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Uneasy calm in Togo ahead of new opposition demo

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Gangs of youths and the security forces have clashed sporadically in Togo's capital, Lome, before a planned opposition protest that the government has ruled illegal.

Hangman's job in Zimbabwe gets 'flood' of applications

2017-10-19 18:07

The job of hangman used to be unpopular in Zimbabwe, but more than 50 people are now applying to be state executioner in a country where employment is hard to find.

Kenya's Odinga says still possible to 'reconsider' vote pullout

2017-10-19 18:28

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has maintained that he could "reconsider" his decision to quit the country's troubled election race, provided there was "proper" headway on electoral reform.

New Yves Saint Laurent museum opens in Marrakech

2017-10-19 18:07

The Yves Saint Laurent museum has opened its doors to the public in Marrakech, the Moroccan city beloved by the fashion designer, less than three weeks since the inauguration of a Paris-based museum also dedicated to him

Kenya police disperse demonstrators despite court order

2017-10-19 17:26

A witness says police have fired rifles and tear gas to disperse demonstrators preparing to protest police killings of opposition supporters.

 
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RALLY:  Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga of the opposition National Super Alliance coalition gestures as he attends a political rally at the Kamukunji Ground in Nairobi. (Simon Maina, AFP)

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Ebola-like Marburg virus kills two in Uganda: official

2017-10-19 17:26

Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry has said.

Danger, uncertainty a week from Kenya's election

2017-10-19 16:26

Kenyans head to the polls next week for a second time this year after the Supreme Court overturned the August election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Egypt rights groups demand release of leading dissident

2017-10-19 16:26

Ten major Egyptian rights groups have urged an appeals court to free Alaa Abdel Fattah, a leading dissident in the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Why Islamist attack demands a careful response from Mozambique

2017-10-19 15:00

The first Islamist attack carried out by Mozambicans in the country is particularly surprising given the pride the country takes in its sound and relaxed inter-religious relations, writes The Conversation.

UN chief heading to conflict-torn Central African Republic

2017-10-19 13:38

The UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres says he is going to conflict-torn Central African Republic next week to spotlight growing communal tensions, spreading violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation.

UN envoy meets W Sahara independence leaders in bid to restart talks

2017-10-19 12:01

The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, has met leaders of an Algerian-backed independence movement after visiting Morocco in a bid to get stalled peace talks back on track.

5 dead, 60 arrested during Togo protests for term limits

2017-10-19 10:59

Togo's security minister says at least five people have been killed in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters demonstrating for presidential term limits.

Two South Africans held in Tanzania for homosexuality

2017-10-19 09:07

Two South Africans are among 12 men arrested for presumed homosexuality in Tanzania as part of an ongoing crackdown against gays, police say.

Top Africa stories: Kenya, Grace Mugabe, Tanzania

2017-10-19 08:14

Grace Mugabe is suing a Lebanese businessman more than a million US dollars in a botched diamond ring deal, and one of Kenya's eight election commissioners has quit, saying that next week's election cannot be 'credible'.

Seychelles schools re-open as plague cases test negative

2017-10-19 08:14

Two suspected cases of plague in the Seychelles have tested negative, the government has said, as children returned to schools which had closed as panic swept the island nation last week.

'Champion of land redistribution' Mugabe honoured by youths in Russia - report

2017-10-19 06:11

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, is reportedly set to be honoured by African youths and students attending the 19th youth festival held in Sochi, Russia for "championing the fight against imperialism".

DRC, CAR crises under debate at 'Great Lakes' summit

2017-10-19 06:11

The crises in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Burundi and South Sudan are expected to come under the microscope at a 12-nation summit in Brazzaville, officials say.

Kenya election chief casts doubt on 'free, fair' poll

2017-10-18 21:16

Kenya's polls chief has cast doubt on his organisation's ability to hold a credible vote next week, pointing to internal divisions and interference by both major parties.

Fake dentists ply brisk trade in Morocco

2017-10-18 21:16

A smart white coat is no proof of being a qualified medical practitioner in Morocco, where fake dentists and other "health professionals" thrive on poverty, sometimes with wretched consequences.

Tension in Togo over banned opposition marches

2017-10-18 20:35

Protesters have erected makeshift barricades and blocked roads in Togo's two main cities, as soldiers and police launched teargas to prevent the latest anti-government protest.

