The Africa Report: 19 February
EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day's top African news.
TRUCE BREAKS IN SOUTH SUDAN
South Sudan's government and rebel forces have exchanged accusations over which side broke the ceasefire less than 24 hours after it began, dashing hopes of a swift end to the brutal conflict.
Aimed at stopping five weeks of bitter fighting in which thousands have died, the ceasefire began on Friday evening with both sides reporting clashes.
The international community has repeatedly urged both sides to respect the ceasefire as peace talks continue in neighboring Ethiopia. The talks have proceeded slowly and the violence affects the economic backbone of the country.
LIBYAN MILITIA WARN PARLIAMENTARIANS : RESIGN OR FACE ARREST
Libyan militias on Tuesday called for legislators to step down or be detained, after Parliament's term in office expired earlier this month. Hundreds of protesters have since taken to the streets against the extension of Parliament's term until an election is held later this year.
The ultimatum to Parliament raises fears the situation could turn into an armed confrontation between rival militia and the rebel forces supporting the Islamist factions in Parliament.
The al-Qaaqaa and al-Sawaaq militias called on parliament "to hand over power" by 9pm, saying lawmakers who refused to do so will be considered "usurpers" and would be detained.
The five-hour ultimatum expired without major forces' deployment to the convention centre where Parliament convenes.
Nouri Abu Sahmein, the head of Parliament, speaking on behalf of the General National Congress, said they reject all attempts to remove them from power and considers them a coup against the legitimate institutions and the choices of the Libyan people.
GERMAN COURT SENTENCES RWANDAN GENOCIDAIRE TO 14 YEARS
The High Regional Court of Frankfurt, Germany, yesterday sentenced Onesphore Rwabukombe to 14 years imprisonment for his role in the Rwandan genocide.
Rwabukombe, 54, who was arrested in 2010 in Germany, is the first Rwandan to be tried by the German court in connection with the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
He is the former Mayor of the Nyagatare District and is accused of being responsible for calling for the killings of more than 5,000 who had sought refuge in the Kiziguro church.
Prosecutors had requested that Rwabukombe be given a life sentence, which is the equivalent of 25 years in the German judicial system.