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Zimbabwe's new law on judges angers Mugabe critics

2017-07-26 20:01

A bill allowing President Robert Mugabe to appoint senior judges has sparked outrage from Zimbabwean opposition and activists who said it marked a new power-grab by the authoritarian government.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Buhari, Gabon

2017-07-26 20:01

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly admitted that her two sons have become wild, and a court has freed a Nigerian man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari

Egypt police kill four suspected in mid-July attack: ministry

2017-07-26 20:01

Egyptian police shot dead four militants and arrested two others accused of involvement in the mid-July killing of five policemen, the interior ministry has said.

UN helicopter crashes in Mali accident: UN source

2017-07-26 18:17

A UN helicopter crashed in northern Mali in an apparent accident while serving with the 12 000-strong peacekeeping force in the country, a UN source has told AFP.

Rescue efforts end in Nigeria building collapse

2017-07-26 18:17

Officials say rescue efforts have ended at the scene where a four-story residential building collapsed and killed at least eight people in Nigeria's largest city.

At least 8 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

2017-07-26 17:30

A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed at least eight people, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos have said.

 
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TENSIONS:   Gabonese opposition figure Jean Ping walks among supporters and his bodyguards in Libreville. The return to Gabon of Jean Ping sparked tensions and fervor in Libreville where police first dispersed the opponent's supporters who then marched with their leader in the streets of the capital. (AFP)

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Egypt squatters lose homes as state seizes land

2017-07-26 18:17

Hala Gamal looks at a pile of rubble on Cairo's Warraq island - all that's left of her house after a police operation to evict residents accused of squatting on state land.

MDC appeals to SADC, AU and UN over violence in Zim

2017-07-26 17:30

Zimbabwe’s main opposition, the MDC party has appealed to regional and internationals bodies to rein in President Robert Mugabe over an upsurge in politically motivated violence in the southern African country.

'There is no cash crisis in Zimbabwe,' says Finance minister

2017-07-26 16:35

Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has denied the biting cash shortages, saying "the government was satisfied with the prevailing liquidity position in the country,” says a report.

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Burundi's exiles call world's attention to deadly crisis

2017-07-26 16:35

Burundi-born Eric Ndayisenga and his friends in exile religiously listen to a radio station that urges liberation from the deadly political violence back home

Rwanda targets high-end tourist market

2017-07-26 15:25

Nicaraguan singer Hernaldo Zuniga brought his entire family to trek through the lush forests and mist-shrouded volcanoes of northwestern Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas.

Zim hospital 'illegally dumps blood, children use it as nail polish, lipstick' - report

2017-07-26 13:02

A Zimbabwean hospital has reportedly been charged with breaching the environmental health act after it allegedly dumped blood and other medical waste at an open dumpsite, thereby posing serious health risks.

Gunmen kidnap at least 10 on Nigeria oil exploration mission

2017-07-26 12:00

Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped at least 10 members of an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria, colleagues and the state-run oil firm says.

Grace Mugabe admits 'sleepless nights' as sons go wild in SA... suspects 'evil spirits'

2017-07-26 10:30

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly admitted that her two sons – Robert Junior and Chatunga Bellarmine – have become wild and have taken to beer binges and drugs.

'I couldn't feel my legs,' says man hurt when Gabon cops broke up rally for Ping

2017-07-26 08:30

At least 10 people have been injured in Libreville as Gabon police broke up a rally organised to mark the return of opposition leader Jean Ping following a trip to Europe.

Zimbabwe gives Mugabe power to appoint judges

2017-07-26 06:05

Zimbabwe's parliament has passed a bill amending the constitution to give the president sweeping powers to appoint the country's top judges without consulting any other institution.

Libyan rivals voice joint support for ceasefire, elections

2017-07-26 06:05

The two main rivals in conflict-ridden Libya have made a joint commitment to calling a ceasefire and holding elections that French President Emmanuel Macron says would take place in spring 2018.

Shops close in Ethiopian capital over tax dispute

2017-07-26 06:05

Shops have closed their doors in Addis Ababa's largest market in protest at a recent hike in business taxes, bringing anger over the policy to the nation's capital.

Egypt military says 40 militants killed in campaign

2017-07-25 21:41

Egypt's military has said it has killed more than 40 extremists in a wide-ranging campaign in the Sinai Peninsula where the Islamic State group has been waging a deadly insurgency.

Angola's likely next president hits the campaign trail

2017-07-25 20:44

Angolan presidential candidate Joao Lourenco, who appears set to win next month's election, launched his campaign with a speech vowing to tackle corruption and spread wealth.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Buhari, Obasanjo

2017-07-25 20:44

Nigerian ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo says the press is like a nagging wife that should be tolerated, and Grace Mugabe says she "saw the hand of God" last week after her leg was run over by her husband's armour-plated limousine.

Rescuers find 13 bodies in crowded migrant dinghy off Libya

2017-07-25 19:47

Rescuers coming to the aid of a dinghy packed with migrants off the coast of Libya have said they had discovered 13 bodies including those of pregnant women.

