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Lesotho PM confirms resignation after alleged link to wife's murder

2020-01-17 21:50

Lesotho's prime minister confirmed has confirmed that he would resign after police linked him to the murder of his estranged wife.

Libya ceasefire nigh? Putin to attend Libya peace conference

2020-01-17 21:41

Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a peace conference on Libya in Germany on Sunday, as world powers step up efforts to find a lasting ceasefire.

First arrest puts marital rape in spotlight in Eswatini

2020-01-17 11:52

The southern African kingdom of Eswatini is ramping up rights for married women, enforcing the charge of rape against offending husbands - a taboo in conservative Swati society.

Lesotho PM to resign over alleged links to wife's murder

2020-01-16 18:15

Lesotho's prime minister has bowed to pressure to step down over evidence allegedly linking him to the murder of his estranged wife.

Nearly 1 000 migrants forced back to Libya since start of year: UN

2020-01-15 08:58

Heavy clashes have spurred a growing exodus of migrants from Libya, but nearly 1 000 intercepted at sea have been forced to return to the war-ravaged country since January 1, the UN said on Tuesday.

 
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'Too early' to say Libya ceasefire collapsed: Turkey

2020-01-15 15:25

Turkey said Wednesday it was still confident the ceasefire in Libya would hold despite strongman Khalifa Haftar's refusal to sign a permanent truce.

Angola relaxes visa requirements, allows people to conduct business under a tourist visa

2020-01-15 08:52

The Angolan government has been introducing several initiatives to encourage investment and business opportunities in the oil rich country since former president, José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down.

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Libya's strongman Haftar snubs peace deal in Moscow

2020-01-14 12:18

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending nine months of fighting, leaving the future of a fragile truce uncertain.

Malawi to probe bribery attempts in alleged poll fraud case

2020-01-14 08:39

Malawi's anti-graft body said Monday it probe alleged attempts to bribe judges tackling a case linked to a controversial election which handed President Peter Mutharika a second term.

Military chiefs sacked after deadly Niger jihadist attack

2020-01-14 06:07

Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country's history.

Jihadists kill three teachers in attack on Kenya school

2020-01-13 14:19

Suspected Al-Shabaab Islamists killed three teachers and kidnapped another at a primary school in eastern Kenya on Monday, police said, the latest in a spate of attacks in the region.

China set to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe

2020-01-13 09:47

China's foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday pledged to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe despite a spat over bilateral aid figures in November.

Zimbabwe's government workers reject 97% salary increase

2020-01-11 14:28

Zimbabwe government workers have rejected a 97% salary increment that was tabled by their employer saying the offer fell far too short of their demands.

Zimbabwe's VP wife sues husband over access to children, house

2020-01-10 20:37

The wife of Zimbabwe's vice president, who faces charges of attempting to murder her husband, has sued over access to their children and home, court papers show.

Nigeria attorney general drops $2bn tax claim against MTN; next stop: tax authorities

2020-01-10 18:07

MTN Nigeria is withdrawing its legal action against the Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Minister of Justice, in a matter that saw the Nigerian authorities seeking to recover around $2bn in back taxes from the wireless carrier, MTN said on Friday.

Violence in DRC's Ituri may be crimes against humanity: UN

2020-01-10 16:15

Hundreds of people have been killed or raped in attacks on the Hema ethnic group in eastern DRC's Ituri province, in what "may amount to crimes against humanity" or even genocide, the UN says.

63 'terrorists', 25 others killed in Niger army base attack: defence ministry

2020-01-10 13:51

Heavily armed assailants stormed a military base in Niger on Thursday killing 25 people and leading to fierce clashes that killed 63 "terrorists", the defence ministry said, in an area where dozens died in a previous jihadist attack.

UN refugee agency probing corruption in Uganda, Kenya

2020-01-09 18:00

The UN refugee agency says it is probing new allegations of fraud in its resettlement programme in Kenya and Uganda after a report in German magazine Stern alleging graft.

18 UN troops and 2 civilians injured attack in Mali mortar attack

2020-01-09 13:46

Eighteen UN troops and two civilians were wounded Thursday in a mortar attack on a military base in northern Mali, a UN official said, in fresh violence in the war-torn West African country.

Al-Shabaab warns of more attacks against Kenya, US interests

2020-01-08 22:56

Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab has warned Kenya "will never be safe", threatening tourists and calling for more attacks on US interests after they stormed an American base at the weekend.

