Top minister 'meddling' in baby trafficking case – Niger judges

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Judges in Niger say a top minister is “meddling” in a high profile baby trafficking case allegedly involving a prominent opposition leader and presidential aspirant.

Burkina Faso vote 'generally satisfactory'

2015-11-30 08:03

The president of Burkina Faso’s Independent National Electoral Commission has described the just ended vote in the west African country as “generally satisfactory”.

Mob lynches 4 Guinean men accused of murder

2015-11-30 08:03

A mob lynched four men accused of the murder of a gold seller in east Guinea, a witness and official sources say, after dragging them out of the prison where they were being held.

'Lay down your arms', pope tells divided CAR

2015-11-30 05:54

Pope Francis has urged the warring factions in Central African Republic to lay down their weapons, bringing a message of peace to a country ravaged by bloody sectarian violence.

Boko Haram blamed for killing 13 in Cameroon

2015-11-29 22:07

Radical Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected of being behind the killing of 13 people in two attacks in northern Cameroon, a military source says.

Low turnout in Burkina Faso elections

2015-11-29 20:45

Burkina Faso voters are electing a president and parliament, one year after a violent public uprising forced the West African country's long-time leader out of office.


BLESSINGS:  Pope Francis blesses children during his visit at a refugee camp, in Bangui, Central African Republic. (Andrew Medichini, AP)

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Gunmen ambush Burundian army commander

2015-11-29 22:22

Gunmen have wounded a senior army commander in western Burundi, a military spokesperson says, with at least four killed in following clashes.

CAR leader asks pope's 'forgiveness' for sectarian violence

2015-11-29 21:09

Central African Republic's interim president Catherine Samba-Panza has asked for "forgiveness" from Pope Francis for two years of "evil" sectarian violence she dubbed "a descent into hell".

South Sudan peace deal at 'critical' stage: AU

2015-11-29 19:44

South Sudan's repeatedly broken peace deal is at a "critical stage", the African Union has warned, calling on rival forces to honour commitments amid fears it is close to collapse.

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Somali pirates killed as hijacked boat freed: fishermen

2015-11-29 16:06

A boat held by Somali pirates has been freed after a gun battle, fishermen and witnesses say, claiming several of the pirates have been killed.

Burkina Faso holds 1st vote since popular uprising

2015-11-29 12:23

Hundreds of voters have lined up to vote in Burkina Faso's first presidential and legislative elections since a popular uprising toppled the West Africa nation's long-time leader last year.

Pope prays for strife-torn Burundi

2015-11-29 07:26

Pope Francis has prayed for peace in the troubled central African nation of Burundi on Saturday and an end to months of strife that has sparked fears of renewed civil war.

Friends shocked at Tunisian football fan turned bomber

2015-11-28 22:46

Houssam Abdelli quickly finished his coffee at a café on the outskirts of Tunis where he and his friends would watch football. Hours later, he boarded a bus, clasped the detonator of his 10kg Semtex explosive vest, and blew himself up.

Kenya holds terror suspects who targeted kids

2015-11-28 21:17

Kenyan police have arrested two terrorist suspects with links to Iran who planned attacks against targets including schoolchildren, police say.

UN: Teens dying of Aids tripled over 15 years

2015-11-28 16:16

Aids is the leading cause of deaths among adolescents in Africa, with six countries - South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Mozambique and Tanzania - accounting for half of those living with HIV, according to Unicef statistical data.

Rocket attack on UN base in Mali

2015-11-28 13:41

An attack on a UN base in Mali's northern Kidal area has killed at least three people and injured 20.

22 drown after Burkina Faso road accident

2015-11-28 12:01

Twenty-two people drowned after the minibus they were travelling in veered off a road in southwest Burkina Faso, the government in Ouagadougou says.

Suicide bomber hits Shi'ite Muslim procession in NE Nigeria

2015-11-27 22:29

A suicide bomber has blew himself up among crowds at a Shia Muslim procession outside the north Nigerian city of Kano, in the latest violence to hit the troubled region.

Pope hails Uganda's 'outstanding' treatment of refugees

2015-11-27 21:31

Pope Francis has hailed Uganda for its "outstanding" response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to this east African nation.

Top civil servants probed over hardwood traffic in Gabon

2015-11-27 19:32

Security agents in Gabon are investigating several top civil servants, including an advisor to the president, for illegal trafficking in a precious hardwood, a source close to the government says.

Pope: Land grabs a serious problem in Kenya

2015-11-27 17:30

Pope Francis has taken aim at the injustice of land grabs by Kenya's powerful and wealthy individuals, acts that government probes have identified as a major source of conflict and ethnic tension in the country.

Polish cargo ship attacked off Nigeria, 5 abducted

2015-11-27 15:40

Armed attackers have abducted five Polish seamen, including the captain and three officers, from a cargo ship on Nigerian waters, Poland’s government says.

Cash-strapped Zim finance minister announces hefty new traffic fines

2015-11-27 14:34

Zimbabwe’s finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has announced steep new fines of more than R1 000 for various traffic offences, in a move that would be widely resented.

