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Egypt releases 24 Nubians arrested for protesting

2017-09-20 06:17

A lawyer says an Egyptian court has ordered the release of 24 Nubians arrested for participating in a protest earlier this month

Nigeria compares Myanmar crisis to Bosnia and Rwanda

2017-09-20 06:17

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged fellow leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people.

Togo's opposition boycotts constitutional reform vote

2017-09-19 21:01

Togo's opposition has stayed away from parliament, blocking the passage of the government's bill for political reform and forcing a referendum.

UN calls on DRC to protect refugees after deadly shooting

2017-09-19 21:01

The UN refugee agency is calling on Democratic Republic of Congo's government to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers after Congolese soldiers shot and killed at least 39 Burundian protesters, including a child.

18 dead in Nigeria boat accidents: emergency services

2017-09-19 20:00

Eighteen people drowned in boat accidents in Nigeria last weekend, the emergency services has said, nearly a week after more than 50 died when an overloaded craft capsized.

 
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At least 25 dead in S Sudan oil state battle

2017-09-19 20:00

An outbreak of fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan's oil-producing north left at least 25 people dead, a state official has said.

Sudan's Bashir urges Darfur displaced to return home

2017-09-19 20:00

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday urged those displaced by the conflict in Darfur to return home, saying the region had now recovered from a war that has killed tens of thousands.

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Tanzanian newspaper suspended for 'insulting president'

2017-09-19 19:00

An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesperson has said, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security.

Zim's international airport to be renamed after Mugabe – report

2017-09-19 18:01

Zimbabwe's Harare International Airport is set to be renamed after the southern African country's long-time president Robert Mugabe, a report says.

Egypt says it will host 'reorganisation' of Libyan army

2017-09-19 18:01

Egypt says that it will host the reorganisation of Libya's army, currently an eastern-based force led by General Khalifa Hifter

WATCH: Grace Mugabe's son buys R70m limos, reports say

2017-09-19 15:00

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe's son, Russel Goreraza, has reportedly imported two Rolls Royce limousines worth more than R70m, at a time when the southern African country is facing serious cash problems.

Kenya's electronic voting system won't be ready, says French firm

2017-09-19 12:47

The electronic voting system due to be used in a re-run of Kenya's presidential poll will not be ready in time, the French biometrics firm behind it says.

Boko Haram suicide attack kills at least 15 in north Nigeria

2017-09-19 10:22

A Nigerian rescue official says at least 15 people have been killed and 43 others injured in a suicide attack on Mashimari village in Borno state.

Top Africa stories : Mugabe, Tsvangirai, Uganda

2017-09-19 08:20

Zimbabwe is set to recruit at least 102 Cuban doctors amid 'serious shortage' of specialists, and at least 20 women have been found dumped in two areas of Uganda's Wakiso district since May.

'It's time to resign,' Mugabe's VP Mnangagwa told

2017-09-19 06:06

Zimbabwe's former vice president Joice Mujuru has advised under fire Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa to quit following recent attacks by President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, a report says.

Togo ruling party calls rally to drown out opposition

2017-09-18 21:02

Togo's ruling presidential party has urged supporters to take to the streets to coincide with planned opposition demonstrations against the slow pace of political reform.

Egypt plans to plug budget gaps with more foreign debt

2017-09-18 21:02

Egypt's Finance Minister says the country will face a $10 to $12 billion budget shortfall for the current 2017-18 fiscal year, and plans expanded foreign debt issuance to overcome it

Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in detention

2017-09-18 19:58

A lawyer says an Egyptian criminal court has acquitted an Irish-Egyptian who has been detained for four years on a slew of charges, including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons

In DRC's wounded heart, voting drive offers hope for peace

2017-09-18 18:31

After more than a year of bloodshed, faint hopes of peace are starting to stir in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

British policy towards Zimbabwe during Matabeleland massacre: licence to kill

2017-09-18 17:05

The effects of President Mugabe's post-independence security clampdown that led to the murder of between 10 000 and 20 000 Zimbabweans, known as the Matabeleland massacre, continue to be felt, writes The Conversation.

UN gives top prize to Chibok girls negotiator

2017-09-18 15:34

A Nigerian lawyer who helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram has been awarded one of the United Nations' top prizes.

Zim mulls weekday alcohol sales ban

2017-09-18 15:28

Zimbabwean beverage companies Delta Corporation and African Distillers are set to either ready for a fight with the government or face a sales drop amid plans to bar alcohol sales during the week.

Libya, Italy net 5 000 migrants in a week

2017-09-18 14:00

Libya's coastguard has rescued over 3 000 migrants aiming to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in the past week, while Italy picked up another 2 000 in recent days, officials and reports say.

