Africa

Uganda hails surrender of senior LRA commander

2017-03-29 21:54

Uganda's army has hailed the surrender of a senior commander of the Lord's Resistance Army who was in charge of communication for leader Joseph Kony.

Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

2017-03-29 21:54

The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report.

146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Med

2017-03-29 21:54

About 146 migrants are feared missing after their boat capsized after leaving Libya, according to a Gambian man who was rescued following the disaster, says the United Nations' refugee agency.

US ambassador to UN calls DRC government 'corrupt'

2017-03-29 21:03

The US ambassador to the United Nations says the UN is partnering with a "corrupt" government in Democratic Republic of Congo, and she supports a large cut in the world's largest peacekeeping mission there.

Kenya court orders parliament to pass gender quota

2017-03-29 20:03

Kenya's High Court has given parliament 60 days to enact legislation that would make it obligatory to have more female lawmakers, or face dissolution.

Swedish police probe deaths of UN expects in DRC

2017-03-29 20:03

Sweden's national police has said it has initiated a murder investigation into the death in Democratic Republic of Congo of a Swedish expert for the United Nations, two days after the bodies of the woman and an American colleague were found in a shallow grave.

 
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Libyan premier calls for dialogue between rivals

2017-03-29 21:02

Libya's UN-backed prime minister has called for dialogue between political rivals to resolve crisis in the north African country.

Top Africa stories: Zim, I Coast, Moz

2017-03-29 20:03

Ex-Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo has been acquitted of crimes against humanity, and stakes are high in Montepuez where the discovery of rubies has led to violence among miners.

Ghana seeks new dawn for struggling power sector

2017-03-29 19:03

Ghana's new government is looking to fix a crippling power crisis with a complete overhaul of its deficit-ridden energy sector including a boost for solar energy.

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Tanzanian Muslims detained without trial protest

2017-03-29 19:04

Dozens of Tanzanian Muslims accused of terror offences have said they would boycott pre-trial trial hearings to protest spending four years in custody, their families barred from visiting.

Pilot killed in Libya fighter jet crash

2017-03-29 17:47

A Libyan air force pilot was killed as his fighter jet crashed in the east of the country after carrying out strikes on a nearby jihadist stronghold, says a military source.

UN: Malaria outbreak kills over 4 000 in Burundi this year

2017-03-29 16:35

An outbreak of malaria has killed over 4000 people in Burundi so far this year, the United Nations has said, a dramatic rise over the 700 victims the government announced just two weeks ago.

Over 60 000 S Sudanese enter Sudan in three months: UN

2017-03-29 15:24

More than 60 000 South Sudanese have entered Sudan in the first three months of 2017, says the UN refugee agency, fleeing famine and war in the world's youngest nation.

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

2017-03-29 15:08

A stripper 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.

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.

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.

AFP photographer arrested in eastern Libya

2017-03-29 19:03

AFP's photographer in the Libyan city of Benghazi, Abdullah Doma, has been arrested at his home by the security services of eastern Libya, his family has said.

Lab opens at Egypt's pyramids to restore pharaonic boat

2017-03-29 17:47

Egypt is inaugurating its largest on-site antiquities laboratory, to restore the second ceremonial boat of Pharaoh Cheops, known for building the largest of Egypt's iconic pyramids

Sweden: UN, DRC must probe deaths of Swede, American

2017-03-29 16:35

Sweden's prime minister says the UN and the DRC must investigate after three bodies, including those of Swedish and American investigators with the United Nations, were found in central DRC.

Malawi’s plans for major electoral reform are way overdue

2017-03-29 15:24

The proposed change to Malawi's electoral system is straightforward and makes logical sense. Yet it's more complex and if adopted would revolutionise local politics, writes Jimmy Kainja.

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.

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.

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