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WHO worried Ebola can 'transmit freely' in DRC, as death toll hits 41

2018-08-14 21:37

Raging conflict is hampering efforts to rein in an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation chief has warned, urging a ceasefire to stop the virus from transmitting freely.

Ethiopia court bails 'negligent' police in PM bomb case

2018-08-14 21:37

An Ethiopian court has granted bail to 11 police officers accused of negligence that allowed a deadly grenade attack on a rally addressed by the prime minister in June, state media has reported.

Libyan MP hurt as shots fired in row outside parliament

2018-08-14 20:00

Two people including a lawmaker were wounded when shots were fired during a row outside Libya's parliament, a witness has said.

Ethiopian special police force kills 41, official says

2018-08-14 19:02

An Ethiopian official says a notorious special police force in the country's Somali region killed 41 people and wounded 20 others as ethnic violence poses a challenge to the reformist new prime minister.

Burundi rights activist handed five-year term

2018-08-14 19:02

A Burundian activist has been jailed for five years accused of preparing reports on human rights abuses for a banned organisation, militant and legal sources have said.

 
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Burundi plans plastic bag ban

2018-08-14 20:00

Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in the small central African country within the next 18 months.

Ebola death toll in DRC at 41 - new drug in use

2018-08-14 19:02

Forty-one people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, health authorities have said, adding that doctors were using a novel drug to treat patients.

Nigerian lawmakers postpone key election meeting

2018-08-14 18:00

Nigerian lawmakers have postponed a key election meeting about a spending proposal for February polls, raising fears that the election may be delayed.

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UN: Libyan militia forces 1 900 people from camp in Tripoli

2018-08-14 18:00

The UN refugee agency says it's concerned over a Libyan militia forcing 1 900 displaced people out of their refugee camp in the capital, Tripoli.

Six dead in Burkina 'terrorist' attack

2018-08-14 16:30

Six people, five of them police, have been killed in a "terrorist attack" in eastern Burkina Faso, the defence ministry has said.

Kabil's decision to step aside won't change the DRC's power dynamics

2018-08-14 14:57

Emmanuel Shadary is President Joseph Kabila's preferred presidential candidate meaning that Kabila could remain in power if not in office, writes The Conversation.

Mom 'hangs self', leaves baby crying

2018-08-14 12:23

A Kenyan woman was reportedly found dead in her house after her one-year-old baby's endless cries alerted neighbours that something might have gone wrong.

WATCH: 'Fitting car stereos keeps me young,' says Kenyan great-grandmother

2018-08-14 11:30

Cecilia Wangari is a great-grandmother who works as a "car stereo technician" in Nairobi, Kenya. She says her job keeps her "young".

GALLERY: Mnangagwa calls for peace, unity as Zim celebrates Heroes Day

2018-08-14 10:04

Zimbabwe has honoured the country's liberation heroes during the annual Heroes Day commemorations held at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

MDC members plot to topple Nelson Chamisa: report

2018-08-14 05:57

Some members of the opposition MDC Alliance are plotting to topple leader Nelson Chamisa at the party’s next congress in 2019, a newspaper has reported.

Zim opposition, civil groups dismiss AU, SADC as 'toothless bulldogs'

2018-08-13 21:06

Zimbabwean civil society organisations and opposition political parties have reportedly described SADC and the AU observer missions as "toothless bulldogs" following their endorsement of the just ended disputed elections as free, fair and credible.

Tunisia's president announces draft inheritance equality bill

2018-08-13 21:06

Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi has announced plans to submit a draft bill to parliament equalising inheritance rights between men and women.

Hundreds of polling stations closed in tense Mali runoff

2018-08-13 20:02

Nearly 500 polling stations were unable to open in Mali's tense presidential runoff, the government has said, mostly in regions plagued by jihadist violence and ethnic tension.

Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF tells supporters to 'ignore' MDC's court challenge – report

2018-08-13 18:39

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has urged its supporters to ignore an ongoing election results court challenge by the country's main opposition the Movement for Democratic Alliance.

Mali counts votes after poll worker slain

2018-08-13 16:58

Vote counting has been underway across Mali after a tense presidential runoff marked by violence, polling station closures and low turnout.

'Court must dismiss Chamisa's election petition': Zanu-PF lawyers

2018-08-13 15:34

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF lawyers have reportedly claimed that the country's main opposition party missed the deadline to submit its petition over the country's recently held elections.

Mnangagwa says disputed Zimbabwe election 'behind us'

2018-08-13 14:09

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called for the country to move on from its disputed election, despite his victory being challenged in court over alleged fraud and his inauguration delayed.

