UN urges halt to South Sudan fighting and 4 000 new troops

2017-01-24 06:16

The UN Security Council is calling for a halt to fighting in South Sudan and swift deployment of a new contingent of 4 000 peacekeepers to boost the existing UN force in the conflict-wracked African nation.

Top Africa stories: Jammeh, Zim, Nigeria

2017-01-23 19:44

Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, and Zimbabwe's education minister says "sport and mass display" will now be a compulsory school subject up to age 16.

Peacekeepers leaving Sudan's Darfur found with arms - UN

2017-01-21 09:00

The United Nations peace mission in Sudan's conflict-wracked Darfur region says it has opened an inquiry after one of its units was found leaving the region with weapons.

Kenya's new electoral commission sworn in

2017-01-20 15:18

Kenya's new electoral commission was sworn in to replace a team forced to quit after violent protests by opponents who accused them of bias, mismanagement and corruption.

Uganda confirms hundreds of Congolese M23 rebels missing

2017-01-19 17:04

Hundreds of members of a Congolese rebel group have fled a military camp where they had been awaiting amnesty since the signing of a peace deal with Democratic Republic of Congo's government in 2013, says Uganda's government.

Africa's big men: The continent's long-serving leaders

2017-01-19 14:17

Who are the nine longest-serving leaders in Africa and how long have they been in power?

Kenya, Rwanda ban poultry from Uganda over bird flu

2017-01-18 22:31

Kenyan and Rwandan authorities have said they had banned poultry products from neighbouring Uganda, where a virulent H5 strain of avian flu has broken out.

Al-Shabaab video appears to show killing of Ugandan soldier

2017-01-18 09:10

Somalia's al-Shabaab extremist group has released a video that appears to show the killing of a Ugandan soldier who had been held captive since an attack on an African Union peacekeeping base in 2015.

Delays, dispute hamper plans for UN regional force for South Sudan

2017-01-17 22:40

Plans to deploy a UN regional force in South Sudan are bogged down in delays over visas, the allocation of land for bases and a dispute over protecting Juba airport, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP.

Uganda military denies M23 rebels left camp

2017-01-17 13:30

Uganda's military has denied that armed Congolese rebels sheltering in the country have crossed back into the DRC, saying they are still in their camp.


Turkey's Erdogan urges Tanzania to end Gulen ties

2017-01-23 20:46

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has talked about trade and security on the first stop of an African tour, urging Tanzania's leader to shut institutions linked to a Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of leading a failed coup attempt.

Obama's grandmother Sarah 'to retain state protection'

2017-01-23 12:41

Former US president Barack Obama's grandmother Sarah Obama is set to retain state protection even after her grandson ceased to be president last week, a report says.

UN alarm that most of al-Shabaab's force in Somalia are kids

2017-01-20 16:44

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is alarmed at reports that children may constitute a large part of the force recruited and used by al-Shabaab Islamic extremists in Somalia.

Burundi drops threat to withdraw troops from AU Somalia mission

2017-01-19 22:07

Burundi has said it would not follow through on its planned withdrawal of troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom) after reaching an agreement over the payment of wages.

Burundi ruling party youths wage violent attacks: HRW

2017-01-19 14:22

Young men belonging to Burundi's ruling party are growing increasingly powerful, often collaborating with national intelligence agents as they wage brutal attacks on perceived opponents, says Human Rights Watch.

Expelled rights researcher returns to DRC

2017-01-19 13:36

A researcher with the US-based Human Rights Watch says she had been allowed to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo which expelled her last year.

Two poachers killed in Kenyan national park: wildlife service

2017-01-18 17:14

Two suspected poachers have been shot dead during an exchange of fire with rangers at a national park in western Kenya, the national wildlife service has reported.

Drought may add famine to Somalia's humanitarian woes

2017-01-17 22:40

A serious drought has left parts of Somalia at risk of famine and 320 000 children are already severely malnourished and in need of care, the UN humanitarian agency has said..

Top Africa stories: Zim, Gambia, Botswana

2017-01-17 20:32

A prophet held for predicting Mugabe's death says he has "no regrets" for making the prophecy, and 8-year-old son of Gambia's Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs.

'Deny men sex' if they don't register to vote, Kenyan MP tells women

2017-01-17 13:30

A female member of parliament in Kenya, Mishi Mboko, has reportedly urged women in opposition strongholds to deny men sex if they don't register to vote in the upcoming elections.

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