Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election

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Voters have begun casting their ballots are across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other

Kabila party HQ 'ransacked', one shot dead in DRC vote demo

2018-12-19 06:10

One person has died during a protest against the arrival of the "pro-Kabila" candidate in a city in central DRC, days ahead of elections that will see the country emerge from the 17-year presidency of Joseph Kabila.

Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 protesters

2018-12-18 20:13

Zimbabwe's military and police were responsible for killing six people when they intervened to stop post-election protests in the capital in August, according to a report by a commission of inquiry.

Two Congolese troops killed by Rwandan rebels: DRC army

2018-12-18 17:07

Two Congolese soldiers were killed in clashes with Rwandan pro-Hutu rebels after two of their leaders were arrested in an eastern frontier region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a military spokesperson says.

Ex-milkman versus the young gun: Madagascar ex-presidents in poll race

2018-12-18 14:33

Madagascar's second-round election on Wednesday pits two former presidents against each other in a long-awaited and bitter battle for power in which their strong personalities dominate over political policies.


LUNCHTIME:   Schoolchildren from Ankileisoke Primary School eat lunch offered by the World Food Programme's Under-nutrition Prevention Programme, in the Amboasary-South district of southern Madagascar. (AFP)

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Tension soars in Togo ahead of parliamentary election

2018-12-19 06:10

Togo is set to vote in legislative elections that are being boycotted by the main opposition after a year of political upheaval which saw demonstrators demanding President Faure Gnassingbe step down.

Comoros court jails another 20 opposition figures

2018-12-18 19:00

A court in Comoros has sentenced a top opposition figure to seven years behind bars for assault during a controversial referendum on changes to the constitution.

Austrian leader watches on as AU chair laments Europe's failure to sign migration pact

2018-12-18 16:01

AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has expressed disappointment at the failure of some European countries to sign a recent global compact that will help manage migration around the world.

DRC refugees put little faith in coming elections

2018-12-18 13:02

They may have fled their homes six months or as much as 20 years ago, but few of them have any faith in the upcoming elections in Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more...

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Nigeria's presidency 'concerned' by Amnesty International

2018-12-18 11:30

Nigeria is "concerned" about Amnesty International's activities, a spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari says, just days after the government briefly banned Unicef over claims it is training "spies" sympathetic to Boko Haram.

Malawi vice president takes leadership of opposition party

2018-12-18 06:07

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima has been elected head of the United Transformation Movement party, paving way for him to challenge President Peter Mutharika in May elections.

Bodies of 2 Scandinavian women found in Morocco

2018-12-17 20:33

The bodies of two Scandinavian women with cuts to their necks were found in a village in Morocco's High Atlas mountains, the interior ministry has said.

DRC's Tshisekedi: son, heir and presidential candidate

2018-12-17 19:10

As the son of Democratic Republic of Congo's veteran opposition leader, Felix Tshisekedi is hoping that the December 23 elections will hand him the prize that eluded his late father - the presidency.

One dead, 80 hurt as rival activists clash ahead of DRC vote

2018-12-17 17:16

At least one person was killed and over 80 injured in weekend clashes between supporters of rival candidates just days ahead of Democratic Republic of Congo's crucial presidential election, sources has said

Amnesty says over 3 600 killed in Nigeria's farmer-herder violence

2018-12-17 16:00

More than 3 600 people have been killed in clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria since 2016, Amnesty International has said, blaming the government's failure to punish the perpetrators for fuelling the violence.

'Serious flaws' in trial of Moroccan Rif protesters: Amnesty

2018-12-17 14:37

Dozens detained during protests in Morocco's northern Rif region in 2016 and 2017 have been denied their right to a fair trial with some confessing under torture, Amnesty International has said.

Madagascan ex-presidents face off in election clash

2018-12-17 13:07

Madagascar heads to the polls on Wednesday in a crunch head-to-head election between two arch-rivals who have dominated political life on poverty-stricken Indian Ocean island for years.

DRC's Shadary: pro-Kabila loyalist blacklisted by the EU

2018-12-17 11:38

Little known outside Democratic Republic of Congo power circles, Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary is a key ally of President Joseph Kabila and, critics suspect, likely to be his puppet if victorious in Sunday's election.

Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

2018-12-17 07:33

Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists, amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister has said

2 killed in attack in Rwanda, near border with Burundi

2018-12-16 18:00

At least two Rwandan civilians were killed and eight injured when attackers set fire to three passenger vehicles in the southern Nyamagabe district, which borders Burundi, says a Rwandan army official

Canada fines Glencore mining unit for Congo risks, WSJ reports

2018-12-17 06:30

Glencore’s Katanga Mining division has agreed to pay more than $22m to Canada’s biggest stock market regulator amid allegations it hid risks of doing business in the DRC, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Ethiopia jails soldiers who protested for better pay

2018-12-16 13:57

An Ethiopian court has jailed 66 soldiers over a rare protest in the capital in October demanding better pay, state media has reported.

