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Nigeria fighter jets jobs bomb town held by Boko Haram

2015-01-29 21:46

Nigerian fighter jets have bombed the northeast town of Malam Fatori, controlled by Boko Haram Islamists, the military says.

Over 38 000 Somali children face starvation

2015-01-29 20:57

UN experts say over 38 000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving.

Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

2015-01-29 20:57

A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic in the east African country.

MSF stops some operations in Sudan

2015-01-29 19:22

Medecins Sans Frontieres says it will partially stop humanitarian operations in Sudan due to obstruction by the authorities.

Mali leader pulls out of AU summit after deadly violence

2015-01-29 17:54

Mali's president has pulled out of attending the AU summit to visit the restive city of Gao following the deaths of protesters in violent demonstrations against the UN, aides say.

Women rally in Cairo to demand probe into protester deaths

2015-01-29 16:59

Female protesters have gathered in downtown Cairo demanding an investigation into the deaths of activist Shaimaa Sabbagh and others they say were killed by Egyptian security forces around the anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

 
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Increase in number of mentally ill in Zim

2015-01-29 19:22

Zimbabwe Health Minister David Parirenyatwa says the country’s continued economic hardships have contributed the increase of people suffering from mental illness.

Jonathan misses out on AU's Boko Haram talks

2015-01-29 17:16

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan will not attend the AU summit, even though discussions on Boko Haram feature high on the agenda.

Peace agreement expected in South Sudan talks

2015-01-29 15:52

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s sudden illness was not serious enough to cancel crucial peace talks on the sidelines of the AU summit in Addis Ababa, a report says.

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Mugabe: Europe shouldn’t tell Africans about women

2015-01-29 15:39
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Zimbabwe president and soon-to-be-elected AU chairperson, Robert Mugabe, says the representation of women in European parliaments isn’t good enough to warrant them advising Africans about the issue.

UN warns Ebola epidemic not yet contained

2015-01-29 14:50

The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, the UN warns.

UN chief: Boko Haram to top discussions at AU meet

2015-01-29 14:19

A spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he will be attending the AU heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and that the threat posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria will be a focus.

War, Ebola, elections top AU summit

2015-01-29 08:41

Conflict in Africa and efforts to stem Ebola will top the agenda of the AU annual summit this week, with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe expected to be enthroned the next chair of the bloc.

No military solution to Libya: AU

2015-01-29 05:00

Ending conflict in Libya can only be achieved through a political deal, Libyan and regional leaders say.

CAR militia agree ceasefire, says mediator

2015-01-28 21:10

Warring forces in the Central African Republic have agreed an initial ceasefire agreement, the top mediator at Kenyan based peace talks says.

AU pledges Ebola fund

2015-01-28 19:07

The African Union plans to launch an Ebola Solidarity Fund as aid agency Oxfam warned the continent's leaders needed to keep their promises to boost healthcare.

World's largest Ebola unit incinerated

2015-01-28 17:40

A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated.

Nigeria military 'warned before major Boko Haram attacks'

2015-01-28 15:51

Amnesty International has claimed that Nigeria's military top bras were warned of brutal Boko Haram attacks on the northeast towns of Baga and Monguno but failed to take action.

Fourth student suicide in week in Zimbabwe

2015-01-28 14:20

A fourth student has killed himself in Zimbabwe, a report says, adding he was found hanging from a tree by his father.

Somali PM issues new cabinet list after MP veto

2015-01-28 13:24

Somalia’s new PM has proposed a new cabinet after parliament rejected his last list of candidates, prompting international concerns political power struggles are stalling progress.

Dlamini-Zuma says she's deeply horrified by Boko Haram

2015-01-28 10:04

AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she is "deeply horrified" at the rise of Boko Haram, warning the group is "not just a threat to some countries, it is a threat to the whole continent".

VW, Germans to boost Malawi schools

2015-01-28 06:14

A group of 46 German citizens will deliver donated off-road vehicles over 3700km by road to Malawian development projects for the global organisation Opportunity International.

Madagascar storm death toll climbs

2015-01-27 22:23

Sixty eight people have been killed in the tropical storm that battered Madagascar over a week ago.

Al-Shabaab leader quits terror group

2015-01-27 22:23

A leader of Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab with a $3m bounty on his head has quit.

Uganda ivory stolen from impound vault

2015-01-27 20:54

A huge haul of elephant ivory seized in Uganda probably includes tusks stolen from government strongrooms last year.

