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Angry Ivory Coast ex-rebels block access to cities

2017-05-23 06:11

Disgruntled former rebels demanding government compensation payments have blocked roads into Ivory Coast's second biggest city, Bouake, as well as into the key northern city of Korhogo, reports say.

Kiir opens S Sudan dialogue with unilateral ceasefire

2017-05-22 21:59

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has declared a unilateral ceasefire as he launched a national dialogue, a controversial bid to end a civil war that excludes his rival Riek Machar.

Ivory Coast rebels stage fresh street protest

2017-05-22 21:02

Hundreds of demobilised rebels took to the streets of this central Ivory Coast city to demand government funds after disrupting a funeral attended by a cabinet minister.

German broadcaster says Burundi reporter held in DRC

2017-05-22 20:02

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has demanded the immediate release of its Burundian correspondent who was arrested last week in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 
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CONFLICT:   Members of the Libyan National Army (LNA), also known as the forces loyal to Marshal Khalifa Haftar, clash with jihadists in Benghazi's Al-Hout market area. ( AFP)

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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole $50m', assets frozen: minister

2017-05-22 21:02

The Gambia's justice minister has said that ex-leader Yahya Jammeh stole around $50m via a state telecoms company, while a court froze his assets in the small west African nation.

Tunisian protester 'accidentally' killed in south: ministry

2017-05-22 21:02

A young protester was killed after a police vehicle "accidentally" ran him over outside an oil and gas installation in south Tunisia after weeks of social unrest, a ministry has said.

3 dead in Algeria military helicopter crash

2017-05-22 18:59

Three Algerian naval officers were killed when their helicopter crashed after striking power lines during a night patrol southwest of Algiers, the defence ministry says.

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West African girls show the way in Senegal tech battle

2017-05-22 18:59

West African schoolgirls, some not yet teenagers, have taken a starring role at an engineering competition in Senegal, busting stereotypes with robotics expertise and innovative projects for their communities.

Election season offers a reminder that Kenya remains deeply sexist

2017-05-22 18:03

Kenya's progressive 2010 Constitution brought improved women's representation in Parliament and public life. But historical prejudices remain, always more intensely apparent during elections, writes Beatrice Akala.

Tunisian army fires shots to warn off protesters

2017-05-22 12:29

Tunisian soldiers fired warning shots into the air to stop demonstrators from storming a gas and oil pumping station in the south of the country, official media has said.

Suspected Boko Haram jihadists kill vigilantes in Nigeria

2017-05-22 09:49

Suspected Boko Haram jihadists have killed six people fighting alongside the military in two separate incidents in northeast Nigeria, vigilantes say.

UN refugee chief urges Libya to free refugees and asylum seekers

2017-05-22 08:02

The head of the United Nations refugee agency has urged Libyan authorities to free all asylum seekers and refugees from its detention centres as he visited Tripoli.

Egypt refers 48 to trial over ISIS church bombings

2017-05-21 20:00

Egyptian authorities have referred 48 suspected Islamic State group members to military trial over three deadly church bombings, the public prosecutor's office says.

No money to gamble at Zimbabwe's fading racecourse

2017-05-21 15:32

Once the preserve of the ruling white minority, horse racing in Zimbabwe adapted to survive independence in 1980 by attracting a loyal following of local fans who enjoyed a bet.

SA hunter 'trampled to death by elephants in Zimbabwe': Report

2017-05-21 12:17

Zimbabwe's national wildlife authority has confirmed the death of a South African hunter killed by elephants near Hwange in the west of the country this weekend, a report says.

Hunter dies after elephant falls on him

2017-05-21 15:26

A professional big game hunter from Tzaneen has died during a hunt in Gwai, in Zimbabwe, when a member of his group fired at a storming elephant cow and the animal fell on him.

Ben Ali nephew apologises to Tunisia for corruption

2017-05-21 07:31

Imed Trabelsi, a nephew of toppled Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has apologised to the Tunisian people on national television for the endemic corruption during the regime.

Freed Nigerian schoolgirls to meet families after 3 years

2017-05-20 20:00

The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity are reuniting with their families for the first time, officials say.

Body of girl, 5, found with private parts, tongue missing

2017-05-20 23:00

The body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing in April in Kasibo village under chief Hwange, Zimbabwe, was reportedly found with her private parts and tongue missing.

Egypt marks MS804 crash with ceremony and no information

2017-05-20 14:00

Egypt has held a sombre ceremony on the first anniversary of the EgyptAir MS804 disaster in Cairo, but no answers were forthcoming on why the flight crashed into the Mediterranean killing all passengers on board.

