Failures of a weak state are to blame for Nigeria’s ethnicity problem

2016-08-26 21:14

Nigeria has an ethnicity problem. It is evident in high-profile cases of sometimes violent tensions. But perhaps most damagingly, it is also demonstrated in the low-profile everyday mistrust with which many Nigerians view fellow citizens.

Scandals mount for Morocco's Islamists ahead of vote

2016-08-26 19:07

Beachside trysts, a 3 ton drug bust and a dodgy attempted land deal - the scandals facing Morocco's ruling Islamist party are piling up ahead of crucial parliamentary elections, leading some supporters to cry foul.

Tunisia parliament set for vote on new government

2016-08-26 13:52

Tunisia's premier-designate called for "sacrifices"as parliament convened to vote on a cabinet line-up he has proposed to tackle pressing economic and security challenges.

'Son' of Boko Haram's founder named jihadi head

2016-08-26 05:28

When the Islamic State group appointed Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the head of Boko Haram early in August, few people even recognised his name.

Libya seeks boosted US military backing

2016-08-25 21:26

Libya's unity government has asked Washington, which is backing an air campaign against the Islamic State group in Sirte, to step up its military assistance.

Egypt minister quits amid wheat scandal

2016-08-25 21:26

Egypt's minister of supplies, Khaled Hanafy, has announced his resignation after reportedly being found politically responsible for wheat deals that had cost the country tens of millions of dollars.

Group says Burundians don't want presidential term limits

2016-08-25 20:04

A government-backed commission in Burundi says the majority of Burundians want presidential term limits removed from the country's constitution.

Sudan floods: 'We have to start from scratch'

2016-08-25 18:41

Popular initiatives aim to help Sudanese who have been affected by floods rebuild their lives.

Egypt orders release of a lawyer in solitary confinement

2016-08-25 17:24

An Egyptian court has ordered the release of a prominent rights lawyer detained and held in solitary confinement for the past three months.

Boko Haram violence sparks 'children's crisis' - UN

2016-08-25 15:18

Nearly half a million children in areas affected by Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgency could suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, Unicef says.


Egypt TV host shuns Twitter after pro-president poll fiasco

2016-08-26 17:20

An Egyptian TV host and staunch supporter of the country's army-chief-turned-president has shut down his Twitter account after his improvised poll in favour of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi backfired.

Seven killed in Mogadishu beach restaurant attack

2016-08-26 10:27

Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a spokesperson for the city authorities says.

50 000 flee South Sudan's instability for Darfur, UN says

2016-08-26 07:46

The UN humanitarian office says more than 50 000 South Sudanese have fled into the troubled Darfur region in neighbouring Sudan this year.

Attack on beach front restaurant in Somali capital Mogadishu

2016-08-25 21:49

Several gunmen have attacked a beach front restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, prompting an exchange of fire with security forces.

Burundi detains WhatsApp group for defamation

2016-08-25 21:26

Burundi police say they have detained eight people accused of being members of a WhatsApp group, for defaming the government and insulting public institutions.

Administrative ineptitude threatens to hobble Kenya’s track and field athletes

2016-08-25 18:41

Kenya's international success in track and field hides management inefficiencies and corruption that have frustrated athletes and fed a pipeline of runners willing to ditch the national flag, writes Wycliffe W Njororai Simiyu.

UN: 475 000 children at risk in Lake Chad area

2016-08-25 17:24

At least 49 000 in Nigeria's Borno state will die of malnutrition this year if they do not receive help, Unicef has warned.

The link between uranium from the DRC and Hiroshima: a story of twin tragedies

2016-08-25 16:08

The mine that produced the uranium that made the Hiroshima bomb has since been closed. But its troubling legacy continues to haunt the Democratic Republic of Congo and the local community, writes Susan Williams.

#IfAfricaWasASchool: Africa laughs at itself with hilarious hashtag

2016-08-25 12:04

Africans have always been known for their humour in the face of hardship and adversity. Social media users across the continent have taken to the internet to once again show why they are the leaders in satire.


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