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Zanu-PF extraordinary congress: What you need to know

42 minutes ago

Analysts say Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe wants to use an extraordinary Zanu-PF congress to be held in December to entrench his family’s hold on power.

New UN envoy in Morocco to restart talks on disputed Western Sahara

42 minutes ago

The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, is visiting Morocco as part of a regional tour aimed at restarting stalled peace talks between Rabat and the pro-independence Polisario Front.

Journalist gives first-hand account of deadly Mogadishu attack

2017-10-17 09:56

A video journalist says he was was relaxing and playing with his 10-month-old daughter when the Mogadishu blast ripped off his house's roof - the blast had been just 70 steps away from them.

Renewed fears over Tsvangirai's health

2017-10-17 09:56

MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai has cancelled a meeting of the party’s national standing committee, sparking fresh speculation over his health.

Jailed Rwandan opposition figure accuses president

2017-10-17 09:05

A jailed critic of Rwanda's government says she was detained because she tried to run against longtime President Paul Kagame in the recent election.

Plane carrying wounded Somalis lands in Turkey

2017-10-17 07:38

A plane carrying Somalis critically wounded in the Mogadishu blast, has landed at an airport in Ankara, Turkey, where ambulances were waiting to rush them to hospital.

 
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MERCY FLIGHT:  A man wounded in the Mogadishu blast is carried on a stretcher to receive treatment in a Turkish hospital. (Adem Altan, AFP)

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Nigeria confirms three cases of monkeypox

2017-10-17 09:05

Nigeria says it had confirmed three cases of monkeypox after receiving dozens of reports of the disease since last month in seven states across the country's south.

Zanu-PF youth wing: Mugabe should be allowed to die in office

2017-10-17 07:11

The youth wing of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has proposed that the nonagenarian should be allowed to die in office.

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Mass grave for some Mogadishu victims

2017-10-17 06:00

With rescue workers saying the hope of finding survivors of the massive Mogadishu bomb are fading to "slim to none", more than 100 unidentified people who were burned beyond recognition in the blast have been buried in a mass grave.

Top Africa stories: Mogadishu, Kenya, Grace Mugabe

2017-10-17 07:11

Dirco says no South Africans among the more than 300 people killed in Mogadishu, Zim seems to be preparing for "VP" Grace Mugabe and YouTube lifts its ban on reed dance clips.

After bombing, Somalia fears renewed al-Shabaab onslaught

2017-10-16 20:07

As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world's deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabaab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that the international focus on extremism can't afford to overlook the African continent.

11 more migrant bodies recovered after collision off Tunisia

2017-10-16 20:07

The Tunisian authorities say eleven more migrant bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants off the country's coast

Former al-Shabaab leader condemns Somalia attack

2017-10-16 19:05

A former leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group who surrendered to Somalia's government earlier this year has condemned Saturday's bombing that killed more than 300 people.

Nearly 70 remain missing in Somalia bombing

2017-10-16 18:00

Scores of people are missing since Saturday's deadly truck bombing in Somalia's capital, raising fears that death toll will continue to rise.

Schoolchildren among the dead in Somalia blast

2017-10-16 17:11

The director of an ambulance service in Mogadishu says 15 primary school children are among the over 300 people killed in Somalia's deadliest blast.

Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 dead

2017-10-16 17:11

In a brazen daytime attack, about a dozen Islamic militants robbed a local bank, lobbed grenades and traded gunfire with security forces guarding an unused church in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday, killing seven people, including three civilians, officials have said.

Nigeria: Pro-Biafran leader missing on eve of treason trial

2017-10-16 16:34

The leader of a pro-Biafran separatist group in Nigeria has apparently gone missing, prompting speculation as to his whereabouts on the eve of his trial on treason charges.

Disabled chefs serve as model for change in Morocco

2017-10-16 15:26

A remarkable restaurant in Morocco's capital offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy a full, fresh meal for just $6.

Angola locates plane that crashed in storm, killing 7

2017-10-16 14:36

A plane that crashed in a remote corner of Angola last week killing all seven people onboard was downed by bad weather, authorities have said.

Turkey to airlift some wounded as Mogadishu toll tops 300

2017-10-16 11:25

Turkey's state-run news agency says the country's health minister has arrived in Somalia to co-ordinate the evacuation of some of the wounded in the truck bombing in Mogadishu.

Mogadishu starts burying its dead

2017-10-16 10:34

Funerals have begun and the death toll is expected to rise above its present 276 as Somalia reels from the Mogadishu massacre. International aid has begun to arrive in the country.

Niger town calls for release of abducted US aid worker

2017-10-16 10:01

A small central city in Niger has called for the "unconditional release" of a longtime US aid worker abducted in 2016, whose fate is unknown a year later.

Offers of medical help as Somalia reels from Mogadishu massacre

2017-10-16 06:14

Several countries have offered to send medical aid as Somalia struggles to cope with the sheer scale of the destruction wreaked by the truck bomb attack in Mogadishui, in which 276 people died and 300 were injured.

