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7 Cameroonian soldiers plead not guilty to executing women and children

2019-10-21 22:55

Seven Cameroonian soldiers accused of killing two women and their children in an alleged summary execution that was caught on video pleaded not guilty at a military tribunal on Monday.

9 killed in Burkina Faso attack

2019-10-21 21:57

Nine people were killed in northern Burkina Faso in the latest attack in a region struggling with a jihadist revolt, a security official says.

Thousands of Sudanese call for dissolving Bashir's party

2019-10-21 21:57

Thousands of Sudanese rallied in several cities including the capital Khartoum, urging the country's new authorities to dissolve the former ruling party of ousted Islamist leader Omar al-Bashir.

Floods force 23 000 from their homes in Niger

2019-10-21 12:46

Floods in southeast Niger have forced 23 000 people to flee their homes since early October, officials say, threatening a new humanitarian crisis in a region already wracked by Boko Haram Islamist violence.

Diamond-rich Botswana facing problems ahead of general elections

2019-10-21 10:45

Diamond-rich Botswana is hailed for its stability, but the southern African nation struggles with income inequality, unemployment and a high rate of HIV.

 
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ELECTION TIME:  Botswana's current President and leader of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Mokgweetsi Masisi and First Lady Neo J. Masisi arrive to address a gathering of BDP Gaborone region candidates and members for the general election in Gaborone. (Monirul Bhuiyan, AFP)

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WATCH | Nearly 150 freed from purported school in Nigeria

2019-10-21 15:08

Police said they had freed nearly 150 students from a purported school in northern Nigeria that claimed it was teaching the Koran but had instead subjected them to abuse.

The crisis in Lesotho's mohair industry, the world’s second-biggest, may be easing

2019-10-21 12:33

Mohair sales in Lesotho, which produces a fifth of the world’s supply of the luxury fiber, have restarted after the government buckled to pressure from farmers and ended a controversial monopoly handed to a Chinese entrepreneur.

Twenty dead in DR Congo bus accident

2019-10-20 13:22

Twenty people were killed early Sunday when a packed bus came off the road on a highway west of the DR Congo capital Kinshasa and burst into flames, a local official said.

Partial Mozambique election results show big win for ruling party

2019-10-19 11:07

Partial results for Mozambique's high-stakes general election have been released, showing President Filipe Nyusi and his ruling Frelimo party headed for a dominant victory.

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Rise in trafficking of Ivorian women, girls to Europe

2019-10-18 17:47

An increasing number of women and girls from Ivory Coast are being trafficked to Northern Africa and Europe, the International Organization for Migration warns.

Malawi police probe officers over rape allegations

2019-10-17 21:28

Malawi police on Thursday announced the launch of an inquiry into allegations by rights groups that its officers raped and tortured women during demonstrations over presidential election results.

Hundreds of Kenya schools to be shut down after deadly collapse

2019-10-17 09:38

About 300 informal schools to be closed after eight children were killed when a school collapsed in Nairobi, which officials blamed on poor construction and overcrowding.

Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools

2019-10-16 19:39

Nigeria's president ordered a crackdown on abuse at Islamic schools, after a second police raid in less than a month revealed men and boys subjected to beatings, abuse and squalid conditions.

Nigerian painting fetches 1.1m after Google search

2019-10-16 10:42

A painting by the Nigerian artist responsible for the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for £1.1m after the family who owned it googled the signature and realised its importance.

Botswana defends elephant hunts

2019-10-15 21:10

Botswana’s decision to reintroduce elephant hunting was necessary to protect its people and environment, and hasn’t adversely affected the $2 billion tourism industry, according to Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Joy Kenewendo.

Nigeria says no 'time limit' on border closure for goods

2019-10-14 19:35

Nigeria's customs chief says a ban on goods coming into the country across its land borders will last as long as it takes for neighbours to stem the flow of smuggled merchandise.

Amnesty decries 'climate of fear' for Nigeria journalists

2019-10-14 15:22

Amnesty International says journalists in Nigeria are operating under a "climate of fear", after 19 reporters were detained by security forces this year.

Media magnate, law master face off in Tunisia presidential vote

2019-10-13 11:33

Almost a month since the launch of Tunisia's presidential vote and whittled down from more than 20 candidates, conservative law professor Kais Saied and media magnate Nabil Karoui face off before the country's electorate of seven million.

Jihadist attacks kill seven in Nigeria: local sources

2019-10-12 16:39

Four civilians and three soldiers have been killed in attacks in northeastern Nigeria blamed on jihadist fighters, local residents and militias said Saturday.

