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West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnight

21 minutes ago

A military commander with West Africa's regional bloc says its forces will "take action" at midnight unless a solution is found to Gambia's political crisis before then.

Girl, 8, dies after stepdad forces her to sit on tin with boiling water

21 minutes ago

A 39-year-old Zimbabwean man has been arrested after he reportedly killed his 8-year-old stepdaughter whom he forced to sit on a tin with boiling water.

Kenya, Rwanda ban poultry from Uganda over bird flu

21 minutes ago

Kenyan and Rwandan authorities have said they had banned poultry products from neighbouring Uganda, where a virulent H5 strain of avian flu has broken out.

Five things to know about The Gambia

21 minutes ago

The Gambia has been plunged into political turmoil since President Yahya Jammeh disputed his rival Adama Barrow's election victory.

Senegal troops heading for Gambia border, say residents

2017-01-18 21:31

Witnesses confirm that Senegalese troops are moving toward the Gambian border as pressure mounts for Gambia's president to step down.

Senegal asks UN to back Ecowas action in Gambia

2017-01-18 21:31

Senegal has presented a draft resolution to the UN Security Council seeking support for Ecowas efforts to press Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh to step down, diplomats have said.

 
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TRAGEDY:   A man carrying a child after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. (AFP)

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Mali minister: 'barbaric' attack won't deter peace efforts

21 minutes ago

Mali's foreign minister says the "criminal, cowardly, barbaric attack" on the armed forces and former fighters will not deter the government from moving forward "to promote peace and to act against those who are trying to sabotage the peace process."

Pro-Biafrans announce Trump solidarity rally

2017-01-18 21:31

A pro-Biafra group has announced its intention to hold a rally in Nigeria in support of Donald Trump on his inauguration day as US president.

I Coast port seeks to resume operations as mutiny spreads

2017-01-18 21:31

Ivory Coast's main port of Abidjan, one of Africa's biggest, was shut down when angry security forces began firing into the air during protests by mutinous troops, port staff have said.

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IMF says Egypt on track for next aid tranche

2017-01-18 21:31

Egypt has made a "good start" on reforms under a loan deal with the International Monetary Fund and soaring inflation is expected to drop around mid-2017, an IMF official says

UN says ready for talks with Congolese rebels

2017-01-18 20:30

The UN has said it had no confirmation Congolese rebels sheltering in Uganda had crossed back into the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that it was ready for talks with the group if so.

Popular Sufi leader in Morocco dies aged 95

2017-01-18 20:30

The head of one of Morocco's biggest Sufi orders, with tens of thousands of followers at home and abroad, died at the aged of 95, an official and local media have said.

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

2017-01-18 19:26

A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle has attacked a camp in northern Mali killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region.

The Gambia: Jammeh's rule in six dates

2017-01-18 19:26

Key dates in the 22-year regime of Yahya Jammeh, the strongman who has ruled The Gambia since 1994, and who is contesting his defeat in December's presidential elections.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Ghana, Nigeria

2017-01-18 18:47

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness and regret over a Nigerian air strike error, and Gambian lawmakers have extended Yahya Jammeh's rule by at least three months.

Two poachers killed in Kenyan national park: wildlife service

2017-01-18 17:14

Two suspected poachers have been shot dead during an exchange of fire with rangers at a national park in western Kenya, the national wildlife service has reported.

Typhoid claims another victim in Harare – report

2017-01-18 16:32

A Zimbabwean teenage girl has died due to the recent typhoid outbreak that has hit the southern African country in recent months.

Nigeria says warship on way toward Gambia 'to sack Jammeh'

2017-01-18 14:33

Nigeria has confirmed that one of its warships is heading toward Gambia but calls it a "flag-showing and West Africa training" exercise,as the tiny west African nation faces a possible regional military intervention.

Scramble to treat wounded after botched Nigeria air strike

2017-01-18 13:30

Scores of wounded people have been airlifted to hospital for treatment after a botched air strike on Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria killed at least 52 civilians and aid workers.

Gambia crisis: Tourists to be evacuated

2017-01-18 12:02

Special flights are being organised to evacuate British tourists from Gambia where the threat of a military intervention is looming.

PHOTOS: Nigeria's air strike error

2017-01-18 10:30

A Nigerian air force jet on a mission against Boko Haram mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers. See some of the pictures from the incident.

Donkey reflectors! Vets' bright bid to stop Zimbabwe's donkey road carnage

2017-01-18 09:10

It's a grim sight along roads leading to the Beitbridge border post in Zimbabwe: donkeys, killed or maimed by drivers travelling at night. So a group of vets in Zimbabwe has come up with a simple, inexpensive solution.

Nigeria air strike error: President Buhari expresses 'deep sadness, regret'

2017-01-18 06:23

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed "deep sadness and regret" after a Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers.

