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Angola faces currency test in economy shake-up

Luanda - Angolan President Joao Lourenco was elected five months ago promising an "economic miracle".

Angola's Lourenco keeps pressure on Dos Santos cronies

Luanda - The first major scalp claimed by Angola's new president Joao Lourenco in his war on corruption and nepotism was that of his predecessor's daughter, who was sacked as head of the state oil company.

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite

Moscow - Russia has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, its maker said Wednesday -- a fresh embarrassment for Moscow's once proud space industry.

Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite: space industry source

Moscow - Russia has lost contact with Angola's first national telecoms satellite launched from the Baikonur space pad, a source in the space industry told AFP on Wednesday.

Russia launches telecoms satellite for Angola

Moscow - Russia on Tuesday launched a rocket carrying Angosat-1, the first national telecoms satellite for Angola, from its Baikonur space pad, with rare use of a rocket from Ukraine despite collapsed ties between the two nations.

Isabel dos Santos: Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

Luanda - Isabel dos Santos, who was sacked Wednesday as Angola's state oil chief, is the eldest daughter of Angola's former president and a British-educated billionaire businesswoman dubbed the richest woman in Africa.

Angola swears in Lourenco, first new president for 38 years

Luanda - Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda.

Angola swears in Lourenco, first new president for 38 years

Luanda - Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda.

Daunting challenges facing Angola's new president

Luanda - Angola's incoming president Joao Lourenco faces a slew of challenges that include dwindling oil prices, rampant poverty, soaring unemployment and the long shadow cast by his predecessor and his family.

Trump announces ambassador picks to Germany, India

Washington - US President Donald Trump has announced a series of ambassador nominations to key capitals, including Berlin and New Delhi, more than seven months after taking office.

MPLA secures Angola poll win as Lourenco set for power

Luanda - The election victory of Angola's ruling MPLA party was confirmed Friday despite angry complaints from opposition parties, as almost all votes were counted and poll observers backed the outcome.

Dos Santos: Angola's secretive leader heads towards exit

Luanda - When Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down after Wednesday's elections, it will bring to an end a 38-year reign dominated by his unrelenting authoritarian style.

Angola's political Lazarus

Luanda - Angola's new president, Joao Lourenco who will be sworn in Tuesday, is a former general who spent several years in the political wilderness after angling for the top job in the 1990s.

Lourenco to take power in Angola as MPLA wins election

Luanda - Angola's ruling MPLA won this week's election, a poll official announced Thursday, with party candidate Joao Lourenco now set to succeed President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos who has ruled for 38 years.

Angola: five things to know

Luanda - Despite fabulous oil riches, Angola remains one of the poorest countries in the world and is one of the most closed societies on the African continent.

Dos Santos: Angola's secretive leader heads towards exit

Luanda - When Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down and his successor is chosen in Wednesday's elections, it will bring to an end a 38-year reign dominated by his unrelenting authoritarian style.

Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule

Luanda - Angolans voted on Wednesday in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite an economic crisis.

Angola heads to polls as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule

Luanda - Angolans vote Wednesday in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite the economic crisis.

As vote looms, Angolans chafe over Dos Santos era

Luanda - After nearly 40 years under the rule of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, millions of Angolans are angry and frustrated -- and many seem determined to use Wednesday's elections to express their hunger for change.

Angolan VP to be tried for corruption in Portugal

Lisbon - Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente will face trial in Portugal over allegations he bribed a magistrate to drop two investigations against him, according to a Wednesday ruling cited in Portuguese media.

Angola feels pressure of DR Congo refugees

Dundo - Hundreds of people from Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region have been pouring into neighbouring Angola every day for more than a month to escape violence plaguing their homes.

Angolan activists jailed over election protest

Luanda - Seven Angolan opposition activists have been sentenced to 45 days in jail over a protest calling for transparency in August elections when veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is due to stand down.

Angola probes football stampede that killed 17

Luanda - Angola on Saturday announced an investigation into a stadium stampede that killed at least 17 and injured scores in what was described as the southern African country's worst football tragedy.

Dos Santos: Angola's secretive leader heads towards exit

Luanda - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos's announcement Friday that he will step down brings to an end a 37-year reign marked by an unrelenting authoritarian style.

Angola President Dos Santos to step down after 37 years

Luanda - Veteran Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos announced Friday he will not run in August elections, signalling the end to 37 years in power and naming his defence minister as the candidate to succeed him.

In Angola, 'word of God preached in a store'

Luanda - Pastor Gabriel Baptiste of the Pentecostal "Bread of Life" church in the Angolan capital Luanda preaches in a premises that used to be a busy barber's shop.

Portugal's BPI cedes control of Angola's top bank

Lisbon - Portugal's BPI bank on Thursday ceded control of Angola's top lender to a telecoms company run by Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the country's president and dubbed Africa's richest woman.

Angola awaits successor to long-ruling leader Dos Santos

Luanda - Angola is expected to formally announce the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos' controversial 37-year rule Saturday, and name a successor to lead the ailing African oil-producing country.

Angola's longtime President Dos Santos to stand down in 2017

Luanda - Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled for 37 years, will stand down before next year's general election, state radio said Friday citing sources in the ruling MPLA party.

37 ex-opposition fighters face coup charges in Angola

Luanda - Thirty-seven former fighters from Angola's main UNITA opposition party go on trial Friday accused of attempting to stage a coup earlier this year, the state news agency Angop reported on Thursday.
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Herman Wallace has been in isolation for 39 years at Angola prison in Louisiana
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Angola's President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
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Angola's President Jose Siphiwe Sibeko (C) addresses the media in the capital Luanda
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Isaias Samakuva, leader of Angola's main opposition UNITA party
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