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It's 'stupid' for Zimbabweans to look for jobs in US: Mugabe

2017-02-27 22:20

President Robert Mugabe, 93, has reportedly poked fun at "stupid" Zimbabweans who who continued to leave the country for "greener pastures" in the United States, only to come back home "empty handed" and "poorer".

Tanzania backs out of plan to publish 'list of gays'

2017-02-27 22:20

Tanzania has backed out of its plan to publish a list of names of gay people accused of selling sex online, saying this would "destroy evidence".

Exhausted S Sudanese refugees flock to Sudan transit camp

2017-02-27 22:20

After enduring years of fighting and food shortages, it was the deaths from hunger of many old women and children that finally made Rebecca James decide to flee South Sudan.

ISIS militants in north Sinai showing their strength

2017-02-27 21:23

Islamic State militants in Egypt's northern Sinai are showing their strength, abducting alleged informants in broad daylight and setting up their own checkpoints

Libya PM heading to Moscow to seek better ties

2017-02-27 21:23

The head of Libya's embattled unity government Fayez al-Sarraj will visit Moscow this week, says a government source, after a key rival sought to build ties with Russia.

 
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Gambia's Barrow replaces armed forces chief: military source

2017-02-27 21:23

Gambia's President Adama Barrow has fired the head of the armed forces, General Ousman Badjie, a former loyalist of the ousted government, says a military source.

Kenya to pull government adverts in private media

2017-02-27 21:23

Kenya will ban government adverts in private media, according to a leaked memo seen by AFP, as the presidency announced plans to launch its own free newspaper.

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Polisario dismisses Rabat pullback as 'window dressing'

2017-02-27 20:20

Polisario separatists have dismissed as "window dressing" Morocco's announcement of a pullback from a zone of the contested Western Sahara that has raised tensions with their Algiers-backed movement.

Migrant rescues off Libya encourage traffickers: Frontex

2017-02-27 20:20

The head of EU border agency Frontex has criticised charities that rescue migrants off Libya, arguing that they encourage the traffickers who profit from the dangerous Mediterranean crossings.

Algeria president 'doing well' after health scare: party chief

2017-02-27 17:28

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is "doing well" despite a health scare last week which forced him to postpone a meeting with the German Chancellor, the general secretary of his party said.

WATCH: 'Mother' of South Sudan calls for President Kiir to stand down

2017-02-27 16:38

South Sudanese politician Rebecca Garang and widow of SPLM founder John Garang has called on President Salva Kiir to resign, saying he has failed to lead the people of the east African country.

US diplomat 'reluctantly comments' on Mugabe's Trump remarks

2017-02-27 15:31

United States ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry Thomas Jnr last week reluctantly commented on President Robert Mugabe's recent comments on President Donald Trump's nationalistic views, a report says.

32 000 South Sudanese already entered Sudan in 2017: UNHCR

2017-02-27 14:26

At least 32 000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan since the start of the year, with tens of thousands more expected to arrive fleeing a famine in their country, the UN refugee agency says.

Egypt's Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

2017-02-27 13:10

After Islamic militants barged into his uncle's house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave.

Police foil Algeria suicide attack

2017-02-27 12:00

A policeman has managed to foil an attempted suicide attack in eastern Algeria, opening fire on the bomber and triggering the explosives belt he was wearing, officials said.

Czech missionary leaves Sudan after Bashir pardon

2017-02-27 10:16

A Czech Christian aid worker sentenced to 24 years in jail has left Sudan after President Omar al-Bashir ordered his release, says a foreign ministry official.

Big SA book donation to Zimbabwe 'held up at Beitbridge'

2017-02-27 06:09

Thirty tons of school books collected in Bedfordview and meant for distribution to schools in Zimbabwe are stuck at Beitbridge Border Post because the state revenue authority is demanding tax, reports say.

Man, 27, 'slits' wife's throat, hangs self

2017-02-26 21:00

A Zimbabwean man, 27, hanged himself after he allegedly killed his wife, 19, by slitting her throat, a report says, adding that the couple was said to have been in the process of divorcing.

Egypt says near meeting Russia's airport security demands

2017-02-26 19:02

Egyptian officials say they are drawing closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to restore flights to Egypt.

Egypt puts off raising entry visa price for visitors

2017-02-26 16:57

Egyptian officials say plans to more than double charges for entry visas paid by foreign visitors arriving in the country have been put off until July 1.

France sends backup to Niger after 16 troops killed

2017-02-26 14:42

France is to send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16, the defence ministry has said.

Morocco looks to new markets to boost stagnant tourism

2017-02-26 13:00

Morocco's key tourism sector barely grew last year amid security challenges, but operators are hoping Chinese and Russian visitors will boost their fortunes in the coming years.

Mugabe talks of own death at 93rd birthday party

2017-02-26 09:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 93rd birthday with a lavish party , addressing his own mortality in a speech, but showing no signs of stepping down.

