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Uganda arrests dozens of opposition activists

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Police in Uganda have announced the arrests of opposition activists this week amid speculation that longtime President Yoweri Museveni is planning to change the constitution so he can stand for re-election.

Top Africa stories: Kaunda, Africa, Zim

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The office of the Zambian high commissioner in SA says Kenneth Kaunda is not dead,and France has refuted recent media allegations that President Emmanuel Macron made a controversial and racist remark regarding Africa.

Burundi robotics team missing after competition in DC

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Six teenage members of the Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after traveling to Washington for an international competition

Nigeria court orders forfeiture of ex-oil minister's luxury $37.5m property

2017-07-20 19:06

A Nigerian court has ordered the temporary forfeiture a $37.5m property belonging to the country's ex-oil minister, with prosecutors alleging it was bought with ill-gotten funds.

Kenya court overturns ruling on presidential ballot contract

2017-07-20 18:01

Kenya's appeals court has quashed a ruling cancelling a contract to print presidential ballot papers, a victory for the electoral commission less than three weeks before general elections.

'Dr Kaunda not dead', says office of Zambian commissioner in SA

2017-07-20 17:17

The office of the Zambian high commissioner in South Africa has refuted social media reports that veteran leader Kenneth Kaunda has died.

 
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Burundi's president goes abroad for 1st time since coup plot

2017-07-20 19:06

An official says Burundi's president is traveling out of the country for the first time since the failed coup attempt of May 2015.

IMF calls for Mozambique to come clean on debts

2017-07-20 18:01

Mozambique must fill in "critical information gaps" over $2bn of secret government loans, the International Monetary Fund has said, in a scandal that has damaged the nation's economy.

Angolan president, dogged by health rumours, back from Spain

2017-07-20 16:00

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has returned from Spain more than two weeks after he left the country on a "private visit",says the presidency, as rumours of ill health swirl.

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UN panel doesn't rule out DRC forces in UN experts' murder

2017-07-20 16:00

A panel monitoring sanctions against Democratic Republic of Congo says evidence in the murder of two UN experts leaves open the possibility that members of the government's security services, a militia, or other armed groups were responsible

For many African girls, menstruation means humiliation

2017-07-20 14:59

Menstual hygiene has emerged as a serious, and often emotional, subject in Africa. Some are demanding that governments supply free sanitary pads to schoolgirls who often are at risk of dropping out because of embarrassment.

EXCLUSIVE: Macron did not slur against Africans, France says

2017-07-20 11:55

France has refuted recent media allegations that President Emmanuel Macron made a controversial and racist remark regarding Africa and African women at the G20 summit in Hamburg, German.

Obasanjo: 'If Americans can choose Trump, they're as human as Africa'

2017-07-20 08:27

Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has said that there was some good in US President Donald Trump's election because "the fact that America can produce a Trump in this day and age, it means Americans are as human as we are".

Congo, UN, make urgent aid appeal for strife-hit region

2017-07-20 08:27

Congo and several UN agencies have launched a joint appeal for $23.7m to help 138 000 people hit by fighting and insecurity in the southern region of Pool.

Stop violence, Mugabe told following 'savage attacks' in some parts

2017-07-20 06:23

Zimbabwe’s main opposition party the MDC has called on President Robert Mugabe to stop politically motivated violence after properties belonging to two of its senior officials were destroyed in savage attacks by unknown assailants.

UN to close five peacekeepers' bases in eastern DRC

2017-07-20 06:23

Five UN peacekeepers' bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo are to close at the end of July,says the UN mission there, describing it as a change in operational style.

Zim parliament wants child rapists to be jailed for at least 60 years

2017-07-19 20:15

Zimbabwe's parliament has reportedly resolved to impose a minimum 60-year sentence for the rape of children younger than 12, or of people living with a disability.

3 men sentenced to death for stripping, abusing woman in Kenya

2017-07-19 20:15

A Kenyan court has sentenced three men to death for stripping naked and abusing a woman during a wave of attacks by mobs claiming that women were inappropriately dressed.

Malawi ex-agriculture minister charged over graft

2017-07-19 19:00

Malawi's former agriculture minister was arrested and charged with graft for allegedly profiting in a $35-million maize import deal from neighbouring Zambia, officials have said.

Malala meets her Chibok 'heroes' in Nigeria

2017-07-19 18:01

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has called for a "state of emergency for education" in Nigeria, as she visited the country and met some of the Chibok school girls whose cause she championed.

Protesters arrested for burning Museveni T-shirts

2017-07-19 16:40

Two people, protesting against a plan by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to change the constitution, have been arrested for burning T-shirts with the president's face on them.

