Several killed in Somalia airstrike

2015-02-01 15:45

Several people are believed to have been killed in an airstrike in southern Somalia apparently targeting a house used by members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab militia.

AU threatens South Sudan factions with sanctions

2015-01-31 19:38

The African Union has joined regional and international organisations in threatening South Sudan's warring factions with sanctions.

Mauritius jails French drug smuggler

2015-01-30 16:39

A court in Mauritius has sentenced a French woman convicted of smuggling to 20 years in prison after she was caught with prescription drugs.

Burundi rivals try to ease pre-vote tensions

2015-01-30 10:03

Burundi's ruling party has says it is 'ready for compromise' with the opposition to ensure peaceful elections, as warnings mount of the risk of violence in the upcoming key polls.

Over 38 000 Somali children face starvation

2015-01-29 20:57

UN experts say over 38 000 Somali children are at "high risk" from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving.

South Sudanese president rushed to hospital in Ethiopia

2015-01-29 17:02

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has been rushed to hospital in Addis Ababa in the middle of peace talks to end the country’s 13-month civil conflict, reports say.

Zuma in Ethiopia for AU summit

2015-01-28 21:15

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ahead of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly.

Kenya drops most charges against British terror suspect

2015-01-28 21:10

A Kenyan court has acquitted a suspected British Islamist militant of nine charges but the key charge of terrorism for which he is on trial remains.

Al-Shabaab leader quits terror group

2015-01-27 22:23

A leader of Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab with a $3m bounty on his head has quit.

3 000 child soldiers released in South Sudan

2015-01-27 13:59

At least 3 000 children will be gradually released from an armed group in South Sudan, the UN children’s agency says, after a group of 280 children were freed.

Graft: Protest in Kenya's Maasai Mara region turns deadly

2015-01-27 08:42

One person has been killed and several others injured after Kenyan police clashed with Maasais protesting against a local governor they accuse of misappropriating tourism funds from the Maasai Mara game reserve.

Uganda LRA rebel leader Ongwen faces ICC judges

2015-01-26 11:44

Notorious former Lord’s Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen faces International Criminal Court judges for the first time, charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Man faces charges over child sex abuse

2015-01-24 07:34

A US grand jury has issued new charges against a US man, 20, over allegedly sexually abusing children at a Kenya orphanage.

Killers of Rwandan anti-graft activist jailed for 20 years

2015-01-23 11:16

Two Rwandan police officers have been jailed for 20 years for killing an anti-corruption activist who was investigating mineral smuggling from DRC.

Five killed in Mogadishu car bomb

2015-01-22 18:37

Five people have been killed in a suicide car bombing against a hotel in Mogadishu, on the eve of a visit to the Somali capital by the Turkish President.

At least 23 killed in Somalia clan violence

2015-01-22 10:29

At least 23 people have been killed in Somalia in clan-related violence caused by a land dispute, officials and elders say.

LRA commander arrives at ICC prison

2015-01-22 06:03

A Ugandan commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army has arrived at the International Criminal Court detention centre in The Hague.

South Sudan warring rivals in Tanzania for peace talks

2015-01-21 18:04

Warring South Sudanese factions have gathered in Tanzania in the latest peace efforts to end over a year of civil war which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Millions register for Ethiopia's May elections

2015-01-21 13:08

Over 12 million Ethiopians have so far registered for key polls in May, officials say, the first national elections since the death of long-time leader Meles Zenawi.

Somali clans clash

2015-01-20 20:16

At least 40 people have been killed in fighting between two clans in central Somalia.

Kenyan cops teargas school kids in demo over playground

2015-01-19 14:50

Kenyan police have teargassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school’s playground, which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, a rights activist says.

Japan lends $270m to Kenya to help expand port

2015-01-17 12:31

Kenya has signed a $270m loan deal with Japan to help expand capacity at Mombasa port, a busy facility that is the main trade gateway to east Africa.

Chinese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan

2015-01-17 11:34

An advanced party of Chinese peacekeepers is in South Sudan and the rest of the 700-strong contingent is due to arrive by early April, a UN official says, part of a surge in a UN mission to protect civilians.

Burundi opposition chief gets 5 years for bribery

2015-01-16 13:53

A top Burundi opposition leader has been sentenced to five years in jail for bribery following a sex scandal he claims was created to block him from running for president.


Ebola reveals shortcomings of African solidarity

2015-02-01 09:00

As Africa's leaders meet in Ethiopia to discuss the Ebola crisis, expectations of firm action will be tempered by criticism over the continent's poor record in the early stages of the epidemic.

