After bombing, Somalia fears renewed al-Shabaab onslaught

2017-10-16 20:07

As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world's deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabaab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that the international focus on extremism can't afford to overlook the African continent.

Former military chief in Lesotho charged with murder

2017-10-16 20:07

A former military commander in Lesotho has been charged with murdering a police official during a purported 2014 attempt to topple the government of the small African mountain kingdom.

11 more migrant bodies recovered after collision off Tunisia

2017-10-16 20:07

The Tunisian authorities say eleven more migrant bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants off the country's coast

Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters, say groups

2017-10-16 19:05

Two international human rights groups say Kenya's police attacked opposition supporters killing dozens and injuring scores following demonstrations by opposition supporters protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August.

Somalia truck bomb: deadly precedents around the world

2017-10-16 19:05

The Mogadishu truck bomb which has killed more than 300 people is one of the most deadly attacks using vehicles as a weapon over the past three decades.

ISIS affiliate claims attacks in Egypt's Sinai

2017-10-16 18:00

An Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that killed nine soldiers and wounded at least 37 others.


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Former al-Shabaab leader condemns Somalia attack

2017-10-16 19:05

A former leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group who surrendered to Somalia's government earlier this year has condemned Saturday's bombing that killed more than 300 people.

Nearly 70 remain missing in Somalia bombing

2017-10-16 18:00

Scores of people are missing since Saturday's deadly truck bombing in Somalia's capital, raising fears that death toll will continue to rise.

Schoolchildren among the dead in Somalia blast

2017-10-16 17:11

The director of an ambulance service in Mogadishu says 15 primary school children are among the over 300 people killed in Somalia's deadliest blast.

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Eiffel Tower to dim lights for Somalia victims

2017-10-16 22:00

The Eiffel Tower will dim its lights in solidarity with Somalia and in mourning for more than 300 people killed in the country's deadliest-ever attack.

YouTube lifts Swazi reed dance restrictions

2017-10-16 16:34

YouTube has lifted restrictions from videos showing Swaziland's reed dance, saying it allows nudity when "culturally relevant or properly contextualised".

Protester shot dead in Kenya opposition stronghold: witness

2017-10-16 15:26

A young protester was shot dead in western Kenya as hundreds of opposition supporters again took to the streets demanding reforms ahead of a presidential election, witnesses have said.

Somalia struggles to cope with blast aftermath

2017-10-16 14:36

As doctors and rescue workers struggle, relatives continue to search Mogadishu hospitals for their missing loved ones after a truck bomb killed at least 300 people and wounded another 300.

No South Africans among Mogadishu victims - Dirco

2017-10-16 14:22

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation says no South Africans are among the more than 300 people killed in a terror attack on the Somali capital Mogadishu.

Somalia blast death toll rises above 300

2017-10-16 10:56

The director of an ambulance service in Somalia's capital Mogadishu says the death toll from the weekend's truck bombing is now over 300.

Conjoined twins survive gruelling journey to separation

2017-10-16 10:01

Conjoined twins born in a remote village in the Democratic Republic of Congo have survived a 15-hour journey on the back of a motorbike to be separated.

Moves to make Grace Mugabe Zimbabwe VP?

2017-10-16 08:58

Plans are afoot in Zanu-PF to change Zimbabwe's constitution, with having a female Vice President taking centre stage during an extraordinary congress slated for December.

Saudi Arabia cancels female Egyptian star Sherine's concert

2017-10-16 08:58

Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority says it has cancelled plans for a concert featuring a famous Egyptian singer named Sherine, known for her rags-to-riches story.

Weah, Boakai in Liberian presidential run-off

2017-10-16 06:00

Liberia's electoral commission has announced that a run-off vote for the presidency will be held between former footballer George Weah and incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai.

Doctors overwhelmed by aftermath of Mogadishu massacre

2017-10-15 19:34

Doctors in Mogadishu, where at least 230 people have died in a truck bomb explosion, have described the aftermath as "horrendous", as they tried to deal with both the dead and the wounded.

US condemns 'cowardly' attack on Somali capital

2017-10-15 18:06

The United States is joining the condemnation of a massive truck bombing in Somalia's capital that left scores dead.

Morocco arrests 11 suspects linked to ISIS jihadists

2017-10-15 16:02

Moroccan police arrested 11 members of an "extremely dangerous terrorist" cell linked to the Islamic State group and seized chemical products used to make bombs, says the interior ministry.

Ethiopia parliament speaker says 'disrespect' made him quit

2017-10-15 14:14

The speaker of Ethiopia's lower house of parliament, who resigned last week, has said that he quit because of "disrespect" of his ethnic group.

Death toll from blast in Somalia's capital rises to 53

2017-10-15 12:06

The death toll from a huge truck bomb blast in Somalia's capital rose to 53 as hospitals struggled to cope with the high number of casualties, security and medical sources have said.

