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LATEST: Zim President Mugabe, wife Grace snub state funeral

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are not attending a state funeral in Harare after their return from Johannesburg, where the first lady faced calls for prosecution for allegedly assaulting a woman

Death toll in S Leone flood disaster reaches 441

26 minutes ago

The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone's capital Freetown has reached 441, the government says.

'It's regrettable SA decided to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity'

2017-08-20 12:24

Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change party has described First Lady Grace Mugabe as a "disgrace", adding that it is "regrettable that South African authorities decided not to prosecute her after she severely assaulted a 20 year-old model".

GALLERY: Protests at SADC summit in Pretoria

2017-08-20 12:24

See pictures from the opening on the Southern African Development Community summit in Pretoria this weekend where protesters from different regional countries demonstrated.

Zimbabwe declares holiday on Mugabe's birthday

2017-08-20 07:00

Zimbabwe has declared President Robert Mugabe's birthday on February 21 a national holiday, a state daily reports, honouring the veteran politician in power since 1980 who opponents accuse of brutal repression and devastating the economy.

Ex-chief of Mali's 'Islamic police' jailed for 10 years

2017-08-19 18:03

A court in Mali has convicted the former head of an Islamic police brigade of offences, including cutting off the hand of a suspected thief, jailing him for 10 years.

 
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PROTEST:   Protesters from various Southern African Development Community countries demonstrate near the entrance to Department of International Relations and Cooperation where the SADC Summit is being held in Pretoria. (AFP)

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BREAKING: Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe despite assault claim

2017-08-20 08:05

Zimbabwean state media say the wife of President Robert Mugabe has returned home from South Africa despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.

Model involved in nightclub 'brawl' before Grace Mugabe alleged assault

2017-08-20 06:02

The damage-control machine that gathered around Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe has acquired closed-circuit television footage which, they claim, shows Gabriella Engels involved in a brawl at Sandton’s popular Taboo nightclub.

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EFF, DA snub Zambian president

2017-08-20 06:02

Efforts by Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu to reach out to opposition leaders in South Africa “to understand their concerns about Zambia” were slapped down by the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters.

DRC landslide death toll likely 200, governor says

2017-08-19 16:01

Authorities in northeastern DRC say a landslide earlier this week in Ituri province likely has killed at least 200 people.

No Grace Mugabe as SADC summit opens in Pretoria

2017-08-19 11:52

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe was not among the first spouses that arrived a few minutes ahead of the opening of the Southern African Development Community summit in Pretoria.

Grace Mugabe due at SADC summit after assault claim

2017-08-19 09:00

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, who is seeking diplomatic immunity for an alleged assault in South Africa last weekend, is due to attend a regional leaders' summit in Pretoria on Saturday.

Mugabe, wife Grace set to be in the spotlight as SADC summit begins in Pretoria

2017-08-19 07:20

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace are set to be in the spotlight during the 37th SADC summit this weekend in Pretoria following allegations by a model that Grace assaulted her.

Kenya opposition to file petition against presidential vote

2017-08-18 20:33

Dozens of supporters of Kenya's opposition coalition have gathered around the Supreme Court building where lawyers are expected to file a petition contesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

Four 'hacked to death' in Kenya attack claimed by Shabaab

2017-08-18 20:33

Four people were hacked to death and their houses torched in an attack claimed by Shabaab militants in Kenya's coastal Lamu county, says police.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, S Leone, Kenya

2017-08-18 19:28

Ex-AU commission's chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has hinted that Grace Mugabe must face the law over assault charges, and UN says more than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone's mudslides.

The Latest: Chance of mudslide survivors gets 'smaller'

2017-08-18 18:34

The Red Cross says they still hope to find survivors of Monday's deadly mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone's capital "but the chances are getting smaller every day."

Zambia threatens to shut down private centres over compulsory HIV testing policy

2017-08-18 17:09

The Zambian health ministry has threatened to shut down private health centres that refuse to implement a recently announced government policy of compulsory HIV and Aids testing, says a report.

Ex-chief of jihadist 'Islamic police' on trial in Mali

2017-08-18 15:39

The head of an Islamic police brigade deployed by jihadists controlling a city in northern Mali in 2012 went on trial on Friday accused of cutting off victims' hands and publicly whipping women.

Kenya’s post-election violence: the harm that’s been done to children

2017-08-18 12:30

It's important to understand the nature and extent of children's exposure to violence during general elections so they can be protected, writes Winnie Waiyaki.

