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'Please bring my son back': Anguished Somali families mourn

2017-10-18 08:05

Anguished families have gathered across Somalia's capital as funerals continue for more than 300 people killed in one of the world's deadliest attacks in years.

Kenya opposition suspends reform protests after killings

2017-10-18 08:05

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has suspended protests intended to press for reforms to the electoral commission ahead of the repeat presidential elections on October 26.

Jury to deliberate in case of Liberian accused of war crimes

2017-10-18 08:05

Jurors are set to begin deliberations in the trial of a Liberian man accused of committing war crimes and then lying about his past to enter the US.

Top Africa Stories: Zimbabwe, Kenya, Togo

2017-10-18 05:58

More than 50 people, including women, have applied for the post of hangman in Zimbabwe, and Togo officials say three people have been killed in clashes after the arrest of a religious leader, and .

Medical aid rushed to stricken Somalia after bombing

2017-10-18 05:58

Somalia's allies have sent planes carrying medical supplies and doctors, while the diaspora rallied to donate blood to help the country cope with the crushing aftermath of its worst ever bombing.

Four dead in northern Togo after imam arrested

2017-10-17 21:00

Two teenagers were among four people killed in violence in Togo's second city after an imam close to the main opposition was arrested, the government and a rights group have said.

 
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MERCY FLIGHT:  A man wounded in the Mogadishu blast is carried on a stretcher to receive treatment in a Turkish hospital. (Adem Altan, AFP)

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Tanzanian opposition figure out of intensive care after attack

2017-10-18 05:58

Tanzanian opposition figure Tundu Lissu, who was shot and critically injured at his home last month, is now out of intensive care, his party CHADEMA has said.

Zim ex-freedom fighters vow to block Grace Mugabe’s ascendency to VP

2017-10-17 21:00

Zimbabwe’s former freedom fighters have vowed to stop an alleged plan to get President Robert Mugabe’s wife as a vice president in the forthcoming Zanu-PF extra ordinary congress in December.

Sierra Leone awaits 27 citizens being deported from US

2017-10-17 21:00

Sierra Leone's government says it has issued the necessary documents and awaits the arrival of 27 citizens being deported from the United States for drug crimes and other offenses.

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3 killed in Togo unrest after arrest of religious leader

2017-10-17 20:02

Togo officials say three people, including two soldiers, have been killed in clashes after the arrest of a religious leader close to an opposition politician

Germany nixes web monitoring workshop for Egyptian officials

2017-10-17 20:02

German police have canceled a workshop designed to help Egyptian security officials monitor extremist websites because they might learn skills that could be used against other groups

Critic of Rwanda's president asks for freedom in court

2017-10-17 19:02

A critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame has asked him to free her and her detained mother and sister as she stood in court on Monday charged with forgery and "inciting insurrection".

International aid to help Somalia after bomb that killed 300

2017-10-17 18:00

International aid is arriving in Somalia in response to Saturday's massive truck bomb that killed more than 300 people

21 opposition members on trial over Morocco protests

2017-10-17 17:00

Demonstrators are calling for justice for 21 detained leaders of a Moroccan protest movement that has become the biggest challenge to this North African kingdom since the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011

Guterres wants UN to help tackle Sahel violence

2017-10-17 16:00

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned that Africa's Sahel region is descending into all-out violence and said the United Nations must help the region confront the threat from Islamist militants.

Zimbabwe bans fruit, vegetable imports to save scarce forex

2017-10-17 13:18

Zimbabwe has banned the importation of fruit and vegetables to save scarce foreign currency in the face of a worsening economic crisis, state media has reported.

Cameroon premier in troubled anglophone region for 'dialogue'

2017-10-17 14:13

Cameroon's Prime Minister Philemon Yang has begun a visit to a troubled English-speaking region as part of what he termed a "dialogue" with the country's anglophone minority.

Pro-Biafran leader absent as Nigeria treason trial resumes: AFP reporter

2017-10-17 12:51

The leader of a pro-Biafran group that wants to break away from Nigeria failed to show up in court as his treason trial resumed, an AFP reporter has said.

Zanu-PF extraordinary congress: What you need to know

2017-10-17 11:09

Analysts say Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe wants to use an extraordinary Zanu-PF congress to be held in December to entrench his family’s hold on power.

New UN envoy in Morocco to restart talks on disputed Western Sahara

2017-10-17 11:10

The new UN envoy for disputed Western Sahara, Horst Koehler, is visiting Morocco as part of a regional tour aimed at restarting stalled peace talks between Rabat and the pro-independence Polisario Front.

Renewed fears over Tsvangirai's health

2017-10-17 09:56

MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai has cancelled a meeting of the party’s national standing committee, sparking fresh speculation over his health.

Jailed Rwandan opposition figure accuses president

2017-10-17 09:05

A jailed critic of Rwanda's government says she was detained because she tried to run against longtime President Paul Kagame in the recent election.

Plane carrying wounded Somalis lands in Turkey

2017-10-17 07:38

A plane carrying Somalis critically wounded in the Mogadishu blast, has landed at an airport in Ankara, Turkey, where ambulances were waiting to rush them to hospital.

