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LATEST: Dad, son among 6 dead in Zimbabwe plane crash (PICS)

2017-03-28 06:13

A father and son are among six people killed in a light plane crash in the mist-shrouded Vumba mountains of eastern Zimbabwe, a report says.

Nigerian governor jailed for corruption on bail

2017-03-27 21:58

A former Nigerian governor sentenced to five years' jail for corruption has been granted bail to seek medical care after just 20 days in prison.

Tunisians demand change to Muslim marriage decree

2017-03-27 21:58

An alliance of Tunisian human rights groups has called on authorities to scrap a 1973 decree that bans Muslim women from marrying non-Muslims.

Libyan coastguard intercepts 60 Europe-bound migrants

2017-03-27 21:58

Libya's coastguard has intercepted 60 Bangladeshi migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, says a navy spokesperson.

Collective land tenure is under threat in Kenya. Why it needs to be protected

2017-03-27 21:00

In Kenya there's increasing individualisation of land tenure in pastoral areas. This will hurt the communities in the long term because it doesn't enhance sustainable productive practices, writes Timothy Njagi Njeru.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Tanzania, Rwanda

2017-03-27 19:49

A popular Tanzanian rapper has been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, and cash-strapped Zimbabwe is trying to stop banks importing high-denomination US dollar bills.

 
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Critical Tanzanian rapper freed, advised to 'improve' lyrics

2017-03-27 21:00

Tanzania's government has ordered the release of a popular rapper, jailed over his song lyrics, insisting that President John Magufuli loves his music but advising him to include verses on tax fraud and drug use.

Death toll in attack on South Sudan aid workers rises to 7

2017-03-27 19:49

The death toll of an attack on aid workers in South Sudan has risen to seven, with the news that the driver also died

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31 militants killed in attack by Kenya's military in Somalia

2017-03-27 18:51

Kenya's military says it has killed 31 al-Shabaab extremists in a raid in Baadhade district in southern Somalia

'If you see a 100 US note in Zimbabwe, it's been sneaked in': central bank

2017-03-27 16:43

Cash-strapped Zimbabwe is trying to stop banks importing high-denomination US dollar bills - and that means you shouldn't see $100 notes in banks or supermarkets, a report says.

Three dead in Boko Haram 'collaboration' killing

2017-03-27 15:29

Suspected Boko Haram fighters stormed a village in northeast Nigeria and killed three people on suspicion of collaborating with the military, security sources have told AFP.

Kagame hails Rwanda-Israel bond at Washington forum

2017-03-27 13:48

Rwanda's President Paul Kagame has become the first African leader to address Washington's biggest pro-Israel forum, hailing the Jewish state as an inspiration for his own country's rebirth after genocide.

Can Kenya ensure national security while still admitting refugees?

2017-03-27 12:35

Kenya says it will appeal a high court ruling blocking the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp. The country must now weigh national security against its international obligations, writes Juliet Okoth.

Egypt hands journalists one-year suspended jail sentence

2017-03-27 11:06

An Egypt appeals court has handed the former head of the journalists' union and two members a suspended one-year jail sentence for "harbouring fugitives", a judicial source say.

Zimbabwe floods 'cause spike in malaria cases'

2017-03-27 08:48

Health authorities in Zimbabwe are stepping up the distribution of anti-malaria drugs after 151 malaria deaths were recorded in the last two months, a report says.

Tanzanian rapper held for 'insulting' President Magufuli in song

2017-03-27 06:05

A popular Tanzanian rapper says he has been arrested over a song allegedly insulting President John Magufuli, seen as increasingly authoritarian and unwilling to brook any dissent.

Boko Haram raids village in Nigeria, steals food and medical supplies

2017-03-26 20:00

Boko Haram Islamists have raided a village in northeast Nigeria, in the latest rampage to steal food and medical supplies, as fears grow of more attacks, locals and security personnel say.

Somalia's proposed new cabinet challenged by lawmakers

2017-03-26 20:00

Somalia's parliament speaker is urging the new prime minister to review his proposed cabinet after 105 lawmakers presented a petition calling for changes.

East African bloc: Members to allow Somali refugees to work

2017-03-26 18:11

East Africa's regional bloc says it gradually will allow the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees sheltering in its countries to work and will include them in planning efforts.

Egypt resumes Brazil meat imports

2017-03-26 16:01

Egypt said on Saturday it would resume importing meat from Brazil after a brief suspension following allegations that exporters in the Latin American country had sold tainted beef and poultry.

Security guard, naked girlfriend found dead… foul play suspected

2017-03-26 11:01

A security guard and his alleged girlfriend were reportedly found dead this week, with their bodies "lying on the floor in an advanced state of decomposition" in Zimbabwe's Masvingo province.

Women 'using toxic mine waste as sexual stimulant'

2017-03-26 09:05

Women living in a small town in north-western Zimbabwe are reportedly at risk of contracting cervix cancer following reports that they were allegedly using toxic acidic mine waste to stimulate their sexual pleasure.