US wants 'full investigation' into DRC death of UN experts

2017-08-18 08:38

The US ambassador to the United Nations has called for a "full investigation" into the death of two UN experts killed in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Egypt blocks access to website of group supporting media

2017-08-18 06:02

Egypt has blocked internet access to the website of an international media watchdog that provides support for journalists and champions media freedoms.

Congo government quits as president prepares IMF talks

2017-08-17 21:53

Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou Nguesso has cleared the decks with the office announcement of the resignation of the government ahead of crucial talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Kenya holds memorial service for murdered election official

2017-08-17 21:01

Kenyans have held a memorial service for the election official who was found tortured and killed shortly before this month's presidential vote.

'Africa must benefit from its own resources,' says Zuma as he takes over SADC chairmanship

2017-08-19 16:01

President Jacob Zuma has urged fellow heads of state from southern Africa not to "sell the female cow that produces milk" and buy back the milk later, but rather keep it. He said this as he pointed out that Africa must benefit from its own resources.

Lesotho's Thabane, 78, tells SADC summit he's getting married 'again'

2017-08-19 14:36

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane, 78, has interrupted the programme of the Southern African Development Community summit to make an "important announcement", saying he’s getting married again.

Nigeria leader to fly home Saturday after UK treatment: office

2017-08-19 13:00

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is set to return home after spending more than 100 days in London receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment, his office says.

Lungu 'summons' DA, EFF over 'interference' in Zambian politics

2017-08-19 10:45

Zambian president Edgar Lungu has "summoned" the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters to explain their concerns about Zambia to him.

Tanzania: Elephant tusks seized from alleged traffickers

2017-08-19 09:00

Authorities in Tanzania say they have seized 368kg of ivory coast tusks that conservationists believe were taken from 15 slain elephants.

Humanitarian crisis looms as Sierra Leone deaths reach 400

2017-08-19 07:20

Aid workers in Sierra Leone have warned of a humanitarian crisis as the official death toll passed 400, with more than a hundred children among the victims - and a similar number orphaned.

Released Chibok girls ready for education after ordeal

2017-08-18 20:33

The 106 Nigerian schoolgirls no longer in captivity by Boko Haram jihadists fighting against western-style education will all go to university from September, the country's minister for women's affairs has said.

SA mulls Grace Mugabe's immunity claim

2017-08-18 19:28

South African officials are considering whether to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe over her alleged assault on 20-year-old model in a Johannesburg hotel.

Libyan on ICC wanted list already in detention: Haftar forces

2017-08-18 19:28

The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar have said they had detained a senior commander two weeks before the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest over unlawful killings in the flashpoint city of Benghazi.

Egypt adds media watchdog to blocked websites list

2017-08-18 18:34

Egypt has blocked access to the website of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, adding RSF to a growing list of restricted online sites in the north African country.

Death toll now above 400 after mudslides, UN says

2017-08-18 15:39

More than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone's mudslides as burials and recovery efforts pressed amid the threat of further disaster.

Zim's first lady Grace Mugabe remains out of sight amid assault claims

2017-08-18 12:30

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has remained out of sight, several days after a young model claimed Grace Mugabe whipped her with an extension cord in a luxury hotel in South Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma on Grace Mugabe incident: The law must take its course

2017-08-18 11:06

The AU Commission's former chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has reportedly said that women are capable leaders, adding that the bahaviour of one woman should not be allowed to taint all women.

Top Africa stories: Zuma, Grace Mugabe, DRC

2017-08-18 06:02

President Robert Mugabe has arrived in SA for a SADC summit amid controversy around his wife Grace, and President Jacob Zuma is set to take over the rotating chairmanship of SADC.

Threat of more disaster looms in Sierra Leone amid burials

2017-08-17 21:53

Sierra Leone's government has hired 600 grave diggers for the burials of hundreds of mudslide victims, officials say, as some residents were told to evacuate one mountainside amid fears the rainy season could unleash further disaster.

Libya repatriates 135 Nigerian migrants

2017-08-17 21:53

Libyan authorities repatriated 135 Nigerian migrants, including women and children, who had made failed attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, says an official.

Sudan's Bashir aims to ease Egypt concerns over Nile dam

2017-08-17 21:01

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has said that the construction of Ethiopia's controversial Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile River would not impact water supplies to Egypt as feared by Cairo.

US says airstrikes kill 7 al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

2017-08-17 21:01

The US military says it has killed seven al-Shabaab fighters in a series of airstrikes in Somalia as the Trump administration steps up efforts against the deadliest Islamic extremist group in Africa.

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