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Nigerian painting fetches 1.1m after Google search

2019-10-16 10:42

A painting by the Nigerian artist responsible for the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for £1.1m after the family who owned it googled the signature and realised its importance.

WATCH | Mozambique holds peaceful election after violent campaign

2019-10-16 08:31

Mozambique voted in a general election hailed by the president as a sign the country was progressing "peacefully", as fears the poll could be marred by violence proved unwarranted.

Amnesty decries 'climate of fear' for Nigeria journalists

2019-10-14 15:22

Amnesty International says journalists in Nigeria are operating under a "climate of fear", after 19 reporters were detained by security forces this year.

UN joins search for missing DR Congo cargo plane

2019-10-12 22:08

UN forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have sent three aircraft to help search for a DRC government cargo plane with eight people on board.

Burkina violence forces 267 000 to flee in last 3 months - UNHCR

2019-10-12 10:17

Violence in Burkina Faso has caused more than a quarter of a million people to flee their homes over the last three months, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

Homosexuality to be punishable by death in Uganda

2019-10-11 14:00

Uganda has announced its plans for a Bill to be passed that will impose the death penalty on homosexuals, according to a report.

WATCH | Poo-lieve it or not: Recycling human waste in Nairobi is cleaning up the slums

2019-10-11 11:09

"When I started, there was poop in bags everywhere," said Ricky Ojwang, skillfully navigating a rubbish-strewn canal in Mukuru, a Nairobi slum where he's worked to improve sanitation since 2012.

Ebola virus now squeezed into 'corner' of DRC

2019-10-11 06:38

Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made "significant progress", with the virus now contained to a far smaller and mainly rural area, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

'Gunmen kidnap' school head in northern Nigeria

2019-10-10 21:12

Gunmen have kidnapped a school principal in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state, his deputy says, a week after six female students and two staff at another school were seized for ransom.

OPINION | Buhari's visit to SA eased tensions, but more needs to be done

2019-10-10 19:47

Although Nigeria and SA are often cast as rivals, they have a strong bilateral relationship founded over the decades. This springs in part from Nigeria's historical role in its support for the liberation struggle against apartheid, writes Olayinka Ajala.

 

Nigeria says no 'time limit' on border closure for goods

2019-10-14 19:35

Nigeria's customs chief says a ban on goods coming into the country across its land borders will last as long as it takes for neighbours to stem the flow of smuggled merchandise.

Media magnate, law master face off in Tunisia presidential vote

2019-10-13 11:33

Almost a month since the launch of Tunisia's presidential vote and whittled down from more than 20 candidates, conservative law professor Kais Saied and media magnate Nabil Karoui face off before the country's electorate of seven million.

Jihadist attacks kill seven in Nigeria: local sources

2019-10-12 16:39

Four civilians and three soldiers have been killed in attacks in northeastern Nigeria blamed on jihadist fighters, local residents and militias said Saturday.

Plane veers off runway in Kenya, leaving some injured

2019-10-12 09:24

An aircraft flying 55 people from Kenya's capital to tourist attraction Lamu island veered off the runway during takeoff, skidding into some trees and leaving nine injured, aviation officials say.

OPINION | Economic chaos is causing a food security and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe

2019-10-11 16:04

It's true that Zimbabwe's food economy has been transformed over the past 19 years. Aggregate production of maize has certainly declined, and imports have become more frequent, writes Ian Scoones.

WATCH | Ethiopian PM wins Nobel Peace Prize

2019-10-11 11:13

The son of poor villagers, a spy boss, and now the man behind dizzying attempts to reform Africa's fastest-growing economy and heal wounds with Ethiopia's neighbours, Abiy Ahmed has seen an unpredictable and peril-strewn rise to fame.

Family says Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah beaten in jail

2019-10-10 22:01

A leading Egyptian activist who was arrested amid a recent clampdown following anti-government protests has been beaten, threatened and stripped to his underwear while in custody, according to his family.

Ghana puts nine 'coup plotters' on trial for treason

2019-10-10 18:22

Ghana has charged nine people with treason for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, in a rare case for one of west Africa's most stable democracies.

OPINION | A look back at the turbulent relationship between Nigeria and SA

2019-10-10 13:29

Nigeria is a major player in West Africa while SA is a major player in the Southern African Development Community region. Sustained tensions would be to the detriment of both countries - and Africa as a whole, writes Bheki Mngomezulu.

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