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Suicide bombers kill four in NE Nigeria: vigilantes

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Four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria, local militia members have said, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.

Algeria summons Morocco envoy over Syrian migrant row

2017-04-24 13:38

Algeria's foreign ministry summoned the Moroccan ambassador to deny accusations by his country that Algiers had expelled 55 Syrians across their shared border, a statement has said.

First large-scale malaria vaccine trials for Africa

2017-04-24 12:35

A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization has said, with 360 000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020.

US officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

2017-04-24 10:21

Senior US officials say pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend.

Egypt's Sisi visits Saudi Arabia as tensions ease

2017-04-24 08:00

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has received a royal welcome from King Salman in Saudi Arabia for a visit to boost ties after months of tension.

 
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Angolan activists jailed over election protest

2017-04-24 10:16

Seven Angolan opposition activists have been sentenced to 45 days in jail over a protest calling for transparency in August elections when veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos is due to stand down.

Here's why Zimbabwe won't adopt the rand

2017-04-24 06:30

It doesn't matter how much sense it makes to ordinary Zimbabweans: Zimbabwe will NOT formally adopt the rand, the central bank governor says.

Newly released charity worker visits Trump

2017-04-23 20:47

An Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt is meeting President Donald Trump at the White House.

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No more Zimbabwe bond notes for now: Bank governor

2017-04-23 19:26

Hoping for respite from Zimbabwe's cash squeeze? It's not coming any time soon if Zimbabwe's central bank governor John Mangudya is to be believed.

US Defence Secretary Mattis visits strategic Djibouti

2017-04-23 17:27

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has arrived for a short visit to Djibouti, a strategically important country on the Horn of Africa which hosts the United States' only permanent military base on the African continent.

Spanish police arrest suspect from Egypt with German help

2017-04-23 08:57

Spanish police say they have arrested a 43-year-old Egyptian man for allegedly belonging to an international terror organisation

Date set for Tunisia beach massacre case

2017-04-22 19:02

The first public hearing into the June 2015 attack in the Tunisian resort of Sousse that killed 38 foreign tourists has been set for next week, says the court.

Anti-Mugabe election coalition takes shape in Zimbabwe

2017-04-22 14:47

President Robert Mugabe's grip on power has faced little recent threat from Zimbabwe's splintered opposition, but efforts to forge a unified alliance in next year's election could test his supremacy.

South Sudan's hunger crisis drives students from classes

2017-04-22 13:02

In South Sudan, where hundreds of thousands are on the brink of starvation and famine has been declared in two counties, children are struggling to learn because of lack of food.

Rights group: Halt Egypt aid over video showing executions

2017-04-22 11:06

Human Rights Watch is urging suspension of military aid to Egypt after video showed troops appearing to carry out cold-blooded executions of detainees in the Sinai Peninsula, where the army is embroiled in battles with the Islamic State militant group.

One million displaced in DRC's Kasai: UN

2017-04-22 09:02

Deadly violence between government forces and tribal militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo's central Kasai region has forced more than a million people from their homes over the past eight months, the UN says.

Egypt army says kills 21 Islamic extremists in Sinai

2017-04-21 21:13

Egyptian forces have killed 21 extremists, at least 19 of them in an airstrike, the military says, including three senior figures of the Islamic State group's affiliate in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Journalist faces death penalty in Cameroon

2017-04-21 19:27

Radio France International journalist Ahmed Abba is reportedly at risk of being sentenced to death after being convicted by a military court in Cameroon.

Zim man jailed for repeatedly raping employer's 11-year-old daughter

2017-04-21 15:29

A Zimbabwean man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for repeatedly raping his employer’s 11-year-old daughter, then buying her silence with $1 bribe.

7 dead when electrical wire falls on Nigerian gathering

2017-04-21 14:24

Seven people are dead after a live electrical wire fell onto a gathering of people watching football in southern Nigeria, police said on Friday, but residents said the death toll was higher.

