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DRC's Kabila promotes blacklisted generals in army shake-up

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DRC President Joseph Kabila has replaced the country's army chief in a military shake-up that include the promotion of two key allies on a US sanctions blacklist.

PICS: Thousands rally in Morocco for jailed Rif opponents

8 minutes ago

Thousands of people have demonstrated in Morocco's capital Rabat against the jailing of leaders and activists of a northern protest movement.

PICS: Obama visits Kenyan family

2018-07-16 15:44

Former US president Barack Obama has paid a visit to his extended family in Kenya, his first trip to the country since 2015 during which he will open a youth centre.

Eritrea re-opens embassy in Ethiopia amid thaw

2018-07-16 15:44

Eritrea's president Isaias Afwerki has reopened his country's embassy in Ethiopia, more than 20 years after the two countries broke off relations when they went to war.

Group: Egypt uses counterterrorism laws to prosecute critics

2018-07-16 13:01

A statement from Human Rights Watch on Sunday says Egyptian police have carried out arrests of critics of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi both in the period before and after the March presidential election.

 
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Obama praises Kenya's political reconciliation

2018-07-16 14:06

Former US President Barack Obama says Kenya is making progress in getting the government and opposition to work together.

DRC's Bemba acquittal overturns important victory for sexual violence victims

2018-07-16 13:01

In early June the International Criminal Court appeals chamber acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba in a 3-2 ruling. The decision astounded observers, writes The Conversation.

WATCH: Obama dances to traditional music in his home village in Kenya

2018-07-16 11:53

A video has emerged of former US president Barak Obama dancing to local traditional music in his ancestral home village of Kogelo in western Kenya

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Ghana national cathedral plan sparks unholy row

2018-07-16 11:53

Ghana may be one of the most religious countries in the world, despite being constitutionally secular, but a project to build a new national cathedral has not met universal approval.

Nigeria's ruling party wins key state gubernatorial

2018-07-16 10:32

A candidate from Nigeria's ruling party has won a key state gubernatorial, the electoral body says, marking an early victory for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of general elections next year.

Eritrean, Ethiopian leaders call new peace example to Africa

2018-07-16 08:19

Official rivals just weeks ago, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have embraced warmly to the roar of a crowd of thousands at a concert celebrating the end of a long state of war.

DRC universities urge Kabila to step aside

2018-07-16 06:05

Several universities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have signed a petition against President Joseph Kabila running for a third term in office later this year.

Tanzania's main opposition says about 20 of its members arrested

2018-07-15 20:00

Tanzania's main opposition party said about 20 of its members, including an MP, have been arrested in the south of the country over claims they were "fomenting trouble".

Scarred by World Cup attack, Uganda ups security for final

2018-07-15 15:44

Uganda has heightened security for Sunday's World Cup final and pushed a media campaign calling for vigilance among residents, many of whom remain scarred eight years after twin bombings left 76 people dead during the 2010 final.

Obama in ancestral home Kenya to launch sister's project

2018-07-15 14:02

Former US President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya, the country of his father's birth, for a private visit, the first since leaving office

'Don't lose sleep over demos... opposition is making unnecessary noise', says Zim president

2018-07-15 12:02

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly told the country's war collaborators this week that they "should not lose sleep" over demonstrations by opposition parties, whom he claimed were already sensing defeat in the forthcoming polls".

At least 23 Nigerian troops missing after Boko Haram attack

2018-07-15 09:07

At least 23 Nigerian soldiers are missing after Boko Haram jihadists ambushed a convoy in the remote northeast of the country, said military and civilian vigilante sources on Saturday.

Four engineers kidnapped from Libyan oilfield, two released

2018-07-15 06:31

Four workers have been kidnapped from an oil field in southern Libya, with two of them later released, Libya's National Oil Corporation says.

'Bin Laden bodyguard' held in Tunisia over terror probe

2018-07-14 19:36

A man who allegedly worked as Osama bin Laden's bodyguard has been detained in Tunisia as part of a terrorism probe after his expulsion from Germany, a prosecution spokesperson says.

Deadly Algerian migrant expulsions resume in desert, UN says

2018-07-14 18:02

Algeria's government has resumed expelling migrants into the Sahara Desert to die, leaving 391 people to wander through some of the world's most hostile terrain in the middle of summer, a UN migration official says.

Zim army 'evicts President Mnangagwa's neighbour from his farm' – report

2018-07-14 16:00

The Zimbabwe National Army has reportedly evicted President Emmerson Mnangagwa's neighbour in Kwekwe's Sherwood farms after the central government re-allocated his farm to the army.

Scores killed after days of clashes in northeast Nigeria

2018-07-14 14:28

Scores of people have been killed in an outbreak of sectarian violence that lasted for days in northeast Nigeria, police and community leaders say.

At least 7 Nigerians charged in alleged dating site scheme

2018-07-14 10:00

At least seven Nigerians are facing charges after prosecutors say they targeted people on dating websites and swindled them out of more than $1.5 million

Mugabes 'offered opposition MDC leader Chamisa $24m, 12 cars' for campaign - report

2018-07-14 07:05

The Mugabe family offered the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Nelson Chamisa 24 million US dollars and a dozen vehicles to oil its election campaign, a report says.

