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PIC: Gloomy Mugabe family gets Zimbabweans talking

2017-04-30 14:54

Grace looks regal and pensive, Bona looks downcast and President Robert Mugabe... well, let's just say he doesn't look like he's enjoying himself.

Algeria praises UN vote on disputed W Sahara

2017-04-30 13:08

Algeria has hailed a UN Security Council resolution endorsing a new peace initiative on the disputed territory of Western Sahara as a "diplomatic success".

Egypt urges US to play 'active' Mideast peace role

2017-04-30 10:59

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the United States to help restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a statement from the presidency has said.

Pro-Biafran leader in Nigeria released: lawyer

2017-04-30 08:54

A pro-Biafran leader in Nigeria has been released from custody, says his lawyer, some 18 months after first being arrested and repeated court rulings granting him bail ignored by the government.

Pope's timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians

2017-04-29 22:07

Pope Francis has wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt with an open-air Mass for the country's tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns.

DRC activists protest against filth, 23 arrested

2017-04-29 21:40

A dozen activists have been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo after staging a protest against filth in the capital Kinshasa.

 
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Morocco welcomes vote backing W Sahara peace talks

2017-04-30 06:54

Morocco has voiced satisfaction over a UN Security Council resolution endorsing a new peace initiative on the disputed territory of Western Sahara.

UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests

2017-04-29 22:07

The United Nations says its human rights chief will visit Ethiopia at the invitation of the government, which has rejected offers to investigate months of deadly protests.

Tunisian officials sacked after protests

2017-04-29 21:40

Tunisia says it has replaced two senior officials in a southeastern region, days after protesters there booed the prime minister off stage.

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Mali extends state of emergency by 6 months

2017-04-29 20:20

Mali has extended a state of emergency by six months until October 31 as the west African nation battles a jihadist insurgency.

Namibian leader praises Mugabe, applauds controversial land reform

2017-04-29 17:23

Namibian President Hage Geingob has praise Zimbabwe's controversial land reform programme as he showered long-time leader Robert Mugabe with praises, describing him as an African icon.

Zim retailer fined for failing to bank earnings amid cash shortages

2017-04-29 14:00

A Zimbabwean retail firm has been slapped with a $17 000 fine for failing to bank its earnings as the country’s cash crisis continues to bite.

Pope urges Egypt imams to teach and preach tolerance, peace

2017-04-29 12:02

In Cairo, Pope Francis has urged Egypt's leading imams to teach students to reject violence in God's name, preach peace

Ethiopia sentences 2 accused al-Shabaab members to prison

2017-04-29 12:02

Ethiopia says two men accused of trying to establish a cell of the al-Shabaab extremist group inside the country have been sentenced to six years in prison.

Nigeria says president still in charge amid health concerns

2017-04-29 10:56

Nigeria's government is again trying to reassure citizens over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari even while acknowledging that he spends most of his time working from home.

Seen as a setback to justice, Egypt ratifies judges' law

2017-04-29 09:00

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him the ultimate power over courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies.

11 die of mystery illness in Liberia, Ebola ruled out

2017-04-29 07:17

United Nations officials say at least 11 people have died from a mysterious illness in Liberia and tests have been negative for the Ebola virus.

Tanzania fires 10 000 civil servants over 'fake qualifications'

2017-04-28 19:19

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked close to 10 000 civil servants after a government report found they had faked their qualifications.

African dictator's trial opens path to justice elsewhere

2017-04-28 15:41

Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled.

Why brutalising food vendors hits Africa’s growing cities where it hurts

2017-04-28 15:41

The harassment of informal food vendors by national and municipal governments remains a major impediment to improving the resilience of the urban poor in African cities, writes Danielle Resnick

Nigeria says 15 suspected Boko Haram fighters shot dead

2017-04-28 14:12

Nigeria's military says at least 15 gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists have been shot dead during a battle with soldiers.

Suicide bomber kills five troops in NE Nigeria: sources

2017-04-28 13:04

At least five soldiers were killed and another 40 injured when a Boko Haram jihadist rammed an explosives-laden pick-up truck into a military convoy in northeast Nigeria, security sources have told AFP.

Chad's Habre: desert warlord turned brutal tyrant

2017-04-28 11:57

A desert warfare specialist, Chad's Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of ruthless dictator, with brutal atrocities the hallmark of his eight-year reign of terror.

Congolese plantation sprouts art centre to help the poor

2017-04-28 11:57

There is no tap water, electricity or shops in Lusanga, a Congolese town once known as Leverville where the Dutch-British conglomerate Unilever long ran a profitable palm oil plantation.

