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Trump on Egypt attack: 'Bloodletting of Christians must end'

2017-05-27 11:00

President Donald Trump has decried an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt that left at least 28 dead, calling on allies to band together to defeat terrorism.

At least 28 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

2017-05-27 11:00

At least 28 people were killed and nearly 130 wounded in fierce clashes on Friday between forces loyal to the UN-backed unity government and rival militiamen, the health ministry has said.

Fifty years of Lagos. But what about the next 50?

2017-05-27 11:00

The Nigerian megacity of Lagos, with its 20 million inhabitants, is the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Mugabe's daughter Bona 'gets SECOND board appointment in a week' – report

2017-05-27 09:03

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's only daughter Bona has just been named to the board of a new bank in her second high-profile appointment in a week, a report says.

Maimane's deportation from Zambia 'casts spotlight on SAPDC network of opposition politicians

2017-05-27 06:47

DA leader Mmusi Maimane’s deportation from Zambia has cast a spotlight on a 19-month-old network of opposition politicians that was established in the region with the intention of sharing expertise and advising each other on governance issues.

Israel sends Egypt condolences over bus attack

2017-05-26 21:38

Israel has strongly condemned the attack by masked gunmen on a bus carrying Christians in neighbouring Egypt that killed 28 people.

 
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Egypt forces hit jihadists after attack on Copts: Sisi

2017-05-27 09:03

Egyptian forces hit a jihadist training camp in retaliation for an attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians that killed at least 28 people, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said.

Tunisia freezes businessmen's assets over 'corruption'

2017-05-27 06:47

Tunisian authorities have froze the assets of eight businessmen suspected of corruption, including some already under house arrest.

In moral 'crusade', Burundi forces unwed couples to marry

2017-05-26 21:38

Unmarried couples have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships, the Burundi government says, as part of an effort to reform morals in the country.

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South Sudan freed UN journalist held 2 years without charge

2017-05-26 21:38

South Sudan has released a United Nations journalist held for two and a half years without trial, the UN has announced.

Thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe: Libya navy

2017-05-26 21:38

At least 20 boats carrying thousands of migrants on their way to Italy were spotted off the coast of the western city of Sabratha, the Libyan navy has said.

Switzerland returns millions linked to ex-leader to Tunisia

2017-05-26 20:43

Switzerland is transferring $3.9m to Tunisia that had been frozen in connection with a close relative of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Attempt to broker South Sudan political agreement fails

2017-05-26 19:36

South Sudan's government and opposition groups have failed to reach a political agreement mediated by Uganda's president in the latest setback to efforts to end the country's civil war.

Ethiopia charges 2 with terrorism over deadly stampede

2017-05-26 17:52

Ethiopia has charged two people with terrorism, saying they caused a stampede last year that killed dozens of people and led the government to declare a state of emergency.

Ethiopian journalist jailed for talking to dissident

2017-05-26 16:48

Ethiopian journalist Getachew Shiferaw has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for speaking to a dissident, capping a case that rights groups have called an assault on press freedom.

BREAKING: Egypt Coptic Christians killed in bus attack, at least 23 dead

2017-05-26 13:19

Egyptian state TV says at lest 23 have been killed and 25 wounded in an attack by gunmen on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo.

Rights groups urge Uganda to back probe into deadly clashes

2017-05-26 12:31

Dozens of human rights watchdogs and lawyers have urged Uganda's government to allow an independent investigation into killings by security forces during violent clashes with a tribal kingdom last year that left over 100 dead.

Libya: Breeding and training ground for jihadists

2017-05-26 10:01

Feeding on the chaos that has gripped Libya since the overthrow and killing of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, jihadists have used the country to recruit and export militants.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zambia, Libya

2017-05-26 06:14

First Lady Grace Mugabe is concerned about her future after her husband is no longer president, and DA leader Mmusi Maimane slams Zuma, ANC over silence on Zambia's Hichilema treason trial.

Maimane deported from Zambia due to 'unknown reasons'

2017-05-25 20:51

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been deported to South Africa when he had landed in Zambia, for reasons unknown, his spokesperson Graham Charters says.

Funding shortfall hits starving in NE Nigeria: UN

2017-05-25 20:17

Lack of funding is forcing aid agencies to cut feeding programmes for starving people in northeast Nigeria, says the UN, warning of growing pressure on resources as refugees return.

Shabaab kills 5 Kenyan police in third bombing

2017-05-25 19:15

Five police officers have been killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Kenya in an attack claimed by Shabaab Islamists a day after eight police died in similar blasts.

