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8 police officers killed by separate bomb blasts in Kenya

2017-05-24 22:45

Eight Kenyan police officers were killed when their vehicles ran over improvised bombs in two separate incidents near the border with Somalia, officials have said.

Tunisia declares 'war on graft' after social unrest

2017-05-24 22:45

Tunisia has declared a "war on corruption" after the arrest of three businessmen and a customs officer on suspicion of graft and financing protests in the North African country.

Libya arrests brother, father of Manchester bombing suspect

2017-05-24 21:49

Libya has arrested a brother and the father of the man suspected of carrying out the bombing in the British city of Manchester, a relative and security sources have said.

Ethiopian journalist faces jail for talking to dissident

2017-05-24 21:49

A court in Ethiopia has convicted a journalist of encouraging revolt for a message he sent to a man the government considers to be a terrorist.

Somalia car bomb kills at least 8 in capital, police say

2017-05-24 21:49

A car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital, killing at least eight people and injuring 15, says police, as the extremist group al-Shabaab quickly claimed responsibility.

Algeria president replaces PM in wake of polls

2017-05-24 20:33

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has appointed a new prime minister, replacing his confidant Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of parliamentary elections.

 
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Rescuers say 34 migrant bodies pulled from sea off Libya

2017-05-24 21:49

The bodies of at least 34 migrants, many of them young children, were recovered from the sea off Libya after some 200 migrants tumbled into rough waters when their overcrowded smugglers' boat capsized, says Italian rescuers.

Five police killed in second Kenya roadside bomb: governor

2017-05-24 20:33

Five police officers have been killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northeastern Kenya, a local governor said, just hours after a similar blast claimed three police lives.

Egypt denies Sudan claims of providing vehicles to rebels

2017-05-24 20:33

Egypt has denied the announcement by Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir that Egyptian armored vehicles were used by rebels in recent attacks in the Darfur region

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Amnesty International press conference shut down in Cameroon

2017-05-24 20:33

Amnesty International says authorities in Cameroon have shut down a news conference where the rights group planned to discuss the plight of three students sentenced to a decade in prison over a Boko Haram joke.

400 000 DRC children at risk in violence-hit Kasai: Unicef

2017-05-24 19:42

Almost 400 000 children risk dying of hunger in Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Kasai region where months of violence has driven over a million people from their homes, Unicef has said.

'In turmoil again': Central African Republic unrest spreads

2017-05-24 18:33

No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in the past few months.

ISIS claims first suicide attack in Somalia, kills 5

2017-05-24 17:30

The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia, which police say killed at least five people at a checkpoint in the northeastern port city of Bosaso.

Mugabe's daughter, priest, appointed to censorship board

2017-05-24 16:09

President Robert Mugabe’s only daughter Bona has been appointed to the country’s Censorship Board, which determines which parts of steamy films the people of Zimbabwe can watch and which they can’t.

Nigeria seizes illegal arms shipment

2017-05-24 13:28

Nigeria says it has intercepted an illegal cache of arms at the port in Lagos, five months after a similar seizure in the city, a spokesperson says.

3 police officers killed, 2 injured by bomb blast in Kenya

2017-05-24 10:53

Three police officers have been killed and two others injured after their vehicle ran over an impoverished bomb near Kenya's eastern border with Somalia, a Kenyan official says.

WHO reform a top priority for Ethiopia's Tedros

2017-05-24 09:01

The first African to head the World Health Organisation, Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom, says he aims to replicate his success in turning around his country's healthcare system on the global stage.

Villagers on Grace Mugabe farm 'beaten on soles of feet': HRW

2017-05-24 06:16

Riot police knocking down homes on a farm taken over by Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe tied a rope round the cottages and used a truck to pull them down, Human Rights Watch says.

ICC prosecutor says C Africa bloodshed 'must stop now'

2017-05-23 22:44

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has called for an immediate halt to the renewed sectarian bloodshed in the Central African Republic, warning that war crimes will be punished.

Likely presidential candidate in Egypt ordered detained

2017-05-23 22:44

Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the detention for one day of an opposition leader widely tipped to challenge President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in 2018 elections following a complaint he publicly made an obscene finger gesture

Egypt moves bed, chariot of King Tut to new museum

2017-05-23 22:44

Egypt has safely transported two unique items, a funerary bed and a chariot belonging to the famed pharaoh King Tutankhamun from a museum in central Cairo to a new one on the other side of the city.

Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

2017-05-23 21:38

A Somali police officer says a suicide bomber has blown himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people.

Four killed in I Coast clashes between ex-rebels and police: AFP

2017-05-23 21:38

Four people have been killed and many hurt when police clashed with former rebels barricading the road into Bouake, Ivory Coast's second biggest city, in the spillover from a corrosive army mutiny over pay.

Suspected oil rebels attack Niger Delta pipeline

2017-05-23 20:01

Suspected oil rebels attacked a gas pipeline in Nigeria's restive south, breaking a fragile truce between them and the government, an oil company spokesperson has said.

