Tensions as Burundi president launches re-election bid

2015-04-25 19:39

Burundi's president has been declared as candidate for a controversial third term in office, his ruling party announced, despite mounting protests.

Peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur repel attacks

2015-04-24 22:41

Unidentified gunmen have launched two attacks on peacekeepers in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

Kenyan governors build confidence to secure tipoffs on Islamists

2015-04-24 18:02

Governors of Kenyan regions near the border with Somalia say they are encouraging new ways for residents who do not trust the police to report local Islamist cells and sympathisers, shifting strategy since the deadly Garissa university attack this month.

South Sudan dissident says under 'house arrest'

2015-04-24 12:21

A South Sudanese opposition leader who has spoken out against both sides in the civil war says he appears to have been placed under house arrest.

Somali PM sees risk to his country in Yemen strife

2015-04-23 16:30

Somalia’s PM has warned that the conflict in Yemen poses dangers across the Gulf of Aden where an influx of refugees is stretching scarce resources and al-Qaeda militants are eager for support.

Burundi on knife edge over president's possible 3rd-term run

2015-04-23 15:09

Any move by Burundi’s president to run for a third term risks undermining a peace deal that has kept the east African country calm since civil war ended a decade ago.

Kenya kicks out top anti-corruption officials

2015-04-23 12:35

Kenya’s top anti-corruption officials have been suspended following a bitter stand-off with parliament and after they alleged widespread graft in the east African nation.

Burundi ruling party to decide if president to seek 3rd term

2015-04-22 20:12

Burundi’s ruling CNDD-FDD will hold a party congress this weekend to decide whether President Pierre Nkurunziza will seek a third five-year term, a move that the opposition and diplomats worry would spark fresh unrest.

UN: South Sudan attacks on aid workers worsening crisis

2015-04-22 17:20

Attacks against aid workers in South Sudan are worsening hunger in the war-torn state, the World Food Programme says, as it expressed “grave concern” for four missing staff members.

1 000s of Ethiopians march against Islamic extremism

2015-04-22 14:55

More than 100 000 Ethiopians have protested the killing of Ethiopian Christians in Libya and their own government’s failure to raise living standards of the poor.


S Sudan leaders must strike deal for sake of nation - UN

2015-04-25 16:05

South Sudan’s warring leaders must strike a compromise deal, the EU’s aid chief says, warning the international community is running out of patience over the country’s civil war.

Protest banned in Burundi

2015-04-24 21:57

Burundi has announced a nationwide ban on demonstrations following threats by the opposition and activists to step up protests against controversial plans by the president to seek re-election.

South Sudan opposition leader says troops surround his home

2015-04-24 14:48

An opposition leader in South Sudan says his house in the capital is surrounded overnight by the country's security forces.

Somalia seeks to drive militants from southern valley bases - PM

2015-04-23 22:18

Somali and African forces aim to drive Shabaab Islamist militants out of one of the last major tracts of territory in southern Somalia that the group still holds and which it uses to launch attacks.

Al-Shabaab kills senior military officer in Mogadishu

2015-04-23 15:09

A senior military officer has been shot dead in the Somali capital, and all Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility.

Burundi's ruling party to designate presidential candidate

2015-04-23 14:01

Burundi’s ruling party says it is poised to designate its candidate for upcoming presidential elections, with incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza expected to defy a two-term limit and seek re-election.

Rwandan troops cross into DRC, wound soldier

2015-04-23 09:15

Rwandan troops have crossed into eastern DRC and wounded a local soldier, the Congolese government says, drawing an immediate denial from Rwandan official.

Kenya wants donors to pay for Somali refugee eviction plan

2015-04-22 20:12

Kenya has appealed to donors after its plan to shut down the world’s largest refugee camp and send Somalis back home ran into funding problems, reports say.

Fighting erupts in South Sudan northern town

2015-04-22 15:02

Heavy fighting has broken out in South Sudan’s war-ravaged north-eastern town of Malakal between rival factions of government troops, aid workers and reports say.

Uganda activists warn new bill would stifle government critics

2015-04-22 13:53

Activists in Uganda have warned that a “dangerous” new bill seeking to regulate non-governmental organisations would silence critics and “negate the very essence of freedom of association and expression”.

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