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World leaders express shock at Tanzania ferry disaster, death toll hits 130

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Pope Francis, the United Nations secretary-general, Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of African leaders have expressed shock and sorrow at Tanzania ferry disaster.

Liberian ministers deny they are probing 'missing millions'

22 minutes ago

Liberian ministers have denied a clam that tens of millions of dollars had disappeared from state coffers, seeking to douse widespread public anger after a government probe sparked speculation that vast sums destined for the central bank had gone mis

Tanzania President orders arrests over Lake Victoria ferry disaster

2018-09-21 21:24

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the arrest of the management of a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria, as the death toll climbed to 131 and rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.

2 pilots killed in Sudan military jet crash: army

2018-09-21 20:36

A Sudanese military jet has crashed near the city of Omdurman, killing the two pilots on board, the army has said, in the latest accident to hit its ageing fleet.

Kenyan court lifts ban on lesbian love film

2018-09-21 19:30

Kenya has overturned a ban on Rafiki, a film about a lesbian love affair and the first ever movie from the country to be shown at the Cannes film festival.

Zambia orders arrest of DRC rhumba star Koffi Olomide

2018-09-21 18:30

A court in Zambia has ordered the arrest of rhumba star Koffi Olomide, who is from Democratic Republic of Congo, for allegedly assaulting a photographer six years ago.

 
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VOTE:   Election officials from the eSwatini Elections and Boundaries Commission set up a polling station on the eve of the eSwatini parliamentary elections at Betheny Mission Primary school in Lobamba Lomdzala, eSwatini. (File, AFP)

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Lake Victoria, African lifeline regularly hit by sinkings

2018-09-21 20:36

Lake Victoria is the biggest lake in Africa and crossed every day by scores of boats that are often poorly maintained and overloaded, making them vulnerable to poor weather.

Moroccan migrants risk it all to reach Europe

2018-09-21 19:30

In the Spanish enclave of Melilla in northern Morocco, 19-year-old Issam crouches near the port after hopping over a fence across one of the only land borders bridging Europe and Africa.

More mass graves discovered from Rwanda's genocide

2018-09-21 18:30

Authorities in Rwanda have found new mass graves they say contain 5 400 bodies of genocide victims nearly a quarter-century after the 1994 bloodshed.

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At least 126 dead in Lake Victoria ferry disaster

2018-09-21 17:06

The death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria has climbed to 126, as Tanzanian rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.

Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

2018-09-21 15:50

The death toll rises above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported on Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun.

At least 12 killed, 14 wounded in Mozambique jihadist attacks: source

2018-09-21 14:36

At least 12 villagers have been killed and 14 others injured in an attack by suspected jihadists on a village in a gas-rich region of northern Mozambique, a local source says.

5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabaab's threat grows

2018-09-21 13:15

Five years after al-Shabaab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya's capital. analysts say the Somali-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa's east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands.

Cholera outbreak: 'We are living in fear...authorities are not doing enough,' residents say

2018-09-21 11:55

Sixty-year-old Emma Zhakata winces, struggling to hold back tears as she relates how her husband, one of 32 cholera victims in Zimbabwe, died within hours of falling ill. Read more...

'Desperate' search for survivors after at least 44 die in ferry accident in Tanzania

2018-09-21 09:19

At least 44 people died and scores were feared missing after a ferry capsized in Victoria, Africa's largest lake, with a desperate search for survivors set to resume in Tanzania on Friday.

Top Africa stories: Kenya nurses on infants' deaths, eSwatini

2018-09-21 07:19

Nurses in Kenya have reportedly denied any wrongdoing after bodies of at least 12 infants were found stuffed in boxes, and Police in eSwatini have come under fire after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

EU looks to Egypt, Africa for help with migrant challenge

2018-09-21 06:02

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is urging the European Union to enter talks with Egypt to help stem the flow of migrants entering Europe from Africa.

Tanzania says over 40 killed in Lake Victoria ferry capsize

2018-09-20 21:21

More than 40 people died when a ferry capsized in the south of Victoria, Africa's largest lake, a Tanzanian government spokesperson has said.

Madagascar says plague outbreak 'under control'

2018-09-20 20:41

Madagascar's seasonal outbreak of plague, which has so far killed two people, is "under control", Health Minister Yoel Rantomalala has said.

Ugandan pop star vows to fight on after arriving from US

2018-09-20 19:22

Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine has vowed to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying," shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture.

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

2018-09-20 18:15

Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered for ivory - some with tusks still intact.

PICS: SA unions 'must support struggling comrades in eSwatini', says SAFTU

2018-09-20 16:51

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has criticised eSwatini’s police heavy handedness in dealing with striking workers this week after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 92

2018-09-20 16:51

Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib, whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name in Arab world, dies at 92.

Liberian leader Weah signs land-reform law

2018-09-20 15:36

Liberian President George Weah has signed a long-sought land reform law that gives local communities greater rights over "customary land" and lets foreigners and charities own property.

