Africa

Zimbabwe has a plan to end 20-year standoff with creditors

2019-08-17 13:08

Zimbabwe’s government has said it’s ready to settle with global lenders, sell assets and make the difficult spending decisions needed for financial recovery. But with opposition protests against plunging living standards scheduled in cities nationwide, he’s in a race against time.

Zimbabwe police beat protesters defying 'rogue' government

2019-08-16 21:40

Riot police in Zimbabwe on Friday fired teargas and beat demonstrators who defied a protest ban, as the opposition accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of surpassing Robert Mugabe's regime in brutality.

Nigerian boy stages own kidnap, demands father pay ransom

2019-08-16 19:34

A 15-year-old Nigerian boy has been arrested for demanding a ransom from his father after staging his own kidnap with his friends in central city of Jos, police said Friday.

Sudan to launch historic transition to civilian rule

2019-08-16 05:38

Sudan's military rulers and protest leaders on Saturday are scheduled to sign a landmark deal reached after a bloody uprising which is meant to pave the way for civilian rule.

WATCH | The 'gift' of Tunisia's delicate date palm drink

2019-08-15 06:08

As soon as the sun is up, people in southern Tunisia rush out to buy a glass or bottle of legmi, a coveted date palm drink that is too delicate to be sold far from the oasis.

 
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First confirmed Ebola cases in DR Congo's South Kivu province

2019-08-16 15:57

The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu has recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality, the provincial government said.

Activists 'abducted' ahead of Zimbabwe protests: rights groups

2019-08-15 20:58

At least six opposition and rights activists were abducted and tortured by unidentified assailants in Zimbabwe ahead of planned protests against worsening economic problems, rights groups charged Thursday.

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Eskom power supply brings relief to Zimbabwe

2019-08-14 20:37

Electricity supply in Zimbabwe has improved significantly following the southern African country's agreement to import power from Eskom.

Mobile phones are replacing bank accounts in Africa

2019-08-13 10:22

Sub-Saharan Africa has more mobile-money accounts than anywhere else in the world with about 396 million registered users at the end of 2018, a 14% increase from a year earlier, according to the GSM Association.

Ethiopian airlines increases connectivity to Mozambique

2019-08-13 10:30

Ethiopian Airlines is set to Launch operation to the City of Beira in central Mozambique.

Eight killed in Nigeria jihadist attacks, say military

2019-08-12 19:31

Eight people, including three soldiers, have killed in jihadist attacks on an army base and village in northeast Nigeria ahead of Monday's Eid al-Adha festival, military sources have said.

Red carpet for Botswana investors

2019-08-11 14:53

Botswana has promised to roll out the red carpet for investors, urging them not to be discouraged by its small population from doing business in the country because decent returns are part of the package.

Tanzania lays to rest dozens killed in fuel tanker blast

2019-08-11 22:24

Tanzania laid to rest most of the 71 people who died while trying to collect leaking petrol from an overturned fuel tanker that exploded.

Tanzania mourns 64 killed in fuel tanker blast

2019-08-11 11:52

Tanzania is in mourning, preparing to bury the dead after 64 people perished when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol.

Mozambique indicts 20 people over $2bn hidden-debt scandal

2019-08-10 15:14

Mozambique charged 20 people, including the son of former President Armando Guebuza, over a fraud scam in which state-owned companies contracted $2bn in debt for dubious projects.

Libyan government agrees to UN-backed Eid al-Adha ceasefire

2019-08-10 11:30

The internationally recognised Libyan government has accepted an offer by the United Nations for a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha religious holiday.

Elephant Path: A Story of Hope and War in CAR

2019-08-09 20:24

In the rainforests of the Central African Republic is Dzanga Bai, a remote clearing where a tall canopy of trees - full of the hum of insects and calls of wildlife - gives way to soft mud and pools of water.

Zimbabwean tourism minister sacked

2019-08-08 21:51

President Emmerson Mnangagwa fired Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira on Thursday, a statement from Zimbabwe's presidency said, after she was detained over the disappearance of millions of dollars during her time as welfare minister.

In Botswana, elephant hunting divides opinion

2019-08-07 05:50

Conservationists doubt theory that lifting hunting ban and controlling elephant population will stem attacks on humans.

Zimbabwe's opposition vows anti-govt protests despite warnings

2019-08-14 20:01

Zimbabwe's main opposition party vowed Wednesday to go ahead with protests this week against the worsening economy, dismissing government threats to stop the demonstrations.

Lesotho officials’ cannabis ‘conflict’

2019-08-14 06:46

Two senior Lesotho health ministry officials, who oversee cannabis industry licensing, are linked to a company that plans to manufacture medicinal cannabis in the kingdom.

WATCH | Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments

2019-08-13 06:25

Scientists have said they are a step closer to finding the first effective treatments for the Ebola virus after two potential drugs showed survival rates of as much as 90% in a clinical trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo. WATCH NOW.

Rocket fire hits Libya airport, breaking Eid truce

2019-08-12 05:42

Rocket fire hit the Libyan capital's sole functioning airport Sunday, violating a temporary truce between the unity government and forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, airport authorities said.

Tanzania fuel tanker blast: Death toll stands at 60

2019-08-10 15:43

At least 62 people died and about 70 others injured in Tanzania on Saturday when a crashed tanker exploded while a crowd was trying to siphon off fuel, the police said.

Tanzania fuel tanker blast kills 57

2019-08-10 12:34

Fifty-seven people have died in Tanzania when a fuel tanker exploded after overturning on a road west of the capital Dar Es Salaam, police said.

Eskom begins 400MW power supply to Zimbabwe

2019-08-09 12:34

Eskom began exports of 400 megawatts into Zimbabwe on Friday, easing a protracted power crisis characterised by daily outages lasting up to 18 hours.

WATCH | 'I came back alive': Escaping modern slavery

2019-08-08 13:17

August marks 400 years since the first African slave arrived in the Americas, but in reality the slave trade hasn't stopped: The UN estimates 40 million are trapped in it across the world. Claudia was one of them.

Madagascar says remains of UK student who fell from plane now found

2019-08-08 06:19

Police in Madagascar said villagers had found the remains of a British student who apparently jumped from a plane after opening the aircraft door in mid-air.

Rwanda strives to stop Ebola from spreading from DRC

2019-08-07 22:37

Rwanda is taking emergency measures to try and stop the Ebola virus from spreading across the border from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mozambique rivals hail 'new era' as they sign landmark peace deal

2019-08-07 20:50

Mozambique's government and the ex-rebel group Renamo have completed a long-awaited peace pact, inking a final deal aimed at ending years of conflict.

UN launches new Zimbabwe appeal as millions face food crisis

2019-08-07 08:03

The UN food agency has launched a $331-million appeal for aid donations to feed millions of people in crisis-hit Zimbabwe, which is reeling from a drought and the high cost of food.

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