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'I left my licence at home': Police drag 'naked' stripper from stage

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A stringer dragged from the stage mid-performance in Zimbabwe's eastern city of Mutare has told a court that she left her licence at home, it's been reported.

Self-proclaimed pastor gets 15 years for raping girl, 8

2017-03-29 12:09

A self-proclaimed pastor has reportedly been sentenced to 15 years behind bars after being found guilty of raping an 8-year-old congregant in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Governor fired as new violence hits Morocco province

2017-03-29 12:09

Moroccan authorities have fired a provincial governor after angry protesters clashed with police, leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured, an interior ministry source says.

Ruby rush brings gangland turf war to Mozambique

2017-03-29 10:09

The stakes are high in Montepuez where the discovery of rubies has led to violence among miners that has turned the northern town into what some describe as Mozambique's own version of the Wild West.

 
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UN will do 'everything possible' after DRC killings: Guterres

2017-03-29 11:07

The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres confirmed that bodies found in the DRC were indeed those of two UN experts, and vowed the world body will do "everything possible" to bring justice.

I Coast ex-first lady Simone Gbagbo acquitted of crimes against humanity

2017-03-29 06:08

An Ivory Coast jury has acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity during the 2010-11 post-election crisis in a stunning verdict after the prosecution had sought to jail her for life.

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White House says Egypt's Sisi to visit April 3

2017-03-29 06:08

The White House announced Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will make an "official visit" to Washington on April 3, ending years in which the Egyptian president had been kept at arm's length amid rights concerns.

Bodies found of two UN experts in DRC amid spiralling violence

2017-03-28 21:41

Two foreign UN experts who were kidnapped in DRC have been found dead, one of them decapitated, say the government, as spiralling violence in the vast country sparked international condemnation.

Top Africa stories: Buhari, Mujuru, DRC

2017-03-28 20:04

Ex-vice president Joice Mujuru has blamed Zimbabweans for "allowing President Mugabe to hold them 'hostage'", and Nigeria's "ailing" president Muhammadu Buhari has reduced his working hours.

Tunisian official 'caught red-handed taking bribe'

2017-03-28 18:53

A Tunisian allegedly caught red-handed taking a bribe is among three regional officials sacked by Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who has vowed to fight graft.

Gabon president launches 'dialogue' after election unrest

2017-03-28 16:08

Gabonese President Ali Bongo has launched a forum of political and social groups on resolving a crisis sparked by his re-election last year, but the talks are boycotted by his rival Jean Ping.

IN DEPTH: Why is Mugabe's ex-spin doctor so mad these days?

2017-03-28 15:00

President Robert Mugabe's former spin-doctor Jonathan Moyo is engaged in an unseemly public battle with the state newspapers he once controlled so tightly.

Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

2017-03-28 13:06

The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump's proposed budget threatens to pull the US from its historic role as the world's top emergency donor.

'Don't allow Mugabe to hold you hostage... tell him to go', Zimbabweans told

2017-03-28 08:30

Former vice president Joice Mujuru has reportedly blamed Zimbabweans for "allowing [President Robert] Mugabe to hold them 'hostage'", as the southern African country’s economic situation continues to deteriorate.

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.

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.

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

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.

Prosecutors demand life sentence for ex-first lady Gbagbo

2017-03-28 21:41

Prosecutors have demanded a life jail term for Ivory Coast's former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, who is on trial for alleged crimes against humanity.

Zambia to consult public over ICC membership

2017-03-28 20:04

Zambia opened public consultations this week on the government's plan to leave the International Criminal Court, as several other African countries re-assess their membership.

Ethiopia sends 16 to prison for trying to create new state

2017-03-28 18:53

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 16 people to prison after finding them guilty of trying to create a separate state in the tense Oromia region.

Judge orders release of British woman detained in Rwanda

2017-03-28 17:21

The pregnant wife of an exiled Rwandan opposition official, held incommunicado for a fortnight before being charged with treasonous acts, is to be released, her lawyer has said.

Mali's former rebels agree to join peace conference

2017-03-28 16:08

Former rebels in Mali have reversed a decision to boycott a national reconciliation conference after receiving assurances from the government, a spokesperson says.

Number of Kenyans going hungry doubles to 3m: Red Cross

2017-03-28 15:00

The number of Kenyans needing emergency food aid has doubled in the past three months to three million, says the Red Cross, as the impact of a devastating drought worsens.

Is this the worst beauty pageant prize ever? Winner gets just R130

2017-03-28 11:30

Imagine winning a national beauty pageant, only to be told your prize is - wait for it -R130 and the audience has had to do a quick chip-round to raise it.

Benin's defence minister quits over constitutional reform

2017-03-28 08:30

Benin's defence minister has announced his resignation to protest President Patrice Talon's plans to overhaul the constitution.

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.

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.

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.

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