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Algerian minister sacked three days after appointment

2017-05-28 19:54

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika sacked his tourism minister days after he was appointed to the post, the presidency has said, with one television channel claiming he had a criminal record.

Frenchman and 3 Congolese hostages are released in DRC

2017-05-28 19:54

A French man and three Congolese men have been released after being kidnapped in March from a Canadian mining company in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in March, says DRC's government.

French hostage freed in DRC

2017-05-28 18:06

A Frenchman who was abducted in early March in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been freed, the office of President Emmanuel Macron has announced.

Survivors tell of horror during Egypt bus attack

2017-05-28 18:06

Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror

Biafra: a painful chapter in Nigeria's history

2017-05-28 15:57

Fifty years ago, the Igbo people of southeast Nigeria seceded, declaring an independent Republic of Biafra and sparking a brutal civil war that left about one million people dead.

Libya jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia announces dissolution

2017-05-28 14:21

The Libyan jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia, which is linked to Al-Qaeda and deemed a terrorist organisation by the UN and United States, has announced its "dissolution" in a communique published online .

 
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After UK, Egypt attacks, Libya seen as militants' haven

2017-05-28 15:57

The Libya connection in the Manchester concert bombing and to Friday's attack on Christians in Egypt has highlighted how militant Islamic groups have taken advantage of Libya's lawlessness to put down roots, recruit fighters and export jihad

Pope says Egyptian Copts killed by ISIS were 'martyrs'

2017-05-28 14:21

For the second day in a row, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying Coptic pilgrims to a remote desert monastery

Frustration and hope: Biafra 50 years on

2017-05-28 12:00

Nigeria set to mark 50 years since the declaration of an independent Republic of Biafra plunged the country into a civil war, amid renewed tensions and fresh calls for a separate state.

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A look at extremist attacks on Egypt's Coptic Christians

2017-05-28 12:00

An attack on Egypt's Coptic Christians in which masked militants opened fire on a bus south of Cairo, killing at least 29 people and wounding dozen others, sent shockwaves through the Copt community, increasingly targeted by the Islamic State group and affiliated militants.

4 ordered to trial in beating death of Somali cab driver

2017-05-28 09:50

Four men have been ordered to stand trial in western Pennsylvania in the beating death of a Somali immigrant cab driver in Pittsburgh

Morgue workers in Tanzania jailed for stealing drugs from corpse's stomach

2017-05-27 20:56

Tanzanian police have said that they had arrested two morgue employees in Dar es Salaam after they admitted to cutting open a dead man's corpse and stealing the drugs hidden in his stomach.

Egypt FM says those behind Copt attack trained in Libya

2017-05-27 20:56

Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry t,old his US counterpart Rex Tillerson that jihadists who attacked a Christian convoy had trained in Libyan militant camps, says a statement

G7 urged to douse Libyan inferno

2017-05-27 20:56

G7 nations including France and Britain came under pressure Saturday from Libya's neighbours to help put out the fires of a conflict that is already causing trouble further afield.

Burundi 'peace run' attracts 8 000, say organisers

2017-05-27 20:56

More than 8 000 people took part in a "Burundi Peace Run" through the capital Bujumbura, organisers have said, in a bid to show the country has overcome more than two years of political crisis.

S Korean-skippered vessel outruns Somali 'pirates'

2017-05-27 19:03

A fishing vessel, initially believed to have been hijacked off the Somalian coast was confirmed to be operating as normal, the South Korean foreign ministry has said.

Christmas comes in May for DRC's Kimbanguists

2017-05-27 19:03

A cow carried on a stretcher as an offering plus a choir chanting effervescent songs of praise while a brass band plays.

Zim ranked 13th among world's most fragile states, report shows

2017-05-27 17:01

Zimbabwe has been ranked among the most fragile states in the world - just a few weeks after President Robert Mugabe, 93, insisted that his country was the "most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa," a report shows.

'52 dead' in militia clashes in Libya capital

2017-05-27 15:00

Forces loyal to Libya's unity government has said that 52 of its fighters were killed as they repelled rival militias in fierce clashes in the capital Tripoli.

S Korea fishing vessel 'hijacked' off Somalia

2017-05-27 15:00

A South Korean fishing vessel was apparently hijacked in waters off Somalia on Saturday, a defence ministry official has said.

Death toll in Egypt attack on Christians rises to 29

2017-05-27 15:00

Egyptian authorities say the death toll in the ambush attack on a bus transporting Christians to a monastery south of Cairo has risen to 29

Hunter-gatherers win battle against Kenya government

2017-05-27 13:00

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights Friday ruled the Kenyan government has violated the rights and freedoms of the Ogiek hunter-gatherer people by driving them out of their ancestral lands.

Trump on Egypt attack: 'Bloodletting of Christians must end'

2017-05-27 11:00

President Donald Trump has decried an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 dead, calling on allies to band together to defeat terrorism.

Fifty years of Lagos. But what about the next 50?

