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Million-dollar ring saga: Zim First Lady Grace Mugabe goes to court

12 minutes ago

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe is still battling to be repaid more than a millions US dollars she claims to have lost to a Lebanese businessman in a botched diamond ring deal.

UN chief wants 900 extra peacekeepers in CAR

12 minutes ago

Warning of a risk of ethnic cleansing, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to beef up the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic with 900 extra troops.

Ramaphosa in Lesotho for post-elections national dialogue

2017-10-18 12:07

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as SADC facilitator to Lesotho, is expected in Maseru on Wednesday, to attend the country's landmark post-elections national dialogue.

Deadly explosion in Somali capital Mogadishu brings shock, outrage, and resilience

2017-10-18 12:07

The attack, in which more than 300 people were killed, comes as Somalia tries to put in place a new security pact, writes The Conversation.

Sierra Leone to sell 709-carat diamond in NY auction

2017-10-18 11:00

Sierra Leone says it plans to auction off a massive 709-carat diamond at a December sale in New York, aiming to make a clean break with the "blood diamonds" of its past.

Kenya poll commissioner quits, says election cannot be 'credible'

2017-10-18 09:47

One of Kenya's eight election commissioners has quit in a searing statement accusing her colleagues of political bias and saying an upcoming presidential election cannot be credible.

 
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LATEST: Mogadishu's mayor calls for march for victims

2017-10-18 11:00

Mogadishu's mayor has called on residents to turn out for a show of defiance and pay tribute to the victims of Somalia's deadliest attack.

EU aims to boost anti-terror info sharing with Tunisia

2017-10-18 11:00

EU anti-terror chief Gilles de Kerchove has called for a boosted exchange of information with Tunisia, which has seen its nationals involved in deadly attacks abroad and on its soil.

Zim producers call for relaxation of ban on apple, pear imports

2017-10-18 09:40

Zimbabwean fruit and fresh produce suppliers say the government has to relax the import ban on apples and pears. but welcome the ban on products such as vegetables and tomatoes.

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South Sudan's government lukewarm about new peace push: UN

2017-10-18 09:47

South Sudan's government has shown little interest in a new regional peace initiative that the United States has described as a final chance to end the war, the UN peacekeeping chief has said.

'Please bring my son back': Anguished Somali families mourn

2017-10-18 08:05

Anguished families have gathered across Somalia's capital as funerals continue for more than 300 people killed in one of the world's deadliest attacks in years.

Jury to deliberate in case of Liberian accused of war crimes

2017-10-18 08:05

Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the trial of a Liberian man accused of committing war crimes and then lying about his past to enter the US.

Tanzanian opposition figure out of intensive care after attack

2017-10-18 05:58

Tanzanian opposition figure Tundu Lissu, who was shot and critically injured at his home last month, is now out of intensive care, his party CHADEMA has said.

Zim ex-freedom fighters vow to block Grace Mugabe’s ascendency to VP

2017-10-17 21:00

Zimbabwe’s former freedom fighters have vowed to stop an alleged plan to get President Robert Mugabe’s wife as a vice president in the forthcoming Zanu-PF extra ordinary congress in December.

Sierra Leone awaits 27 citizens being deported from US

2017-10-17 21:00

Sierra Leone's government says it has issued the necessary documents and awaits the arrival of 27 citizens being deported from the United States for drug crimes and other offenses.

UN-backed Libya talks hit new snag

2017-10-17 20:02

Talks between representatives of rival authorities in strife-torn Libya have hit a new snag after a parliamentary delegation suspended its participation in the UN-backed discussions hosted by Tunisia.

Kenya airlifting Somalia's wounded, sending aid

2017-10-17 19:02

Kenya's foreign affairs minister says the country will airlift 31 people wounded in Somalia's deadliest attack for specialised treatment.

Zim students in Russia 'starving', begging for immediate help – report

2017-10-17 18:00

Zimbabwean students in Russia have reportedly begged Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo for assistance as they claimed to be "starving" after being abandoned by President Robert Mugabe’s government.

Kenya high court suspends ban on opposition protests

2017-10-17 17:00

Kenya's high court has temporarily lifted a government curb on protests in three main cities, until a full hearing can be held on an opposition petition to scrap the ban entirely.

US military plane lands in Somalia with aid after bombing

2017-10-17 16:00

A US military plane has landed in Somalia's capital with medical and humanitarian aid supplies after the massive truck bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people.

Zimbabwe's white farmers trying to strike new deal

2017-10-17 15:13

Zimbabwe’s remaining white commercial farmers who fear renewed land invasions, are negotiating directlywith the government or the possible new owners to protect their properties, says a report.

'Shocking' abuse of migrants in Libya smuggling hub - UN

2017-10-17 14:10

More than 20 000 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, are being held either in detention centres or by traffickers in Libya's people-smuggling hub Sabratha, the UN has said, warning of abuse "on a shocking scale".

