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US sanctions 3 over activities in South Sudan's civil war

2018-12-16 11:57

The United States has said it has sanctioned three people over their roles in South Sudan's five-year civil war, saying it will continue to target those who "profit off the misery and suffering of the South Sudanese people."

Looking out for West Africa's migrant children

2018-12-16 11:57

Jacques wanted to start working when he was 10. His father refused so he left his home in Tema, Ghana, to live in nearby Benin, like many young children in search of a better life.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa pledges reforms to promote democracy

2018-12-16 09:39

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to reform his party and promote democracy in his closing address to the ruling Zanu-PF party's annual conference.

AU force in Somalia says not involved in ex-al-Shabaab arrest

2018-12-16 07:06

The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia says it had no part in the arrest of the former No 2 leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency.

NEW DISCOVERY: 'One of a kind' tomb, untouched for 4 440 years, found in Egypt

2018-12-15 21:53

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4 400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo.

South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously

2018-12-15 18:28

For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future.

 
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Two soldiers killed in mine blast in NE Nigeria: sources

2018-12-16 09:39

Two Nigerian soldiers were killed in a roadside mine explosion in the restive northeast near the border with Cameroon as troops repelled a jihadist attack on a base in the region, military sources have said.

2 female suicide bombers die in northern Cameroon attack

2018-12-16 07:06

A Cameroon official says two female suicide bombers have died after detonating in a northern town near the Nigerian border.

US orders some staffers from DRC as election approaches

2018-12-15 18:28

The United States has ordered "non-emergency" government employees and family members to leave Democratic Republic of Congo as a major election approaches and armed groups remain a concern.

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Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabaab No 2 seized

2018-12-15 14:08

A third day of protests have began in Somalia over the arrest of the former No 2 leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency.

More than 52 000 displaced by 'horrific violence' in west Niger: UN

2018-12-15 12:13

More than 52 000 people have been displaced by violence since January in western Niger, an unstable area hit by jihadist incursions near the poor west African country's border with Mali, the UN refugee agency has said.

Nigerian military lifts ban on Unicef in restive northeast

2018-12-15 09:48

The Nigerian military has lifted a ban on Unicef operations in the ravaged northeast after earlier suspending the aid agency and accusing it of training "spies" supporting Boko Haram jihadists.

21 killed in ethnic violence in Ethiopia

2018-12-15 07:22

At least 21 people have been killed in two days of fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia, the state-affiliated Fana radio has reported,

UN condemns violence against opposition ahead of DRC vote

2018-12-14 17:41

The UN rights chief has denounced violence targeting the opposition by DRC's security forces, just days before a vote marred by an increasingly tense campaign.

Suspected jihadists kill 42 in Mali's nomadic Tuareg camps

2018-12-14 15:28

Suspected jihadists on motorcycles have killed at least 42 people during a series of attacks on Tuareg nomadic camps in Mali, local leaders say.

US demands immediate end to violence, talks in Cameroon

2018-12-14 12:17

The US is demanding an immediate end to violence in Cameroon and a speedy start to talks between the government and Anglophone separatists without preconditions.

Ethiopia sets 2022 for Nile dam's completion amid delays

2018-12-14 11:02

An Ethiopian official says the country's controversial Nile River dam will not be completed until 2022, more than four years behind schedule, because of possible defects with the hydro-electrical plant's equipment.

EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraints

2018-12-14 10:11

The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners.

Worsening Ebola crisis leaves UN Security Council with few options

2018-12-14 08:22

The UN Security Council's response to the most recent Ebola outbreak has been weak. But what options does it have?, asks The Conservation.

Togo's government stands firm on election date

2018-12-14 06:13

Togo's government has maintained parliamentary elections will take place later this month, despite an opposition boycott and deadly violence.

US lashes out at 'predatory' China, Russia in Africa

2018-12-13 19:05

The United States has lashed out at "predatory" Chinese and Russian policy in Africa and unveiled a new strategy for using economic muscle to counter its rivals' grips on the continent.

WATCH: Nearly 80% of DRC's Kinshasa vote material destroyed in fire

2018-12-13 17:08

Nearly 80% of the material for staging the December 23 election in DRC's capital, Kinshasa, was destroyed when an election warehouse was torched overnight, officials say.

Nigeria presidential challenger signs peaceful poll pact

2018-12-13 15:34

The main challenger to President Muhammadu Buhari in next year's presidential poll has signed a deal committing to peaceful elections a day after missing the initial ceremony in the capital.

