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Wednesday 27 September 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Africa

This week
24th September 2023 - 27th September 2023
Libyan prosecutor general orders arrest of eight officials after flooding disaster
Derna’s mayor Abdulmonem al-Ghaithi, who was sacked after the flood, is among the detainees.
This month
September 2023
Opinion: Ethiopia is suffering under the immoral debt burden imposed on it by rich countries
GOAL’s Billy Abimbilla addresses the crippling debt that his country is stuck with and the horrendous impact it’s having on the people there.
Last month
August 2023
Dynasty ousted after 55 years of rule in Gabon as military leaders name coup president
It sparked condemnation from Nigeria over “contagious autocracy” as military forces have seized power in five other African countries since 2020.
‘A murderer who won’t be missed’: Was the death of the Wagner leader inevitable?
US president Joe Biden had warned Yevgeny Prigozhin to be ‘careful’ of poisoning after his Wagner group staged a mutiny in Russia.
African Union suspends Niger over coup as 12 troops die in attack
It was the council’s first public communication since it met earlier this month to discuss the crisis in Niger following last month’s coup.
UN peacekeeping force in Mali leaves base early over insecurity
Fighting has broken out between factions in Mali as nearby Niger and Burkina Faso are engulfed in conflict.
Diplomacy 'best way forward' in Niger but force still on table, says Nigerian president
A spokesperson for Bola Tinubu said: ‘No options have been taken off of the table.’
Pressure mounts on Niger coup leaders as deadline approaches
France said it would ‘firmly’ back whatever course of action ECOWAS takes after the deadline expires today.
DFA 'carefully monitoring' situation in Niger as European partners launch rescue mission
The unrest comes as Niger is the latest country in the African region of the Sahel to suffer a coup along with Mali and Burkina Faso.
July 2023
Possibility of sanctions on the cards as West African leaders hold summit over Niger coup
General Abdourahamane Tiani, the chief of Niger’s powerful presidential guard, has declared himself leader of the country.
Sudan violence rages as paramilitaries deny Darfur war crimes
Air strikes have pummelled the capital Khartoum.
Sudan mediation to resume in Saudi Arabia as war enters fourth month
For three months, barely a day has passed for residents of the capital Khartoum without their homes shaking from constant air strikes, artillery blasts and gun battles.
Why climate change is fast becoming the single biggest threat to global security
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Much of the work of the Defence Forces “will be predicated on issues around climate change”, the recent security forum was told.
Fighting rocks Sudanese capital again as disease threatens those displaced by the conflict
2.2 million have been forced from their homes inside the country.
This year
Fighting in Sudan resumes immediately after end of latest ceasefire
The ceasefire brought a brief respite to the millions of civilians who have been trapped by the fighting in greater Khartoum.
Death toll in Ugandan school terror attack hits 37
The Allied Democratic Forces are suspected of launching the attack.
180 bodies buried without identification in Sudan as blasts rock Khartoum again
Civilians reported escalated fighting after the army quit ceasefire talks on Wednesday.
Fighting worsens in Sudan despite US sanctions
Witnesses reported artillery fire in eastern Khartoum and in Omdurman, just across the Nile.
What does Africa Day mean to Afro-Irish people living here today?
It’s a celebration of culture and a recognition of success, mixed with demands for better recognition and a reflection on what is happening in Sudan.
Bombardments, bandit raids and carjackings: Life in Sudan for the Irish aid agency staff
There are 230 Goal aid workers still in the African country where fighting has continued despite multiple ceasefires.
Department of Foreign Affairs in contact with Irish citizens in Sudan, says Tánaiste
Ships carrying civilians from 11 different countries landed in the Saudi port of Jeddah today.
UN chief demands 'justice without delay' for deaths of its staff and civilians in Sudan
The clashes capped months of heightened tensions.
Ireland 'substantially reduces' Defence Forces personnel on EU Mali training mission
Mali, along with Burkina Faso and Niger in the Sahel Region of Africa, is scene to a major Islamist insurgency in recent years.
Pope Francis denounces 'economic colonialism' in Africa on first day of tour
‘Stop choking Africa: It is not a mine to be stripped or a terrain to be plundered,’ the pope said.
Last year
US defence chief warns African leaders China and Russia are 'destabilising' continent
Today marks the start of a three-day US-Africa summit.
Morocco boss - 'We want to show that Africa deserves to be here'
A World Cup semi-final against either England or France is up for grabs, as Morocco face Portugal.
Conflict, climate change and pandemic led to boost in Irish foreign aid
Last year the Department of Foreign Affairs allotted €967m in overseas development aid.
Egypt to enter bid to host 2036 Olympics
If successful with its bid, Egypt would become the first African or Arab nation to host the Olympics.
'Race against time' to avert a catastrophic climate change-induced famine in Kenya
An Irish diplomatic team has visited the Horn of Africa as the State is due to announce further funding to avert a famine.
Kenyans go to the polls to choose next president in close-fought election race
The country is hoping for an orderly transition of power after almost a decade under two-term President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mali suspends new personnel arrivals to UN peacekeeping mission - which includes Irish troops
MINSUMA is the mission in which the Army Ranger Wing is involved.
Opinion: 'My daughter didn’t make it. She didn’t have enough food. The life left her'
Trócaire’s Miriam Donohoe meets the families on the front line of famine in Somalia – a country facing the worst hunger crisis in a decade.
Monkeypox spread already an emergency, say African officials
Countries in Africa have reported more than 1,800 suspected cases so far this year including more than 70 deaths.
'All of the animals will die': Kenyan farmers in crisis during worst drought in 40 years
Concern brought The Journal and other media to Kenya to report on the impacts of drought.
UN warns up to 18 million face severe food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region
In the Sahel, 7.7 million children under the age of five are expected to suffer from malnutrition.
Floods in South Africa’s Durban area kill more than 300
The persistent rains have wreaked havoc, destroying homes, collapsing buildings and washing away major roads.
Death of pregnant woman pleading for care sparks outrage in Senegal
Astou Sokhna died nine months pregnant on 7 April after doctors refused her request to perform a caesarean section.
Mane scores and Salah misses in penalty shootout as Senegal beat Egypt to reach World Cup
Partey strikes as Ghana upset Nigeria to reach World Cup
Irish soldiers to stay in war-torn Mali for now despite French announcement of troop withdrawal
There are 34 Irish troops in Mali at present.
At least 77 killed in Tropical Storm Ana in southern Africa
The storm made landfall on Monday in Madagascar before ploughing into Mozambique and Malawi.