Delays, dispute hamper plans for UN regional force for South Sudan

2017-01-17 22:40

Plans to deploy a UN regional force in South Sudan are bogged down in delays over visas, the allocation of land for bases and a dispute over protecting Juba airport, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP.

Drought may add famine to Somalia's humanitarian woes

2017-01-17 22:40

A serious drought has left parts of Somalia at risk of famine and 320 000 children are already severely malnourished and in need of care, the UN humanitarian agency has said..

Egypt keen to save Saudi ties after islands ruling

2017-01-17 21:33

Cairo will do all it can to preserve crucial ties with Saudi Arabia, experts say, after an Egyptian court ruled against government plans to transfer control of two islands to Riyadh.

Official: Nigeria mistakenly bombs camp, kills more than 100

2017-01-17 20:33

A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists has mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state official has said.

Gambian president declares state of emergency

2017-01-17 20:33

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a state of emergency, citing foreign interference in a presidential election he lost to opponent Adama Barrow last month.

Loyalist troops kill mutinous soldier in I Coast capital

2017-01-17 19:28

Elite loyalist troops from Ivory Coast have killed a mutinous soldier in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro, says a military source.

Libyan wins right to sue UK ex-minister for rendition

2017-01-17 18:36

A British court on Tuesday ruled that a former Libyan militant can sue a former foreign minister and an ex-MI6 officer over his rendition in a landmark case that could pave the way for more lawsuits.

46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene

2017-01-18 20:30

At least 46 "severely injured" people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed and they need urgent evacuation, the International Committee for the Red Cross has said.

Gunfire near Ivory Coast port as government meets on unrest

2017-01-18 20:30

A witness says military police have fired weapons near the port in Ivory Coast's largest city and soldiers are responding to the scene.

Compensate camp bomb victims, HRW tells Nigeria

2017-01-18 19:26

Nigerian authorities should provide compensation to victims of the recent bombing of a refugee camp in Rann, Borno State, a rights group has said.

DA wants govt to summon Gambian ambassador

2017-01-18 18:47

The DA has asked the government to summon Gambia's ambassador to South Africa over President Yahya Jammeh's attempt to stay in power "at all costs".

Gambia crisis: Parliament extends Jammeh's stay in power 3 months

2017-01-18 17:14

Gambia's parliament has voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term in office for three months, even as his mandate is set to end tomorrow, state television says.

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

2017-01-18 17:14

Obama's ties to Africa were personal. On the first visit to his father's homeland, Kenya, since winning the White House, he assured the cheering crowds: "I'll be back."

Landlord kills 'mentally-ill' tenant for 'failing to flush toilet'

2017-01-18 15:31

A Ghanaian home owner reportedly hit and killed his "mentally-ill" tenant with an unidentified metallic object for "failing to flush the toilet" after using it.

Suicide attack on pro-govt militia camp in Mali kills 37 fighters

2017-01-18 14:33

A suicide bomb attack on a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia in northern Mali killed 37 fighters, a UN peacekeeping source and a local official says.

Explainer: The African leader who refuses to leave

2017-01-18 13:30

The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country.

Second I Coast soldier killed as mutiny protests return

2017-01-18 12:02

Two mutinous soldiers have been killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital, as troops staged protests in several cities, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents.

Israel raises height of barrier on Egypt border

2017-01-18 10:31

Israel says it has finished raising the height of an electronic fence along part of its border with Egypt to shut down irregular migration routes.

Al-Shabaab video appears to show killing of Ugandan soldier

2017-01-18 09:10

Somalia's al-Shabaab extremist group has released a video that appears to show the killing of a Ugandan soldier who had been held captive since an attack on an African Union peacekeeping base in 2015.

Tunisia strikes deal on Libya border trade

2017-01-18 06:23

Tunisian and Libyan parties have struck a deal to resume vital trade through the Ras Jedir crosspoint after a week of unrest, a source close to the negotiations has said.

'Little' security at Tunisia attack resort: inquest

2017-01-17 22:40

A report on security at hotels in the Tunisian resort of Sousse had found security failings just months before a terror attack, an inquest into the killings of 30 British tourists there has heard.

Crisis-gripped Gambia bars seven foreign journalists

2017-01-17 21:33

Seven foreign journalists have been barred from entering The Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to quit days before the planned inauguration of his rival Adama Barrow.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Gambia, Botswana

2017-01-17 20:32

A prophet held for predicting Mugabe's death says he has "no regrets" for making the prophecy, and 8-year-old son of Gambia's Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs.

Nigeria: Military jet mistakenly bombs refugees, aid workers

2017-01-17 19:28

A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists has mistakenly bombed refugees and aid workers, killing and wounding an unknown number of people, the commander for counterinsurgency operations in the country's northeast has said.

Morocco offers The Gambia president 'golden retirement'

2017-01-17 18:36

Morocco has offered The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh asylum in return for accepting election defeat and stepping down, a local news website reported Tuesday.

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