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Rights group urges halt of arms deals to Egypt over abuses

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Britain-based Amnesty International is calling on EU member states to halt arms sales to Egypt over human rights abuses it characterises as "fuelling killings and torture."

Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet

2016-05-24 23:04

Parts of bodies recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 show signs of burns and are so small that they suggest the jet was brought down by an explosion.

Nigerian governor declares 'war' against herdsmen

2016-05-24 22:30

A Nigerian state governor has declared 'war' against nomadic herdsmen, after another deadly attack in an escalating conflict killed two people.

Zika cases under control on Cape Verde

2016-05-24 21:24

The only African cases of the Zika virus strain linked to surging cases of neurological disorders and birth defects are under control on Cape Verde.

Burundi talks mediator hopes to meet absent opposition

2016-05-24 19:32

The mediator tasked with brokering talks to end Burundi's festering political crisis says he hoped to meet the opposition after it was barred from peace negotiations in Tanzania.

Uganda protests to DRC over border police killings

2016-05-24 17:23

Uganda has sent an official complaint to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after four police officers were shot dead on a lake between the neighbours.

 
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Libya says oil production up at 300 000 bpd

2016-05-24 20:29

Crude production in oil-rich but conflict-ridden Libya is now more than 300 000 barrels per day since a new terminal opened in the east, the LANA news agency has announced.

Mauritania gold miners on strike

2016-05-24 18:29

Mauritanian miners have begun an open-ended strike at a Canadian-owned gold mine over pay conditions, with unions citing the vast gap between their salaries and expats.

A quarter of a century after independence Eritreans still yearn for freedom

2016-05-24 15:59

Eritrea marks 25 years of independence from Ethiopia this month. It is now one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world and is run by a repressive government. Thabo Leshilo sheds light on the secretive country as it marks this milestone.

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Catholic nun held in Kenya for blocking immunisation of pupils

2016-05-24 12:27

Police in Nakuru County, Kenya, have arrested a Catholic nun for blocking the immunisation of at least 700 pupils against measles and rubella.

Step down and look after your grandson, Zimbabweans tell Mugabe

2016-05-24 12:27

Zimbabweans have urged President Robert Mugabe, 92, to step down so that he can have more time to take care of his newly born grandson, a report says.

EU condemns parties in South Sudan for human rights abuses

2016-05-24 07:18

The EU is criticising "all parties" in South Sudan for human rights abuses and killings of civilians and says they "must cease immediately."

Sudan effectively expels top UN humanitarian official

2016-05-23 21:52

UN says the government of Sudan has effectively expelled a senior UN official in charge of co-ordinating relief efforts.

EgyptAir plane 'did not swerve' before crash

2016-05-23 20:57

A top air navigation official says the Egyptair plane did not swerve or lose altitude before it disappeared as claimed by Greece.

Would-be bomber escapes Boko Haram captors

2016-05-23 19:28

A Nigerian mother of three has described how she escaped from Boko Haram Islamists after being abducted, drugged and told she was going to become a suicide bomber.

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

2016-05-23 16:20

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school.

Carers wait to see if adorable Zimbabwe mongooses have TB

2016-05-23 13:15

Carers at a wildlife sanctuary in Zimbabwe must wait 10 months or more to see if an adorable pair of rescued baby mongooses have TB.

Sudan ups pressure for exit of Darfur peacekeepers

2016-05-23 08:23

As the UN Security Council begins talks next month on renewing its mission in Darfur for another year, Sudan has stepped up pressure for a complete exit of international peacekeepers from the war-torn region.

Egyptians held over islands protest on hunger strike

2016-05-23 05:37

Family members of Egyptians detained for planning a demonstration last month say 21 of them have started a hunger strike, protesting what they call an "unfair trial".

UN says Sudan 'expels' senior humanitarian official

2016-05-22 21:36

Sudan has "de facto expelled" a senior United Nations humanitarian affairs official after refusing to renew his "stay permit" for another year, a UN statement says.

Egypt submarine headed to plane crash site

2016-05-22 15:43

Egypt's president says a submarine belonging to his country's Oil Ministry has left for the site of the crash of EgyptAir Flight-804 in the eastern Mediterranean.

Is Kenya bluffing over closure of world's largest refugee camp?

2016-05-22 11:11

Kenya's plan to close the world's largest refugee camp could be a bid to trigger more international aid as well as a "cynical" political move ahead of presidential elections, according to analysts and NGOs.

Tanzanian president fires drunk minister

2016-05-22 07:21

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired his interior minister for turning up in parliament allegedly the worse for wear for drink, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa says.

Burundi talks resume without opposition

2016-05-21 19:08

Peace talks aimed at solving Burundi's year-long crisis have resumed in Tanzania, but with the opposition barred from the meeting, there was little hope it would help strike a deal.

No theories ruled out on EgyptAir crash after smoke report: Paris

2016-05-21 16:32

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says that no theory on the cause of the EgyptAir crash has been ruled out, after revelations of smoke in the cabin minutes before the disaster.

