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Madagascar goes to polls in latest battle of bitter political feud

2019-05-27 12:15

Madagascar holds parliamentary elections Monday in what is being seen as the latest round of a bitter feud between President Andry Rajoelina and his longstanding rival Marc Ravalomanana.

Five Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambush

2019-05-27 06:28

Five Nigerian soldiers have been killed and a number are missing after an ambush by Boko Haram's Islamic State-backed faction.

Sudan general vows to back Saudi against Iran 'threats'

2019-05-25 13:33

A top Sudanese general vowed to back regional ally Saudi Arabia against "all threats and attacks" from Iran during talks with the kingdom's crown prince, Sudan's military council said Friday.

WATCH: Senegal 'Salt Queen' tastes success in a man's world

2019-05-24 12:12

Diouf, 35, began her venture a decade ago, investing her savings to buy her own salt flats in Fatick, one of the West African nation's biggest salt mining regions.

 
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ELECTIONS:  Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera warned against attempts to rig the country's election, claiming he was leading as votes were slowly tallied. (Amos Gumulira, AFP)

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Blast kills Chad soldiers, journalist after Boko Haram attack

2019-05-26 13:09

Four Chadian soldiers and a television reporter were killed when their vehicle hit a mine on a road in eastern Chad, security sources said Sunday.

Ten people kidnapped by armed group in eastern DRC

2019-05-23 22:50

Ten people have been kidnapped by an armed group in the Beni region of eastern DR Congo, local sources say.

Uncertainty grips Sudan weeks after Bashir's ouster

2019-05-23 22:04

Weeks after the army ousted veteran leader Omar al-Bashir, Sudan is gripped by uncertainty as talks between the military rulers and protesters on the transition to civilian rule remain deadlocked.

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Fears of Ebola pandemic if DRC violent attacks continue

2019-05-23 20:33

Health officials have warned that the second-deadliest outbreak of Ebola may spiral out of control unless attacks by armed groups on medical facilities and workers in the DRC stop.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting

2019-05-23 13:39

Botswana, home to almost one-third of Africa's elephants, has lifted a ban on elephant hunting, saying the population had increased and farmers' livelihoods were being impacted.

Bleak first quarter of 2019 for Zimbabwe mining firms

2019-05-23 09:31

Mining houses in Zimbabwe experienced a poor first quarter of the year as delays and the non-payment of foreign currency earnings by the central bank stifled production.

US embassy disappointed by Masutha's decision to extradite Chang to Mozambique

2019-05-22 22:35

The US embassy in Pretoria says it is disappointed by Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha's decision to have former Mozambique finance minister Manuel Chang extradited to his home country instead of the US.

Mozambique welcomes ex-minister's extradition

2019-05-22 21:32

Mozambique has welcomed South Africa's decision to extradite former finance minister Manuel Chang to Maputo, rather than the United States, over a government corruption scandal.

UN envoy warns of 'long and bloody war' in Libya

2019-05-22 13:11

The UN envoy for Libya has called for immediate action to cut off arms flows to the warring sides in Libya, warning that the ongoing battle for Tripoli was "just the start of a long and bloody war".

How to beat Boko Haram? Treat women better, analysts say

2019-05-22 09:42

Tens of thousands of women have been freed from Nigeria's brutal Boko Haram fighters, but providing a safe future for them is critical to winning the war, analysts warned.

Nigeria keen to join Africa free trade zone, trade minister says

2019-05-22 05:02

Nigeria will sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari approves an impact-assessment report he asked for, the country’s trade minister has said.

Fuel in Zimbabwe will now cost over R20 a litre

2019-05-21 11:53

Zimbabwe has announced a massive fuel price hike after the country's central bank said it would no longer provide fuel dealers with funding for petrol and diesel.

Zimbabwe to subsidise public transport as inflation accelerates

2019-05-21 07:45

The measure is introduced as the central bank and finance ministry injected $500 million to improve the liquidity of the foreign-exchange interbank market.

DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread - WHO chief

2019-05-21 05:12

The World Health Organisation chief urged different political factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unite in the battle against Ebola, warning that the risk of spread "remains very high".

WATCH: 'Rivers' of plastic block Kinshasa's waterways

2019-05-19 16:51

In the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city Kinshasa residents are fed up of the 'rivers' of plastic waste taking over the city's waterways as thousands of plastic bottles have piled up over the years, causing deadly floods when it rains.

