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AUDIO: Ailing President Buhari sends message to Nigerians

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Nigeria's sick president Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly released an audio message in which he gives an Eid greeting. He is currently in London where he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

Tanzania vows to arrest those 'protecting' gay interests

2017-06-26 12:00

Tanzania has threatened to arrest and deport those campaigning for gay rights and de-register organisations protecting homosexual interest, reports say.

Congo president's daughter charged with corruption in France

2017-06-26 10:39

Investigators have widened a corruption probe into the French assets of three African ruling families, charging the daughter and son-in-law of Congo's president Denis Sassou Nguesso, judicial sources say.

UPDATE: SAA flights to Abuja remain suspended

2017-06-26 11:52

Travellers are being advised to make alternative arrangements.

Man jailed after 'barging' into Mugabe security briefing

2017-06-26 06:02

A Zimbabwean man, 29, who posed as a secret agent where top security officials were holding a briefing before President Robert Mugabe's recent rally in Mutare, has been jailed for two months, a report says.

 
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SA 'sides' with DRC on investigation into Kasai killings

2017-06-26 09:27

South Africa has chosen to side with the DRC on its investigation into violence in its Kasai province, which has seen hundreds of people being killed in the past 10 months and at least 1.3 million displaced.

Man, 22, found with human head, male private parts - reports

2017-06-25 19:57

A Zimbabwean man, 22, has been arrested after being found in possession of a human head and male private parts in what is a suspected ritual murder case.

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Mozambique debt probe sees R6.4bn in unexplained loans

2017-06-26 10:07

Mozambican state companies have failed to account for about a quarter of the proceeds of $2bn in loans being investigated, according to a report.

Chad threatens to pull peacekeepers out of African ops

2017-06-25 19:57

Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno has threatened to pull his country's troops out of African peacekeeping operations because of a lack of financial support to the cash-strapped country.

Social media reacts to Zuma, Kabila meeting

2017-06-25 17:56

Social media users have taken to Twitter to air their disapproval of the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's visit to South Africa.

Congo president's daughter charged with corruption in France

2017-06-25 17:56

French investigators have charged the daughter and the son-in-law of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso with corruption, judicial sources have said..

Dutch slam 'unnecessary' extradition row with Morocco

2017-06-25 16:02

The Netherlands has reacted coolly after Morocco summoned its ambassador home in a row about the extradition of an alleged drug trafficker, saying comments by Rabat were "incomprehensible and unnecessary".

Kabila meets with Zuma amid protest threats

2017-06-25 12:15

President Jacob Zuma is meeting with DRC President Joseph Kabila in Pretoria, amid threats of protests by DRC citizens over election delays in the country.

Six killed in fresh clashes in eastern DRC

2017-06-25 09:26

Fresh clashes between government troops and a militia in Nord-Kivu province in the troubled east of DRC have left two soldiers and four fighters dead, says the army.

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

2017-06-24 21:00

Egypt's president has ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

Mourners return to Mali resort hit by jihadists

2017-06-24 21:00

The debris of the jihadist attack is still scattered for all to see: broken tea cups, charred mobile phones and upended chairs strew the once idyllic surrounds of this Malian ecolodge following last Sunday's violence.

Dude hijacked my film!

2017-06-25 11:47

Johannesburg film director Tim Greene’s film has been stolen word for word by a director in Ghana.

Uganda refugee crisis fundraising fall short of hopes at $358m

2017-06-24 18:00

The international community has pledged $358 million at a fundraising summit to help Uganda tackle the world's fastest growing refugee crisis, falling well short of expectations.

UPDATE: Zim police clash with farm-workers, 'over a dozen' held in 'fresh land grabs'

2017-06-24 16:10

Zimbabwean police have clashed with workers at a farm that was seized by police this week to pave way for a top cleric, Trevor Manhanga, who has links to President Robert Mugabe's ruling Znu-PF party.

Namibia buries leader who campaigned against apartheid

2017-06-24 14:04

Namibians have gathered for a state funeral for Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, an independence leader who was jailed during South Africa's era of white minority rule.

Mozambican 'rhino poacher' disappears from police custody

2017-06-24 13:50

The chairperson of the Private Rhino Owners Association, Pelham Jones, has called for answers from government, after a seriously wounded prisoner disappeared from East London’s Frere Hospital without a trace.

Zim telecoms firms may no longer be going concerns - AG

2017-06-24 10:33

Zimbabwe’s landline phones are under threat after its auditor general cast doubt on the ability of the country’s telecommunications firms to continue as growing concerns.

Nigeria sends in troops, police after ethnic clashes

2017-06-23 21:29

Nigeria's acting president Yemi Osinbajo has ordered troops in to keep the peace in the restive state of Taraba after deadly clashes between herders and farmers.