EgyptAir flight messages showed smoke on board

2016-05-21 10:16

The French aviation safety agency says that the EgyptAir A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean with 66 people aboard had transmitted automatic messages indicating smoke in the cabin.

Crews hunt for debris, black box from doomed EgyptAir jet

2016-05-21 08:53

Search crews are scouring for further wreckage of EgyptAir flight 804 - including for the plane's black boxes, which could provide vital clues to why the jetliner crashed killing all 66 on board

DRC's Katumbi flies to SA for medical help

2016-05-20 23:04

The DRC's top opposition candidate for the upcoming presidential election has flown to South Africa for medical treatment, one day after authorities issued an arrest warrant for him on charges his supporters say are politically motivated.

Angolan court acquits prominent rights activist

2016-05-20 22:13

Angola's Supreme Court has acquitted a leading activist who was jailed in 2015 for six years for planning an anti-government protest in the oil-rich province of Cabinda.

Nun shot dead in South Sudan - UN radio

2016-05-20 20:00

A Slovakian nun working as a nurse in war-torn South Sudan has died after being shot, UN radio reports.

EgyptAir human remains suggest on board blast

2016-05-24 12:30

A senior Egyptian forensics official says human remains retrieved from the crash site of EgyptAir flight 804 suggest there was an explosion on board that may have brought down the aircraft.

Egypt's former top auditor summoned for questioning

2016-05-24 08:44

An Egyptian security official says Egypt's former top auditor, who was dismissed in March, has been summoned for questioning by the country's national security prosecutors over statements he made estimating the cost of corruption.

Tunisian Islamist party separates religion, politics

2016-05-24 05:22

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahda party has voted to separate its political and religious work, part of the group's effort to cast itself as a modern political party.

At least one killed in Kenya protests

2016-05-23 21:52

Kenyan police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse opposition supporters demanding a change of leadership at the electoral commission.

India bans nationals from travelling to Libya

2016-05-23 20:16

India has banned its nationals from travelling to Libya for any reason, citing potentially deadly security threats.

Better maternal care in Africa can save women from suffering in childbirth

2016-05-23 18:15

Every year just over 500,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth across the world. Many of these complications are entirely avoidable – including obstructed and protracted labour and one of its side-effects, obstetric fistula.

Zambian bishop calls for probe into reports of foreigners registering to vote

2016-05-23 13:10

Zambian bishop, John Mambo, has urged government to look into reports that foreigners are being allowed to register to vote in the upcoming presidential polls.

Mugabe complains of being food 'guinea pig'

2016-05-22 21:31

A video clip has emerged of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe complaining that his wife Grace changes her chefs so frequently at State House, that he feels like "a guinea pig".

Burkina Faso transition: First local elections held

2016-05-22 19:59

Burkina Faso has held local elections seen as a key step in the country's transition to democracy from the authoritarian rule of Blaise Compaore.

Suspected Zambian poachers shot dead in Zim

2016-05-22 17:58

State game rangers in northern Zimbabwe have shot dead two suspected poachers from Zambia, a conservation group reports.

In Rwanda, a phone text can save a baby

2016-05-22 14:26

Using an old mobile phone, health worker Floride Uwinkesha logs the latest local pregnancy, part of efforts in Rwanda to boost maternal health through a monitoring programme in isolated rural areas.

Smoke, cockpit woes signal chaotic end for EgyptAir plane

2016-05-22 08:09

Leaked flight data showing trouble in the cockpit windows and smoke in a plane lavatory have offered new clues about the chaotic final moments of EgyptAir Flight 804 including a three-minute period before contact was lost as alarms sounded.

37 Zambians die in road crash in DR Congo

2016-05-21 20:51

At least 37 Zambians died when their passenger bus burst into flames after a crash in the Democratic Republic of Congo, local officials say.

First photos emerge of EgyptAir plane debris

2016-05-21 13:41

The first photographs have emerged of debris of EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean on its way to Cairo from Paris, killing all 66 people on board.

Nigeria beefs up security after oil installation attacks

2016-05-21 12:38

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security to be stepped up in Nigeria's oil-producing south, after a spate of attacks blamed on local militants that he says threatened the economy.

Boko Haram refugees in Niger feel 'abandoned' by the world

2016-05-21 10:31

"Take us away from this hell," says Boussam, a mother of seven cradling skeletal goats in Niger's Assaga camp, where thousands of desperate refugees fleeing Boko Haram Islamist insurgents are living in hunger.

AU urges international police force for Burundi

2016-05-21 07:15

An African Union human rights report has called for an international police force and more military and rights observers to be sent to troubled Burundi.

UN says Kenya will honour refugee rights

2016-05-20 22:13

The UN Security Council says Kenya's president has assured them he will abide by international obligations despite a decision to close the world's largest refugee camp and send Somali refugees home.

DRC crisis stokes fears of widespread violence

2016-05-20 20:00

A simmering political crisis in the DRC that the US and its allies have been unable to defuse, is stoking fears in Congress that one of Africa's largest countries is on the verge of slipping into widespread violence.

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