Somalia leader urges fractured nation to unite

2017-10-18 19:52

Somalia's president is urging the long-fractured nation to "unite as politicians and public" to fight the extremist group al-Shabaab after the country's deadliest attack.

Police kill 2 at Uganda rally against president's long rule

2017-10-18 18:53

A Uganda opposition official says police have shot dead two people while seeking to foil a political rally in a remote part of the country.

Uganda bans protests over presidential age limit bill

2017-10-18 16:41

Ugandan police have banned what it termed illegal demonstrations over plans to remove presidential age limits, seen as paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office.

Million-dollar ring saga: Zim First Lady Grace Mugabe goes to court

2017-10-18 13:00

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe is still battling to be repaid more than a millions US dollars she claims to have lost to a Lebanese businessman in a botched diamond ring deal.

UN chief wants 900 extra peacekeepers in CAR

2017-10-18 13:00

Warning of a risk of ethnic cleansing, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to beef up the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops.

Mujuru: I often clashed with Mugabe over his 'bad economic policies'

2017-10-19 15:00

Zimbabwe's ex-vice president Joice Mujuru has reportedly claimed that she often clashed with President Robert Mugabe over his "bad economic policies", "disagreements which made her boss unhappy and resulted in her dismissal from government".

Tunisia jails couple for 'public indecency' over car kiss

2017-10-19 13:38

A Frenchman and a Tunisian woman have been convicted on appeal in Tunis for "public indecency" after an altercation with police who arrested the couple while they were hugging in a car.

Fight over Grace Mugabe's 'planned' ascendency to VP intensifies - report

2017-10-19 12:01

Youths from Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF are reportedly divided over plans to amend the party's constitution to accommodate a female vice president.

ICC says probing several crimes in Mali

2017-10-19 10:59

The ICC says it is investigating several potential war crimes, including murder in Mali, months after finding an ex-jihadist guilty liable for millions worth of damage in the landlocked country.

Somali president vows war on Shabaab after devastating bomb

2017-10-19 09:07

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has vowed to step up the war against al-Shabaab, as he addressed thousands at a rally in Mogadishu for the victims of the city's worst-ever bombing.

Liberian rebel commander guilty of immigration fraud

2017-10-19 08:14

A Liberian accused of war crimes has been convicted of lying about his past as a rebel commander so he could enter the US.

Kenya protesters attack election training site

2017-10-18 21:16

Protesters in western Kenya have thrown chairs and destroyed tents where a training camp was being set up for officials to prepare for this month's presidential election.

Kenya's opposition leader calls mass protests on election day

2017-10-18 20:35

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for mass protests on the day of the October 26 presidential election, in which he has refused to take participate.

Spice of life: Niger region lifts ban on red pepper

2017-10-18 20:35

Small farmers in southeastern Niger are rejoicing after authorities lifted a two-year ban on the growing of red peppers, imposed in their fight against jihadists.

Tanzania arrests 12 for 'homosexuality' in Dar es Salaam

2017-10-18 19:52

Tanzanian police say they have arrested 12 men, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed homosexuality as part of an ongoing crackdown against gays.

Kidnapped Italian priest released in Nigeria with 2 others

2017-10-18 18:53

Italy's foreign minister says that an Italian priest kidnapped last week in Nigeria has been freed, and is in good shape.

Italy breaks up smuggling ring for Libyan diesel fuel

2017-10-18 17:45

Italian police have said that they had broken up a network selling low-quality Libyan diesel fuel worth 30 million euros ($35 million) at service stations in Sicily and as far away as France and Spain.

UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan

2017-10-18 16:41

Despite warnings from officials and pleas from residents, UN, US has failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, especially in region of Yei.

UN forced to halve rations in Central African Republic

2017-10-18 14:30

A UN humanitarian official has warned that aid workers have had to cut rations in half across Central African Republic because of underfunding

Rio faces fraud charges on $3.7bn Mozambique coal deal

2017-10-18 13:48

US authorities have filed fraud charges against the mining group, its former CEO Tom Albanese and ex-CFO Guy Elliott, claiming they inflated the value of their Mozambican coal assets acquired in 2011.

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