08312016Wed
Last update: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 05am

Africa

World - Africa

UN rights chief deplores Gambia opposition detainee death DAKAR: The UN rights chief on Tuesday deplored the death of an opposition party member while in custody in Gambia, urging the authorities to investigate his death along with allegations that detainees are refused medical care. Solo Krummah died in hospital over the weekend, his United Democratic Party (UDP) said, its second member to lose his life in custody since the start of a crackdown on opposition protests earlier this year.There were no details on what treatment had been needed or how he died, the UDP said. "We deplore the reported death in custody of ... Solo Krummah," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly said in a statement, citing reports that he had been denied medical care "on several occasions while in detention". "We urge the authorities to investigate the death as well as allegations that detainees are denied access to medical care." It said the allegations ...

World - Africa

Kerry warns against military crackdowns in Nigeria SOKOTO: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday congratulated Nigeria on its recent military successes against Boko Haram, but warned the country will face a blowback if it "cracks down" on the Islamists with excessive force.Speaking at a press conference in the northern city of Sokoto, Kerry praised Nigeria for reclaiming swathes of territory from Boko Haram and releasing thousands of hostages over the past year. Nigeria has made "important progress", Kerry said. "Nigeria ...

World - Africa

IMF evaluates Ghana's fiscal outlook, could review assistance program ACCRA: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is evaluating Ghana's fiscal outlook for the rest of 2016 and will consider the third review of the country's $918 million assistance programme next month subject to the outcome, the Washington-based lender said on Monday. Ghana, which exports cocoa, gold and oil, signed the three-year aid deal in April last year to bring down budget deficits, inflation and a high public debt."Discussions between staff and the authorities are currently ...

World - Africa

Egypt's Sisi says Putin ready to host Mideast peace talks CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said his Russian counterpart and close ally Vladimir Putin wants to host an Israeli-Palestinian summit to revive peace talks, in an interview published Monday.Sisi told state newspaper editors that he believed Israel was increasingly convinced of the need for a peace deal, saying it was a "positive sign."But Palestinian infighting between the Islamist Hamas rulers of Gaza and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah in the West Bank remained an ...

World - Africa

Kerry in Kenya for regional security talks NAIROBI: With a peace deal unravelling in South Sudan and jihadist attacks continuing in Somalia, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Monday.The two discussed regional security and terrorism before Kerry met with the foreign ministers of Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda for talks focusing on a faltering peace agreement in South Sudan and looming elections in Somalia.A statement from the Kenyan presidency ahead of ...

World - Africa

Nigeria oil rebels announce conditional ceasefire WARRI: A Nigerian rebel group has announced a conditional ceasefire and agreed to hold talks with the government following months of attacks on key oil and gas facilities that have hammered the economy.In a message posted on the Niger Delta Avengers' (NDA) website late on Saturday, the group said it would "observe a cessation of hostilities," so long as the country's ruling party stops what it called harassment of innocent civilians.It said it would support ...

World - Africa

Libyan forces say advancing towards recapture of Sirte from Islamic State SIRTE: Libyan forces said on Tuesday they had taken one of the last districts in central Sirte held by Islamic State militants, battling snipers and car bombs in their campaign to recapture the entire city. Forces aligned with Libya's UN-backed government in Tripoli are three months into a campaign to oust Islamic State from their former North African stronghold and have encircled the militants in a shrinking section of the city centre. Since Aug. 1, ...