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Nigerian governor jailed for corruption on bail

2017-03-27 21:58

A former Nigerian governor sentenced to five years' jail for corruption has been granted bail to seek medical care after just 20 days in prison.

Libyan coastguard intercepts 60 Europe-bound migrants

2017-03-27 21:58

Libya's coastguard has intercepted 60 Bangladeshi migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, says a navy spokesperson.

Tunisians demand change to Muslim marriage decree

2017-03-27 21:58

An alliance of Tunisian human rights groups has called on authorities to scrap a 1973 decree that bans Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims.

31 militants killed in attack by Kenya's military in Somalia

2017-03-27 18:51

Kenya's military says it has killed 31 al-Shabaab extremists in a raid in Baadhade district in southern Somalia

Top Africa stories: Zim, Tanzania, Rwanda

2017-03-27 19:49

A popular Tanzanian rapper has been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, and cash-strapped Zimbabwe is trying to stop banks importing high-denomination US dollar bills.

Sudan's Bashir to attend Jordan summit despite warrant

2017-03-27 12:35

Sudan's official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir will attend Wednesday's Arab Summit in Jordan, despite a long-standing warrant for his arrest by the ICC on charges of war crimes and genocide.

From London to Harare: An activist yearning for an ounce of practice

2017-03-27 11:06

Leo Zeilig's novel features a superbly crafted cast of characters. It's a page turner for readers interested in the profound questions of radical politics and humanity, writes Heike Becker.

Kagame hails Rwanda-Israel bond at Washington forum

2017-03-27 13:48

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has become the first African leader to address Washington's biggest pro-Israel forum, hailing the Jewish state as an inspiration for his own country's rebirth after genocide.

Egypt hands journalists one-year suspended jail sentence

2017-03-27 11:06

An Egypt appeals court has handed the former head of the journalists' union and two members a suspended one-year jail sentence for "harbouring fugitives", a judicial source say.

Tanzanian rapper held for 'insulting' President Magufuli in song

2017-03-27 06:05

A popular Tanzanian rapper says he has been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, seen as increasingly authoritarian and unwilling to brook any dissent.

Boko Haram raids village in Nigeria, steals food and medical supplies

2017-03-26 20:00

Boko Haram Islamists have raided a village in northeast Nigeria, in the latest rampage to steal food and medical supplies, as fears grow of more attacks, locals and security personnel say.

 

Critical Tanzanian rapper freed, advised to 'improve' lyrics

2017-03-27 21:00

Tanzania's government has ordered the release of a popular rapper, jailed over his song lyrics, insisting that President John Magufuli loves his music but advising him to include verses on tax fraud and drug use.

Mali peace conference hit by boycott

2017-03-27 18:51

Former rebels and Mali's opposition parties have boycotted a national summit enshrined in the country's 2015 peace deal, laying bare divisions with the government and armed groups it relies on for security.

Death toll in attack on South Sudan aid workers rises to 7

2017-03-27 19:49

The death toll of an attack on aid workers in South Sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died

Three dead in Boko Haram 'collaboration' killing

2017-03-27 15:29

Suspected Boko Haram fighters stormed a village in northeast Nigeria and killed three people on suspicion of collaborating with the military, security sources have told AFP.

Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected

2017-03-27 21:00

In Kenya there's increasing individualisation of land tenure in pastoral areas. This will hurt the communities in the long term because it doesn't enhance sustainable productive practices, writes Timothy Njagi Njeru.

Can Kenya ensure national security while still admitting refugees?

2017-03-27 12:35

Kenya says it will appeal a high court ruling blocking the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp. The country must now weigh national security against its international obligations, writes Juliet Okoth.

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

2017-03-27 16:43

Somalia's drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN In recent months. Aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening.

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush

2017-03-27 10:00

Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan, the UN says, in another blow to humanitarian efforts a country suffering from war-induced famine.

Sudan searching for French hostage: foreign minister

2017-03-27 08:48

Sudanese security agents have launched a search for an abducted Frenchman after a Chadian minister reported that he was being held in the neighbouring country, Khartoum says.

One dead as 1 000 migrants rescued off Libya

2017-03-27 06:05

One woman has been found dead while aid groups say around 1 000 migrants have been rescued overnight off the Libyan coast, the latest victim among growing numbers seeking to reach Europe.

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