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Zim govt failed to give ex-VP Mujuru state benefits - report

2018-01-17 21:37

Zimbabwe’s ex-deputy President Joice Mujuru has reportedly claimed that she was also not given her retirement benefits after she was sacked in 2014.

Suicide attack at market in Nigeria's Maiduguri kills 12

2018-01-17 21:30

A double suicide bombing at a market in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri killed at least 12 people and wounded 48 others on Wednesday, residents and an emergency official have said.

American, Canadian kidnapped by gunmen in central Nigeria

2018-01-17 21:30

A Nigerian police spokesperson says an American and a Canadian have been kidnapped in Kaduna state in the central part of the country.

Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid

2018-01-17 21:30

Supporters of a rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt's presidential election in May say bureaucrats loyal to the government are obstructing their efforts to get him on the ballot.

Public sector workers strike in Benin over right to strike

2018-01-17 20:32

Civil servants in Benin have walked out calling for the repeal of a new law banning them from taking industrial action.

UN needs over $1.5bn for DRC with country at "breaking point"

2018-01-17 19:30

The United Nations this year will seek more than $1.5bn to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official has said, warning the country was at a "breaking point".

 
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Saudi preacher shot dead in Guinea village

2018-01-17 20:32

A Saudi Arabian preacher was shot dead in Guinea's east after organising a prayer service that angered some villagers in the majority-Muslim West African country, local sources have said.

Sudan police fire tear gas as protesters march against price rises

2018-01-17 20:32

About 200 protesters have marched in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman against rising food prices, with anti-riot police firing tear gas to disperse the rally.

Nigerian civil servants 'stole anti-corruption funds'

2018-01-17 19:30

Two Nigerian civil servants are facing charges for allegedly embezzling funds earmarked for a day to publicise the fight against corruption, a court official has said.

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Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

2018-01-17 18:14

Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others have been released from prison as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all."

DRC revises mining code to make most of battery-driven cobalt boom

2018-01-17 16:50

As demand for batteries drives a surge in the price of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo is gearing up to overhaul its mining regulations to harvest more profit from the coveted metal.

UN probes DRC clashes that killed Burundi refugees

2018-01-17 14:00

The United Nations has announced it will investigate the death of 39 Burundian refugees in clashes with soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in September.

Former DRC army chief accused of coup bid held in Gabon

2018-01-17 12:02

Democratic Republic of Congo's former military chief, who has been accused by Kinshasa of an attempted coup against President Joseph Kabila in 2011, has been arrested in Gabon, sources say.

WATCH: Woman's proposal gets rejected in shopping mall

2018-01-17 08:30

A woman has been left devastated after she made a public proposal to her boyfriend and got turned down. Watch the video here.

#AfriTravel: Ethiopian Airlines to re-launch Zambia's national carrier

2018-01-17 09:38

Ethiopian Airlines says it has finalised an agreement with Zambia to re-launch the southern African country's national carrier.

8 children die after eating turtle in Madagascar

2018-01-17 06:07

Eight children have died after suffering acute food poisoning believed to have been caused by eating sea turtle meat in northern Madagascar, the country's health service has said.

Morocco sentences man to death over MP killing

2018-01-16 20:33

A Moroccan court sentenced to death a man over the murder of a member of parliament and jailed his widow, in a case involving sex and money, the government has said.

Cameroon lawyer gets boost for presidential bid

2018-01-16 20:33

A prominent lawyer's bid to end Cameroon President Paul Biya's 35 years in power has received a boost after nine opposition parties and grassroots groups backed his campaign, according to a statement seen by AFP.

Oil propels Nigerian shares to 9-year peak

2018-01-16 19:32

Nigerian stocks have jumped to a nine-year high as Africa's biggest economy emerges from its worst recession in 25 years, buoyed by the high price of oil at $69 a barrel.

UN says 100 000 people in Central African Republic need aid

2018-01-16 15:37

The UN says some 100 000 people in the Central African Republic town of Paoua have been caught in clashes between armed groups and urgently need humanitarian aid.

Mugabe's ex-deputy 'doesn't deserve exit package... he deserted his post', war vets claim

2018-01-16 12:04

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly remained mum over the pension of former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko amid accusations by the country's war veterans that he deserted his government position.

Africa should respond to Trump's racist rant by taking the moral high ground

2018-01-16 10:32

The Trump administration's incompetence makes it difficult for African countries to engage Washington in seeking meaningful explanations, much less substantive negotiations, writes The Conversation.

