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DRC rights activist says army kills 7 attackers in Beni

2017-06-22 17:34

A human rights activist in eastern DRC says at least seven assailants have been killed as the army fought off attacks on a prison, police station and the town hall in and around the city of Beni.

Five killed in car bomb at Mogadishu police station: official

2017-06-22 17:34

Five people were killed and 10 were wounded when a car packed with explosives rammed into the wall of a police station in southern Mogadishu, says the security ministry.

3 dead in suicide blast at police station in Somalia capital

2017-06-22 16:01

At least three people are dead and several others wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia's capital, says police.

Heavy clashes rock city in eastern DRC

2017-06-22 14:00

Clashes have erupted in Beni, a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with residents reporting the sound of gunshots and heavy weapons.

Army warns Mugabe over wife Grace's 'ambition to succeed him' - report

2017-06-22 11:02

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly moved to stop his wife, Grace’s ambition to succeed him, after the country's intelligence warned that "her campaign may stoke political violence".

 
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EXCLUSIVE: Something 'is definitely wrong in Zambia', says expert

2017-06-22 12:36

Zambia has slid into dictatorship under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu, an expert on Africa says, adding that "something is definitely wrong" in the southern African country.

Angolan VP to be tried for corruption in Portugal

2017-06-22 10:00

Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente will face trial in Portugal over allegations he bribed a magistrate to stop two investigations against him, according to a ruling cited in Portuguese media.

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Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Sudan, CAR

2017-06-22 08:37

SA and Namibia are following in President Robert Mugabe's footsteps in distributing land to blacks, Zimbabwean First Lady says, and clashes between armed groups in CAR have left at least 100 people dead.

My husband is 'as strong as an iron bar', says Grace Mugabe

2017-06-22 06:02

President Robert Mugabe is "as strong as an iron bar", Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe has said, as she attempted to brush off reports that her 93-year-old husband is increasingly becoming frail.

Five killed in Boko Haram mine blast, ambush

2017-06-21 21:35

Five people have been killed in a landmine explosion and a roadside ambush in northeast Nigeria blamed on Boko Haram , the civilian militia and police have said.

Court gives Lagos poor demolition reprieve

2017-06-21 20:37

Impoverished fishing communities in Nigeria's financial capital, Lagos, celebrated a court ruling that has said government demolitions of their homes were illegal.

2 Angolan journalists charged with insulting the state

2017-06-21 19:31

A prominent journalist and human rights campaigner in Angola says he and another journalist face charges of insulting the state for an article about an allegedly unethical real estate deal involving the attorney general.

Zimbabwe appeals for $10.9m aid for refugees

2017-06-21 18:26

Financially hamstrung Zimbabwe has joined UN agencies and charities in appealing for $10.9m of aid for thousands of refugees in the country including families fleeing violence in neighbouring Mozambique.

Egypt top court suspends all rulings on islands transfer

2017-06-21 18:26

Egypt's top court has suspended all previous rulings on whether Cairo can transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, as it considers who has legal jurisdiction.

Rwanda says gunmen kill 1, injure 8 in attack near Burundi

2017-06-21 17:33

Rwanda's military says a 52-year-old woman has been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in the southwestern district of Rusizi near the Burundi border.

At least 100 dead in Central African Republic town, mayor says

2017-06-21 16:34

Clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic town of Bria have left at least 100 people dead in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome that called for an immediate cease-fire, officials say.

Sudan military helicopter crashes killing crew: army

2017-06-21 14:52

A Sudanese military helicopter has crashed in Northern State, killing all four crew members on board, the army says, in the latest accident to hit its ageing fleet.

SA, Namibia 'following Mugabe's footsteps' in distributing land, says wife Grace

2017-06-21 11:30

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe says leaders of South Africa and Namibia are following President Robert Mugabe's footsteps in distributing land to black people in their countries.

Zim journalists refuse to be state witnesses over anti-Mugabe presser

2017-06-21 10:10

Two independent Zimbabwean journalists have refused to be turned into state wirtnesses after they reported on a press conference in which a disgruntled ex-ruling party official called on President Robert Mugabe to step down.

Morocco to start move towards flexible currency this year

2017-06-21 08:26

Morocco will begin the process of moving towards a flexible exchange rate system gradually in the second half of this year, the governor of the country's central bank says.

At least 40 killed in CAR day after ceasefire agreed: aid source

2017-06-21 06:06

At least 40 people have been killed in clashes in the Central African Republic, aid and security sources say, a day after the signing of a ceasefire deal.

Egypt court rules against island transfer to Saudi

2017-06-20 22:07

An Egyptian court ruled that previous judicial decisions in favour of transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia were invalid, a judicial official and a lawyer have said.

France, US agree UN draft on anti-jihadist Sahel force

2017-06-20 22:07

France and the United States have reached an agreement on a draft UN resolution that would pave the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region, diplomats have said.

