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Angola ex-president defends son over embezzlement charge

2020-02-18 22:00

Angola's ex-president has defended his son and a former central bank governor who are accused of embezzling $500 million from the country's sovereign wealth fund, court documents show.

Locust swarms arrive in South Sudan, threatening more misery

2020-02-18 21:11

Swarms of locusts which are wreaking havoc across East Africa have now arrived in South Sudan, the government says, threatening more misery in one of the world's most vulnerable nations.

Nigeria military burns homes after 'pirates' kill six

2020-02-18 18:00

Nigerian soldiers have torched more than 20 homes in a community in the oil-rich Niger Delta after "suspected pirates" killed six people, security sources and residents say.

Cameroon army blames 'unfortunate accident' for village massacre

2020-02-18 13:33

Cameroon's army has denied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubled English-speaking region, blaming instead an 'unfortunate accident' caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight.

DRC halves budget in blow to Tshisekedi plans

2020-02-17 20:48

The Democratic Republic of Congo must nearly halve government spending plans this year, the finance ministry says, in a blow to President Felix Tshisekedi's much-touted anti-poverty schemes.

Pompeo hails Angola's anti-graft campaign

2020-02-17 22:04

Visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lauded Angolan President Joao Lourenco's anti-corruption drive, which has seen him pursue his predecessor's children over accusations they fleeced state coffers.

Twenty-four killed in Burkina Faso church attack

2020-02-17 14:19

Gunmen have killed 24 people and wounded 18 in an attack on a Protestant church in a village in northern Burkina Faso, officials said Monday.

South Sudan rebels reject president's peace compromise

2020-02-17 14:06

South Sudan rebels rejected on Sunday a peace offer by President Salva Kiir to return to a system of 10 states, paving the way for a unity government.

14 children among up to 22 dead in Cameroon massacre: UN

2020-02-17 09:38

A massacre in an anglophone region of Cameroon left up to 22 villagers dead including 14 children, the UN has said, with an opposition party blaming the killings on the army.

Businesses in faraway Namibia feel coronavirus fear

2020-02-16 10:25

Namibia should by rights feel little concern about the coronavirus outbreak given that the sparsely-populated desert country is 12,000 kilometres from China and without a single confirmed case.

 

12 militiamen killed in CAR clash with UN troops: govt

2020-02-18 19:11

Twelve members of an armed group died in a clash with UN peacekeepers and government troops in northeastern Central African Republic, authorities say.

UN welcomes help in enforcing Libya arms embargo

2020-02-18 16:23

The United Nations has welcomed a new EU naval operation to enforce an arms embargo on Libya as the warring sides in the conflict met for military talks in Geneva.

Popular Rwandan singer found dead in police cell: Police

2020-02-17 22:04

A popular Rwandan gospel musician who in 2015 was found guilty of conspiracy to murder or harm President Paul Kagame was found dead in a police cell in the capital, Kigali, in what authorities called a suicide.

Niger stampede kills at least 20 at handout for refugees

2020-02-17 19:43

At least 20 people, many of them women and children, were trampled to death on Monday in a stampede for food and money for refugees in southeast Niger, sources say.

Darfuris rejoice as Sudan agrees to hand Bashir to ICC

2020-02-17 13:23

In Sudan's sprawling Camp Kalma, people who fled the Darfur conflict are overjoyed at a pledge by the country's new authorities to finally deliver ex-president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court.

Bandits kill 30 in Nigeria attack - police

2020-02-17 12:22

Armed gangs have killed 30 people in raids on two villages in an area of northwest Nigeria plagued by cattle rustlers and kidnappers, police have announced.

Burnt to the bone: Uganda's acid attack survivors seek justice

2020-02-17 18:40

Ugandan university student Linette Kirungi was on her way to class when she heard footsteps behind her. The next thing she felt was liquid on her face - then burning agony.

South Sudan president offers key compromise for peace

2020-02-16 07:21

South Sudan's president said on Saturday he would return to a system of 10 states, a key opposition demand, paving the way for a unity government and an end to the country's civil war.

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