Mugabe 'desperately tried to reappoint his ex-deputy at the height of massive street protests'

2018-01-16 08:30

An aide to former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has revealed how the nonagenarian desperately tried to reappoint his ex-deputy at the height of massive street protests in November just before he stepped down.

20 killed in clashes at Libya's main international airport

2018-01-15 21:16

Fighting at the Libyan capital's only working international airport killed at least 20 people, officials have said, after militiamen attacked it in an attempt to free colleagues held at a jail there.

Sisi vows to protect Egypt's water supply

2018-01-15 21:16

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to protect Egypt's water supply while striving for peace with the Nile upstream countries of Sudan and Ethiopia, which is building a controversial dam.

Egypt's leader seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

2018-01-15 20:22

Egypt's president has sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country is not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them

E Guinea leader denies opposition death in custody claims

2018-01-17 18:14

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has rejected opposition claims that one of its activists died in custody after being tortured, and that about 200 of their members are under arrest.

Boko Haram kills nine in NE Nigeria

2018-01-17 15:16

Boko Haram jihadists have killed nine people in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, militia members and local residents say, underlining the persistent threat to civilians.

Zim army 'on high alert' amid Grace Mugabe ally bloodshed threats – report

2018-01-17 12:02

Zimbabwe's home affairs minister has reportedly said that the military and security sector is on high alert amid fears that supporters of former first lady Grace Mugabe could regroup outside the country in efforts to destabilise Zimbabwe.

Looters 'have returned millions of externalised funds', says Zim's new leader

2018-01-17 10:34

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that his call last year for the return of externalised funds is "being heeded and substantial millions" have been returned.

Tunisia 'queer film festival' seeks to make a difference

2018-01-17 10:34

The first ever film festival celebrating the LGBT community is underway in Tunisia, a Muslim country where homosexuals can face up to three years in prison.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Mugabe ex-deputy, Nigeria

2018-01-17 08:30

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe supported her ageing husband's "decision to resign", says ex-aide, and Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly remained mum over the pension of former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko.

Nigeria army releases 244 who denounced Boko Haram

2018-01-16 21:39

Nigeria's army has released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group Nigerian army officials have said.

Algeria gas plant marks five years since bloody hostage siege

2018-01-16 21:39

Workers at Algeria's In Amenas gas plant have gathered around a black marble memorial to mark five years since a deadly raid by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists left 40 hostages dead.

Liberia president rejects her expulsion from political party

2018-01-16 20:33

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision

Police: Kenyan Catholic priest arrested for sodomy

2018-01-16 19:32

A Kenyan police report says a Catholic priest is in police custody facing charges of allegedly sodomizing an 18 year old man

Three killed in Boko Haram raid in Nigeria

2018-01-16 18:19

Three people were killed and two others were critically injured in a Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, a community leader and a resident have said.

Sudan police beat protesters at demo against rising prices

2018-01-16 17:06

Anti-riot police fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons as hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated against soaring bread prices near a presidential palace in Khartoum, an AFP correspondent has said.

Tunisian soccer fans clash with police amid economic unrest

2018-01-16 14:02

Tunisian soccer fans have clashed with police in the capital two days after a match was canceled amid nationwide economic protests.

Nigeria's abducted Chibok schoolgirls: a timeline

2018-01-16 12:04

A group of young women shown in a video released by Boko Haram are purported to be among the more than 200 abducted from Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in 2014.

Tropical cyclone threatens Mauritius and Reunion

2018-01-16 10:32

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta is intensifying in the southern Indian Ocean and is likely to have a major impact on the 'island paradises' of both Mauritius and Reunion.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Zambia

2018-01-16 08:30

Robert Mugabe's ex-spokesperson has revealed how the former president was told hat he could face the same fate as the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken to social media.

WHO says 'high' cholera risk in DRC capital

2018-01-16 06:05

The World Health Organization Monday said there was a high risk of a cholera epidemic after flooding in Kinshasa, the teeming and ramshackle capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zambia police tear gas traders angered by anti-cholera ban

2018-01-15 21:16

Police in Zambia's capital Lusaka have fired tear gas at angry traders marching to the president's office in protest over a ban on street commerce aimed at curbing a deadly cholera outbreak.

Ethiopia to free opposition leader, hundreds of others

2018-01-15 20:22

Ethiopia's government has announced it would release hundreds of people awaiting trial including imprisoned opposition leader Merera Gudina and would pardon others convicts in the coming months.

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