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2 Malian soldiers killed in suspected jihadist attack

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Two Malian soldiers were killed and four others injured in a weekend ambush in an area notorious for jihadist attacks, officials say.

Burundi tense amid gunfire after killing of a general

2015-08-03 11:42

Gunfire has been heard in Burundi’s capital following the killing of a feared military general who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

To save forests, Kenyan tea factory brews new way to dry tea

2015-08-03 11:42

Kenya’s Makomboki Tea Factory has switched to a greener, cheaper fuel: briquettes made of biomass byproducts to save forests.

US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit

2015-08-03 10:34

Despite persistent human rights concerns, the US has resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago.

Boko Haram kills 13 villagers in attack in NE Nigeria

2015-08-03 07:29

Boko Haram fighters have killed 13 people in an attack on Malari village in northeast Nigeria’s restive Borno state, witnesses say.

Egypt president signs elections law

2015-08-02 22:30

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed into law election-related legislation, opening the way to setting a date for long-delayed parliamentary polls.

 
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TOP TALKS:  Egypt's Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry, addresses journalists after talks with his US counterpart, John Kerry, in Cairo. (Brendan Smialowski, AP)

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Central African Republic: UN peacekeeper killed in capital

2015-08-03 08:58

One United Nations peacekeeper has been killed and eight others have been injured in Central African Republic’s capital after they came under attack by armed men bearing machine guns and grenades, the UN says.

Nigerian army frees 178 Boko Haram hostages

2015-08-03 06:02

The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram, including more than 100 children, following a series of deadly attacks.

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Kerry assures Iran deal makes Mideast safer

2015-08-02 20:18

US Secretary of State John Kerry has sought to assure Middle East allies that the Iran nuclear deal will make them safer.

UN warns of CAR humanitarian crisis

2015-08-02 18:46

Activities cannot be continued till the end of year without immediate action to boost aid to the Central African Republic Ocha says.

Burundi in crisis as top general assassinated

2015-08-02 13:38

A top Burundian general and close aide to President Pierre Nkurunziza has been killed in an ambush on his car in the capital Bujumbura, officials and witnesses say.

Corruption in Kenya 'worse than ever'

2015-08-02 10:25

Corruption in Kenya is sliding out of control, veteran anti-corruption activist and whistle-blower John Githongo has warned in an interview following a scathing audit of government finances.

Egypt says militant leader killed in shootout

2015-08-01 18:32

Egyptian armed forces have killed a leading member of the country's Islamic State affiliate in a shootout outside his North Sinai home, the army spokesman said in a statement.

Cameroon deports 2 000 Nigerians in fight against Boko Haram

2015-08-01 14:07

Cameroon has deported more than 2 000 Nigerians who were living in the country illegally as part of new security measures intended to prevent suicide attacks by Boko Haram jihadists, sources say.

7 Libyan soldiers killed in clashes with ISIS

2015-08-01 07:08

Seven Libyan soldiers have been killed after Islamic State militants stormed a checkpoint manned by forces loyal to the official government, military officials say.

Chinese-built railway to cut through national park in Kenya

2015-07-31 21:00

Kenya's new Chinese-built rail line will cut through the capital's sprawling sanctuary for lions, giraffes and zebras, wildlife officials have said.

CAR Muslims forced to convert

2015-07-31 18:59

Muslims in the western part of Central African Republic are being forced to hide their religion or convert to Christianity under threat of death, Amnesty International says.

Tunisian leader extends state of emergency 2 more months

2015-07-31 17:00

Tunisia's presidency has extended the country’s state of emergency for an additional two months as the country battles a violent Islamic insurgency that last month killed 38 tourists on a beach.

Chad army: Over 100 militants killed in anti-Boko Haram operation

2015-07-31 15:12

At least 100 jihadist fighters have been killed in an operation against Boko Haram Islamists holed up on the island of Lake Chad, the Chadian army says.

UN closes Ebola emergency mission

2015-07-31 13:13

The UN Ebola Emergency Response Mission is winding down, with the WHO to once again take the reins in the fight against the deadly virus that has killed over 11 000 people in West Africa since 2013.

The secret to Ethiopia's counterterrorism success

2015-07-31 12:37

Obama has expressed keen interest in learning from Ethiopia's counterterrorism and counterinsurgency strategies, a report says.

Blast kills at least 5 in Nigeria market

2015-07-31 10:12

At least five people have been killed by a bomb in Gamboru market in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, a police and a rescue worker say.

Malawi can be African model for liberalising abortion - activists

2015-07-31 07:53

Malawi's use of evidence-based research to build support for a more liberal stance on abortion can make it a role model for Africa, campaigners say.

Nigeria names head of regional force to fight Boko Haram

2015-07-31 06:29

Nigeria has named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

US delivers F-16s to Egypt

2015-07-30 19:56

The United States has begun delivery of eight F-16 fighter jets to Egypt, the first since Washington fully lifted in March a freeze on arms delivery.

