Africa

Zim pastor Mawarire in court in handcuffs to face charge of subverting Mugabe's government

2017-09-25 14:36

Zimbabwe protest pastor Evan Mawarire has appeared in court, and pleaded not guilty to the charge of trying to subvert President Robert Mugabe's government, his lawyers say.

The thin line between electoral credibility and political stability in Kenya

2017-09-25 14:36

Democracy doesn't seem to work within societies governed by politics of ethnicity. Instead, elections continue to offer up the hard choice between electoral credibility and political stability, writes The Conversation.

Zim denies food shortages as skyrocketing grocery prices sow panic

2017-09-25 12:31

Cash shortages and currency uncertainties have taken a turn for the worse in Zimbabwe, as a combination of unfavourable elements and panicking individuals have seen grocery prices skyrocket.

Zanu-PF Wars: Zim VP Mnangagwa threatens to sue rival for $3m

2017-09-25 13:00

Zimbabwe's vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa has threatened to sue political rival Jonathan Moyo for $3 million, as infighting within the ruling party hots up.

US says it killed 17 ISIS militants with airstrikes in Libya

2017-09-25 11:30

The United States says it has launched airstrikes in Libya that killed 17 Islamic State militants and destroyed three vehicles

'Spreading alarm over Zim shortages a criminal offence': Minister threatens media

2017-09-25 07:00

Zimbabwe's home affairs minister has threatened "renegades and malcontents" who he accused of spreading alarm and despondency by claiming there are shortages.

 
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1000s of Boko Haram displaced hit Nigerian streets, protest food shortages

2017-09-25 11:30

Thousands of Nigerians uprooted from their homes by the Boko Haram insurgency have hit the streets of Maiduguri in protest at food shortages and poor conditions in their refugee camp, demanding they be allowed to go home.

Egypt jails 14 over deadly stadium stampede

2017-09-25 07:00

An Egyptian court has jailed two people for life and 12 to between two and 10 years over violence that led to a deadly football stadium stampede in Cairo.

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At least 3 peacekeepers killed in Mali attack: UN

2017-09-24 18:58

At least three UN peacekeepers have been killed when their vehicle hit an explosive device in Mali's troubled north, the UN's mission to the conflict-torn country said.

Former Rwandan presidential aspirant Rwigara is arrested

2017-09-24 18:58

Rwandan police say they have arrested Diane Rwigara, a leading critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and women's rights activist over offenses against state security

Nigeria says trial of Boko Haram suspects to start next month

2017-09-24 17:02

Nigeria will begin trying Boko Haram suspects detained in military camps from next month and the cases will be speedily handled, the justice ministry has said

WATCH: Pastor Evan picked up after he says: 'Police are waiting for me'

2017-09-24 15:18

Protest pastor Evan Mawarire has been taken in for questioning by police after posting a video to Facebook criticising Zimbabwe's worsening economic crisis, his #ThisFlag movement says.

Guinea-Bissau reaps reward as world goes nuts for cashews

2017-09-24 14:01

Sustained global demand for cashews has helped Guinea-Bissau's farmers rake in record prices, but the industry wants a crack at more revenue by processing the wonder nut at home.

WATCH: Panic buying, fuel queues resurface in Zimbabwe

2017-09-24 11:03

Fuel queues have resurfaced in the Zimbabwe capital Harare, for the first time in years, and there are reports of panic buying by shoppers fearing shortages.

German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

2017-09-24 07:11

A Lufthansa passenger jet that had been hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a leftist militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home

On the road: Nobel laureate Soyinka to teach in South Africa

2017-09-23 18:59

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka says being an itinerant teacher has become "a way of life" as he takes up a post as visiting professor at the University of Johannesburg

Kabila at UN pledges DRC elections but still no date

2017-09-23 18:59

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has told the United Nations that his country is moving towards holding elections but vowed to resist "foreign diktats" on setting a date for the historic vote.

Malawi leader Mutharika praises 'last man standing' Mugabe

2017-09-23 15:22

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has reportedly showered President Robert Mugabe with praises, describing the nonagenarian as the "last man standing".

Former Egypt Brotherhood leader Akef dies aged 89

2017-09-23 13:07

Former Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who helped turn Egypt's Islamist movement into a major opposition force, died in a Cairo hospital aged 89, his daughter has said.

Darfur clashes kill 3 as Bashir urges reconciliation

2017-09-23 09:04

Clashes between Sudanese forces and residents of a Darfur camp for the displaced killed three people, the UN has said, as President Omar al-Bashir urged reconciliation in the war-torn region.

English speakers take to the streets in Cameroon

2017-09-22 20:28

Several thousand demonstrators took to the streets in English-speaking parts of Cameroon in protest at perceived discrimination in favour of the country's francophone majority, concurring sources have said.

No constitutional crisis if Kenya polls delayed: attorney general

2017-09-22 19:30

Uhuru Kenyatta will remain Kenyan president until a new leader is sworn in, the country's attorney general has said, seeking to ease fears of a constitutional crisis if elections are delayed further.