Renamo MPs quizzed over attacks in central Mozambique

2020-01-08 19:24

Mozambique's prosecuting authority has questioned four opposition lawmakers over a recent wave of highway ambushes that have claimed at least 10 lives in the central region.

Botswana opposition wins right to challenge election result

2020-01-08 15:39

Botswana's court of appeal has ruled in favour of hearing an opposition bid to throw out general election results after a lower court rejected their petition for lack of evidence.

Four killed in car bombing near Somalia parliament

2020-01-08 13:59

At least four people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded close to a checkpoint near Somalia's parliament in the capital Mogadishu on Wednesday, police have said.

Turkey threatens to 'teach lesson' to Libya's Haftar after peace deal snub

2020-01-15 06:03

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would "teach a lesson" to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar if he resumed fighting after abandoning ceasefire talks in Moscow.

Minute of silence at UN for 89 Niger troops

2020-01-14 08:39

UN Security Council ambassadors stood for a minute of silence in memory of 89 soldiers killed during a jihadist assault on a Niger military base.

US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

2020-01-14 07:59

The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer says, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

Libyan rivals to sign ceasefire deal in Moscow

2020-01-13 20:55

Both sides in Libya's conflict are expected to convene in Moscow on Monday to sign an agreement on the terms of a ceasefire which went into effect over the weekend, ending nine months of fighting after weeks of international diplomacy.

89 Niger soldiers killed in jihadist attack on camp: govt

2020-01-13 10:53

A jihadist attack on a military camp in western Niger three days ago left 89 soldiers dead, according to a new toll announced by the government on public radio Sunday.

Both sides in Libya conflict accept ceasefire

2020-01-12 13:09

Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire that started early Sunday following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.

Sierra Leone suspends minister for suspected graft

2020-01-10 22:45

Sierra Leone's labour minister and three other government officials have been suspended in an alleged corruption case involving a rice donation from China, the presidency said Friday.

Police disperse protesters in Algerian capital

2020-01-10 19:17

Baton-wielding police have broken up a protest in Algiers, cracking down on demonstrators vowing to keep up the anti-regime movement that has rocked Algeria for nearly a year.

Morocco activist jailed for 2 years for Facebook post

2020-01-10 18:01

A Moroccan activist has been sentenced to two years in prison for "insulting the national flag and the symbol of the state" in a Facebook post, his lawyer says.

After six-year exile, former Central Africa leader returns

2020-01-10 14:57

Former Central African Republic (CAR) rebel leader and president Michel Djotodia returned to Bangui on Friday, exactly six years after quitting as head of state, and pledged to support peace in the troubled country.

Lesotho PM's party seeks his ouster over wife's murder

2020-01-09 22:29

Lesotho's ruling party has asked Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to resign over alleged links to the 2017 murder of his wife, calling him a "threat to the nation".

Gunmen kill 12 in central Nigeria attack

2020-01-09 19:08

Gunmen have killed 12 people in an attack on a village in a region of central Nigeria known for bloody clashes between cattle herders and farmers, police say.

Angola billionaire Isabel dos Santos lashes out over graft probe

2020-01-09 16:01

Isabel dos Santos, Angola's billionaire businesswoman and daughter of the former president, has launched a head-on attack on the government since her assets were frozen last month by graft investigators.

US sanctions South Sudan vice president over human rights

2020-01-08 22:04

The United States has hit South Sudan's first vice president with financial sanctions, accusing him of ordering the deaths of two opposition leaders.

DRC police warn protesting students to leave Kinshasa campus

2020-01-08 20:26

Police in the DRC capital have given protesting students a day to leave Kinshasa University campus after violent clashes this week left one policeman dead.

Clashes over garrison town kill 3 Nigerian soldiers

2020-01-08 17:00

Three soldiers have been killed in intense fighting between Nigeria's army and jihadists over a key northeastern garrison town, a security source says.

Child found dead at Paris airport in undercarriage of plane from Ivory Coast: source

2020-01-08 14:06

A child aged around 10 was found dead Wednesday at a Paris airport in the undercarriage of a plane that had come from the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan, a source close to the inquiry said.

Sudan bans newspapers, TV stations over Bashir ties

2020-01-07 23:00

Sudan banned two newspapers and two television stations on Tuesday, saying they had received funding from the government of former president Omar al-Bashir who was ousted last year following protests.

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