Egypt police arrest six over failed church attack

2018-08-13 12:50

Egyptian authorities have arrested six suspected members of a "terrorist cell" behind a failed suicide attack on a church in the outskirts of Cairo, the interior ministry has said.

Teen pregnancy epidemic feeds Mozambique's population boom

2018-08-13 10:15

Mozambique's child marriage and teen pregnancy rates are among the highest in the world, a driving factor in the population explosion in this poverty-plagued southern African nation.

'People behind Zim bombing incident now known and to be dealt with soon,' says Mnangagwa

2018-08-13 08:08

Suspects behind a bombing incident at a Zanu-PF rally in Bulawayo in June are now known and would be dealt with after the country's election period is concluded, Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said.

Chinese tourist dies from 'serious' injuries after hippo bites on his chest in Kenya

2018-08-13 06:00

A Chinese tourist died after he was attacked by a hippo when he was taking pictures on the shore of Lake Naivasha in the Rift Valley, just hours after a hippo killed a local fisherman in the same area, Kenya's wildlife authority said Sunday

Suspected jihadist kill 6 in east Burkina Faso

2018-08-12 18:07

Burkina Faso State TV reports that five gendarmes and one civilian have been killed between the rural communes of Boungou and Ougarou in the nation's far east

DRC's latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says

2018-08-12 18:07

The World Health Organisation's director-general says instability, high population density and large displacement in Democratic Republic of Congo's east mean the response to the nation's tenth Ebola virus outbreak must be stronger than ever before.

DRC's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province

2018-08-14 16:30

Democratic Republic of the Congo's health ministry says a deadly Ebola outbreak has spread into Ituri province as a vaccination campaign in neighbouring North Kivu province continues in the country's northeast.

PICS: Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

2018-08-14 14:57

Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along.

EU faces fresh standoff over Aquarius migrant boat

2018-08-14 12:23

European countries have been facing pressure to resolve a fresh standoff with the operators of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius which is stranded for the second time in the Mediterranean carrying 141 people.

Uganda opposition figure detained after his driver is slain

2018-08-14 11:30

An official says a prominent opposition figure has been detained following violent clashes that allegedly started when the president's motorcade was pelted with stones.

How roadblocks, not just minerals, fund rebels and conflict in DRC

2018-08-14 10:04

The Democratic Republic of Congo's roads are a crucial space where conflict, illegal taxation, and conflict financing entangle, writes The Conversation.

WATCH: Mali opposition leader rejects results as counting under way

2018-08-14 05:57

Malian opposition candidate Soumaila Cisse says he would reject the results of a presidential runoff marred by accusations of fraud, violence and low turnout, calling on the population "to rise up".

WATCH: UN Security Council urges peaceful transition in DRC

2018-08-13 21:06

The UN Security Council is urging Democratic Republic of Congo's rival political parties and the institutions organising December's elections to ensure peaceful and credible voting and a democratic transition of power.

Zim Congress of Trade Unions presses charges against army

2018-08-13 20:02

A Zimbabwean trade union has reportedly filed a police report after suspected soldiers fired live ammunition at its building during deadly protest in Harare two weeks ago.

WATCH: French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

2018-08-13 18:39

The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius has called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let it dock.

Cameroon opens probe after 'abuse' video in conflict region

2018-08-13 16:58

The government of Cameroon has said it would open an investigation over a new video that emerged on social media appearing to show summary killings by troops in a troubled region.

'No justice' over bloody Egypt protest crackdown 5 years on: HRW

2018-08-13 14:09

Egypt is yet to prosecute members of the security forces over a bloody 2013 crackdown on protesters that left hundreds dead, Human Rights Watch has said, urging "justice" for the killings.

Libyan coast guard rescues 60 Europe-bound migrants

2018-08-13 11:31

Libya's coast guard says it has rescued 60 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, off the Mediterranean coast.

Egypt detains another monk linked to abbot's death

2018-08-13 10:15

Egyptian authorities have detained another monk as part of their investigation into the death of an abbot in a monastery north of Cairo last month.

Kenya president urges citizens to arrest the corrupt

2018-08-13 08:08

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is urging the nation's young people to make citizen's arrests of those suspected of corruption, a vice that is endemic in the country

Poll worker killed as Mali holds tense presidential runoff vote

2018-08-13 06:00

A polling station chief was killed by suspected jihadists in northern Mali as insecurity disrupted a presidential runoff on Sunday, a report says.

Egypt hands Muslim Brotherhood leader another life sentence

2018-08-12 18:07

An Egyptian court has sentenced five people, including the head of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on violence-related charges.

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