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Bashir lawyers seek release on bail as corruption trial continues

2019-08-25 07:15

Sudan's deposed President Omar al-Bashir has appeared in court for the second hearing of his corruption trial, during which his legal team asked for his release on bail.

Malawi court bans planned airport, border protests

2019-08-24 13:11

A Malawi court has ordered a ban on protest at the country's airports and border crossings as authorities try to avert new post-election demonstrations aimed at shutting down key transport hubs.

17 die in road crash in central Nigeria: official

2019-08-24 07:18

Seventeen people were killed when a passenger bus collided with an oncoming truck in central Nigeria, a road safety official has said.

Zimbabwean comedian abducted, beaten and forced to drink sewage for 'mocking government'

2019-08-23 12:30

A popular Zimbabwean online comedian and satirist has said she was abducted from her Harare home and beaten by unknown assailants, becoming the latest perceived government critic to be attacked in recent weeks.

 
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Zimbabwe union rejects govt pay deal as anger over economy grows

2019-08-24 19:20

The main Zimbabwe public sector union has rejected a pay offer from the government, which is trying to avert threats of strike action amid growing anger over the country's ailing economy.

Lead pollution in Zambia town a public health 'emergency': HRW

2019-08-24 09:22

Children living in a central Zambian mining town are still exposed to high levels of toxic lead 25 years after the mine closed, Human Rights Watch says, as lawyers announced plans to take legal action.

Zim's Econet puts media unit up for sale after closure announced

2019-08-23 21:10

Econet Wireless of Zimbabwe has put its media unit up for sale after saying earlier this month it would be closed because of a shortage of foreign currency in the country.

Mozambique, Russia sign energy, security deals

2019-08-22 20:00

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi signed energy and security agreements with Russian's Vladimir Putin in the first visit by a leader from the southern African state in two decades.

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Uganda, Rwanda leaders sign pact aimed at ending standoff

2019-08-22 14:24

The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda signed an agreement in Angola to end months of tensions after the two leaders exchanged accusations of spying, political assassinations and meddling.

OPINION: Repression and dialogue in Zimbabwe: twin strategies that aren't working

2019-08-22 08:44

Emmerson Mnangagwa's strategy of coercion and dialogue has hit a series of hurdles. These include the continued opposition by the MDC and on-going scepticism of international players about the regime's so-called reformist narrative, writes Brian Raftopoulos.

Sudan forms sovereign council to lead transition: spokesperson

2019-08-21 05:51

Sudan's generals and opposition alliance on have formed a sovereign council that will head the country during its three-year transition to civilian rule, a spokesperson has said.

Much ado about new Zim dollar notes

2019-08-20 20:05

A top business body, the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce, said on Tuesday industry was ready for the new bank notes Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says will be introduced soon - although a top economist argues that the struggling southern African country is not yet ready for a substantive currency of its own.

Cameroon anglophone separatist leader gets life sentence - lawyers

2019-08-20 14:24

A military court in Cameroon has handed down life sentences to the head of the country's anglophone separatist movement, Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, and nine of his followers, lawyers said.

Foreigners arrested with ivory bracelets at Kenyan airport

2019-08-20 10:41

A Spanish woman has become the second foreigner in a week to be arrested at Kenya's international airport for wearing an ivory bangle, the wildlife service said Monday.

Zimbabwe deploys security forces over banned march

2019-08-19 20:31

Troops and police were out in force in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo on Monday blocking a planned opposition march, three days after brutally dispersing a banned protest in the capital Harare.

WATCH | Zimbabwe deploys security forces to prevent banned march in Bulawayo

2019-08-19 14:21

Security forces and police are out in force in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo to prevent a planned opposition march, days after brutally dispersing a similar banned protest in Harare.

Towards a new era: What is in Sudan's landmark pact

2019-08-19 11:36

A 39-month political transition, a civilian-majority ruling council, guarantees of basic rights - Sudan's constitutional declaration seeks to turn the page on decades of authoritarian rule.

Chad declares emergency in east after dozens die in ethnic violence

2019-08-19 18:07

Chad's President Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces, authorising summary shootings to "save the majority", after violent intercommunal clashes left dozens dead earlier this month.

Zimbabwe has a plan to end 20-year standoff with creditors

2019-08-17 13:08

Zimbabwe’s government has said it’s ready to settle with global lenders, sell assets and make the difficult spending decisions needed for financial recovery. But with opposition protests against plunging living standards scheduled in cities nationwide, he’s in a race against time.

Nigerian boy stages own kidnap, demands father pay ransom

2019-08-16 19:34

A 15-year-old Nigerian boy has been arrested for demanding a ransom from his father after staging his own kidnap with his friends in central city of Jos, police said Friday.