'Inspiration' Marrakesh hosts Yves Saint Laurent museum

2017-10-15 10:00

A fusion of Moroccan traditions and contemporary flair that inspired Yves Saint Laurent, a museum to the famed fashion designer is set to be unveiled in his beloved Marrakesh.

People trapped in rubble after Mogadishu blast

2017-10-15 08:00

Police say people are trapped under the rubble of a hotel that was largely destroyed when a massive truck bomb exploded in Somalia's capital.

Togo's very own Gupta family also courting controversy

2017-10-15 06:00

The West African state of Togo has its very own Gupta family courting controversy by buying up that country’s phosphate resources through suspect means – and causing losses for SA as well.

At least 6 killed in northern Kenya school raid

2017-10-14 19:00

Six people, including five students, were killed in an attack by suspected South Sudanese raiders on a boarding school in Lokichogio, in Kenya's far north, authorities have said.

Militants rob bank, attack church in Egypt's Sinai; 7 dead

2017-10-16 17:11

In a brazen daytime attack, about a dozen Islamic militants robbed a local bank, lobbed grenades and traded gunfire with security forces guarding an unused church in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday, killing seven people, including three civilians, officials have said.

Nigeria: Pro-Biafran leader missing on eve of treason trial

2017-10-16 16:34

The leader of a pro-Biafran separatist group in Nigeria has apparently gone missing, prompting speculation as to his whereabouts on the eve of his trial on treason charges.

Disabled chefs serve as model for change in Morocco

2017-10-16 15:26

A remarkable restaurant in Morocco's capital offers its guests the opportunity to enjoy a full, fresh meal for just $6.

Angola locates plane that crashed in storm, killing 7

2017-10-16 14:36

A plane that crashed in a remote corner of Angola last week killing all seven people onboard was downed by bad weather, authorities have said.

Turkey to airlift some wounded as Mogadishu toll tops 300

2017-10-16 11:25

Turkey's state-run news agency says the country's health minister has arrived in Somalia to co-ordinate the evacuation of some of the wounded in the truck bombing in Mogadishu.

Mogadishu starts burying its dead

2017-10-16 10:34

Funerals have begun and the death toll is expected to rise above its present 276 as Somalia reels from the Mogadishu massacre. International aid has begun to arrive in the country.

Niger town calls for release of abducted US aid worker

2017-10-16 10:01

A small central city in Niger has called for the "unconditional release" of a longtime US aid worker abducted in 2016, whose fate is unknown a year later.

Offers of medical help as Somalia reels from Mogadishu massacre

2017-10-16 06:14

Several countries have offered to send medical aid as Somalia struggles to cope with the sheer scale of the destruction wreaked by the truck bomb attack in Mogadishui, in which 276 people died and 300 were injured.

Screams echo through hospitals after Mogadishu massacre

2017-10-15 21:43

Exhausted doctors and nurses are struggling to keep their eyes open as they treat victims of the Mogadishu massacre with screams from victims and newly bereaved families echoing through hospital walls.

Egypt: Suspected ISIS attacks on troops

2017-10-15 21:43

Suspected ISIS militants have hit six checkpoints in Egypt in near-simultaneous attacks with heavy machine guns and mortars.

'It's a dark day for us': Somalia reels from deadliest blast

2017-10-15 18:06

Maryan Abdullahi's father had been preparing to fly to Somalia's capital to attend the happiest moment in his daughter's life: her graduation day. Instead, he is going to her funeral. She was among almost 200 people killed in a blast in Mogadishu.

'Thirsty protests' hit Morocco over water shortages

2017-10-15 18:06

Residents angered by persistent water shortages in southern Morocco have taken to the streets in a series of "thirsty protests" that has grabbed the attention of the country's king.

Death toll from blast in Somalia's capital rises to 189

2017-10-15 14:14

The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources has said.

Weah and Boakai edge towards Liberia presidential run-off

2017-10-15 14:14

Former football star George Weah and incumbent Vice-President Joseph Boakai have edged closer to competing in a run-off vote for Liberia's presidency, with three quarters of polling stations counted.

DRC authorities meet but still no election timetable

2017-10-15 10:00

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have met to address when the next presidential election will be held after the country's electoral commission announced there will be no vote before early 2019.

Suspect lynched after deadly school attack in Kenya

2017-10-15 08:00

A student suspected of joining in an armed raid that killed six at a school in Kenya's far north was stoned to death by angry locals and his body burned, officials have said.

Soccer star still leading in Liberia presidential election

2017-10-15 08:00

Liberia's National Election Commission says former international soccer star George Weah is still leading the presidential election with nearly three-quarters of the ballots counted

Zimbabwean diaspora in SA loses interest in Zim affairs

2017-10-15 06:00

Zimbabweans who have fled economic hardship and political problems to fend for their families in South Africa have lost interest in the affairs of their country.

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