Boko Haram raid killed nine Nigerian soldiers

2017-04-21 13:21

Nine Nigerian soldiers were killed and 14 others are missing feared abducted after an attack this week by suspected Boko Haram jihadists in the violence-torn northeast, security sources have said.

Rwandan court hands ex-Hutu militia leader life sentence

2017-04-21 12:20

Former Hutu militia leader Bernard Munyagishari has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Kigali for his role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Egypt, Sudan vow not to aid opposition groups

2017-04-21 11:18

Egypt and Sudan said on Thursday they will not harbour or support opposition groups fighting their respective governments, as top diplomats of the two countries vowed to boost bilateral ties.

Now is not the time for the UN to run from the DRC

2017-04-21 10:22

The Democratic Republic of Congo desperately needs a peaceful election but with the UN threatening to scale back its DRC mission, the likelihood of a successful poll is being threatened, writes Reuben Loffman.

South Sudan war strains Uganda's generous refugee policy

2017-04-21 06:00

Ugandan motorbike taxi driver Sadiq Agotre grumbles as he waits for a rare client among thousands of South Sudanese refugees hoping to receive food rations in the outskirts of his town.

No one detained over South Sudan civilian killings, UN says

2017-04-23 18:00

The United Nations' top human rights official in South Sudan says no one has been detained in connection with recent killings of civilians in the western town of Wau.

Morocco, US stage joint military exercise

2017-04-23 11:17

Moroccan and US forces are among nearly 1 300 troops from across the world taking part in a major military exercise in southern Morocco, the American embassy and military officials have said.

Uganda charges 13 over killing of top policeman

2017-04-22 19:02

Thirteen people have been indicted over the murder of Uganda's second most prominent policeman, killed outside his house last month, police say.

Morocco says Algeria expelled 55 migrants

2017-04-22 17:16

Morocco has accused Algeria of expelling 55 Syrian migrants across the countries' shared border and criticised it for "inhumane behaviour".

Kenyan army: 52 al-Shabaab fighters killed in Somalia

2017-04-22 13:02

Kenya's military has said it killed 52 fighters with the extremist group al-Shabaab during an early morning attack on a camp in neighbouring Somalia.

Man escapes croc by 'shoving reed down its throat'

2017-04-22 11:06

Officials have warned villagers living near the Save River in southeastern Zimbabwe to move around in pairs for their own safety after a man was savaged by a crocodile.

Gambia soldiers, regional forces clash outside Jammeh home

2017-04-22 09:02

West African forces clashed with Gambian soldiers loyal to former leader Yahya Jammeh, shooting and injuring three who were guarding graves at his home, the soldiers have said.

South Sudan fighting forces 100 000 to flee, says UN report

2017-04-21 20:24

A South Sudanese government offensive in the Jonglei region has displaced roughly 100 000 civilians, the United Nations has said, causing aid workers to relocate from an area that has dire humanitarian problems.

US to continue training regional troops against Uganda’s LRA

2017-04-21 17:06

The United States has said that it will still train east and central African troops to prevent Uganda’s notorious Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony’s fighters from regrouping.

Israel reopens Taba crossing to Egypt

2017-04-21 15:29

Israel has reopened a border crossing into Egypt's Sinai region after a more than week-long closure due to security threats, but urged its citizens to avoid visiting the peninsula.

Orphaned baby of Islamic State's caliphate trapped in prison

2017-04-21 14:24

Tunisian orphan of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate languishes in Libyan prison for over a year.

Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group

2017-04-21 11:18

Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children has said

Angolan activists jailed over election protest

2017-04-21 10:22

Seven Angolan opposition activists have been sentenced to 45 days in jail over a protest calling for transparency in next year's election when veteran President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will stand down.

Gambia's race to save its 'Roots' on Kunta Kinteh island

2017-04-21 09:10

As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in "Roots", put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism.

Zambian opposition leader to remain in custody

2017-04-21 06:00

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema will remain in custody until at least next week after a court said it would rule on his application to have treason charges against him dropped.

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