Africa

Tanzania to speed up hydropower project on Unesco site

2017-06-28 21:03

Tanzania's President John Magufuli plans to speed up the building of a hydroelectric dam in one of Africa's largest game reserves, despite criticism from environmentalists and Unesco.

Suspected diarrhoea kills 38 Sudanese in one month: UN

2017-06-28 21:03

Suspected acute diarrhoea has killed 38 Sudanese in the past month and 317 since August 2016, says the UN, warning the outbreak could worsen ahead of the rainy season.

Nearly 80 police hurt in latest Morocco unrest: official

2017-06-28 19:49

Nearly 80 police officers were injured in two days of clashes with protesters in Morocco's restive Rif region, an official says, although the number of demonstrators hurt was unknown.

Gunmen attack UN convoy near Libya capital: security source

2017-06-28 19:49

Gunmen attacked a UN convoy near Zawiyah, about 50km west of the Libyan capital, a security source in the town has said.

Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic of current Aids drug

2017-06-28 18:49

Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials have said.

China tops US and UK as destination for anglophone African students

2017-06-28 18:49

Newly translated Chinese Ministry of Education records shine light on China's shifting place in the global higher education landscape, Victoria Breeze and Nathan Moore write.

 
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How 50 medical experts separated Kenyan conjoined twins in 23-hour surgery

2017-06-28 19:49

Successfully separating conjoined twins is a complex operation that depends on how they are joined as well as the experience and skill of the surgical team, writes Joseph Kimani Wanjeri.

Deal reached on cuts to UN peacekeeping: diplomat

2017-06-28 18:49

A tentative deal on nearly $600m in cuts to the UN peacekeeping budget has been reached following weeks of tough negotiations over US demands for a sharp cost reduction, a Security Council diplomat has said.

Kenya's Ngugi dumps Swedish book fair over far-right newspaper

2017-06-28 16:59

Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiong'o, often tipped for the Nobel literature prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of a right-wing extremist newspaper, his publisher has said.

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Fears surge of a fresh war in DRC's Nord-Kivu

2017-06-28 16:59

The governor of Democratic Republic of Congo's restive eastern province of Nord-Kivu urged the army to beef up operations against a spate of militia attacks there, saying all-out war may be imminent.

Zim police arrest student leaders after fees demo

2017-06-28 16:04

Police in Harare have arrested three student leaders from the University of Zimbabwe, as rights lawyers went to court to challenge the eviction of hundreds of medical students in the wake of this week's fees protest.

Gabon opposition figure held after threats to Bongo

2017-06-28 15:01

A Gabonese opposition figure who earlier this month threatened violence if President Ali Bongo failed to resign has been placed in preventive custody, the state prosecutor says.

Sudan hopes US travel ban won't harm sanctions bid

2017-06-28 13:39

Sudan has expressed hopes that a US court's decision to partially reinstate a travel ban that includes its citizens will not harm its bid to have American sanctions lifted.

Africa is high on the G20 summit agenda. But will Trump thwart progress?

2017-06-28 10:00

If the G20 is to remain relevant in the quest for more inclusive and fair global governance, Africa offers an historic opportunity for collective action, despite the absence of the US under Trump, writes John J Stremlau.

Top Africa stories: Mawarire, Zambia, Nigeria

2017-06-28 08:07

#ThisFlag protest leader Evan Mawarire, as evicted Zimbabwean university students shelter in a local church, and Zambian opposition leader Hichilema says he is in "good spirits", despite being kept in custody at a high security prison.

'Courageous' minister 'lauded for telling Mugabe to name successor'

2017-06-28 06:13

Zimbabwe's ex-freedom fighters have reportedly lauded "courageous" Minister of War Veterans Tshinga Dube for openly telling President Robert Mugabe, 93, to name his successor.

SA's neighbours ban poultry imports over bird flu

2017-06-27 20:04

Four of South Africa's neighbours have banned poultry imports from the rainbow nation following a serious outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza.

Egypt army: 12 vehicles destroyed crossing from Libya

2017-06-27 20:04

Egypt's military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence information that "criminal elements" were attempting to cross the western border with Libya

Egypt lets 6 Yemenis board New York-bound flight

2017-06-27 19:13

Egyptian airport officials say six Yemenis, including some with American citizenship, were allowed to board a flight to New York despite the Supreme Court's partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

DRC to probe ex-minister's suspected role in Kasai violence

2017-06-27 18:12

Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo has authorised the state prosecutor to probe alleged involvement by a former minister in violence rocking the Kasai region, a judicial source says.

New limbs for growing bodies: Mutilated albinos get refitted

2017-06-27 16:34

Albino children whose limbs were hacked off by witch doctors now have new lives, thanks to US medicine and an international support network.

Nigerian university builds 'a series of trenches' to repel Boko Haram

2017-06-27 13:51

A Nigerian university in the northeastern city of Maiduguri is reportedly building a series of trenches to repel Boko Haram militants.

New clashes rock Morocco's restive north

2017-06-27 11:11

Moroccan security forces have clashed with demonstrators in Al-Hoceima, activists and witnesses say, a day after King Mohammed VI criticised delays in development in the restive northern city.