Mass grave for some Mogadishu victims

2017-10-17 06:00

With rescue workers saying the hope of finding survivors of the massive Mogadishu bomb are fading to "slim to none", more than 100 unidentified people who were burned beyond recognition in the blast have been buried in a mass grave.

Top Africa stories: Mogadishu, Kenya, Grace Mugabe

2017-10-17 07:11

Dirco says no South Africans among the more than 300 people killed in Mogadishu, Zim seems to be preparing for "VP" Grace Mugabe and YouTube lifts its ban on reed dance clips.

After bombing, Somalia fears renewed al-Shabaab onslaught

2017-10-16 20:07

As the toll rises above 300 from one of the world's deadliest attacks in years, the al-Shabaab extremist group has sent a powerful signal that the international focus on extremism can't afford to overlook the African continent.

11 more migrant bodies recovered after collision off Tunisia

2017-10-16 20:07

The Tunisian authorities say eleven more migrant bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants off the country's coast

Former al-Shabaab leader condemns Somalia attack

2017-10-16 19:05

A former leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group who surrendered to Somalia's government earlier this year has condemned Saturday's bombing that killed more than 300 people.

Nearly 70 remain missing in Somalia bombing

2017-10-16 18:00

Scores of people are missing since Saturday's deadly truck bombing in Somalia's capital, raising fears that death toll will continue to rise.

UN-backed Libya talks hit new snag

2017-10-17 20:02

Talks between representatives of rival authorities in strife-torn Libya have hit a new snag after a parliamentary delegation suspended its participation in the UN-backed discussions hosted by Tunisia.

Kenya airlifting Somalia's wounded, sending aid

2017-10-17 19:02

Kenya's foreign affairs minister says the country will airlift 31 people wounded in Somalia's deadliest attack for specialised treatment.

Zim students in Russia 'starving', begging for immediate help – report

2017-10-17 18:00

Zimbabwean students in Russia have reportedly begged Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo for assistance as they claimed to be "starving" after being abandoned by President Robert Mugabe’s government.

Kenya high court suspends ban on opposition protests

2017-10-17 17:00

Kenya's high court has temporarily lifted a government curb on protests in three main cities, until a full hearing can be held on an opposition petition to scrap the ban entirely.

US military plane lands in Somalia with aid after bombing

2017-10-17 16:00

A US military plane has landed in Somalia's capital with medical and humanitarian aid supplies after the massive truck bomb blast in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people.

Zimbabwe's white farmers trying to strike new deal

2017-10-17 15:13

Zimbabwe’s remaining white commercial farmers who fear renewed land invasions, are negotiating directlywith the government or the possible new owners to protect their properties, says a report.

'Shocking' abuse of migrants in Libya smuggling hub - UN

2017-10-17 14:10

More than 20 000 migrants, including pregnant women and babies, are being held either in detention centres or by traffickers in Libya's people-smuggling hub Sabratha, the UN has said, warning of abuse "on a shocking scale".

New al-Shabaab claims don't include bombing

2017-10-17 14:11

The al-Shabaab extremist group is claiming responsibility for a number of recent attacks in Somalia - but not the weekend's huge truck bombing in Mogadishu, that left more than 300 people dead.

Minnesota Somalis mourn, pray for those impacted by bombing

2017-10-17 12:51

Members of Minnesota's large Somali community say they are heartbroken and grieving, but searching for ways to help after the weekend bombing in Mogadishu that killed more than 300 people.

Nigeria says no to AU passport, but erects massive Zuma statue

2017-10-17 13:29

While Nigeria denied claims that it would start visa-on-arrival for African residents, they decided to rather erect a massive statue of South African President Jacob Zuma.

Journalist gives first-hand account of deadly Mogadishu attack

2017-10-17 09:56

A video journalist says he was was relaxing and playing with his 10-month-old daughter when the Mogadishu blast ripped off his house's roof - the blast had been just 70 steps away from them.

Nigeria confirms three cases of monkeypox

2017-10-17 09:05

Nigeria says it had confirmed three cases of monkeypox after receiving dozens of reports of the disease since last month in seven states across the country's south.

Zanu-PF youth wing: Mugabe should be allowed to die in office

2017-10-17 07:11

The youth wing of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has proposed that the nonagenarian should be allowed to die in office.

DRC wins seat on UN rights council despite US opposition

2017-10-17 07:14

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.

Angola's new leader vows to revive moribund economy

2017-10-17 06:01

Angola's new president has unveiled a programme of corporate tax sweeteners intended to boost foreign investment and ease the oil-rich country's dependence on the lacklustre price of crude.

Former military chief in Lesotho charged with murder

2017-10-16 20:07

A former military commander in Lesotho has been charged with murdering a police official during a purported 2014 attempt to topple the government of the small African mountain kingdom.

Kenya police killed 67 opposition supporters, say groups

2017-10-16 19:05

Two international human rights groups say Kenya's police attacked opposition supporters killing dozens and injuring scores following demonstrations by opposition supporters protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in August.

Somalia truck bomb: deadly precedents around the world

2017-10-16 19:05

The Mogadishu truck bomb which has killed more than 300 people is one of the most deadly attacks using vehicles as a weapon over the past three decades.

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