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Thousands of Mugabe supporters gather in Harare

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Robert Mugabe has rallied thousands of supporters including veterans of the 1970s independence war in response to harsh criticism he received last week from a previously loyal group of veterans.

Mali arrests senior jihadist blamed for military base attack

2016-07-27 08:49

Malian special forces arrested a senior figure from the Ansar Dine jihadist group on Tuesday close to a central military base where he is accused of planning an attack that killed 17 soldiers.

Libya unity government demands explanation over French troops

2016-07-27 06:28

The head of Libya's unity government has asked for an official explanation from Paris about the presence of French troops in the conflict-ridden country.

Zimbabwean women march against police brutality

2016-07-26 23:38

Hundreds of Zimbabwean women have staged a protest against police brutality and worsening economic woes under President Robert Mugabe's government, in the latest demonstration against the state.

Libya army commander threatens to bomb oil tankers

2016-07-26 20:03

Libya's chief of staff has threatened to bomb foreign oil tankers if they enter the country's territorial waters.

 
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Nigerian militants blow up state-run gas pipeline

2016-07-27 05:53

The NDA militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a gas pipeline belonging to the state-run oil company in southern Nigeria.

New standard gauge train service for Nigeria

2016-07-26 21:26

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has flagged off commercial train services on the country's first ever standard gauge rail track linking the capital Abuja with the northern city of Kaduna.

South Sudan president replaces rival as vice president

2016-07-26 18:33

South Sudan's president has replaced his deputy and opposition leader Riek Machar, who has gone into hiding amid renewed clashes with government forces.

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Obama's Kenyan half-brother voting for Trump

2016-07-26 17:03

A Kenyan half-brother of President Barack Obama says he will vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying he has a lot of energy and is straightforward.

Nigeria petrol tanker fire causes mayhem

2016-07-26 16:57

Two people have been killed and several hurt when a stationary petrol tanker exploded after being rammed by a speeding vehicle on a busy road in Lagos, Nigeria.

Suicide car bomb at UN mine offices kills 10 - Somalia

2016-07-26 12:14

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car outside the United Nations Mine Action Service offices in Mogadishu, killing 10 people, including seven U.N. guards, a Somali police official said Tuesday

Fire kills 38 in Madagascar, including 16 children

2016-07-26 07:30

A fire during a house-warming party in central Madagascar killed 38 people, including 16 children, as the blaze ripped through a thatched roof, police said.

Libya conflict keeps 279 000 children out of school: UN

2016-07-25 21:08

The United Nations warns that the Libya conflict was preventing 279 000 children from attending school across the war-torn country.

Arab summit cut to single day

2016-07-25 17:01

A 22-nation Arab summit to tackle the region's various crises has been cut back to a single day of talks due to the absence of heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Egypt policeman killed in attack claimed by ISIS

2016-07-25 11:46

Egypt's interior ministry said a gunman shot dead a police officer in north Sinai in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Thousands rally against Morocco pension reforms

2016-07-24 22:15

Thousands of Moroccans have demonstrated in the capital Rabat to protest against a new law raising the retirement age from 60 to 63 for public sector employees.

Libya loyalists take ISIS bomb factory in Sirte

2016-07-24 18:19

Forces loyal to Libya's unity government say they have seized a building used by the Islamic State group to manufacture explosives in its coastal stronghold.

Gabon police charge at protesters, beat cameraman

2016-07-24 10:48

Security forces in Gabon violently charged at demonstrators gathering in Libreville in the lead-up to presidential elections and beat an AFP cameraman covering the protest, a colleague says.

Nigeria arrests militant behind oil attacks

2016-07-23 22:10

The Nigerian secret police has announced the arrest of a militant who they say confessed to carrying out recent attacks on oil pipelines.

China's WeChat takes on WhatsApp in Africa

2016-07-24 13:07

Late to the party, WeChat, China's biggest Internet-based mobile messaging platform, is scrambling to get a piece of the action in the booming African market.

Libyan groups urge fight against French troops

2016-07-23 17:47

Armed groups, including Islamists, have urged Libyans to mobilise against French and other foreign troops deployed in the country.

