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Gambia's ex-spy chief, 8 others charged with murder

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Gambia's dreaded former spy chief - whose watch was marred by allegations of killings and torture - and eight subordinates have been charged with killing a leading opposition member in April.

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200 000 for German hostages

2017-02-24 13:11

A worker at a Nigerian excavation site says kidnappers are demanding a ransom of $200 000 for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a remote northern village.

Two Malians arrested in Senegal over I Coast beach attack

2017-02-24 10:08

Senegalese police have arrested two Malians suspected of involvement in a jihadist attack on an Ivory Coast beach resort last year that killed 19 people.

'Terrorist attack' kills 15 soldiers in Niger: army

2017-02-24 08:52

At least Fifteen soldiers have been killed and 19 wounded in a attack by "terrorist elements" in western Niger, authorities say.

 
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Mugabe to hold birthday party in 'worst city in Africa' (but is it really?)

2017-02-24 10:08

The first of at least 100 000 party-goers have started arriving in Bulawayo where President Robert Mugabe's big bash is to be held at a school in the adjoining Matopos district. But is he about to hold his 93rd birthday party right next to the worst city in Africa?

5.7-magnitude quake strikes Lake Tanganyika region

2017-02-24 08:52

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake has hit near Africa's Lake Tanganyika early, the US Geological Survey says, with the epicentre in northern Zambia.

Xenophobia: MTN 'shuts' offices in Nigeria, police 'on guard'

2017-02-24 06:08

Police in Nigeria are reportedly guarding the head office of the mobile phone giant MTN in the capital Abuja after protesters against xenophobic attacks in South Africa tried to storm it.

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East Libya imposes foreign travel curbs

2017-02-24 06:08

Authorities in control of eastern Libya have imposed foreign travel curbs on residents aged between 18 and 45, saying they would need security clearance.

Bashir orders full aid access to S Sudan famine areas

2017-02-23 22:22

President Omar al-Bashir has ordered Sudanese authorities to assist the delivery of international humanitarian aid to famine-hit South Sudan through the country, says an official said.

The Lake Chad region: 'Africa's most acute crisis'

2017-02-23 21:19

An international conference in Oslo aims to raise $1.5bn to help people affected by Boko Haram's Islamist insurgency in the Lake Chad region.

Aid group: 13 migrants suffocate in Libya shipping container

2017-02-23 20:22

Red Crescent official says 13 African migrants have died of suffocation inside shipping container while being transported in Libya.

Egypt denies reports about giving Sinai to Palestinians

2017-02-23 20:23

The spokesperson for Egypt's president is categorically denying Israeli reports that Egypt has proposed giving up part of Sinai Peninsula for the Palestinians to set up an independent state

Cameroon's anglophone regions offline for over a month

2017-02-23 19:24

Internet has been cut for over a month in Cameroon's English-speaking regions, believed to be a record in Africa, following anti-government protests by the country's linguistic minority, says a watchdog.

Kenya: Outrage as US TV show uses real life Westgate mall attack footage

2017-02-23 17:11

A United States television series has sparked outrage in Kenya after is used real life footage from the east African country's worst terror attack at the Westgate mall.

Somali president says no quick fix for nation's woes

2017-02-23 16:01

Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has sought to downplay soaring expectations of his new administration at his inauguration, warning it would take decades to fix the nation's many ills.

Zim 'won't tolerate Maimane's senseless insults' – minister

2017-02-23 12:33

The Zimbabwean government has reportedly slammed Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane for "attacking" President Robert Mugabe and "meddling in the country’s internal affairs".

'South Africa stop killing our people,' protesting Nigerians demand

2017-02-23 11:07

Nigerians in Abuja reportedly staged an anti-xenophobia protest outside the South African embassy in the capital Abuja on Wednesday, calling on authorities to "stop attacks on African nationals".

'I don't want to lead a party of thieves': Is Mugabe REALLY serious on corrupt ministers?

2017-02-23 10:03

"I don't want to lead a party of thieves and corrupt persons." That was President Robert Mugabe talking tough on his 93rd birthday. Sounds promising, don't you think? But there was also this from His Excellency: "If there is evidence, we will pursue that evidence."

Cameroon expels at least 500 Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram

2017-02-23 08:30

Over 500 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram Islamists have been forced to return to Nigeria, the UN refugee agency says.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe praises Trump's 'America First' policy

2017-02-22 21:46

US President Donald Trump's "America First" policy has an admirer in Zimbabwe's longtime president, who says the policy resonates with his own thinking.

