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6 soldiers killed in eastern DRC ambush

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Unidentified gunmen have killed six elite presidential guard soldiers in an ambush in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, military and local sources say.

Ex-bodyguard: Mugabe worse than Ian Smith

2015-08-31 16:19

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was worse than colonial ruler Ian Smith, one of Mugabe's former bodyguards has said.

South Sudan rebel leader: Cease-fire, peace pact in danger

2015-08-31 16:19

South Sudan’s rebel leader says attacks by government troops on rebel-held areas could cause the failure of a peace agreement between the warring sides.

UN: Somalia aid crisis critical

2015-08-31 15:55

War-torn Somalia remains in a “critical” state four years after a devastating famine, the UN says, noting a sharp rise in those needing food aid.

Clan warfare trumps diplomacy in Mali's fragile north

2015-08-31 15:01

The UN has deployed 10 000 peacekeepers and poured more than $1bn into Mali but its efforts to end a three-year conflict are threatened by the re-emergence of a centuries-old rivalry between Tuareg clans.

 
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Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels

2015-08-31 15:55

Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip, as the north African country launches its project to fill the Gaza border area with water to stop militant activity.

Boko Haram expanding network across Nigeria, officials say

2015-08-31 15:00

Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is expanding its network across Nigeria, the country's secret police says, after it arrested 20 senior members in various locations.

Succession: Zim VP Mnangagwa 'playing his cards well'

2015-08-31 13:55

Zimbabwe’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa could be positioning himself as the sole successor of President Robert Mugabe, analysts say, following an interview with the London-based New African magazine.

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Gunmen kidnap journalist in Nigerian oil city - police

2015-08-31 13:14

Gunmen in Nigeria's southern oil city Port Harcourt have kidnapped a senior journalist working for a private national newspaper, police say.

Thousands of young women to dance for Swazi king

2015-08-31 11:54

Thousands of young women are preparing to sing and dance in front of Swaziland's King Mswati III to honour Africa's last absolute monarchy.

Central African Republic to limit president to 2 terms

2015-08-31 09:02

Central African Republic’s transitional government has adopted a new constitution that would limit future presidents to two terms in office as the country seeks to end more than a year of sectarian violence.

Migrant boat accident: Toll hits 37

2015-08-31 07:29

The death toll in the boat that sank off Libya’s Mediterranean coast has risen to 37, an official says. This is the second such fatal accident within days.

Boko Haram is trying to hit Lagos - Nigerian official

2015-08-31 05:28

A Nigerian security official says the Islamic extremist rebels of Boko Haram are trying to spread their violent campaign across Nigeria including Lagos, the country's largest city.

Bashir to visit China despite international arrest warrant

2015-08-30 21:04

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is expected to travel to China for a four-day visit, the foreign ministry says, defying an international warrant for his arrest.

Migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast, kills at least seven -official

2015-08-30 17:49

A boat carrying migrants has sunk off Libya's Mediterranean coast, killing at least seven people, the second such fatal accident within days.

Nigeria arrests Boko Haram commander linked with suicide attacks

2015-08-30 14:52

Nigeria's secret police say it had arrested notable Boko Haram suspects, including a key commander, linked with several suicide attacks across the country.

Driver arrested, charged with negligence in Swaziland crash

2015-08-30 12:37

A newspaper in Swaziland is reporting that one of the drivers involved in the crash that killed a reported 38 young women and girls has been arrested.

Burkina dismisses election candidates linked to ex-president

2015-08-30 11:24

Burkina Faso's constitutional council has dismissed two election candidates close to ousted President Blaise Compaore, but allowed other members of the political old guard to stand.

US man arrested on Sierra Leone 'blood diamond' charges

2015-08-30 08:47

Spanish authorities have arrested a American man on charges of enslavement and diamond pillaging during Sierra Leone's civil war, a victims' association says.

Chad executes 10 Boko Haram members

2015-08-29 21:58

Chad has executed 10 alleged members of Nigeria-based Islamist group, Boko Haram, by firing squad, a day after they were found guilty of a double suicide killing that left 38 people dead in the capital N'Djamena.

3 Libyans held after migrant shipwreck tragedy

2015-08-29 21:16

Three Libyan nationals have been arrested in connection with a shipwreck believed to have led to the death of at least 250 migrants.

Cancel reed dance, solidarity network calls as death toll rises

2015-08-29 19:21

The death toll in an accident in which dozens of young women were killed in Swaziland has risen to 65.

Jazeera to appeal 'grotesque' verdict to jail journalists

2015-08-29 17:51

Al Jazeera has vowed to appeal an Egyptian court verdict to sentence three of its journalists to three years in prison, calling it a "deliberate attack on press freedom".

