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'Africa must benefit from its own resources,' says Zuma as he takes over SADC chairmanship

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President Jacob Zuma has urged fellow heads of state from southern Africa not to "sell the female cow that produces milk" and buy back the milk later, but rather keep it. He said this as he pointed out that Africa must benefit from its own resources.

DRC landslide death toll likely 200, governor says

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Authorities in northeastern DRC say a landslide earlier this week in Ituri province likely has killed at least 200 people.

Lesotho's Thabane, 78, tells SADC summit he's getting married 'again'

2017-08-19 14:36

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane, 78, has interrupted the programme of the Southern African Development Community summit to make an "important announcement", saying he’s getting married again.

No Grace Mugabe as SADC summit opens in Pretoria

2017-08-19 11:52

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe was not among the first spouses that arrived a few minutes ahead of the opening of the Southern African Development Community summit in Pretoria.

Grace Mugabe due at SADC summit after assault claim

2017-08-19 09:00

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, who is seeking diplomatic immunity for an alleged assault in South Africa last weekend, is due to attend a regional leaders' summit in Pretoria on Saturday.

 
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Nigeria leader to fly home Saturday after UK treatment: office

2017-08-19 13:00

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is set to return home after spending more than 100 days in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment, his office says.

Lungu 'summons' DA, EFF over 'interference' in Zambian politics

2017-08-19 10:45

Zambian president Edgar Lungu has "summoned" the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters to explain their concerns about Zambia to him.

Tanzania: Elephant tusks seized from alleged traffickers

2017-08-19 09:00

Authorities in Tanzania say they have seized 368kg of ivory coast tusks that conservationists believe were taken from 15 slain elephants.

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Mugabe, wife Grace set to be in the spotlight as SADC summit begins in Pretoria

2017-08-19 07:20

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are set to be in the spotlight during the 37th SADC summit this weekend in Pretoria following allegations by a model that Grace assaulted her.

Kenya opposition to file petition against presidential vote

2017-08-18 20:33

Dozens of supporters of Kenya's opposition coalition have gathered around the Supreme Court building where lawyers are expected to file a petition contesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

Four 'hacked to death' in Kenya attack claimed by Shabaab

2017-08-18 20:33

Four people were hacked to death and their houses torched in an attack claimed by Shabaab militants in Kenya's coastal Lamu county, says police.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, S Leone, Kenya

2017-08-18 19:28

Ex-AU commission's chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has hinted that Grace Mugabe must face the law over assault charges, and UN says more than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone's mudslides.

The Latest: Chance of mudslide survivors gets 'smaller'

2017-08-18 18:34

The Red Cross says they still hope to find survivors of Monday's deadly mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone's capital "but the chances are getting smaller every day."

Zambia threatens to shut down private centres over compulsory HIV testing policy

2017-08-18 17:09

The Zambian health ministry has threatened to shut down private health centres that refuse to implement a recently announced government policy of compulsory HIV and Aids testing, says a report.

Ex-chief of jihadist 'Islamic police' on trial in Mali

2017-08-18 15:39

The head of an Islamic police brigade deployed by jihadists controlling a city in northern Mali in 2012 went on trial on Friday accused of cutting off victims' hands and publicly whipping women.

Kenya’s post-election violence: the harm that’s been done to children

2017-08-18 12:30

It's important to understand the nature and extent of children's exposure to violence during general elections so they can be protected, writes Winnie Waiyaki.

US wants 'full investigation' into DRC death of UN experts

2017-08-18 08:38

The US ambassador to the United Nations has called for a "full investigation" into the death of two UN experts killed in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Egypt blocks access to website of group supporting media

2017-08-18 06:02

Egypt has blocked internet access to the website of an international media watchdog that provides support for journalists and champions media freedoms.

Congo government quits as president prepares IMF talks

2017-08-17 21:53

Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou Nguesso has cleared the decks with the office announcement of the resignation of the government ahead of crucial talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Kenya holds memorial service for murdered election official

2017-08-17 21:01

Kenyans have held a memorial service for the election official who was found tortured and killed shortly before this month's presidential vote.

