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WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'

2017-10-20 20:59

The World Health Organisation has selected Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as its "goodwill ambassador" despite the veteran leader facing United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses.

Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role

2017-10-20 20:59

The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action.

US ambassador Haley to pay first visit to Africa

2017-10-20 20:59

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Uganda expels North Korea military experts over UN sanctions

2017-10-20 20:02

Uganda has expelled North Korean military experts and representatives of North Korean companies, including its top arms dealer, as African nations face growing pressure to comply with UN sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

US drone strike targets al-Shabaab after Somalia attack

2017-10-20 20:02

The US military has said it carried out a drone strike this week against al-Shabaab in Somalia, shortly after the extremist group was blamed for the country's deadliest attack, while thousands of anguished Somalis gathered at the site of the truck bombing to pray.

Shell Nigeria lifts force majeure on Bonny Light exports

2017-10-20 18:51

Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary says it has lifted the force majeure imposed on Bonny Light crude oil exports a month ago.

 
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Protests in Benin over economic reforms

2017-10-20 20:02

Thousands of people took to the streets of Benin's commercial capital Cotonou on Friday to protest against President Patrice Talon's economic reforms and the high cost of living.

Togo opposition leader calls on France for help

2017-10-20 17:45

French President Emmanuel Macron has been urged to step in to help find a solution to an increasingly violent power struggle between Togo's opposition and the government.

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Liberia's controversial school reforms divide the nation a year on

2017-10-20 17:45

On a weekday morning in Cecelia Dunbar school, a bumpy hour's drive from Liberia's capital, a group of seven-year-olds concentrate on their maths lesson, seated at individual wooden desks.

How Kenya’s political leaders are adding to the prolonged election crisis

2017-10-20 16:28

Despite avenues for legal redress, the solution to Kenya's constitutional crisis is political. The leadership on both sides of the political divide must reach an agreement for the sake of the nation, writes The Conversation.

Thousands gather at Somalia attack site to pray

2017-10-20 14:07

Thousands of anguished Somalis have gathered to pray at the site of the country's deadliest attack and to mourn the hundreds of victims.

White House envoy arrives in Egypt

2017-10-20 13:02

Egyptian airport officials say a white House envoy has arrived in Cairo to discuss the latest developments in Palestinian reconciliation efforts mediated by Egypt.

'Starving' Zim students in Russia 'resort to prostitution' - report

2017-10-20 10:00

Starving Zimbabwean students studying under the presidential scholarship in Russia have reportedly resorted to prostitution to cover basic living expenses after government failed to pay them their annual stipends.

South Sudan forces 'assaulted' UN commander

2017-10-20 08:18

South Sudanese forces stopped a UN peacekeeping convoy at gunpoint and beat the unit's commander in the latest clash with peacekeepers in the war-wracked African country, a report says.

Jihadist ambush on US forces shows new danger in Sahel

2017-10-20 06:10

The ambush in West Africa that killed four US service members has highlighted the danger posed by a newly rebranded jihadist group in the region.

Nigerian police arrest four after Britons kidnapped

2017-10-19 20:29

Four people have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of four British nationals in southern Nigeria, police have said.

UN chief to highlight world's 'forgotten crisis' in C Africa

2017-10-19 20:29

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is traveling to the Central African Republic next week to draw attention to the world's "forgotten crisis" and its heavy toll on aid workers and UN peacekeepers.

Kenya's Odinga says still possible to 'reconsider' vote pullout

2017-10-19 18:28

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has maintained that he could "reconsider" his decision to quit the country's troubled election race, provided there was "proper" headway on electoral reform.

New Yves Saint Laurent museum opens in Marrakech

2017-10-19 18:07

The Yves Saint Laurent museum has opened its doors to the public in Marrakech, the Moroccan city beloved by the fashion designer, less than three weeks since the inauguration of a Paris-based museum also dedicated to him

Kenya police disperse demonstrators despite court order

2017-10-19 17:26

A witness says police have fired rifles and tear gas to disperse demonstrators preparing to protest police killings of opposition supporters.

Egypt rights groups demand release of leading dissident

2017-10-19 16:26

Ten major Egyptian rights groups have urged an appeals court to free Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading dissident in the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Why Islamist attack demands a careful response from Mozambique

2017-10-19 15:00

The first Islamist attack carried out by Mozambicans in the country is particularly surprising given the pride the country takes in its sound and relaxed inter-religious relations, writes The Conversation.

