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Nigeria police recover stolen Senate mace under flyover

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Nigerian police have said they had recovered the ceremonial mace - the parliamentary symbol of authority - under a flyover after it was stolen from the Senate.

How practices, and meaning, of genital cutting are changing in Tanzania

2018-04-19 13:54

Efforts to discourage girls from being cut in Tanzania have changed the cultural meaning and practices around the ceremonial rite of passage, writes The Conversation.

Prophet kills congregant during baptism, says she 'appeared like a vampire' – report

2018-04-19 11:00

A Zimbabwean prophet, 37, has appeared in court after he allegedly killed one of his congregates during a baptism session in Nyaure River in Domboshawa.

 
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FIRST FAMILY:   Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) and First Lady Auxilia Zimbabwe arrive for Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. (File, AFP

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IN PICTURES: Zimbabwe's 38th independence celebrations

2018-04-19 12:30

Zimbabwe on April 18 marked its first independence day without Robert Mugabe in power, with new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa vowing to hold "credible" elections. See pictures taken from the event .

Zimbabwe elections critical for economic growth, says Biti

2018-04-19 12:19

Zimbabwe’s elections scheduled to take place this year will be the most important in a generation and critical to restoring democracy and economic growth, says opposition politician Tendai Biti.

Student from Zambia fights to compete in US poetry contest

2018-04-19 11:00

Lawyers for a high school student who fled his native Zambia and is suing to compete in a US government-funded national poetry competition say the case is about an "educational benefit" for any public school student.

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Trump's petty policy on used clothes for Africa

2018-04-19 10:00

The US and east Africa are involved in a trade dispute over used clothing. Countries like Rwanda want to restrict imports of second-hand clothes from the US. But the Trump administration is threatening retaliation.

Mugabe 'in same league as DRC's Mobutu, CAR's Bokassa' - report

2018-04-19 06:00

A Zimbabwean minister has reportedly likened former president Robert Mugabe to some of Africa's most brutal dictators who wanted to"anoint their wives and mistresses as [their] successors".

US urges Nigeria to change tactics against Boko Haram

2018-04-18 21:14

Nigerian forces battling Boko Haram jihadists need a change of mindset to overcome an evolving guerrilla threat, US military officials have said this week on the sidelines of an African security summit.

Libya strongman's chief of staff survives car bombing: military

2018-04-18 21:14

Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar's chief of staff on Wednesday survived a car bombing in the eastern city of Benghazi, according to his self-styled Libyan National Army.

Madagascar opposition vows to defy ban with weekend demo

2018-04-18 20:14

Madagascar's opposition has vowed to defy an official ban and go ahead with a weekend protest over "scandalous" new election laws ahead of elections in late 2018.

Taiwan's leader visits rare African ally, tiny Swaziland

2018-04-18 19:04

Taiwan is emphasizing its ties with one of the few countries that grant it diplomatic recognition as President Tsai Ing-wen visits the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland.

Niger may have arrested militant leader Chefou

2018-04-18 15:45

The Niger military has detained a suspect who could be the militant leader who was being pursued at the time of an ambush that left four American soldiers dead.

Egypt's military says ISIS leader killed in Sinai

2018-04-18 13:21

Egypt's military says its forces have killed a man they identified as the leader of the Islamic State group in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

At least 200 child soldiers freed in S Sudan, but problem continues

2018-04-18 11:39

More than 200 child soldiers have been released by armed groups in war-torn South Sudan, part of a series of releases that will see almost 1 000 children freed in the coming months.

Nigerian students killed by tree on Cameroon school trip

2018-04-18 10:05

A falling tree at a wildlife park in northern Cameroon killed three students on a school trip, an official told the country's state radio.

Mugabes left official residences in 'terrible state': report

2018-04-18 06:00

Former president Robert Mugabe and his family left the official presidential residences in a terrible state, with leaking roofs, broken flush handles and unkempt tennis courts, a private newspaper says.

Jurors to hear closing arguments in Somali immigrant bomb plot

2018-04-18 06:00

Attorneys are set to make their closing arguments to jurors deciding the fate of three men accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in Kansas.

Over five million children get polio vaccines in Niger

2018-04-17 19:06

More than five million children were vaccinated against polio in Niger last month, the UN says, adding that the number was higher than the target.

