DRC court sentences 12 to life for child rapes, murder

2017-12-13 21:30

A military court in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced a dozen militia members, including a lawmaker, to life in prison for the rapes of more than 46 children as young as 11 months old.

S Arabia, UAE pledge $130m for Sahel anti-terror force

2017-12-13 21:30

Saudi Arabia has pledged $100m towards a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa, while the United Arab Emirates has offered $30m, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

Watchdog: Egypt remains among worst jailers of journalists

2017-12-13 20:30

The Committee to Protect Journalists says the international community has failed to pressure the world's "worst" jailers of journalists, including Egypt, to improve press freedom conditions.

US condemns deadly Ethiopia clashes

2017-12-13 20:30

The United States has said it was "troubled and saddened" by clashes in Ethiopia that local reports said has left at least 18 people dead.

Gambia denies deal for land 'to revive Russian empire'

2017-12-13 19:30

The West African state of The Gambia has angrily denied claims it reached a deal with monarchist Russian politician Anton Bakov, who is seeking land in an oddball scheme to revive the Romanov Empire.

Rwanda-backed report alleges France's role in 1994 genocide

2017-12-13 18:11

A new report commissioned by Rwanda's government accuses France of supplying weapons to the perpetrators of the East African nation's 1994 genocide in which over 800 000 people were killed.


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E Guinea intercepts Gabon-bound boat carrying 205 migrants

2017-12-13 19:30

Equatorial Guinea's coastguard intercepted a makeshift boat carrying 205 West African migrants headed for Gabon, local media has reported.

Africa, Europe seek to boost Sahel anti-terror force

2017-12-13 18:11

France's Emmanuel Macron has hosted African and European leaders to drum up support and contributions for a new counter-terrorism force in the terror-plagued Sahel.

Group protests human rights activist's detention in Burundi

2017-12-13 18:11

Human Rights Watch is urging Burundian authorities to either free or charge an activist who has been detained since November 21.

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Boko Haram displaced get ID cards in Nigeria

2017-12-13 15:30

Some 100 000 Nigerians made homeless by Boko Haram have received formal identification papers, to help boost security and restore normality in the country's restive northeast.

France seeks ways to boost anti-jihadi force in Africa

2017-12-13 14:15

French President Emmanuel Macron is convening presidents, princes and diplomats to breathe life into a young African military force that aims to counter the growing jihadi threat in the Sahel region.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe farm, Zanu-PF congress, DRC

2017-12-13 08:30

Heavily armed Zimbabwean soldiers are reportedly still deployed at former first lady Grace Mugabe's farm in Mazowe, and a Zanu-PF congress is set to endorse Emmerson Mnangagwa as party leader after Robert Mugabe ouster.

Cleric who grabbed land from white Zim farmer ignores Mnangagwa's directive - report

2017-12-13 06:17

A Zimbabwean cleric, Trevor Manhanga, who was recently given a directive by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to vacate the farm he grabbed from a white farmer, Robert Smart, in Rusape in June, has remained adamant he will "stay put".

Police: At least 13 dead in multi-vehicle accident in Kenya

2017-12-12 21:29

Kenyan police say at least 13 people have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident on a highway outside the capital, Nairobi.

Four dead in blast in NE Nigeria: MSF

2017-12-12 21:29

Four people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.

Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video

2017-12-12 20:26

An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison

Burundi's president launches campaign to extend his rule

2017-12-12 19:31

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sudan papers go online for freedom from censors

2017-12-13 17:00

Seated in his Khartoum office overlooking the Blue Nile, Sudanese journalist Adil al-Baz no longer fears a crackdown by security agents over his articles since he launched an online newspaper.

Burundi president launches campaign to extend rule

2017-12-13 12:01

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to promote a referendum to change the constitution that could see him rule until 2034.

Appeal court orders retrial of top Nigerian politician

2017-12-13 10:02

A panel of judges has ordered Nigeria's third highest-ranking politician to face a retrial on corruption charges linked to his time as a state governor.

ICC: Failure to arrest Sudan's president undermines court

2017-12-13 08:30

The prosecutor of the ICC is accusing some of its members including Jordan, Uganda and Chad of undermining the tribunal's "reputation and credibility" by refusing to arrest Sudan's president who is accused of genocide in Darfur.

Togo's opposition coalition boycotts government talks

2017-12-12 21:29

Togo's main opposition coalition, which has led protests against President Faure Gnassingbe for more than three months, boycotted government consultations for talks on ending the political impasse.

2 teenage girl suicide bombers kill 4 in Nigeria's north

2017-12-12 20:26

A Nigerian official says two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, in the country's north, killing at least four people.

US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capital

2017-12-12 19:31

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.

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.

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.

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