[Guardian] An official portrait of the former first family of the United States, Barack and Michelle Obama, was unveiled at a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery yesterday.
[IRIN] Harare -At the ripe old age of 93, Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s long-serving president, has offered himself as the candidate to lead his ruling ZANU-PF party in elections next year.
[New Zimbabwe] Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo who is involved in a nasty fight with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has suggested that Mugabe’s number two may have suffered diarrhoea due to ARVs.
[New Times] President Paul Kagame will take oath of office, Friday, officially marking the start of a new seven-year term.
[News24Wire] Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says former African National Congress presidents Kgalema Motlanthe and Thabo Mbeki should not share a stage with “apartheid criminal” FW de Klerk.
[VOA] The five-way contest for the African Union’s top job is a packed field, with four foreign ministers and a U.N. special envoy.
[Leadership] The Authority of Heads of States of the Economic Community Of West African States are meeting today in Abuja with Gambia’s political issues prioritised on the list of topics to be discussed. ECOWAS will also address the political impasse at Guinea Bissau.
[Al Jazeera] The event followed a now familiar pattern: a small convoy of dusty 4×4 vehicles drove on to the edge of the airstrip at Galkayo in Puntland, north-central Somalia; armed security guards took up watchful positions nearby and a number of bemused-looking men stepped gingerly from the cars and lined up to have their photographs taken by the media.
[Vanguard] ThePresidency revealed yesterday that in the last 10 months, the federal government has not paid the salaries and allowances of all former Presidents in the country.
[Premium Times] The police in Borno State are mobilizing for a planned rally by Shiites, sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.