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Zambia President fires Finance Minister, replaces her with deputy governor

2019-07-15 15:46

Zambian President, Edgar Lungu, has fired the country’s Finance Minister and replaced her with the central bank's deputy governor responsible for operations.

Pastor confirmed with Ebola as disease spreads in Democratic Republic of Congo

2019-07-15 11:48

The first case of Ebola has been confirmed in Goma, the biggest city to have been affected by the disease since its outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, the health ministry has said.

Sudanese protesters demand justice for army crackdown victims

2019-07-13 22:11

Thousands of Sudanese protesters have poured onto the streets of Khartoum and other cities to mark the 40th day since the deadly dispersal of a sit-in outside the army headquarters that killed more than 100 people.

 
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'What protests?': Sudan's desert nomads untouched by Bashir's downfall

2019-07-14 14:16

Not far from Sudan's capital Khartoum, the epicentre of an uprising that toppled autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir, dozens of camel traders are oblivious to the country's biggest political upheaval in decades.

Eritrean cleared of being trafficking kingpin in mistaken identity case

2019-07-14 07:00

An Italian court ruled Friday that an Eritrean accused of being a human trafficking kingpin known as "the General" was telling the truth when he claimed it was a case of mistaken identity.

WATCH: Car bomb and all-night hotel siege kill 26 in Somalia's Kismayo

2019-07-14 07:00

Kenyans, Americans, a Briton and Tanzanians were among 26 people killed when Islamist gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, officials say.

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Aid pledges to cyclone-ravaged Mozambique inadequate - UN chief

2019-07-13 15:14

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said funds pledged to help Mozambique recover the devastation of two successive cyclones "is far below what is needed".

LATEST: Foreigners among 26 killed, 56 injured in Al-Shabaab attack on Somali hotel

2019-07-13 11:00

At least 26 people, including many foreigners, have been killed and 56 were injured in a suicide bomb and gun attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on a popular hotel in southern Somalia.

Suicide attack at Somalia hotel followed by gunfire

2019-07-12 20:00

A car bomb went off in a hotel in Somalia's port city of Kismayuo where legislators and local elders were meeting, followed by gunfire, a police officer says.

eSwatini bans 'witchcraft and magic' competition

2019-07-11 08:24

A competition pitting witchdoctors against each other in a battle of skills this weekend in eSwatini -- formerly known as Swaziland -- has been banned, according to a government statement.

No further Ebola cases in Uganda after June deaths - DR Congo

2019-07-11 08:22

Uganda says there have been no further cases of Ebola on its territory resulting from the deaths of two Ugandans who had travelled to DR Congo, the Congolese authorities said.

Zimbabwe can’t pay for imports, narrows trade deficit

2019-07-10 22:02

Zimbabwe's trade deficit has narrowed to $332m for the five months to May as the southern African country battles to pay for key imports such as electricity and fuel.

Nigeria vs. South Africa: Economic rivalry shifts to soccer pitch

2019-07-10 18:17

The rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa goes well beyond the sports field, as the two teams gear up to meet in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Grief-struck families of Sudan's revolution seek justice

2019-07-10 12:38

Amidst mounds of sand capped by handwritten signs naming the dead, Khadom embraces the tomb of her son, one of the more than 200 killed in Sudan's months-long turmoil.

Tanzania continues clampdown with new restrictive laws that undermine development

2019-07-10 09:24

Tanzania's human rights comes in the form of sweeping new legislation, rushed through its parliament last week, that places new punitive restrictions on civil society organisations and tourism, writes Paul Mulindwa.

Zimbabwean opposition MP charged with treason

2019-07-09 16:18

Zimbabwean MP Job Sikhala, vice-chairman of the opposition MDC party, has been charged with treason for allegedly saying he wanted to overthrow the president.

Gunmen kill six villagers in Nigeria's north - police

2019-07-09 08:29

Gunmen shouting "Allahu Akbar" raided three villages in northern Nigeria's Katsina state, killing six people, a police spokesperson said.

Angolan civil war veterans still destitute

2019-07-07 18:37

"I was defending this area during the war," Domingo Seiala explains hunched over his rusted crutches - a constant reminder of the injuries he sustained during the Angolan civil war.

UN calls for Libya ceasefire as death toll climbs to 1 000

2019-07-06 12:44

The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire in Libya as the death toll from a three-month offensive on Tripoli reached 1 000, including scores killed in an air strike that hit a detention centre for migrants.

Algeria's ex-police chief detained in corruption probe - state TV

2019-07-05 21:11

Algeria's former police chief Abdelghani Hamel has been placed in provisional detention over alleged "diversion of funds and illicit enrichment", state television said.

Media freedom groups seek answers over missing Tanzanian reporter

2019-07-13 09:47

Press freedom groups have demanded answers from the Tanzanian government following contradicting statements by the country's foreign minister about the fate of a journalist who vanished two years ago.

Europe's ties with Africa must change - Ghana president

2019-07-12 19:45

Africa must change its relationship with Europe if it wants to become self-reliant and exploit rich resources that could transform the continent, Ghana's president said.

Nigeria sharia police arrest four over 'Facebook' wedding

2019-07-11 08:22

Four men have been arrested in the northern Nigerian city of Kano for allegedly carrying out a false marriage on Facebook, which the Islamic enforcement agency said had mocked Islam.

Ethiopia jails critics in crackdown after killings: activists

2019-07-10 18:49

Ethiopia is using last month's assassination of high-ranking officials as a pretext to arrest critics with no apparent links to the attacks, international and domestic rights activists said Wednesday.

Zimbabwe owes airlines $196m in trapped funds, says authority

2019-07-10 16:13

Zimbabwe owes airlines about $196m that’s stuck in the country due to a shortage of hard currency, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Internet on mobile services restored in Sudan, MTN subscribers confirm

2019-07-10 12:38

Mobile internet services were restored across Sudan Tuesday following a court order, weeks after the ruling generals imposed a blockade in the wake of a brutal crackdown on protesters.

West Africa wealth inequalities reaching extreme levels - report

2019-07-10 05:26

West Africa suffers the most inequalities on the continent but many governments prefer to ignore problems despite economic growth, a report by Oxfam and Development Finance International said.

'No to dictatorship!': Algerians rally on independence day

2019-07-09 13:59

Tens of thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets to celebrate their country's independence from France and continue calls for a new democratic leadership in the wake of former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's resignation in April.

13 Nigeria civilians killed in air raid targeting jihadists - sources

2019-07-08 15:46

At least 13 civilians were killed in an air raid as the military repulsed a jihadist assault in northeast Borno state, residents and a security source said.

'Game changer for Africa' as leaders launch 'historic' free trade deal

2019-07-07 22:28

African nations officially launched a landmark trade agreement at the African Union summit in Niger on Sunday, with the long sought-after agreement hailed as a historic step towards "peace and prosperity" across the continent.

Niqab banned in Tunisian government offices

2019-07-06 11:54

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed decided to ban the niqab Muslim face covering for women in Tunisian government offices "for security reasons", his office said.

Botswana government to appeal court ruling scrapping anti-gay laws

2019-07-05 21:56

Botswana's government will appeal a June high court ruling that decriminalised homosexuality, the attorney-general says.

Will Khama return to active politics in new party colours?

2019-07-05 14:31

It was expected to be known tomorrow whether or not Botswana’s former president Ian Khama will lead the charge in a bid to seize power from the governing party co-founded by his father almost six decades ago.

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