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Kenya opposition says it will boycott new polls

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Kenya's main opposition group says its leaders have told Western diplomats that it won't participate in an election re-run planned for Thursday because "it doesn't serve the country's interest."

Egyptian president visits France, human rights one topic

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is staring a three-day visit to France, where human rights are expected to be discussed along with economic and military cooperation.

DRC opposition members held for insulting Kabila

2017-10-23 16:25

The UN's envoy for DRC has called on the Congolese authorities to release a group of opposition members arrested over the weekend for allegedly insulting President Joseph Kabila.

Elections in Africa: Democratic rituals matter even though the outlook is bleak

2017-10-23 16:25

The outcome of the race between increasingly artful electoral manipulation and limitless possible manifestations of democratic expression is never entirely certain, writes The Conversation.

EU prolongs sanctions against Burundi officials

2017-10-23 12:34

The European Union has extended for a year travel bans and asset freezes against four top officials in Burundi for their role in fomenting unrest in the central African country.

 
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ELECTION FEVER:  A man walks past the campaign poster of Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy-President William Ruto in Nairobi ahead of the repeat elections. (Simon Maina, AFP)

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Raila Odinga says he will not recognise Kenyatta win

2017-10-23 15:22

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says he will not recognise a win by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the country's scheduled election re-run, as a political crisis gripping the east African country shows no sign of ending.

Zanu-PF special congress 'not aimed at firing VP Mnangagwa', said Mugabe aide

2017-10-23 12:34

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has maintained that its special congress to be held in December will not be used to fire President Robert Mugabe's lieutenants.

AU, UN appeal for peace ahead of tense Kenya vote

2017-10-23 11:42

The African Union and the United Nations are appealing for peace as tensions build in Kenya, where the main opposition group says it will boycott a planned presidential election.

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Bus hits land mine killing 8 in Somalia

2017-10-23 11:42

At least eight people have been killed and six others wounded after a bus they were travelling in struck a land mine on a road in southern Somalia.

'WHO is the biggest loser,' says Zim govt following decision to revoke Mugabe's appointment

2017-10-23 10:16

The Zimbabwean government has reportedly said that the WHO is the "biggest loser" following its decision to revoke the appointment of President Robert Mugabe as its Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa.

LATEST: Zimbabwe says it respects WHO decision on Mugabe

2017-10-22 19:06

Zimbabwe's government says it respects the decision by the World Health Organisation chief to withdraw the appointment of President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador".

Kenya's Kenyatta urges peace ahead of poll as tensions rise

2017-10-22 17:30

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to maintain peace ahead of repeat presidential elections next week as at least one person was shot and wounded by police amid a rise in ethnic tensions in the capital.

Twitter reacts after WHO revokes appointment of Mugabe

2017-10-22 16:15

Twitter is abuzz following the decision by the head of the World Health Organisation to withdraw his appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador".

WHO reverses Mugabe goodwill ambassador appointment

2017-10-22 14:39

The head of the World Health Organisation says it has reversed his decision to name Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador, saying it was in the "best interests" of the UN agency.

Tanzania suspends NGO for 'promotion' of gay marriage

2017-10-21 19:36

The Tanzanian government says it has suspended an NGO it accused of promoting gay marriage in contravention of local "customs, traditions and laws".

Decision to appoint Mugabe as a WHO goodwill ambassador 'is deeply disappointing, wrong'

2017-10-21 17:40

Shock and condemnation is continuing after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a "goodwill ambassador" for the World Health Organisation by the agency's first African leader.

Man, 43, kills cheating wife's lover with 'red hot dehorning iron'

2017-10-21 14:30

A Zimbabwean veterinary worker, who caught his wife in bed with his friend, has been arrested after burning him to death with a "red hot dehorning iron", says a report.

'We're ready to defend Mugabe,' war vets say as they warn of 'near' civil war - report

2017-10-21 12:30

A faction of Zimbabwe's war veterans has reportedly warned of an impending "civil war", adding that they are ready to defend President Robert Mugabe and his ruling Zanu-PF party".

Helicopter plunges into lake after hotel takeoff in Kenya

2017-10-21 10:25

A Kenyan official says a helicopter has plunged into Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley moments after taking off from a nearby hotel.

UN says 26 killed in latest CAR clashes

2017-10-21 10:06

At least 26 people were killed during clashes in a southeast region of the Central African Republic where the government has struggled to assert its authority, the UN's peacekeeping force in the country has said.