UN board: 2 experts likely murdered by DRC militia members

2017-08-17 18:28

A United Nations board of inquiry said two UN experts were likely murdered in March by militia members from Democratic Republic of Congo's violence-torn Kasai region, but it says further investigations and judicial proceedings are needed to determine the identity and motive of the killers.

1 million South Sudan refugees now in Uganda, UN says

2017-08-17 17:11

The number of South Sudanese refugees sheltering in Uganda has reached 1 million, the United Nations has said, a grim milestone for what has become the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

Landslide kills 40 in northeast DRC - official

2017-08-17 15:59

A landslide has killed 40 people after sweeping through a fishing village on the banks of Lake Albert in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a regional official says.

Gallery: Sierra Leone reels from deadly mudslides

2017-08-17 13:17

More than 400 people have died and 600 still missing after a mudslide swept away homes on the edge of the capital, Freetown, in one of Africa's worst flood disasters in living memory.

Zim war vets boss held over call to have Grace Mugabe arrested

2017-08-17 12:13

Zimbabwean police have arrested a prominent war veteran who called for the arrest of the southern African country’s First Lady Grace Mugabe after she publicly urged her 93-year-old husband to name his successor.

Humanitarian crisis looms as Sierra Leone deaths reach 400

2017-08-19 07:20

Aid workers in Sierra Leone have warned of a humanitarian crisis as the official death toll passed 400, with more than a hundred children among the victims - and a similar number orphaned.

Released Chibok girls ready for education after ordeal

2017-08-18 20:33

The 106 Nigerian schoolgirls no longer in captivity by Boko Haram jihadists fighting against western-style education will all go to university from September, the country's minister for women's affairs has said.

SA mulls Grace Mugabe's immunity claim

2017-08-18 19:28

South African officials are considering whether to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe over her alleged assault on 20-year-old model in a Johannesburg hotel.

Libyan on ICC wanted list already in detention: Haftar forces

2017-08-18 19:28

The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar have said they had detained a senior commander two weeks before the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest over unlawful killings in the flashpoint city of Benghazi.

Egypt adds media watchdog to blocked websites list

2017-08-18 18:34

Egypt has blocked access to the website of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, adding RSF to a growing list of restricted online sites in the north African country.

Death toll now above 400 after mudslides, UN says

2017-08-18 15:39

More than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone's mudslides as burials and recovery efforts pressed amid the threat of further disaster.

Zim's first lady Grace Mugabe remains out of sight amid assault claims

2017-08-18 12:30

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has remained out of sight, several days after a young model claimed Grace Mugabe whipped her with an extension cord in a luxury hotel in South Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma on Grace Mugabe incident: The law must take its course

2017-08-18 11:06

The AU Commission's former chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has reportedly said that women are capable leaders, adding that the bahaviour of one woman should not be allowed to taint all women.

Top Africa stories: Zuma, Grace Mugabe, DRC

2017-08-18 06:02

President Robert Mugabe has arrived in SA for a SADC summit amid controversy around his wife Grace, and President Jacob Zuma is set to take over the rotating chairmanship of SADC.

Threat of more disaster looms in Sierra Leone amid burials

2017-08-17 21:53

Sierra Leone's government has hired 600 grave diggers for the burials of hundreds of mudslide victims, officials say, as some residents were told to evacuate one mountainside amid fears the rainy season could unleash further disaster.

Libya repatriates 135 Nigerian migrants

2017-08-17 21:53

Libyan authorities repatriated 135 Nigerian migrants, including women and children, who had made failed attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, says an official.

Sudan's Bashir aims to ease Egypt concerns over Nile dam

2017-08-17 21:01

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has said that the construction of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River would not impact water supplies to Egypt as feared by Cairo.

US says airstrikes kill 7 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

2017-08-17 21:01

The US military says it has killed seven al-Shabaab fighters in a series of airstrikes in Somalia as the Trump administration steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

Tunisia clerics oppose equal inheritance rights for women

2017-08-17 20:04

Muslim clerics in Tunisia have voiced opposition to President Beji Caid Essebsi's plan to introduce legislation granting equal inheritance rights to women, contrary to Islamic precepts.

Kenya’s election: the good, the bad and the memorable moments

2017-08-17 13:17

Kenya's recently concluded general election has been described as a mixed bag of highs and the lows being the deadly clashes, writes Faith Kiboro.

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