Africa

Kenya records five million new voters for August polls

2017-06-27 21:12

Kenya's election commission has announced that there would be five million new voters taking part in August polls, raising the stakes for incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his longtime rival Raila Odinga.

SA's neighbours ban poultry imports over bird flu

2017-06-27 20:04

Four of South Africa's neighbours have banned poultry imports from the rainbow nation following a serious outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian influenza.

Bomb blast kills eight on Kenya-Somalia border

2017-06-27 20:04

Eight people, including four children returning to school after Eid celebrations, were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Kenya near the border with Somalia, police have said.

Egypt army: 12 vehicles destroyed crossing from Libya

2017-06-27 20:04

Egypt's military says its air force destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with weapons, ammunitions and explosives, after receiving intelligence information that "criminal elements" were attempting to cross the western border with Libya

Egypt lets 6 Yemenis board New York-bound flight

2017-06-27 19:13

Egyptian airport officials say six Yemenis, including some with American citizenship, were allowed to board a flight to New York despite the Supreme Court's partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

DRC to probe ex-minister's suspected role in Kasai violence

2017-06-27 18:12

Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo has authorised the state prosecutor to probe alleged involvement by a former minister in violence rocking the Kasai region, a judicial source says.

 
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Angola police fire on separatists, kill one: activists

2017-06-27 19:13

Angolan police fired on a march staged by a separatist group at the weekend killing one demonstrator and injuring 13, activists have said, with officials confirming that 78 people were arrested.

Boy travels from Morocco to Spain under bus

2017-06-27 19:13

A boy travelled at least 230km from Morocco to Spain hanging underneath a bus, officials say, in another example of desperate measures taken by migrants to get to Europe.

World Food Prize goes to African Development Bank president

2017-06-27 18:12

The son of a Nigerian farm laborer who rose out of poverty to earn graduate degrees in agricultural economics and spent his career improving the availability of seed and fertilizer for African farmers is the winner of this year's World Food Prize

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New limbs for growing bodies: Mutilated albinos get refitted

2017-06-27 16:34

Albino children whose limbs were hacked off by witch doctors now have new lives, thanks to US medicine and an international support network.

Nigerian university builds 'a series of trenches' to repel Boko Haram

2017-06-27 13:51

A Nigerian university in the northeastern city of Maiduguri is reportedly building a series of trenches to repel Boko Haram militants.

New clashes rock Morocco's restive north

2017-06-27 11:11

Moroccan security forces have clashed with demonstrators in Al-Hoceima, activists and witnesses say, a day after King Mohammed VI criticised delays in development in the restive northern city.

We regret" DRC's tribunal's decision, says UN

2017-06-27 10:07

The UN has criticised a decision by a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven DRC soldiers for crimes against humanity.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Nigeria, DRC

2017-06-27 08:26

Police in Zimbabwe have arrested ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire, and SA has chosen to side with the DRC on its investigation into violence in its Kasai province.

Nine dead as 7 suicide bombers hit NE Nigeria

2017-06-26 20:55

Nine people have been killed in a string of suicide attacks in Maiduguri, a city in Nigeria's restive northeast where Boko Haram Islamists began a deadly insurgency in 2009, police have said.

Zim police charge #ThisFlag leader for 'disorderly conduct in a public place'

2017-06-26 19:30

Zimbabwe police arrested prominent protest pastor and anti-government campaigner Evan Mwawire after he spoke to a group of striking medical students, his family and lawyer have said.

South Sudan censors newspapers, hampers press in civil war

2017-06-26 18:31

As South Sudan's civil war creates the world's largest refugee crisis and widespread allegations of sexual violence and ethnic cleansing, journalists charge the government is restricting their ability to report the news

8 Chadian troops killed in clashes with Boko Haram

2017-06-26 16:32

Eight Chadian soldiers were killed in fierce fighting with Boko Haram insurgents at the weekend on islands on Lake Chad, which borders four countries on the edge of the Sahara, Chad's army has said.

Morocco king slams development delays in restive north

2017-06-26 15:16

Morocco's king has rebuked ministers over delays to a development programme meant to pump investment into a region rocked by months of protests over unemployment and perceived state neglect.

Tanzania vows to arrest those 'protecting' gay interests

2017-06-26 12:00

Tanzania has threatened to arrest and deport those campaigning for gay rights and de-register organisations protecting homosexual interest, reports say.

Congo president's daughter charged with corruption in France

2017-06-26 10:39

Investigators have widened a corruption probe into the French assets of three African ruling families, charging the daughter and son-in-law of Congo's president Denis Sassou Nguesso, judicial sources say.

UPDATE: SAA flights to Abuja remain suspended

2017-06-26 11:52

Travellers are being advised to make alternative arrangements.

Man jailed after 'barging' into Mugabe security briefing

2017-06-26 06:02

A Zimbabwean man, 29, who posed as a secret agent where top security officials were holding a briefing before President Robert Mugabe's recent rally in Mutare, has been jailed for two months, a report says.