Burkina violence forces 267 000 to flee in last 3 months - UNHCR

2019-10-12 10:17

Violence in Burkina Faso has caused more than a quarter of a million people to flee their homes over the last three months, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

OPINION | Economic chaos is causing a food security and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe

2019-10-11 16:04

It's true that Zimbabwe's food economy has been transformed over the past 19 years. Aggregate production of maize has certainly declined, and imports have become more frequent, writes Ian Scoones.

WATCH | Ethiopian PM wins Nobel Peace Prize

2019-10-11 11:13

The son of poor villagers, a spy boss, and now the man behind dizzying attempts to reform Africa's fastest-growing economy and heal wounds with Ethiopia's neighbours, Abiy Ahmed has seen an unpredictable and peril-strewn rise to fame.

Ebola virus now squeezed into 'corner' of DRC

2019-10-11 06:38

Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made "significant progress", with the virus now contained to a far smaller and mainly rural area, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

'Gunmen kidnap' school head in northern Nigeria

2019-10-10 21:12

Gunmen have kidnapped a school principal in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state, his deputy says, a week after six female students and two staff at another school were seized for ransom.

Ghana puts nine 'coup plotters' on trial for treason

2019-10-10 18:22

Ghana has charged nine people with treason for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, in a rare case for one of west Africa's most stable democracies.

Tunisia presidential hopeful walks free from jail in time for runoff

2019-10-10 11:56

Tunisia's presidential candidate Nabil Karoui received a hero's welcome as he walked free from jail, just days ahead of a runoff against a political newcomer.

Cleric charged over 'illegal detention' at boarding school in Nigeria

2019-10-18 12:05

Police in northern Nigeria charged a cleric with operating an "illegal detention centre" after scores of young men were rescued from his Islamic school where they were tortured and chained.

Transnet’s $400m Zim railway investment deal cancelled

2019-10-17 15:14

Zimbabwe has cancelled a US$400m investment deal for the National Railways of Zimbabwe, which had been awarded to a consortium that included South Africa's Transnet and the Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group.  

UK chose Brexit to build ties with Africa - official

2019-10-16 15:57

The United Kingdom chose Brexit not because it does not like the Europeans, but because the UK believes the future of trade lies in a broader relationship with the fastest-growing regions in the world – Asia and Africa.

WATCH | Mozambique holds peaceful election after violent campaign

2019-10-16 08:31

Mozambique voted in a general election hailed by the president as a sign the country was progressing "peacefully", as fears the poll could be marred by violence proved unwarranted.

Zimbabwe doctors defy court, enter 43rd day of strike

2019-10-14 21:05

Striking Zimbabwe doctors on Monday defied a court order to return to work, saying a pay rise offered by the government failed to meet everyday costs.

UN joins search for missing DR Congo cargo plane

2019-10-12 22:08

UN forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have sent three aircraft to help search for a DRC government cargo plane with eight people on board.

It's official: Hyperinflation has returned to Zimbabwe

2019-10-12 13:40

Zimbabwe is now a hyperinflation economy, according to the Public Accountants and Auditors Board, which is mandated to regulate auditing and accounting standards in the southern African country.

Plane veers off runway in Kenya, leaving some injured

2019-10-12 09:24

An aircraft flying 55 people from Kenya's capital to tourist attraction Lamu island veered off the runway during takeoff, skidding into some trees and leaving nine injured, aviation officials say.

Homosexuality to be punishable by death in Uganda

2019-10-11 14:00

Uganda has announced its plans for a Bill to be passed that will impose the death penalty on homosexuals, according to a report.

WATCH | Poo-lieve it or not: Recycling human waste in Nairobi is cleaning up the slums

2019-10-11 11:09

"When I started, there was poop in bags everywhere," said Ricky Ojwang, skillfully navigating a rubbish-strewn canal in Mukuru, a Nairobi slum where he's worked to improve sanitation since 2012.

Family says Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah beaten in jail

2019-10-10 22:01

A leading Egyptian activist who was arrested amid a recent clampdown following anti-government protests has been beaten, threatened and stripped to his underwear while in custody, according to his family.

OPINION | Buhari's visit to SA eased tensions, but more needs to be done

2019-10-10 19:47

Although Nigeria and SA are often cast as rivals, they have a strong bilateral relationship founded over the decades. This springs in part from Nigeria's historical role in its support for the liberation struggle against apartheid, writes Olayinka Ajala.

OPINION | A look back at the turbulent relationship between Nigeria and SA

2019-10-10 13:29

Nigeria is a major player in West Africa while SA is a major player in the Southern African Development Community region. Sustained tensions would be to the detriment of both countries - and Africa as a whole, writes Bheki Mngomezulu.

Facebook extends fact-checking programme to 10 new African states

2019-10-09 19:48

Facebook announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme to 10 new African countries in partnership with Agence France-Presse and other media.

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