Somalia says suicide blast targeted civilians

2017-06-20 22:07

Somalia's prime minister is condemning the suicide car bomb blast in Mogadishu that left at least 15 dead, saying the attack targeted civilians preparing for Eid celebrations.

Egypt police kill 3 militants in gunfight

2017-06-20 21:06

Egyptian policemen shot and killed three wanted militants from the Islamist Hassam group in a shootout in the coastal city of Alexandria, the interior ministry has said.

Tensions in Togo despite release of student protestors

2017-06-20 20:07

University students in Togo have vowed to continue their protests for better teaching conditions, after three days of demonstrations and clashes with police that saw eight arrested.

UN: Congo to pull troops from CAR

2017-06-22 08:37

The United Nations says the Republic of Congo is withdrawing its peacekeeping troops from the Central African Republic following allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse

Six killed in Cameroon suicide attack

2017-06-22 06:02

A double suicide attack has killed six civilians in Cameroon's restive Far North, which is regularly hit by Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists, security sources say.

Heavy rains have killed 15 in Ivory Coast

2017-06-21 21:35

The heavy rains drenching Ivory Coast since May have killed at least 15 people in the economic capital Abidjan and injured over two dozen, says the government.

Mali says 1 woman still missing after attack on resort

2017-06-21 21:35

Authorities in Mali say one woman is still missing three days after Islamic extremists attacked a resort area near the capital.

One of Africa's largest wildlife relocations begins

2017-06-21 21:35

Conservationists have launched what they call one of Africa's biggest wildlife relocations - the transfer of 7 500 animals over three years to a Mozambican park whose wildlife was nearly wiped out by civil war.

UN Security Council unanimously welcomes Sahel force

2017-06-21 19:31

The UN Security Council unanimously has adopted a resolution that paves the way for the deployment of a five-nation African military force to fight jihadists in the Sahel region.

Egypt doubles capacity of ration cards

2017-06-21 19:31

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi says the government will increase the monthly capacity of ration cards through which it distributes food subsidies from $1.16 per person to $2.77 in an attempt to ease the effects of hard-hitting economic reforms.

S Sudan famine eases, but more going hungry: UN

2017-06-21 18:26

A famine that was declared in parts of South Sudan four months ago is over, the UN aid agencies says, but extreme hunger has increased to its highest levels ever across the war-torn country.

UN warns against refugee returns to Nigeria from Cameroon

2017-06-21 17:32

The UN has voiced alarm at the many Nigerian refugees returning from Cameroon to Banki, a border town clouded by Boko Haram violence and already struggling with overstretched supplies and services.

New report blames South Sudan military for civilian deaths

2017-06-21 17:33

A new report by Amnesty International says South Sudanese forces burned, shelled and ransacked homes between January and May, killing civilians and forcing thousands like Koolekheh from the Shilluk ethnic minority to flee.

Pope pledges more than $500 000 in South Sudan aid

2017-06-21 16:34

Pope Francis is offering more than $500 000 in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.

Egypt sends fuel to power-starved Gaza, undercuts Abbas

2017-06-21 13:19

Egypt is trucking 1 million litres of cheap fuel to Gaza's power plant, easing a crippling electricity crisis but also undercutting efforts to pressure territory's Hamas rulers

UN in talks on withdrawing Congo peacekeepers from CAR

2017-06-21 11:30

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says he is in talks with authorities in Congo on the fate of its troops who are facing accusations of misconduct while serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Somalia, Mali

2017-06-21 08:26

A Zimbabwean magistrate has finally dismissed charges against 51 anti-Mugabe protesters arrested last year, and an al-Qaeda-linked group has claimed an attack at a resort area in Mali.

Zim govt to slash roadblocks to just 40 countrywide

2017-06-21 06:06

The Zimbabwe government says it will cut to just four per province the number of roadblocks, which are a massive source of frustration for motorists, it has been reported.

Mali ex-rebels reject national charter on peace deal anniversary

2017-06-20 22:07

Mali's former rebel alliance have rejected a national reconciliation charter unveiled on the second anniversary of the signing a peace deal with the government, underscoring the country's fraying peace process.

Govt-backed DRC militia shot babies, hacked toddlers: UN

2017-06-20 22:07

The UN has accused DRC of backing a militia that has mutilated toddlers and hacked pregnant women in the troubled Kasai region as the Catholic Church put the death toll there at more than 3 300.

Morocco detains three as Rif protests move to Imzouren

2017-06-20 22:07

Police have arrested three more members of a protest movement in northern Morocco's neglected Rif region, prompting hundreds of demonstrators to rally demanding their release,say activists.

Envoy Angelina Jolie urges better treatment of refugees

2017-06-20 21:06

Actress and UN refugee agency special envoy Angelina Jolie has denounced the impunity with which rape is committed in conflict zones and the mistreatment of vulnerable women and children.

Home beckons across the border for exiled Ivorian children

2017-06-20 21:06

Hurbain Souomi was only five years old, but he still remembers the day he trekked 50km across the border into Liberia to escape gunfire strafing his Ivory Coast village.

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