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Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism

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Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government's decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Somalia's Shabaab kill 18 police in academy bombing

2017-12-14 15:30

A suicide bomber from Somalia's Shabaab insurgents killed 18 police officers and wounded 15 others when he blew himself up inside the country's main police academy, the force's chief has said.

Nigerian soldiers warned after Boko Haram attack

2017-12-14 14:14

Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram have been put on high alert after four military vehicles went missing during a raid on an army post in the restive northeast.

New Zimbabwe govt 'keen to show respect to Mugabe'

2017-12-14 12:33

Robert Mugabe's former spokesperson Nelson Charamba says Zimbabwe's new government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa is keen to show respect to the ousted nonagenarian.

 
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Tanzania calls for probe into UN peacekeeper killings

2017-12-14 15:30

Tanzania has called for an investigation into the killing of 14 soldiers serving as UN peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels.

US commander orders new probe into deadly Somalia raid

2017-12-14 12:33

The head of US Africa Command has asked for an additional investigation into whether civilians were killed during a deadly August raid in Somalia involving American and Somali forces.

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At least 66 journalists 'languishing in African jails' – media watchdog

2017-12-14 11:30

At least 262 journalists have been jailed for doing their job around the world, and 66 of these, are in Africa - as of December 1, says a media watchdog.

LATEST IN ZIM: Mnangagwa govt 'orders land grabbers to vacate farms' – report

2017-12-14 10:05

Zimbabwe's new minister of lands, agriculture and rural settlement, Retired Air Marshal Perrance Shiri, has reportedly ordered those who have illegally occupied farm lands to leave "immediately" or face the wrath of law.

The week Mugabe resigned: how News24 covered the fall of a 'dictator'

2017-12-14 08:30

Robert Mugabe's fall from power in November came as a surprise as it happened so unexpectedly. Africa editor Betha Madhomu gives a detailed account of how News24 covered the story.

Mugabe to miss Zanu-PF congress for first time since 1963 - report

2017-12-14 06:00

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who also used to be the leader of Zanu-PF is set to miss the ruling party's congress for the first time since the party's founding in 1963, a report says.

DRC court sentences 12 to life for child rapes, murder

2017-12-13 21:30

A military court in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced a dozen militia members, including a lawmaker, to life in prison for the rapes of more than 46 children as young as 11 months old.

Watchdog: Egypt remains among worst jailers of journalists

2017-12-13 20:30

The Committee to Protect Journalists says the international community has failed to pressure the world's "worst" jailers of journalists, including Egypt, to improve press freedom conditions.

E Guinea intercepts Gabon-bound boat carrying 205 migrants

2017-12-13 19:30

Equatorial Guinea's coastguard intercepted a makeshift boat carrying 205 West African migrants headed for Gabon, local media has reported.

Africa, Europe seek to boost Sahel anti-terror force

2017-12-13 18:11

France's Emmanuel Macron has hosted African and European leaders to drum up support and contributions for a new counter-terrorism force in the terror-plagued Sahel.

Group protests human rights activist's detention in Burundi

2017-12-13 18:11

Human Rights Watch is urging Burundian authorities to either free or charge an activist who has been detained since November 21.

Sudan papers go online for freedom from censors

2017-12-13 17:00

Seated in his Khartoum office overlooking the Blue Nile, Sudanese journalist Adil al-Baz no longer fears a crackdown by security agents over his articles since he launched an online newspaper.

Burundi president launches campaign to extend rule

2017-12-13 12:01

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to promote a referendum to change the constitution that could see him rule until 2034.

Appeal court orders retrial of top Nigerian politician

2017-12-13 10:02

A panel of judges has ordered Nigeria's third highest-ranking politician to face a retrial on corruption charges linked to his time as a state governor.

ICC: Failure to arrest Sudan's president undermines court

2017-12-13 08:30

The prosecutor of the ICC is accusing some of its members including Jordan, Uganda and Chad of undermining the tribunal's "reputation and credibility" by refusing to arrest Sudan's president who is accused of genocide in Darfur.

Togo's opposition coalition boycotts government talks

2017-12-12 21:29

Togo's main opposition coalition, which has led protests against President Faure Gnassingbe for more than three months, boycotted government consultations for talks on ending the political impasse.

