. But since 2017, the number of those arriving in Italy from Tunisia illegally has risen sharply. Fed up of waiting for the revolution to benefit them financially at home, some risk it all to try to reach Europe. FRANCE 24 brings you the second instalment in a series of four reports this week from Tunisia, a decade after the dawn of the Arab Spring.
- How South African police are tackling pangolin smugglerson 2021-01-10 at 00:08
The pangolin is said to be the world’s most trafficked mammal. The BBC reports on a rescue operation.
- The Burundian refugee soap maker who is fighting coronavirus in Kenyaon 2021-01-09 at 00:23
Chemistry student Innocent Havyarimana started a thriving business in a Kenyan refugee camp.
- Uganda elections 2021: Five things you should knowon 2021-01-08 at 15:08
Five things you should know about the upcoming elections in Uganda.
- The airman from Sierra Leone who was shot down over Nazi Germanyon 2021-01-08 at 00:36
The amazing life of Johnny Smythe – RAF officer, prisoner of war and a father of the Windrush generation.
- Paystack: Inside the mind of a Nigerian start-up bought for $200m by Stripeon 2021-01-04 at 07:31
Five steps Nigerian start-up Paystack took to build and strike a $200m deal with Stripe.