'Herd boy hero': Cattle herder saves passengers from horror crash

2017-07-25 13:01

An unnamed cattle herder is the unlikely hero of Zimbabwe's latest horror traffic accident, after he doused burning passengers with water and rescued 14 from the flames of the wreckage.

How counterfeit medication gets into African countries

2017-07-25 13:01

The proliferation of counterfeit medication on the shelves of Kenyan pharmacies has remained a thorn in the flesh of the government whose ultimate responsibility is to protect its citizens.

Self-help vigilante groups are reshaping security against Boko Haram

2017-07-25 12:00

Nigeria's failure to protect its citizens from Boko Haram's insurgency has given rise to vigilante groups north east of the country, writes Chukwuma Al Okoli.

Burundi school director: 6 teens likely seeking better life

2017-07-25 10:30

The director of a school in Burundi says teenagers who disappeared after an international robotics competition in Washington probably left the east African nation because life is hard there and everyone wants more in life.

Kenya: Incumbent a no show at presidential debate

2017-07-25 08:05

Kenya's leading opposition candidate has debated moderators after incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta turned down an invitation to the presidential debate.


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'It's better to give a little bit now than lose everything,' Zim farmer warns SA white farmers

2017-07-25 10:30

Zimbabwe's CFU has reportedly urged white South African farmers to agree to a deal to share land with the black majority to avoid suffering the same fate as their Zimbabwean counterparts who were violently evicted from their properties.

'I saw the hand of God': Grace Mugabe on her freak accident

2017-07-25 08:05

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe says she "saw the hand of God" last week after her leg was run over by her husband's armour-plated limousine.

Handler killed by tame bull elephant in Vic Falls

2017-07-25 06:11

An experienced elephant guide has been charged and killed in Victoria Falls by a tame bull elephant used for safari rides, a company official says.

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278 Europe-bound migrants rescued off Libya

2017-07-25 06:11

Libya's coastguard in two separate operations have rescued at least 278 migrants as they tried to reach Europe, naval officials say.

UN sees 70% shortfall in aid for South Sudan refugees

2017-07-24 21:00

Only 30% of $1.4bn aid needed in 2017 for refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan has been raised, a UN official has said, raising fears of aid cuts.

Libya rescues 150 Europe-bound migrants off Tripoli

2017-07-24 20:05

Libya's coastguard rescued at least 150 migrants who were trying to reach Europe on Monday, after their inflatable boat had engine problems and began to sink, a navy spokesperson has said..

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Tsvangiria, Lesotho

2017-07-24 19:17

President Robert Mugabe has appealed to Zimbabweans living abroad to return home and help revive the economy, and Somalia's al-Shabaab has called President Donald Trump "a brainless billionaire".

Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised

2017-07-24 18:09

Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a womens' health centre in Cameroon's capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test.

Swaziland turns around world's highest HIV infection rate: report

2017-07-24 15:03

Swaziland, which bears the world's heaviest HIV burden, has halved the rate of new infections in five years by boosting access to virus-suppressing drugs, researchers say.

At least 8 dead after suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria

2017-07-24 13:40

A civilian self-defence group says at least eight people are dead after female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria's main city.

Mugabe lavishes sister-in-law with $60 000 birthday gift

2017-07-24 11:12

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe lavished his sister-in-law with $60 000 on her birthday, state-owned media says, at a time when the country is running critically short of cash.

Cancer treatment not a death sentence, I'm ready for 2018: Tsvangirai

2017-07-24 10:10

Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says his cancer treatment is going well, and he’s fit enough to take on President Robert Mugabe in elections next year.

PIC: Ill Nigerian president Buhari appears in rare photo

2017-07-24 08:31

An apparent photo of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has been posted on Twitter, offering a rare glimpse of the ill leader since leaving to London for medical treatment in May.

Come and help revive the economy, Mugabe appeals to Zimbabweans abroad

2017-07-24 06:08

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has pleaded with his country's skilled workers living in the diaspora to return home so that they can help in reviving the southern African country's floundering economy.

Former Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda, 93, leaves hospital

2017-07-23 19:00

Zambian media say 93-year-old Kenneth Kaunda, the country's independence leader and former longtime president, has left a hospital after several days of treatment.

Zim parks authority disputes Xanda the lion's link to Cecil

2017-07-23 13:30

Zimbabwe’s state parks authority says there’s no DNA evidence to link Xanda the lion to Cecil, after Xanda was killed by a hunter near Hwange National Park.

'I'll jump for joy (if my legs hold out)': Ageing Mugabe acknowledges frailty

2017-07-23 09:00

In a rare acknowledgement of his frailty, President Robert Mugabe has said he will jump for joy at the loyalty and love shown by his party’s youth wing, but if he can’t jump physically, he’ll use his heart.

DRC opposition unveil plans to force Kabila out

2017-07-23 07:37

The Congolese opposition has unveiled a rolling programme of strikes and civil disobedience aimed at forcing President Joseph Kabila from power.