Nigeria's northern Christians worried over quit notice

2017-06-23 20:29

Okechukwu Ugo has been left in a predicament after an ultimatum was issued for all southern Christians of Igbo heritage to leave Nigeria's Muslim-majority north.

UN rights body votes to send experts to deadly DRC region

2017-06-23 20:29

The UN's main human rights body has voted to send international experts to look into abuses and killings in central Democratic Republic of Congo, where thousands of deaths and mutilations have been reported in recent months.

Ghana assures public of security of ex-Guantanamo detainees

2017-06-23 19:36

Ghana's government has sought to reassure the public that two former Guantanamo prisoners living in the West African nation remained under supervision, a day after a court ruled their arrival was unconstitutional without parliament's approval.

Morocco seeks drug suspect's extradition from Netherlands

2017-06-25 19:57

Morocco has sought the extradition from The Netherlands of an alleged drug trafficker and summoned its envoy from The Hague to come home for consultations, the foreign ministry has said.

The prize-winning tech helping Ghana's farmers to grow

2017-06-25 17:56

Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana's central Ashanti region. He used to struggle to access markets and capital.

Nkoana-Mashabane likens 'pressure' on DRC to that 'placed' on ANC

2017-06-25 16:02

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has pledged SA's support to government leaders of the DRC, as the central African country is going through its "political transition".

DRC's Kabila 'still has a friend in SA', says Zuma

2017-06-25 14:07

President Jacob Zuma has made it clear that his counterpart from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, still has a friend in South Africa, despite concern about violence in the central African country.

South Sudan cancels independence day events

2017-06-25 11:27

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation gripped by civil war, has cancelled its official independence day celebrations for the second year running.

Egypt police says foiled church bombing

2017-06-25 07:23

Egyptian police say they foiled a church bombing by arresting a cell including the would-be attackers, two months after suicide bombers killed dozens of church goers in two attacks.

UN expert calls for DRC forces pullback

2017-06-24 21:00

A special advisor to United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Saturday urged Congolese authorities to pare back their military presence in the restive Kasai region following an explosion of deadly violence in recent months.

$500m unexplained Mozambique govt spending: prosecutor

2017-06-24 19:59

Mozambican officials have launched an investigation after an audit raised questions over $500 million of secret government loans, the country's prosecutor's office has said.

South Sudanese refugees grapple with honoring their dead

2017-06-24 20:00

The cemetery for South Sudanese refugees lies between two streams that flood when the rains come, leaving debris scattered across the otherwise unmarked graves.

Egypt tycoon jailed for diva murder freed after presidential pardon

2017-06-24 18:00

An Egyptian real estate tycoon jailed for the murder of a Lebanese pop diva was freed as part of a presidential pardon for hundreds of detainees, security officials have said.

Angola expels 8 000 Congolese fleeing violence, UN says

2017-06-24 16:10

The United Nations says Angola has expelled more than 8 000 Congolese who entered the southern African country while fleeing deadly violence at home.

Mali relaunches beleagured peace process

2017-06-24 14:04

Mali's government and armed groups which signed a 2015 peace deal have relaunched talks aimed at speeding up its implementation after several delays.

Congolese threaten to disrupt Zuma, Kabila meeting in Pretoria

2017-06-24 10:02

Members of the Congolese community in South Africa are threatening to disrupt a state visit by President Joseph Kabila because, they say, he is no longer legally in power in the DRC.

Cholera suspected as several ill at Kenya medical conference

2017-06-24 10:02

"Several" participants at a medical conference at a hotel in Nairobi have come down with a foodborne disease suspected to be cholera, the Kenya Medical Association says.

US drops terror reward for Somali al-Shabaab leader

2017-06-24 07:52

The Trump administration has quietly rescinded an up to $5 million reward for information about a top member of the al-Qaeda allied al-Shabaab in Somalia

Three arrested in Nigeria over 'Eid attack plot'

2017-06-23 21:29

Nigeria's intelligence service has said it had thwarted a plan to target Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan after fears that Boko Haram was planning a major attack.

Zimbabwe VP pledges 'free and fair' election in 2018

2017-06-23 20:29

Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged that next year's elections will be peaceful, "free and fair" despite opposition concerns about electoral interference.

EU leaders boost support for Libya to halt migrant exodus

2017-06-23 20:29

European Union leaders are pledging to boost their support for conflict-ravaged Libya as the number of people fleeing Africa from there for better lives in Europe continues to rise

Tanzania president says teen mothers should quit school

2017-06-23 19:35

Tanzania President John Magufuli has said students who become pregnant should not be allowed to finish their studies after giving birth, sparking outrage from women's rights campaign groups.

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