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Nigeria's favourite cocktail packs a punch

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Nigerians may be fond of a glass of champagne but it's another fizzy drink - and one that's unashamedly non-alcoholic - that's dearest to their hearts.

Morocco’s inheritance laws are hurting women and must be reformed

2018-04-25 13:44

Morocco is a conservative society. A national survey conducted by the country’s planning commission in 2016 found that 87% of citizens, both men and women, are opposed to gender equality in inheritance, writes The Conversation.

WATCH: Gays in Kenya want govt to repeal colonial law against homosexuality

2018-04-25 12:35

Kenya's high court is reportedly considering whether or not to repeal some of the country's colonial-era laws banning homosexuality – a crime that carries at least 14 years in jail in the east African nation.

DRC main opposition musters rare authorised rally

2018-04-25 12:35

The first authorised mass rally by the Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition in nearly two years passed off peacefully on Tuesday, months ahead of a key presidential election in the vast, mineral-rich state.

Egypt says 3 troops killed fighting militants in Sinai

2018-04-25 11:16

Egypt's military says three officers have been killed in the last week in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where it is battling an Islamic State-led insurgency

US postpones UN vote on Western Sahara

2018-04-25 10:13

The United States has postponed a vote at the UN Security Council on preparing talks on Western Sahara to allow for more time for negotiations, diplomats say.

 
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MASS RALLY:   A UDPS opposition party supporters shout slogans during a rally in Kinshasa, the first opposition rally authorised since September 2016. (AFP)

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WATCH: SADC chair Ramaphosa speaks on Zim, Lesotho, Madagascar, DRC

2018-04-25 11:16

Southern African Development Community Chairperson and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed satisfaction that peace and security are being consolidated in the region.

Zim sets up 'special courts' to deal with election violence, intimidation – reports

2018-04-25 10:13

Zimbabwe has reportedly set up special courts around the country and a police task team to deal with cases of political violence and intimidation ahead of the forthcoming elections.

'I never stole from Mugabe… ex-president can testify in my favour,' says accused soldier

2018-04-25 08:30

A Zimbabwean soldier, who allegedly stole 119 laptops from the country's former president Robert Mugabe, has reportedly told a court during his bail application in Harare that he was in fact given the alleged stolen property by Mugabe himself.

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Student from Zambia performs in national poetry contest

2018-04-25 08:30

A high-school student seeking asylum in Maine is drawing praise for his performance in a government-funded US poetry competition following a legal battle.

Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa ready to step down, Joyce Banda

2018-04-25 06:46

Zimbabwea has assured investors that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will step down if he loses the forthcoming elections, and Malawi's ex-president Joyce Banda has returned home after four years of self-imposed exile.

Gunmen kill 15 at Nigeria church, including 2 priests

2018-04-24 19:33

Officials in Nigeria say gunmen have killed 15 people in an early-morning attack on a Catholic church, including two priests.

DRC main opposition set to hold key rally

2018-04-24 17:54

Democratic Republic of Congo's opposition is set to hold an authorised mass rally for the first time in nearly two years to mark the 28th anniversary of multi-party politics in the country, as tensions grow over veteran President Joseph Kabila's refusal to quit despite the expiry of his mandate.

Madagascar protesters seek president's resignation

2018-04-24 17:04

Hundreds of opposition activists in Madagascar have called for the president to step down on a fourth straight day of anti-government protests in which at least two people have died.

African immigrants in the US are better educated than the average American

2018-04-24 16:10

A new study says sub-Saharan African immigrants to the US tend to be better educated than those who live in Europe. They also tend to have management jobs.

Libya's women footballers struggle on and off pitch

2018-04-24 14:12

Libya's national women's football team is not only struggling on the pitch but also battling a conservative society that frowns on women playing sports in public at all.

Malawi's ex-president Joyce Banda to return after 4-year exile

2018-04-24 11:57

Malawi's former president Joyce Banda is set to arrive home this week after four years of self-imposed exile that saw an arrest arrant issued against her for alleged corruption, her party says.

'Dictatorial' VP Chiwenga 'posing a security threat' in Zimbabwe?

2018-04-24 10:39

Political opponents in Zimbabwe have reportedly said that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is posing a "security threat" in the country "as his hand in often dictatorial government decisions has been evident".

At least 21 dead in NE Nigeria Boko Haram attacks

2018-04-24 08:30

Suspected Boko Haram militantshave killed at least 21 people in separate attacks in a remote northeastern region of Nigeria, security officials and a witness say.

At least 16 000 'fired' nurses return to work in Zimbabwe

2018-04-24 06:52

Thousands of Zimbabwean nurses have returned to work after ending a major strike, according to their union, which said that renewed negotiations with the government were expected to begin.

Attacks on South Sudan health facilities, workers increasing

2018-04-23 21:37

Everyone and everything is a target in South Sudan's civil war, as attacks against health facilities and aid workers increase, a new report says.

Madagascans return to protest after clashes

2018-04-23 20:29

Thousands of Madagascan opposition supporters have returned to the streets to protest against the president and a deadly crackdown by security forces on demonstrations.

Kenyan rugby sevens duo face gang rape charges

2018-04-23 19:31

Two Kenyan rugby sevens players, Frank Wanyama and Alex Olaba, have appeared in a Nairobi court charged with the February gang rape of a female singer.