Sudan to launch historic transition to civilian rule

2019-08-16 05:38

Sudan's military rulers and protest leaders on Saturday are scheduled to sign a landmark deal reached after a bloody uprising which is meant to pave the way for civilian rule.

WATCH | The 'gift' of Tunisia's delicate date palm drink

2019-08-15 06:08

As soon as the sun is up, people in southern Tunisia rush out to buy a glass or bottle of legmi, a coveted date palm drink that is too delicate to be sold far from the oasis.

Eskom power supply brings relief to Zimbabwe

2019-08-14 20:37

Electricity supply in Zimbabwe has improved significantly following the southern African country's agreement to import power from Eskom.

WATCH | Could Africa's largest wind farm boost Kenya's green energy plans?

2019-08-22 16:41

Based in northern Kenya, Lake Turkana Wind Farm is now fully operational and could help the country to reach 100% green energy by 2020. Kwame Amoah Mensah reports.

WATCH | Ghana draws African-American tourists with 'Year of Return'

2019-08-22 15:21

US preacher Roxanne Caleb blinked away the tears as she emerged from a pitch-dark dungeon where African slaves were once held before being shipped across the Atlantic to America.

Why the DRC Ebola outbreak was declared a global emergency and why it matters

2019-08-22 11:50

In mid-July the World Health Organisation declared the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) a public health emergency of international concern.

Somali state braces for election with risks to regional stability

2019-08-22 06:52

Somalia's southern state of Jubaland is under lockdown ahead of a tense election which has pitted regional authorities against Mogadishu and sparked tensions with neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia.

Zimbabwe bans third opposition protest

2019-08-20 21:56

Zimbabwean police have outlawed anti-government protests that had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday in Gweru, the country's third largest city, the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change has said.

A R25bn horror as Ghana's investors can’t get their savings

2019-08-20 20:05

As much as 5 billion cedis is tied up in unlisted bonds, direct private-equity stakes and other deals with small- and medium-sized businesses, according to the SEC.

Zim to issue cash notes soon, says Finance Minister

2019-08-20 12:09

Zimbabwe will issue new notes and coins soon to replace the country’s quasi currency that was introduced three years ago in a failed attempt to counter a crippling shortage of cash and that’s pushed inflation to the highest rate since 2008.

Ebola kills boy aged 7 in DR Congo's South Kivu

2019-08-20 05:46

A child has died from Ebola in DR Congo's South Kivu, health authorities have said, the second person to succumb to the virus since the epidemic spread to the eastern province.

19 killed in Uganda fuel truck blast - police

2019-08-19 22:21

Nineteen people died when a fuel truck barrelled into other vehicles in a busy town in western Uganda and exploded, police say.

Sudan's Bashir 'got $90m from Saudi royals'

2019-08-19 19:18

Omar al-Bashir received $90 million in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a court at the opening Monday of the deposed Sudanese strongman's corruption trial.

IMF warns Zim against pay boost as living standards crash

2019-08-19 13:16

The International Monetary Fund cautioned Zimbabwe’s government against boosting wages for state workers after the introduction of a new currency pushed up inflation and reduced spending power to a 10th of what it was six months ago.

Volkswagen, Nissan to get tax breaks for plants in Ghana

2019-08-18 11:38

Ghana will offer tax breaks of up to 10 years to automakers that set up local manufacturing plants, as the government seeks to attract international companies such as Volkswagen and Nissan.

Mozambique's Renamo says members attacked after peace deal

2019-08-18 07:08

Mozambique's former rebel group-turned-opposition party Renamo on Friday said its members came under attack just days after the signing of a historic peace deal aimed at ending years of conflict.

Zimbabwe police beat protesters defying 'rogue' government

2019-08-16 21:40

Riot police in Zimbabwe on Friday fired teargas and beat demonstrators who defied a protest ban, as the opposition accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government of surpassing Robert Mugabe's regime in brutality.

First confirmed Ebola cases in DR Congo's South Kivu province

2019-08-16 15:57

The eastern DR Congo province of South Kivu has recorded its first confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's year-old epidemic, one of which was a fatality, the provincial government said.

Activists 'abducted' ahead of Zimbabwe protests: rights groups

2019-08-15 20:58

At least six opposition and rights activists were abducted and tortured by unidentified assailants in Zimbabwe ahead of planned protests against worsening economic problems, rights groups charged Thursday.

Zimbabwe's opposition vows anti-govt protests despite warnings

2019-08-14 20:01

Zimbabwe's main opposition party vowed Wednesday to go ahead with protests this week against the worsening economy, dismissing government threats to stop the demonstrations.

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