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Egypt's main state daily in a spat with parliament speaker

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Egypt's flagship state newspaper, Al-Ahram, has accused the country's parliament speaker of making "inappropriate" comments and borderline abuse of authority.

Long-delayed interim authority installed in north Mali

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An interim authority for Mali's troubled northern Kidal region, a stronghold of the former Tuareg rebellion, was finally installed on Tuesday, the first step toward improving security enough to allow local elections.

Ethiopian schools linked to Turkish cleric are sold

2017-03-01 18:35

A network of schools in Ethiopia linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year, is changing ownership.

Top Muslim cleric lashes out against abortion, globalisation

2017-03-01 18:35

The leading religious authority in Sunni Islam has lashed out at supporters of abortion rights, sexual reassignment and globalisation, saying they aim to "annihilate all Abrahamic religions."

Amnesty says Egypt has failed to protect Christians

2017-03-01 17:40

Amnesty International says the Egyptian government has failed to protect hundreds of Coptic Christians who fled their homes in northern Sinai after a series of attacks by Islamic State militants

 
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FAMINE:   A family waits for food assistance to be distributed in Thonyor, Leer County, one of the areas in which famine has been declared, in South Sudan. (AP)

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As South Sudan refugee flood continues, so do tales of abuse

2017-03-01 17:40

More than 100 000 people have fled a single county in South Sudan in just three months as civil war continues amid warnings of genocide.

African governments urged to donate to fund for war victims

2017-03-01 17:40

An official associated with the International Criminal Court is urging African governments to contribute to a trust fund for victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

EXCLUSIVE: Mugabe 'won't surrender power to anyone, not even to his wife Grace'

2017-03-01 15:09

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 93, is intent on becoming the country's life president, critics say, adding that the nonagenarian won't "surrender power to anyone, not even his wife" Grace.

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Tunisia to try six police over beach attack response

2017-03-01 15:09

Tunisia is to prosecute six policemen over their response to a 2015 gun and grenade attack on a beach resort that killed 38 foreign holidaymakers, a judiciary spokesperson says.

Aid worries rise for S Sudan refugees inside Sudan

2017-03-01 13:23

As hundreds of South Sudanese fleeing famine and civil war enter Sudan each day, aid workers warn of a lack of vital relief supplies, especially for malnourished children.

Missing Zim activist Itai Dzamara's life story to be told in documentary film

2017-03-01 10:35

The life of missing Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara is set to be told in a documentary film to be released on the eve of the second anniversary of his disappearance, his brother says.

Gambia scraps age limit for presidential candidates

2017-03-01 08:51

The Gambian parliament has scrapped the constitutional age limit on presidential election candidates after new President Adama Barrow faced questions over his deputy's eligibility due to her age.

Eritreans suffer as EU closes ways there

2017-02-28 22:24

A new report by Doctors Without Borders says thousands of Eritreans trying to reach Europe are suffering as the European Union works with the governments of Libya, Sudan and Ethiopia to keep them from completing the journey

Muslim, Christian clerics convene co-existence meeting

2017-02-28 21:21

Top Muslim and Christian clerics from the Middle East have gathered in Cairo for a two-day conference on promoting co-existence, as sectarian conflict continues to ravage the region.

Tunisian police 'shambolic' over beach attack: UK judge

2017-02-28 20:23

The Tunisian police response to the 2015 Sousse beach resort massacre was "at best shambolic, at worst cowardly", the judge investigating the deaths of 30 Britons in the attack has said.

Nine jihadists 'neutralised' in Algeria: ministry

2017-02-28 19:23

The Algerian army "neutralised" nine Islamists in the North African country's restive eastern Kabylie region , seizing weapons and ammunition, the defence ministry has said.

Islamic State claims failed suicide attack in Algeria

2017-02-28 17:58

Algerian authorities are trying to confirm the identity of a failed suicide bomber who attacked a police station in the city of Constantine

Egypt lawmaker says expulsion warning to opposition

2017-02-28 16:53

An Egyptian lawmaker who was one of the few dissenting voices in parliament said Tuesday his expulsion over accusations of leaking a draft law to foreign embassies was a warning to the opposition.

Miracle tree-top baby: Mozambique's modest celebrity

2017-02-28 14:55

Rosita Mabuiango's birth in a tree above swirling waters 17 years ago thrust her into instant stardom, drawing global attention to the worst floods to hit Mozambique in recent memory.

Kenyans in SA register for elections amid xenophobic violence

2017-02-28 12:36

Kenyans living in South Africa have been making their way to Pretoria to register as diaspora voters for the east African country's elections set for August 8.

Jihadists attack two police posts in Burkina Faso: officials

2017-02-28 10:20

Two police posts in Burkina Faso have been attacked by jihadists, officials say, just months after 12 soldiers were killed by militants in a raid near the Mali border.

Liberia, NGO seize three vessels for illegal fishing

2017-02-28 08:35

The Liberian coastguard has seized three foreign vessels that were fishing illegally in the country's waters, in a joint operation with the Sea Shepherd environmental group, the defence ministry says.

Egypt's parliament expels lawmaker who had criticised it

2017-02-28 06:03

Egypt's parliament has expelled a lawmaker who spoke out against alleged corruption and criticised the body for its handling of human rights issues.

