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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.

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.

 
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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.

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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.

At least 10 mass graves found in crisis-hit DRC region

2017-03-23 08:34

The United Nations says investigators have found 10 mass graves in the violence-wracked Kasai region in the Democratic Republic of Congo's centre.

PIC: This photo is giving hope to Mugabe opponents

2017-03-23 06:03

Could this be the beginning of something positive for Zimbabwe's horribly fractured opposition? Opposition supporters have welcomed a snap of two rival leaders who appeared to be sharing a joke at a protest rally in the capital Harare.

Three dead as suicide blasts rock Nigeria migrant camp

2017-03-22 21:05

At least four suicide blasts rocked a camp for migrants fleeing Boko Haram insurgents in restive northeastern Nigeria, killing at least three people and wounding 20, officials say.

Top Africa Stories: Zim, DRC, Nigeria

2017-03-22 20:04

There's an explanation for President Robert Mugabe's "scruffy" white shirt in Mauritius this week, and the ICC has jailed ex-DRC VP Jean-Pierre Bemba for a year for bribing witnesses.

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

2017-03-22 19:02

An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.

Zimbabwe opposition groups protest over 2018 election

2017-03-22 17:52

Opposition politicians, activists and outspoken church leaders in Zimbabwe have gathered to protest what they call attempts to rig next year's presidential election.

Nearly 100 students treated for food poisoning in Egypt

2017-03-22 16:14

Egypt's Health Ministry says 98 students in the Nile Delta north of Cairo have been treated for food poisoning symptoms in the second case of suspected mass poisoning caused by government-issued lunches this month

AS IT HAPPENED: #ZimOppositionProtest

2017-03-22 14:30

Get the latest updates as Zimbabwe’s opposition parties protest in the capital Harare over what they consider to be actions aimed at rigging next year’s presidential elections.

ICC jails ex-DRC VP for a year for bribing witnesses

2017-03-22 14:02

War crimes judges have sentenced former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba to one year's imprisonment for bribing witnesses in his main trial, and ordered he pay a $323 640 fine

Water carriers in Madagascar bear brunt of global crisis

2017-03-22 13:19

As usual, they get up before dawn and, one by one, place their cans in a neat row at the base of the water pump, ready for another long day of waiting and carrying.

Multiple bomb blasts rock migrant camp in Nigeria

2017-03-22 10:54

Suicide bomb blasts have rocked a camp for migrants who have fled Boko Haram insurgents near Nigeria's restive northeastern city of Maiduguri, officials say.

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.

UN: $864m appeal for Somalia only 31 percent funded

2017-03-23 10:12

The United Nations says the $864 million UN humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31% funded.

Mauritania vows referendum to abolish Senate, change flag

2017-03-23 08:34

A contentious amendment to Mauritania's constitution, which would abolish the Senate and change the national flag, will be put to a referendum "as quickly as possible," the president says.

Over 400 students fall ill of Egypt army's school meals

2017-03-22 22:04

Egyptian Health Ministry officials say at least 435 students have fallen ill of suspected food poisoning in public schools across the country on Wednesday and Tuesday after consuming government-issued school meals

Zimbabwe opposition call for 'biased' electoral body to be scrapped

2017-03-22 20:04

A coalition of Zimbabwean opposition parties have staged a protest ahead of next year's polls, demanding the disbanding of the state-appointed electoral commission they accuse of hindering free-and-fair elections.

46 people killed in March ethnic clashes in Nigeria: police

2017-03-22 19:02

At least 46 people were killed and almost 100 others wounded in clashes between rival ethnic groups in southwest Nigeria earlier this month, says police.

'Dance diplomats' take to the stage in Ethiopia

2017-03-22 19:02

There's a new way of doing diplomacy in Ethiopia's capital, one that forsakes communiques and speeches in favour of music, sweat and bare feet.

Morocco's Tangiers to host Chinese industrial city

2017-03-22 16:14

Morocco and China's Haite Group have signed an agreement to launch an industrial park near Tangiers for 200 Chinese companies that will create tens of thousands of jobs.

8 killed as suicide bombers target Nigerian city: Officials

2017-03-22 15:08

Nigerian officials say at least eight people have been killed after five suicide bombers attacked the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

Rights group urges Libyan general to probe killings

2017-03-22 14:02

Human Rights Watch is urging a powerful general in eastern Libya to investigate allegations his forces committed war crimes such as killing prisoners and desecrating bodies

Ex-DRC VP to be sentenced for bribing witnesses

2017-03-22 12:06

Former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and four associates are set to be sentenced for bribing witnesses during his war crimes trial, in the first such case before the ICC.

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