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DRC leader still coy on role in long-delayed election

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Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila in a national address says the long-delayed December election is "a matter of sovereignty" but he still doesn't say what role he will play.

Ethiopia names ambassador to Eritrea as ties thaw

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Ethiopia has appointed an ambassador to Eritrea for the first time in 20 years, state-affiliated media has reported, the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves between the neighbours.

Zimbabwe defends electoral roll over 'ghost voters'

2018-07-19 19:09

Zimbabwean authorities have defended a new electoral roll after allegations that thousands of fake names, duplicates and dead people are registered to cast ballots in a July 30 vote.

Gambian govt condemns ex-president's 'shocking' return pledge

2018-07-19 20:05

Banjul has condemned former president Yahya Jammeh's pledge to come back to the West African country in a leaked phone call that went viral on social media.

One 20-year term, 14 acquittals in Senegal jihadists trial

2018-07-19 19:09

The alleged leader of a jihadist cell has been handed a 20-year term with forced labour in Senegal's largest terror-related trial, which has also seen 14 other suspects acquitted.

Nigerian leader backs major Shell project on Dutch trip

2018-07-19 17:07

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ended a four-day visit to the Netherlands, after voicing staunch backing for the ICC and giving oil giant Shell a nod for a new $5bn investment deal.

 
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Boko Haram kills six traders in Nigeria ambush: locals

2018-07-19 17:07

Boko Haram fighters killed six traders when they ambushed a convoy of lorries under military escort in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and a local resident have said.

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Cameroon's anglophone crisis hits palm oil, cocoa production

2018-07-19 15:36

The crisis in anglophone Cameroon is damaging the Southwest Region's economy, with palm oil plantations closing and the cocoa trade tumbling, an NGO report says.

Egypt passes bill to block popular social media accounts

2018-07-19 10:28

Egypt's parliament has passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that authorities accuse of publishing "fake news", the latest move in a five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent sources of news.

HRW slams Morocco over journalist's 3-year jail term

2018-07-19 08:26

Human Rights Watch has criticised a Morocco court for sentencing a prominent journalist to three years in prison on a "dubious charge" relating to a northern protest movement.

PICS: Song, dance and tears as Ethiopian flight lands in Eritrea

2018-07-19 06:05

The "fasten seatbelt" sign had barely pinged off when passengers on a historic flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea began singing and dancing in the aisle.

South Sudan foes to sign 'preliminary' power pact this week

2018-07-18 19:05

Sudan says that South Sudan's warring factions have agreed to sign a "preliminary" power-sharing deal this week, which would be followed by a final one later in the month.

PICS: Champagne as historic commercial flight links Ethiopia and Eritrea

2018-07-18 18:00

Ethiopia and Eritrea have resumed commercial airline flights for the first time in two decades, marking the latest phase in a whirlwind peace process between the former foes.

At least 26 feared dead in DRC boat accident

2018-07-18 16:33

At least 11 people have died and 15 are missing after an overloaded boat with around 100 people onboard capsized on the Congo River, local officials say.

Libya state oil company shuts terminal after attack

2018-07-18 14:38

Libya's state oil company says it has halted crude exports at its Zawiya terminal due to falling production after an attack in which four workers were kidnapped.

UN: At least 1 dead, 20 injured in CAR

2018-07-18 13:06

The United Nations says at least one civilian has been killed and more than 20 others have been injured along with three UN peacekeepers during an exchange of fire in the Central African Republic.

UN 'deeply concerned' as communal violence surges in Mali

2018-07-18 12:02

The United Nations says it is "deeply concerned" about a surge in intercommunal violence in central Mali that has killed hundreds of people since the start of the year.

Ivory Coast president launches umbrella party

2018-07-18 10:38

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has made it clear he will not seek re-election in 2020 as he launched a new umbrella party that he said would help ensure continuity.

Libyan coast guard rescues some 160 Europe-bound migrants

2018-07-18 08:22

Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted about 160 Europe-bound African migrants, including dozens of children and women, in the Mediterranean Sea near its shores.

Rescue group: Libya left woman, toddler to die in Mediterranean

2018-07-18 06:25

A migrant aid group has accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including an adult woman and a toddler who have died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation.

