Tanzania fires 10 000 civil servants over 'fake qualifications'

2017-04-28 19:19

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked close to 10 000 civil servants after a government report found they had faked their qualifications.

UN Security Council delays vote on Western Sahara to allow pullback

2017-04-28 17:36

The UN Security Council postponed voting on a draft resolution on the Western Sahara conflict amid signs the Polisario Front independence movement is preparing a pullback from a tense zone of the contested territory.

African dictator's trial opens path to justice elsewhere

2017-04-28 15:41

Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled.

In Egypt, pope seeks Christian-Muslim rejection of violence

2017-04-28 17:31

Pope Francis has brushed off security concerns to forge ahead with a two-day trip to Egypt aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

Pope Francis arrives in Egypt for historic visit

2017-04-28 14:34

Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt for a historic, two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front against religious militancy

Pope Francis heads for Egypt as 'pilgrim of peace'

2017-04-28 13:04

Pope Francis flies to Egypt Friday for a visit aimed at fostering reconciliation with the Muslim world against the backdrop of recent jihadist attacks on the Middle East's biggest Christian community.


PREPARING:  Workers carry scaffolding during preparations to welcome Pope Francis in Egypt, aimed at lifting the spirit of Christians in the Middle East. (Amr Nabil, AP)

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Why brutalising food vendors hits Africa’s growing cities where it hurts

2017-04-28 15:41

The harassment of informal food vendors by national and municipal governments remains a major impediment to improving the resilience of the urban poor in African cities, writes Danielle Resnick

Nigeria says 15 suspected Boko Haram fighters shot dead

2017-04-28 14:12

Nigeria's military says at least 15 gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists have been shot dead during a battle with soldiers.

Suicide bomber kills five troops in NE Nigeria: sources

2017-04-28 13:04

At least five soldiers were killed and another 40 injured when a Boko Haram jihadist rammed an explosives-laden pick-up truck into a military convoy in northeast Nigeria, security sources have told AFP.

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Kenya's opposition alliance aims to unseat ruling party

2017-04-28 11:57

Kenya's opposition lined up behind a single candidate, veteran political leader Raila Odinga, strengthening their challenge to the government in August's polls.

'I cannot go back': South Sudan refugee clan begins new life

2017-04-28 11:57

It begins with a walk across a wooden bridge, as Alfred Wani, 80, joins the ranks of 800 000 who have fled South Sudan's civil war to be refugees in Uganda

Controversy in Nigeria over traditional ruler 'snub'

2017-04-28 10:55

A video clip apparently showing the traditional ruler of Lagos snubbing the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people has caused controversy in Nigeria.

US issues warning after Ethiopia grenade attacks

2017-04-28 09:54

The United States has issued a warning to its citizens about travelling to a popular tourist region in Ethiopia after a string of grenade attacks targeting hotels and homes.

Morocco seizes 420 tons of plastic bags in year since ban

2017-04-28 09:09

Moroccan authorities have seized more than 420 tons of plastic bags in the year since they were banned, the government has said.

EU reviews Libyan naval equipment request

2017-04-28 07:52

The EU has said it is reviewing a Libyan request for naval equipment to help control migrant flows as doubts grow about the effectiveness of the plan.

Pope faces balancing act in Egypt

2017-04-27 22:19

Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt, hoping to comfort its tiny Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks.

Sisi to accept courts' decision on island transfers

2017-04-27 21:09

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says he will not interfere in any decision the courts take on a move to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

20 more deaths in volatile central DRC, UN mission says

2017-04-27 20:31

The UN peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo says at least 20 people have been killed as violence mounts in the country's centre.

Hepatitis E outbreak kills 25 in Niger refugee camp

2017-04-27 17:29

Bad water and hygiene have led to an epidemic of hepatitis E that has killed 25 people over several months in a refugee camp in southeast Niger.

Nigeria's Buhari misses second cabinet meeting in a row

2017-04-27 13:59

Nigeria's president has missed the last two meetings of his cabinet, says a senior minister, in comments likely to fuel fresh speculation about the head of state's health.

Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks

2017-04-27 14:00

On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt

Ghana MPs face British travel bans over 'visa fraud'

2017-04-27 12:01

Three members of Ghana's parliament and a former lawmaker are facing travel bans to Britain over apparent visa irregularities, according to a leaked document seen by AFP.

Final verdict for Chad's Habre on war crimes appeal

2017-04-27 11:12

Chad's former president Hissene Habre will learn on Thursday if his lawyers' appeal against sentences for war crimes, crimes against humanity and rape have been successful, following his landmark conviction by a special court last year.

Officials: Egypt tribesmen burned militant alive in Sinai

2017-04-27 11:12

Egyptian security officials say that members of a prominent local tribe in northern Sinai have burned alive a suspected Islamic State militant.

