Alistair Thomson

Ghana presidential poll headed for run-off

Ghana's election is headed for a run-off, officials said on Tuesday, as the frontrunners seemed unlikely to secure an outright victory.

Ghana votes for new president to usher in oil era

Ghanaians queued up and began voting on Sunday to pick a new president in a tight race between two foreign-educated lawyers

World Bank sees risk of Africa investment slump

The financial crisis in developed economies threatens to slash investment flows that have driven Africa's economic growth, the World Bank says.

Chase for the news can take a while in Africa

When rebels entered Chad's capital, Ndjamena, I was told to get there as quickly as possible. Half a week later, at the end of a 2 000km chase across Central Africa by bus, train and taxi, the lofty promises of increased transport investment intoned at countless African summits rang very hollow in my head.

Chad rebels seek to lure govt forces from capital

Chad's rebels said on Saturday they controlled the centre of the landlocked country and would hold their position in an effort to lure government troops from the capital into an open battle in the desert. A spokesperson for the rebels said they occupied the towns of Mongo and Bitkine in rugged central Chad, about 500km from the capital.

Chad calls for EU deployment as rebels regroup

Chad President Idriss Déby Itno called on the European Union on Thursday to deploy a peacekeeping force urgently to the east, as his government sought to tighten security after a weekend rebel assault. Prime Minister Nouradine Delwa Kassire Coumakoye announced a dusk-to-dawn curfew across the capital, Ndjamena.

Kenya opposition to resume mass action

Kenya's opposition said on Friday it planned to restart protests across the East African nation against President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election after the failure of African Union mediation. Kibaki's government has made clear it will not tolerate opposition marches. Previous protests have led to bloody clashes between opposition supporters and security forces.

West Africa sheep traders make a killing before feast

Mahamadou Diallo grasps a large ram by the horns, examining their curvature and the beast's muscular form and markings to determine how much it will fetch for the Muslim world's biggest sacrificial feast. At the end of December in the Eid al-Adha feast -- known here as Tabaski -- Muslim families will slaughter a sheep.

Neighbours, seeking influence, eye DRC run-off

The Democratic Republic of Congo's neighbours may have pulled their armies out of the vast mineral-rich territory, officially at least, but they will be keeping a nervous eye out for vested interests in Sunday's presidential run-off. The DRC's 1998-2003 war broke out when Rwanda and Uganda launched proxy rebel groups from eastern DRC in a bid to topple their former ally Laurent Kabila.

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