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PIC: Ousted Robert Mugabe spotted leaving hospital in Singapore

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Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power last month, has visited a Singapore hospital during a trip to the city-state for a medical check-up.

Top Africa stories: Zim farm grabbers, Mugabe, al-Shabaab

2017-12-15 08:38

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has ordered land grabbers to vacate farms, and ex-president Robert Mugabe is set to miss the Zanu-PF's congress for the first time since 1963.

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

2017-12-15 08:38

A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country's electoral commission.

Mnangagwa set to strengthen grip on power at congress after Mugabe's shock ouster

2017-12-15 06:00

Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is expected to use a conference of the ruling Zanu-PF party to consolidate his grip on power after Robert Mugabe's shock ouster last month.

Zimbabwe's new leader wants sanctions lifted

2017-12-14 21:31

Zimbabwe's new leader is calling for the "unconditional lifting" of sanctions that he says has crippled the once-prosperous country's development.

Senegal delays trial of Dakar mayor until new year

2017-12-14 21:31

A Senegalese court has delayed the trial of popular Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall on charges of embezzling public funds until January 3, as his lawyers denounced a "hasty" start to proceedings.

 
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UN Security Council warns on South Sudan peace efforts

2017-12-15 06:00

The UN Security Council is warning of "costs or consequences" for South Sudan's government and opposition if they undermine upcoming efforts to achieve a cease-fire and implement a 2015 peace agreement.

Nigeria governors approve $1bn to fight Boko Haram

2017-12-14 21:31

A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1bn to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.

Madagascar prisoners escape in jail mob attack

2017-12-14 20:31

Some 120 prisoners broke out of jail in northeast Madagascar after a lynch mob stormed the prison in search of a murder suspect, the justice ministry has said.

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Cameroon opposition attacks 'militarisation' in anglophone crisis

2017-12-14 20:31

Cameroon's main opposition party has accused the government of having "militarised" two regions shaken by unrest among the country's anglophone minority.

3 100 migrants repatriated from Libya in recent days

2017-12-14 19:31

The European Union and African Union say at least 3 100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks.

Rapes, other new allegations in Kenya's election unrest

2017-12-14 18:30

Kenya's opposition leader was targeted in a virulent online campaign created by a US-based company during the recent election turmoil, a privacy watchdog has said, while another rights group reported multiple gang-rapes by men in uniform in opposition strongholds.

Tanzania calls for probe into UN peacekeeper killings

2017-12-14 15:30

Tanzania has called for an investigation into the killing of 14 soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels.

US commander orders new probe into deadly Somalia raid

2017-12-14 12:33

The head of US Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces.

Boko Haram tries to take over military base in NE Nigeria

2017-12-14 10:05

Boko Haram fighters have battled Nigerian soldiers for about an hour, as they tried to take over a military base, in the latest attack against troops in the restive northeast.

Top Africa stories: Zim farm grabber refuses to leave, Burundi, Sudan

2017-12-14 08:30

A Zimbabwean cleric, who grabbed land from a white Zimbabwean farmer, has ignored President Emmerson Mnangagwa's directive, and Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to extend his rule.

Four drown fleeing militia attack in DRC

2017-12-14 06:00

Four people have drowned while fleeing an attack by a militia group on a mining area in the violence-ridden northeast of DRC, local sources say.

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.

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.

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.

US, Britain, France seek details on Russian arms to C Africa

2017-12-14 20:31

The United States, Britain and France asked that a Russian request to send light arms to the Central African Republic be put on hold as they seek more information on the shipments, diplomats have said.

Central Africa's free market plan hits the roadblock of reality

2017-12-14 19:31

At the frontier between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, a long queue stretches between two checkpoints as travellers wrestle with officialdom and the inevitable demand for a sweetener in order to cross.

US Homeland Security team in Chad after travel ban

2017-12-14 18:30

A US government delegation is visiting Chad, one of six mainly-Muslim countries affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban, in order to assess passport security, a foreign ministry official has said.

Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism

2017-12-14 17:00

Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Somalia's Shabaab kill 18 police in academy bombing

2017-12-14 15:30

A suicide bomber from Somalia's Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others when he blew himself up inside the country's main police academy, the force's chief has said.

Nigerian soldiers warned after Boko Haram attack

2017-12-14 14:14

Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram have been put on high alert after four military vehicles went missing during a raid on an army post in the restive northeast.

New Zimbabwe govt 'keen to show respect to Mugabe'

2017-12-14 12:33

Robert Mugabe's former spokesperson Nelson Charamba says Zimbabwe's new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa is keen to show respect to the ousted nonagenarian.

At least 66 journalists 'languishing in African jails' – media watchdog

2017-12-14 11:30

At least 262 journalists have been jailed for doing their job around the world, and 66 of these, are in Africa - as of December 1, says a media watchdog.

LATEST IN ZIM: Mnangagwa govt 'orders land grabbers to vacate farms' – report

2017-12-14 10:05

Zimbabwe's new minister of lands, agriculture and rural settlement, Retired Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, has reportedly ordered those who have illegally occupied farm lands to leave "immediately" or face the wrath of law.

The week Mugabe resigned: how News24 covered the fall of a 'dictator'

2017-12-14 08:30

Robert Mugabe's fall from power in November came as a surprise as it happened so unexpectedly. Africa editor Betha Madhomu gives a detailed account of how News24 covered the story.

Mugabe to miss Zanu-PF congress for first time since 1963 - report

2017-12-14 06:00

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who also used to be the leader of Zanu-PF is set to miss the ruling party's congress for the first time since the party's founding in 1963, a report says.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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