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Nearly 200 killed in two eastern DRC provinces last month: monitor

2020-01-27 22:30

Nearly 200 civilians were killed in violence last month in two volatile provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo's lawless east, the highest toll since June 2017, a monitor said Monday.

Mali to hire 15 000 teachers to break nationwide strike

2020-01-27 22:30

Mali began recruiting some 15,000 teachers on Monday, the government said, in order to break a nationwide strike which began last week over demands for higher pay.

Isabel dos Santos may lose top job in Angola's Unitel

2020-01-27 20:25

Angola's state-owned oil giant Sonangol has become a majority shareholder in mobile phone operator Unitel, a move that could threaten Isabel dos Santos' position as head of the telecoms firm.

Gabon's Bongo attacks mob justice after 'child kidnap' lynchings

2020-01-27 18:00

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has attacked mob justice after a second person was lynched by a crowd in the capital Libreville after rumours spread of child kidnappings.

 
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PEACE DENIED? |  This month has seen several failed attempts by foreign powers to broker a ceasefire in Libya, with Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar being key in stalling efforts. Here he leaves after talks with Greek Foreign Minister in Athens.(Aris Messinis/AFP)

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Gunmen kill 13 in central Nigeria attack

2020-01-27 21:05

Unknown gunmen have killed at least 13 people in an attack in central Nigeria, police say, in an area known for ethnic clashes.

Egypt court backs niqab ban on Cairo University staff

2020-01-27 19:02

A top Egyptian court has ruled in favour of banning female academic staff at Cairo University from wearing the Muslim face veil, known as the niqab, lawyer Ahmed Mahran said Monday.

Lina Ben Mhenni, activist who chronicled Tunisia uprising, dies at 36

2020-01-27 16:43

Acclaimed Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, who chronicled the popular uprising that toppled longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, has died aged 36 after a long illness, her family says.

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Portuguese hacker says he is behind Angola corruption leaks

2020-01-27 12:57

Lawyers for a Portuguese computer hacker said on Monday he was responsible for revealing the dealings of Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos, a corruption scandal with fallout across Europe and Africa.

Outrage after Ugandan climate activist is cropped out of photo with white peers

2020-01-26 14:54

Social media users have come out in support of Ugandan climate advocate Vanessa Nakate after she was cropped out of a photograph taken with her white peers in Davos.

Benin police say ringleader of deadly clashes arrested

2020-01-24 18:14

Police in Benin say they have arrested the alleged instigator of clashes between the opposition and security forces that left two dead in the restive bastion of the country's ex-leader.

Heavy rain kills dozens in Madagascar

2020-01-24 15:53

At least 21 people have died in Madagascar following almost a week of torrential rain in the north-west of the island, the government says.

In the spotlight: Isabel dos Santos, Angola's 'princess'

2020-01-24 13:27

After years of life among fellow jet-setters and the super-rich, Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos today finds herself mired in scandal as accusations mount that she systematically looted her impoverished country.

Fresh clashes in key Central African Republic town

2020-01-23 22:55

Two armed groups who last year joined an agreement aimed at bringing peace to the Central African Republic have clashed in a key northeastern town, the UN says.

Libya's neighbours in talks in Algiers

2020-01-23 21:01

Libya's neighbours have come together in Algiers as part of international efforts to find a political settlement to a crisis that threatens regional stability.

Angola's ex first daughter Isabel dos Santos charged with fraud

2020-01-23 17:03

Isabel dos Santos, the tycoon daughter of Angola's former president, has been charged with money laundering and mismanagement, Angolan prosecutors say, as they launched a bid to have the billionairess and other suspects return home for questioning.

'Africa's richest woman' Isabel dos Santos charged with fraud

2020-01-23 09:49

Angola's billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos has been charged with money laundering and mismanagement during her stewardship of state-owned oil firm Sonangol.

Angolans divided over Dos Santos graft revelations

2020-01-23 06:00

Leaked documents alleging the billionaire daughter of Angola's ex-president plundered state coffers to build her fortune have divided the nation.

Zimbabwe tycoon's offer seeks to end doctor strike

2020-01-22 22:04

A funding offer by a billionaire Zimbabwe telecoms tycoon has prompted the country's doctors to consider ending a long-running strike over wage payments.

Turkey says Haftar 'only problem' in way of Libya peace

2020-01-22 21:46

Turkey's top diplomat says Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar is the only obstacle to a peace deal for the north African country, defending Ankara's cooperation with Moscow to end conflicts in Libya and Syria.

Kidnapped Greek tanker crew freed from Cameroon: govt

2020-01-22 20:44

A Greek oil tanker captain and seven crew members kidnapped last month from a Cameroon port have been released, Greek officials say.

