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12 dead, 92 missing as floods hit eastern DRC

2017-09-20 20:02

At least 12 people died and 92 were missing after heavy rains caused flooding in two villages in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, an official has said.

Sudan's Bashir pushes for Darfur arms collection

2017-09-20 20:02

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir pressed on with a government campaign to collect arms from tribes in war-torn Darfur where a devastating conflict has killed thousands and displaced millions.

Tanzania president orders wall be built around tanzanite mines

2017-09-20 20:02

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the army to build a wall around the country's tanzanite mines to prevent smuggling and better control exports of the precious gems unique to the East African country.

Kenya's police teargas opposition, ruling party supporters

2017-09-20 18:33

Kenya's police have tear gassed opposition and ruling party supporters outside the Supreme Court as it delivered its full judgment on why it annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August.

West Africa steps up battle against pirates and poachers

2017-09-20 18:33

Armed and stony-faced, six black-clothed members of Senegal's marine special forces board the Chinese fishing boat, alerted by radio that it may be operating illegally.

Egypt court orders detention of 24 minority Nubians 15 days

2017-09-20 17:00

A lawyer says an Egyptian court has ordered the detention of 24 Nubians for 15 days pending investigation for participating in an unauthorised protest earlier this month shortly after they were ordered released

 
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Moody's: Egypt economy still recovering from 2011 uprising

2017-09-20 18:33

An international credit rating agency says Egypt's economy has started to improve but has yet to recover from the 2011 uprising and the years of unrest that followed

WATCH: 'Angry' bees attack protesters, police outside Kenya's Supreme Court

2017-09-20 17:00

"Angry" bees have caused havoc outside the Kenyan Supreme Court where the full judgment of last month's annulled polls was being delivered, leaving a disabled man badly bitten.

Morocco to expand counterterror efforts abroad

2017-09-20 17:00

A top Moroccan security official says his government is working on a new strategy to track Moroccans who become radicalised in Europe, part of beefed-up counterterrorism efforts by a country that is both a key player in the global anti-extremism struggle and a source of international jihadis.

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EXPOSED: Cameroon 'using anti-terror law to silence journalists', says group

2017-09-20 14:13

Cameroon President Paul Biya’s government is using an anti-terror legislation to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on Boko Haram militants and unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions, the CPJ says.

Kenya court blames election commission for botched vote

2017-09-20 13:47

Kenya's Supreme Court has placed the blame for last month's annulled presidential vote firmly on the country's election committee, in its full ruling detailing the judges' decision.

Nine stray elephants electrocuted in Botswana

2017-09-20 11:46

Nine elephants were electrocuted in a freak accident in Botswana after one of them knocked into an electricity pole and the high-voltage power line fell on them, a local official has said.

Picture of Mugabe 'sleeping' as Trump addresses UN General Assembly goes viral

2017-09-20 10:08

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe exposed his frailty in New York where he was shown by international news channels sleeping most of the time when President Donald Trump was giving his first address to world leaders at the UN General Assembly.

Nigerian leader addresses UN after health woes

2017-09-20 10:08

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says the United Nations needs to keep providing sufficient funding for peacekeeping operations, which have been coming under scrutiny.

Kenya's judges who nullified election face 'savage' threats

2017-09-20 08:27

Attempts to intimidate Kenya's Supreme Court judges after they nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election have been "unlawful and savage in nature," the nation's judiciary has said, as police used tear gas on ruling party supporters who protested outside the court demanding the judges' removal.

Egypt releases 24 Nubians arrested for protesting

2017-09-20 06:17

A lawyer says an Egyptian court has ordered the release of 24 Nubians arrested for participating in a protest earlier this month

Togo's opposition boycotts constitutional reform vote

2017-09-19 21:01

Togo's opposition has stayed away from parliament, blocking the passage of the government's bill for political reform and forcing a referendum.

UN calls on DRC to protect refugees after deadly shooting

2017-09-19 21:01

The UN refugee agency is calling on Democratic Republic of Congo's government to ensure protection for refugees and asylum-seekers after Congolese soldiers shot and killed at least 39 Burundian protesters, including a child.

18 dead in Nigeria boat accidents: emergency services

2017-09-19 20:00

Eighteen people drowned in boat accidents in Nigeria last weekend, the emergency services has said, nearly a week after more than 50 died when an overloaded craft capsized.

Tanzanian newspaper suspended for 'insulting president'

2017-09-19 19:00

An independent Tanzanian newspaper has been suspended for two years, a government spokesperson has said, accusing the publication of sedition and endangering national security.

Zim's international airport to be renamed after Mugabe – report

2017-09-19 18:01

Zimbabwe's Harare International Airport is set to be renamed after the southern African country's long-time president Robert Mugabe, a report says.

Egypt says it will host 'reorganisation' of Libyan army

2017-09-19 18:01

Egypt says that it will host the reorganisation of Libya's army, currently an eastern-based force led by General Khalifa Hifter

WATCH: Grace Mugabe's son buys R70m limos, reports say

2017-09-19 15:00

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe's son, Russel Goreraza, has reportedly imported two Rolls Royce limousines worth more than R70m, at a time when the southern African country is facing serious cash problems.