Mali YouTube activist hurt in assassination bid

2017-07-25 18:42

A Malian activist whose fierce criticism of politicians and religious figures on YouTube has made him a cult figure, has survived an assassination attempt, his family says.

French leader plays peacemaker, hosting top Libyan rivals

2017-07-25 17:00

President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya, trying to play peacemaker in a country where the stakes are high for Europe and Africa

Nigeria's absent Buhari says 'I'm making good progress'

2017-07-25 16:00

Nigeria's president has said he is recovering from illness and that he expects to return from treatment in London once doctors give the go-ahead, says his office.

One dead after illegal miners invade Zim diamond mine: report

2017-07-25 14:30

One person has died and at least two others have been injured in eastern Zimbabwe after security guards opened fire on a group of illegal miners, a report says.

'Herd boy hero': Cattle herder saves passengers from horror crash

2017-07-25 13:01

An unnamed cattle herder is the unlikely hero of Zimbabwe's latest horror traffic accident, after he doused burning passengers with water and rescued 14 from the flames of the wreckage.

'It's better to give a little bit now than lose everything,' Zim farmer warns SA white farmers

2017-07-25 10:30

Zimbabwe's CFU has reportedly urged white South African farmers to agree to a deal to share land with the black majority to avoid suffering the same fate as their Zimbabwean counterparts who were violently evicted from their properties.

'I saw the hand of God': Grace Mugabe on her freak accident

2017-07-25 08:05

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe says she "saw the hand of God" last week after her leg was run over by her husband's armour-plated limousine.

Boko Haram ambushes oil convoy in Nigeria, killing soldiers

2017-07-26 14:03

Authorities in northern Nigeria say at least 10 military personnel have been killed and a similar number of university workers are unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists attacked the convoy

At least 5 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

2017-07-26 13:02

Emergency officials in Nigeria's largest city say at least five people are dead after a residential building collapsed in Lagos.

At least 4 Mali civilians killed in suspected jihadist attack

2017-07-26 12:00

At least four civilians, including a child, have been killed in an attack by suspected jihadist militants in northeast Mali, security and official sources said.

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections

2017-07-26 10:30

Two rival Libyan leaders have committed themselves to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds.

Young Nigerians push for removal of political age limits

2017-07-26 08:30

Hundreds of young Nigerians have marched on the country's parliament, calling for lawmakers to remove age barriers on political posts, including the presidency.

AFP journalists seized by DRC military

2017-07-26 06:05

Two AFP journalists were briefly detained and maltreated in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa by three men who presented themselves as military intelligence officers.

Suspected jihadists kill 5 in Burkina Faso: local official

2017-07-26 06:05

Suspected jihadists have killed five people in a series of attacks overnight in northern Burkina Faso, local officials and security sources say.

Botswana confirms Dalai Lama visit despite China anger

2017-07-25 21:41

Botswana has confirmed it will allow the Dalai Lama to visit next month as "a foreign dignitary" in the face of China's fierce opposition to the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Turkish plane is rerouted to Algiers after false bomb alert

2017-07-25 21:41

A senior Algerian aviation official says a Turkish Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Algiers airport after a false bomb alert on board

Moroccan journalist jailed over Rif protets

2017-07-25 20:44

A Moroccan court sentenced to three months in jail a journalist accused of having "invited" people to take part in banned protests in the restive north, his website has said.

Rival Libyan leaders in France to seek way out of chaos

2017-07-25 20:44

Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj is holding French-brokered talks with Khalifa Haftar, the rival military commander who controls the east, to try to end the chaos in the conflict-ridden country.

Egypt tells EU no 'compromise' over Qatar

2017-07-25 19:47

Egypt has warned the EU that four Arab states would accept no compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that the gas-rich emirate supports terrorism.

Shell shuts down key supply pipeline in Nigeria

2017-07-25 18:42

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell says it has shut down a key crude supply pipeline in Nigeria's restive south because of a leak.

Seven killed by car bomb in North Sinai: Egypt army

2017-07-25 17:00

Seven civilians, including two children, were killed when a car bomb exploded near a military checkpoint in North Sinai, the Egyptian army has said.

Love hotels targeted to fight HIV among Cameroon's teens

2017-07-25 16:00

The two big maps show the districts of the northern Cameroonian town of Guider along with its brothels, nightclubs and other seedy spots to identify places from where Aids could spread among adolescents.

EU, Egypt agree framework for co-operation in coming years

2017-07-25 14:30

The European Union and Egypt have pledged to work together to develop the country's economy, promote stability, counter extremism and manage migrant flows.

How counterfeit medication gets into African countries

2017-07-25 13:01

The proliferation of counterfeit medication on the shelves of Kenyan pharmacies has remained a thorn in the flesh of the government whose ultimate responsibility is to protect its citizens.

Self-help vigilante groups are reshaping security against Boko Haram

2017-07-25 12:00

Nigeria's failure to protect its citizens from Boko Haram's insurgency has given rise to vigilante groups north east of the country, writes Chukwuma Al Okoli.

Burundi school director: 6 teens likely seeking better life

2017-07-25 10:30

The director of a school in Burundi says teenagers who disappeared after an international robotics competition in Washington probably left the east African nation because life is hard there and everyone wants more in life.

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