20 000 flee latest fighting in Central African Republic

2017-05-20 12:30

Gunmen have looted humanitarian compounds as fighting grips the Central African Republic town of Bria while more than 20 000 people have fled to a nearby UN peacekeeping base, authorities say.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Bashir, Mali

2017-05-20 10:00

A video showing president Mugabe struggling to climb a small staircase a has gone viral, and Omar al-Bashir will not join an Islamic summit in Saudi Arabia with Donald Trump.

Guinea Bissau leader orders parliament to reopen

2017-05-19 21:07

Guinea Bissau's President Jose Mario Vaz has dared his adversaries to open parliament , threatening the administration of his own party after its failure to sit for more than a year.

Gambia court issues arrest warrant in journalist's killing

2017-05-19 20:07

A Gambian court has issued an arrest warrant for two former army officers suspected in the 2004 shooting to death of a journalist.

Nearly 70 prisoners flee in second DRC jail break

2017-05-19 18:59

Dozens of prisoners have escaped from a jail in Democratic Republic of Congo, less than 48 hours after rebels attacked Kinshasa's main prison, freeing their leader and 50 others.

South Sudan government forces blamed for 114 civilian deaths

2017-05-19 17:31

A new United Nations report says South Sudanese pro-government forces killed 114 civilinas in recent months amid the country's civil war.

Tunisia police fire tear gas at protesters at pumping station

2017-05-22 18:03

Security forces fired tear gas at protesters as they tried to storm a gas and oil installation in southern Tunisia, local radio stations have reported.

Mugabe University would be a 'monument of Zimbabwean injustice' - activists

2017-05-22 17:00

Activists in Zimbabwe have ridiculed plans to build a Robert Mugabe University, adding that naming an education institution after the veteran leader would be "palpably unfair and a monument of Zimbabwean injustice".

Mugabe's 'undiplomatic angry outbursts against other world leaders killed Zim', says Mujuru

2017-05-22 08:02

Former Zimbabwean vice president Joice Mujuru has reportedly taken a swipe at her former boss President Robert Mugabe, saying that he was responsible for all the problems currently faced by Zimbabwe.

Angolan apartheid troops battle to survive in SA

2017-05-22 06:23

Angolan soldiers recruited by South Africa's apartheid government to fight against their homeland now live in squalor, forgotten and unwanted.

Nigerian troops battle Boko Haram, at least 13 killed

2017-05-21 17:32

Nigerian troops fought Boko Haram militants this weekend, killing 13 of the Islamic extremists and arresting 10 others, including 6 women believed to have helped smuggle supplies to the insurgents, an army spokesperson says.

Trump announces plans to soon visit Egypt

2017-05-21 10:13

US President Donald Trump has announced that he would visit Egypt soon during talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Saudi capital.

Middle class in Africa is a nebulous concept

2017-05-21 07:37

A new estimate of sub-Saharan Africa’s urban “middle class” this week put the number at 100 million people commanding spending power of at least $400 million (R5.3 billion) a day.

At least 5 000 migrants rescued in 48 hours off Libya

2017-05-20 20:00

At least 5 000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya this week by Italian and Libyan coastguards, statements from both countries say.

2 suspects face trial soon in deaths of UN experts in DRC

2017-05-20 18:00

Authorities in in the Democratic republic of Congo say two suspects soon will face trial in the gruesome killings of two United Nations experts and their interpreter.

Lesotho PM Mosisili must sign election pledge, churches demand

2017-05-20 12:30

The Christian Council of Lesotho has reportedly demanded that Prime Minister Pakalithi Mosisili and his deputy Mothetjoa Metsing sign a pledge to accept the outcome of the upcoming general election.

Mugabe 'blocked adoption of SA rand', says former finance minister

2017-05-20 10:00

Zimbabwean former finance minister Tendai Biti has reportedly disclosed how President Robert Mugabe blocked the adoption of the South African rand as the country's official currency in 2010.

At least 141, including civilians killed in south Libya airbase attack

2017-05-20 07:40

An attack on an airbase in south Libya has killed 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to military strongman Khalifa Haftar, a spokesperson for his forces says.

Africa body seeks urgent help against Lord's Resistance Army

2017-05-19 21:07

The African Union says the rebel group led by one of the world's most wanted fugitives could roar back to life if countries don't "urgently" fill the void as the United States and Uganda give up the pursuit.

UN: Fighters loot aid compounds in Central African Republic

2017-05-19 20:07

Authorities in Central African Republic say armed fighters have looted humanitarian compounds in a second day of violence in the town of Bria.

UN envoy slams deadly attack in Libya's south

2017-05-19 19:00

The United Nations envoy to Libya has condemned a deadly attack by forces loyal to the unity government on a military base controlled by forces backing a rival administration.

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