Timbuktu bars smashed by Muslim protesters in Mali

2017-02-26 07:01

Dozens of young Muslims opposed to alcoholic beverages have smashed bars and liquor stalls in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu , saying they are "places of depravity", local sources has.

British FM Johnson talks trade with Egypt's Sisi

2017-02-25 21:28

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he looked forward to boosting trade with Egypt in a meeting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, says the presidency.

Cowboy hats, cake and a cooler box: Mugabe's birthday highlights

2017-02-25 19:30

First Lady Grace Mugabe has led thousands of revellers in singing Happy Birthday to her visibly tired husband, Zimbabwe's longtime ruler Robert Mugabe at a party to mark his 93rd birthday that was heavily criticised by the opposition.

Top Africa stories: Xenophobia, Buhari, Mugabe

2017-02-27 20:20

Family, ministers are reportedly being barred from seeing Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari in the UK, Zimbabweans in SA have engaged the ANC to intervene following recent xenophobic attacks.

Anti-Mugabe birthday protesters 'brutally attacked' by police in Harare

2017-02-27 19:17

Several activists have been hospitalised after they were allegedly bashed by Zimbabwean police for protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s lavish birthday celebrations over the weekend.

Libyan 'hell' driving new migrant surge

2017-02-27 17:28

Nightmarish conditions in Libya are helping to drive a surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy in the depths of winter, humanitarian officials and asylum seekers say.

Drought, hunger push Somalis to flee amid fears of famine

2017-02-27 16:38

Thousands of desperate people are streaming into Somalia's capital seeking food as a result of a prolonged drought, overwhelming local and international aid agencies.

Three killed as fire engulfs Mogadishu's main market

2017-02-27 14:26

A massive fire has destroyed large parts of Mogadishu's main market, leaving three people dead, including two children, and several others wounded, police say.

PICS: Anger as Mugabe snapped eating LAYS at his birthday (they're hardly Zimbabwean, are they?)

2017-02-27 13:10

Forget that gigantic birthday cake. What's got many Zimbabweans really fed up about President Robert Mugabe's 93rd birthday party is the fact he was eating a bag of imported Lays chips.

Family, ministers 'blocked from seeing Nigerian leader Buhari in UK'

2017-02-27 12:00

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's "powerful" aides are reportedly denying ministers, family and friends access to the 74-year-old, who is on an extended medical vacation in London.

Zimbabweans in SA say 'xenophobic attacks are political', engage ANC

2017-02-27 10:16

Zimbabweans living in South Africa have reportedly engaged the African National Congress to intervene, following recent "xenophobic attacks" in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Gambian leader Barrow sacks head of notorious prison system

2017-02-27 08:46

The Gambia's new president has fired the head of the national prison system, say officials, taking aim at a service denounced for alleged abuses under the former regime.

Morocco says to withdraw from Western Sahara tension zone

2017-02-27 06:09

Morocco says it will pull back from a zone of the contested Western Sahara that has raised tensions with Algeria-backed Polisario Front separatists.

Sudan's Bashir frees jailed Czech missionary: minister

2017-02-26 21:00

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has ordered the release of a Czech Christian aid worker sentenced to 24 years in jail on charges of spying and inciting hatred, says a minister.

Despite Egypt reforms, investors seen wary of returning

2017-02-26 21:00

Egypt is pursuing a raft of reforms to try to revive an economy weakened by years of turmoil, but analysts say that wooing foreign investors will take time.

Woman journalist says being targeted by Sudan Islamic hardliners

2017-02-26 19:02

A Sudanese female journalist and critic of government policies said Sunday that she is under fire from hardliners who have accused her of "insulting Islam" in one of her columns.

IN PICTURES: Mugabe's 93rd birthday

2017-02-26 16:57

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday with a lavish party on attended by thousands of loyalists outside the second city of Bulawayo. See pictures.

Boy, 17, killed by crocodile while bathing in a river

2017-02-26 14:42

A teenage boy has died in Malawi after being attacked by a crocodile while taking a bath at the Shire River in Mangochi, a report says.

Britain agrees $150m loan guarantee to Egypt on visit

2017-02-26 13:00

Britain has finalized a $150m loan guarantee to Egypt, where Boris Johnson was on his first visit to the country as Foreign Secretary and as a human rights organisation urged him to speak about what they described as "appalling" abuses

Togo police fire tear gas at protest for media rights

2017-02-26 11:00

Police have fired tear gas at hundreds of people as they marched through Togo's capital to protest the shutdown of two private media channels.

More Egypt Copts flee jihadists in Sinai

2017-02-26 09:00

Egyptian Coptic Christians have fled the Sinai for a second day following a string of apparent jihadist attacks, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instructed his government to help shelter them.

Four killed in pipeline blast in oil-producing Nigerian state

2017-02-25 21:28

At least four people were killed following a gas pipeline explosion in Nigeria's oil-producing south, a local official has said.

Bantus, Pygmies sign peace deal in DRC

2017-02-25 21:28

The Pygmy and Bantu people of the Democratic Republic of Congo have signed a peace deal to put an end to decades of deadly violence that has killed hundreds.

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