Angola - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Angola


Virus crisis adds to woes of Africa's oil producers

May 14, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Here is a look at how African oil-exporting countries are faring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

A view of the Kaombo Norte, a Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel(FPSO), a project operated by Total, the French multinational oil company, on November 8, 2018, about 250km off the coast of Angola in the Atlantic Ocean. - A column of flame emanates from the bow of the boat, illuminating the jet-black ocean for miles around. For three months now the Kaombo Norte has been anchored off the northern coast of Angola and has recently begun to pump up crude oil secreted in the depths below. The arrival of the platform ship which belongs to French oil giant Total has been a timely lifeline for the Angolan government. (Photo by Rodger BOSCH / AFP)

Angola's ex-first daughter Isabel dos Santos charged with fraud

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) One of five named suspects, a Portuguese banker identified in a worldwide media exclusive dubbed the 'Luanda Leaks,' has been found dead in Lisbon, police there say

ISABEL DOS SANTOS. In this file photo taken on February 05, 2018 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos visits the new started EFACEC Portuguese corporation's electric mobility industrial unit in Maia. File photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP)

Document trove shows how 'Africa's richest woman' stole fortune – ICIJ

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' latest series – called 'Luanda Leaks' – zeroes in on Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former Angola president Jose Eduardo dos Santos

ISABEL DOS SANTOS. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2018 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos delivers a speech during the start of the new EFACEC Portuguese corporation's electric mobility industrial unit in Maia. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas wastes chance in OT as Angola escapes

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Andray Blatche puts up his best performance in the FIBA World Cup yet the Philippines still falls short to wrap up the group stage winless in 3 games

NOT ENOUGH. Andray Blatche delivers stellar numbers in a losing cause. Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas put in tough spot as Italy reaches next round

Sep 02, 2019 - 5:45 PM

In order to advance to the next round, Gilas Pilipinas must pull off the improbable against Serbia, beat Angola, then hope Italy stuns Serbia

ON TO THE NEXT. Danilo Gallinari and Italy are through to the next round of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Rubio stars as Spain shrugs off slow start to FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 01, 2019 - 2:34 AM

Spain arrests a poor start while tournament favorite Serbia wastes no time stamping its class

TOP GUNS. Spanish stalwarts (from left) Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, and Juancho Hernangomez power Spain to an opening-day win. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

Angola decriminalizes homosexuality in landmark reform

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:25 PM

"Angola has finally shed the divisive 'vices against nature' provision in its law," Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in a statement

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

Oct 18, 2018 - 10:23 PM

China is the single largest bilateral financier of infrastructure in Africa, exceeding the combined total of the African Development Bank (ADB), the EU, International Finance Corporation, the WB and the G8 countries

WELCOME. File photo of China's President Xi Jinping applauding as he attends the Forum On China-Africa Cooperation - Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. Photo by Lintao Zhang/Pool/AFP

Son of Angola's ex-president sacked from national investment fund

Jan 11, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Jose Filomeno dos Santos, who was implicated in the 'Panama Papers' offshore scandal, will be replaced by former finance minister Carlos Alberto Lopes


Russia loses contact with Angolan satellite

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:54 PM

"Energia specialists are analysing telemetry at their disposal," the company said in a statement, adding it was working to re-establish contact.

Daughter of Angola's ex-president sacked as state oil chief

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:55 AM

The sacking marks a watershed moment in Joao Lourenco's young presidency as he seeks to assert his authority and clear out the legacy of his controversial predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos

SACKED. This file photo taken on May 3, 2014 shows Isabel dos Santos attending an art exhibition in Porto, northern Portugal. Fernando Veludo/Publico/AFP

Angola swears in Lourenco, first new president for 38 years

Sep 27, 2017 - 7:37 AM

Jose Eduardo dos Santos's 38-year reign over Angola finally comes to an end when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco is inaugurated as president

FIRST COUPLE. Sworn in Angolan President Joao Lourenco (L) and his wife Ana Dias de Lourenco wave to the crowd at the end of his swearing in ceremony as the new Angolan President on September 26, 2017 in Luanda. Ampe Rogerio/AFP

Angola swears in Lourenco, first new president for 38 years

Sep 26, 2017 - 8:03 PM

Joao Lourenco vows to attract more foreign investment and said he wants to be recognized as a leader who brought an 'economic miracle' to the southern African country

PRESIDENT. Joao Lourenco shows his inked finger after voting in Luanda, on August 23, 2017 during the general elections. Photo by Ampe Rogerio/AFP

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

'Ring of fire' eclipse delights Africa, South America

Feb 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

UPDATED The solar eclipse is most visible in a 100 kilometer 62 mile band cutting through Chile Argentina Angola Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Picture taken on February 26, 2017 showing people preparing to see an annular solar eclipse, at the Estancia El Muster, near Sarmiento, Chubut province, 1600 km south of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on February 26, 2017. Alejandro Pagni/AFP

17 dead in stampede at Angolan football stadium

Feb 11, 2017 - 8:48 AM

UPDATED Police says hundreds of fans had tried to enter the already packed stadium to see a football match causing a crush that pushed some people to the ground

Angola President Dos Santos to step down after 37 years

Feb 03, 2017 - 11:38 PM

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos tells a meeting of the MPLA party that the party approved the name of the candidate heading the list in the August elections as Defense Minister Joao Manuel Goncalves Lourenco

THE FUTURE OF ANGOLA. Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos attends the ordinary meeting of the central committee of Angolan Ruling party Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) on February 3, 2017 in Luanda. Photo by Ampe Rogerio/AFP

Brazil's Lula faces new corruption charges

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:25 AM

Brazil s ex president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva faces new corruption charges connected to a construction project involving his nephew in Angola in the latest threat to his comeback hopes