2 teenage girl suicide bombers kill 4 in Nigeria's north

2017-12-12 20:26

A Nigerian official says two teenage girl suicide bombers attacked the town of Gwoza, in the country's north, killing at least four people.

US drone strike removes 'imminent threat' to Somali capital

2017-12-12 19:31

A US military drone strike on a vehicle carrying explosives in Somalia has removed "an imminent threat to the people of Mogadishu" by the al-Shabaab extremist group, the US Africa Command has said.

Burundi orders 'voluntary' tax to fund fresh elections

2017-12-12 18:32

Burundi's government has launched a fundraising drive for elections in 2020, presented as "voluntary" but condemned by rights groups as "organised robbery".

Boko Haram tries to take over military base in NE Nigeria

2017-12-14 10:05

Boko Haram fighters have battled Nigerian soldiers for about an hour, as they tried to take over a military base, in the latest attack against troops in the restive northeast.

Top Africa stories: Zim farm grabber refuses to leave, Burundi, Sudan

2017-12-14 08:30

A Zimbabwean cleric, who grabbed land from a white Zimbabwean farmer, has ignored President Emmerson Mnangagwa's directive, and Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has launched a campaign to extend his rule.

Four drown fleeing militia attack in DRC

2017-12-14 06:00

Four people have drowned while fleeing an attack by a militia group on a mining area in the violence-ridden northeast of DRC, local sources say.

S Arabia, UAE pledge $130m for Sahel anti-terror force

2017-12-13 21:30

Saudi Arabia has pledged $100m towards a five-nation anti-terror force in the Sahel region of West Africa, while the United Arab Emirates has offered $30m, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

US condemns deadly Ethiopia clashes

2017-12-13 20:30

The United States has said it was "troubled and saddened" by clashes in Ethiopia that local reports said has left at least 18 people dead.

Gambia denies deal for land 'to revive Russian empire'

2017-12-13 19:30

The West African state of The Gambia has angrily denied claims it reached a deal with monarchist Russian politician Anton Bakov, who is seeking land in an oddball scheme to revive the Romanov Empire.

Rwanda-backed report alleges France's role in 1994 genocide

2017-12-13 18:11

A new report commissioned by Rwanda's government accuses France of supplying weapons to the perpetrators of the East African nation's 1994 genocide in which over 800 000 people were killed.

Boko Haram displaced get ID cards in Nigeria

2017-12-13 15:30

Some 100 000 Nigerians made homeless by Boko Haram have received formal identification papers, to help boost security and restore normality in the country's restive northeast.

France seeks ways to boost anti-jihadi force in Africa

2017-12-13 14:15

French President Emmanuel Macron is convening presidents, princes and diplomats to breathe life into a young African military force that aims to counter the growing jihadi threat in the Sahel region.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe farm, Zanu-PF congress, DRC

2017-12-13 08:30

Heavily armed Zimbabwean soldiers are reportedly still deployed at former first lady Grace Mugabe's farm in Mazowe, and a Zanu-PF congress is set to endorse Emmerson Mnangagwa as party leader after Robert Mugabe ouster.

Cleric who grabbed land from white Zim farmer ignores Mnangagwa's directive - report

2017-12-13 06:17

A Zimbabwean cleric, Trevor Manhanga, who was recently given a directive by President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to vacate the farm he grabbed from a white farmer, Robert Smart, in Rusape in June, has remained adamant he will "stay put".

Police: At least 13 dead in multi-vehicle accident in Kenya

2017-12-12 21:29

Kenyan police say at least 13 people have been killed in a multi-vehicle accident on a highway outside the capital, Nairobi.

Four dead in blast in NE Nigeria: MSF

2017-12-12 21:29

Four people were killed in a blast at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram conflict in northeast Nigeria, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.

Egyptian singer sentenced to 2 years over racy video

2017-12-12 20:26

An Egyptian female pop singer has been convicted of promoting debauchery in a racy video clip and sentenced to two years in prison

Burundi's president launches campaign to extend his rule

2017-12-12 19:31

Burundi's president has launched a campaign to support constitutional amendments that could extend his rule despite warnings by his opponents of more violence ahead.

20-year terms sought in DRC trial for mass child rape

2017-12-12 18:32

Prosecutors are demanding jail terms ranging from 20 years to life against militiamen accused of raping dozens of children, including a baby, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, plaintiffs have said.

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