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Madagascar police call for calm ahead of election result

2018-11-16 21:18

Madagascan police have called for candidates to exercise restraint as near-complete results were tallied from a first-round presidential election last week, with two former leaders looking set to go through to the run-off.

In Uganda, special court offers justice for rape

2018-11-16 21:18

Courts across Uganda have begun trying hundreds of stalled sexual violence cases, including many of child rape, in an effort to provide long-overdue justice for victims.

US gives Chad boats, trucks for fight against jihadists

2018-11-16 21:18

The United States have donated military vehicles and boats worth $1.3 million to Chad as part of a campaign against Islamist militancy in the country.

Rebels kill five civilians in eastern DRC

2018-11-16 20:00

Five people have been shot dead by a militant group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a civil society leader has said as the military attacked rebels in the Ebola-plagued region of Beni.

Zim horror accident: Mnangagwa sends condolences to bus victims

2018-11-16 18:05

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent his condolences to victims of a horrific bus accident that was engulfed by an inferno, killing more than 40 people.

Zim city mulls compulsory cremation for people under the age of 25 – report

2018-11-16 16:01

Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, is reportedly planning to introduce mandatory cremation for people who die at the age of 25 and below due to shortage of burial space.

 
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Mnangagwa saved Chamisa from arrest, says Zim police chief

2018-11-16 20:00

Zimbabwean police have reportedly said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the reason why they have not arrested the opposition MDC party leader Nelson Chamisa for "inciting violence", which led to a deadly military crackdown on August 1.

ISIS backed Boko Haram faction claims Nigerian attack

2018-11-16 20:00

The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram claimed an attack on a military base in Nigeria's northeast that killed three, the SITE Intelligence Group has said.

Cameroon journalist accused of justifying terrorism

2018-11-16 18:05

A Cameroon journalist has been charged with justifying terrorism, says his lawyer, one of at least six reporters detained since a disputed presidential election on October 7.

Two DRC students shot dead: police

2018-11-16 16:01

Two students died this week after being shot during protests at a university in Democratic Republic of Congo, and a police officer has been arrested, the city's police chief has said.

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Track legend Keino turns state witness in Kenya graft case

2018-11-16 14:31

Kenya's former Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino will become a witness for the prosecution after charges of corruption at the 2016 Olympics against him were dropped, his lawyer has said.

Three Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack on military base

2018-11-16 12:35

At least three soldiers have been killed and several others are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military and militia sources say.

Militia men convicted of bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

2018-11-16 11:30

Attorneys for three Kansas militia members who conspired to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in a western Kansas meatpacking town have asked the court to bar at sentencing any victim impact statements.

Russia warns France over CAR peace role

2018-11-16 10:21

Russia has warned France that it must put aside """parochial national interests" and recognise its peace efforts in the Central African Republic as negotiations continue on a contentious UN Security Council resolution.

1 Tanzanian, 7 Malawian soldiers killed in eastern DRC

2018-11-16 08:00

At least eight United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in an operation against a rebel militia in eastern DRC, the UN Security Council says.

Top Africa stories: Malawi nurse, Zimbabweans reflect on Mugabe ouster

2018-11-16 05:51

A nurse in Malawi is under fire for taking a selfie with a naked pregnant woman in a labour ward, and Zimbabweans are reflecting on former president Robert Mugabe's ouster a year ago.

Ghana says on track to exit IMF bailout

2018-11-15 21:31

Ghana is on track to exit its almost $1.0bn bailout programme with the International Monetary Fund by the end of the year, finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said.

'Let's help Mnangagwa move Zim forward,' says former deputy PM

2018-11-15 19:30

Zimbabwe's former deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe has reportedly called for "unity of purpose" among various stakeholders in the southern African country, which is currently battling a battered economy.

Morocco to unveil Africa's first ever high speed train line

2018-11-15 19:30

French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI are inaugurating his country's first high-speed rail line in Morocco, the first ever high speed train in in the African continent

HRW denounces Angola's expulsion of 400 000 Congolese

2018-11-15 18:29

A global rights watchdog has called on Angola to halt mass deportations after more than 400 000 migrants mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo fled or were expelled from Angola in just weeks.

Nigeria 'sex-for-marks' don charged with corruption

2018-11-15 16:45

A Nigerian professor accused of demanding sex from a student to boost her marks has been charged with corruption, one of the country's main anti-graft bodies has announced.

I Ran for president in Cameroon. Here is what I learnt

2018-11-15 15:49

On 6 November, Paul Biya was inaugurated for the seventh time. The 85-year-old has already been in power for the last 36 years and will now serve another seven-year term. Read more...

Nigerian governors reject $82 pay deal for workers

2018-11-15 14:23

Nigerian governors have rejected a deal to raise the minimum wage to 30 000 naira ($82) from 18 000 naira a month, a move that could trigger fresh labour unrest.

Death toll from DRC cholera outbreak at 857

2018-11-15 12:48

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 857 lives since the start of the year, the World Health Organisation says.

Inquiry into police brutality as 40 injured at Algerian match

2018-11-15 11:31

Algerian police are under investigation following social media images of officers apparently attacking fans after a first division match, according to official sources.