Fearing Ethiopian dam, Egypt bans water-intensive crops

2018-04-23 19:31

Egypt's parliament has passed a law banning the cultivation of crops that require a large amount of water, amid fears that a massive Ethiopian dam being built upstream could cut into the country's share of the Nile.

Angola loses first satellite, plans successor

2018-04-23 18:30

Angola has confirmed the premature death of its first national telecoms satellite, Angosat-1, which was launched in December and was expected to have a working life of 15 years.

Nigerians demand air quality data over pollution fears

2018-04-23 17:16

Bolatito Joseph has strong suspicions about what is causing her breathing problems and a mucus build up: a building site near her home and noxious fumes from a rubbish dump close to her church.

SA is costliest G20 country to send money from

2018-04-23 17:45

South Africa is the most expensive G20 country to send remittances from while Russia is the least expensive, according to the latest World Bank report on remittance prices.

'Rigging fears grip' Zim opposition as Mnangagwa 'fails to campaign' - reports

2018-04-23 13:30

Zimbabwe's first post Mugabe elections are set to be held in four months time, but President Emmerson Mnangagwa and and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga are not on the ground campaigning for polls

'Mugabes don't have anything to do with Zimbabwe Airways deal,' says son-in-law

2018-04-23 12:14

Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law Simba Chikore, whose name has been at the centre of a raging debate over a Zimbabwe Airways deal, has reportedly said that he is "only doing a service to his country and is not on a self-enrichment exercise".

Nigeria church attack: 'We were able to recover 16 bodies,' police say

2018-04-25 06:46

Police in Nigeria say that they were able to recover at least 16 bodies from the scene of a church attack, adding that invaders descended on Mbalom community and razed over 60 houses.

Israel scraps plan to expel African migrants

2018-04-24 20:58

Israel has announced it had abandoned plans to expel African migrants who entered the Jewish state illegally, after failing to find a country willing to host them.

Billionaire French tycoon Bollore detained in Africa corruption probe

2018-04-24 19:33

Billionaire French tycoon Vincent Bollore is detained as part of a corruption investigation into his group's activities in West Africa where it operates several ports, legal sources have said.

Archeologists open burial chambers in Sudanese pyramid

2018-04-24 17:54

Sudan's official news agency says archeologists have reopened burial chambers in an ancient pyramid north of the capital, Khartoum.

Egypt former anti-graft chief sentenced to 5 years in jail

2018-04-24 17:04

A defence lawyer says an Egyptian military court has convicted the country's former anti-graft chief of insulting the armed forces and sentenced him to five years in prison.

Taxi driver, assistant 'kidnap, strangle and assault police officer'

2018-04-24 15:48

A Zimbabwean taxi driver and his assistant have reportedly appeared in court after they have strangled and assaulted a police official who had attend to an accident scene involving their vehicle and a private car.

WATCH: Mnangagwa 'is ready to accept defeat', Zim assures investors

2018-04-24 13:01

Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo has reportedly sought to assure investors that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will step down if he loses the forthcoming elections.

UN council set for vote on preparing Western Sahara talks

2018-04-24 11:57

The UN Security Council is expected to adopt a draft resolution this week that would press Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front to prepare for negotiations on ending the Western Sahara conflict, a report says.

CAR president urges disarming armed groups

2018-04-24 10:39

The Central African Republic's president Faustin-Archange Touadera has told the UN he wants to "accelerate" the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of members of armed groups.

Mugabe: Mnangagwa 'never invited me to attend Independence celebrations'

2018-04-24 08:30

Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, 94, has reportedly denied reports that he rejected an invitation from President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend this year’s Independence celebrations.

Nepalese peacekeepers accused of child rape in South Sudan

2018-04-24 08:30

The United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal are facing allegations of child rape in South Sudan, the UN spokesperson says, describing the case as "especially heinous".

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Swaziland, SADC

2018-04-24 06:52

A video has emerged of former Robert Mugabe's nephew trying to joke about a military "coup" that resulted in his uncle stepping down, and Swaziland says the changing of the country's name 'won't happen overnight and won't be costly'.

Visiting the Tunisian desert where 'Star Wars' was filmed

2018-04-23 21:37

There's a reason the original 'Star Wars' movie has been filmed in the deserts of southern Tunisia: This stark remote landscape looks like another planet.

Angolan army chief sacked in latest anti-graft move

2018-04-23 20:29

Angolan President Joao Lourenco has sacked his army forces' chief of staff over corruption allegations in a deepening purge of senior figures linked with graft.

US builds drone base in Niger, crossroads of extremism fight

2018-04-23 19:31

On the scorching edge of the Sahara Desert, the US Air Force is building a base for armed drones, the newest front in America's battle against the growing extremist threat in Africa's vast Sahel region.

Zimbabwe's 'sacked' nurses return to work

2018-04-23 18:30

Thousands of Zimbabwean nurses returned to work after ending a strike, their union has said, adding that fresh negotiations were expected in their stand-off with the government.

SA is costliest G20 country to send money from

2018-04-23 17:45

South Africa is the most expensive G20 country to send remittances from while Russia is the least expensive, according to the latest World Bank report on remittance prices.

Watchdog warns of humanitarian crisis in Egypt's Sinai

2018-04-23 15:11

A leading international rights group is warning of a humanitarian crisis in the northern part of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula amid severe restrictions on the movement of people and goods due to a massive security operation against Islamic militants.

Jailed Egyptian photographer wins UN press freedom prize

2018-04-23 13:30

Detained Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, will be awarded Unesco's World Press Freedom Prize, the United Nations' cultural body says.

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