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Bank officials 'expose money-laundering network'

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After fleeing for their lives, two Kinshasa auditors at Afriland Bank leak thousands of documents showing its ties to sanctioned businessman Dan Gertler

Two auditors, who fled Congo-Kinshasa in fear of their lives, have leaked thousands of bank records showing how companies linked to Israeli business magnate Dan Gertler were able to bypass sanctions imposed on him by the United States in December 2017. The US Treasury had accused Gertler of amassing his fortune 'through hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals' in Congo-Kinshasa.

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Mboweni's budget choice – austerity or bust

Tito Mboweni. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Tito Mboweni. Pic: GCIS (CC BY-ND 2.0)

The straight-talking finance minister faces multiple attacks as he tries to hold down civil servants' wages and cut state company funding

With more spending cuts and a slew of tax rises Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's budget today will make enemies across the board. Even after this, he may not be able to fight off a ...


The prosecutor rests his case

International Criminal Court. Pic: Vincent van Zeijst, Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported | Wikimedia Commons
International Criminal Court. Pic: Vincent van Zeijst, Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported | Wikimedia Commons

Kenya's determined support for Britain's candidate to head the Court raises questions about its political direction

The election of British lawyer Karim Ahmad Khan on 12 February as the new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court comes as it is still struggling to establish its credibilit...

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Far from obvious

Boris Johnson welcomes Uhuru Kenyatta on the steps of 10 Downing Street ahead of their meeting on 21 January 2020. Pic: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images
Boris Johnson welcomes Uhuru Kenyatta on the steps of 10 Downing Street ahead of their meeting on 21 January 2020. Pic: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

A year after promising to be Africa's 'partner of choice', the UK is offering little beyond more of the same

In ordinary times, January's UK-Africa investment summit – the second such event ever and the first international investment event Britain has hosted since leaving the Europe...


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Border ructions escalate over Al Fashqa

Role of Egypt and UAE in region under scrutiny as Washington changes its posture

Like a game of three-dimensional chess, the revived border disputes between Addis Ababa and Khartoum about sovereignty over the fertile Al Fashqa area, have been layered on top of ...

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Politics of largesse

Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta, September 2020. Pic: Maxppp/PA Images
Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta, September 2020. Pic: Maxppp/PA Images

The economy has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic but the President is still offering more giveaways

After two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the Kenya economy is officially in recession. It shrank by 5.3% in the second quarter of 2020 largely due to the Covid-19 loc...


Shell retreats from the Delta

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The Anglo-Dutch giant is losing its battle to fight off international lawsuits over pollution

Shell is retreating from onshore oilfields in the Niger Delta under a cloud, facing lawsuits, recriminations and so far failing to deal with some of the most serious pollution on t...


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International crisis meetings over election impasse and growing violence

Officials concerned at President Farmajo's position on voting delays and signs that growing opposition protests against his rule will fuel more violence

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members will discuss the situation in Somalia at a video-conference on Monday (22 February), after gunfire broke out in Mogadishu on Friday w...

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The captured spies

Deputy Chief Justice Zondo. (Pic: GCIS CC BY-ND 2.0)
Deputy Chief Justice Zondo. (Pic: GCIS CC BY-ND 2.0)

ANC leaders are trying to persuade ex-President Zuma to appear at the Zondo Commission after claims about his personal spy network

President Cyril Ramaphosa's attempt to fight grand corruption in state agencies and the ruling party faces critical tests over the next month, on two parallel tracks. At the fore i...


France holds tight in the Sahel

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Pic: www.g5sahel.org

Paris does a U-turn over troop reductions and Chad sends reinforcements

French President Emmanuel Macron stepped back from announcing troop withdrawals to his country's 5,100-strong anti-Islamist force in Mali at a 15-16 February summit in Chad. But he...


Fortune favours new regime

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Pic: bilalulker / stock.adobe.com

War fatigue and unexpected compromise have combined to give the leaders of the new transitional government a flying start

Ten years from the start of the revolution that overthrew the Moammar el Gadaffi regime and six-and-a-half years after Libya split in two and civil war began, a unitary transitiona...


Trouble in paradise

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Pic: Olivier Gryson (CC BY 2.0)

President Ramkalawan faces a battle to deliver on promises as the pandemic-induced collapse in tourism drains state coffers

Seychelles' newest president may be regretting having finally got his wish: the top job in a country that relies almost exclusively on tourism – during a global pandemic. Hav...


Green tax blow to Africa

Ursula von der Leyen delivers a press statement on the European Green Deal, December 2019. Pic: Zheng Huansong/Xinhua News Agency/PA
Ursula von der Leyen delivers a press statement on the European Green Deal, December 2019. Pic: Zheng Huansong/Xinhua News Agency/PA

The EU's €1 trillion Green Deal project sits at the heart of Ursula von der Leyen's European Commission Presidency, but the bloc wants to export its climate change policy, and...


A question of control

John Nkengasong
John Nkengasong

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and its director, John Nkengasong, are in a turf war after winning praise for their leadership combatting the pandemic through...


Shot in the dark

Cuban health specialists arrive in South Africa to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Pic: GCIS, CC BY-ND 2.0)
Cuban health specialists arrive in South Africa to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Pic: GCIS, CC BY-ND 2.0)

As officials argue over vaccine funding, the African country worst hit by the pandemic is fumbling its chance to limit the damage


Félix tips the scales

Félix Tshisekedi. Pic: Dmitry Feoktistov/Tass/PA Images
Félix Tshisekedi. Pic: Dmitry Feoktistov/Tass/PA Images

The President is winning greater control of the country but at the expense of his promise to restore the rule of law


Steinmetz's empire unravels

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The mining magnate is appealing his bribery conviction while a law suit in Paris could put his entire fortune in peril


Fireworks on the streets

Protestors clash with police in Tunis on the third night of clashes since January 14. Pic: Fauque Nicolas/Images de Tunisie/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images
Protestors clash with police in Tunis on the third night of clashes since January 14. Pic: Fauque Nicolas/Images de Tunisie/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Frustration with dismal economic prospects and political infighting broke out on the tenth anniversary of the revolution


The guard changes, at last

Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (L), and General Abayomi Olonisakin (R), April 2018. Pic: US Army Africa (cropped, CC BY 2.0)
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (L), and General Abayomi Olonisakin (R), April 2018. Pic: US Army Africa (cropped, CC BY 2.0)

An army on the backfoot could get more resources but will have to beef up its fight against insurgents and tackle communal clashes