Ethiopian magazine stops publication amid state of emergency

2016-10-25 18:01

Ethiopia's best-selling magazine says it is terminating its print edition because the state of emergency the government imposed this month is making regular publication "impossible".

South Sudanese govt troops 'deliberately' killed civilians, says AI

2016-10-25 12:28

Rights group Amnesty International has accused South Sudanese government forces of "deliberately killings civilians, raping women and girls and looting property" in Juba in July.

Kenya: 12 killed in extremist attack

2016-10-25 10:19

Gunmen from an extremist group have killed at least 12 people in an attack targetting non-Muslims in Kenya's northern Mandera County, near the Somali border, an official says.

Kenya commutes sentences of over 2 700 on death row

2016-10-24 19:31

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has commuted the sentences of 2 747 death row inmates, who will now serve life in prison.

Tears, relief as Somali pirate hostages land in Kenya

2016-10-24 08:43

A group of 26 hostages freed from nearly five years in the hands of Somali pirates has touched down in Kenya, with both tears and smiles marking the end of their ordeal.

Bashir rejects Amnesty 'lies' about Darfur chemical attacks

2016-10-23 20:04

President Omar al-Bashir has accused Amnesty International of spreading "lies" that Sudanese government forces had used chemical weapons against civilians in war-torn Darfur.

Somali pirate says 26 Asian sailors freed after 4 years

2016-10-22 22:00

A Somali pirate say 26 Asian sailors held hostage for more than four years have been released after a ransom was paid.

More African countries 'likely to pull out of ICC after SA'

2016-10-21 13:50

SA's decision to pull out from the ICC is likely to lead "more African countries into wanting to follow in its footsteps", a researcher at the Institute of Security Studies says.

S Sudan rebel leader in SA says he could return next month

2016-10-20 21:05

South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar says he could return to the country as early as next month, even if he has to enter the way he fled - on foot

Drought, hunger add to South Sudan's woes

2016-10-20 14:38

A serious food crisis in the north of South Sudan is reaching critical levels, as a biting drought across much of east Africa serves up even more woes for the troubled country.


Shabaab suicide bomber strikes AU base in Somalia

2016-10-25 16:26

A Shabaab suicide bomber has rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an African Union military base in central Somalia, a security official said.

Ugandan leader says ICC is 'useless', praises SA, Burundi

2016-10-25 11:15

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has described the International Criminal Court as “useless”, as he praised South Africa and Burundi’s move to leave the tribunal.

Burundi police release detained journalist, driver

2016-10-25 08:44

A Burundi journalist who was arrested with an American reporter and their driver while out reporting in the troubled nation, has been released, according to colleagues.

South Sudan 'rebels' demand ransom for 41 abducted Ugandans

2016-10-24 18:00

A suspected South Sudan rebel group has reportedly demanded a ransom for the safe return of 41 Ugandans who were kidnapped in the east African country early this year.

Heavily armed Shabaab fighters retake town in central Somalia

2016-10-24 06:00

Islamic extremist rebels have recaptured a town in central Somalia after African Union and Somali troops pulled out, according to residents.

Sudan rebels suspend peace talks after chemical attack claims

2016-10-23 09:00

A prominent Sudanese rebel group has said it is suspending peace talks with Khartoum after a rights group accused government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians in war-torn Darfur.

Sudan's Bashir urges ICC African members to quit 'colonial' court

2016-10-22 16:04

Sudan has urged African members of the International Criminal Court to follow South Africa in withdrawing from the ICC, insisting it is a "new colonial tool" targeting only African leaders.

PHOTOS: Stories of Somali refugees living in Dadaab camp

2016-10-21 06:00

As the closure of the world's largest refugee camp, Dadaab, draws ever near, Doctors Without Borders has called upon the Kenyan Government as well as the UNHCR to urgently consider alternative arrangements.

Uganda central bank takes over key commercial bank

2016-10-20 19:32

Uganda's central bank says it has taken over management of the country's largest locally owned commercial bank, Crane Bank, adding that its lack of capital posed a risk to the financial system.

South Sudan monitor says cease-fire violated almost daily

2016-10-20 13:00

The monitor of South Sudan's peace deal is reporting "near-daily violations" of the cease-fire and says fighting could "trigger an uncontrolled escalation of violence".

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