Nigerians stuck in Libya return home with a song

2017-03-26 07:01

More than 150 Nigerians, some of them in tears, broke out in song as they touched down on home soil, after months stuck in Libya waiting to try to get to Europe.

Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: Officials

2017-03-25 20:32

A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in Central Kasai province, which has seen a spike in deadly violence in recent months, a local officials says.

Woman, 43, attacks 'hubby', breaks his ribs with shovel

2017-03-25 18:31

A Zimbabwean woman, 43, has reportedly been sentenced to 3 months in jail after assaulting her 49-year-old estranged husband with a shovel and breaking one of his ribs.

Man 'threw MAYONNAISE bottle at gunmen' in supermarket

2017-03-25 15:40

A man who was in a Bulawayo supermarket that was raided by armed robbers this week threw a bottle of mayonnaise at one of them, a report says.

Nigeria's vice-president and a fragile peace in the delta

2017-03-25 14:05

While Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari was receiving treatment in London for an undisclosed illness, his energetic deputy Yemi Osinbajo was wooing the country's oil heartland.

UN regional force to arrive in S Sudan in a month

2017-03-25 11:05

The first soldiers of a United Nations-mandated regional military force are set to be deployed to South Sudan within about a month, the outgoing UN official in charge of peacekeeping says.

Mali peace conference hit by boycott

2017-03-27 18:51

Former rebels and Mali's opposition parties have boycotted a national summit enshrined in the country's 2015 peace deal, laying bare divisions with the government and armed groups it relies on for security.

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

2017-03-27 16:43

Somalia's drought is threatening three million lives, according to the UN In recent months. Aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but they say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening.

'I saw his face as he waved goodbye:' Woman who saved hubby from croc gets award

2017-03-27 14:00

A Namibian woman who fought off a crocodile that was attacking her husband has been awarded a police prize for "extraordinary" bravery.

Sudan's Bashir to attend Jordan summit despite warrant

2017-03-27 12:35

Sudan's official news agency says President Omar al-Bashir will attend Wednesday's Arab Summit in Jordan, despite a long-standing warrant for his arrest by the ICC on charges of war crimes and genocide.

From London to Harare: An activist yearning for an ounce of practice

2017-03-27 11:06

Leo Zeilig's novel features a superbly crafted cast of characters. It's a page turner for readers interested in the profound questions of radical politics and humanity, writes Heike Becker.

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan ambush

2017-03-27 10:00

Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan, the UN says, in another blow to humanitarian efforts a country suffering from war-induced famine.

Sudan searching for French hostage: foreign minister

2017-03-27 08:48

Sudanese security agents have launched a search for an abducted Frenchman after a Chadian minister reported that he was being held in the neighbouring country, Khartoum says.

One dead as 1 000 migrants rescued off Libya

2017-03-27 06:05

One woman has been found dead while aid groups say around 1 000 migrants have been rescued overnight off the Libyan coast, the latest victim among growing numbers seeking to reach Europe.

Sudan, Saudi to hold first joint air force drill

2017-03-26 20:00

Sudan says it will begin this week a joint air force drill with Saudi Arabia, the first such manoeuvres since Khartoum allied with Riyadh after breaking ties with Tehran in 2015.

56 jail terms for Egypt migrant shipwreck

2017-03-26 18:11

An Egyptian court has sentenced 56 people to prison terms of between seven and 10 years over the deaths at sea of at least 202 migrants in September, judicial officials say.

HRW urges Jordan to deny entry or arrest Sudan's Bashir

2017-03-26 13:30

Human Rights Watch has urged Jordan to deny entry to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir or arrest him over alleged war crimes in Darfur if he visits this week.

Moroccan premier forms government, ending 5-month crisis

2017-03-26 11:01

Morocco's new prime minister Saadeddine El Othmani has succeeded in building a governing coalition, ending a five-month political deadlock after just eight days in office

Egypt's last Jews aim to keep alive heritage

2017-03-26 09:05

Once a flourishing community, only a handful of Egyptian Jews, mostly elderly women, remain in the Arab world's most populous country, aiming at least to preserve their heritage.

3 soldiers dead as armed men attack northern Mali army base

2017-03-26 07:01

Local officials in Mali say three soldiers have been killed and four others injured in an attack by armed men on a military post in the country's north.

Roadside bomb kills 3 policemen in Egypt's Sinai

2017-03-25 20:32

Egyptian security officials say a roadside bomb planted by suspected Islamic militants has hit a police armoured vehicle in the north of the Sinai peninsula, killing three members of the security forces

Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president

2017-03-25 18:31

Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president, who has been released from detention and returned home.

General favours more aggressive approach in Somalia

2017-03-25 15:40

The commander of US Africa Command says he would like to be granted more authority to battle al-Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia.

More Algerian women work, but husbands control wages

2017-03-25 12:02

More and more Algerian women are challenging traditional norms by getting jobs, but many see their salaries confiscated by their husbands despite a law against the practice.

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