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Dutch court convicts 63-year-old of war crimes in Ethiopia

2017-12-15 21:30

A court in the Netherlands has convicted a 63-year-old man of committing war crimes under a brutal Marxist regime in Ethiopia in the 1970s and sentenced him to life imprisonment, a ruling that one victim hailed as delivering justice to survivors.

Strike shuts Dakar airport a week after grand opening

2017-12-15 21:30

Flights to and from Dakar's brand-new airport have been cancelled after air traffic controllers went on strike just eight days after it opened.

Liberia's ruling party petitions for election delay

2017-12-15 18:30

Liberia's ruling Unity Party has asked the Supreme Court to further delay the presidential runoff, which its candidate Vice President Joseph Boakai will contest on December 26.

Cameroon army repels attack by 'anglophone separatists'

2017-12-15 18:30

Armed separatists in Cameroon's troubled anglophone region attacked a village before being repelled by soldiers, security officials has said.

Gabon MPs pass disputed constitutional text

2017-12-15 17:00

A bill to revise Gabon's constitution, which opponents say risks letting President Ali Bongo retain power indefinitely, cleared a hurdle after the country's lower house overwhelmingly approved it, sources have said.

UN peacekeeping chief visits Goma after deadly attack

2017-12-15 13:59

The UN's chief peacekeeper is in eastern DRC to visit those wounded in last week's deadly ambush that killed 14, the worst attack on a peacekeeping mission in 24 years.

Top Africa stories: Zim farm grabbers, Mugabe, al-Shabaab

2017-12-15 08:38

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has ordered land grabbers to vacate farms, and ex-president Robert Mugabe is set to miss the Zanu-PF's congress for the first time since 1963.

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

2017-12-15 08:38

A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country's electoral commission.

Nigeria governors approve $1bn to fight Boko Haram

2017-12-14 21:31

A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1bn to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.

3 100 migrants repatriated from Libya in recent days

2017-12-14 19:31

The European Union and African Union say at least 3 100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks.

 

Flights between Russia and Egypt to resume in February: Moscow

2017-12-15 21:30

Flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in February, the Russian transport ministry has announced, after they were suspended in 2015 following an airliner bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Sierra Leone health workers sue government in Ebola case

2017-12-15 20:23

Two Sierra Leonean health workers has sued their government in a West African court, alleging its misuse of donor funds during the Ebola crisis had contributed to the deaths of thousands.

DRC child soldiers awarded $10m in damages

2017-12-15 19:30

International war crimes judges have awarded $10m in landmark reparations to "hundreds or thousands" of former child soldiers left brutalised and stigmatised after being conscripted into a ruthless Congolese militia.

Cameroon writer Nganang held in prison before court hearing

2017-12-15 17:00

Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang has been held in prison before a court appearance on Friday for the alleged publication of an article critical of the country's president.

Kenya's 2017 elections: how new media stole the mainstream's thunder

2017-12-15 12:44

Across Africa, mainstream media have traditionally been the unrivalled custodians and originators of the public agenda. But this year social media took over as a new regime of information, writes The Conversation.

UN Security Council warns on South Sudan peace efforts

2017-12-15 06:00

The UN Security Council is warning of "costs or consequences" for South Sudan's government and opposition if they undermine upcoming efforts to achieve a cease-fire and implement a 2015 peace agreement.

Madagascar prisoners escape in jail mob attack

2017-12-14 20:31

Some 120 prisoners broke out of jail in northeast Madagascar after a lynch mob stormed the prison in search of a murder suspect, the justice ministry has said.

Senegal delays trial of Dakar mayor until new year

2017-12-14 21:31

A Senegalese court has delayed the trial of popular Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall on charges of embezzling public funds until January 3, as his lawyers denounced a "hasty" start to proceedings.

Rapes, other new allegations in Kenya's election unrest

2017-12-14 18:30

Kenya's opposition leader was targeted in a virulent online campaign created by a US-based company during the recent election turmoil, a privacy watchdog has said, while another rights group reported multiple gang-rapes by men in uniform in opposition strongholds.

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