Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature

2015-11-25 21:00

Pope Francis has called on humanity to reconnect with nature in order to fight divisions and poverty, which he described as breeding grounds for terrorism.

Pope takes environmental, social messages to Africa

2015-11-25 07:36

Pope Francis heads to Africa for the first time on a trip aimed at pushing the key themes of his papacy but also fraught with security concerns.

Toxic Kenya dump concerns pope

2015-11-24 22:28

A toxic Kenyan dumpsite embodies the pope's environmental concern ahead of his Africa trip.

Somali pirates seize Iranian fishing boat - monitor

2015-11-24 14:46

Somali pirates have attacked two fishing boats, capturing one from Iran with 15 crew, an anti-piracy expert says, adding that the vessel is now heading towards Somalia’s coast.

Kenya declares public holiday for papal Mass

2015-11-24 12:40

The Kenyan government has declared a national public holiday the day Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in that country, drawing an expected 1.4 million people.

Shabaab: We'll cut the throats of those who shift to ISIS

2015-11-24 10:16

Somalia’s Shabaab fighters have warned they will "cut the throat" of members who shift allegiance from al-Qaeda to ISIS amid reports some factions have already been punished for doing so.

Burundi suspends 10 civic groups

2015-11-23 22:51

Burundi's government has suspended ten civic groups, accusing them of fomenting unrest.

US sanctions Burundi officials

2015-11-23 21:55

The US has imposed sanctions on top government security and opposition officials in Burundi over the unrest in the African nation.

Kenyatta declares corruption national security threat

2015-11-23 17:16

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a raft of measures to bolster the fight against corruption that is endemic in East Africa’s largest economy.

Ugandan gays put faith in pope

2015-11-23 07:41

Gay activists are hoping Pope Francis will preach tolerance toward homosexuals, and even go so far as to condemn violent attacks against gays during his upcoming visit to Uganda.


Kenya’s president reshuffles cabinet after graft allegations

2015-11-25 08:59

Kenya’s president has reshuffled his cabinet to replace five ministers who are being investigated for graft and one who resigned over the weekend after being accused of corruption.

More UN peacekeepers needed for South Sudan

2015-11-25 05:16

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants 1 100 extra peacekeepers to be sent to South Sudan to help protect civilians.

2 killed in Burundi bar attack - official

2015-11-24 15:58

Four gunmen have shot dead a policeman and a teacher in a bar in eastern Burundi, a local governor says, the latest clashes in months of unrest.

Sudan peace talks break without deal, AU says

2015-11-24 13:50

Peace talks between Sudan’s government and rebels have adjourned without a deal after a week of negotiations in Ethiopia, AU mediators says.

Tanzanian president scraps independence party for clean-up day

2015-11-24 12:40

Newly elected Tanzanian President John Magufuli has scrapped independence day celebrations to spend the money on a clean-up campaign, an official statement says.

Security concerns as Pope Francis makes first Africa tour

2015-11-24 09:04

Security forces are readying for Pope Francis’ three-nation Africa tour this week amid fears of jihadist attacks and violence, with authorities insisting the pontiff’s trip can pass off peacefully.

S Sudan army begins withdrawal from Juba

2015-11-23 22:51

The South Sudanese army, loyal to President Salva Kiir, has begun withdrawing from the capital Juba ahead of a peace deal deadline agreed with the rebels.

Uganda fundraises, spruces up shrine for pope visit

2015-11-23 19:23

An official with the Catholic Church in Uganda says more than two million people are expected to converge near a minor basilica in the Ugandan capital where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass this weekend.

6 Sudanese found shot dead near Egypt-Israel border

2015-11-23 14:45

The bodies of six Sudanese migrants who were shot dead have been found in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula near the Israeli border, security and health officials say.

Nearly 2 million children in Sudan malnourished

2015-11-23 05:13

About two million Sudanese children under five suffer from malnutrition every year, Unicef's representative has said, urging the international community to boost funding to tackle the problem.

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