Social media campaign calls for release of Nyanzi

2017-04-27 10:00

Ugandan activist Stella Nyanzi has reportedly been remanded in custody as a social media campaign calling for her release kicked off.

Mozambique battles illegal logging to save tropical forests

2017-04-27 10:00

Several Mozambican forest rangers have made their first arrest just minutes after arriving at a checkpoint near the northern port city of Pemba.

Pope to boost Muslim ties on security-tight Egypt trip

2017-04-27 07:58

Pope Francis heads to Egypt to bolster relations with Muslims and show solidarity with the largest Christian community in the Middle East.

Nigeria meningitis deaths rise to 813

2017-04-26 22:47

More than 800 people have died in a meningitis outbreak in Nigeria but the disease is now spreading more slowly, says health minister Isaac Adewole.

Chad's Habre: desert warlord turned brutal tyrant

2017-04-28 11:57

A desert warfare specialist, Chad's Hissene Habre seized power in 1982 and quickly embraced the role of ruthless dictator, with brutal atrocities the hallmark of his eight-year reign of terror.

Congolese plantation sprouts art centre to help the poor

2017-04-28 11:57

There is no tap water, electricity or shops in Lusanga, a Congolese town once known as Leverville where the Dutch-British conglomerate Unilever long ran a profitable palm oil plantation.

Raila Odinga: Kenya's tenacious, veteran politician

2017-04-28 10:55

At an age when most would be retired, Raila Odinga, Kenya's veteran opposition leader and one-time prime minister, is to run again for president - his fourth bid to become head of state.

Jail terms over gruesome death of Moroccan fishmonger

2017-04-28 09:54

A Moroccan court has sentenced seven people to between five and eight months in prison over the death of a fish seller crushed in a rubbish truck.

Kenya opposition names Raila Odinga as presidential candidate

2017-04-28 09:09

Veteran political leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga has been named Kenya's opposition presidential candidate for August's elections, at a large rally in the capital Nairobi.

Nigeria's presidency plays down Buhari health concerns

2017-04-28 07:53

Nigerian officials have sought to allay fears about the health of President Muhammadu Buhari after his absence from the last two cabinet meetings.

Ghana to roll out free senior high school programme

2017-04-28 06:59

Ghana is planning to make senior high school free for all teenagers, whatever their background, in a move experts say could transform the lives of millions.

Tunisian PM booed out of town hall meeting

2017-04-27 21:45

Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has been booed off stage as he addressed a town hall in a southeastern region rocked by protests and a general strike.

Morocco's parliament approves new government

2017-04-27 20:30

Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock.

50 Syria migrants stranded on Morocco-Algeria border

2017-04-27 16:00

A group of around 50 Syrian migrants have been stranded in the Moroccan-Algerian border zone with neither country granting them access, say activists.

Jilted soldier makes wife eat his faeces after she asks for divorce

2017-04-27 12:01

A jilted Zimbabwean soldier who made his wife eat his faeces after she had asked for a divorce was dragged before the Mutare magistrate' s court facing abuse charges.

Faith, politics clash as Egypt's Al-Azhar pressed to reform

2017-04-27 12:01

When Pope Francis visits Egypt's Al-Azhar this week, he will find support for his message of peace in the venerable Islamic authority praised as a bulwark against extremism.

US troops hunting LRA warlord Kony begin Central Africa pullout

2017-04-27 11:12

US special forces has began to pull out from Central Africa, ending a five-year hunt for brutal LRA warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted for crimes against humanity.

UN council to vote on re-launching Western Sahara talks

2017-04-27 11:12

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution backing a UN bid to re-start talks on settling the decades-old Western Sahara conflict, say diplomats.

Peace reigns in Nigeria's Damasak but children still missing

2017-04-27 10:00

Yagana Bukar's younger brothers Mohammed and Sadiq were among about 300 children kidnapped by Boko Haram from the town of Damasak in remote northeastern Nigeria nearly three years ago.

Algeria FM calls Macron a 'friend' after colonialism furore

2017-04-27 10:01

Algeria's foreign minister has called French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron a "friend" of the country, after the centrist candidate drew criticism for calling France's colonisation a "crime against humanity".

Lungu creating confusion to justify state of emergency - Zambian opposition

2017-04-27 06:01

Zambia’s main opposition party, the United Party for National Development, has accused President Edgar Lungu’s government of trying to frame it for arson, adding that this is government’s plan to increase political repression.

Sudan union wants Egyptian journalists expelled

2017-04-26 22:07

Sudan's pro-government journalists' union has urged Khartoum to expel Egyptian reporters from the country.

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