AU urged to release South Sudan probe

2015-01-31 08:35

A top AU official who led an inquiry into atrocities in war-torn South Sudan says ignoring its recommendations will help the guilty to evade justice.

Uganda charges 18 for murder of Muslim clerics

2015-01-30 15:02

A Ugandan Muslim sheikh and 17 others have been charged with killing two fellow clerics, a case police say is linked to Islamist rebels in the DRC.

Hundreds of thousands of Africans stateless

2015-01-30 05:00

A new report says hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Africans are stateless because of gaps in citizenship laws.

Uganda: Mass trial over alleged terror ties to start

2015-01-29 20:57

A dozen suspects have appeared in a Ugandan court to face charges, including murder and terrorism, amid what local officials say is the budding threat of Islamic in the east African country.

Peace agreement expected in South Sudan talks

2015-01-29 15:52

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir’s sudden illness was not serious enough to cancel crucial peace talks on the sidelines of the AU summit in Addis Ababa, a report says.

Sudan rebels detain Bulgarian aid chopper crew

2015-01-28 21:10

Six Bulgarians working with the UN's World Food Programme have been detained by Sudanese rebels after their helicopter made an emergency landing in South Kordofan.

Somali PM issues new cabinet list after MP veto

2015-01-28 13:24

Somalia’s new PM has proposed a new cabinet after parliament rejected his last list of candidates, prompting international concerns political power struggles are stalling progress.

Uganda ivory stolen from impound vault

2015-01-27 20:54

A huge haul of elephant ivory seized in Uganda probably includes tusks stolen from government strongrooms last year.

Uganda sued in landmark ‘brain drain’ case

2015-01-27 10:55

A research institute is suing the Ugandan government for medical ‘brain drain’ after a 22-year-old woman died from internal bleeding, in what could become a landmark public interest litigation case.

South Sudan finds hope in honey

2015-01-26 16:32

A harvest of honey from the equatorial forests of South Sudan will help its struggling poor and, through the pollination of bees, improve the nation's crop yields, those involved say.

Tanzanian minister resigns over graft

2015-01-24 14:22

Tanzania's Energy and Minerals Minister Sospeter Muhongo has resigned amid a graft scandal that has rocked the gas-rich country.

Turkish leader delays Somalia trip

2015-01-23 11:16

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says he has postponed his planned trip to Somalia to attend the funeral of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, a day after a bomb targeted a Turkish delegation in the capital Mogadishu.

Eritrea frees 6 journalists – right group

2015-01-23 09:54

Six Eritrean journalists have been released from jail after six years, Reporters Without Borders says, calling it “exceptional” news in a country ranked worst in the world for press freedom.

Shabaab say responsible for Mogadishu hotel bombing

2015-01-22 20:17

The Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates were meeting.

Car bomb hits hotel in Mogadishu

2015-01-22 16:39

A suspected suicide car bomb attack has hit a hotel near the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, causing casualties, police and witnesses say.

Ethiopia decimates free press - rights group

2015-01-22 07:48

The Ethiopian government is stepping up oppression of independent journalists ahead of national elections due in May, a leading rights group says.

South Sudan ruling party, rivals sign peace deal

2015-01-21 22:21

South Sudan's warring factions have signed a deal in Tanzania meant to serve as a roadmap toward ending a conflict that has killed thousands of people in the world's newest state.

Shabaab urge more jihadi attacks in Europe

2015-01-21 14:44

Somalia’s Shabaab militants, al-Qaeda’s main affiliate in Africa, has urged supporters in Europe to follow the example of Islamist gunmen who carried out attacks in Paris.

US ambassador: Ugandan rebel commander arrives at ICC

2015-01-21 10:08

A commander from a fearsome Ugandan rebel group known for abducting and torturing children has been taken into custody at the ICC, where he faces charges including murder and enslavement.

Kenya: Disputed playground belongs to school

2015-01-20 17:37

Kenya’s internal security minister says a disputed playground, where police tear gassed school children who were protesting the take-over by a private developer, belongs to the school.

Somali premier dissolves new cabinet

2015-01-17 13:24

Somalia's new Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke has dissolved his cabinet less than a week after appointing it, a government spokesperson says.

Ugandan victims have 'shot at justice' at the ICC

2015-01-17 11:35

Ugandan militia leader Dominic Ongwen's transfer to the International Criminal Court is a welcome development, advocates for global human rights prosecutions say.

Ugandan rebels kidnap 10 in DRC

2015-01-17 09:28

A Ugandan rebel group has kidnapped about 10 people in northern Congo, witnesses say.

Most of Kenya hit by power outage

2015-01-16 13:03

More than half of Kenya, including the capital Nairobi, have suffered a power outage after a major transmission line failed, distributor Kenya Power says.

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