Rights groups condemn jailing of Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt

2015-08-29 15:36

Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders have condemned the jailing for three years of Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohammed by an Egyptian court.

38 Swazi girls killed in horror crash

2015-08-29 12:51

The Swaziland Solidarity Network says 38 girls were killed and 20 seriously injured in an accident while they were on their way to cut reeds for the annual Umhlanga Reed dance.

Al Jazeera journalists jailed for 3 years in Egypt

2015-08-29 11:15

An Egyptian court has jailed three Al Jazeera journalists for three years each on charges of broadcasting false news and working without permits.

Mozambique journalist killed in drive-by shooting

2015-08-28 19:34

A veteran Mozambican investigative reporter, publisher of the online Diario de Noticias, has been killed in a drive-by shooting.

Zimbabwe won't starve, VP Mphoko insists

2015-08-28 17:02

Zimbabwean Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko says the country won’t starve, despite reports this week that at least 1.5 million people are at risk of going hungry after a fall in the maize production.

4 Libyan soldiers killed in new battle with Islamist fighters

2015-08-31 13:14

Four Libyan soldiers have been killed and six wounded in fresh fighting with Islamist groups in the eastern city of Benghazi, medics and military officials say.

ICC trial of Congolese 'Terminator' warlord to start

2015-08-31 11:10

Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda is set to go on trial before the International Criminal Court accused of war crimes, including the rape of child soldiers by his own rebel army.

Date set for Egypt parliamentary polls

2015-08-31 09:02

Egypt will hold a long-awaited parliamentary election in two phases starting October 18-19, the election commission says, the final step of a roadmap to democracy.

Boko Haram kills at least 56 in remote part of Borno State

2015-08-31 07:29

Islamic extremist group Boko Haram has killed at least 56 villagers in a remote area, the governor of Borno State of the region says.

CAR court bars transitional govt members from polls

2015-08-30 22:07

Central African Republic's constitutional court has confirmed the exclusion of past members of a transitional government from running for office in presidential and parliamentary elections due in October.

Egypt summons British envoy over criticism of Jazeera trial

2015-08-30 19:16

Egypt's foreign ministry has summoned the British ambassador over his criticism of prison sentences handed to three journalists from Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera.

Algeria detains former counter-terror chief - report

2015-08-30 16:24

A retired Algerian intelligence chief, formerly in charge of counter-terrorism, is being held in a military prison after his arrest in Algiers.

South Sudan rebels accuse army of violating ceasefire

2015-08-30 13:58

South Sudan rebels has accused the army of violating a ceasefire, just hours after it came into effect, by bombarding their positions along the White Nile river.

It's the Lord who lets me live so long - Mugabe

2015-08-30 11:31

President Robert Mugabe says it's 'the Lord' who has let him live to the ripe old age of 91, but avoiding alcohol has helped.

Egypt ruling on Jazeera reporters condemned by western states

2015-08-30 10:14

Many western countries have voiced swift disapproval after an Egyptian court handed down three-year prison sentences to three Al Jazeera reporters whom they have long demanded be released.

Greste calls for Sisi to pardon Al-Jazeera journalists

2015-08-30 07:38

Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste has called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to pardon him and two colleagues after a court handed down three-year prison sentences, describing the decision as 'politically motivated'.

Seven die in military air crash in Nigeria

2015-08-29 21:16

Seven people died when a military plane crashed into a house in northern Nigeria, killing everyone on board, the air force and disaster management officials say.

New violence in South Sudan despite peace deal

2015-08-29 19:23

South Sudan’s army and rebels have begun fighting again in northern Unity State, two days after President Salva Kiir signed a long-awaited peace deal.

No guarantee I will be next president - Zim VP

2015-08-29 18:47

As Grace Mugabe's political star rises in Zimbabwe, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa says there's no guarantee he'll become the next president.

Chad sentences 10 Boko Haram members to death

2015-08-29 16:40

Ten members of Boko Haram have been sentenced to death in Chad for crimes including murder and the use of explosives.

Nigeria smashes spy ring at Abuja airport

2015-08-29 14:50

Nigeria's domestic intelligence agency has warned travellers to be ready for an attack on the capital's airport, after announcing it had smashed a spy network run by Boko Haram.

'Devastated' Al Jazeera journalist's family to press for deportation

2015-08-29 12:26

The family of Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy say they are "devastated" by the three-year sentence handed to him by an Egyptian court, and will seek to have him deported to Canada, where he holds citizenship.

DRC fires leave thousands homeless

2015-08-29 07:17

Widespread bush fires fanned by strong winds have destroyed hundreds of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, leaving thousands of people without shelter.

Clashes force thousands to flee after beheading

2015-08-28 21:20

Fresh violence in the central CAR town of Bambari ahead of the planned presidential elections next month has forced thousands to flee.

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