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Burundi's president launches campaign to extend his rule

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Burundi's president has launched a campaign to support constitutional amendments that could extend his rule despite warnings by his opponents of more violence ahead.

US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capital

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A US military drone strike on a vehicle carrying explosives in Somalia has removed "an imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu" by the al-Shabaab extremist group, the US Africa Command has said.

20-year terms sought in DRC trial for mass child rape

2017-12-12 18:32

Prosecutors are demanding jail terms ranging from 20 years to life against militiamen accused of raping dozens of children, including a baby, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, plaintiffs have said.

Burundi orders 'voluntary' tax to fund fresh elections

2017-12-12 18:32

Burundi's government has launched a fundraising drive for elections in 2020, presented as "voluntary" but condemned by rights groups as "organised robbery".

S Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead: lawmaker

2017-12-12 16:07

More than 170 people have been killed in fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan in the past week, a lawmaker has said.

Mugabe flies out to Far East for medical checks... his first trip since ouster – reports

2017-12-12 14:59

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, 93, has reportedly left the country for routine medical checks in Singapore - the nonagenarian's first foreign trip since his ouster in November.

 
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Somalia intelligence officials report suspected US airstrike

2017-12-12 17:30

A senior Somali intelligence official says a suspected US airstrike has largely destroyed a minibus travelling near a rebel-held village in southern Somalia.

Unicef: 400 000 DRC children suffering severe malnutrition

2017-12-12 16:07

The United Nations Children's Fund says at least 400 000 children under 5 in Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled Kasai region are severely malnourished.

Somali journalist killed in front of children

2017-12-12 13:58

A Somali television journalist has been killed by a car bomb in front of his children, relatives say, the fifth murder of a journalist in the war-torn country this year.

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Heavily armed soldiers 'still deployed at Grace Mugabe's farm' – report

2017-12-12 10:00

Heavily armed Zimbabwean soldiers are reportedly still deployed at former first lady Grace Mugabe’s farming empire which she controversially acquired in Mazowe.

Mugabe's 'obedient son' sought 'divine intervention' against Grace's tirades

2017-12-12 06:00

Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu says he would ask his wife to pray for him to shield himself from Grace Mugabe's tirades at ruling party rallies where she dished out the dirt against her opponents within the ruling Zanu-PF.

Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambushes

2017-12-11 21:28

At least six soldiers died in two separate Boko Haram ambushes in northeast Nigeria, military and civilian militia sources have said.

UN peacekeepers honour 14 troops killed in DRC

2017-12-11 20:00

The UN force in Democratic Republic of Congo has paid tribute to troops who were killed last week, in the peacekeepers' biggest single loss in nearly a quarter of a century.

Clashes in northern C Africa threaten security plan

2017-12-11 18:30

Plans by Central African Republic's beleaguered government to reassert control in the north of the country were in difficulties after clashes marred the return of the state's top representative to a key city.

Egypt detains 8 anti-Trump protesters after Cairo rally

2017-12-11 15:35

A top Egyptian rights lawyer says at least eight protesters have been detained and accused of "association with a terrorist organisation" after joining a small protest in Cairo over the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Africa's richest woman prepares new deals after losing oil post

2017-12-11 15:01

Less than a month after being fired as head of Angola’s state-owned oil company, Isabel dos Santos, says she is studying new deals, including an opportunity in South Africa.

Mugabe's fall 'was just a moment of false hope and illusions'

2017-12-11 11:31

Saturday the 18th of November 2017 shall forever be remembered as the day which inscribed an indelible feature in the history of Zimbabwe. On that day, an entire nation conspired to run away from Satan in order to seek refuge in and surrender its soul to Lucifer.

Mnangagwa's ministers 'cancel festive season travel to meet set targets' – report

2017-12-11 08:51

Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in cabinet ministers are reportedly "putting in extra hours every day to meet targets" set by President Emmerson Mnangagwa "as a new work ethic takes root in government".

REVEALED: Mugabe 'was leasing out land to whites', says report

2017-12-11 06:06

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been leasing out some of his family’s farm land to white businessmen – even though he threatened others for doing that while he was in office, a private newspaper says.