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn't mean it works all the time

2017-05-25 19:15

As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working, writes Nic Cheeseman.

UN envoy: South Sudan seeing military action as rains arrive

2017-05-25 16:30

The UN envoy for South Sudan says the conflict-torn African country is seeing significant military action and the last push to position combatant forces because the rainy season has arrived and roads will soon become unpassable for about four months.

Zambia considers moving capital to rural area: minister

2017-05-25 13:44

Zambia is considering a proposal to move its capital from fast-developing Lusaka to a nearly uninhabited marshland district in the centre of the country, a minister says.

Bedridden granny, 87, burns to death while sleeping inside her hut

2017-05-25 12:00

An 87-year-old bedridden granny was burnt to death after she failed to escape when her bedroom hut caught fire while she was sleeping in Hingwe Ward, Zimbabwe, a report says.

Hezbollah condemns attack on Egyptian Copts

2017-05-26 21:38

Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has condemns attack that targeted a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt, killing at least 28

Hamas condemns fatal attack on Copts in Egypt

2017-05-26 20:42

The militant Islamic group Hamas that rules Gaza is condemning the attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt.

At least 5 dead as militias clash in Libya capital

2017-05-26 20:44

At least five people were killed in fierce clashes between rival armed groups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, seat of a UN-backed unity government, a hospital official has said.

Tunisia opens trial over 2015 beach massacre

2017-05-26 19:36

A Tunisian court has held its first public hearing in the trial of 33 people in connection with a 2015 jihadist beach massacre that killed dozens of foreign tourists.

Death toll on new attack on Egypt Christians reaches 28

2017-05-26 17:52

Masked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital, killing at least 28 people including children, officials have said.

Germany condemns attack on Copts in Egypt

2017-05-26 16:48

The German government is condemning the attack against a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt in which 24 people were killed and 25 wounded

Attack on Egypt Christians: Attackers 'used automatic weapons'

2017-05-26 13:53

Masked gunmen who attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital "used automatic weapons" to kill at least 26 people, an official says.

Mugabe 'not given chance to speak in Mexico'

2017-05-26 12:31

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reportedly left Cancún, Mexico "in a huff" after he was not given a "speaking slot" at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

Africa 'is not poor, we are stealing its wealth'

2017-05-26 11:10

Africa is poor, but we can try to help its people. It's a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth, writes Nick Dearden.

Populism on the rise as SA, Namibia gear up to elect new presidents

2017-05-26 08:24

South Africa's ANC and Namibia's Swapo, governing parties, enter crucial leadership elections this year, with presidents Jacob Zuma and Hage Geingob both facing challenges, writes Henning Melber.

Forces loyal to LNA seize control of Libyan air base

2017-05-26 06:14

A spokesperson for the Libyan National Army says forces loyal to the LNA have seized control of an air base in the country's south that had been under control of western militiamen

Libya says working closely with Britain over concert attack

2017-05-25 21:15

Libya is working closely with Britain to identify possible "terrorist networks" involved in the attack at a pop concert in Manchester, a senior Libyan official says.

Father of Manchester bomb suspect 'was in militant group'

2017-05-25 20:17

The father of suspected Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was once part of a Libyan militant group with alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, a Libyan security source has said.

Zambian police prevent Mmusi Maimane from entering the country

2017-05-25 20:19

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been stopped by Zambian police on his way to attend the treason trial of the leader of Zambia’s largest opposition party, the DA has said.

Suspected jihadists wreck Mali primary school

2017-05-25 19:15

Suspected Islamic extremists have wrecked a primary school in central Mali out of hostility to Western-style education, local administrators and paramilitary police have said .

Is Mugabe's daughter Bona Zimbabwe's Ivanka Trump?

2017-05-25 17:31

Bona Mugabe, who has just been named to Zimbabwe's unpopular censorship board, knows what it's like to be gossiped about.

Egyptians brace for austere Ramadan after reforms

2017-05-25 16:30

Ramadan is a time for daytime fasting and lavish evening feasts, but Egyptians are scaling back preparations for the Muslim holy month this year after austerity measures fuelled decades-high inflation.

Maimane slams Zuma, ANC over silence on Zambia's Hichilema treason trial

2017-05-25 14:59

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed President Jacob Zuma and the ANC over their silence on the treason trial of Zambia's opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.

Father and brother of alleged bomber detained in Libya

2017-05-25 13:44

The father and younger brother of the man who British police say bombed a concert in Manchester have been detained in Libya, where anti-terror authorities say the brother confessed to knowing "all the details" of the attack plot

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