NEW CASE. Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Value of environmental crime at record-high $258B – report

Jun 04, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Environmental crime is the world’s 4th largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling counterfeiting and human trafficking

ILLEGAL LOGGING. This picture taken in a forest close to Rantoe Panjang Bidari village, East Aceh on April 21, 2016 shows Indonesian policemen conducting an operation to crack down on illegal logging.  File photo by AFP

Angola yellow fever outbreak could spark 'global crisis' – Red Cross

May 19, 2016 - 8:58 PM

The warning comes as the World Health Organization holds an emergency meeting Thursday on the Angola outbreak

YELLOW FEVER VACCINE. A Angolan military administers a yellow fever vaccine to a child at 'Quilometro 30' market, Luanda, Angola, 16 February 2016. File photo by Joost de Raeymaeker/EPA

'Anonymous' cyber attack hits Angola govt after activists jailed

Mar 30, 2016 - 9:29 PM

In a statement on its Facebook page late on Tuesday March 29 the Anonymous Portugal group lists the government websites it said it attacked None of the websites are accessible on Wednesday

Angola's dos Santos to quit after 36 years in office

Mar 11, 2016 - 8:30 PM

His mandate ends in late 2017 but he did not indicate why he would leave the year after

Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos (2-R) listens to Chinese President Xi Jinping (not in picture) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 09 June 2015. Jose Eduardo Dos Santos is on a visit to China from June 8 to 13. EPA/WANG ZHAO / POOL

Yellow fever death toll rises to 125 in Angola

Feb 27, 2016 - 7:13 PM

The health ministry say 92 people have died in Luanda the capital

YELLOW FEVER. An Angolan military administers a yellow fever vaccine to a child at 'Quilometro 30' market, Luanda, Angola. Photo by Joost de Raeymaeker/EPA

Nicki Minaj performs at Angola concert despite criticism

Dec 20, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Critics say that Nicki s concert is an endorsement of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos authoritarian rule

NICKI MINAJ. The rapper performs at her Angola concert in spite of criticism that it endorses President Jose Eduardo dos Santos' authoritarian rule. Screengrab from Instagram/nickiminaj

Angolan president wants stricter social media laws

Dec 19, 2015 - 4:17 AM

President Eduardo Dos Santos says Social networks should not be used to violate other people s rights humiliate slander or convey degrading or morally offensive content

STRICTER SOCIAL MEDIA. Angolan Jose Eduardo Dos Santos wants to crack down on social media in Angola. Photo by Alain Jocard/AFP

Nicki Minaj criticized over Angola concert plans

Dec 17, 2015 - 11:15 PM

Activists say that Minaj s performance would endorse the authoritarian rule of long time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos

VLOG: Malaysia wins seat at UN Security Council

Oct 17, 2014 - 3:42 PM

Ayee Macaraig tells us exactly how countries become part of the United Nations Security Council

CLEAR VICTORY. Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman waits for the announcement of Malaysia's election into the UN Security Council. The country ran for an Asian seat unopposed. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Malaysia wins seat at UN Security Council

Oct 17, 2014 - 1:28 AM

Malaysia will lead ASEAN as it sits on the so called top table of the world the powerful UN Security Council

CLEAR VICTORY. Malaysia's Foreign Minister Anifah Aman waits for the announcement of Malaysia's election into the UN Security Council. The country ran for an Asian seat unopposed. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Malaysia cites PH peace in UN Security Council bid

Oct 16, 2014 - 7:45 PM

Expensive campaigns and diplomatic tradeoffs factor into the elections for the United Nation s most powerful and exclusive body the Security Council

UN Security Council: 5 countries set to join world's 'top table'

Oct 13, 2014 - 11:17 AM

For the contenders a Council seat is the ultimate diplomatic prize raising a country s profile several notches boosting influence and providing knockoff benefits in bilateral ties

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Kim Haughton/UN Photo

FIBA to investigate Australia over suspicious loss

Sep 09, 2014 - 12:00 AM

It is widely suspected that Australia lost that game in order to avoid having to face the reigning world champions USA until the semi finals reads a FIBA statement

Armando Cordoba of Angola drives on Nate Jawai of Australia during the game that FIBA is investigating. Photo from

All roads lead to Spain: FIBA World Cup Group D preview

Aug 30, 2014 - 3:57 PM

Take a closer look at FIBA World Cup Group D which includes Lithuania Slovenia Australia Mexico Korea and Angola

Goran Dragic (R), Bostjan Nachbar (L) and Mirza Begic (C) and the rest of Slovenia are hoping to recreate this scene a few more times at the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Georgi Locovski/EPA

Gilas Pilipinas falls to Angola in 5th straight tuneup loss

Aug 22, 2014 - 3:48 AM

The Philippine men s national basketball team continues to struggle to achieve victories leading up to the 2014 FIBA World Cup losing to Angola

Gilas Pilipinas sustained another defeat in its preparations for the FIBA World Cup. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mariah Carey criticized by activists for Angola concert

Dec 21, 2013 - 8:25 AM

A human rights group criticizes Mariah Carey for performing for leaders in abusive poor countries

DICTATOR CASH. A human rights group criticizes Mariah Carey for performing for leaders in abusive, poor countries. AFP File Photo

Angola New Year stampede death toll rises to 16

Jan 02, 2013 - 9:40 PM

A New Year s eve stampede kills 16 in Angola following a similar accident in the Ivory Coast

PH's 1st international Capoeira Angola event

Apr 16, 2012 - 5:44 PM

ECAMAR Philippines hosts the 1st International Capoeira Encounter open to all interested