UN experts: Up to 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Libya
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State group has between 2,000 and 3,000 fighters in Libya and has demonstrated its intention to control more territory in the strategically located North African country — but it is only one player among multiple warring factions, United Nations experts said in a report Tuesday.
US says Kagame should go when term ends in 2017
Rwandan President Paul Kagame must set an example for his region and step down at the end of his term in 2017, the US ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday. Samantha Power spoke after Rwanda's senate last month passed a constitutional amendment that would allow Kagame to run for a third term in 2017, and potentially remain in power for the next two decades. "President Kagame has an opportunity to set an example for a region in which leaders seem too tempted to view themselves as indispensable to their own countries' trajectories," Power told a news conference.
New Burkina president vows 'better tomorrow' after landmark poll
Burkina Faso's president in waiting Roch Marc Kabore vowed a brighter future for the west African country Tuesday after becoming its first newly-elected leader in three decades. Kabore won 53.49 percent of ballots in Sunday's poll, winning victory in the first round of a vote to restore stability after a popular revolt toppled longtime leader Blaise Compaore just over a year ago. "We must get to work immediately," 58-year-old Kabore, a former Compaore stalwart who served as his prime minister but broke ranks months before his downfall, told several thousand supporters early Tuesday.
Eritrea 'haemorrhaging' youth fleeing atrocities: Amnesty
Eritrea's claims it has ended indefinite national service are untrue and refugees arriving in Europe should not be deemed economic migrants, Amnesty International said Tuesday, warning of "persistent atrocities". Refugees from the repressive Red Sea state make up the third-largest number of people risking the dangerous journey to Europe after Syrians and Afghans, running the gauntlet of ruthless people smugglers and treacherous waters. There was no immediate response from Asmara, but Eritrea has defended its policy of decades-long national service from which some 5,000 people flee each month, saying it has "no other choice" due to threats from long-standing enemy Ethiopia.
Burkina Faso celebrates newly elected president
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso took a step toward strengthening its democracy with the election on Tuesday of Roch Marc Christian Kabore, who will become the West African country's second elected civilian president since it became independent from France in 1960.
Diplomats: NATO to invite Montenegro to join alliance
BRUSSELS (AP) — Foreign ministers from NATO countries were expected to invite Montenegro to join the military alliance despite Russia's objection to the move, diplomats said, the latest sign of discord between the West and Moscow even as they both battle the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
War on waste: Nigeria launches government efficiency drive
Nigeria's new finance minister wants to know why and on Monday launched the country's first Efficiency Unit as a first step in cutting government waste and helping boost the battered economy. "No amount of fiscal innovation, financial re-engineering or other well-intentioned economic policy will deliver the desired results for as long as the manner in which government money is expended is not carefully controlled," Kemi Adeosun said at the launch. Nigeria -- Africa's number one oil producer and leading economy -- has been hit hard by the global slump in crude prices since mid-2014, robbing the government of much-needed cash.
Pistorius appeal verdict due Thursday
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal will announce Thursday its verdict on a bid by state prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius convicted of murder and sent back to jail for shooting dead his girlfriend. The star Paralympic sprinter was found guilty last year of the lesser crime of culpable homicide -- the equivalent to manslaughter -- for killing Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day, 2013. Pistorius, who said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he opened fire with his pistol, was released from prison on parole in October after serving one year of his five-year sentence.
France to give Africa 2 bn euros for green energy
France will give African countries two billion euros ($2.1 billion) over the next four years to develop renewable energy and replace the fossil fuels that drive global warming, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday. "France will devote six billion euros between 2016 and 2020 for electricity provision on the continent," he said at a meeting of African leaders on the sidelines of a UN climate conference in Paris. "Two billion euros will be spent on renewable energy" -- double the amount France provided in the preceding five years, he said.
Dortmund star Aubameyang wants African title
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants to protect his status as the Bundesliga's top scorer in order to win the 2015 African Footballer of the Year title. The 26-year-old has already scored 17 goals in 14 league games this season for Dortmund and the Gabon captain is among the 37 players nominated for the African award. Having hit 25 goals in all competitions this season, he is amongst the favourites to succeed current holder Yaya Toure of Manchester City and the Ivory Coast.