Senegal crackdown fails to improve lot of child beggars

2017-07-27 21:55

Dawn has barely broken as three of Senegal's estimated 50 000 child beggars dart through the capital's streets, hoping for a bag of sugar or a few coins to hand over to their teachers.

Poacher in DiCaprio documentary acquitted of several charges

2017-07-27 21:55

A Tanzanian poacher who was a subject of a documentary co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio has been acquitted of several wildlife trafficking charges, though he is in prison for a related crime.

Adama Barrow: how do you solve a problem like The Gambia?

2017-07-27 21:02

Six months ago, businessman and political novice Adama Barrow took power in Africa's smallest mainland country after delivering a stunning defeat against ex-leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled brutally for 22 years.

Italy moving quickly on plan to deploy ships to Libya

2017-07-27 21:02

An Italian government plan to deploy vessels in Libyan territorial waters to help fight human trafficking will be presented to parliament early next week, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has said.

Egypt announces terror-fighting council that includes Pope

2017-07-27 19:38

Egypt's president has announced the formation of a new body to confront terrorism and extremism including the country's s top officials


HANDSHAKE:   Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari shakes hands with Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State. (AFP)

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Top Africa stories: Zim, Nigeria, Malawi

2017-07-27 21:02

Zimbabwe's ex-vice president Joice Mujuru has denied claims that she is not committed to the formation of a coalition of all opposition parties, and Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari, "is in a much better condition", says Nigeria's Kano State governor Umar Ganduje.

Algeria arrests jihadist linked to Paris attacker

2017-07-27 19:38

Algerian security forces have foiled a "terrorist plot" masterminded by a militant with links to France-based jihadist Amedy Coulibaly and the Islamic State group.

Three women detain, rape pastor in Zim - report

2017-07-27 18:18

Three women in Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo, have been arrested for allegedly detaining and raping a pastor, a report says.

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Morocco arrests British Bitcoin dealer wanted in US

2017-07-27 17:20

Moroccan police have arrested a British dealer in virtual currency Bitcoin wanted on fraud charges in the United States, a source close to the investigation has told AFP.

Wife of Zimbabwe leader says Mugabe should name successor

2017-07-27 16:19

Zimbabwe's first lady says her 93-year-old husband should name a successor, wading into a subject that President Robert Mugabe has previously regarded as taboo.

President Buhari 'in a much better condition', says Nigerian governor

2017-07-27 15:21

Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari, who is on an extended medical leave in the United Kingdom, "is in a much better condition", says Nigeria's Kano State governor Umar Ganduje.

Zambia: Catholic bishops facilitate talks between Lungu and his rival Hichilema

2017-07-27 13:35

Zambian Catholic Church bishops are reportedly facilitating peace talks between President Edgar Lungu and his arch rival opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

Zimbabwe acid leak: 30 000 litre toxic spill near 'Cecil's' park

2017-07-27 11:35

A massive decontamination exercise is under way near Zimbabwe''s Hwange National Park after a tanker transporting sulphuric acid overturned, spilling 30 000 litres of the dangerous chemical on the main road, a report says.

Egypt sets up 'national council' to combat 'terror'

2017-07-27 10:04

Egypt has created a "national council" to combat the rise of Islamist "terrorism" which has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree.

UN names experts for DRC massacres probe

2017-07-27 08:10

The UN has named three international experts to investigate atrocities in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, some of which have involved government troops.

UN chief warns CAR could plunge back into full-blown conflict

2017-07-27 06:11

A new bout of violence in the Central African Republic that has killed nine peacekeepers this year risks derailing years of efforts to restore a fragile stability, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned.

UN urges DRC to hold elections by Dec 31 deadline

2017-07-26 21:07

The UN Security Council is urging Democratic Republic of Congo's government to swiftly implement an agreement to hold presidential elections by the end of the year, warning that failure to do so will increase the risk of insecurity and instability in the country and the region

US-Somalia mission detains suspected al-Shabaab associate

2017-07-26 21:07

The US military says a mission in Somalia has detained a suspected associate of the al-Shabaab extremist group who once lived in the United States.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Buhari, Gabon

2017-07-26 20:01

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly admitted that her two sons have become wild, and a court has freed a Nigerian man who named his dog after President Muhammadu Buhari

UN helicopter crashes in Mali accident: UN source

2017-07-26 18:17

A UN helicopter crashed in northern Mali in an apparent accident while serving with the 12 000-strong peacekeeping force in the country, a UN source has told AFP.

Rescue efforts end in Nigeria building collapse

2017-07-26 18:17

Officials say rescue efforts have ended at the scene where a four-story residential building collapsed and killed at least eight people in Nigeria's largest city.

At least 8 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

2017-07-26 17:30

A four-story residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city and killed at least eight people, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos have said.

Burundi's exiles call world's attention to deadly crisis

2017-07-26 16:35

Burundi-born Eric Ndayisenga and his friends in exile religiously listen to a radio station that urges liberation from the deadly political violence back home

Rwanda targets high-end tourist market

2017-07-26 15:25

Nicaraguan singer Hernaldo Zuniga brought his entire family to trek through the lush forests and mist-shrouded volcanoes of northwestern Rwanda in search of mountain gorillas.