Leaders urge peace as Kenya barrels towards uncertain election

2017-10-21 07:14

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga have made calls for election peace, while making veiled digs at each other on a day when the country celebrates its independence heroes.

Niger raid highlights US forces' growing Africa role

2017-10-20 20:59

The killing of four American special operations soldiers in Niger has highlighted the increasing role elite units are playing across Africa, which is rapidly becoming a major center of US military action.

Uganda expels North Korea military experts over UN sanctions

2017-10-20 20:02

Uganda has expelled North Korean military experts and representatives of North Korean companies, including its top arms dealer, as African nations face growing pressure to comply with UN sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

US drone strike targets al-Shabaab after Somalia attack

2017-10-20 20:02

The US military has said it carried out a drone strike this week against al-Shabaab in Somalia, shortly after the extremist group was blamed for the country's deadliest attack, while thousands of anguished Somalis gathered at the site of the truck bombing to pray.

'I'm paying close attention to Kenya,' says Pope as he calls for 'constructive dialogue'

2017-10-23 08:36

Pope Francis has called for constructive dialogue in Kenya where he said he was following the situation with "close attention" over disputed elections.

Maternal deaths prompt calls for action in Zambia

2017-10-23 06:00

The birthday of twins Karen and Kelly Junior will always be tinged by sadness as it also marks the day their mother died in childbirth - a tragic occurrence of increasing public debate in Zambia.

Namibian diamond town opens gates to the public

2017-10-23 09:30

A diamond-mining town in Namibia that previously restricted visitors has opened to the public in hopes of boosting tourism and diversifying its economy

Egypt sentences 11 to death over attacks on police

2017-10-22 19:06

An Egyptian criminal court has confirmed death sentences for 11 men and handed down life sentences to 14 others over charges including attempted murder of policemen.

11 killed in continued violence in Ethiopia's restive region

2017-10-22 17:30

Regional officials in Ethiopia say 11 people have been killed in clashes in the restive Oromia region as the country continues to experience anti-government protests that at times lead to ethnic violence.

CAR holds military intervention record

2017-10-22 16:15

The Central African Republic, where the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will pay his first visit to a peacekeeping operation, holds the record for international interventions on its soil.

Mali extends state of emergency by a year

2017-10-22 14:39

Mali says it will extend by a year the state of emergency that was first introduced after a November 2015 attack on a Bamako hotel.

Campaign launched to bring Gambia's Jammeh to justice

2017-10-22 10:43

Victims of the regime of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh have announced an "international campaign" to bring him to justice.

UN says 2 peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic

2017-10-22 07:02

The UN says two peacekeepers have been wounded in Central African Republic with mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias who attacked the southern town of Pombolo

Morocco recalls Algeria envoy over 'hashish money' jibe

2017-10-21 19:36

Morocco has recalled its ambassador after the Algerian foreign minister accused the kingdom's banks of "laundering hashish money" in Africa, in the latest diplomatic spat between the North African rivals.

35 Egyptian police, troops die in clashes with Islamists: sources

2017-10-21 17:40

At least 35 Egyptian troops and police officers have been killed in clashes with Islamist fighters in the Bahariya oasis in the country's Western Desert, security and medical sources say.

Twelve Niger soldiers killed in attack: minister

2017-10-21 14:30

Twelve paramilitary police have been killed in a fresh attack in Niger's restive southwest bordering Mali, Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum says.

Somalia's death toll now at 358 as 'state of war' planned

2017-10-21 10:06

Somalia's death toll is now at 358 as President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is set to announce a 'state of war' on al-Shabaab.

US warns Americans about visiting Sudan over 'terror risks'

2017-10-21 10:06

The United States has warned Americans about travelling to Sudan given the "risks of terrorism" in the African country, prompting an angry response from Khartoum.

Top Africa stories: Zim, Kenya, Uganda

2017-10-21 07:14

A Zimbabwean pastor who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die in October is reportedly planning to contest the forthcoming elections, and Kenya's national police say four people have been killed in recent opposition demonstrations.

WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'

2017-10-20 20:59

The World Health Organisation has selected Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as its "goodwill ambassador" despite the veteran leader facing United States sanctions over his government's human rights abuses.

US ambassador Haley to pay first visit to Africa

2017-10-20 20:59

US Ambassador Nikki Haley will be the highest-ranking administration official to visit Africa next week when she travels to South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Protests in Benin over economic reforms

2017-10-20 20:02

Thousands of people took to the streets of Benin's commercial capital Cotonou on Friday to protest against President Patrice Talon's economic reforms and the high cost of living.

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