Thousands rally in Morocco against US Jerusalem move

2017-12-10 19:31

Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in Morocco's capital Rabat as demonstrations against US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital continued to spread.

Bodies of Tanzanian UN peacekeepers to be repatriated this week

2017-12-10 15:39

The bodies of 15 UN peacekeepers from Tanzania killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be repatriated in the coming days, the Tanzanian army says.

Continued occupation of streets by Zim army 'scares away investors' - opposition

2017-12-10 12:07

Zimbabwe's government, under newly inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has announced "a new economic order" that signals a potentially significant change from the previous era of former President Robert Mugabe.

Kenya president says no talks with defiant opposition leader

2017-12-10 08:06

Kenya's president is ruling out dialogue with the opposition leader who boycotted the recent election and plans a mock "inauguration" next week.

Freedom for all: coming out in Africa

2017-12-10 06:10

From Botswana to the Seychelles, coming out as LGBTI brings the chance of freedom – but for many it also brings the pain of having nowhere to go.

Zimbabwe diaspora extends protest after Mugabe ouster

2017-12-09 16:00

After 15 years of protesting against Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean diaspora in the UK will continue to rally against the ruling Zanu-PF party, accusing its leaders of being "dictators who only believe in themselves ruling".

UN promises justice in DRC against peacekeeper attacks

2017-12-12 12:12

The United Nations Deputy Special Representative for Democratic Republic of Congo says military offenses will be launched against rebels who killed at least 15 Tanzanian UN peacekeepers last week in eastern Congo

Top Africa Stories: Mugabe, Putin, Kenya

2017-12-12 08:33

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been leasing out some of his family’s farm land to white businessmen, a report says, and Kenya's main opposition has postponed a mock ceremony to inaugurate its leader as president.

Two dead in suicide bombing in Cameroon mosque

2017-12-12 06:00

Two people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists, sources have said.

Zim electoral body chief resigns after Mugabe ouster – report

2017-12-11 20:00

Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau has reportedly resigned just a couple of months before the crunch polls in 2018.

A look at Egypt-Russia relations as Putin visits Cairo

2017-12-11 20:00

Relations between Russia and Egypt have rapidly grown over the past three years, with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi forging a multi-faceted relationship that features economic, military and political cooperation.

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

2017-12-11 18:30

Egypt and Russia have signed a final contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.

UN seeks urgent resettlement of 1 300 refugees stranded in Libya

2017-12-11 17:00

The UN urgently has appealed for countries to take in 1 300 "extremely vulnerable" refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants in the country.

Jordan referred to UN for not detaining Sudan leader

2017-12-11 15:35

War crimes judges has delivered a slap to Jordan, referring the Arab country to the United Nations for action for failing to arrest the visiting Sudanese president wanted on genocide charges.

Russia's Putin lands in Egypt in sign of growing ties

2017-12-11 14:31

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Cairo for talks with his Egyptian counterpart on their two countries' rapidly expanding ties.

A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

2017-12-11 13:09

The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries, writes The Conversation.

Tanzania at 56: Echoes of the best and worst of Nyerere under Magufuli

2017-12-11 10:36

A balance sheet of positives and negatives for Tanzania's president Magufuli is perhaps the most striking similarity with the legacy of Nyerere as the country marks another independence anniversary, writes The Conversation.

6 000 ISIS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns

2017-12-11 08:51

Up to 6 000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official has warned, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

Why the focus on China's role in Mugabe's fall missed the bigger picture

2017-12-10 17:25

A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon, writes The Conversation.

Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

2017-12-10 14:12

In Egypt's eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past.

Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo over Jerusalem

2017-12-10 10:02

Arab foreign ministers have gathered in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for an emergency meeting designed to formulate a unified response to President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Libya, Italy to join forces against people traffickers

2017-12-09 18:17

Italy and Libya will set up a joint commission in a bid to fight back against people traffickers and tackle the problem of illegal migration, the Tripoli government says.

Egypt's Coptic Pope rejects Pence meeting over Jerusalem: statement

2017-12-09 16:00

Egypt's Coptic Church head Pope Tawadros II has cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo later this month in protest at Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the church says.

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