Angola police cordon off radio station

2015-07-30 19:04

Angolan police have moved in on a radio station and held a journalist, as protesters called for the release of a rapper and other political activists.

Burundi opposition leader takes top parliament job

2015-07-30 16:51

Burundi’s main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa has been elected as deputy head of the national parliament, despite having condemned recent elections and supported months of civil unrest.

Nigeria, Cameroon vow to step up co-operation against Boko Haram

2015-07-30 14:55

The leaders of Nigeria and Cameroon have pledged to improve the exchange of intelligence and security co-operation along their border in a border to tackle Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram.

South Sudan tearfully becomes 206th Olympic member

2015-08-02 20:18

South Sudan has become the Olympic movement's 206th member amid emotional scenes as the war-stricken African nation crossed the final hurdle to competing at next year's Rio Olympics.

Five killed in clashes near oil port in Libya - medics

2015-08-02 14:23

Five people have been killed and 12 wounded during clashes in eastern Libya between forces loyal to its internationally recognised government and Islamist groups, medics say.

Kerry to meet Egypt's Sisi to relaunch strategic talks

2015-08-02 12:02

US Secretary of State John Kerry was to meet Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo to relaunch strategic talks, on a regional mini-tour to sell the Iran nuclear deal to sceptical allies.

Benin sends 800 troops to fight Boko Haram

2015-08-02 08:14

Benin's President Thomas Boni Yayi has announced he will send 800 troops to join a new multinational force tasked with fighting Boko Haram militants.

South Sudan: Thousands risk starvation amid Nile blockade

2015-08-01 16:09

Aid agencies say thousands of civilians in South Sudan's Upper Nile state face starvation after the government blocked aid groups from using the Nile River to deliver relief food.

Nigeria attacks kill 16 as force chief promises to crush Boko Haram

2015-08-01 10:01

A female suicide bomber and Boko Haram gunmen have killed at least 16 people in Nigeria as the commander of a new multinational force tasked with fighting the Islamists pledged to crush the insurgency "very soon".

Burundi's president urges unity after contentious polls

2015-07-31 22:12

Burundi's re-elected President Pierre Nkurunziza is urging unity after winning contentious polls that the international community says were not credible.

10 killed in Boko Haram attack on Nigerian village

2015-07-31 19:59

At least 10 people have been killed when Boko Haram Islamist gunmen raided a village in Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state in a revenge attack against local vigilantes, an official says.

Uganda leader, in power for 3 decades, seeks re-election

2015-07-31 18:00

Uganda's long-serving president has declared his bid for re-election in 2016, saying he is backed by the historical leaders of the former rebel movement that has been in power since 1986.

Ebola vaccine shows 'promising' results - WHO

2015-07-31 16:11

Preliminary results of tests on an Ebola vaccine set to be published in a British science magazine have shown "promising" results, the World Health Organisation says.

Burundi's president urges unity after contentious polls

2015-07-31 14:12

Burundi’s re-elected president is urging unity after winning contentious polls that the international community says were not credible.

Nigeria military poorly equipped to fight Boko Haram

2015-07-31 12:37

Nigeria’s military is underfunded and poorly equipped in its battle to check Boko Haram’s rampaging insurgency, the country’s outgoing chief of defence staff says.

Despite $7bn to 'Power Africa,' why the continent is still in the dark

2015-07-31 11:15

When President Barack Obama made his first presidential visit to Kenya over the weekend, he visited not just his ancestral home, but one of the target countries in his $7bn signature foreign aid initiative, Power Africa.

70 000 Liberian births unrecorded in Ebola crisis - Unicef

2015-07-31 09:12

More than 70 000 Liberian babies have been born without being registered as the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaged the impoverished west African nation, leaving them without healthcare and vulnerable to trafficking, Unicef says.

Chad reintroduces death penalty with anti-terror law

2015-07-31 07:53

Chad has reintroduced the death penalty just six months after its abolition, as legislators passed a stringent anti-terror bill in the face of a spate of deadly Boko Haram attacks.

Burundi politicians make peace

2015-07-31 05:39

Agathon Rwasa has been elected deputy head of parliament after support from the ruling party of president Nkurunziza.

Sierra Leone faces Ebola setback

2015-07-30 20:54

Authorities in Sierra Leone have quarantined 500 people after a man died from Ebola in an area where the deadly virus had been gone for months.

US envoy tired of South Sudan warring

2015-07-30 19:04

The US special envoy to South Sudan says that patience has run out over the country's civil war, pressing the message that the warring parties were running out of time to strike a deal.

Child lab or rises on Ivory Coast cocoa farms – report

2015-07-30 18:23

The number of children working on cocoa farms in the world’s top producer Ivory Coast is on the rise as production climbs, a report shows.

South Sudan soldiers stole relief food – official

2015-07-30 14:55

A local official says soldiers believed to be South Sudanese government troops and allied militia stole relief food and killed seven people in an attack in a rebel-held part of Unity state.

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