Egypt's Sinai: At least 47 fighters, 5 troops killed in battle

2019-05-16 19:04

Forty-seven fighters and five Egyptian soldiers were killed during Egypt's ongoing military offensive in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where it is fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Shots fired in Sudan ahead of crunch talks on ruling body

2019-05-15 22:15

At least eight people have been reported wounded by gunshots near a Khartoum sit-in , before crucial talks between military chiefs and protest leaders over a transitional governing body.

24 Algerian police officers wounded in protest

2019-05-15 18:49

At least 24 police officers have been wounded in clashes with protesters rallying against unemployment in central Algeria, state media reported.

Rwandan rebel leader pleads guilty to terrorism

2019-05-23 17:55

A rebel leader accused of orchestrating deadly attacks in Rwanda's border regions has pleaded guilty to terrorism and other charges, and admitted to working with foreign governments against Kigali.

WATCH: Zimbabwe outages plunge businesses into darkness

2019-05-23 10:02

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised a 'brighter tomorrow' when he was sworn in, vowing to revive the country's economy. But this week Zimbabwe is firmly in the dark, as it endures the worst power cuts in three years.

Can Algeria hold presidential polls on July 4?

2019-05-23 05:04

Algeria's rulers are determined to hold presidential polls on July 4, seeing the vote as the only way out of the crisis that forced veteran leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika to quit after weeks of protests.

Armed group kills more than 30 in Central African Republic: UN

2019-05-22 22:18

More than 30 people were killed and many more wounded when an armed group attacked villages in northwestern Central African Republic, the UN's peacekeeping mission says.

Main opposition warns against rigging in close Malawi vote

2019-05-22 20:29

Malawi opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has warned against attempts to rig the country's election, claiming he was leading as votes were slowly tallied.

'Open for business' Zimbabwe has little to show for $27 billion

2019-05-22 12:25

When Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the leadership of Zimbabwe from Robert Mugabe in November 2017, he promised to revive the moribund economy and adopted a mantra he’s repeated regularly ever since - 'Zimbabwe is open for business'.

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DRC

2019-05-22 06:57

People in Ebola-hit eastern DRC are struggling to come to terms with high-security burials that are part of a hard-pressed strategy to roll back the disease.

Angola to re-bury body of rebel chief Savimbi

2019-05-21 11:17

The exhumed body of Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi, who was killed in 2002, will be reburied in his hometown next month, authorities said after DNA tests confirmed the identity of the remains.

Malawi votes in tight three-way election

2019-05-22 11:42

Malawi polls have opened after a closely-fought election campaign, with President Peter Mutharika battling to hold off two serious rivals in a race that has focused on corruption allegations and economic development.

Egypt blackface sketch spotlights racism in region

2019-05-19 09:03

An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a deeper racism problem in the region.

Aviation supports 6.2 million jobs in Africa

2019-05-18 19:00

The aviation industry supports $55.8bn of economic activity and 6.2 million jobs in Africa, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Angola is back – African Energy Chamber official

2019-05-18 14:51

Reforms Angola has done since 2017 will have implications for decades to come, says the new country head for Angola of the African Energy Chamber.

Uganda media in court after Bobi Wine coverage

2019-05-17 08:00

Media groups are challenging a decision by the country's communications regulator to remove dozens of senior journalists from their news management roles over coverage of music star turned politician Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

Anglo American opens Zimbabwe's first platinum smelter

2019-05-16 19:04

Mining giant Anglo American has opened a $62-million platinum smelter in Zimbabwe, the country's first such refinery, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to boost the country's valuable platinum sector.

Egypt's Sisi hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Gulf tensions

2019-05-16 07:00

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has met Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the presidency says, amid rising tensions in the Gulf.

UN demands Tunisia drop charges against arms expert

2019-05-15 21:36

The United Nations has rejected Tunisia's reasons for the arrest in March of a UN expert on suspicion of espionage and demanded that charges against him dropped.

Feud between Rwanda, Uganda strongmen takes toll

2019-05-15 15:18

The people living on either side of the Ugandan-Rwandan border at Katuna never much considered the boundary: Children crossed for school, workers moved freely and trade thrived.

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