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Nigeria's Jonathan starts handover to Buhari

2015-05-28 21:14

Nigeria's outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan has showed Muhammadu Buhari around his new quarters, as the former military ruler prepared to take over as elected head of state.

Angolan gets suspended sentence for diamond book

2015-05-28 21:14

An Angolan journalist has been given a six-month suspended sentence after he was convicted of slander for accusing generals of human rights abuses at diamond mines.

Aid workers evacuated from Somali refugee camp in Kenya

2015-05-28 17:16

The aid agency Doctors Without Borders has evacuated 42 of its staff from the Dadaab refugee camp for Somalis in northeastern Kenya.

Angolan activist gets 6 months suspended jail sentence

2015-05-28 13:49

An Angolan court has sentenced prominent anti-corruption activist Rafael Marques to a six-month suspended jail term for defaming army generals in a book about violence in the country's diamond mining industry.

Security tight for Nigerian presidential inauguration

2015-05-28 12:47

Security has been beefed up in and around Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, as final preparations are made for the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as president.

Ethiopian fossils represent new member of human family tree

2015-05-28 07:37

Jaw and teeth fossils found on the silty clay surface of Ethiopia's Afar region represent a previously unknown member of humankind's family tree that lived 3.3 to 3.5 million years ago.

'Little spaces' make big difference in megacity Lagos

2015-05-28 09:56

For Monica Zunnyi-Abu, hosting her son's 10th birthday party in an unremarkable park in Nigeria's financial capital Lagos proved to be a revelation.

Fears foreigners are exploiting loophole to adopt in Uganda

2015-05-28 06:41

Uganda MPs have raised fresh concerns that hundreds of children have left the country through 'dubious circumstances' as a result of foreigners working with local lawyers to exploit a loophole in the law.

Tunisia truth commission hears victims

2015-05-27 21:28

Tunisia's newly formed 'truth commission' announced it has begun to hear testimony from victims of the country's post-independence dictatorships.

Niger: Over 600 arrested for Boko Haram links

2015-05-27 19:54

Niger has detained and charged 643 people since February for their links to the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, an official says.

Madagascar leader says nation needs stability, not impeachment

2015-05-27 17:18

Madagascar’s president has questioned the handling of a vote by parliament to impeach him and said the Indian Ocean island nation needs stability and international support after years of crisis rather than more political wrangling.

 

African migrants risk all in Sahara

2015-05-28 18:52

In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of them little more than boys, to protect them on the journey across the Sahara.

Tunisia arrests 2nd Morocco suspect in Bardo attack

2015-05-28 17:16

Tunisia has arrested a second Moroccan suspect over a deadly attack in March on the Bardo museum in Tunis, the interior ministry says.

Al-Shabaab leader wanted by US dies in Somalia

2015-05-28 11:38

A senior leader of al-Shabaab, who was hunted by the US for years, is dead, the Islamist militant group says, adding he died of natural causes.

Catholic Church says withdrawing support for Burundi polls

2015-05-28 10:39

Burundi’s influential Catholic Church says it is withdrawing its support for upcoming elections in the crisis-hit east African nation.

Desperate hunger, but no famine, in South Sudan

2015-05-28 07:52

Millions of people are going hungry in South Sudan 17-months after civil war began, with conditions predicted to deteriorate.

Niger journalist and activist freed on bail - lawyer

2015-05-28 07:52

Niger courts have released a journalist and human rights activist on bail after he was arrested for “collaborating” with Boko Haram Islamists earlier in the week, his lawyer says.

AU holds belated ceremony for dead migrants

2015-05-27 21:28

The African Union has held a small ceremony to pay homage to hundreds of migrants who have perished attempting to flee the continent and reach Europe.

Int'l case against Gbagbo's wife admissible

2015-05-27 19:54

International Criminal Court judges say the case against the former Ivory Coast 1st lady is admissible.

Burundi has sunk into political mess – opposition

2015-05-27 17:18

The country has sunk into a political and security mess which in no way can allow for peaceful, transparent, free or credible elections, Burundi's main opposition parties have said in a joint statement.

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