Senegalese police sweep children off streets

2016-07-23 14:44

Numerous children have been coaxed off the streets of Dakar, crying and frightened, where they have spent their childhoods.

Tanzania bans lube in crackdown on gays

2016-07-23 08:34

The Tanzanian government has banned imports and sales of sexual lubricants in its latest move targeting the gay community, officials say.

Mali opens terror inquiry after 17 soldiers killed

2016-07-22 07:32

Mali's justice ministry says it has opened an investigation into the deaths of 17 soldiers killed in an attack on their base, as Malians observed the first of three days of mourning.

Egypt's Sisi wants to 'break deadlock' in Middle East peace process

2016-07-21 21:57

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says his country is serious about pushing forward peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

US man: Wife wrongly jailed in The Gambia

2016-07-21 19:33

A Maryland man says his wife has been wrongfully sentenced to three years' imprisonment in The Gambia following her arrest during an anti-government protest there.

Malawi Law Society gears up to sue police over brutality

2016-07-26 16:30

Officials from the Malawi Law Society have urged leadership within the Chancellor College Students' Union to submit names of police officers who brutalised students during a recent protest.

Malawi man held over paid sex with 100 girls

2016-07-26 13:36

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has ordered the arrest of a man paid to have sex with more than 100 adolescent girls as part of a traditional ritual marking their passage to womanhood.

Two explosions kill 8 near Mogadishu airport

2016-07-26 09:47

At least eight people were killed when two huge bombs went off near Mogadishu's airport, including one close to the UN's political office in the Somali capital, a security source told AFP.

Congo jails opposition leader over demo

2016-07-25 18:31

A court in the Republic of Congo has jailed an opposition leader for two years for inciting public disorder.

Nigerian pastor arrested for chaining son with padlock

2016-07-25 14:10

A Nigerian pastor has been arrested after chaining his nine-year-old son in a room for several weeks with a padlock and denying him food, police say.

French ambassador to Libya summoned

2016-07-25 07:19

Libya's government has summoned France's ambassador amid concern over the French military presence in the troubled country.

Putrid poultry scramble sparks Sierra Leone spat

2016-07-24 20:50

A scramble by thousands of people for scraps of imported rotten chicken has sparked a huge stand-off between police and residents in Sierra Leone's capital.

Boko Haram ambush in Nigeria: 5 soldiers found

2016-07-24 16:30

Five of the 19 soldiers who went missing after an ambush by Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria's volatile northeast, have been found, the army says.

War veterans attack 'beginning of the end' for Mugabe, say analysts

2016-07-24 08:29

Zimbabwe's war veterans' surprise attack on President Robert Mugabe signals the "beginning of the end" for the long-time leader, analysts say.

Zimbabwe says probing 'treasonous' censure of Mugabe by veterans

2016-07-23 16:14

The Zimbabwe government has denounced as 'treasonous' a statement by war veterans berating President Robert Mugabe and his regime for brutal attacks on his opponents.

Kenyan court convicts man of ivory trafficking

2016-07-23 12:49

A court in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa has convicted a man accused of leading an ivory smuggling ring.

Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair - Report

2016-07-23 10:11

An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in midair after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, a newspaper reports.

Motorists in Zim shocked to see hyena dragging human body

2016-07-22 12:30

Two motorists approaching Zimbabwe's resort town of Victoria Falls this week were horrified to see a hyena dragging a human body, a conservationist says.

Human rights groups urge South Sudan arms embargo

2016-07-22 09:19

Human rights groups are urging the United Nations Security Council to place an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan in order to reduce unlawful attacks on civilians

South Sudan's Kiir urges rival to return to Juba

2016-07-22 05:52

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has appealed to his rival, Riek Machar, to return to the capital and help rebuild the peace after a wave of deadly gun battles threatened to plunge the country back into civil war.

Zimbabwe war veterans denounce 'dictatorial' Mugabe

2016-07-21 20:22

Zimbabwe's war veterans, who have played a crucial and sometimes violent role supporting President Robert Mugabe, have denounced him as "dictatorial" in the latest sign of growing national instability.

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