2017-05-27 11:00

The Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with its 20 million inhabitants, is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Egypt forces hit jihadists after attack on Copts: Sisi

2017-05-27 09:03

Egyptian forces hit a jihadist training camp in retaliation for an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians that killed at least 28 people, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said.

Tunisia freezes businessmen's assets over 'corruption'

2017-05-27 06:47

Tunisian authorities have froze the assets of eight businessmen suspected of corruption, including some already under house arrest.

In moral 'crusade', Burundi forces unwed couples to marry

2017-05-26 21:38

Unmarried couples have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships, the Burundi government says, as part of an effort to reform morals in the country.

Hezbollah condemns attack on Egyptian Copts

2017-05-26 21:38

Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has condemns attack that targeted a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, killing at least 28

Hamas condemns fatal attack on Copts in Egypt

2017-05-26 20:42

The militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza is condemning the attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt.

At least 5 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

2017-05-26 20:44

At least five people were killed in fierce clashes between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seat of a UN-backed unity government, a hospital official has said.

UK's Petrofac resumes Tunisia gas production

2017-05-28 09:50

British energy firm Petrofac has resumed production at gas plant in Tunisia after a stoppage that lasted several months, the company and a trade union have said.

Tunisia rescues 126 migrants who set off from Libya

2017-05-28 07:51

Tunisian security forces rescued 126 sub-Saharan migrants including seven pregnant women who had been trying to reach Europe from Libya, a Red Crescent official has said.

Pro-Haftar air force says took part in Egyptian raids

2017-05-27 20:56

The air force loyal to Libya's strongman Khalifa Haftar has said it took part in Egyptian air strikes on jihadist positions in the country after a deadly attack on Egypt's Copts.

Spain saves 73 migrants in 3 boats crossing from Africa

2017-05-27 20:56

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 73 migrants from three small boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to European shores

Scandinavian leaders condemn Egypt Copts attack

2017-05-27 20:56

Scandinavian leaders have joined the chorus of world leaders condemning the attack on Coptic Christians traveling to a remote desert monastery south of Cairo that killed 29

ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack

2017-05-27 19:03

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on Coptic Christians traveling to a remote desert monastery south of Cairo that killed 29.

Ramadan in Libya: little cash and too much violence

2017-05-27 19:03

The holy Muslim month of Ramadan began Saturday with a bitter taste for residents of Libya's capital, as a cash shortage bites, prices rise and deadly clashes returned to Tripoli.

UN Security Council condemns Egypt bus attack

2017-05-27 19:03

The United Nations Security Council is condemning "in the strongest terms" the attack in Egypt on a bus carrying Coptic Christians that left at least 28 people dead and dozens injured.

Libyan group seizes jail holding ex-Gaddafi officials: judicial source

2017-05-27 17:01

An armed Libyan group on Friday seized Al-Hadhba jail in south Tripoli where former officials of the regime of late strongman Moammar Gaddafi are being held, a judicial source says.

Tears and anger as Egyptian Copts bury attack victims

2017-05-27 15:00

Mourners sang, women sobbed and men cried out in anger in a packed Egyptian church at the funeral of some of the 28 Coptic Christians killed in Friday's bus attack.

Rwanda to vet campaign messages of presidential hopefuls

2017-05-27 15:00

Rwanda's electoral commission has announced it must approve any social media messages of candidates in the August presidential election, a decision that many in the opposition see as an attack on free speech.

Pope lashes 'barbaric' attack on Copts

2017-05-27 13:00

Pope Francis denounced a bloody attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt as "barbaric" and urged the country to join in reconciliation, the Vatican has said.

Rights groups condemn Ugandan inaction over killings

2017-05-27 13:00

Rights groups have accused the Ugandan government of inaction over the deadly assault by security forces on a tribal king's palace six months ago, renewing their call for an independent probe.

At least 28 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

2017-05-27 11:00

At least 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes on Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, the health ministry has said.

Mugabe's daughter Bona 'gets SECOND board appointment in a week' – report

2017-05-27 09:03

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's only daughter Bona has just been named to the board of a new bank in her second high-profile appointment in a week, a report says.

Maimane's deportation from Zambia 'casts spotlight on SAPDC network of opposition politicians

2017-05-27 06:47

DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s deportation from Zambia has cast a spotlight on a 19-month-old network of opposition politicians that was established in the region with the intention of sharing expertise and advising each other on governance issues.

Israel sends Egypt condolences over bus attack

2017-05-26 21:38

Israel has strongly condemned the attack by masked gunmen on a bus carrying Christians in neighbouring Egypt that killed 28 people.

South Sudan freed UN journalist held 2 years without charge

2017-05-26 21:38

South Sudan has released a United Nations journalist held for two and a half years without trial, the UN has announced.

Thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe: Libya navy

2017-05-26 21:38

At least 20 boats carrying thousands of migrants on their way to Italy were spotted off the coast of the western city of Sabratha, the Libyan navy has said.

Switzerland returns millions linked to ex-leader to Tunisia

2017-05-26 20:43

Switzerland is transferring $3.9m to Tunisia that had been frozen in connection with a close relative of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

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