Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe breaks his silence after months of protests against his rule, calling on the opposition to “dialogue” in his New Year address.
This week on Africa Weekly, we follow a Togolese protestor who travels from Benin every week to join in demonstrations calling for President Faure Gnassingbe to step down, we go behind the scenes of South Africa’s fledgling textile industry, and we visit Sao Tome and Principe’s celebrity chef who’s cooking up a plan to draw tourists to the tiny archipelago.FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY
Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News
The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels drive al Qaeda out of central stronghold, security forces in Togo clash with protesters calling for presidential term limits, an outbreak of plague kills dozens in Madagascar since August and could spread in the capital, fishermen retrieve Japanese blowfish from Crimea’s Sevastopol Bay.
Houthi Rebels Force Al Qaeda Out of Central Stronghold
With the help of government forces, Shia Houthi fighters drove the Sunni militants out of al Bayda province.
Police Confront Protesters Demanding Presidential Term Limits
Thousands are calling on the government to enforce limits, which would bar President Faure Gnassingbe from running for a third term next year.
Plague Kill a Third of 119 Infected Since August
Forty have died from the plague in three months, and the UN warns the disease could spread in the capital.
Fishermen Come Across Unusual Threat
Japanese puffer fish were retrieved from Sevastopol Bay, and scientists say the fish could harm the Black Sea fauna and local population.
Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com