UN chief heading to conflict-torn Central African Republic

2017-10-19 13:38

The UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres says he is going to conflict-torn Central African Republic next week to spotlight growing communal tensions, spreading violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation.

UN envoy meets W Sahara independence leaders in bid to restart talks

2017-10-19 12:01

The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, has met leaders of an Algerian-backed independence movement after visiting Morocco in a bid to get stalled peace talks back on track.

5 dead, 60 arrested during Togo protests for term limits

2017-10-19 10:59

Togo's security minister says at least five people have been killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters demonstrating for presidential term limits.

Two South Africans held in Tanzania for homosexuality

2017-10-19 09:07

Two South Africans are among 12 men arrested for presumed homosexuality in Tanzania as part of an ongoing crackdown against gays, police say.

Top Africa stories: Kenya, Grace Mugabe, Tanzania

2017-10-19 08:14

Grace Mugabe is suing a Lebanese businessman more than a million US dollars in a botched diamond ring deal, and one of Kenya's eight election commissioners has quit, saying that next week's election cannot be 'credible'.

Seychelles schools re-open as plague cases test negative

2017-10-19 08:14

Two suspected cases of plague in the Seychelles have tested negative, the government has said, as children returned to schools which had closed as panic swept the island nation last week.

Madagascar plague deaths hit 94, 1 100 suspected cases: WHO

2017-10-20 16:28

The death toll from a plague outbreak in Madagascar has risen to 94, with the number of suspected cases jumping to more than 1 100, the World Health Organisation says.

Kenya's police say 4 killed in opposition demonstrations

2017-10-20 13:02

Kenya's national police say four people have been killed in recent opposition demonstrations as the fresh presidential election approaches next week.

Egypt frees Egyptian-Irish after 4 years detention

2017-10-20 12:04

Egyptian authorities have released an Irish-Egyptian man who was detained for four years on charges related to a Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo in 2013.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Togo, Somalia

2017-10-20 08:18

Youths from Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF are reportedly divided over plans to amend the party's constitution, and Togo's security minister says at least five people have been killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters

'I've seen many people suffering... it's now time to meet Mugabe in parliament'

2017-10-20 06:10

A Zimbabwean pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die in October is reportedly planning to contest the forthcoming elections as an independent candidate.

5 injured in new clashes in Togo's capital

2017-10-20 06:10

Five people have been shot and injured as gangs of youths and the security forces clashed sporadically in Togo's capital Lome, ahead of a planned opposition protest that the government has ruled illegal.

Uneasy calm in Togo ahead of new opposition demo

2017-10-19 19:30

Gangs of youths and the security forces have clashed sporadically in Togo's capital, Lome, before a planned opposition protest that the government has ruled illegal.

Hangman's job in Zimbabwe gets 'flood' of applications

2017-10-19 18:07

The job of hangman used to be unpopular in Zimbabwe, but more than 50 people are now applying to be state executioner in a country where employment is hard to find.

Ebola-like Marburg virus kills two in Uganda: official

2017-10-19 17:26

Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry has said.

Danger, uncertainty a week from Kenya's election

2017-10-19 16:26

Kenyans head to the polls next week for a second time this year after the Supreme Court overturned the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mujuru: I often clashed with Mugabe over his 'bad economic policies'

2017-10-19 15:00

Zimbabwe's ex-vice president Joice Mujuru has reportedly claimed that she often clashed with President Robert Mugabe over his "bad economic policies", "disagreements which made her boss unhappy and resulted in her dismissal from government".

Tunisia jails couple for 'public indecency' over car kiss

2017-10-19 13:38

A Frenchman and a Tunisian woman have been convicted on appeal in Tunis for "public indecency" after an altercation with police who arrested the couple while they were hugging in a car.

Fight over Grace Mugabe's 'planned' ascendency to VP intensifies - report

2017-10-19 12:01

Youths from Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF are reportedly divided over plans to amend the party's constitution to accommodate a female vice president.

ICC says probing several crimes in Mali

2017-10-19 10:59

The ICC says it is investigating several potential war crimes, including murder in Mali, months after finding an ex-jihadist guilty liable for millions worth of damage in the landlocked country.

Somali president vows war on Shabaab after devastating bomb

2017-10-19 09:07

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has vowed to step up the war against al-Shabaab, as he addressed thousands at a rally in Mogadishu for the victims of the city's worst-ever bombing.

Liberian rebel commander guilty of immigration fraud

2017-10-19 08:14

A Liberian accused of war crimes has been convicted of lying about his past as a rebel commander so he could enter the US.

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