Populism on the rise as SA, Namibia gear up to elect new presidents

2017-05-26 08:24

South Africa's ANC and Namibia's Swapo, governing parties, enter crucial leadership elections this year, with presidents Jacob Zuma and Hage Geingob both facing challenges, writes Henning Melber.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zambia, Libya

2017-05-26 06:14

First Lady Grace Mugabe is concerned about her future after her husband is no longer president, and DA leader Mmusi Maimane slams Zuma, ANC over silence on Zambia's Hichilema treason trial.

Forces loyal to LNA seize control of Libyan air base

2017-05-26 06:14

A spokesperson for the Libyan National Army says forces loyal to the LNA have seized control of an air base in the country's south that had been under control of western militiamen

Maimane deported from Zambia due to 'unknown reasons'

2017-05-25 20:51

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been deported to South Africa when he had landed in Zambia, for reasons unknown, his spokesperson Graham Charters says.

Funding shortfall hits starving in NE Nigeria: UN

2017-05-25 20:17

Lack of funding is forcing aid agencies to cut feeding programmes for starving people in northeast Nigeria, says the UN, warning of growing pressure on resources as refugees return.


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Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack

2017-05-25 21:15

Libya is working closely with Britain to identify possible "terrorist networks" involved in the attack at a pop concert in Manchester, a senior Libyan official says.

Father of Manchester bomb suspect 'was in militant group'

2017-05-25 20:17

The father of suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was once part of a Libyan militant group with alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, a Libyan security source has said.

Zambian police prevent Mmusi Maimane from entering the country

2017-05-25 20:19

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been stopped by Zambian police on his way to attend the treason trial of the leader of Zambia’s largest opposition party, the DA has said.

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Shabaab kills 5 Kenyan police in third bombing

2017-05-25 19:15

Five police officers have been killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kenya in an attack claimed by Shabaab Islamists a day after eight police died in similar blasts.

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn't mean it works all the time

2017-05-25 19:15

As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working, writes Nic Cheeseman.

UN envoy: South Sudan seeing military action as rains arrive

2017-05-25 16:30

The UN envoy for South Sudan says the conflict-torn African country is seeing significant military action and the last push to position combatant forces because the rainy season has arrived and roads will soon become unpassable for about four months.

Zambia considers moving capital to rural area: minister

2017-05-25 13:44

Zambia is considering a proposal to move its capital from fast-developing Lusaka to a nearly uninhabited marshland district in the centre of the country, a minister says.

Bedridden granny, 87, burns to death while sleeping inside her hut

2017-05-25 12:00

An 87-year-old bedridden granny was burnt to death after she failed to escape when her bedroom hut caught fire while she was sleeping in Hingwe Ward, Zimbabwe, a report says.

Egypt blocks several news sites including Jazeera

2017-05-25 10:44

Egypt has blocked several media websites, including those belonging to the Qatari Al-Jazeera news channel and an opposition television station based in Turkey, a security official says. .

Amnesty slams block on campaign to free Cameroon students

2017-05-25 09:28

Amnesty International says authorities in Cameroon are obstructing its campaign to obtain the release of three students jailed for 10 years over what they say was a private joke.

EXCLUSIVE: Grace Mugabe's 'greatest concern'

2017-05-25 06:09

Leader of Zanu-PF women's wing and First Lady Grace Mugabe, could be elevated to the cabinet of her husband, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, in order to give her some political strength. But what is her greatest concern?

Tunisia declares 'war on graft' after social unrest

2017-05-24 22:45

Tunisia has declared a "war on corruption" after the arrest of three businessmen and a customs officer on suspicion of graft and financing protests in the North African country.

Ethiopian journalist faces jail for talking to dissident

2017-05-24 21:49

A court in Ethiopia has convicted a journalist of encouraging revolt for a message he sent to a man the government considers to be a terrorist.

Somalia car bomb kills at least 8 in capital, police say

2017-05-24 21:49

A car bomb exploded in Somalia's capital, killing at least eight people and injuring 15, says police, as the extremist group al-Shabaab quickly claimed responsibility.

Algeria president replaces PM in wake of polls

2017-05-24 20:33

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has appointed a new prime minister, replacing his confidant Abdelmalek Sellal in the wake of parliamentary elections.

Amnesty International press conference shut down in Cameroon

2017-05-24 20:33

Amnesty International says authorities in Cameroon have shut down a news conference where the rights group planned to discuss the plight of three students sentenced to a decade in prison over a Boko Haram joke.

400 000 DRC children at risk in violence-hit Kasai: Unicef

2017-05-24 19:42

Almost 400 000 children risk dying of hunger in Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Kasai region where months of violence has driven over a million people from their homes, Unicef has said.

'In turmoil again': Central African Republic unrest spreads

2017-05-24 18:33

No soldiers or police patrol this remote town in the far southeast of Central African Republic, where armed groups have attacked several times in the past few months.

ISIS claims first suicide attack in Somalia, kills 5

2017-05-24 17:30

The Islamic State group has claimed its first suicide attack in Somalia, which police say killed at least five people at a checkpoint in the northeastern port city of Bosaso.

