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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.

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.

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.

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.

 
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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.

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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.

WATCH: Would YOU put your hand into a swimming pool to fish out a snake? Zimbabwe 'snakeman' is a hit

2017-03-25 09:00

They're calling him Zimbabwe's Steve Irwin - and his fans on social media just can't get enough of him. Passionate about wildlife since he was a boy, Chawatama Marimo, 43, is frequently called upon to capture "problem" snakes in and around Harare.

Farm seizure: Zim court rules against Mugabe's wife Grace

2017-03-25 07:14

A Zimbabwean court has ruled against First Lady Grace Mugabe’s move to seize yet another farm, as she seeks to expand her empire in the prime farming area of Mazowe.

Burkina links I Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capital

2017-03-24 22:00

A jihadist accused of masterminding a deadly attack in Ivory Coast is also suspected of having planned a major assault in Burkina Faso's capital last year, says a senior official.

Peacekeeping chief expects 3 mission to close by March 2018

2017-03-24 22:00

The UN peacekeeping chief says he expects the missions in Haiti, Ivory Coast and Liberia to end by March 2018 which will save hundreds of millions of dollars

116 million African children to get polio vaccines: WHO

2017-03-24 20:33

The World Health Organization says 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent.

Burkina Faso forces kill key jihadist, arrest others

2017-03-24 19:31

Burkina Faso's government says its military forces have killed a key jihadist and arrested 18 others in the country's north, close to the West African nation's border with Mali.

In a first, ICC awards DRC war crimes victims $250 each

2017-03-24 19:31

The International Criminal Court has ordered 297 victims of ex-Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to each be paid "a symbolic" $250 in damages for a brutal 2003 attack on their village, in the tribunal's first such award.

South Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

2017-03-24 18:31

South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.

UN's South Sudan inquiry gets wider powers to pursue abuses

2017-03-24 17:31

The United Nations commission of inquiry for South Sudan now has broader powers to pursue human rights abuses in the country's civil war.

Shell sells Gabon onshore energy assets

2017-03-24 16:27

Royal Dutch Shell says that it sold its onshore oil and gas interests in the central African nation of Gabon for $587m to private equity firm Carlyle Group,.

UN chief accuses South Sudan's govt of ignoring famine

2017-03-24 15:31

Secretary General Antonio Guterres is accusing South Sudan's government of refusing to express "any meaningful concern" about the plight of 100 000 people suffering from famine, 7.5 million in need of humanitarian aid and thousands more fleeing fight.

At least 250 Africans feared dead on 'Black Day' in Mediterranean

2017-03-24 12:30

Over 250 African migrants are feared drowned in the Mediterranean after a charity's rescue boat found five corpses close to two sinking rubber dinghies off Libya.

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.

At least 50 killed by armed men in CAR: locals

2017-03-25 09:00

At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes say.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Egypt, Mali

2017-03-25 07:14

Zimbabwean opposition parties are on the verge of forming a formidable coalition ahead of next years presidential election, and Egyptian long time autocratic Hosni Mubarak has been released from jail.

Libya court suspends Italy deal on tackling migration

2017-03-24 22:00

A Tripoli court has suspended a deal between Libya and Italy to limit irregular migration to Europe, the unity government's justice ministry has said.

Crop-destroying armyworm caterpillars spread to Uganda

2017-03-24 20:33

A plague of crop-destroying fall armyworm caterpillars has spread to East Africa where officials confirmed their presence for the first time in Uganda.

Mubarak, symbol of dashed hopes, goes free

2017-03-24 20:33

In six years, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has gone from symbolising the hubris of Middle East dictators swept away by the Arab Spring uprisings to an emblem of dashed hopes.

Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers

2017-03-24 19:31

Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary "fiercely opposed" environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of the worst oil spills in the West African nation's history, says a German geologist contracted by the Dutch-British multinational.

Car bomb near Somalia presidential palace kills 1, hurts 2

2017-03-24 18:31

A police official says a car bomb blast near a restaurant and hotel in Somalia's capital has killed at least one person and wounded two others.

Student dies in violent Sierra Leone university protests

2017-03-24 18:31

A student has been killed and several others injured at a university near Sierra Leone's southern city of Bo after police fired tear gas and live bullets during protests over a lecturers' strike, say police sources.

Somali pirates seize trawler, likely for hijackings: Police

2017-03-24 17:31

Police say Somali pirates have seized a fishing trawler owned by a local businessman and forced the mostly foreign crew to disembark.

Main events since Hosni Mubarak's ouster

2017-03-24 16:27

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, toppled in a 2011 revolt then jailed, has been freed in a country still coming to terms with the consequences of the uprising that ended his 30-year rule.

Gambia to set up truth commission and offer reparations

2017-03-24 15:31

Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou says.

Police kill at least 1 student demonstrator in Sierra Leone

2017-03-24 13:00

Amnesty International says Sierra Leone security forces have killed at least one person and injured two others after opening fire on students demonstrating in the city of Bo.

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