We regret" DRC's tribunal's decision, says UN

2017-06-27 10:07

The UN has criticised a decision by a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven DRC soldiers for crimes against humanity.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Nigeria, DRC

2017-06-27 08:26

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire, and SA has chosen to side with the DRC on its investigation into violence in its Kasai province.

Nine dead as 7 suicide bombers hit NE Nigeria

2017-06-26 20:55

Nine people have been killed in a string of suicide attacks in Maiduguri, a city in Nigeria's restive northeast where Boko Haram Islamists began a deadly insurgency in 2009, police have said.

Zim police charge #ThisFlag leader for 'disorderly conduct in a public place'

2017-06-26 19:30

Zimbabwe police arrested prominent protest pastor and anti-government campaigner Evan Mwawire after he spoke to a group of striking medical students, his family and lawyer have said.

South Sudan censors newspapers, hampers press in civil war

2017-06-26 18:31

As South Sudan's civil war creates the world's largest refugee crisis and widespread allegations of sexual violence and ethnic cleansing, journalists charge the government is restricting their ability to report the news

Could an African passport bring to life the dreams of Nkrumah, Senghor and Touré?

2017-06-28 16:59

The introduction of an African passport has the capacity to bring about increased migration of Africans within Africa, writes Uchenna Okeja.

Botswana's ex-leader Masire 'was a workaholic obsessed with farming'

2017-06-28 15:01

Former Botswana leader Sir Ketumile Masire "was a workaholic whose obsession was farming and food production", ex-president Festus Mogae has reportedly said.

Scores of Zimbabweans in SA storm embassy in Pretoria to demand voting rights

2017-06-28 12:10

Scores of Zimbabweans living in South Africa have stormed the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria, demanding the right to vote in the 2018 general elections, reports say.

Several African dignitaries in Botswana for Masire's send-off

2017-06-28 08:07

Several African dignitaries are in Botswana for the memorial and funeral service of former president Sir Ketumile Masire, who died in hospital last week at the age of 91, a report says.

Zim audit shows shocking abuse of public funds

2017-06-28 11:21

A report by Zimbabwe’s auditor general has revealed shocking details of the abuse of public funds at state-owned institutions and government ministries.

Kenya records five million new voters for August polls

2017-06-27 21:12

Kenya's election commission has announced that there would be five million new voters taking part in August polls, raising the stakes for incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his longtime rival Raila Odinga.

Bomb blast kills eight on Kenya-Somalia border

2017-06-27 20:04

Eight people, including four children returning to school after Eid celebrations, were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Kenya near the border with Somalia, police have said.

Angola police fire on separatists, kill one: activists

2017-06-27 19:13

Angolan police fired on a march staged by a separatist group at the weekend killing one demonstrator and injuring 13, activists have said, with officials confirming that 78 people were arrested.

Boy travels from Morocco to Spain under bus

2017-06-27 19:13

A boy travelled at least 230km from Morocco to Spain hanging underneath a bus, officials say, in another example of desperate measures taken by migrants to get to Europe.

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

2017-06-27 18:12

The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed and fertilizer for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize

'I'm still in good spirits,' says jailed Zambian opposition leader Hichilema

2017-06-27 15:03

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who was arrested after failing to give right of way to President Edgar Lungu's convoy, says he is in "good spirits", despite being kept in custody at a high security prison.

'Soros wanted to topple E Guinea leader,' UK mercenary tells Paris court

2017-06-27 13:51

Former British mercenary Simon Mann, who led a failed 2004 coup in Equatorial Guinea, has accused US billionaire George Soros of plotting to overthrow its president, in testimony at a high-profile trial in Paris.

Somali refugees regret returning home from Kenya

2017-06-27 12:31

As a teenager, Aden Hussein chose to become a refugee to get an education. Now he is bitterly disappointed that he has not been able to finish high-school since his return to Baidoa in southwestern Somalia.

Avian flu: Zimbabwe bans poultry products from SA

2017-06-27 11:11

Zimbabwe has reportedly banned all poultry products from South Africa following an outbreak of avian flu in Mpumalanga and Free State provinces.

At least '52 die' after left with no food, water in Niger desert

2017-06-27 10:07

Dozens of people are feared dead after human traffickers abandoned them in Niger's northern desert without food or water, a senior local official says.

WATCH: 'Whose plane is it?' New look 'Zimbabwe Airways' Boeing gets people talking

2017-06-27 08:26

It has a handsome black tail fin, with a gold Zimbabwe bird at its centre, and red, yellow and green stripes on its stern. But it’s the new name, alongside the country’s national flower that has got people puzzled: Zimbabwe Airways. Not Air Zimbabwe?

'Nothing wrong about talking succession,' minister tells Mugabe

2017-06-27 06:11

A Zimbabwean minister has reportedly challenged President Robert Mugabe to name or groom his successor in-order to put a stop to the continued factional fights in his ruling Zanu-PF party.

WFP chief urges EU to step up funds for Africa famine

2017-06-26 20:55

The UN food agency's director has urged the European Union to help raise the $1bn needed over the next few months to save hundreds of thousands of children from starving to death in Yemen and three African countries.

UN denounces DRC tribunal's decision in Kasai trial

2017-06-26 19:30

The UN has criticised a decision by a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers for crimes against humanity.

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