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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.

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.

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

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.

 
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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.

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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.

Handler killed by tame bull elephant in Vic Falls

2017-07-25 06:11

An experienced elephant guide has been charged and killed in Victoria Falls by a tame bull elephant used for safari rides, a company official says.

'Controversy' as Zambia's PF wants Lungu to run for re-election in 2021

2017-07-24 20:05

Zambian leader Edgar Lungu has been re-nominated to run as the Patriotic Front presidential candidate in 2021, a move that could trigger controversy over his constitutional eligibility to stand, a report says.

At least 8 dead after suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria

2017-07-24 19:17

At least eight people are dead after female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria's main city, a civilian self-defense group has said

Zambians firmly defend democracy. But will they stand up against Lungu?

2017-07-24 19:17

Zambia has gone from a country where people engaged freely in open political debate to one where most people now look over their shoulders to see who’s listening.

France bringing top Libyan rivals together in new initiative

2017-07-24 16:20

French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya to try to "contribute to an end to the Libyan crisis", his office says.

Mamoepe 'an avid communicator and diplomat', says Lesotho

2017-07-24 13:40

The Lesotho government and opposition officials have reportedly hailed the late struggle activist and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa as "an avid communicator and diplomat".

Trump 'a brainless billionaire', says Somalia's Shabaab in new video

2017-07-24 12:33

The Somalia-based al-Shabaab is mocking President Donald Trump in a new video that calls him a "brainless billionaire" as his administration steps up military efforts against the extremist group.

South Sudan sexual violence on 'massive scale,' report says

2017-07-24 11:12

Thousands of South Sudanese women and girls, and some men, who have been raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict are battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help, Amnesty International reveals.

Boko Haram suspects arrested after gunfight: Nigeria police

2017-07-24 10:10

Police in the northern Nigerian city of Kano say they have arrested five suspected Boko Harram militants after a gunfight, marking a flare-up of jihadist violence in the city.

UN says Moroccan peacekeeper killed in CAR

2017-07-24 08:31

An ambush killed a Moroccan peacekeeper and wounded three others in the Central African Republic, the United Nations says, blaming pro-Christian militias for the violence.

Amnesty calls for inquiry into death in Egypt police custody

2017-07-24 06:08

An international rights group has urged Egyptian authorities to investigate the death of a Coptic Christian man who died in police custody, apparently of torture.

Sudan clashes kill up to 10 in Darfur: tribal chiefs

2017-07-23 19:00

Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan's war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people, tribal leaders say.

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.

Kenya: Incumbent a no show at presidential debate

2017-07-25 08:05

Kenya's leading opposition candidate has debated moderators after incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta turned down an invitation to the presidential debate.

278 Europe-bound migrants rescued off Libya

2017-07-25 06:11

Libya's coastguard in two separate operations have rescued at least 278 migrants as they tried to reach Europe, naval officials say.

UN sees 70% shortfall in aid for South Sudan refugees

2017-07-24 21:00

Only 30% of $1.4bn aid needed in 2017 for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan has been raised, a UN official has said, raising fears of aid cuts.

Libya rescues 150 Europe-bound migrants off Tripoli

2017-07-24 20:05

Libya's coastguard rescued at least 150 migrants who were trying to reach Europe on Monday, after their inflatable boat had engine problems and began to sink, a navy spokesperson has said..

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Tsvangiria, Lesotho

2017-07-24 19:17

President Robert Mugabe has appealed to Zimbabweans living abroad to return home and help revive the economy, and Somalia's al-Shabaab has called President Donald Trump "a brainless billionaire".

Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised

2017-07-24 18:09

Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a womens' health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test.

Swaziland turns around world's highest HIV infection rate: report

2017-07-24 15:03

Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers say.

At least 8 dead after suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria

2017-07-24 13:40

A civilian self-defence group says at least eight people are dead after female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria's main city.

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60 000 birthday gift

2017-07-24 11:12

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60 000 on her birthday, state-owned media says, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash.

Cancer treatment not a death sentence, I'm ready for 2018: Tsvangirai

2017-07-24 10:10

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says his cancer treatment is going well, and he’s fit enough to take on President Robert Mugabe in elections next year.

PIC: Ill Nigerian president Buhari appears in rare photo

2017-07-24 08:31

An apparent photo of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been posted on Twitter, offering a rare glimpse of the ill leader since leaving to London for medical treatment in May.

Come and help revive the economy, Mugabe appeals to Zimbabweans abroad

2017-07-24 06:08

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has pleaded with his country's skilled workers living in the diaspora to return home so that they can help in reviving the southern African country's floundering economy.

Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda, 93, leaves hospital

2017-07-23 19:00

Zambian media say 93-year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the country's independence leader and former longtime president, has left a hospital after several days of treatment.

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