Kenya's electronic voting system won't be ready, says French firm

2017-09-19 12:47

The electronic voting system due to be used in a re-run of Kenya's presidential poll will not be ready in time, the French biometrics firm behind it says.

Boko Haram suicide attack kills at least 15 in north Nigeria

2017-09-19 10:22

A Nigerian rescue official says at least 15 people have been killed and 43 others injured in a suicide attack on Mashimari village in Borno state.

Top Africa stories : Mugabe, Tsvangirai, Uganda

2017-09-19 08:20

Zimbabwe is set to recruit at least 102 Cuban doctors amid 'serious shortage' of specialists, and at least 20 women have been found dumped in two areas of Uganda's Wakiso district since May.

'It's time to resign,' Mugabe's VP Mnangagwa told

2017-09-19 06:06

Zimbabwe's former vice president Joice Mujuru has advised under fire Deputy President Emmerson Mnangagwa to quit following recent attacks by President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, a report says.

Togo ruling party calls rally to drown out opposition

2017-09-18 21:02

Togo's ruling presidential party has urged supporters to take to the streets to coincide with planned opposition demonstrations against the slow pace of political reform.

Egypt plans to plug budget gaps with more foreign debt

2017-09-18 21:02

Egypt's Finance Minister says the country will face a $10 to $12 billion budget shortfall for the current 2017-18 fiscal year, and plans expanded foreign debt issuance to overcome it

Trade in body parts of people with albinism is driven by myth and international inaction

2017-09-20 15:35

An upcoming UN meeting on witchcraft and human rights in Geneva is set to focus on the rising attacks on Albinos and the trade of body parts in sub-Saharan African, writes The Conversation.

CPJ full report on how anti-terror law 'is used to silence journalists in Cameroon'

2017-09-20 14:13

Read the full report by CPJ on how President Paul Biya's government is "using" an anti-terror law "to silence critics and suppress dissent".

Nigeria warned land wars threaten national security

2017-09-20 13:47

Nigeria has been warned that clashes between herders and farmers threaten the country's national security, after such conflict claimed more lives last year than the Boko Haram insurgency.

US report: Egypt falls short on rights, Sinai monitor access

2017-09-20 10:08

A damning Trump administration report says Egypt is failing to protect free speech and its minorities, investigate abuses by its forces or grant US monitors access to the conflict-ridden Sinai Peninsula.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe son, Kenya, Nigeria

2017-09-20 08:27

Grace Mugabe's son, Russel Goreraza, has reportedly imported two Rolls Royce limousines worth more than R70m, and a French firm says Kenya's electronic voting system won't be ready for October 17 polls.

Nigeria compares Myanmar crisis to Bosnia and Rwanda

2017-09-20 06:17

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has urged fellow leaders at the United Nations General Assembly to condemn Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya people.

At least 25 dead in S Sudan oil state battle

2017-09-19 20:00

An outbreak of fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan's oil-producing north left at least 25 people dead, a state official has said.

Sudan's Bashir urges Darfur displaced to return home

2017-09-19 20:00

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Tuesday urged those displaced by the conflict in Darfur to return home, saying the region had now recovered from a war that has killed tens of thousands.

US calls for probe into Ethiopia ethnic clashes

2017-09-19 19:00

The United States has urged Ethiopia to investigate deadly clashes between two of the country's major ethnic groups that have caused tens of thousands to flee.

French, Rwandan presidents hold rare meeting amid tense diplomatic ties

2017-09-19 18:01

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in New York for rare talks, Kigali has said, as diplomatic ties remain icy over the 1994 genocide.

Tunisia postpones first post-revolt municipal polls

2017-09-19 14:00

Tunisia's electoral commission has indefinitely postponed the first municipal elections since a 2011 uprising that toppled long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in a blow to the fledginf democracy.

Egypt says Sisi met Israel PM at UN for first public talks

2017-09-19 11:26

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York to discuss the Middle East peace process in their first public talks, his office says.

Dozens killed after DRC soldiers open fire on Burundi refugees

2017-09-18 15:45

The Democratic Republic of Congo government has opened an inquiry, after soldiers fired on Burundian refugees in the eastern South Kivu province, killing dozens. Watch for more.

Uganda police detain 11 protesting 'life presidency'

2017-09-19 08:20

Ugandan police have detained a lawmaker and 10 others who were arrested while protesting against a plan that they charge would enable the country's long-term president to rule for life.

Nigeria attacks pro-Biafra propaganda as curfew eased

2017-09-19 06:06

A dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed after clashes between pro-Biafra supporters and Nigerian security services has been relaxed on Monday, as the government blasted social media "quacks and internet trollers" for stoking tensions.

Tunisia offers to mediate in Libya crisis

2017-09-18 21:02

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar has visited neighbouring Tunisia for talks with President Beji Caid Essebsi, who offered to act as a mediator between rival Libyan factions.

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