New al-Shabaab claims don't include bombing

2017-10-17 14:11

The al-Shabaab extremist group is claiming responsibility for a number of recent attacks in Somalia - but not the weekend's huge truck bombing in Mogadishu, that left more than 300 people dead.

Minnesota Somalis mourn, pray for those impacted by bombing

2017-10-17 12:51

Members of Minnesota's large Somali community say they are heartbroken and grieving, but searching for ways to help after the weekend bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people.

Nigeria says no to AU passport, but erects massive Zuma statue

2017-10-17 13:29

While Nigeria denied claims that it would start visa-on-arrival for African residents, they decided to rather erect a massive statue of South African President Jacob Zuma.

Journalist gives first-hand account of deadly Mogadishu attack

2017-10-17 09:56

A video journalist says he was was relaxing and playing with his 10-month-old daughter when the Mogadishu blast ripped off his house's roof - the blast had been just 70 steps away from them.

Nigeria confirms three cases of monkeypox

2017-10-17 09:05

Nigeria says it had confirmed three cases of monkeypox after receiving dozens of reports of the disease since last month in seven states across the country's south.

Zanu-PF youth wing: Mugabe should be allowed to die in office

2017-10-17 07:11

The youth wing of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has proposed that the nonagenarian should be allowed to die in office.

Kenya opposition suspends reform protests after killings

2017-10-18 08:05

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has suspended protests intended to press for reforms to the electoral commission ahead of the repeat presidential elections on October 26.

Top Africa Stories: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Togo

2017-10-18 05:58

More than 50 people, including women, have applied for the post of hangman in Zimbabwe, and Togo officials say three people have been killed in clashes after the arrest of a religious leader, and .

Medical aid rushed to stricken Somalia after bombing

2017-10-18 05:58

Somalia's allies have sent planes carrying medical supplies and doctors, while the diaspora rallied to donate blood to help the country cope with the crushing aftermath of its worst ever bombing.

Four dead in northern Togo after imam arrested

2017-10-17 21:00

Two teenagers were among four people killed in violence in Togo's second city after an imam close to the main opposition was arrested, the government and a rights group have said.

3 killed in Togo unrest after arrest of religious leader

2017-10-17 20:02

Togo officials say three people, including two soldiers, have been killed in clashes after the arrest of a religious leader close to an opposition politician

Germany nixes web monitoring workshop for Egyptian officials

2017-10-17 20:02

German police have canceled a workshop designed to help Egyptian security officials monitor extremist websites because they might learn skills that could be used against other groups

Critic of Rwanda's president asks for freedom in court

2017-10-17 19:02

A critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame has asked him to free her and her detained mother and sister as she stood in court on Monday charged with forgery and "inciting insurrection".

International aid to help Somalia after bomb that killed 300

2017-10-17 18:00

International aid is arriving in Somalia in response to Saturday's massive truck bomb that killed more than 300 people

21 opposition members on trial over Morocco protests

2017-10-17 17:00

Demonstrators are calling for justice for 21 detained leaders of a Moroccan protest movement that has become the biggest challenge to this North African kingdom since the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011

Guterres wants UN to help tackle Sahel violence

2017-10-17 16:00

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned that Africa's Sahel region is descending into all-out violence and said the United Nations must help the region confront the threat from Islamist militants.

Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

2017-10-17 13:18

Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media has reported.

Cameroon premier in troubled anglophone region for 'dialogue'

2017-10-17 14:13

Cameroon's Prime Minister Philemon Yang has begun a visit to a troubled English-speaking region as part of what he termed a "dialogue" with the country's anglophone minority.

Pro-Biafran leader absent as Nigeria treason trial resumes: AFP reporter

2017-10-17 12:51

The leader of a pro-Biafran group that wants to break away from Nigeria failed to show up in court as his treason trial resumed, an AFP reporter has said.

Zanu-PF extraordinary congress: What you need to know

2017-10-17 11:09

Analysts say Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe wants to use an extraordinary Zanu-PF congress to be held in December to entrench his family’s hold on power.

New UN envoy in Morocco to restart talks on disputed Western Sahara

2017-10-17 11:10

The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, is visiting Morocco as part of a regional tour aimed at restarting stalled peace talks between Rabat and the pro-independence Polisario Front.

Renewed fears over Tsvangirai's health

2017-10-17 09:56

MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai has cancelled a meeting of the party’s national standing committee, sparking fresh speculation over his health.

Jailed Rwandan opposition figure accuses president

2017-10-17 09:05

A jailed critic of Rwanda's government says she was detained because she tried to run against longtime President Paul Kagame in the recent election.

Plane carrying wounded Somalis lands in Turkey

2017-10-17 07:38

A plane carrying Somalis critically wounded in the Mogadishu blast, has landed at an airport in Ankara, Turkey, where ambulances were waiting to rush them to hospital.

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