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Italy mourns young academic, tortured, slain in Cairo

14 minutes ago

A tiny town in northern Italy is opening up its homes as it bids farewell to a PhD student who was tortured and slain in Egypt.

Moroccan sets himself ablaze in prosecutor's office

46 minutes ago

A door-to-door salesman has set himself on fire in a public prosecutor's office in southern Morocco in protest at the judiciary's inaction on a complaint he filed, local media report.

Rwanda to relocate Burundi refugees to other countries

2016-02-12 10:05

Rwanda is to relocate refugees from Burundi to other countries, the government said Friday, amid accusations Kigali was meddling in the affairs of its troubled neighbour.

South Sudan president names arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president

2016-02-12 09:23

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir has named his arch-rival Riek Machar as vice-president, after fighting for more than two years of civil war.

Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet

2016-02-11 22:50

Local Nigerian officials say a teenage girl packed with explosives by a Nigerian rebel group ripped off her vest to avoid taking part in an attack on a refugee camp.

Grenade wounds 26 in Burundi capital

2016-02-11 22:04

Twenty-six people were injured, nine of them seriously, when a grenade exploded in the Burundi capital of Bujumbura.

 
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First UN aid reaches civilians fleeing clashes in Sudan's Darfur

2016-02-12 08:36

The first UN convoy carrying aid to civilians fleeing clashes in Sudan's Darfur has reached a peacekeeping base where up to 23,000 people have taken shelter, the United Nations said Thursday.

Tanzanians charged with British wildlife pilot murder

2016-02-11 22:04

Nine Tanzanians have been charged in connection with the murder of a British conservationist whose helicopter was shot down while he chased suspected poachers.

Mogadishu orders removal of English-language signboards

2016-02-12 05:27

The Somali capital Mogadishu has ordered entrepreneurs to remove English-language signboards so as to protect the Somali language.

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Mali customs post fired on from bakkies

2016-02-11 21:01

A customs officer and two civilians have been killed in an attack by suspected jihadists in northern Mali.

Two Nigeria ferries collide

2016-02-11 15:57

At least eight people have drowned in northern Nigeria after a canoe ferrying traders capsized and panicked passengers in another boat jumped into the river.

Zanu-PF bans social media abuse as Mugabe blasts feuding party bigwigs

2016-02-11 14:30

Following an intense politburo meeting on Wednesday, Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly banned the abuse of social media by party members, saying that anyone who did not adhere to the rules would be dealt with.

Man stabs wife with panga knife for refusing sex

2016-02-11 12:59

A Malawian man has been sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour after he attacked his wife with a panga knife, accusing her of denying him his conjugal rights, a report says.

Malawian bank bans miniskirts - reports

2016-02-11 12:19

Female employees at a local bank in Malawi are no longer allowed to wear miniskirts at work, with management saying "revealing clothes" could be offensive to some families, a report says.

19.9 women suffer genital mutilation in Nigeria – Unicef

2016-02-11 12:15

The Unicef has lamented the high rate of female genital mutilation in Nigeria, disclosing that at least 19.9 million women have gone through the procedure in the country to date, a report says.

Ghana town under curfew after clashes

2016-02-11 10:18

Authorities have imposed a curfew in a Ghanaian town that was the scene of bloody clashes between Muslims and non-Muslims over land, in which dozens were injured.

At least 15 dead in southeast Guinea bus crash

2016-02-11 08:51

At least 15 people died and dozens were injured in southeastern Guinea on Wednesday when a passenger bus smashed into a military truck, authorities said.

US accuses Rwanda of destabilising Burundi

2016-02-11 05:17

The United States accused Rwanda of involvement in 'destabilising activities' in strife-torn Burundi, including the recruitment of refugees for armed attacks.

Tunisia makes $500m from Ben Ali, allies' assets

2016-02-10 21:59

Tunisia has made nearly half a billion dollars from the sale of assets confiscated from ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his allies.

Rwanda to use drones to deliver medical supplies

2016-02-10 21:59

Rwanda's government has signed an agreement with a US robotics company to build infrastructure for drones that will deliver medical supplies to rural health facilities

On patrol with Uganda's controversial 'crime preventers'

2016-02-10 19:44

As night falls in Uganda's capital Kampala, some 240 members of a vast volunteer "crime preventer" force parade outside a police station.

Ugandan LRA top rebel captured in Central Africa

2016-02-10 17:50

A commander in Uganda's notorious Lord's Resistance Army captured by rebels in the Central African Republic has been identified as Okot Odek, a key figure in the group.

Mali army vehicle hits land mine

2016-02-10 16:04

Mali's defence ministry says 3 soldiers have been killed after their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Mali's central Mopti region

Zanu-PF's crucial meeting set to go ahead despite threats of disruption

2016-02-10 13:30

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party's much awaited politburo meeting is expected to go ahead, despite disruption threats by some party members, a report says.