Lawmakers ditch probe of outspoken Nigerian ruler

2017-05-23 20:01

Lawmakers in Kano state, northern Nigeria, have indefinitely suspended a probe into allegations of graft against one of the country's most respected traditional rulers, ending proceedings that could have seen him removed from office.

WATCH: 'Skulls of My People' documentary explores why Namibia is a 'time bomb'

2017-05-23 17:02

Germany is in negotiations with Namibia about the phrasing of the first official apology for General von Trotha’s extermination orders that led to the murder of around 100 000 Ovaherero and Nama people between 1904 and 1908 in the German colony of then South West Africa.

Zim opposition, unions scoff at VP’s 2.2 million jobs claim – report

2017-05-23 15:29

Zimbabwean opposition parties have reportedly rubbished claims by Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa that the government had created more than 2.2 million jobs.

Three killed in I Coast clashes between ex-rebels and police: AFP

2017-05-23 13:56

Three people were killed when police clashed with former rebels who had been blocking the road into Bouake, Ivory Coast's second biggest city, to demand government compensation payments, an AFP reporter has said.

'Massive' load-shedding looms in Zim as Zesa fails to settle $80m debt to Eskom

2017-05-23 10:50

"Massive" load-shedding could begin as early as next week in Zimbabwe - because the cash-strapped authorities still haven't settled an $80 million debt to Eskom, a report says.

Tunisia protester death raises fears of more unrest

2017-05-23 09:14

A young protester has been killed after a national guard vehicle "accidentally" ran him over in south Tunisia, raising fears of more social unrest in a region already rocked by weeks of protest.

4 arrested in Tunisia anti-corruption drive

2017-05-24 19:42

Four people, including prominent businessmen, have been arrested in Tunisia on suspicion of corruption and financing a wave of protests in the North African country, says a senior official.

Tanzania president sacks mines minister

2017-05-24 18:33

President John Magufuli has fired Tanzania's mines minister after a government report found minerals exports had been understated, causing a loss in tax revenue.

Egyptian prosecutors order release of opposition leader

2017-05-24 17:30

Prosecutors have ordered the release on bail of an opposition leader accused of publicly making an obscene finger gesture in January

Italy coast guard says at least 20 dead in migrant capsizing

2017-05-24 17:30

The Italian coast guard says at least 20 migrants have died after their ship capsized in rough seas off Libya's coast.

Pirates seize Iranian fishing boat off Somalia

2017-05-24 14:42

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing boat and taken it to a port in the north of the country, a watchdog group has said.

At least 94 vultures 'found poisoned and dead in Zimbabwe'

2017-05-24 12:00

At least 94 critically-endangered vultures have been found poisoned in south-eastern Zimbabwe by poachers almost certainly trying to hide the killing of an elephant, conservationists say.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Tunisia, I coast

2017-05-24 08:00

A drunk cop video has sparked conversation on social media about Zimbabwean police brutality, and the death of a Tunisian protester at the hands of police has sparked fears of more unrest.

UN questions DRC probe of experts' murder

2017-05-23 22:44

The United Nations has raised questions about the Democratic Republic of Congo's probe of the murder of two UN experts investigating mass graves, saying it appeared to have been done in haste.

2 UN peacekeepers killed in ambush in northern Mali

2017-05-23 22:44

Authorities say two United Nations peacekeepers from Chad have been killed when their foot patrol was ambushed in the Kidal region of northern Mali.

10 meths drinkers die in Morocco: report

2017-05-23 22:44

Ten people have died and six are in a serious condition in hospital after drinking methylated spirits in central Morocco, the official MAP news agency has reported.

DRC opens probe into ex-minister's role in Kasai violence

2017-05-23 21:38

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have opened an investigation into whether a former government minister may have played a role in inciting violence in the turbulent Kasai provinces.

Nigerian economy shrinks by 0.5%: data

2017-05-23 21:38

Nigeria's economy has contracted for a fifth straight quarter, official figures showed, as low oil production dented overall output.

Morocco fishermen decry 'El Negro' dolphin attacks

2017-05-23 20:01

In Morocco's northern port city of Al-Hoceima, fishermen are clamouring for state support for a struggling sector which they say is under attack from dolphins.

Man arrested for rescuing Zim's official bird – report

2017-05-23 18:31

A Zimbabwean man has reportedly been dragged to court after he tried to rescue the country’s official bird, which he had found at his home unable to fly.

New WFP leader calls South Sudan's famine 'deplorable'

2017-05-23 17:02

New American head of World Food Program has called the suffering in South Sudan's famine "deplorable" as he visited the country and called on the government to allow aid groups safe access.

Ethiopia carries out mass doping tests

2017-05-23 15:29

Ethiopia has conducted doping tests on more than 350 athletes, the vast majority of them track and field competitors.

Success of post-conflict peace studies rests with teaching teachers

2017-05-23 12:29

The impact of peace education or human rights courses ultimately depends on how teachers - who may not be neutral - implement them, write Line Kuppens and Arnim Langer.

Deutsche Welle says Burundi reporter freed by DRC

2017-05-23 10:36

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has announced that its Burundian correspondent, arrested on accusations of spying in the Democratic Republic of Congo last week, has been freed.

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