Raila Odinga: Kenya's tenacious, veteran politician

2017-04-28 10:55

At an age when most would be retired, Raila Odinga, Kenya's veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, is to run again for president - his fourth bid to become head of state.

Jail terms over gruesome death of Moroccan fishmonger

2017-04-28 09:54

A Moroccan court has sentenced seven people to between five and eight months in prison over the death of a fish seller crushed in a rubbish truck.

Kenya opposition names Raila Odinga as presidential candidate

2017-04-28 09:09

Veteran political leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga has been named Kenya's opposition presidential candidate for August's elections, at a large rally in the capital Nairobi.

Nigeria's presidency plays down Buhari health concerns

2017-04-28 07:53

Nigerian officials have sought to allay fears about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari after his absence from the last two cabinet meetings.

Ghana to roll out free senior high school programme

2017-04-28 06:59

Ghana is planning to make senior high school free for all teenagers, whatever their background, in a move experts say could transform the lives of millions.

Tunisian PM booed out of town hall meeting

2017-04-27 21:45

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has been booed off stage as he addressed a town hall in a southeastern region rocked by protests and a general strike.

Burundi refugees find hope in 'at home' bar in Rwanda

2017-04-29 19:02

Outside Rwanda's national stadium is a bar that has become a second home for Burundian refugees fleeing their country's two-year-old political crisis.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Cairo

2017-04-29 16:05

Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community and meet with its priests and seminarians before returning to Rome

Ethiopia drought creates food crisis for 7.7 million

2017-04-29 14:00

The number of people in need of food aid in Ethiopia's drought-hit regions has surged to 7.7 million, over two million more than an estimate earlier this year, state media has reported.

Pope and Egypt's Coptic patriarch pray at ISIS-bombed church

2017-04-29 12:02

In a Cairo church bombed by the Islamic State group just months ago, Pope Francis and the Coptic Orthodox patriarch sat side by side and prayed near tangible reminders of the horrific attack.

Pope Francis set to pray with Egypt's Christians

2017-04-29 10:56

Pope Francis is set to lead a mass for Egypt's small Catholic community on Saturday as he visits the country in support of its Christians following a series of deadly church bombings.

Militia clashes kill 29 in eastern DRC: official

2017-04-29 10:56

Twenty-nine people have been killed in three days of clashes between rival factions of a militia group in a village in Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, an official has said.

DRC, home to a tenth of the world's languages

2017-04-29 09:00

"I haven't once spoken my mother tongue Kilokele in the 62 years I've lived in Kinshasa. None of my nine children speak it," says Charles Tongohala.

UN envoy to Libya to visit Sudan for peace talks

2017-04-28 21:07

The United Nations envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, will visit Khartoum for talks on the conflict in the North African country, the Sudanese foreign ministry has said.

UN Security Council delays vote on Western Sahara to allow pullback

2017-04-28 17:36

The UN Security Council postponed voting on a draft resolution on the Western Sahara conflict amid signs the Polisario Front independence movement is preparing a pullback from a tense zone of the contested territory.

In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

2017-04-28 17:31

Pope Francis has brushed off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

Pope Francis arrives in Egypt for historic visit

2017-04-28 14:34

Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt for a historic, two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front against religious militancy

Pope Francis heads for Egypt as 'pilgrim of peace'

2017-04-28 13:04

Pope Francis flies to Egypt Friday for a visit aimed at fostering reconciliation with the Muslim world against the backdrop of recent jihadist attacks on the Middle East's biggest Christian community.

Kenya's opposition alliance aims to unseat ruling party

2017-04-28 11:57

Kenya's opposition lined up behind a single candidate, veteran political leader Raila Odinga, strengthening their challenge to the government in August's polls.

'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life

2017-04-28 11:57

It begins with a walk across a wooden bridge, as Alfred Wani, 80, joins the ranks of 800 000 who have fled South Sudan's civil war to be refugees in Uganda

Controversy in Nigeria over traditional ruler 'snub'

2017-04-28 10:55

A video clip apparently showing the traditional ruler of Lagos snubbing the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people has caused controversy in Nigeria.

US issues warning after Ethiopia grenade attacks

2017-04-28 09:54

The United States has issued a warning to its citizens about travelling to a popular tourist region in Ethiopia after a string of grenade attacks targeting hotels and homes.

Morocco seizes 420 tons of plastic bags in year since ban

2017-04-28 09:09

Moroccan authorities have seized more than 420 tons of plastic bags in the year since they were banned, the government has said.

EU reviews Libyan naval equipment request

2017-04-28 07:52

The EU has said it is reviewing a Libyan request for naval equipment to help control migrant flows as doubts grow about the effectiveness of the plan.

Pope faces balancing act in Egypt

2017-04-27 22:19

Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt, hoping to comfort its tiny Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks.

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