South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir (right) is congratulated by Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopia’s prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn after signing a peace agreement in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, on Wednesday. Photograph: Jok Solomun/Reuters

South Sudan’s president has signed a peace deal to end a 20-month conflict with rebels, but he told regional African leaders at the ceremony he still(...)

 South Sudan President Salva Kiir (left) and leader of South Sudan’s largest rebel group and former vice-president Riek Machar. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

Uganda told South Sudan’s warring factions on Tuesday to put their egos aside and make peace, a day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal (...)

A political rally in Burundi for President Pierre Nkurunziza:  Africa’s recent history at holding leaders to account does not inspire confidence. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

A number of African presidents have suggested a new continental court is required for dealing with regional leaders accused of serious abuse of power,(...)

Uganda breakthrough
  • Africa
  • August 5, 2014, 01:00

Although the decision was based largely on procedural failings, Friday’s welcome ruling by Uganda’s supreme court throwing out the country’s controver(...)

Gay and lesbian activists attend a gay pride parade in Kampala. The Ugandan law struck down yesterday banned the “promotion of homosexuality” and enabled life sentences to be imposed for various same-sex acts, including touching in public or living in a same-sex marriage. Photograph: EPA/Rachel Adams

Gay rights activists in Uganda and around the world are celebrating a decision by the country’s constitutional court to strike down a widely condem(...)

Between 2009 and 2012, Tullow had drilling successes in Africa, opening up new basins in Uganda (above), Ghana and Kenya

Another week, another dry well for Tullow Oil, which on Monday announced it is abandoning its Lupus-1 prospect off the coast of Norway. For two yea(...)

Ushers carry a distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Kigali. Photograph: Getty Images

Twenty years ago an estimated 800,000 Rwandans were killed in just 100 days. The killings were planned and methodical, carried out by neighbours, b(...)

A participant holding a poster reading ‘To all Ugandan Queers: I Love You. God’ takes part in a parade through the streets during the annual gay pride march in Cape Town, South Africa, earlier this month. South African gays and lesbians marched in solidarity with the people of Uganda. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

With a World Bank scholarship and top grades in the first year of her masters degree in agriculture, 27-year-old Cleo Kambugu should be well on(...)

A controversial bill that introduces lengthy prison sentences for people who engage in homosexual acts was signed into law by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni earlier this week. Photograph: Ronald Kabuubi/EPA

The World Bank has halted a $90 million (€65 million) loan to Uganda over its anti-gay law that has drawn widespread criticism from Western gov(...)

Criminalising gays
  • Africa
  • February 26, 2014, 07:46

The signing on Monday by Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni of draconian anti-gay legislation has pitched the once widely admired president fir(...)