Screams echo through hospitals after Mogadishu massacre

2017-10-15 21:43

Exhausted doctors and nurses are struggling to keep their eyes open as they treat victims of the Mogadishu massacre with screams from victims and newly bereaved families echoing through hospital walls.

Egypt: Suspected ISIS attacks on troops

2017-10-15 21:43

Suspected ISIS militants have hit six checkpoints in Egypt in near-simultaneous attacks with heavy machine guns and mortars.

'It's a dark day for us': Somalia reels from deadliest blast

2017-10-15 18:06

Maryan Abdullahi's father had been preparing to fly to Somalia's capital to attend the happiest moment in his daughter's life: her graduation day. Instead, he is going to her funeral. She was among almost 200 people killed in a blast in Mogadishu.

'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages

2017-10-15 18:06

Residents angered by persistent water shortages in southern Morocco have taken to the streets in a series of "thirsty protests" that has grabbed the attention of the country's king.

Death toll from blast in Somalia's capital rises to 189

2017-10-15 14:14

The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources has said.

DRC wins seat on UN rights council despite US opposition

2017-10-17 07:14

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.

Angola's new leader vows to revive moribund economy

2017-10-17 06:01

Angola's new president has unveiled a programme of corporate tax sweeteners intended to boost foreign investment and ease the oil-rich country's dependence on the lacklustre price of crude.

Former military chief in Lesotho charged with murder

2017-10-16 20:07

A former military commander in Lesotho has been charged with murdering a police official during a purported 2014 attempt to topple the government of the small African mountain kingdom.

Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters, say groups

2017-10-16 19:05

Two international human rights groups say Kenya's police attacked opposition supporters killing dozens and injuring scores following demonstrations by opposition supporters protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August.

Somalia truck bomb: deadly precedents around the world

2017-10-16 19:05

The Mogadishu truck bomb which has killed more than 300 people is one of the most deadly attacks using vehicles as a weapon over the past three decades.

ISIS affiliate claims attacks in Egypt's Sinai

2017-10-16 18:00

An Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that killed nine soldiers and wounded at least 37 others.

Eiffel Tower to dim lights for Somalia victims

2017-10-16 22:00

The Eiffel Tower will dim its lights in solidarity with Somalia and in mourning for more than 300 people killed in the country's deadliest-ever attack.

YouTube lifts Swazi reed dance restrictions

2017-10-16 16:34

YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland's reed dance, saying it allows nudity when "culturally relevant or properly contextualised".

Protester shot dead in Kenya opposition stronghold: witness

2017-10-16 15:26

A young protester was shot dead in western Kenya as hundreds of opposition supporters again took to the streets demanding reforms ahead of a presidential election, witnesses have said.

Somalia struggles to cope with blast aftermath

2017-10-16 14:36

As doctors and rescue workers struggle, relatives continue to search Mogadishu hospitals for their missing loved ones after a truck bomb killed at least 300 people and wounded another 300.

No South Africans among Mogadishu victims - Dirco

2017-10-16 14:22

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation says no South Africans are among the more than 300 people killed in a terror attack on the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Somalia blast death toll rises above 300

2017-10-16 10:56

The director of an ambulance service in Somalia's capital Mogadishu says the death toll from the weekend's truck bombing is now over 300.

Conjoined twins survive gruelling journey to separation

2017-10-16 10:01

Conjoined twins born in a remote village in the Democratic Republic of Congo have survived a 15-hour journey on the back of a motorbike to be separated.

Moves to make Grace Mugabe Zimbabwe VP?

2017-10-16 08:58

Plans are afoot in Zanu-PF to change Zimbabwe's constitution, with having a female Vice President taking centre stage during an extraordinary congress slated for December.

Saudi Arabia cancels female Egyptian star Sherine's concert

2017-10-16 08:58

Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring a famous Egyptian singer named Sherine, known for her rags-to-riches story.

Weah, Boakai in Liberian presidential run-off

2017-10-16 06:00

Liberia's electoral commission has announced that a run-off vote for the presidency will be held between former footballer George Weah and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai.

Doctors overwhelmed by aftermath of Mogadishu massacre

2017-10-15 19:34

Doctors in Mogadishu, where at least 230 people have died in a truck bomb explosion, have described the aftermath as "horrendous", as they tried to deal with both the dead and the wounded.

US condemns 'cowardly' attack on Somali capital

2017-10-15 18:06

The United States is joining the condemnation of a massive truck bombing in Somalia's capital that left scores dead.

Morocco arrests 11 suspects linked to ISIS jihadists

2017-10-15 16:02

Moroccan police arrested 11 members of an "extremely dangerous terrorist" cell linked to the Islamic State group and seized chemical products used to make bombs, says the interior ministry.

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