Senegalese head of powerful Muslim brotherhood dies

2017-09-22 17:01

The head of the powerful Tijaniyya brotherhood of Muslims in Senegal has died, just six months after the passing of his predecessor, Senegalese media has reported.

Pictures of nonagenarian Mugabe at UNGA

2017-09-22 16:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, is in New York where world leaders have convened for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. See pictures of the nonagenarian at the conference.

The relationship between drought and famine: lessons from the Horn of Africa

2017-09-22 14:42

Historically low rainfalls have led to severe droughts in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. But various solutions exist to mitigate the social and economic impact, writes The Conversation.

Lesotho slammed for shutting down 'anti-govt' radio station – report

2017-09-22 11:39

Lesotho's government has reportedly defended its decision to shut down a privately owned radio station that is seen as being anti-government.

Thousands join fresh protests in Togo amid 'crackdown'

2017-09-22 10:00

Thousands of protesters in Togo have joined demonstrations around the country for a second day against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa's oldest political dynasty.

Sudan student condemned to hang for killing of policeman

2017-09-24 18:58

A court in Sudan sentenced a university student to death after convicting him of killing a policeman during protests in the capital last year, a defence lawyer has said.

Kenya police ordered to investigate election officials

2017-09-24 17:02

Kenya's chief prosecutor has ordered the police and anti-corruption agency to investigate the country's election commission for alleged "irregularities and illegalities" in the conduct of August's annulled presidential poll.

At least three killed by sea pirates in Nigeria's oil region: police

2017-09-24 17:02

Sea pirates shot dead at least three people, including a policeman, in an ambush in southern Nigeria's restive oil region, police have said

South Sudan official expresses optimism at UN

2017-09-24 14:01

South Sudan's first vice president says the government is confident that peace will soon return to the world's newest nation after nearly four years of civil war

'Perform a David Goliath act against Mugabe,' pastor Mawarire urges youth

2017-09-24 12:06

Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire has urged young people to "to perform a 'David Goliath act' against President Robert Mugabe's oppressive rule", a report says.

Maritime court backs Ghana in offshore dispute with Ivory Coast

2017-09-24 11:03

An international maritime tribunal has backed Ghana in a dispute with Ivory Coast over a contested boundary that cuts through lucrative offshore oil fields.

Worlds of Islam, Michael Jackson collide in Egyptian film

2017-09-24 07:11

In a new Egyptian film, an ultra-conservative Muslim is torn by his love of Michael Jackson, mirroring a country's struggle between traditions and modern global influences

Nigerian journalist detained over report on flood camp protest

2017-09-23 18:59

A Nigerian journalist was detained for reporting that relief materials were allegedly being diverted from a camp for flood victims, his employers and police has said

Togo: how long can the grassroots pressure last?

2017-09-23 17:21

Togo's government was surprised by how many people took to the streets earlier this month to demand the removal of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Ugandan court official suspended for wearing 'a very short, tight dress'

2017-09-23 13:07

A Ugandan court official has reportedly been suspended for wearing "a very short and tight dress" to work, breaching the country's strict dress code for public sector workers.

Tsvangirai 'very stable' after SA treatment...but won't go back to work as yet: MDC

2017-09-23 11:01

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is "very stable" after receiving cancer treatment in SA but will take several days of rest before going back to work, his spokesperson

Top Africa stories: Mugabe and Trump, Togo, Chad

2017-09-23 09:04

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has mocked US President Donald Trump, describing hims as the "Giant Gold Goliath", and more than 50 people have died of cholera in Chad .

Boko Haram kills nine near bombed NE Nigeria camp

2017-09-22 20:28

Boko Haram fighters killed nine people from a camp that was mistakenly bombed by the Nigerian military earlier this year, an aid worker and a resident has said.

C Africa asks UN to send more peacekeepers, ease arms embargo

2017-09-22 20:28

The Central African Republic's president has urged the United Nations on Friday to send more peacekeepers to his strife-torn country and ease an arms embargo in the way of equipping his weak army.

Tunisia bans forced anal exams for homosexuality

2017-09-22 18:18

Tunisia, where sodomy is punishable by jail, has banned forced anal examinations to determine sexual orientation, the North African state's minister for human rights has said.

Nigeria, Turkey to meet over illegal arms shipments

2017-09-22 17:01

A top Nigerian official is scheduled to meet the Turkish ambassador after hundreds of rifles allegedly from Turkey made it to the west African country this week falsely labelled as plumbing materials.

Cape Town gallery showcasing modern African art opens

2017-09-22 16:00

Africa's largest museum dedicated to the continent's contemporary art has opened to the public in Cape Town, becoming the region's most significant new cultural space in decades.

US report points to Egyptian abuses, anti-democracy actions

2017-09-22 13:06

Egypt is failing to protect free speech and its minorities, investigate abuses by its forces or grant US monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula, according to a damning Trump administration report.

WATCH: Mugabe struggles to walk after addressing UN General Assembly

2017-09-22 10:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has further exposed his frailty at the UN General Assembly where he staggered off the conference room after giving his speech at the 72nd session of the world body.

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