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Kenya election chief casts doubt on 'free, fair' poll

2017-10-18 21:16

Kenya's polls chief has cast doubt on his organisation's ability to hold a credible vote next week, pointing to internal divisions and interference by both major parties.

Kenya protesters attack election training site

2017-10-18 21:16

Protesters in western Kenya have thrown chairs and destroyed tents where a training camp was being set up for officials to prepare for this month's presidential election.

Fake dentists ply brisk trade in Morocco

2017-10-18 21:16

A smart white coat is no proof of being a qualified medical practitioner in Morocco, where fake dentists and other "health professionals" thrive on poverty, sometimes with wretched consequences.

Kenya's opposition leader calls mass protests on election day

2017-10-18 20:35

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has called for mass protests on the day of the October 26 presidential election, in which he has refused to take participate.

Spice of life: Niger region lifts ban on red pepper

2017-10-18 20:35

Small farmers in southeastern Niger are rejoicing after authorities lifted a two-year ban on the growing of red peppers, imposed in their fight against jihadists.

Tanzania arrests 12 for 'homosexuality' in Dar es Salaam

2017-10-18 19:52

Tanzanian police have said they had arrested 12 men, including two South Africans and a Ugandan, for presumed homosexuality as part of an ongoing crackdown against gays.

 
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Tension in Togo over banned opposition marches

2017-10-18 20:35

Protesters have erected makeshift barricades and blocked roads in Togo's two main cities, as soldiers and police launched teargas to prevent the latest anti-government protest.

Somalia leader urges fractured nation to unite

2017-10-18 19:52

Somalia's president is urging the long-fractured nation to "unite as politicians and public" to fight the extremist group al-Shabaab after the country's deadliest attack.

Police kill 2 at Uganda rally against president's long rule

2017-10-18 18:53

A Uganda opposition official says police have shot dead two people while seeking to foil a political rally in a remote part of the country.

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Kidnapped Italian priest released in Nigeria with 2 others

2017-10-18 18:53

Italy's foreign minister says that an Italian priest kidnapped last week in Nigeria has been freed, and is in good shape.

Italy breaks up smuggling ring for Libyan diesel fuel

2017-10-18 17:45

Italian police have said that they had broken up a network selling low-quality Libyan diesel fuel worth 30 million euros ($35 million) at service stations in Sicily and as far away as France and Spain.

UN, US failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan

2017-10-18 16:41

Despite warnings from officials and pleas from residents, UN, US has failed to prevent ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, especially in region of Yei.

UN forced to halve rations in Central African Republic

2017-10-18 14:30

A UN humanitarian official has warned that aid workers have had to cut rations in half across Central African Republic because of underfunding

Rio faces fraud charges on $3.7bn Mozambique coal deal

2017-10-18 13:48

US authorities have filed fraud charges against the mining group, its former CEO Tom Albanese and ex-CFO Guy Elliott, claiming they inflated the value of their Mozambican coal assets acquired in 2011.

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.

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.

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.

Uganda bans protests over presidential age limit bill

2017-10-18 16:41

Ugandan police have banned what it termed illegal demonstrations over plans to remove presidential age limits, seen as paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office.

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

2017-10-18 13:00

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

2017-10-18 13:00

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.

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.

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.

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