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Zimbabwe tobacco is booming, but farmers growing it are not

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Many Zimbabwean tobacco farmers are making big sales this season, but they don't feel they're benefiting from the crop, the nation's second biggest earner after gold.

Generation homeless: trying to help Egypt's street kids

2017-05-30 11:30

For Egypt's government and civil society groups, tackling the growing problem of street children - some from second - and even third-generation homeless families - is proving difficult.

EXCLUSIVE: I'll emerge victorious, says Lesotho's ex-PM Thabane

2017-05-30 10:12

Lesotho's former prime minister Tom Thabane says he is confident that he will emerge victorious in the upcoming elections. He says he expects to win at least 60 of the 80 constituencies in the mountain kingdom.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Malawi, Nigeria

2017-05-30 08:06

President Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwawo says he doesn't see anyone with potential to succeed his uncle, and Nigeria's ailing Buhari was glaringly absent as his deputy marked their two years in power.

Egypt and Russia discuss fight against 'terror'

2017-05-29 21:31

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi held talks in Cairo with Russia's foreign and defence ministers on ways to battle "terrorism", his office has said.

Rwanda to control presidential candidates' social media use

2017-05-29 21:31

There will be no spur of the moment Twitter rants by Rwanda's presidential candidates, as the election commission has ruled that it must pre-approve all of their social media updates.

 
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ELECTION:   Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (L) of the Jubilee Party with his wife Margaret, displays his clearance certificate from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after presenting his candidacy for the presidential race. (AFP)

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Jet-setting Mugabe spends $3.5m to charter plane to Singapore, Mexico

2017-05-30 06:05

President Robert Mugabe has so far this year spent more days outside the country than he has spent at home, it's been reported. This month alone he has spent $3.5m chartering a flight for trips to Singapore and Cancun in Mexico.

Egypt president approves contentious NGO law

2017-05-29 21:31

Egypt's president has signed into law a contentious new bill to regulate non-governmental organisations, the official gazette has said, triggering fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

Social unrest in northern Morocco

2017-05-29 21:31

Main developments since the death in October 2016 of a fishmonger in northern Morocco sparked social unrest in the long-marginalised Rif region.

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Mali officials deny couple stoned by 'Islamists'

2017-05-29 20:32

A threat by radical Islamists in northeast Mali to punish an unmarried couple with death by stoning finally was not carried out, local officials have said.

EU expands sanctions against DRC to 16 people

2017-05-29 20:32

The European Union has extended it sanctions over the deteriorating situation in Democratic Republic of Congo, imposing travel bans and asset freezes on nine more senior security officials.

Egypt announces $2.49bn package to cope with inflation

2017-05-29 19:25

Egypt announces $2.49bn package of income tax discounts, bonuses for state employees, increased pension payments and cash subsidies to help Egyptians cope with soaring inflation

Third night of protests in northern Morocco

2017-05-29 18:02

Protesters have rallied for a third night running in Morocco's city of AI-Hoceima, in a northern region of the country where there has been growing social unrest.

Nigeria's 'ailing' Buhari absent on second anniversary as president

2017-05-29 15:02

Nigeria's ailing president was glaringly absent as hi deputy marked their two years in power, with no word on the head of state's health three weeks after he went on indefinite medical leave.

Morocco protest leader arrested: officials

2017-05-29 12:00

Authorities in Morocco have arrested the fugitive leader of a protest movement that has shaken the country's northern Rif region for six months, officials say.

Egypt's answer to latest attack reflects despair, resolve

2017-05-29 08:14

Egypt's response to the latest deadly attack against its sizable Christian minority - a wave of airstrikes against Islamic militant installations in eastern Libya - may be a sign of both despair and resolve.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russian ministers in Egypt discuss Libya and Syria conflicts

2017-05-29 20:32

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry discussed the conflicts in Libya and Syria as they met in Cairo, the foreign ministry there has said.

Angolan president in 'good health': spokesperson

2017-05-29 19:25

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in Spain for nearly a month, has undergone medical checks but is in good health, the ruling MPLA party has said.

DRC authorises trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

2017-05-29 18:01

The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast, the government has said.

Tunisian public health sector struggles to heal itself

2017-05-29 14:07

Overcrowded hospitals, exhausted staff and disgruntled patients... Tunisia's public health sector is struggling to heal its many maladies.

Mugabe's nephew: 'I don't see anyone with potential to succeed my uncle'

2017-05-29 11:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwawo has reportedly said that he doesn't see anyone with potential to succeed his uncle who turned 93 this year.

At least 8 illegal miners die after mine shaft collapses in Zimbabwe

2017-05-29 06:00

At least Eight illegal miners have been confirmed dead in Zimbabwe after a mine shaft they were working in collapsed.

Frenchman and 3 Congolese hostages 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.

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 .

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.

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