Migrants rescued crossing Sahara desert

2017-07-19 12:30

Twenty-three west African migrants, including a seven-year-old girl, were found alive after being abandoned in the depths of the Sahara, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said

ICC judges to rule on release of Ivory Coast ex-leader Gbagbo

2017-07-19 09:06

War crimes judges will rule whether former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo can be released from prison for the rest of his trial on charges arising from deadly election violence that rocked his nation in 2010.

Tragedy in the Nuba Mountains: hunger and starvation are constants

2017-07-18 16:35

The world has turned its back on the Nuba people of Sudan. Despite the critical need for food, none of the organisations involved in helping people in dire need have attempted to deliver aid to them, writes Samuel Totten.

'So this is Africa. Don't give lectures about our elections,' Angola tells EU

2017-07-18 12:20

Angola has rejected conditions demanded by an EU election observer mission that had been preparing to witness next month's polls in the country, state media reports.

Kenyan cattle herders defend 'necessary' land invasions

2017-07-20 14:59

Close by a narrow, rickety bridge in Kenya's central Laikipia highlands two herders sit on blistering hot rock next to the muddy trickle of the Ewaso Nyiro river to explain why they routinely break the law, invading private land to graze their cattle

Boko Haram suspects killed, tortured in Cameroon custody: AI

2017-07-20 13:16

Dozens of Boko Haram suspects have died in Cameroon custody, rights group Amnesty International says, with security forces torturing them in the fight against the jihadist group.

US opposes seat for DRC at UN rights council

2017-07-20 11:29

The US has berated African countries for backing a bid by the DRC to win a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, saying the move would fuel the conflict in the African country.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Zambia, Uganda

2017-07-20 10:00

A 10 year-old girl has been killed by a lion outside her home in south-eastern Zimbabwe, and ex Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda has been hospitalised.

Egypt's president names top judge, risks backlash

2017-07-20 08:27

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has overruled a powerful branch of the judiciary by appointing its new leader, risking a backlash from the judges, who had nominated another candidate

Polisario Front 'arrests 19 Moroccan drug smugglers'

2017-07-20 08:27

The Polisario Front, which seeks independence for Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara, says it had arrested 19 drug traffickers from Morocco and accused Rabat of complicity.

ICC to review detention of ex-Ivory Coast leader Gbagbo

2017-07-20 06:23

International Criminal Court appeals judges have ordered a new review into whether former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be released from detention while his long-running trial continues.

Warnings as deadly Central African Republic violence returns

2017-07-20 06:23

Bullet-riddled roofs line the "boulevard of death" in Central African Republic's southeastern town of Bangassou, where almost everyone who enters is seen as an enemy.

Trump administration letting Africa's crises drift: Experts

2017-07-19 20:15

When President Donald Trump left his chair at this month's G20 summit while Africa was discussed and had daughter Ivanka sit in for him, critics blasted it as a breach of diplomatic protocol.

Nigeria and the hunt for oil in Boko Haram's heartland

2017-07-19 19:00

Nigeria is reviving its search for oil in the country's conflict-riven northeast, aided by China and emboldened by gains made against Boko Haram.

Mugabe,Tsvangirai to campaign in Matabeleland

2017-07-19 18:01

Zimbabwe's ageing President Robert Mugabe and his arch-rival Morgan Tsvangirai are expected to go up against one another in Matabeleland West, as they address separate rallies to drum up support for the crunch 2018 elections, says a report.

Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda, 93, is hospitalised

2017-07-19 17:28

Zambian media say 93-year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the country's independence leader and former longtime president, is hospitalised.

Morocco sentences 23 to prison over W Sahara killings

2017-07-19 16:40

A Moroccan court has sentenced 23 Sahrawis to prison terms ranging from two years to life over the killing of 11 members of the Moroccan security forces in contested Western Sahara.

Rwanda's essential oils offer big profits from little land

2017-07-19 15:04

Inside a metal shed in southeastern Rwanda, Nicholas Hitimana brandished a plastic container holding a green liquid: geranium essential oil, freshly distilled and ready for export at more than $200 a kilo.

China, Tunisia call for new efforts to stabilize Libya

2017-07-19 14:00

The foreign ministers of China and Tunisia are calling for new efforts to reach a negotiated peace in Libya and prevent the unstable North African nation from becoming a humanitarian disaster on a level with Syria

DRC may be linked to UN experts' murder: report

2017-07-19 10:11

UN experts say they are not ruling out the possible involvement of Democratic Republic of Congo state security forces in the murder of two of their colleagues.

Egypt police trap and kill top militants: govt

2017-07-18 19:24

Egyptian police have killed two leaders of the Hasam militia in a shootout after intercepting them as they relocated to a new hideout on Cairo's outskirts, the government says.

African citizens have good reasons to be fed up with their politicians

2017-07-18 14:05

Most African leaders have done little to improve the welfare of their people. Despite political parties different ideologies nothing really changes when governments change, writes Tahiru Azaaviele Liedong.

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