Burundi risks genocide, US envoy warns

2015-11-27 13:09

Burundi is at risk of genocide, warns Thomas Perriello, US special envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, days after President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on the public security minister and three others.

Nairobi slum residents say they lack services

2015-11-27 10:55

Residents of the Kangemi slum in the Kenya capital, where Pope Francis is set to visit, say they lack some of the most basic services.

Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

2015-11-27 08:38

Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

Tunisian leaders urged to rethink anti-jihad strategy

2015-11-26 21:36

Tunisia's leaders are facing calls to rethink their strategy in the fight against extremism following a suicide bombing by ISIS of a busload of presidential guards.

Zim's Mr Ugly must also be 'creative and stylish' - organiser

2015-11-26 19:36

The judges of Zimbabwe's Mr Ugly competition are looking for someone 'creative and stylish' - not just plain ugly - and two-time winner William Masvinu just didn't make the cut, the organiser says,

Muslims and Christians welcome pope to Central African Republic

2015-11-29 13:44

Pope Francis has arrived in the Central African Republic, with Muslim and Catholic representatives welcoming him in the hope that he would promote reconciliation.

Twin suicide bombings kill at least 5 in Cameroon

2015-11-29 09:17

Two female suicide bombers have detonated their explosives in a town in north Cameroon, killing at least five people and injuring 12 others.

Ansar Dine claims attack on Mali UN base

2015-11-28 22:56

The jihadist group Ansar Dine says it was responsible for Saturday's attack on a United Nations base in Mali that killed two UN peacekeepers and a civilian contractor.

Zuma, Buhari ‘to meet’ over MTN’s $5.2bn fine

2015-11-29 09:49

The presidents of Africa’s two biggest economies plan to meet this week to discuss MTN’s $5.2bn fine in Nigeria, reported the Sunday Times.

Rival militia forces battle in central Somalia: UN

2015-11-28 18:05

Rival militia forces have clashed in central Somalia, the United Nations has said, as it called for troops to pull out from contested zones in the town of Galkayo.

Tunisia IDs 3 bus bomb suspects, offers reward

2015-11-28 14:46

Tunisia has identified three suspects wanted over a suicide bombing that killed 12 presidential guards and is offering a financial reward for information leading to their arrest.

Boko Haram claims Kano suicide attack

2015-11-28 14:16

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a Shi'ite Muslim procession near the northern Nigerian city of Kano that killed 22 people.

Fear haunts Muslim district of CAR before pope's visit

2015-11-28 13:41

Fear haunts the dusty streets of PK5, a Muslim neighbourhood in Bangui, the CAR capital that Pope Francis plans to visit.

Pope to honour Ugandan martyrs on Africa tour

2015-11-28 10:00

Vast crowds of Ugandans are expected to greet Pope Francis as he honours Christians martyred for the faith on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, which he dubbed "the continent of hope".

Uganda passes controversial NGO bill

2015-11-28 07:27

Ugandan lawmakers have passed a bill that would give authorities sweeping powers to regulate civil society, which rights groups say will "strangle" criticism of the government, just before Pope Francis arrived on a visit.

Former Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo 'fit for trial' - ICC

2015-11-27 22:29

Former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo has been declared "physically and mentally able" to stand trial for crimes against humanity, the International Criminal Court says.

Kenya deal sees African nations walk back ICC threat

2015-11-27 20:29

African nations have stepped back from a veiled threat to quit the International Criminal Court after Kenya won a minor concession in a row over the trial of its deputy president.

16 000 children in S Sudan forced into conflict this year: UN

2015-11-27 18:31

Up to 16 000 children have been forced to join the fighting in South Sudan since the start of this year, the UN children's agency says.

Burkina Faso: 'Large-scale attack' thwarted ahead of vote

2015-11-27 16:37

Burkina Faso’s security minister says soldiers have disrupted a “large-scale attack” in the west of the country, arresting 13 suspects and seizing weapons and bomb-making materials.

Pope Francis heads to Nairobi slum

2015-11-27 13:09

After celebrating his first Mass in Africa, Pope Francis is turning his attention to society’s most marginal in a visit to a sprawling slum on the north-western edge of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Mali leader: Peace process won't be derailed

2015-11-27 10:55

Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has discussed last week’s attack on Bamako hotel, focussing on what his government plans to do next and the volatile north.

Mali arrests 2 suspects over Bamako hotel attack

2015-11-27 09:33

Two people suspected of having links to a siege at a luxury hotel in Mali's capital Bamako earlier this month have been arrested, the country's security ministry has says.

Tunisia detains 30, identifies bomber after attack

2015-11-27 07:39

Tunisian authorities have detained 30 people suspected of having extremism links after a suicide bombing targeting presidential guards, and identified the bomber as a local street vendor.

S Sudan peace deal monitors urge action

2015-11-26 19:38

Ceasefire monitors in South Sudan have urged warring forces to stop fighting amid growing fears a key peace deal is close to collapse.


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