Prominent South Sudan journalist released on bail

2016-07-30 06:51

An editor in South Sudan says that prominent journalist Alfred Taban has been released on bail after being held for two weeks ago following the publication of an editorial calling on the country's president and vice president to resign.

11 killed and 30 000 left homeless in Niger floods

2016-07-29 18:38

Eleven people have died in flooding in Niger and 30 000 have been left homeless after vast swathes of the country - including arid desert locations - were deluged with heavy rain, the UN said.

Jailed ex-Chad dictator Habre must compensate victims

2016-07-29 20:53

Former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, sentenced to life in May for crimes against humanity, has been ordered to pay compensation to thousands of his victims of up to $33 000 each.

Namibian schoolboy invents cellphone that doesn't use airtime

2016-07-29 14:22

A Grade 12 learner in Namibia's Ohagwena Region has invented a sim-less mobile phone that does not require airtime to make calls.

Kenya overtakes SA as biggest investor in African countries

2016-07-29 13:23

Kenya has overtaken South Africa as the biggest investor in African countries, after investing in 36 projects in other parts of the continent last year, compared to South Africa’s 33.

Boko Haram ambushes humanitarian convoy, wounds 5 in Nigeria

2016-07-29 15:00

Nigeria's military says Boko Haram Islamic extremists have ambushed a humanitarian convoy escorted by troops, wounding three civilians including a UN worker and two soldiers.

Japan to spend $120 million on counter-terrorism in Africa

2016-07-29 07:14

Japan's foreign minister says his country will spend $120 million to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts in Africa.

$1.2 billion needed for southern Africa drought

2016-07-29 08:13

Humanitarian agencies say they need $1.2 billion in critical aid for seven drought-stricken countries in southern Africa, as the El Nino weather phenomenon continues to devastate crops across the region.

Ghana jails radio presenter, panellists for hate speech

2016-07-28 21:20

Ghana's Supreme Court has jailed a radio presenter and his two panellists for threatening to kill judges who ordered names to be removed from the voters' register ahead of the December general elections.

Pea the Mozambican pangolin strikes out on his own

2016-07-28 15:35

A young pangolin rescued from poachers in northern Mozambique last year has purposefully struck out on his own, and his carers couldn't be more delighted.

Malawi's Mutharika introduces new law in sex crimes crackdown

2016-07-28 11:59

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has announced the introduction of tougher legislation against sex offenders, in a crackdown on sex crimes in the country.


About 40 000 join pro-government rally as DRC poll row mounts

2016-07-29 18:38

Tens of thousands of people have rallied in Kinshasa support of Congolese President Joseph Kabila, just two days after his leading opponent returned home to a massive welcome.

UN suspends aid to dangerous areas of northeast Nigeria

2016-07-29 16:22

The United Nations says it is suspending aid to dangerous areas of Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state after Boko Haram ambushed a humanitarian convoy.

Malawian boy dies after circumcision at initiation camp

2016-07-29 13:03

Malawi has been caught up in another cultural malpractice scandal after a 13-year-old boy died, following a circumcision at an initiation camp in Kasungu.

Malawi's 'hyena' pleads guilty to sex crimes

2016-07-29 12:10

A convicted sex offender from Malawi's Nsanje district has pleaded guilty to sex crimes perpetrated against scores of young girls and women in the area.

Zim pastor calls for massive but peaceful uprising

2016-07-29 09:38

The Zimbabwe pastor who launched a social media campaign criticising the government and then left the country for his safety is calling for a massive but peaceful uprising.

Ugandan pastor accused of sexual abuse

2016-07-29 05:33

A Ugandan pastor allegedly sexually abused several women in his congregation in an effort to make them "fertile", the Daily Monitor reports.

Zambia President Lungu threatens opposition

2016-07-28 18:12

Zambian President Edgar Lunga has warned the opposition UPND not to cause trouble after the country’s elections next month, the Lusaka Times reported on Thursday.

Mozambican poachers target SA rhinos

2016-07-28 14:12

The depletion of elephants and rhinos in Mozambique has prompted poachers there to target rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, a report has revealed.

UN: Over 100 sexual assault cases in South Sudan's Juba

2016-07-28 13:24

The UN says there have been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan's capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country's rival leaders.


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