Lesotho PM questioned over wife's murder

2020-01-22 19:38

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been questioned by police over the 2017 murder of his estranged wife, a police chief says.

Top banker arrested in Malawi election bribery case

2020-01-22 17:38

Malawi's anti-graft body says it has arrested a prominent businessman over allegations he tried to bribe judges hearing a legal challenge to the re-election of President Peter Mutharika.

Tanzania president moves to ease fears over election

2020-01-22 12:36

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised this year's general election will be "free and fair" and invited international monitors to observe proceedings amid concerns of a democratic crackdown in the East African nation.

Isabel dos Santos's Portugal funds embezzled - Angolan prosecutor

2020-01-27 08:22

Angola's chief prosecutor says funds that Isabel dos Santos - who is accused of stealing millions of dollars from state companies - invested in Portugal were embezzled from her home country.

Torrential rains, floods kill dozens in Madagascar

2020-01-26 15:01

At least 31 killed and thousands displaced by heavy rains and flooding in southern African island nation, officials say.

Boko Haram kills five in northeast Nigeria: sources

2020-01-24 22:32

Gunmen from the Boko Haram jihadist group killed five people and abducted several others as they collected firewood in restive northeast Nigeria, security sources say.

15 on trial for robbing Morocco king of luxury watches

2020-01-24 19:03

Fifteen people have gone on trial in the Moroccan capital over the theft of dozens of luxury watches belonging to King Mohammed VI.

Rights in DRC still under threat a year after change, Amnesty says

2020-01-24 17:01

Human rights remain at threat in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Amnesty International says in a report issued a year to the day since the country underwent historic change.

Bullish Erdogan warns Libya 'chaos' could spread

2020-01-24 13:57

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday of chaos in Libya unless peace is quickly established, as he hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Angolan bank chief named in dos Santos probe resigns

2020-01-23 22:55

The head of one of Angola's largest banks has resigned after being named in a corruption probe centred around ex-first daughter Isabel dos Santos, according to a letter seen by AFP.

Angola's Dos Santos says she is 'ready to fight' against 'untrue' graft claims

2020-01-23 21:01

Angola's billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos on Thursday dismissed graft allegations against her and vowed "to fight through the international courts to defend my good name".

At least six Mali soldiers killed in overnight ambush

2020-01-23 18:12

At least six soldiers were killed and several were wounded in an overnight attack in central Mali, the army say, in fresh violence in the war-torn west African state.

Isabel dos Santos investigation: Banker cited in 'Luanda Leaks' found dead

2020-01-23 15:33

A Portuguese banker cited in the "Luanda Leaks" revelations who worked for the Eurobic bank in which Isabel dos Santos is the main shareholder has been found dead in Lisbon, police say.

Luxury villa, big cheque for outgoing Burundi presidents

2020-01-23 12:39

Burundi lawmakers have adopted legislation offering a golden parachute to outgoing presidents, including a luxury villa and a one-off sum equivalent to more than half a million dollars.

Four killed in Mozambique health centre assault: witnesses

2020-01-22 23:05

Four people were killed in central Mozambique after assailants targeted a health centre, witnesses say, the first attack since President Filipe Nyusi began his second term last week.

Libya neighbours to meet in Algiers

2020-01-22 22:04

Foreign ministers of states neighbouring Libya are set to meet in Algiers as part of international efforts to reach a political settlement to the country's conflict, the foreign ministry has announced.

32 killed in attack in disputed South Sudan border region: official

2020-01-22 21:46

At least 32 people have been killed after suspected nomadic Misseriya herders from Sudan attacked a village in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei along the border of South Sudan, a local official says.

At least 6 killed in new east DRC militia attack

2020-01-22 20:44

Six civilians, including a child, were killed in an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, the army said, in the first assault this year in an area that has suffered multiple massacres.

Ease African borders to drive growth, Pityana tells WEF

2020-01-22 18:19

African countries need to share their infrastructure, strategic advantages and resources in order to attract investment and drive growth more effectively, Business Unity SA President Sipho Pityana told the audience at a World Economic Forum panel discussion.

Caterpillar invasion worsens Malawi food insecurity

2020-01-22 16:01

An invasion of crop-munching fall armyworm caterpillars has inflicted a further blow to food security in Malawi, where nearly two million people have already been hit by drought, the government says.

Zimbabwe's main opposition warns of more protests

2020-01-22 11:12

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader on Tuesday warned his supporters to prepare for more demonstrations to force political and economic change in a country lurching from one crisis to another.

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