Looking out for West Africa's migrant children

2018-12-16 11:57

Jacques wanted to start working when he was 10. His father refused so he left his home in Tema, Ghana, to live in nearby Benin, like many young children in search of a better life.

Two soldiers killed in mine blast in NE Nigeria: sources

2018-12-16 09:39

Two Nigerian soldiers were killed in a roadside mine explosion in the restive northeast near the border with Cameroon as troops repelled a jihadist attack on a base in the region, military sources have said.

2 female suicide bombers die in northern Cameroon attack

2018-12-16 07:06

A Cameroon official says two female suicide bombers have died after detonating in a northern town near the Nigerian border.

Trump's Africa strategy should have cast China as a regional partner, not a global adversary

2018-12-18 10:11

US President Donald Trump has finally approved a "New Africa Strategy". But the new strategy makes one thing clear: what really matters to Trump is not Africa but containing and countering China, writes The Conversation.

Madagascar's presidential runoff pits 2 ex-heads of state

2018-12-18 08:00

The Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar goes to the polls on Wednesday for a runoff presidential election that features two former heads of state who have a prickly past.

WATCH: Newly discovered 4000-year-old tomb in Egypt contains over 40 colourful statues

2018-12-17 21:36

An ancient tomb belonging to a supervisor of the royal palace of King Nefer Ir-Ka-Re contains more than a dozen niches and 42 colourful statues of the cleric and members of his family.

DRC to vote in end-of-an-era poll

2018-12-17 20:33

Democratic Republic of Congo goes to the polls this week in elections which could see the country emerge from 17 years of conflict-ridden rule under controversial President Joseph Kabila.

Kenyan police kill 5 after residents resist arrest attempt

2018-12-17 19:10

Five people were killed in a village in Western Kenya after residents resisted the arrest of a suspect in a domestic abuse case, a police official has said

Madagascar: three presidents, three crises

2018-12-17 17:16

Madagascar's past three presidents all had their terms tarnished by political crises. Two of them - Marc Ravalomanana and Andry Rajoelina - are through to Wednesday's second-round election run-off.

Martin Fayulu, DRC's fiery opposition presidential pick

2018-12-17 16:00

A former oil executive turned politician, Martin Fayulu is a fiery orator who has emerged from relative obscurity in the ranks of the opposition to take a front seat in the race to become Democratic Republic of Congo's next president.

US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

2018-12-17 16:00

The US military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabaab extremist rebels

DRC: the Joseph Kabila years

2018-12-17 13:07

Joseph Kabila came to power in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2001, ruling during a period of bloody insurgencies and deadly protests against his extended mandate.

Senior Comoros opposition figures handed life sentences

2018-12-17 11:38

The security court in Comoros has handed down life sentences with hard labour to four senior opposition figures and lengthy jail terms to several others for plotting against the state.

Mali to send reinforcements to Timbuktu

2018-12-17 10:01

Mali has announced it will be sending reinforcements to the northern city of Timbuktu amid growing concerns about security in the region.

Fight against Boko Haram tops regional summit agenda

2018-12-16 18:00

Leaders of countries in the Lake Chad region met in Nigeria to give fresh impetus to their fight against Boko Haram, the Nigerian presidency has said.

Uganda's popstar MP 'hiding' from police after raid: lawyer

2018-12-16 15:59

Ugandan popstar turned opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine is in hiding after police raided a hotel he was staying in ahead of a concert, his lawyer has said.

US sanctions 3 over activities in South Sudan's civil war

2018-12-16 11:57

The United States has said it has sanctioned three people over their roles in South Sudan's five-year civil war, saying it will continue to target those who "profit off the misery and suffering of the South Sudanese people."

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa pledges reforms to promote democracy

2018-12-16 09:39

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged to reform his party and promote democracy in his closing address to the ruling Zanu-PF party's annual conference.

AU force in Somalia says not involved in ex-al-Shabaab arrest

2018-12-16 07:06

The African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia says it had no part in the arrest of the former No 2 leader of the al-Shabaab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency.

NEW DISCOVERY: 'One of a kind' tomb, untouched for 4 440 years, found in Egypt

2018-12-15 21:53

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4 400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo.

South Sudan starts planning for life beyond war, cautiously

2018-12-15 18:28

For the first time since fleeing his home when civil war broke out in South Sudan five years ago, Raan Bona is daring to plan for the future.

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