Uganda pop star put into police van on arrival

2018-09-20 13:19

A lawyer for Ugandan pop star and opposition activist Bobi Wine says his client has been out into a police van and driven after arriving home for the US.

Boko Haram kills nine villagers in NE Nigeria: militia

2018-09-20 12:30

Nine people have been killed and nine others injured after Boko Haram fighters raided two villages in northeast Nigeria, the civilian militia says.

Heavy security, arrests as Ugandan pop star set to come home

2018-09-20 10:11

Ugandan security forces have deployed heavily before the return of pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine from the United States.

Top Africa stories: Man kills worker's wife and 2 children, Zim cholera

2018-09-20 08:00

A Zimbabwe man has shot dead his worker’s wife and two young daughters in a row over stolen groundnuts, and Zimbabwe's government has forced vendors off the streets amid deadly cholera outbreak

Angola drops graft charges against ex-army chief

2018-09-21 15:50

Angolan prosecutors have dropped corruption charges against a former army chief of staff who was sacked in April by President Joao Lourenco as he moved to shake up his predecessor's administration.

Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 96

2018-09-21 14:36

Libyan authorities say the death toll from fighting between rival armed groups in the capital Tripoli has climbed to at least 96 people, including civilians.

Burkina Faso cracks down on motorbike-riding extremists

2018-09-21 13:15

Growing attacks by motorbike-riding extremists who flee into the forest have led Burkina Faso's government to ban the use of motorbikes and bike carts from sunset to sunrise in its troubled east.

Egypt court orders release of former president's sons

2018-09-21 11:55

An Egyptian court has ordered the release from detention of former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons who are on trial on insider trading charges.

Nine dead as fresh clashes erupt near Libya capital

2018-09-21 10:51

Nine people including two civilians have been killed near the Libyan capital in fresh fighting between rival armed groups, an official says.

Cholera: 'Outrage' as Zambia forces Zimbabweans to go through 'inhuman' screening process

2018-09-21 07:19

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly expressed outrage over the cholera screening process introduced by Zambian authorities at Chirundu border post, which involves making people take laxatives.

eSwatini votes, but the king holds absolute power

2018-09-21 06:02

The tiny African kingdom of eSwatini, ruled by an absolute monarch, is voting in polls critics describe as a sham but supporters say are a unique blend of tradition and politics.

UPDATE: Shade thrown over national airline launch suspension in Nigeria

2018-09-21 09:21

Leading figures in Nigeria's aviation industry voiced shock and anger on Thursday after plans to relaunch a national airline were placed on hold.

Liberia slaps travel bans on 15 people as it probes missing cash

2018-09-20 21:21

Liberia has imposed travel bans on 15 people, including the son of ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, following a probe into the disappearance of new bills worth nearly 100 million US dollars.

Egypt's ancient temples rescued from the Nile 50 years ago

2018-09-20 20:41

One of the world's biggest archaeological rescue operations has been successfully concluded 50 years ago after a massive ancient Egyptian temple complex was dismantled and hoisted to higher ground to prevent its flooding by the damming of the Nile River.

Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak's sons detained

2018-09-20 19:22

An Egyptian court has accepted a defence motion to remove a judge who ordered the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak's two sons in connection with their ongoing trial on insider trading charges.

Trump suggested Sahara wall to stem migrants: Madrid

2018-09-20 18:15

Spain's foreign minister has revealed that US President Donald Trump suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert to stem the arrival of migrants, as he plans to do on the Mexican border.

Algeria sacks ground forces chief in army overhaul

2018-09-20 16:51

Algeria's commander of ground forces has been retired, the defence ministry has said, a day after confirmation of the air force chief's ouster as part of a sweeping overhaul of the military.

DRC unveils candidates for troubled vote

2018-09-20 15:36

Election officials in Democratic Republic of Congo have released an official list of candidates for December's presidential election, formally excluding two heavyweight opposition figures.

Zim govt won't buy cars for new cabinet ministers... at least for now – report

2018-09-20 13:47

Zimbabwe's government has reportedly diverted funds intended to purchase new vehicles for the new cabinet ministers and lawmakers, and "channelled the money towards fighting the cholera epidemic".

Seeking votes in eSwatini, where the king's rule is absolute

2018-09-20 12:30

On a patch of grass beside a mountain track, eSwatini parliamentary candidate Alec Lushaba makes one final push for votes - addressing an audience of five women and four children. Read more...

'We'll come up with a credible report,' says Motlanthe after taking oath for violence probe in Zim

2018-09-20 11:14

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly assured Zimbabweans that the commission of inquiry into Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that took place on August 1 will “come up with a credible report after the hearing”.

'We're overwhelmed by work,' nurses say after dead infants found stuffed in boxes

2018-09-20 08:00

Nurses at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, have reportedly denied any wrongdoing after bodies of at least 12 infants were found stuffed in cardboard boxes and plastic bags.

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