It's 'stupid' for Zimbabweans to look for jobs in US: Mugabe

2017-02-27 22:20

President Robert Mugabe, 93, has reportedly poked fun at "stupid" Zimbabweans who who continued to leave the country for "greener pastures" in the United States, only to come back home "empty handed" and "poorer".

Exhausted S Sudanese refugees flock to Sudan transit camp

2017-02-27 22:20

After enduring years of fighting and food shortages, it was the deaths from hunger of many old women and children that finally made Rebecca James decide to flee South Sudan.

Gambia's Barrow replaces armed forces chief: military source

2017-02-27 21:23

Gambia's President Adama Barrow has fired the head of the armed forces, General Ousman Badjie, a former loyalist of the ousted government, says a military source.

Kenya to pull government adverts in private media

2017-02-27 21:23

Kenya will ban government adverts in private media, according to a leaked memo seen by AFP, as the presidency announced plans to launch its own free newspaper.

Top Africa stories: Xenophobia, Buhari, Mugabe

2017-02-27 20:20

Family, ministers are reportedly being barred from seeing Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari in the UK, Zimbabweans in SA have engaged the ANC to intervene following recent xenophobic attacks.

Nurses at Zimbabwe's state hospitals go on strike over pay

2017-03-01 13:23

Thousands of nurses in state hospitals in Zimbabwe have gone on strike over a lack of bonus payments, straining an already dire situation at the poorly resourced hospitals.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Kenya, Gambia

2017-03-01 12:01

Lawmakers want Zimbabweans to have "huge" families in order to "attract desperately needed investors", and Kenyans in SA are registering for elections amid xenophobic violence.

Egypt arrests 9 Muslim Brotherhood leaders

2017-03-01 10:35

Egyptian authorities have arrested nine leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group pending investigation into charges of belonging to a terrorist organization and plotting to overthrow the government.

Children 'swept away by floods' in southern Zimbabwe

2017-03-01 06:10

Zimbabwe's weather department says record-breaking rains have fallen in southern districts - and it's claiming that children have been swept away by the floods.

Tuareg rebels join Mali army in operation against extremists

2017-02-28 22:24

Malian soldiers and former Tuareg rebels have staged their first joint patrol in northern Mali, a key step in a 2015 peace agreement meant to help calm a region under threat from multiple extremist and other armed groups.

Top Palestinian official denied entry to Egypt

2017-02-28 20:23

A senior Palestinian official has been denied entry to Egypt, prompting a Palestinian delegation to withdraw in protest from a counter-terrorism conference he was to attend, say officials.

Aid workers leave famine-hit South Sudan area for safety

2017-02-28 19:23

The United Nations says aid workers in a famine-stricken region of South Sudan have been forced to relocate because of insecurity, complicating efforts to help more than 100 000 affected people.

Burkina parties for top film festival a year after attacks

2017-02-28 17:58

A year after jihadist attacks killed 33 people, Burkina Faso's capital is kicking up its heels on the back of Africa's top film festival, which it has hosted since 1969.

Somali president declares 'national disaster' over drought

2017-02-28 16:53

Somali's newly elected President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has declared a "national disaster" due to severe drought which aid agencies say has left some three million in crisis.

Nigeria's growth drops, but oil looking up

2017-02-28 15:55

Nigeria's battered economy suffered a year-long contraction in 2016, official data has showed, but the oil sector showed signs of recovery, raising hopes for an end to recession.

Egyptian police arrest 22 over riot in coastal city

2017-02-28 14:55

Security officials say police have arrested 22 people after hundreds went on a rampage in Egypt's coastal city of Port Said to protest death sentences for 10 residents for their part in a deadly 2012 soccer riot.

Gambia's new leader Barrow fires armed forces chief

2017-02-28 08:35

Gambia's president Adama Barrow has fired the head of the armed forces, General Ousman Badjie, as he continues a clear-out senior officials linked to the despotic rule of his predecessor, sources say.

'Stop using birth control so we can attract investment': Zim senators make a VERY controversial call

2017-02-28 06:03

Don't use birth control because Zimbabwe's small population is putting off desperately-needed foreign investors. That's the controversial suggestion from a group of legislators - and it's got some commentators very upset.

Nigerians are not our enemies

2017-02-28 08:59

Intolerant South Africans can learn a few things about unity from Nigerians. Maybe some need to be reminded of the major role Nigeria played in liberating our country, writes Ulrich Janse van Vuuren.

Tanzania backs out of plan to publish 'list of gays'

2017-02-27 22:20

Tanzania has backed out of its plan to publish a list of names of gay people accused of selling sex online, saying this would "destroy evidence".

ISIS militants in north Sinai showing their strength

2017-02-27 21:23

Islamic State militants in Egypt's northern Sinai are showing their strength, abducting alleged informants in broad daylight and setting up their own checkpoints

Libya PM heading to Moscow to seek better ties

2017-02-27 21:23

The head of Libya's embattled unity government Fayez al-Sarraj will visit Moscow this week, says a government source, after a key rival sought to build ties with Russia.

Polisario dismisses Rabat pullback as 'window dressing'

2017-02-27 20:20

Polisario separatists have dismissed as "window dressing" Morocco's announcement of a pullback from a zone of the contested Western Sahara that has raised tensions with their Algiers-backed movement.

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