Fighting erupts in troubled Chad mountains

2018-11-15 10:18

Deadly clashes are unfolding in a troubled gold-mining region in northern Chad, pitching government troops against a local "self-defence" force, sources say.

African leaders meet for 'last push' on AU reforms

2018-11-15 08:00

African leaders are set to gather this weekend for a special summit aimed at pushing through long-debated reforms to their pan-continental body.

'It was a time of immense hope': Zimbabweans reflect on fall of Mugabe

2018-11-15 05:50

It's one year since the Zimbabwe army seized control of the country, rolled their tanks onto the streets of Harare and forced longtime leader Robert Mugabe out of power.

Two thirds of African cities face 'extreme climate risk'

2018-11-15 10:10

Rapid population growth and poor infrastructure have put two out of three cities in Africa at "extreme risk" of the threats posed by climate change, according to a new analysis.

Zim horror accident: Bus was headed to SA, 'completely incinerated'

2018-11-16 12:35

The Red Cross says its teams responded to a "horrific accident" in Zimbabwe involving a bus heading to South Africa, with pictures showing the remains of the bus completely incinerated.

PICS: Passengers in Zimbabwe caught in bus fire... at least 42 killed

2018-11-16 11:30

At least 42 passengers have been confirmed dead, Zimbabwean police say, after a suspected gas tank exploded on a bus, with pictures showing the burnt-out wreckage of the vehicles.

WATCH: Zim opposition leader Chamisa calls his supporters 'stupid'

2018-11-16 10:21

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Nelson Chamisa has had to apologise to his supporters for calling them "stupid" for taking to the streets on August 1 to protest a delay in poll results, resulting in a deadly army crackdown.

US cutting counterterror forces in Africa

2018-11-16 08:00

The Pentagon says it is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and is studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world.

Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania over gay rights

2018-11-16 05:51

Denmark is cutting about $10 million in aid to the government of Tanzania over what it called "negative developments" in human rights in the east African country

Seven peacekeepers killed, 10 wounded in DRC fighting: UN

2018-11-15 21:31

Seven peacekeepers were killed and 10 others were wounded during a joint military operation with troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo against rebels in the east of the country, a UN spokesperson has said.

France, Russia, US wrangle at UN over CAR

2018-11-15 21:31

France, Russia and the United States are locked in negotiations to overcome differences over peace efforts in the Central African Republic ahead of a deadline for renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission there.

Libya planning to extradite Manchester bomber's brother: PM

2018-11-15 20:35

Libya is planning to extradite the brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi to Britain by the end of the year, Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has told the BBC in an interview.

Gabon's constitutional court intervenes over Bongo's absence

2018-11-15 19:30

Gabon's Constitutional Court has intervened in a crisis surrounding hospitalised president Ali Bongo, declaring to a storm of criticism that it had modified the constitution to address his "temporary incapacity".

Madagascar rivals set for election run-off

2018-11-15 18:29

Two former presidents of Madagascar look set to compete in a hotly-contested run-off election in December after partial results have showed they were frontrunners in the first-round vote.

UN troops hurt in offensive against militia in east DRC

2018-11-15 18:29

UN peacekeepers and Congolese troops have been wounded in an offensive against a militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations' mission to the country has said.

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea, keeps arms embargo on Somalia

2018-11-15 16:45

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to lift sanctions against Eritrea following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries - but it kept an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabaab militants.

Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya

2018-11-15 15:49

Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days after being picked up at sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them.

South Sudan plans to build new capital in former game park

2018-11-15 14:23

South Sudan's government says it is planning to construct a new state capital in a central location in what was a wildlife park, to make the seat of government more accessible.

Zim protesters' killings: Army generals' denials 'not surprising'

2018-11-15 11:31

The Institute for Security Studies has described as "unsurprising" the testimony by two Zimbabwean army generals who denied that troops killed six people on August 1 when the military was called in to crush protests following the country's disputed elections.

Malawi nurse under fire for taking selfie with naked pregnant woman in labour ward

2018-11-15 10:18

A nurse at a hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, has reportedly been suspended, pending further investigation, after she took a selfie with an unsuspecting naked pregnant woman in the background.

Namibia's Hosea Kutako International Airport set for R246m upgrade

2018-11-15 11:18

Namibia's Hosea Kutako International Airport is set to undergo a major upgrade with its government approving a R246m overhaul to begin in March 2019.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe 'was warned about coup', toddler dies from zebra cobra snake bite

2018-11-15 08:00

Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe was forewarned about the coup that toppled him from power', a former aide says, and a 2-year-old toddler has died from a zebra cobra snake bite in Namibia.

Nigerian judge says Biafran separatist must appear in court

2018-11-15 05:50

A Nigerian judge says she wants a missing pro-Biafra leader back in court after he resurfaced in Israel following a months-long disappearance.

Ugandan police say 10 students killed in arson attack

2018-11-14 21:02

Ugandan police say 10 students were killed in an alleged arson attack targeting a school dormitory in central Uganda

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