Libya trafficker's militia in deadly clash with security forces

2017-09-18 12:28

A Libyan militia led by a former people trafficker has clashed with security forces at a checkpoint in the western city of Sabratha, leaving one dead, a security official says.

Mugabe arrives in NY 'with bloated delegation of over 70' – report

2017-09-18 09:43

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly arrived in New York for the United Nations General Assembly amid reports that he travelled with a bloated entourage of over 70 people, including his family.

Mali mayor becomes first 2018 presidential candidate

2017-09-18 08:23

The mayor of Mali's second city, Sikasso, has became the first candidate to throw his hat into the ring for 2018 presidential elections in the troubled west African state.

DRC opens inquiry into killing of dozens of Burundian refugees

2017-09-17 20:12

The Democratic Republic of Congo says it has opened an inquiry after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens.

Kenya's opposition urges reform of electoral commission

2017-09-17 16:00

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga says the coalition he leads will hold nationwide campaigns to push for reforms of the electoral commission before the fresh presidential elections next month.

US calls for probe into Ethiopia ethnic clashes

2017-09-19 19:00

The United States has urged Ethiopia to investigate deadly clashes between two of the country's major ethnic groups that have caused tens of thousands to flee.

French, Rwandan presidents hold rare meeting amid tense diplomatic ties

2017-09-19 18:01

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in New York for rare talks, Kigali has said, as diplomatic ties remain icy over the 1994 genocide.

Tunisia postpones first post-revolt municipal polls

2017-09-19 14:00

Tunisia's electoral commission has indefinitely postponed the first municipal elections since a 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in a blow to the fledginf democracy.

Egypt says Sisi met Israel PM at UN for first public talks

2017-09-19 11:26

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York to discuss the Middle East peace process in their first public talks, his office says.

Dozens killed after DRC soldiers open fire on Burundi refugees

2017-09-18 15:45

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has opened an inquiry, after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens. Watch for more.

Uganda police detain 11 protesting 'life presidency'

2017-09-19 08:20

Ugandan police have detained a lawmaker and 10 others who were arrested while protesting against a plan that they charge would enable the country's long-term president to rule for life.

Nigeria attacks pro-Biafra propaganda as curfew eased

2017-09-19 06:06

A dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed after clashes between pro-Biafra supporters and Nigerian security services has been relaxed on Monday, as the government blasted social media "quacks and internet trollers" for stoking tensions.

Tunisia offers to mediate in Libya crisis

2017-09-18 21:02

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar has visited neighbouring Tunisia for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi, who offered to act as a mediator between rival Libyan factions.

UN seeks $10m as Nigeria cholera outbreak worsens

2017-09-18 19:58

At least 44 people have now died in a cholera outbreak in northeast Nigeria, the United Nations gas said, calling for nearly $10m to keep the disease from spreading.

Somalia regional state sides with Saudi Arabia over Qatar

2017-09-18 19:58

A Somali regional state has declared it would side with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties with Qatar, in a new challenge to Somalia's efforts to stay neutral in the dispute

Suicide bombers kill 15 in NE Nigeria: rescue worker, militia

2017-09-18 18:31

At least 15 people were killed when two suicide bombers struck civilians receiving aid in northeast Nigeria, a rescue worker and a member of the civilian militia has said.

Kenya dump dwellers make a living recycling hair extensions

2017-09-18 17:05

In one of Africa's largest dumps, some residents are making a living by collecting and recycling hair from mountains of rubbish.

In Algeria, taboos and law deter organ donors

2017-09-18 15:34

By donating one of her kidneys, Nawel gave her husband Boubaker Ziani a new lease on life after he had undergone 16 years of dialysis.

I'm responding well to treatment - Tsvangirai

2017-09-18 14:00

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he is responding well to what has been described as a routine medical procedure, after being airlifted to SA from Zimbabwe.

Motor accident in Uganda kills 13, including 12 Tanzanians, police say

2017-09-18 12:28

Ugandan police say at least 13 people, including 12 Tanzanian nationals, have been killed in a motor accident on a highway in central Uganda.

Racism is behind outlandish theories about Africa's ancient architecture

2017-09-18 11:05

The belief that ancient Egyptians needed help from supernatural beings to built the Giza pyramids relies, unavoidably, on racism and colonial attitudes, writes The Conversation.

Fear, confusion as Uganda 'serial killer' murders pile up

2017-09-18 06:19

In a gruesome spate of killings the bodies of at least 20 women have been found dumped in two areas of Uganda's Wakiso district since May.

Rival Libya govt seeks international recognition

2017-09-17 18:06

The head of Libya's rival government in the east has called on the international community to recognise his administration which he says controls most of the north African country.

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