Italian nun brings life at risk to her own in DR Congo

2015-07-03 06:26

Still going strong at 81, Italian nun and midwife Sister Maria Concetta Esu has asked Pope Francis to bless her hands, which have delivered more than 34 000 African babies.

DRC rebels have terrorist undertones

2015-07-01 23:20

Ugandan rebels blamed for slaughtering hundreds in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have a 'terrorist aspect' which could draw them closer to African jihadist movements, a UN military leader says.

World's poorest get access to water, but not toilets

2015-06-30 23:21

The poor's lack of access to sanitation threatens to undermine the health benefits they have gained from access to clean water, the UN says.

South Sudan rebels battle over key town as talks collapse

2015-06-28 18:58

Warring forces in South Sudan have battled over a key northern town with both rebels and the army claiming control after the latest peace talks collapsed without progress.

UN troops help 'neutralise' DRC militia

2015-06-25 10:39

The UN says that around a quarter of Congolese militia group the Patriotic Revolutionary Forces of Ituri had been 'neutralised' after a three-week military operation.

Burundi government rejoins UN-led crisis talks

2015-06-24 21:58

Burundi's government has joined a fresh round of UN-led talks hoped to broker peace between rival parties ahead of upcoming elections.

UN panel to review CAR child sex abuse claims

2015-06-23 11:55

A former Supreme Court justice of Canada will lead a review of how the UN handled allegations that French and African troops sexually abused children in the Central African Republic, the United Nations says.

Angolan police detain 13 people for planning protests

2015-06-21 15:59

Angolan police have arrested more than a dozen people for allegedly planning to organise protests threatening "order and public security”.

DNA sleuthing pinpoints two African elephant poaching hot spots

2015-06-19 08:05

DNA testing on tons of ivory seized from traffickers has identified two elephant poaching "hot spots" in Africa.

Chad declares 3 days of mourning for 33 victims of suicide attacks

2015-06-17 16:57

Chad declared three days of national mourning Wednesday for the 33 people killed in twin suicide bombings blamed on Boko Haram, the first such attacks in the capital N'Djamena.


Nguesso calls for national dialogue, with term limits one subject

2015-07-02 13:56

The president of Congo Republic has called for a national dialogue, one subject of which would be potential constitutional changes that would allow him to stand next year for a third term.

Kenya slums boosted by 'water ATMs'

2015-07-01 05:52

Around the world, people use bank machines to access cash - but in the Kenyan capital's crowded slums, people now use similar machines to access an even more basic requirement - clean water.

AU will not be observer in Burundi elections

2015-06-28 21:12

The AU says it would not act as observer in Burundi's parliamentary elections because conditions are unsuitable for free, fair, transparent and credible elections.

Burundi parliament head leaves country, denounces president

2015-06-28 16:11

The head of Burundi's parliament says he had left the nation due to the violence raging there and urged the president not to seek an "illegal" third term.

Rwandans protest outside UK mission over detained general

2015-06-25 06:30

Hundreds of Rwandans have protested outside the UK Embassy in Kigali over the detention of the country's spy chief.

Rwanda's General "KK", a key player in the regime

2015-06-23 21:02

General Karenzi Karake, Rwanda's intelligence chief arrested in London on a European arrest warrant, has long been a key figure in the regime of President Paul Kagame.

UN appoints Senegalese diplomat to mediate peace talks in Burundi

2015-06-21 16:57

The UN has appointed a Senegalese diplomat to facilitate talks between rival factions in Burundi's political crisis after the opposition accused the previous mediator of bias.

Date set for Central African Republic elections

2015-06-19 11:45

Central African Republic will hold presidential and parliamentary elections, seen as critical to drawing a line under a two-year inter-religious conflict on October 18, a spokesperson for the interim government says.

3 wounded in Burundi grenade blast

2015-06-18 18:16

At least three people have been wounded by a grenade which exploded in the centre of the Burundian capital Bujumbura, the latest in weeks of unrest ahead of elections.

ICC trial of Congo's 'Terminator' set to start

2015-06-16 21:29

The war crimes trial of ex-DRC warlord Bosco Ntaganda - nicknamed "The Terminator" - is set to open in The Hague, the International Criminal Court says.

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