ARTICLES RELATING TO CENTRAL AFRICA

UN chief urges restraint in calls to Gabon candidates

2016-08-30 19:54

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke to Gabon's presidential candidates and urged them to ask their supporters to show restraint while waiting for the election results.

DRC court orders immediate release of anti-Kabila protest leaders

2016-08-30 13:20

DRC's Supreme Court has ordered the release of three prominent pro-democracy leaders held for more than a year for opposing a fresh term for veteran President Joseph Kabila.

Challenger warns of 'manipulations' in Gabon election

2016-08-30 09:02

Gabon's most high-profile opposition candidate has warned of possible tampering with the outcome of Saturday's presidential election, potentially increasing tensions as this central African nation awaits an official tally.

Voting closes in Gabon where president vies to extend power

2016-08-27 20:50

Voting closed in Gabon, where voters decided whether to maintain Bongo family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s.

Gabon votes as president vies to keep family in power

2016-08-27 15:15

Gabon's president, up for re-election, is trying to overcome a coalition of high-profile opponents to maintain a family dynasty that stretches back to the 1960s

Group says Burundians don't want presidential term limits

2016-08-25 20:04

A government-backed commission in Burundi says the majority of Burundians want presidential term limits removed from the country's constitution.

Anti-Kabila strike 'cripples' Kinshasa – report

2016-08-24 13:06

A general strike called in the Democratic Republic of Congo has reportedly crippled businesses in the capital Kinshasa.

DRC opposition calls for general strike against Kabila

2016-08-22 15:16

The DRC's main opposition alliance has called for a general strike against President Joseph Kabila's 15-year rule.

Massive yellow fever vaccination campaign begins in Congo

2016-08-17 20:12

A massive yellow fever vaccination campaign has begun in Congo, meant to stop the global spread of the virus.

42 killed in troubled east DR Congo

2016-08-15 08:27

At least 42 civilians have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official says, in what the government described as a massacre in revenge for military operations in the area.

 

'Scared' locals stock food as tension mounts in Gabon

2016-08-30 19:04

Some locals in Gabon are reportedly stocking food, as fear mounts ahead of the announcement of election results.

Amnesty calls for probe into 130 missing detainees in Cameroon

2016-08-30 13:20

Amnesty International has called for a probe into the whereabouts of 130 men and boys who were arrested 20 months ago in Cameroon during a crackdown on suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

Gabon opposition chief claims election victory

2016-08-29 10:42

Gabon's main opposition candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory in weekend presidential polls, but incumbent Ali Bongo's camp said the call was "dangerous and illegal" before official results.

Challenger cries foul in Gabon poll

2016-08-27 18:55

The candidate hoping to unseat Ali Bongo in Gabon's presidential election alleged a biased court ruling had opened the way to fraud because it allowed soldiers and police to vote several times.

Burundi detains WhatsApp group for defamation

2016-08-25 21:26

Burundi police say they have detained eight people accused of being members of a WhatsApp group, for defaming the government and insulting public institutions.

Gabon's old guard hopes to unseat Bongo dynasty scion

2016-08-25 08:43

The increasingly disgruntled people of Gabon go to the polls in a presidential election in which a last-minute opposition pact has robbed incumbent Ali Bongo of a clear run at a second term.

Slow start to national shutdown in DRC

2016-08-23 12:17

It remains unclear whether DRC nationals are going to heed opposition party calls for a national shutdown in the country.

Congo opposition leader denied bail - lawyer

2016-08-20 17:07

A lawyer says the Republic of Congo has denied bail for an opposition leader under house arrest since June.

Man shot dead at protest over DR Congo massacre

2016-08-17 18:54

A young man has been shot dead when security forces opened fire at a crowd protesting the government's alleged failure to protect civilians after a gruesome massacre in eastern DR Congo.

19 die in clashes in central DRCongo

2016-08-14 10:35

Nineteen people have been killed in clashes between police and militia in the centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities say.

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