Over 100 migrants drowned off Libya shores, survivor says

2017-02-22 21:46

A survivor of this week's deadly migrant boat disaster says over 100 migrants drowned off the Libyan coast when their boat lost its engine shortly after starting their perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

Christian father and son killed in ISIS hotbed in Egypt

2017-02-22 20:58

Two Coptic Christians, a father and his son, were found murdered in Egypt's North Sinai, a stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group, police and medics have said.

DRC investigating alleged army massacre video

2017-02-22 20:58

The Democratic Republic of Congo has said it was investigating "facts brought to the public's attention" after a video purportedly showing government troops massacring civilians prompted outrage.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Buhari, Somalia

2017-02-22 19:50

The EU has given 'birthday boy' Mugabe a "hostile" birthday gift, and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari needs a "longer period of rest" in London.

Malawi leader Mutharika sacks minister amid 'maizegate' graft probe

2017-02-22 19:04

Malawi's president Peter Mutharika has fired the country's agriculture minister who is alleged to have profited from a $35m deal to import maize from Zambia.

Schools reopening in Guinea after 3-week strike, violence

2017-02-22 17:18

Schools began to reopen across Guinea after a three-week strike and violent protests that left seven people dead in the capital this week, an AFP journalist and school staff have said.

'24:Legacy' producers apologise for using Kenya attack video

2017-02-23 22:23

The executive producers of the new Fox series "24: Legacy" are apologising for using footage from a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people.

Nigeria summons SA ambassador over anti-immigrant violence

2017-02-23 21:19

Nigeria says it had summoned South Africa's top diplomat to register its fears about a fresh wave of violence against immigrants near Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Tight security for Africa's top film festival in Burkina Faso

2017-02-23 21:19

Burkina Faso is laying on tight security for Africa's top film festival which kicks off Saturday in a nation hit a year ago by a major terror attack.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, SA, Nigeria

2017-02-23 20:22

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he doesn't want to lead a party of thieves, and alleged anti-xenophobic protesters have attacked offices of an SA company in Nigeria.

Buhari 'speaks to Nigerians via speakerphone' amid health concerns

2017-02-23 19:24

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who has been out of the west African country for more than a month, has reportedly made a surprise phone call to the governor of the northern state of Kano.

16 rebels killed in fighting with army in DRC's east

2017-02-23 18:14

A Congo military spokesperson says the army has killed at least 16 members of a former rebel group who crossed back into Democratic Republic of Congo's east.

Offices belonging to SA company 'attacked' in Nigeria

2017-02-23 15:00

Alleged anti-xenophobic protesters have attacked the offices of a South African company in Nigeria's capital Abuja, the department of international relations has said

Somalia's new president appoints prime minister

2017-02-23 11:07

Somalia's president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister just before he departed to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since he was inaugurated.

Boko Haram suicide bomber kills 1 in northern Cameroon

2017-02-23 10:03

A Cameroon official says a suicide bomber has killed at least one person near the country's border with Nigeria.

2 men sentenced for hate crime attack against Somalis

2017-02-23 08:30

Two southwest Kansas men have been punished for their roles in a hate crime attack on three Somali that a federal judge said flies in the face of everything cherished in this country.

Tunisia parliament adopts anti-graft law

2017-02-23 06:06

Tunisia's parliament has approved a law to fight widespread corruption that has plagued the North African country's economy since the 2011 revolution.

Top Libyan security official wounded in car bomb attack

2017-02-22 21:46

A Libyan spokesperson says a top security official in the eastern city of Benghazi has survived an assassination attempt by a car bomb.

I Coast hosting bid to save its last chimpanzees

2017-02-22 21:46

Ivory Coast, which has seen a 90% decrease in its chimpanzees in just 20 years, is to host international talks in July in a bid to save the primates.

Sunni Islam's Al-Azhar in Cairo dialogue with Vatican

2017-02-22 21:46

Representatives of Sunni Islam's prestigious Al-Azhar institution and from the Vatican have held talks in Cairo following up on a rapprochement launched in 2016.

Uganda gold refinery raises alarm over conflict minerals

2017-02-22 20:58

The inauguration of Uganda's first gold refinery has sparked concern over the possibility of dirty minerals from regional conflict zones making their way into the country.

Tunisia torture cases falling but abuses persist: NGO

2017-02-22 20:58

Cases of torture in Tunisia are falling but abuses persist in prisons and detention centres, a rights group has said.

Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from US

2017-02-22 19:50

Body of blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York has been brought home after his death in US prison.

Frenchman who signed Arabic terrorism confession appeals

2017-02-22 19:04

A Frenchman arrested in anti-terrorism raids in Morocco is in court to appeal his conviction, claiming he signed a confession in Arabic that he could neither read nor understand.

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