US denies involvement in 'plot' to overthrow Malawian president

2016-02-10 12:45

The United States has denied reports that it is involved in an alleged plot to overthrow Malawian President Peter Mutharika, a report says.

Top Nigerian military officer arrested over arms scandal

2016-02-10 12:15

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has announced the arrest of a top military official in connection with an arms scandal in the country, according to a report.

Uganda presidential hopeful promises Idi Amin museum

2016-02-10 10:37

A top challenger in next week's Ugandan presidential election has promised to repatriate the remains of dictator Idi Amin and build a museum in his honour, his spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Swear on the Bible you've got no nudes, Zim beauty pageant tells models

2016-02-10 07:44

The frustrated organisers of Zimbabwe's biggest beauty pageant are making contestants swear on the Bible that they've never had nude photos taken, a report says.

'ISIS recruiter' arrested in northern Nigeria

2016-02-09 22:31

Nigeria's intelligence agency says it had arrested a recruiter for the Islamic State group, as well as seven alleged members of the Boko Haram offshoot Ansaru.

Latest Sierra Leone Ebola case cured

2016-02-09 21:40

Sierra Leone's most recent case of Ebola has been cured, but more testing is required before the latest outbreak can be seen as resolved.

Egypt's Brotherhood torn by divisions

2016-02-11 18:25

The Muslim Brotherhood has been torn apart by the decimation of its leadership and needs a miracle to grow members say.

Zim govt says no to genetically modified food despite food shortages

2016-02-11 14:30

Zimbabwe says it would not allow millers to import genetically modified food although the southern African country is experiencing severe food shortages, a report says.

Malawi court orders police to arrest homosexuals

2016-02-11 13:11

A court in Malawi's northern region has ordered the country's director of prosecutions and the police to arrest those found engaging in homosexual activities, reports say.

70 injured as Egypt train derails

2016-02-11 13:11

At least 70 people have been injured in Egypt when a passenger train derailed and two of its cars overturned, the health ministry said.

Livestock belonging to evicted San families to be auctioned

2016-02-11 12:20

The livestock of 12 families evicted from a farm belonging to a Namibian diplomat have been put up for auction to recover alleged losses incurred due to their occupation of the property, a report says.

Mugabe's ex-spin doctor jubilant after 'brutal' politburo meeting

2016-02-11 11:12

If President Robert Mugabe's spokesperson thought this week's politburo meeting would signal the political defeat of his long-term rival, Grace Mugabe had another message for him.

UN wants to send experts for Burundi mass graves probe

2016-02-11 09:14

The United Nations wants to send independent forensics experts to Burundi to help authorities investigate allegations of mass graves in the strife-torn country, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Nigeria's army accuse 2 soldiers of arming Boko Haram

2016-02-11 07:39

Nigeria's army says it has arrested two soldiers trying to ferry a large quantity of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram Islamic extremists

Al-Shabaab planning Somalia attacks in AU kit

2016-02-10 22:48

The African Union says the al-Qaeda-linked armed group, al-Shabaab, is planning attacks in Somalia using AU troop uniforms as disguises.

Libya unity govt bid hits snag

2016-02-10 21:59

Efforts to hammer out a Libyan unity government are stumbling over the defence portfolio, as the internationally recognised parliament sets a new deadline for a line-up.

Female bombers kill 56 in Nigerian refugee camp

2016-02-10 20:45

Health and rescue officials say two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people.

Davos organisers postpone Egypt conference

2016-02-10 18:56

Organisers of the World Economic Forum in Davos have postponed a similar conference planned for Egypt this spring over security concerns.

At least six dead in Cameroon double suicide attack

2016-02-10 17:07

At least six civilians have been killed and over 30 injured in a double suicide attack in Cameroon's northern border region with Nigeria.

I have a duty to protect black people - Museveni

2016-02-10 14:32

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to leave power only after the east African region is united, adding that he has a duty to "protect black people and to make sure they embrace unity", a report says.

PICS: Diamond the ‘size of tennis ball’ to be auctioned

2016-02-10 13:14

A 1 100 carat diamond, the second biggest in the world, found in Botswana will be auctioned off in a secret road-show.

San families homeless after eviction from envoy's farm in Namibia

2016-02-10 12:40

At least 100 San people have been left homeless after they were evicted from a farm belonging to Namibia's High Commissioner to Nigeria, a report says.

Chad's president to run for fifth term

2016-02-10 07:59

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno, who has been in power since 1990, will run for a fifth term in office after being chosen as his party's candidate.

Zimbabwe appeals for $1.5 bln to prevent starvation

2016-02-09 22:31

Zimbabwe has appealed to local businesses and charities for $1.5bn aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought.

Zimbabwe activist jailed over Mugabe dairy bomb plot

2016-02-09 21:40

A Zimbabwe court has jailed the leader of a fringe opposition party for nine years for possessing home-made petrol bombs.

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