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Nigeria meningitis deaths rise to 813

2017-04-26 22:47

More than 800 people have died in a meningitis outbreak in Nigeria but the disease is now spreading more slowly, says health minister Isaac Adewole.

Sudan union wants Egyptian journalists expelled

2017-04-26 22:07

Sudan's pro-government journalists' union has urged Khartoum to expel Egyptian reporters from the country.

1 person dies in Kenya's primary elections

2017-04-26 20:33

A Kenyan police official says one person has died and another was injured in hotly contested primary elections in the capital Nairobi

Jailing of Cameroonian journalist Abba 'outrageous'

2017-04-26 20:33

The 10-year prison sentence for Cameroonian journalist Ahmed Abba on terrorism related charges is outrageous, says Reporters Without Borders.

Nigerian doctor accused of money-laundering

2017-04-26 17:30

Nigeria's ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's former doctor has been charged with six counts of money laundering, the country's anti-corruption agency says.

Detained pro-Biafran leader bailed on health grounds: court

2017-04-26 14:46

A pro-Biafran leader on trial in Nigeria has been granted bail, just weeks away from the 50th anniversary of an independence declaration that sparked a brutal civil war.

 
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FREEDOM:   Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu steps out of the courtroom after being granted bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja. (AFP)

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New South Sudan fighting displaces 25 000 people

2017-04-26 18:55

A spokesperson for the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says more than 25 000 people have been displaced by fighting in the South Sudan town of Kodok.

Triple suicide blasts hit Nigeria's Maiduguri: sources

2017-04-26 16:00

Three suicide bombings have rocked the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing one civilian militia member and injuring several others, say security personnel.

World's last male northern white rhino gets help from Tinder

2017-04-26 14:46

There's just one male northern white rhino left in the world, and he's now on the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts try to keep his species alive

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Zambian court upholds opposition leader treason charge

2017-04-26 14:02

A court has refused a request to drop treason charges against Zambia's main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema after he allegedly blocked the president's motorcade earlier this month.

Mourning and joy for Egypt's Christians as Pope visits

2017-04-26 11:05

Egypt's Christians are still mourning fellow members of the Coptic Orthodox community murdered this month by jihadists, but there is also joy ahead of Pope Francis's visit this weekend.

As bibliomania hits Guinea, book lovers seize rare chance

2017-04-26 10:02

As Conakry's year as World Book Capital gets under way, book lovers in Guinea are seizing a rare opportunity to instil a lifelong appreciation for the written word in a nation where most people are illiterate.

Egypt's tourism officials insist popular sites are safe

2017-04-26 07:30

Egypt's tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were, but Egypt's tourism minister insists the country's Red Sea resorts and Ancient Egyptian sites are "safe".

UN seeks $65m for DRC emergency

2017-04-26 05:53

UN officials have launched a bid to raise $65.4m in emergency funds for thousands of people displaced by violence in Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai region.

Suicide bomber kills 4 tribesmen in Egypt's Sinai

2017-04-25 22:03

Egyptian security officials say an Islamic State suicide bomber has killed four members of a local tribe and wounded others in the northern Sinai Peninsula.

Pope tells Egypt he comes as peace messenger

2017-04-25 19:15

Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he will visit them in Cairo as a "messenger of peace" and hopes to encourage all Christians in the Middle East.

Chad's Habre awaits appeal verdict for war crimes

2017-04-25 16:00

Chad's former president Hissene Habre is set to hear the final decision on an appeal against a life sentence for war crimes following his landmark conviction last year.

DRC should not have shown video of UN expert killings: UN

2017-04-25 14:56

The United Nations has criticised Congolese authorities for releasing a video showing the grisly murders of two UN experts, saying the move could harm the investigation and was traumatic for the families.

17 women dead as fishing boat capsizes in central Senegal

2017-04-25 13:00

A Senegalese radio station says 17 women have drowned and at least 40 others are injured after their boat capsized near a village in central Senegal.

ICC unveils arrest warrant for ex-Gaddafi security chief

2017-04-25 11:59

International judges has unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of carrying out war crimes in 2011 to quash opposition to late dictator Moammar Gaddafi.

Bus-truck crash in Kenya kills at least 26

2017-04-25 11:01

At least 26 people were killed and many others injured in a head-on crash between a bus and a truck on the highway between Nairobi and Kenya's second city Mombasa, says police.

What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria

2017-04-25 11:01

Eliminating malaria in Africa has been held back by a range of factors, including a lack of funds and drug and insecticide resistance challenges, writes Willis Simon Akhwale,

Cameroon jails RFI journalist for 10 years

2017-04-25 09:00

A Cameroon military tribunal has jailed a Radio France International correspondent to 10 years in prison for what it said was his "failure to denounce acts of terrorism."

