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Hundreds of Nigerian troops missing after Boko Haram overruns base

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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.

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

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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".

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!

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 U.S. 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".

 
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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.

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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

WATCH: Zanzibar seaweed farmers threatened by climate change

2018-07-13 15:30

Seaweed farming in Zanzibar is reportedly in danger due to an increase in the sea temperatures, threatening the livelihoods of the thousands of women farmers on the island.

7 endangered rhinos dead in Kenya relocation bid: Official

2018-07-13 13:59

A Kenyan wildlife official says seven critically endangered black rhinos are dead following an attempt to move them from the capital to a national park hundreds of kilometers away.

Libyan commander wanted by ICC 'escapes prison'

2018-07-13 12:59

A Libyan commander wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes has "escaped" from prison, the forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar says.

Algeria halts migrant expulsions to Sahara after outrage

2018-07-13 12:59

Algeria's deadly expulsions of migrants into the Sahara Desert have nearly ground to a halt after widespread condemnation and the abrupt firing of two of its top security officials

Tunisia sees tourism take off after terror fears

2018-07-13 11:43

Holidaymakers are returning to the Tunisian seaside this summer in a marked turnaround three years since dozens of tourists were killed on one of the country's beaches.

92 Congolese fishermen 'imprisoned' in Uganda

2018-07-13 10:36

At least 92 Congolese fishermen arrested by the Ugandan navy on Lake Edward, which is shared by Uganda and DRC, have been imprisoned, a Congolese official says, as tensions escalate between the two neighbours.

Blast at Cairo chemical site injures 12: army

2018-07-13 08:28

A strong explosion at a chemical tank near Cairo airport in the east of the Egyptian capital has left at least a dozen people injured, the army says.

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.

Cameroon president Biya announces re-election bid

2018-07-13 18:30

Cameroon's 85-year-old president, Paul Biya, announced that he plans to run for a seventh consecutive term in office in the October election.

'Credible evidence' of killings by Cameroon soldiers: Amnesty

2018-07-13 16:53

Rights group Amnesty International says it has "credible evidence" that Cameroonian soldiers carried out the extrajudicial killings of two women and two children, demanding the servicemen be brought to justice.

UN to vote on arms embargo, new sanctions on South Sudan

2018-07-13 15:30

The UN Security Council is set to vote on a resolution that would impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctions against a current deputy defence chief and former army chief.

WATCH: Opposition storms Zimbabwe police post amid early voting

2018-07-13 12:59

Opposition parties have stormed a police camp in Zimbabwe where officers were voting ahead of this month's historic election without election officials present.

CAR rejects Russia mediation bid with rebels

2018-07-13 12:59

The government of the Central African Republic has rejected an offer from Russia to mediate talks with armed rebels, a spokesperson says.

Eritrea leader visits Ethiopia on Saturday in historic thaw

2018-07-13 11:43

Eritrea's longtime President Isaias Afwerki is visiting Ethiopia on Saturday, the latest step in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw between the former archrivals.

Mnangagwa 'awards soldiers, gives them whopping 22.5% salary hike' – reports

2018-07-13 10:36

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has reportedly awarded members of the security services a 22.5% "special allowances" rise, in a move seen by some as a way of "buying votes" ahead of the forthcoming crunch elections.

Zim VP 'still hospitalised in SA' after bombing incident – report

2018-07-13 08:28

Zimbabwean Vice President Kembo Mohadi is reportedly still hospitalised in South Africa following a bombing incident last month in Bulawayo where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was addressing a ruling Zanu-PF party rally.

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