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WATCH: Would YOU put your hand into a swimming pool to fish out a snake? Zimbabwe 'snakeman' is a hit

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They're calling him Zimbabwe's Steve Irwin - and his fans on social media just can't get enough of him. Passionate about wildlife since he was a boy, Chawatama Marimo, 43, is frequently called upon to capture "problem" snakes in and around Harare.

At least 50 killed by armed men in CAR: locals

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At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central African Republic, local residents who fled their homes say.

Farm seizure: Zim court rules against Mugabe's wife Grace

2017-03-25 07:14

A Zimbabwean court has ruled against First Lady Grace Mugabe’s move to seize yet another farm, as she seeks to expand her empire in the prime farming area of Mazowe.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Egypt, Mali

2017-03-25 07:14

Zimbabwean opposition parties are on the verge of forming a formidable coalition ahead of next years presidential election, and Egyptian long time autocratic Hosni Mubarak has been released from jail.

Libya court suspends Italy deal on tackling migration

2017-03-24 22:00

A Tripoli court has suspended a deal between Libya and Italy to limit irregular migration to Europe, the unity government's justice ministry has said.

Crop-destroying armyworm caterpillars spread to Uganda

2017-03-24 20:33

A plague of crop-destroying fall armyworm caterpillars has spread to East Africa where officials confirmed their presence for the first time in Uganda.

 
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HARD TIMES:   Rosa Lyo eats fruit at a camp for those who were previously displaced by fighting, near a church in Rajaf, South Sudan. (AP)

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Burkina links I Coast jihadist with hotel attack in capital

2017-03-24 22:00

A jihadist accused of masterminding a deadly attack in Ivory Coast is also suspected of having planned a major assault in Burkina Faso's capital last year, says a senior official.

Peacekeeping chief expects 3 mission to close by March 2018

2017-03-24 22:00

The UN peacekeeping chief says he expects the missions in Haiti, Ivory Coast and Liberia to end by March 2018 which will save hundreds of millions of dollars

116 million African children to get polio vaccines: WHO

2017-03-24 20:33

The World Health Organization says 116 million children are to receive polio vaccines in 13 countries in west and central Africa as part of efforts to eradicate the disease on the continent.

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Mubarak, symbol of dashed hopes, goes free

2017-03-24 20:33

In six years, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak has gone from symbolising the hubris of Middle East dictators swept away by the Arab Spring uprisings to an emblem of dashed hopes.

Geologist for Shell says company hid Nigeria spill dangers

2017-03-24 19:31

Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary "fiercely opposed" environmental testing and is concealing data showing thousands of Nigerians are exposed to health hazards from a stalled cleanup of the worst oil spills in the West African nation's history, says a German geologist contracted by the Dutch-British multinational.

Car bomb near Somalia presidential palace kills 1, hurts 2

2017-03-24 18:31

A police official says a car bomb blast near a restaurant and hotel in Somalia's capital has killed at least one person and wounded two others.

Student dies in violent Sierra Leone university protests

2017-03-24 18:31

A student has been killed and several others injured at a university near Sierra Leone's southern city of Bo after police fired tear gas and live bullets during protests over a lecturers' strike, say police sources.

Somali pirates seize trawler, likely for hijackings: Police

2017-03-24 17:31

Police say Somali pirates have seized a fishing trawler owned by a local businessman and forced the mostly foreign crew to disembark.

Main events since Hosni Mubarak's ouster

2017-03-24 16:27

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, toppled in a 2011 revolt then jailed, has been freed in a country still coming to terms with the consequences of the uprising that ended his 30-year rule.

Gambia to set up truth commission and offer reparations

2017-03-24 15:31

Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou says.

Police kill at least 1 student demonstrator in Sierra Leone

2017-03-24 13:00

Amnesty International says Sierra Leone security forces have killed at least one person and injured two others after opening fire on students demonstrating in the city of Bo.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Angola, DRC

2017-03-24 12:30

Zimbabwe's opposition parties have labelled globetrotting President Robert Mugabe a "non-resident president", and floods in Angola have killed at least eleven people and left thousands homeless.

Divine diamonds: Sierra Leone pastor's 709-carat find

2017-03-24 10:56

Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh prayed for five years that he would discover the diamond he needed to pull his family out of poverty in eastern Sierra Leone.

10 dead, 14 injured in central Mali ethnic clashes

2017-03-24 08:53

At least 10 people have died in violent clashes between two ethnic groups in central Mali, a security ministry source says, as tensions grow over land use and food scarcity in the region.

Al-Shabaab claims to kill 17 soldiers in Somalia attack

2017-03-24 06:06

An organisation that monitors extremist groups says al-Shabaab has claimed to have killed at least 17 soldiers and wounded 22 in an attack in southwestern Somalia.

Rwandan-British wife of exiled opponent in Kigali court

2017-03-23 21:57

The pregnant Rwandan-British wife of an exiled opposition official has appeared in a Kigali court accused of seeking to form an armed group and revealing state secrets.