Gandhi statue removed after student protest in Ghana

2018-12-13 12:34

A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans.

Zanu-PF 'unanimously endorses' Mnangagwa for 2023 elections – reports

2018-12-13 10:06

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly already endorsed President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Top Africa stories: Zim post-election violence report to be made public, Mozambique

2018-12-13 08:08

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly reassured Zimbabweans that he will make public the post-election violence report, and Mozambique has named top ex-rebels to army command.

EU court rejects Mubarak bid to end European sanctions

2018-12-12 21:25

An EU court has rejected a bid by Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak to lift a freeze on his assets in Europe that followed his ouster in the 2011 revolution.

Release of 289 Cameroon anglophone separatists delayed

2018-12-15 16:04

The release of nearly 300 people arrested in connection with Cameroon's anglophone crisis has been delayed by red tape, state radio said Friday, a day after they were pardoned by President Paul Biya.

I Coast opposition chief Bedie seeks alliance for election

2018-12-15 14:08

The head of Ivory Coast's main opposition party, Henri Konan Bedie, has announced that ousted president Laurent Gbagbo would back a party alliance to fight the next presidential election.

Tunisia 'truth commission' calls for govt to back courts judging torturers

2018-12-15 12:13

A Tunisian commission tasked with securing justice for victims of decades of dictatorship has called at its final congress for authorities to back the work of special courts set up to judge torturers.

Two Rwandan soldiers killed by rebels on DRC border: Kagame

2018-12-15 09:48

At least two Rwandan soldiers in an attack by rebels who had crossed the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Paul Kagame has said.

CAR's anti-Balaka militia quits disarmament efforts

2018-12-14 20:05

Two militia groups involved in bloodshed in Central African Republic say they are withdrawing from a disarmament programme following the arrest in France of one of their leaders.

Ethiopia moving troops from Eritrean border amid new peace

2018-12-14 17:41

Ethiopian military officials say they are moving troops away from the border with Eritrea, months after the former rivals made a surprising peace.

Ebola in the DRC: expert sets out critical lessons learnt in Liberia

2018-12-14 13:28

It could be a matter of days before the ebola epidemic in the DRC spreads to urban centres or spills over into neighbouring countries, writes The Conversation.

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in DRC outbreak

2018-12-14 11:02

They call her the "young miracle". A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment centre just six days after birth is now recovered from the virus.

Nigeria launches $1.1bn lawsuit against Shell, Eni

2018-12-14 10:11

The Nigerian government is taking oil giants Shell and Eni to court in London, requesting the return of $1.1 billion as part of a case of alleged corruption dating back to 2011, a report says.

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

2018-12-14 08:22

The Trump administration has announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it calls the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage".

'We aren't desperate for unity talks,' MDC tells Zanu-PF – report

2018-12-14 06:13

Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change party has reportedly said that it is not desperate to form a government of national unity with the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Fact-check: Have 60 000 Christians been killed in central Nigeria since 2001?

2018-12-13 20:14

A video uploaded to Facebook by one of US president Donald Trump's lawyers claims that 60 000 Christians have been killed by nomadic Muslim herdsmen in central Nigeria since 2001.

Former Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

2018-12-13 19:05

A Somali official says Ethiopian troops have arrested a former extremist leader who is now a candidate in a regional election in the country's southwest

Several dozen killed near Mali's border with Niger

2018-12-13 17:08

Several dozen civilians have been shot dead by gunmen who raided an area in northeastern Mali near the border with Niger, local officials and a Touareg self-defence group say.

DRC opposition supporter, 17, shot dead ahead of election rally: party

2018-12-13 13:43

A teenager was shot dead in central Democratic Republic of Congo when police fired towards a group of supporters ahead of a rally by opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi, his party says.

Fire destroys thousands of DRC voting machines in capital Kinshasa

2018-12-13 11:20

Democratic Republic of Congo says thousands of voting machines have been destroyed in an overnight fire just 10 days before the presidential election, but officials vow it will not disrupt the vote.

At least 3 killed during DRC opposition rally

2018-12-13 08:08

Three people were killed on Wednesday in clashes with police on the sidelines of an opposition rally in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo ahead of this month's presidential elections, sources say.

Mali says foiled New Year's Eve terror attacks

2018-12-13 05:58

A four-man "terrorist cell" suspected of planning New Year's Eve attacks in Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso has been dismantled by Malian intelligence services, a statement says.

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