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UN envoy urges dialogue with opposition after Burundi vote

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The UN special envoy for Burundi has urged the African nation's government to quickly restart dialogue with the opposition following a referendum that will allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

Algeria blogger given 10 years in prison over posts

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An Algerian blogger was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty on Thursday of providing intelligence to "agents of a foreign power", his lawyer has said.

DRC priest infected with Ebola as death toll revised down

2018-05-25 16:14

A Catholic priest has been quarantined in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being infected with Ebola as health officials revised down the number of deaths to 22.

50 dead in boat accident in northwest DRC

2018-05-25 13:57

At least 50 people have died in a boat accident on a river in remote northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say.

Egypt orders blogger be detained for 15 days

2018-05-25 12:00

Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered that blogger and journalist Wael Abbas, known for standing up against police violence, be detained for 15 days following his arrest, his lawyer said.

 
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Equatorial Guinea leader Nguema to hold 'secret talks' with Mugabe – report

2018-05-25 15:00

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is reportedly in Zimbabwe on a two day state visit, and is also expected to hold "secret talks" with ousted president Robert Mugabe.

Magufuli hails Zim's 'peaceful transition', invites Mnangagwa to Tanzania

2018-05-25 12:00

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has reportedly commended Zimbabwe for its "peaceful transition" that took place last year, as he invited his counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa to visit his east African country.

Africans 'slowly taking interest in continental affairs'

2018-05-25 10:48

Africans are becoming more aware of the importance of Africa Day, as they are slowly taking an interest in continental affairs, the Institute for Security Studies has said.

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Burundi opposition appeals referendum result

2018-05-25 10:48

Burundi's opposition has filed a petition to the country's constitutional court in a bid to invalidate the result of last week's referendum, which is expected to strengthen President Pierre Nkurunziza's hold on power.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Ebola, Mozambique

2018-05-25 08:09

Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has reportedly said that he "feels sorry" for "principled" ex-president Robert Mugabe, and Democratic Republic of Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30 and warns against rumours.

At least 7 dead in Benghazi attack: security source

2018-05-25 06:08

At least seven people were killed and around twenty others injured late Thursday in a car bomb attack in the centre of Benghazi in eastern Libya, a local security official says.

Burundi's opposition asks court to reject referendum results

2018-05-24 21:14

Burundi's main opposition coalition has asked the constitutional court to invalidate the results of last week's referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

Mozambique talks restart after Dhlakama death: party

2018-05-24 20:13

Mozambique peace talks have restarted after the unexpected death of rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama earlier this month threatened to end the tentative negotiations, his party has said.

Suspected Burkina Faso jihadists 'were planning attack'

2018-05-24 20:13

Three suspected jihadists who were killed in a pre-dawn raid by Burkina Faso security forces had been "planning an attack" in the capital Ouagadougou, the country's prosecutor has said.

Vigilante groups form in central Mali amid ethnic violence

2018-05-24 19:25

Two armed groups have formed in central Mali on either side of an ethnic rift that has caused violence to flare, their leaders have said.

Sudan teen files appeal against death sentence: lawyer

2018-05-24 17:13

A Sudanese teenager sentenced to death for killing her husband after he allegedly raped her has filed an appeal, her lawyer has said.

China, Russia rise in CAR as Western influence shrinks

2018-05-24 15:28

Russia and China are muscling their way into the Central African Republic as Western clout in the mineral-rich, strategically important nation seems to wane, analysts say.

DRC says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumours

2018-05-24 13:10

Democratic Republic of Congo's ministry of health says the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including 8 deaths in the three affected health zones in the country's Equateur province.

12 killed in clashes in CAR capital: Red Cross

2018-05-24 12:00

Twelve people have been killed in the volatile Muslim-majority district of PK5 in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui in clashes after a grenade went off, the Red Cross says.

US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

2018-05-24 10:30

President Donald Trump's top health official says the US global partners will "take the steps necessary" to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organisation says.

Mnangagwa govt slams minister's 'unlawful and reckless' military comments

2018-05-24 08:30

President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has slammed as "unlawful" and "reckless" comments by Zimbabwe's deputy finance minister who said the army wouldn't allow MDC leader Nelson Chamisa to win elections.

2 patients who fled Ebola ward among the dead in DRC

2018-05-24 08:30

Two infected patients who fled from an Ebola treatment centre in a Democratic Republic of Congo city of 1.2 million people later died, an aid group says.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Ebola, Kagame

2018-05-24 06:40

Ex-President Robert Mugabe has failed to show up before a parliamentary committee investigating a missing $15 billion of diamond revenue, and superstition is stopping Ebola victims from seeking medical care.