Angola to hold election on August 23

2017-04-25 06:01

Angola's cabinet has said that elections will be held on August 23 to choose a successor to President Eduardo dos Santos after 38 years of iron-fisted rule.

2 suspects dead after author, conservationist shot in Kenya

2017-04-24 21:24

Two suspects were killed by security agencies after the shooting of Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann, says officials.

Suspects held after author, conservationist shot in Kenya

2017-04-24 16:16

Kenyan authorities say some suspects have been arrested in the shooting of author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann after tensions with herders seeking pasture amid the country's drought.

Algeria summons Morocco envoy over Syrian migrant row

2017-04-24 13:38

Algeria's foreign ministry summoned the Moroccan ambassador to deny accusations by his country that Algiers had expelled 55 Syrians across their shared border, a statement has said.

The role of NGOs in Africa: are they a force for good?

2017-04-26 12:09

Non-governmental organisations are criticised for pandering to the whims of the donor community at the expense of local populations. The real question is: can they bring about real change?, writes Sally Matthews.

After two years, no end in sight to Burundi's deadly turmoil

2017-04-26 10:02

Two years after Burundi's president plunged the central African country into turmoil, the regime shows no signs of easing up on a crackdown that has forced hundreds of thousands to flee.

From exile to appeal: Key dates since Habre fled Chad

2017-04-26 07:30

Key dates in Chad since the overthrow of former dictator Hissene Habre to his appeal against a life sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity alleged to have occurred between 1982 and 1990:

Tanzania expels local head of UN Development Programme

2017-04-25 22:53

Tanzania has expelled the local head of the UN Development Programme and critics say it's because she criticised the disputed elections held in Zanzibar.

Award-winning wildlife ranger in DRC fears for his life

2017-04-25 20:30

An award-winning wildlife ranger in the DRC says he fears for his life after running a campaign to stop oil exploration in the Virunga National Park.

20 dead after boat capsizes in Senegal

2017-04-25 17:00

Firefighters say at least 20 people, the vast majority of them women, have been killed after their wooden boat capsized off the coast of central Senegal.

Kenyan court extends primaries deadline

2017-04-25 14:56

Kenyan political parties have reportedly been given a five days extension to nominate their candidates for the upcoming general elections in August, after a successful court ruling.

Grace Mugabe blocks high level probe against Kasukuwere

2017-04-25 14:01

President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace has reportedly told five top Zanu-PF officials, who are investigating the party’s embattled political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, to call off a meeting in Bindura after it emerged that rival party factions were planning to disrupt it.

S Sudan hosting rebels to 'extend war' in Sudan: security

2017-04-25 13:00

Sudan's powerful security agency on Monday accused breakaway South Sudan of staging talks with rebels fighting Khartoum's forces in two southern states, with the goal of "extending the war" there.

Famine fuels resurgence of Somali piracy: US general

2017-04-25 11:59

Drought and famine seem to be fuelling a resurgence of piracy off the coast of Somalia, the United States' top military chief in Africa said Sunday.

DRC government: UN experts' murders filmed on cell phone

2017-04-25 11:00

The Democratic Republic of Congo's government has obtained a five-minute cell phone video that shows the gruesome murders of two United Nations experts who were killed last month while investigating human rights abuses.

Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say

2017-04-25 09:58

A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others.

Nigeria shows off new air assets for Boko Haram fight

2017-04-25 07:30

Nigeria's air force has shown off new assets it says will be used to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in its north and oil militants in its south.

Egypt sentences 20 to death over police killings

2017-04-24 22:21

An Egyptian court has sentenced 20 people to death for the killing of 13 policemen in the aftermath of the ouster nearly four years ago of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

DRC violence forces thousands to flee to Angola – UNHCR

2017-04-24 20:50

About 1 000 Congolese have fled to neighbouring Angola to seek refuge amid an upsurge of violence between rebels and the government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nation’s refugee agency says.

Kenya’s history of election violence is threatening to repeat itself

2017-04-24 17:03

As party primaries have kicked off in Kenya in the run-up to the county's general election in August, the ghost of violence past has reared its ugly head causing deep divisions along tribal lines,writes Sekou Toure Otondi.

Zim rejects call to make rand official currency

2017-04-24 12:52

Despite intense lobbying by industrialists, economists and the business community, officials in Zimbabwe have rejected the call to adopt the rand as its official currency.

Suicide bombers kill four in NE Nigeria: vigilantes

2017-04-24 14:35

Four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria, local militia members have said, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists.

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