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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.

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.

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.

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.

 
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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.

Top Africa stories: Mbeki, Botswana, DRC

2017-06-23 19:36

Former president Thabo Mbeki has been lauded for urging South Africans not to interfere in Zimbabwean affairs, and former Botswana president Sir Ketumile Masire has died.

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US soon to have permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia

2017-06-23 19:36

The United States ambassador to Somalia says the US once again will have a permanent diplomatic presence in the country after it opens offices in Mogadishu later this year.

Cholera suspected as several ill at Kenya medical conference

2017-06-23 19:36

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

Food aid dwindling in world's fastest-growing refugee crisis

2017-06-23 18:30

Food aid soon will run out for nearly a million South Sudanese sheltering in Uganda in what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis, the United Nations refugee chief has said

UN to send experts to probe DRC violence

2017-06-23 17:00

The UN Human Rights Council has decided to send a group of experts to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help investigate an explosion of deadly violence in the Kasai region.

Gunmen kill 3 in suspected extremist attack in Kenya's north

2017-06-23 15:33

Officials say three people have been killed and three others wounded in a suspected Islamic extremist attack in Kenya's Mandera County, which borders Somalia.

Masire 'was instrumental in fight against apartheid in SA'

2017-06-23 13:02

South Africa's High Commission to Botswana, Mdu Lembede, has reportedly said that the late Botswana president Sir Ketumile Masire was instrumental in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.

Gaza restarts power station as Egypt fuel eases crisis

2017-06-23 11:34

The Gaza Strip's sole power station has been fired up again, the energy authority in the Palestine enclave says, after fuel supplies from Egypt helped ease an energy crisis.

16 dead as militants clash with troops in eastern DRC

2017-06-23 10:00

Clashes between militants and government troops have left 16 dead in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the army says.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Zambia, Angola

2017-06-23 08:37

President Robert Mugabe has reportedly moved to stop his wife, Grace's ambition to succeed him, and an expert on Africa says "something is definitely wrong" in Zambia as the country "slips into dictatorship".

Zimbabwe begins mass transfer of animals to Mozambique

2017-06-22 21:04

The animals won't travel two-by-two, but thousands of safari stalwarts will soon begin their journeys from Zimbabwe to Mozambique in one of Africa's largest ever wildlife transfers.

Egypt extends state of emergency

2017-06-22 21:04

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has extended a state of emergency declared after twin church bombings in April by jihadists, in a decree issued in the official gazette.

South Sudan must end war, UN chief says on refugee visit

2017-06-22 20:09

South Sudan's leaders must end a civil war that has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions, the United Nations secretary-general has said while visiting what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

Morocco protest leader 'beaten' during arrest: NGOs

2017-06-22 19:07

The leader of a protest movement in northern Morocco was "severely" beaten and verbally abused by police during his arrest, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have said.

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.

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.

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.

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

At refugee summit, UN chief urges 'solidarity' with Uganda

2017-06-23 18:30

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for international solidarity with Uganda at a fundraising summit to help the country deal with nearly a million South Sudanese fleeing war.

UN chief seeks $8bn for South Sudan refugee crisis

2017-06-23 17:00

The United Nations secretary-general is making a plea for protection of refugees around the world, saying some richer countries haven't been as tolerant as some in Africa.

Burkina Faso to invest $700m to fight extremism

2017-06-23 15:33

Burkina Faso's government has announced it will invest more than $700m over four years to eradicate poverty in the Sahel and northern region of the West African country to prevent youth from joining jihadi groups.

Ghana court rules transfer of ex-Guantanamo detainees unconstitutional

2017-06-23 14:05

Ghana's Supreme Court has ruled that the transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country is unconstitutional without parliamentary approval.

At least 2 dead rhino found dehorned, buried at Zim govt minister's farm – report

2017-06-23 11:34

Two dead rhino have been found at the farm of a Zimbabwe government minister, a report says. The minister said she was shocked by news of the discovery but claimed it was the work of her white neighbours.

He was 'one of the best African leaders'… Twitter reacts to Masire's death

2017-06-23 10:00

Social media users have taken to Twitter to honour Botswana's former president Sir Ketumile Masire following his death. He was 91.

Former Botswana president Masire dies at 91

2017-06-23 08:28

Former Botswana president Sir Ketumile Masire has died after he was hospitalised last weekend in a critical condition. He was 91.

DRC rights group: Army kills 13 rebels after Beni attacks

2017-06-22 21:04

Democratic Republic of Congo's army fought off attacks in and around the eastern city of Beni, killing at least 13 assailants and capturing 15, a local human rights group has said.

S Sudan to lift ban on foreign journalists: media official

2017-06-22 21:04

South Sudan's media authority will lift a ban on around 20 foreign journalists who had been refused access to the country, a top media official says.

7 dead in suicide blast at police station in Somalia capital

2017-06-22 20:09

At least seven people are dead and a dozen wounded after a suicide car bomb blast at a police station in Somalia's capital, police and an ambulance service have said.

Ghana: Decision on Guantanamo detainees 'unconstitutional'

2017-06-22 20:09

Ghana's Supreme Court has declared "unconstitutional" the decision by former President John Mahama to allow two former Guantanamo Bay detainees entry into the West African country.

EU pledges $95m euros to Uganda for S Sudan refugees

2017-06-22 19:07

The EU has pledged $95m to Uganda, ahead of a summit to raise twenty times that amount to help it deal with nearly one million refugees from South Sudan.

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.

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".

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.

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