MP held for calling on Kenyans to take land away from white farmers

2017-07-22 20:30

Kenyan police have arrested a lawmaker already accused of inciting violence after he urged people to take land away from white farmers, senior officers said.

Zambia's opposition leader marks 100 days in jail, complains about 'inhuman prison conditions'

2017-07-22 19:00

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema has expressed concern over what he described as "inhuman prison conditions", as he marked 100 days in prison since being incarcerated.

Nigeria: Bombed refugee centre wasn't marked properly

2017-07-22 16:00

Nigeria's military says the air force mistakenly launched an airstrike on a refugee camp in January because the camp was not appropriately marked as a humanitarian base in the military's operational maps.

Egypt kills 30 extremists in Sinai: military

2017-07-22 14:00

Egyptian forces have killed 30 extremists during several days of security operations in the Sinai Peninsula involving the army, air force and police, the military says.

'Controversy' as Zambia's PF wants Lungu to run for re-election in 2021

2017-07-24 20:05

Zambian leader Edgar Lungu has been re-nominated to run as the Patriotic Front presidential candidate in 2021, a move that could trigger controversy over his constitutional eligibility to stand, a report says.

At least 8 dead after suicide bombers hit camps in Nigeria

2017-07-24 19:17

At least eight people are dead after female suicide bombers attacked two displaced persons camps in northeastern Nigeria's main city, a civilian self-defense group has said

Zambians firmly defend democracy. But will they stand up against Lungu?

2017-07-24 19:17

Zambia has gone from a country where people engaged freely in open political debate to one where most people now look over their shoulders to see who’s listening.

France bringing top Libyan rivals together in new initiative

2017-07-24 16:20

French President Emmanuel Macron will host a meeting of the two main rival leaders of chaotic Libya to try to "contribute to an end to the Libyan crisis", his office says.

Mamoepe 'an avid communicator and diplomat', says Lesotho

2017-07-24 13:40

The Lesotho government and opposition officials have reportedly hailed the late struggle activist and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa as "an avid communicator and diplomat".

Trump 'a brainless billionaire', says Somalia's Shabaab in new video

2017-07-24 12:33

The Somalia-based al-Shabaab is mocking President Donald Trump in a new video that calls him a "brainless billionaire" as his administration steps up military efforts against the extremist group.

South Sudan sexual violence on 'massive scale,' report says

2017-07-24 11:12

Thousands of South Sudanese women and girls, and some men, who have been raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict are battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help, Amnesty International reveals.

Boko Haram suspects arrested after gunfight: Nigeria police

2017-07-24 10:10

Police in the northern Nigerian city of Kano say they have arrested five suspected Boko Harram militants after a gunfight, marking a flare-up of jihadist violence in the city.

UN says Moroccan peacekeeper killed in CAR

2017-07-24 08:31

An ambush killed a Moroccan peacekeeper and wounded three others in the Central African Republic, the United Nations says, blaming pro-Christian militias for the violence.

Amnesty calls for inquiry into death in Egypt police custody

2017-07-24 06:08

An international rights group has urged Egyptian authorities to investigate the death of a Coptic Christian man who died in police custody, apparently of torture.

Sudan clashes kill up to 10 in Darfur: tribal chiefs

2017-07-23 19:00

Clashes between two Arab tribes in Sudan's war-torn state of East Darfur have killed up to 10 people, tribal leaders say.

Egypt academy sets up religious edict booths in Cairo metro

2017-07-23 16:15

Egypt's Islamic Research Academy of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost religious institution, has set up booths in Cairo metro stations to give religious edicts to citizens in an attempt to "correct misconceptions and radical ideologies".

Ecowas leaders call for W African birth rate to be halved

2017-07-23 11:30

Senior politicians in the Ecowas have called for measures to cut the birth rate in the region in order to bring the population explosion there under control.

Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases

2017-07-23 09:01

Nigeria's former oil minister faces charges only at home but her name crops up in a growing number of international cases that lift the lid on the scale of alleged corruption in the country's oil sector.

Egyptian court sentences 28 to death over prosecutor killing

2017-07-23 07:37

An Egyptian court has sentenced 28 people to death for their involvement in the assassination of the country's prosecutor general in 2015.

Egypt opens military base, the largest in northwest region

2017-07-22 20:30

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated a military base in the country's northwest to protect facilities and projects in coastal cities

Zim deploys 150 rangers, police after latest cyanide killings in national park

2017-07-22 16:00

Zimbabwe has deployed 150 parks rangers, police officers and environmental clean-up personnel in the wake of the latest suspected poisoning incident in Hwange National Park, a parks spokesperson says.

'Do the right thing,' EFF tells Zambia's president Lungu

2017-07-22 14:00

The Economic Freedom Fighters has expressed concern over political developments in Zambia under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu.

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