Mozambique debt probe sees R6.4bn in unexplained loans

2017-06-26 10:07

Mozambican state companies have failed to account for about a quarter of the proceeds of $2bn in loans being investigated, according to a report.

Chad threatens to pull peacekeepers out of African ops

2017-06-25 19:57

Chadian president Idriss Deby Itno has threatened to pull his country's troops out of African peacekeeping operations because of a lack of financial support to the cash-strapped country.

Social media reacts to Zuma, Kabila meeting

2017-06-25 17:56

Social media users have taken to Twitter to air their disapproval of the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila's visit to South Africa.

Congo president's daughter charged with corruption in France

2017-06-25 17:56

French investigators have charged the daughter and the son-in-law of Congo's President Denis Sassou Nguesso with corruption, judicial sources have said..

Dutch slam 'unnecessary' extradition row with Morocco

2017-06-25 16:02

The Netherlands has reacted coolly after Morocco summoned its ambassador home in a row about the extradition of an alleged drug trafficker, saying comments by Rabat were "incomprehensible and unnecessary".

'I'm still in good spirits,' says jailed Zambian opposition leader Hichilema

2017-06-27 15:03

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, who was arrested after failing to give right of way to President Edgar Lungu's convoy, says he is in "good spirits", despite being kept in custody at a high security prison.

'Soros wanted to topple E Guinea leader,' UK mercenary tells Paris court

2017-06-27 13:51

Former British mercenary Simon Mann, who led a failed 2004 coup in Equatorial Guinea, has accused US billionaire George Soros of plotting to overthrow its president, in testimony at a high-profile trial in Paris.

Somali refugees regret returning home from Kenya

2017-06-27 12:31

As a teenager, Aden Hussein chose to become a refugee to get an education. Now he is bitterly disappointed that he has not been able to finish high-school since his return to Baidoa in southwestern Somalia.

Avian flu: Zimbabwe bans poultry products from SA

2017-06-27 11:11

Zimbabwe has reportedly banned all poultry products from South Africa following an outbreak of avian flu in Mpumalanga and Free State provinces.

At least '52 die' after left with no food, water in Niger desert

2017-06-27 10:07

Dozens of people are feared dead after human traffickers abandoned them in Niger's northern desert without food or water, a senior local official says.

WATCH: 'Whose plane is it?' New look 'Zimbabwe Airways' Boeing gets people talking

2017-06-27 08:26

It has a handsome black tail fin, with a gold Zimbabwe bird at its centre, and red, yellow and green stripes on its stern. But it’s the new name, alongside the country’s national flower that has got people puzzled: Zimbabwe Airways. Not Air Zimbabwe?

'Nothing wrong about talking succession,' minister tells Mugabe

2017-06-27 06:11

A Zimbabwean minister has reportedly challenged President Robert Mugabe to name or groom his successor in-order to put a stop to the continued factional fights in his ruling Zanu-PF party.

WFP chief urges EU to step up funds for Africa famine

2017-06-26 20:55

The UN food agency's director has urged the European Union to help raise the $1bn needed over the next few months to save hundreds of thousands of children from starving to death in Yemen and three African countries.

UN denounces DRC tribunal's decision in Kasai trial

2017-06-26 19:30

The UN has criticised a decision by a Congolese military tribunal not to prosecute seven Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers for crimes against humanity.

BREAKING: Zim's #ThisFlag leader arrested for 'praying with students'

2017-06-26 17:03

Police have arrested ThisFlag leader Evan Mawarire as he prayed with University of Zimbabwe medical students, who were holding a protest over a recent fees hike.

Zim gets Chinese buy-in for Vic Falls 'Disneyland' project: report

2017-06-26 15:15

In a development likely to get conservationists worried, Zimbabwe has signed an agreement with Chinese investors to develop its 'Disneyland in Africa' concept near the prime resort of Victoria Falls.

AUDIO: Ailing President Buhari sends message to Nigerians

2017-06-26 13:30

Nigeria's sick president Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly released an audio message in which he gives an Eid greeting. He is currently in London where he is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness.

SA 'sides' with DRC on investigation into Kasai killings

2017-06-26 09:27

South Africa has chosen to side with the DRC on its investigation into violence in its Kasai province, which has seen hundreds of people being killed in the past 10 months and at least 1.3 million displaced.

Man, 22, found with human head, male private parts - reports

2017-06-25 19:57

A Zimbabwean man, 22, has been arrested after being found in possession of a human head and male private parts in what is a suspected ritual murder case.

Morocco seeks drug suspect's extradition from Netherlands

2017-06-25 19:57

Morocco has sought the extradition from The Netherlands of an alleged drug trafficker and summoned its envoy from The Hague to come home for consultations, the foreign ministry has said.

The prize-winning tech helping Ghana's farmers to grow

2017-06-25 17:56

Agyei Douglas is a farmer who grows vegetables near Kumasi in Ghana's central Ashanti region. He used to struggle to access markets and capital.

Nkoana-Mashabane likens 'pressure' on DRC to that 'placed' on ANC

2017-06-25 16:02

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has pledged SA's support to government leaders of the DRC, as the central African country is going through its "political transition".

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