Tanzanian pop star arrested over 'indecent' pictures

2018-04-17 16:04

Popular Tanzanian musician Diamond Platnumz has been arrested for publishing "indecent" photographs on social media, the information minister says.

Calls for 'proof of life' after Chibok girls death claims

2018-04-17 14:30

Nigeria is facing calls to establish how many of the missing Chibok schoolgirls are still alive, after claims that nearly 100 of them may have lost their lives in captivity.

Burundi forces kill perceived regime opponents, says rights group

2018-04-17 13:06

Human Rights Watch says Burundi's government forces and ruling party members have killed perceived opponents of an upcoming referendum that could enable the president to extend his rule.

Missing $15bn diamond revenue: 'It's all lies,' says Mugabe

2018-04-17 10:00

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has retracted his remarks over the alleged missing $15 billion diamond revenue amid investigations by the national assembly, according to a report.

'Solve cash problems first before inviting Zimbabweans back home,' Mnangagwa told

2018-04-17 08:02

ISS believes that the recent call by the Zimbabwean government, urging those who fled the country to return home was a step in the right direction, but it warned that the country needed to deal with its cash shortages first.

Sudan diplomats unpaid for months: minister

2018-04-19 10:00

A cash shortfall has seen several Sudanese foreign diplomats go unpaid for months and they have been seeking to return home as a result, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour says.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Zim nurses, Nigeria

2018-04-19 08:00

Former president Robert Mugabe and his family left the official presidential residences in a terrible state, and Zimbabwe has fired all nurses who were on strike to demand higher salaries.

Sudan protests to UN over Egypt voting in disputed area

2018-04-18 21:14

Sudan says it has protested to the UN Security Council against Egypt, accusing Cairo of organising voting in a disputed border area during last month's Egyptian presidential election.

Niger students 'seriously injured' in clash with police

2018-04-18 20:14

A violent clash between students and security forces left many students injured, some seriously, at the main university in the Niger capital Niamey, a student leader has said.

'Hoodlums' steal mace from Nigerian Senate: lawmakers

2018-04-18 19:04

The ceremonial mace of Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament was stolen, Senate leaders have said, condemning the theft as an "act of treason".

DRC football chief held in embezzlement probe

2018-04-18 17:30

The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's football association has been taken into custody as part of a probe into embezzlement, an investigating magistrate has said.

Zimbabwe marks Independence Day - from Mugabe, too

2018-04-18 14:19

Celebrating Independence Day for the first time without Robert Mugabe as leader since 1980 felt like a second emancipation for some Zimbabweans on Wednesday.

WATCH: Flooding in Tanzania city leaves at least 14 dead

2018-04-18 10:05

Fourteen people have died as a result of days of torrential rains and flooding in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's economic capital, police say.

Nigerian police, Shiite protesters clash for second day

2018-04-17 19:06

Nigerian police have fired teargas for a second day at protesters demanding the release of Shiite leader Ibrahim Zakzaky, who has been in jail without charge since December 2015.

Morocco's king returns home after weeks-long absence

2018-04-17 17:41

King Mohammed VI has returned to Morocco after an absence of several weeks during which he underwent a heart operation in a Paris clinic, sources close to the palace say.

Gunmen kill four police officers in central Nigeria

2018-04-17 16:04

Gunmen have killed four police personnel in central Nigeria's Benue state, police say, in the latest flare-up in an area beset by bloody clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

Egypt's mufti issues fatwa against buying Facebook 'likes'

2018-04-17 14:30

Egypt's top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook "likes" is prohibited under Islam because it's a form of fraud and deception.

Angolan activist to be tried in camera for graft story

2018-04-17 12:00

Outspoken Angolan human rights activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais will be tried in camera for a story he wrote two years ago exposing alleged corruption, he says.

At least 115 Shiite protesters arrested in Nigerian capital: police

2018-04-17 10:00

At least 115 supporters of a pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim group have been arrested in the Nigerian capital during the latest protest to demand the release of their detained leader, a police spokesperson says.

Nzimande touts the idea of a Sanral for SADC region

2018-04-17 12:22

A Sanral for the Southern African Development Community could help support development and economic integration in the region, says Transport Minister Blade Nzimande.

3 officials resign in Kenya's electoral body over poll probe

2018-04-16 20:17

Three commissioners from Kenya's electoral commission say they've resigned over the suspension of the chief executive officer who was sent on compulsory leave to pave way for wider investigations into the conduct of the commission in last year's elections.

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