Kenya sells first ever mobile government bonds

2017-03-23 21:00

Kenya, a pioneer in mobile money, has began selling the first ever government bonds via mobile phone, allowing anyone from teachers to shop owners to invest and fund infrastructure projects.

20 killed as militias clash in Central Africa

2017-03-23 20:06

At least 20 people were killed this week as fighting erupted between armed militias in a uranium-rich region of the Central African Republic, a military source has said.

An Egypt court is to reopen a corruption probe into Mubarak

2017-03-23 19:04

An Egyptian court ordered a renewed corruption probe into ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who has been cleared for release after almost six years in detention, judicial officials say.

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in

2017-03-23 18:01

The United Nations refugee chief says Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3 000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day.

Egypt suspends school meals program amid poisoning outbreaks

2017-03-23 16:07

Egypt's education ministry has suspended the distribution of school meals nationwide after several outbreaks of food poisoning sickened hundreds of children in several provinces.

Flooding kills 11 in Angola, destroys 700 homes

2017-03-23 13:50

Floods in Angola have killed at least eleven people and left thousands homeless after the country was hit by torrential rain, rescuers say.

Burkina Faso forces kill key jihadist, arrest others

2017-03-24 19:31

Burkina Faso's government says its military forces have killed a key jihadist and arrested 18 others in the country's north, close to the West African nation's border with Mali.

In a first, ICC awards DRC war crimes victims $250 each

2017-03-24 19:31

The International Criminal Court has ordered 297 victims of ex-Congolese warlord Germain Katanga to each be paid "a symbolic" $250 in damages for a brutal 2003 attack on their village, in the tribunal's first such award.

South Sudan's leaders force famine on their people: analysts

2017-03-24 18:31

South Sudan's famine is a disaster created by its leaders, say analysts who argue that while food may save some lives now it is only peace that can bring lasting relief.

UN's South Sudan inquiry gets wider powers to pursue abuses

2017-03-24 17:31

The United Nations commission of inquiry for South Sudan now has broader powers to pursue human rights abuses in the country's civil war.

Shell sells Gabon onshore energy assets

2017-03-24 16:27

Royal Dutch Shell says that it sold its onshore oil and gas interests in the central African nation of Gabon for $587m to private equity firm Carlyle Group,.

UN chief accuses South Sudan's govt of ignoring famine

2017-03-24 15:31

Secretary General Antonio Guterres is accusing South Sudan's government of refusing to express "any meaningful concern" about the plight of 100 000 people suffering from famine, 7.5 million in need of humanitarian aid and thousands more fleeing fight.

At least 250 Africans feared dead on 'Black Day' in Mediterranean

2017-03-24 12:30

Over 250 African migrants are feared drowned in the Mediterranean after a charity's rescue boat found five corpses close to two sinking rubber dinghies off Libya.

EXCLUSIVE: Is Tendai Biti ready to work with MDC's Tsvangirai again?

2017-03-24 10:56

Zimbabwe’s fragile opposition could be on the verge of forging a formidable grand coalition against President Robert Mugabe ahead of next year’s polls, as it emerges one of Morgan Tsvangira’s nemesis has buried the hatchet to stand up against "dictatorship".

ICC set for first monetary awards to war crimes victims

2017-03-24 08:53

Judges at the ICC are expected to unveil the first compensation awards to victims of war crimes, with lawyers estimating a 2003 attack on a Congolese village caused $16.4 million in damage.

PICS: Why Mugabe's govt wants to arrest 'multi-tier' pricers

2017-03-24 06:06

Cash, card or BOND? Some retailers in cash-starved Zimbabwe are offering three different prices for goods depending on how customers can pay - and President Robert Mugabe's government isn't happy.

Mugabe allies hint they could ditch his party

2017-03-23 21:57

Zimbabwean war veterans, who have given President Robert Mugabe key support in past, have vowed to rally behind "competent" candidates in next year's elections even those from the opposition.

Around 250 feared dead in new Med migrant boat sinkings: NGO

2017-03-23 21:57

Around 250 African migrants are feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean after a rescue boat found two partially submerged rubber dinghies off Libya, says a spokesperson.

Africa has worst hunger crisis in 70 years amid budget cuts

2017-03-23 21:01

Africa faces the world's largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million people facing starvation, and any cut in funding to humanitarian agencies working in famine-affected areas will cause untold suffering, says a WFP spokesperson.

Somali leader urges help to avert famine

2017-03-23 20:06

Somalia's president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is urging the world to help avert a massive famine saying almost half the population is facing acute food shortages and 15% are facing famine now

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools

2017-03-23 17:07

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools; 'We're talking about a lost generation', says a recently released HRW report.

Tanzanian minister sacked after condemning TV intrusion

2017-03-23 14:52

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked his information minister after he criticised an ally of the president who had stormed into a television station accompanied by armed men.

Egypt says fighting in central Sinai leaves at least 10 soldiers dead

2017-03-23 13:04

The Egyptian army says it has lost at least 10 soldiers in fighting with Islamic extremists in central Sinai, following a raid launched against militants.

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