Dozens of Ivorian soldiers held in Mali and accused of being mercenaries have been charged with attempting to harm state security and remanded in custody, judicial sources told AFP on Sunday. A Malian judicial source said a Bamako prosecutor charged the soldiers on Friday with an attempt to undermine state security.
Kenyans prayed for peace Sunday as they waited anxiously for the final outcome of a tight presidential race, with the two frontrunners neck and neck, according to partial official results. Congregants in Odinga's stronghold of Kisumu also prayed for a peaceful outcome, with 81-year-old bishop Washington Ogonyo Ngede telling his flock: "Don't let politics divide us.
A week after enjoying the adulation of South African rugby supporters, the Springboks found themselves back at square one after losing to New Zealand's All Blacks in a wide-open southern hemisphere Rugby Championship. Coach Ian Foster suggested that the All Blacks were in the process of turning around their fortunes after losing five of their previous six games.
Deputy President William Ruto is edging ahead of his main rival Raila Odinga in Kenya's presidential election, partial official results showed Sunday, underscoring the tight race as the country anxiously awaits the final outcome. The winner of the presidential race needs to secure 50 percent plus one vote and at least a quarter of the votes in 24 of Kenya's 47 counties.
New Zealand ended a three-match losing streak with a 35-23 Rugby Championship win over South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday and may have saved the job of embattled coach Ian Foster. Foster had been under fire after five losses in six matches ahead of the Johannesburg showdown, including a 16-point defeat to Rugby World Cup champions the Springboks last weekend.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, is to resume contingent rotations from Monday under fresh approval procedures, the Malian foreign minister and a UN spokeswoman have said. The peacekeeping force's spokeswoman Myriam Dessables confirmed the news and said: "Rotations are to resume from Monday."