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As West African leaders try to find ways to stop jihadist violence in the Sahel region, attention is turning to a rebel-held town in Mali's north accused of being a base for militants to launch attacks.
The Nigerian army has shut down the office of NGO Action Against Hunger in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, staff says, as six of its employees remain held hostage by jihadists.
Sudan says that the number of cases of cholera reported in the country have surged to 124, most of them in the war-torn state of Blue Nile.
Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to be toppled by the Arab Spring revolts, has died in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia's foreign ministry says.
The days of heaping 50kg sacks of rice across the saddle of their motorbike and slipping a few notes to a customs officer are now gone.
Central banks in sub-Saharan Africa, already missing out on the global monetary-easing parade, just got one more reason to stay on the sidelines.
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Mourners walk past a portrait of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during a funeral wake as his casket arrives at his former Blue Roof residence in Harare. (Zinyange Auntony, AFP)
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Porous borders, lax law enforcement, corruption and one of Africa's biggest ports has helped criminal networks in Nigeria corner most of the African trade in pangolins, considered to be the world's most trafficked mammal.
Breakaway Mozambique rebels have threatened to step up violence if campaigning is not suspended for upcoming elections - the first after a landmark peace deal - as they claimed responsibility for two recent car attacks.
More than 300 Nigerians were flown home from South Africa on Wednesday in the second evacuation in a week after a wave of anti-migrant violence there claimed at least 12 lives.
At least 26 young pupils and two teachers have been killed in a fire at a Koranic school near the Liberian capital Monrovia, the president's office says.
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Zimbabwe says its land ownership rights will no longer take race into account as the southern African country continues to craft policies that seek to depart from those set under the Robert Mugabe regime.
Congo-Brazzaville's president Denis Sassou Nguesso has sacked his women's minister after a row over a recording in which she questioned the integrity of the opposition leader.
Nigerian police investigating the murders of at least eight women lured to hotels in the southern city of Port Harcourt say they have arrested a suspect.
Zimbabwe agreed to buy 150,000 tons of South African maize after a tender five times that size failed, leaving the country short of grain as the number of people without adequate food rises, according to people familiar with the situation
Cash-starved Zimbabweans are forking out premiums as high as 55% to get cash on the black market in the troubled Southern African country, as liquidity shortages worsen.
Independent candidate Kais Saied and imprisoned media mogul Nabil Karoui have advanced to a run-off after obtaining the most votes in Tunisia's September 15 presidential election.
Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, may double power tariffs as the government seeks more costly imports to offset a shortfall from its drought-stricken hydropower dams.
Gauteng police have recovered four Zambian trucks that were hijacked over the weekend.
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has appealed against the shock acquittal of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo over post-electoral violence that killed around 3 000 people.
A South African envoy expressed the country's "sincerest apologies" to Nigeria after a wave of anti-migrant attacks swept through Johannesburg and surrounding cities in recent weeks, fuelling diplomatic tensions.
Hundreds of Zimbabwean doctors and nurses have marched in Harare to protest the suspected kidnapping of a doctors' union leader by security forces for organising a slew of strikes.
Zimbabwe's foreign currency inflows fell by a quarter for the six months to June 2019, as the country is needing to pay for key imports from fertilizers and maize to electricity.
Union activists and rights campaigners have accused Zimbabwe's security forces of kidnapping the leader of a doctors' union.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is sending special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several heads of state and governments across Africa amid tensions and violence in the country.
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has been booed at former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s memorial in Harare.
Namibia’s economy will return to growth in 2020 after contracting for three straight years, but a failure to implement structural reforms could keep the southwest African nation stuck in a low-growth trap, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Algerians returned to the streets Friday, protesting proposed presidential elections after parliament passed bills that could pave the way for the announcement of a vote to take place in December.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has told the SABC 179 Nigerians left South Africa on board a private plane on Wednesday.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu says his government would go ahead with proposed constitutional amendments despite flak from opposition leaders and civil society groups.
Zimbabweans have flocked to Harare's Rufaro Stadium to pay their last respects to former president Robert Mugabe, who is lying in state.
Oscar Okwurime died last week at the Harmondsworth removal centre, where he was found by another detainee.
Thousands of people gathered in three cities in Malawi to call for the sacking of the head of the electoral commission, as protests continue over May's presidential election result.
Russia and Uganda have agreed to work together in the field of nuclear energy, the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom says, as Moscow seeks to strengthen its influence in Africa.
As public wakes for late Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe have drawn to a close, traditional chiefs are demanding the body be buried according to spiritual traditions.
Protesters massed in the Algerian capital on Tuesday to demand the cancellation of a controversial presidential election planned for December 12.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says that France will press to drop Sudan from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and to support efforts to reintegrate the country into the international community.
Emerging from her ordeal, Gloria considers herself "privileged". Last year, the 26-year-old left Nigeria with four other women, dreaming of a better life in Europe.
The death toll of militiamen killed in rival group fighting in the Central African Republic at the weekend has risen to 38, according to an internal United Nations report
Two political outsiders are set to go head-to-head in the race to become Tunisia's next president, according to the latest count after a first round of voting on Sunday.
The remains of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, who died on September 6, has arrived in his home village for a subdued farewell at a dusty sports field after a weekend state funeral with African leaders in the capital.
Rarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls to choose from a crowded field.
Two anti-establishment candidates in Tunisia's divisive election claim to have won through to a runoff, hours after polling closed in the country's second free presidential poll since the 2011 Arab Spring.
While the Zimbabwean government and former President Robert Mugabe's family had indicated plans to take his remains to Zvimba, his home village following his funeral, this was later ditched.
Zimbabwe's frosty relations with Western powers are thawing despite tensions caused by a brutal repression of protests, the country's foreign minister says.
Different heads of state are expected to pay tribute to Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabweans and state leaders pay tribute to former president Robert Mugabe.
Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe will be buried at Heroes’ Acre in 30 days, this is according to his nephew Leo Mugabe.
Zimbabwe’s central bank raised its main interest rate to 70% to stabilize a plummeting currency and rein in surging inflation.
At its zenith, the Mount Carmel farm in northern Zimbabwe boasted 500 livestock and shipped its mangoes and lemons to Europe, a continent away.
The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him in the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare, a family spokesperson says.
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