Algeria blogger faces death penalty charges for posts

2018-05-23 21:20

An Algerian blogger is to go on trial accused of collaborating with a foreign country and inciting an uprising, charges which carry the death penalty, his lawyer has said.

Archaeologists discover Greco-Roman era building in Egypt

2018-05-23 21:20

Egyptian archaeologists say they have discovered parts of a huge red brick building dating back to the Greco-Roman period north of Cairo

Egypt top prosecutor refers 40 to trial on human trafficking

2018-05-23 20:26

Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 40 people to trial in a criminal court on charges of forming criminal network for human trafficking and migrants smuggling

Egypt arrests prominent activist blogger

2018-05-23 19:03

Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist and blogger known for criticizing the government has been detained, the latest in a new wave of arrests since elections earlier this year

Islamic State claims bombing in Libya that killed 2

2018-05-23 18:00

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a car bombing at a checkpoint in eastern Libya that killed at least two security personnel

Zim army threats: Opposition calls for action against ministers

2018-05-25 08:09

Zimbabwe's main opposition party says President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government must take action against ministers who recently said the army would not allow a Movement for Democratic Change victory in polls this year.

SA firm to supply paper for Zim ballots: report

2018-05-25 06:08

A South African firm will provide paper for the ballots in this year’s election in Zimbabwe, and the papers themselves will be printed inside the country, a newspaper says.

Over 50% of companies in Africa victims of financial crime - report

2018-05-25 09:20

Africa has a higher percentage of companies affected by financial crimes than the global average, according a Thomson Reuters survey.

South Sudan's quiet victims of war: With HIV, without help

2018-05-24 21:14

Tracing his fingers over his bald head, the 11-year-old boy shifts uncomfortably in his chair. "I'm scared," James Seferino says. "All I know is that if I don't take my pills I'll die."

Egyptian prosecutors order activist held for 15 days

2018-05-24 21:14

Egyptian prosecutors say they have ordered a prominent activist and blogger known for criticising the government detained for 15 days pending an investigation, the latest episode in Egypt's media crackdown

10 militia killed in DRC: army

2018-05-24 20:13

Ten suspected Ugandan militia members have been killed in an army offensive on a rebel base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the DRC military has said.

Algeria blasts NGOs for 'malicious campaign' over migrant explusions

2018-05-24 20:13

Algeria has blasted rights groups for leading a "malicious campaign" against it, after NGOs accused the North African country of arresting sub-Saharan migrants en masse and forcefully deporting them.

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

2018-05-24 17:13

Taiwanese media say Burkina Faso is breaking diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage

Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit Nigeria

2018-05-24 14:17

Amnesty International has urged Nigeria to act on claims soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps for people displaced by Boko Haram.

'We're not out to humiliate Mugabe,' says Zim committee probing alleged diamond theft

2018-05-24 10:30

Former president Robert Mugabe, who failed to appear on Wednesday before a parliamentary committee probing alleged diamond theft, has now been invited to appear early next week, an official says.

'Africa has 2% of world's cars but 20% of road deaths' - first safety observatory to curb horrendous death toll

2018-05-24 11:47

With the highest rate of road traffic fatalities compared to any other region in the world - despite only having only 2% of the world's vehicles - Africa's road safety crisis was in the spotlight at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit.

WATCH: Teenage Nigerian female boxers fighting out of poverty

2018-05-24 08:30

A group of female teenage boxers from a "poor part of Lagos" are reportedly hoping to win gold for Nigeria at the 2020 Olympics.

'I feel sorry for principled Robert Mugabe,' says Zim finance minister

2018-05-24 06:40

Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has reportedly said that he "feels sorry" for "principled" ex-president Robert Mugabe as his wife Grace took advantage of his old age.

Mugabe under scrutiny in bid to trace Zim's missing diamond billions

2018-05-23 22:00

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe was scheduled to appear before parliament, after the country's diamond mining industry reportedly lost more than $15bn through illegal activities.

Tunisia tourism makes return with revenues up nearly a third

2018-05-23 21:20

Tunisia's tourism industry, hard hit by jihadist attacks in 2015, has undergone a "real recovery" with revenues up nearly a third so far this year, the sector's minister has said.

Ebola patients flee hospital in DRC, says MSF

2018-05-23 20:26

Three people with Ebola fled a hospital in Democratic Republic of Congo, two of whom died after returning home, Doctors without Borders (MSF) has said.

Mozambique backs constitution reform to bolster peace

2018-05-23 19:03

Mozambique's parliament has approved constitutional changes on how provinces are governed, meeting a key demand of rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama who died this month.

PICS: Bushmeat loses its appeal as DRC city fights Ebola

2018-05-23 18:00

In the city of Mbandaka, "bushmeat" is a cheap, time-honoured form of food - monkeys, bats, antelopes, crocodiles and other species caught in the wild.

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