Mugabe's daughter, priest, appointed to censorship board

2017-05-24 16:09

President Robert Mugabe’s only daughter Bona has been appointed to the country’s Censorship Board, which determines which parts of steamy films the people of Zimbabwe can watch and which they can’t.

Nigeria seizes illegal arms shipment

2017-05-24 13:28

Nigeria says it has intercepted an illegal cache of arms at the port in Lagos, five months after a similar seizure in the city, a spokesperson says.

3 police officers killed, 2 injured by bomb blast in Kenya

2017-05-24 10:53

Three police officers have been killed and two others injured after their vehicle ran over an impoverished bomb near Kenya's eastern border with Somalia, a Kenyan official says.

WHO reform a top priority for Ethiopia's Tedros

2017-05-24 09:01

The first African to head the World Health Organisation, Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom, says he aims to replicate his success in turning around his country's healthcare system on the global stage.

Suspected jihadists wreck Mali primary school

2017-05-25 19:15

Suspected Islamic extremists have wrecked a primary school in central Mali out of hostility to Western-style education, local administrators and paramilitary police have said .

Is Mugabe's daughter Bona Zimbabwe's Ivanka Trump?

2017-05-25 17:31

Bona Mugabe, who has just been named to Zimbabwe's unpopular censorship board, knows what it's like to be gossiped about.

Egyptians brace for austere Ramadan after reforms

2017-05-25 16:30

Ramadan is a time for daytime fasting and lavish evening feasts, but Egyptians are scaling back preparations for the Muslim holy month this year after austerity measures fuelled decades-high inflation.

Maimane slams Zuma, ANC over silence on Zambia's Hichilema treason trial

2017-05-25 14:59

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed President Jacob Zuma and the ANC over their silence on the treason trial of Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

Father and brother of alleged bomber detained in Libya

2017-05-25 13:44

The father and younger brother of the man who British police say bombed a concert in Manchester have been detained in Libya, where anti-terror authorities say the brother confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot

Syria refugees stuck between Morocco and Algeria: NGOs

2017-05-25 12:00

A group of around 50 Syrian refugees trapped between Morocco and Algeria face a "catastrophic situation" as they are unable to move in either direction, rights watchdogs warn.

Africa 'has a lot to celebrate, despite challenges' - #AfricaDay

2017-05-25 09:00

Africa has a "lot to celebrate" despite the so many challenges that the continent is facing, says an expert at the Institute for Security Studies.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Somalia, Nigeria

2017-05-25 07:33

HRW says villagers on Grace Mugabe farm were 'beaten on soles of their feet by Zimbabwe's riot police, and Nigeria has seized an illegal arms shipment.

8 police officers killed by separate bomb blasts in Kenya

2017-05-24 22:45

Eight Kenyan police officers were killed when their vehicles ran over improvised bombs in two separate incidents near the border with Somalia, officials have said.

Libya arrests brother, father of Manchester bombing suspect

2017-05-24 21:49

Libya has arrested a brother and the father of the man suspected of carrying out the bombing in the British city of Manchester, a relative and security sources have said.

Rescuers say 34 migrant bodies pulled from sea off Libya

2017-05-24 21:49

The bodies of at least 34 migrants, many of them young children, were recovered from the sea off Libya after some 200 migrants tumbled into rough waters when their overcrowded smugglers' boat capsized, says Italian rescuers.

Five police killed in second Kenya roadside bomb: governor

2017-05-24 20:33

Five police officers have been killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northeastern Kenya, a local governor said, just hours after a similar blast claimed three police lives.

Egypt denies Sudan claims of providing vehicles to rebels

2017-05-24 20:33

Egypt has denied the announcement by Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir that Egyptian armored vehicles were used by rebels in recent attacks in the Darfur region

4 arrested in Tunisia anti-corruption drive

2017-05-24 19:42

Four people, including prominent businessmen, have been arrested in Tunisia on suspicion of corruption and financing a wave of protests in the North African country, says a senior official.

Tanzania president sacks mines minister

2017-05-24 18:33

President John Magufuli has fired Tanzania's mines minister after a government report found minerals exports had been understated, causing a loss in tax revenue.

Egyptian prosecutors order release of opposition leader

2017-05-24 17:30

Prosecutors have ordered the release on bail of an opposition leader accused of publicly making an obscene finger gesture in January

Italy coast guard says at least 20 dead in migrant capsizing

2017-05-24 17:30

The Italian coast guard says at least 20 migrants have died after their ship capsized in rough seas off Libya's coast.

Pirates seize Iranian fishing boat off Somalia

2017-05-24 14:42

Somali pirates have hijacked an Iranian fishing boat and taken it to a port in the north of the country, a watchdog group has said.

At least 94 vultures 'found poisoned and dead in Zimbabwe'

2017-05-24 12:00

At least 94 critically-endangered vultures have been found poisoned in south-eastern Zimbabwe by poachers almost certainly trying to hide the killing of an elephant, conservationists say.

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