Zim hospital 'illegally dumps blood, children use it as nail polish, lipstick' - report

2017-07-26 13:02

A Zimbabwean hospital has reportedly been charged with breaching the environmental health act after it allegedly dumped blood and other medical waste at an open dumpsite, thereby posing serious health risks.

Gunmen kidnap at least 10 on Nigeria oil exploration mission

2017-07-26 12:00

Gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamists have kidnapped at least 10 members of an oil exploration team in northeast Nigeria, colleagues and the state-run oil firm says.

Grace Mugabe admits 'sleepless nights' as sons go wild in SA... suspects 'evil spirits'

2017-07-26 10:30

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly admitted that her two sons – Robert Junior and Chatunga Bellarmine – have become wild and have taken to beer binges and drugs.

'I couldn't feel my legs,' says man hurt when Gabon cops broke up rally for Ping

2017-07-26 08:30

At least 10 people have been injured in Libreville as Gabon police broke up a rally organised to mark the return of opposition leader Jean Ping following a trip to Europe.

Zimbabwe gives Mugabe power to appoint judges

2017-07-26 06:05

Zimbabwe's parliament has passed a bill amending the constitution to give the president sweeping powers to appoint the country's top judges without consulting any other institution.

Rights group: Armed groups in western Libya attack activists

2017-07-27 17:20

Human Rights Watch says that activists in western Libya have been physically attacked and threatened by armed groups, some affiliated with UN -backed government based in the country's capital, Tripoli.

France to conduct asylum seeker checks in Libya: Macron

2017-07-27 16:19

France will set up a processing centre this summer in Libya for asylum seekers trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron says.

Madonna accepts damages from publisher over privacy invasion

2017-07-27 15:21

A lawyer for Madonna says the star and her twin daughters Stella and Estere have accepted damages from the publisher of the Mail Online website over an article that was "serious invasion of privacy."

DRC warlord accused of crimes against humanity surrenders

2017-07-27 12:51

Congolese rebel warlord Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, wanted for crimes against humanity, including mass rape, has surrendered to the UN peacekeepers in the Semocratic Republic of Congo.

ICC ruling on SA and Bashir: Pragmatism wins the day

2017-07-27 10:04

The ICC has been criticised for not acting against South Africa after it failed to arrest Sudan's president in 2015. But, the court actually acted sensibly given the challenges it faces, writes Matt Killingsworth.

'Dark and tormented history': Zimbabweans slam vote for Mugabe to change constitution

2017-07-27 08:10

Prominent Zimbabweans have taken to social media to slam a vote by MPs from President Robert Mugabe's party to change the constitution, just four years after the country adopted the new charter.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Who am I to say NO if people say I should lead them?,' says Mujuru

2017-07-27 06:11

President Robert Mugabe’s ex-deputy, Joice Mujuru, has denied accusations that she is not committed to the formation of a coalition of all opposition parties that would challenge her former boss in the 2018 polls.

UN says DRC military 'elements' dug dozens of mass graves

2017-07-27 06:11

The UN says Democratic Republic of Congo military "elements" are responsible for digging at least 42 mass graves in three Kasai provinces after clashes with alleged militia members in recent months.

Britain lifts warning against travel to Tunisia

2017-07-26 21:07

Britain has lifted its warning against "all but essential travel" to Tunisia, two years after a shooting spree by a jihadist attacker at a beach hotel in which 30 British tourists were killed.

Zimbabwe's new law on judges angers Mugabe critics

2017-07-26 20:01

A bill allowing President Robert Mugabe to appoint senior judges has sparked outrage from Zimbabwean opposition and activists who said it marked a new power-grab by the authoritarian government.

Egypt police kill four suspected in mid-July attack: ministry

2017-07-26 20:01

Egyptian police shot dead four militants and arrested two others accused of involvement in the mid-July killing of five policemen, the interior ministry has said.

Egypt squatters lose homes as state seizes land

2017-07-26 18:17

Hala Gamal looks at a pile of rubble on Cairo's Warraq island - all that's left of her house after a police operation to evict residents accused of squatting on state land.

MDC appeals to SADC, AU and UN over violence in Zim

2017-07-26 17:30

Zimbabwe’s main opposition, the MDC party has appealed to regional and internationals bodies to rein in President Robert Mugabe over an upsurge in politically motivated violence in the southern African country.

'There is no cash crisis in Zimbabwe,' says Finance minister

2017-07-26 16:35

Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has denied the biting cash shortages, saying "the government was satisfied with the prevailing liquidity position in the country,” says a report.

Boko Haram ambushes oil convoy in Nigeria, killing soldiers

2017-07-26 14:03

Authorities in northern Nigeria say at least 10 military personnel have been killed and a similar number of university workers are unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists attacked the convoy

At least 5 dead in building collapse in Nigeria's Lagos

2017-07-26 13:02

Emergency officials in Nigeria's largest city say at least five people are dead after a residential building collapsed in Lagos.

At least 4 Mali civilians killed in suspected jihadist attack

2017-07-26 12:00

At least four civilians, including a child, have been killed in an attack by suspected jihadist militants in northeast Mali, security and official sources said.

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections

2017-07-26 10:30

Two rival Libyan leaders have committed themselves to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism and trafficking of all kinds.

Young Nigerians push for removal of political age limits

2017-07-26 08:30

Hundreds of young Nigerians have marched on the country's parliament, calling for lawmakers to remove age barriers on political posts, including the presidency.

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