Shivambu congratulates Zambia's Lungu

2015-01-27 20:54

The Economic Freedom Fighters have congratulated the Patriotic Front in Zambia for winning the recent elections.

Electing Mugabe AU chair 'will send a wrong message to Africa'

2015-01-27 18:19

Electing Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to the African Union chairmanship would send a wrong message to African citizens, civil society organisations have reportedly said.

UN troops in Mali fire on protesters

2015-01-27 18:19

United Nations peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao have killed at least one person after they used live rounds to disperse protesters threatening a base.

Baga survivors haunted by horror of Boko Haram massacres

2015-01-27 15:51

One of the survivors of the recent Boko Haram’s horror massacres in Baga in Nigeria says he pretended to be dead before escaping in a dug-out canoe across Lake Chad to a refugee camps.

CAR government rejects ceasefire deal

2015-01-29 14:50

The government of CAR says it has rejected a ceasefire deal made in Kenya between two militia groups aimed at ending more than a year of clashes and attacks in which thousands have died.

AU 'mixed signals' as Mugabe tipped for top job

2015-01-29 14:19

African leaders are expected to elect Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe to the 54-member AU’s rotating chair, a choice critics say risks tarnishing the organisation’s reputation.

Mugabe explains controversial indigenisation policy

2015-01-29 08:52

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has told a visiting French delegation that his controversial indigenisation policy "only relates to resource-based operations", a report says.

Boko Haram attacks send 14 000 Nigerians fleeing to Chad

2015-01-29 07:57

More than 14 000 people fleeing Boko Haram violence in northeast Nigeria have streamed into Chad since the beginning of 2015, according to the UN.

Kenya drops most charges against British terror suspect

2015-01-28 21:10

A Kenyan court has acquitted a suspected British Islamist militant of nine charges but the key charge of terrorism for which he is on trial remains.

Sudan rebels detain Bulgarian aid chopper crew

2015-01-28 21:10

Six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme have been detained by Sudanese rebels after their helicopter made an emergency landing in South Kordofan.

Jonathan takes election campaign to Niger Delta

2015-01-28 19:08

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan has taken his re-election campaign to the Niger Delta, knowing that victory in the key region will help to determine overall victory in the vote.

Dozen killed by Mali militia

2015-01-28 17:40

An attack in northern Mali by a pro-government armed group including suicide bombers has killed a dozen people.

Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

2015-01-28 14:20

Residents say Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state and no troops have deployed to protect civilians.

Video: Grace Mugabe's animals wreak havoc

2015-01-28 13:24

Villagers from Zimbabwe’s Manzou Estate in central Mazowe district are leading a difficult life after animals were released on a farm they are living on - which First Lady wife Grace Mugabe reportedly wants to turn into a game park.

3 killed after UN troops in Mali fire at protest

2015-01-28 11:50

UN peacekeepers in the northern Malian town of Gao have killed at least three people when they used live rounds to disperse protesters there, witnesses say.

AU may mandate regional force against Boko Haram

2015-01-28 08:32

The AU might grant a mandate as early as this week for a regional military force to combat Islamist Boko Haram militants, a diplomat says.

Zimbabwe refugees jailed

2015-01-28 05:00

A court in Zimbabwe has sentenced four villagers who were displaced by floods last year to five years in jail each for taking part in demonstrations that rocked the camp they and thousands of others were sheltering in.

AU, China agree big infrastructure deal

2015-01-27 22:23

China and the African Union have agreed an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent.

Oxfam: Marshall Plan needed for Ebola-hit Africa

2015-01-27 20:54

Ebola-hit west Africa needs a multi-million dollar recovery plan similar to that of war-ravaged Europe in the 1940s, Oxfam has claimed.

Bomb maker held in Nigeria

2015-01-27 20:54

A man suspected of being behind the manufacture of explosives used in a series of Boko Haram suicide attacks has been arrested in northeast Nigeria.

Nigeria's Sharia cops arrest 12 over 'gay wedding'

2015-01-27 18:19

Twelve young men have been arrested in the north Nigerian city of Kano for allegedly planning a gay wedding, the Islamic law-enforcement agency says.

Foreigners die as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel

2015-01-27 17:10

At least eight people, including five foreigners, have been killed when gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli.

ISIS claims responsibility for Tripoli hotel siege

2015-01-27 14:37

Militants from ISIS in Libya have claimed an assault on a Tripoli hotel popular with foreigners, setting off a car bomb that left at least one dead.

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