Mauritania broadens death penalty for blasphemy

2017-11-17 18:14

Showing repentance will no longer prevent the death penalty from being applied for blasphemy and apostasy, Mauritania has said, as the conservative Muslim nation hardens up its religious laws.

In restive anglophone Cameroon, fear, anger and a curfew

2017-11-17 14:04

It's only 20:00, but in the bars by the Hospital Roundabout, one of the liveliest nightspots in Bamenda, thoughts are already turning to last orders.

US Embassy expresses confidence in Liberia disputed election

2017-11-16 17:56

The US Embassy in Liberia is expressing confidence in the credibility of the West African nation's elections as the runoff vote is postponed for investigations into allegations of fraud and irregularities.

International pressure ramps up over Liberia election delay

2017-11-16 09:51

The European Union has joined an international chorus urging Liberian political parties and its electoral commission to end "unnecessary delays" and elect a new president.

Togo opposition says president's claim a 'declaration of war'

2017-11-14 21:03

Togo opposition leaders has said President Faure Gnassingbe "declared war on the Togolese people" by accusing them of orchestrating violence in massive anti-government protests across the West African country.

Senegal vows stricter driving laws after 50 pilgrimage deaths

2017-11-14 06:02

Senegal has vowed it would introduce a long-delayed points system for its drivers after more than 50 people died on the roads during a week of Muslim pilgrimage to a holy Sufi site.

4 homemade bombs in anglophone Cameroon, no casualties

2017-11-13 13:26

Four makeshift bombs have exploded in the main city of Cameroon's restive anglophone region, but without causing casualties, officials say.

E Guinea ruling party expected to maintain grip as nation votes

2017-11-12 20:26

Voting has begun in Equatorial Guinea under tight security, with the opposition hoping to make gains in a parliamentary poll though the ruling party was widely expected to maintain its firm grip over the tiny oil-rich country.

Sierra Leone unearths 476-carat gem in new diamond find

2017-11-12 12:09

Sierra Leone says Saturday miners have unearthed a huge 476-carat diamond, eight months after an even more valuable find in the country's diamond-rich east.

Boko Haram kills three soldiers in ambush

2017-11-12 07:00

At least three Nigerian soldiers and a militiaman have been killed in a Boko Haram ambush on the edge of Sambisa forest near the border with Cameroon, military and militia sources say.


Major damage as fire sweeps through Cameroon parliament

2017-11-17 15:09

A fire has swept through the main building of Cameroon's parliament in Yaounde overnight, causing substantial damage but no injuries.

Mugabe: The last of Africa's 'fathers of independence'

2017-11-17 10:35

At 93, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is the last living African head of state to have fought for his country's independence from a colonial power before becoming its leader.

France says 'go ahead' to African security initiatives

2017-11-16 09:51

France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has encouraged African nations calling for greater autonomy over their security to "go for it", following the launch of a regional anti-jihad force in the Sahel.

Top Africa stories: Zim coup fears, Mugabe, Kenya

2017-11-15 06:10

Zimbabwe is on the edge as army tanks have been seen outside the capital, and Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF youths say they are "prepared to die" in defence of President Robert Mugabe's government.

Lagos authorities urged to stop mass evictions

2017-11-14 20:04

Timu Elijah was heavily pregnant and asleep at her shanty town home in the Otodo-Gbame area on the water's edge of Lagos, Nigeria, when she was woken up by her neighbours.

Nigeria's Wizkid crowned best African artist at AFRIMA

2017-11-13 19:30

Nigerian sensation Wizkid has retained his best artist title at this year's African Music Awards, as he carried off a clutch of prizes at a glitzy ceremony in Lagos.

Six kidnapped cargo crewmen freed in southern Nigeria

2017-11-13 10:02

Six members of a cargo ship kidnapped last month off the coast of Nigeria's Port Harcourt have been freed, their German employer says.

UN begins evacuating refugees from Libya to Niger

2017-11-12 15:10

A group of vulnerable refugees from several African countries, who had been stuck in war-ravaged Libya, have been evacuated to Niger, the UN says.

Cameroon says soldier killed in restive region

2017-11-12 07:00

A soldier has been killed by suspected separatists in southwestern Cameroon, an official says, bringing the number killed in restive English-speaking regions to four in one week.

Vigilantism is flourishing in Nigeria – with official support

2017-11-11 12:15

Inefficient policing in Nigeria has forced many communities to rely on vigilante groups for security. Despite using force and violence, many groups even have support from authorities, writes The Conversation.

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