Africa

WATCH: 'Rivers' of plastic block Kinshasa's waterways

2019-05-19 16:51

In the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city Kinshasa residents are fed up of the 'rivers' of plastic waste taking over the city's waterways as thousands of plastic bottles have piled up over the years, causing deadly floods when it rains.

Egypt blackface sketch spotlights racism in region

2019-05-19 09:03

An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a deeper racism problem in the region.

 
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GRIDLOCK:  Motorists queue in a chaotic traffic gridlock following downpours at Ojota district of Lagos Ibadan expressway. (Pius Utomi Ekpei, AFP)

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Aviation supports 6.2 million jobs in Africa

2019-05-18 19:00

The aviation industry supports $55.8bn of economic activity and 6.2 million jobs in Africa, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Angola is back – African Energy Chamber official

2019-05-18 14:51

Reforms Angola has done since 2017 will have implications for decades to come, says the new country head for Angola of the African Energy Chamber.

Uganda media in court after Bobi Wine coverage

2019-05-17 08:00

Media groups are challenging a decision by the country's communications regulator to remove dozens of senior journalists from their news management roles over coverage of music star turned politician Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

Anglo American opens Zimbabwe's first platinum smelter

2019-05-16 19:04

Mining giant Anglo American has opened a $62-million platinum smelter in Zimbabwe, the country's first such refinery, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to boost the country's valuable platinum sector.

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Egypt's Sinai: At least 47 fighters, 5 troops killed in battle

2019-05-16 19:04

Forty-seven fighters and five Egyptian soldiers were killed during Egypt's ongoing military offensive in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where it is fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Shots fired in Sudan ahead of crunch talks on ruling body

2019-05-15 22:15

At least eight people have been reported wounded by gunshots near a Khartoum sit-in , before crucial talks between military chiefs and protest leaders over a transitional governing body.

24 Algerian police officers wounded in protest

2019-05-15 18:49

At least 24 police officers have been wounded in clashes with protesters rallying against unemployment in central Algeria, state media reported.

Military stake stymies R57bn Zim platinum project

2019-05-15 12:40

A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4bn, about R57bn, is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions.

Grace Mugabe faces new assault charge

2019-05-15 09:14

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe is facing a new charge of assault, which stems from an incident with her housekeeper.

Inadequate health facilities failing Mozambique's mothers

2019-05-14 17:53

Thousands of pregnant and lactating women in Mozambique face hardships following destruction of health infrastructure by cyclones.

'Terrorist' attack on high-security Niger prison foiled

2019-05-13 21:33

Authorities in Niger have foiled a "terrorist" attack on a high-security prison near the capital Niamey, Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum says on Twitter.

ISIS claims killing 11 soldiers in Borno state - Nigeria

2019-05-13 18:45

ISIS fighters killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group claimed through its news agency AMAQ.

Zim looks to SA's Eskom to help stave off load shedding

2019-05-12 15:03

Zimbabwe will turn to electricity imports from South Africa and Mozambique to ensure that the country does not resort to load shedding following a significant reduction of power generation from its anchor power station Kariba Dam.

WHO warns Ebola could breach DRC's borders unless attacks stop

2019-05-11 10:36

Frequent assaults on health workers, treatment centres threaten efforts to contain the deadly virus, WHO says.

Algeria protesters stage first mass rally of Ramadan

2019-05-10 19:10

Protesters thronged Algeria's capital for the first Friday mass rally of Ramadan, pressing their demands for reforms and the departure of key figures from ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime.

Four hostages freed in Burkina Faso by French special forces

2019-05-10 17:44

French special forces have freed two French hostages, an American and a South Korean in northern Burkina Faso in an overnight military raid in which two soldiers died, authorities say.

DR Congo Ebola clinic in North Kivu attacked

2019-05-10 07:29

Dozens of fighters from an armed group known as Mai-Mai went into the northeastern city of Butembo in the Democratic Republic of Congo and fought with security forces.

Mugabe's tractors, trucks to be auctioned to pay off debts

2019-05-10 05:10

Farm tractors, pick-up trucks and combine harvesters from former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's dairy farm will go under the hammer to pay off debts, auctioneers have announced.

UN shifts response as Ebola outbreak in DRC drags on

2019-05-09 22:27

The UN is stepping up its response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in the DRC , now in its 10th month, and needs additional resources, Secretary General Antonio Guterres says.

Famine on rise in Near East and North Africa: FAO

2019-05-09 20:49

Famine is on the rise in the Near East and North Africa with more than 52 million people undernourished, most of them in conflict zones, the UN food agency says.

Egypt's Sisi hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Gulf tensions

2019-05-16 07:00

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has met Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the presidency says, amid rising tensions in the Gulf.

UN demands Tunisia drop charges against arms expert

2019-05-15 21:36

The United Nations has rejected Tunisia's reasons for the arrest in March of a UN expert on suspicion of espionage and demanded that charges against him dropped.

Feud between Rwanda, Uganda strongmen takes toll

2019-05-15 15:18

The people living on either side of the Ugandan-Rwandan border at Katuna never much considered the boundary: Children crossed for school, workers moved freely and trade thrived.

New energy minister for Zimbabwe as load shedding continues

2019-05-15 11:02

Zimbabwe started implementing load shedding on Monday, given low water levels at the Kariba Dam's hydroelectric power plant, generation constraints at local power stations and limited foreign imports.

How Zim is implementing load shedding as power cuts continue

2019-05-15 05:31

Zimbabwe has instituted rotational power cuts, following low water levels at Kariba Dam, generation constraints at Hwange Power Station and limited imports from neighbouring countries.

Sudan protest leaders say accord with army on transitional authority

2019-05-14 05:16

Sudan's protest leaders says they have reached a breakthrough agreement with the country's military rulers on transitional authorities to run the country.

MTN is raising R8bn in Nigeria for expansion

2019-05-14 08:31

MTN Group's Nigerian unit plans to raise about R8bn this year from a variety of sources including bank loans and bonds to expand operations in its biggest market.

Money, guns and brides fuel South Sudan's cattle wars

2019-05-13 20:15

Weak rays of early morning sun seep through the smoke rising from smouldering piles of dried dung, keeping flies away from the precious cattle.

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir charged over 'killing' of protesters

2019-05-13 18:17

Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir has been charged over the killings of protesters during the anti-regime demonstrations that led to the end of his rule, the prosecutor general announced Monday.

Ebola centre attacker killed in DRC

2019-05-13 17:35

Police and soldiers repelled an attack on an Ebola treatment centre in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight, killing one assailant, a government official said.

WATCH: Ramadan unites Christians and Muslims in Egypt

2019-05-10 21:02

A group of Muslims and Christians have come together in Egypt to give their time to help the needy of society.

Shark attack kills surfer off Reunion Island

2019-05-10 06:25

An attack by a shark has killed a surfer off France's Indian Ocean island of Reunion, the latest fatality in increasingly dangerous waters, emergency services said.

US urges Sudan military to seal deal with protesters

2019-05-09 21:14

The US has pressed Sudan's military leader to reach an agreement with protesters, who have threatened a disobedience campaign unless there is a transfer to civilian rule.

Sudan protesters threaten civil disobedience after army delays

2019-05-09 20:34

Sudanese protest leaders have threatened to launch a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after accusing the country's military rulers of delaying the transfer of power to a civilian administration.

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