Party names ex-warlord Bemba candidate for DRC presidential poll

2018-07-13 21:32

The former vice president of Democratic Republic of Congo Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was acquitted last month of war crimes, has been named by his party as a candidate in presidential polls planned for December.

UN slaps arms embargo on South Sudan

2018-07-13 21:32

The UN Security Council has imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions on two military officials, ratcheting up pressure after the latest diplomatic efforts failed to end nearly five years of war.

Tanzanian ambulance driver arrested for transporting khat

2018-07-13 19:30

A Tanzanian ambulance driver has been arrested after it emerged he was carrying a hefty load of the leafy narcotic khat, with his sirens wailing, instead of a sick passenger, an official has said.

UN votes to cut UN-AU force in Sudan's Darfur region in half

2018-07-13 19:30

The Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution that will dramatically cut the United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan's vast western Darfur region in response to reduced fighting and improved security conditions

Zim police arrest 4 for 'hate speech' on social media

2018-07-16 08:19

Zimbabwe police have arrested four people for publishing "falsehoods and hate speech" on social media, a newspaper says.

Zim name is 'cursed', needs a new one: MDC leader Chamisa

2018-07-16 06:05

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has vowed to rename Zimbabwe, saying the current name is "cursed" and is responsible for the nation's poor showing in international sporting events.

Hundreds of Nigerian troops missing after Boko Haram overruns base

2018-07-15 20:00

Hundreds of Nigerian troops are missing after Boko Haram jihadists overran a military base in the remote northeast, security sources say, in the second major assault on the armed forces in two days.

WATCH: After 20 years of tension, Eritreans and Ethiopians can speak on the phone

2018-07-15 18:00

After one of Africa's longest border disputes, including a violent war, Ethiopia and Eritrea have extended by reconnecting their phone lines. People in both countries have welcomed the move by calling total strangers to say hi!

Tanzania president orders harsher conditions for prisoners

2018-07-15 15:44

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered that prisoners be made to work "day and night", that conjugal visits be ended and that lazy inmates should be "kicked".

Cholera outbreak kills 6 in Cameroon

2018-07-15 14:02

Six people have died in Cameroon from a cholera outbreak that has infected 43 people since May, the health ministry says.

Young Nubians revive dream of returning to land in Egypt

2018-07-15 12:00

Egypt's Nubians are stepping up demands to return to their ancient lands after being forcibly resettled from their homes along the Nile River to make way for the Aswan Dam more than 50 years ago.

PICS: Archaeologists in Egypt discover mummification workshop

2018-07-14 21:55

Archaeologists say they have discovered a mummification workshop dating back some 2 500 years at an ancient necropolis near Egypt's famed pyramids.

Shabaab claims twin car blasts near Somali presidency

2018-07-14 19:36

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility gunshots were exchanged outside the presidential palace in Mogadishu in an attack in which two car bombs were also detonated.

UN eyes shutting down Darfur peace mission in 2020

2018-07-14 18:02

The UN Security Council has agreed to further draw down its joint peacekeeping mission with the AU in Sudan's troubled Darfur region and put in motion steps that could lead to its closure at the end of 2020.

6 dead after attackers target Somalia's presidential palace

2018-07-14 16:00

Somali security forces have shot dead three extremists and foiled an attempted al-Shabaab attack on the presidential palace that began with a car bomb exploding

Zim president's bodyguards airlifted to SA... said to be in 'critical' condition after bomb blast

2018-07-14 12:00

Two of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa bodyguards were this week reportedly airlifted to South Africa for "further medical treatment" following a bombing incident last month in Bulawayo.

Eritrea President arrives in Ethiopia for state visit

2018-07-14 12:00

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has arrived in Ethiopia for a historic visit to cement peace less than a week after the two nations declared an end to a two-decade conflict.

DRC's acquitted ex-VP to run in presidential election

2018-07-14 10:00

Former Congolese Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba has been declared an opposition party candidate for the December presidential election after recently being acquitted of war crimes charges in an appeal to the International Criminal Court

Top Africa stories: Zim instability, Rhinos, Zim VP still in SA hospital

2018-07-14 07:05

Opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa against causing instability in the country, and a Kenyan wildlife official says seven critically endangered black rhinos are dead following a failed relocation bid.

Fraudsters scam Nigerians with Russia World Cup passes

2018-07-13 21:32

Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners say.

PICS: Zimbabwe early voting stirs up fraud dispute

2018-07-13 20:30

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) head Priscilla Chigumba says they have processed 7 600 applications for postal votes from police and defence personnel who will be on duty on election day and diplomats working abroad.

Cameroon minister ambushed in restive region, 'assailants killed'

2018-07-13 19:30

A convoy transporting Cameroon's Defence Minister Joseph Beti Assomo has been ambushed in the country's restive anglophone region, leaving several attackers dead.

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