Woman, small child found dead in deflated dinghy off Libya

2018-07-17 19:29

Rescuers operating off the coast of Libya have discovered the bodies of a small child and woman in a deflated dinghy, while a second woman was found alive but suffering from hypothermia and shock.

Egypt lawmakers decry bill 'selling' foreigners citizenship

2018-07-17 19:29

Egypt's parliament has backed a draft bill that grants foreigners citizenship if they deposit the sum of at least 7 million Egyptian pounds, or about $391,000, in a local bank, save it there for five years and reside in the country during that period

Nigerian politician responds to 'Twitter hate' with a picture of his Ferrari

2018-07-17 16:33

Nigerian politician and senator, Dino Melaye has responded with some shade to a tweet by a social media user, who sarcastically referred to his luxury car collection as a way he was "fighting for the poor".

At least 49 killed, 20 missing in Nigeria floods

2018-07-17 14:12

Flooding caused by torrential rains on Nigeria's border with Niger has left at least 49 people dead and another 20 missing, the emergency services say.

Cash-for-votes fears before Nigerian general election

2018-07-17 16:23

Nigerian civil society groups have accused leading political parties of buying votes, after reports of cash inducements at a key governorship election.

Tunisia leaders meet for talks on 'political crisis'

2018-07-17 12:12

Tunisia's top political leaders have met for crisis talks after President Beji Caid Essebsi suggested in a controversial interview that his prime minister should resign.

WATCH: First Ethiopia-Eritrea flight in 20 years seals peace deal

2018-07-19 13:57

The first commercial flight to leave Ethiopia for Eritrea in 20 years has landed safely in Asmara, sealing a stunning reconciliation between the once warring nations.

At least 15 dead in armed clashes in DRC

2018-07-19 10:28

Fifteen people were killed during five days of clashes between armed militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, before the army intervened, local officials say.

DRC president Kabila to make address to the nation

2018-07-19 08:26

DRC President Joseph Kabila is expected to make a speech to parliament, less than a week before candidates can begin to register in postponed presidential elections.

Grace Mugabe ally under police 'radar' in wake of grenade attack: report

2018-07-18 20:00

A former ally of Grace Mugabe has been placed on a "persons of interest" list by Zimbabwean police in the wake of last month's grenade attack on a ruling party rally, a report says.

E Guinea opposition demand govt resign over political prisoners

2018-07-18 19:05

An opposition leader in Equatorial Guinea has called for the government to resign over its failure to release political prisoners, a promise made by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

20 years on, ICC urges help to fight war crimes

2018-07-18 18:00

The International Criminal Court has marked its 20th anniversary, urging all nations to help its "vital work" seeking justice for war crimes victims, despite its controversial acquittal of a former Congolese militia chief.

Tanzania president John Magufuli says his party will rule 'forever'

2018-07-18 13:06

Tanzania's President John Magufuli who has come under fire for his authoritarian leadership style has vowed that his ruling party will be "in power forever, for eternity".

Mozambique 'losing $60m a year' to illegal fishing – report

2018-07-18 12:02

Mozambique is losing at least $60m a year because of illegal fishing, the country's minister of the sea, inland waters and fisheries, Agostinho Mondlane, has reportedly said.

WATCH: Senegalese student pedals to change people's perception of Africa

2018-07-18 08:22

Moustapha Ndiaye, a Senegalese student of Islamic studies in Turkey, sets off on a journey cycling across Turkey with his bike named 'Kusti' to change people's perception of Africa.

Another endangered black rhino dies after Kenya transfer

2018-07-17 21:00

Kenyan authorities say a ninth critically endangered black rhino has died after being moved from the capital to a new wildlife park.

Algeria to retry 'mentor' of jihadist attackers expelled from France

2018-07-17 19:29

A radical Islamic preacher, who became a mentor to at least two jihadists who carried out attacks in France, will be retried in Algeria after he was expelled from France, state media in Algiers says.

Zimbabwe election: Chamisa calls for SADC, AU to protect election

2018-07-17 15:33

Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has called for associations of African states to ensure that the country's historic election is fair, adding his party would not boycott the vote.

Migrant crossings from Niger to Europe fall by 95% says EU

2018-07-17 13:06

The flow of migrants crossing through Niger in a bid to reach Europe has fallen by 95%, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has announced ahead of a visit to Niger.

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