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Nigeria's new minimum wage: too much to ask?

2018-11-13 21:02

On the campaign trail for re-election in February, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari may have spoken too soon when he backed an initiative to hike his country's minimum wage by a whopping two thirds.

All school kidnapping captives freed, says Cameroon leader

2018-11-13 21:02

All students and staff abducted more than a week ago from a school in Cameroon's restive North West region have been freed, a leader of the Presbyterian church has said

Zimbabwean generals deny troops shot and killed 6 protesters

2018-11-13 19:26

Zimbabweans have reacted with stunned disbelief to the testimony from two generals who denied troops killed six people in August when the military was called in to crush protests following the country's disputed elections

Gabon opposition party raises temperature on Bongo's health

2018-11-13 17:38

A Gabonese opposition party has accused the government of peddling a "lie" over the health of President Ali Bongo after he was hospitalised in Saudi Arabia nearly three weeks ago.

Pope to visit Morocco in March

2018-11-13 16:30

Pope Francis, who has made building bridges between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Morocco in March, the Vatican has said.

3 civilians killed in attack on UN contractor in Mali

2018-11-13 14:53

At least three Malian civilians were killed and four foreigners working for a UN-contracted mine-clearing operation wounded in a suicide attack Monday in the country's violence-hit north, the security ministry and other official sources have said.

 
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Egyptian policemen who killed detainee get light sentences

2018-11-13 19:26

An Egyptian court has sentenced a policeman to three years in prison and another to six months over the killing of a detainee in custody, relatively light sentences that prompted a backlash on social media

'Excluded' Turkey pulls out of Libya crisis talks: VP

2018-11-13 17:38

Turkey has pulled out of Italian-hosted Libya crisis talks after it was not invited to a meeting of key players on the conference sidelines, saying it was "deeply disappointed".

Nigeria wants former oil minister extradited from Britain

2018-11-13 16:30

The head of Nigeria's main anti-corruption agency has said he wanted former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to be extradited to face trial because a corruption probe against her in Britain was taking too long.

Food ads stir questions in Nigeria about gender roles

2018-11-13 12:47

Adverts in Nigeria depicting career women gleefully juggling their job with kitchen duties have sparked a heated debate about gender roles in the fast-changing society of west Africa's largest economy.

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Egypt's retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison

2018-11-13 12:47

An Egyptian court has sentenced Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's greatest all-time soccer players, to a year's imprisonment for tax evasion.

UN report finds violations of South Sudan arms embargo

2018-11-13 11:42

A UN panel of experts has found violations of the arms embargo imposed on South Sudan, reporting to the Security Council that there are "alarming levels" of sexual violence, hunger and human rights abuses in the war-scarred country.

Chad set to postpone November vote: election panel

2018-11-13 10:28

Legislative elections in Chad planned for November are set to be postponed to May, a member of the electoral panel organising the vote says.

Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption

2018-11-13 08:06

Ethiopia has arrested 63 intelligence officials, military personnel and businesspeople on allegations of rights violations and corruption, the country's attorney general says.

Madagascar ex-president denies election bribery claims

2018-11-13 05:52

Madagascar's former president Andry Rajoelina has rejected allegations by EU observers that he bribed local officials in return for their support in last week's presidential vote.

Nigeria appoints new commander against Boko Haram

2018-11-12 19:10

The Nigerian army has appointed a new commander to lead the fight against Boko Haram jihadists in the country's restive northeast, where attacks on military targets have spiked in recent months.

DRC ruling party gives a nod to opposition presidential candidate

2018-11-12 17:10

The Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling party has acknowledged the opposition's choice of a little-known lawmaker to run for next month's key presidential elections but wondered if he would have enough time to prepare.

Ivory Coast twins struggle for a way between superstition and poverty

2018-11-12 14:36

Cutely clad in matching white robes and skullcaps, five-year-old twins Salim and Mahamadou Cisse step carefully through blocked traffic and pedestrians in Abidjan's teeming Abobo district, holding up a begging bowl. Read more...

Rebels kill six, kidnap five in east DRC

2018-11-12 12:48

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed six people, hacking one to death, and kidnapped five others - mostly children - in the DRC's restive east, officials say.

Libya in chaos since 2011 overthrow of Gaddafi

2018-11-12 11:25

Libya has been mired in chaos since the ouster and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with two rival authorities and a multitude of militias still vying for control of the oil-rich country.

Gabon: Government says president recovering in Saudi Arabia

2018-11-12 10:02

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is recovering from an undisclosed illness in Saudi Arabia and still performing his duties, a statement says amid mounting speculation about his health.

Kagame defends Rwanda courts as key dissident faces trial

2018-11-12 08:01

President Paul Kagame has insisted that Rwanda's courts will operate freely in the case of leading dissident politician Diane Rwigara, as prosecutors push for her to face 22 years in jail.

Libyan players in Italy for fresh bid to solve crisis

2018-11-12 07:56

Libya's key political players are set to meet with global leaders in Palermo in the latest bid by major powers to kickstart a long-stalled political process and trigger elections.

Hundreds flee their homes after Boko Haram raid in northeast Nigeria

2018-11-11 19:18

Hundreds of villagers have fled their homes in Nigeria's northeast late after an attack by Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group, militia officials and witnesses say.

Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

2018-11-11 15:00

Kenya's internal security minister has launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate allegations of abuses in the force including corruption and accusations that officers kill suspects among other alleged human rights abuses

PICS: Ugandan pop star turned opposition leader Bobi Wine performs concert as police watch on

2018-11-11 10:16

Ugandan pop star turned opposition MP Bobi Wine appeared on stage on the outskirts of the capital Kampala on Saturday, in a concert attended by several members of the opposition and watched on by a heavy police presence.

Toll rises to 53 dead from bomb blasts in Somalia's capital

2018-11-11 07:33

Somali hospital and police sources say the death toll from Friday's bombings outside a hotel in Mogadishu has risen to 53 with over 100 injured.

DRC ministry says Ebola outbreak worst in nation's history

2018-11-10 19:00

DRC's health ministry says the latest Ebola outbreak has now become the worst in the country's recorded history, with 319 confirmed and probable cases.

Madagascar poll organiser denies graft claims

2018-11-10 17:40

Madagascar's Ceni election commission has hit back at allegations made by a leading presidential hopeful that officials involved in tallying results acted corruptly following this week's polls.

Moroccan students protest against clock change

2018-11-10 15:25

Thousands of students have protested in Morocco for the third consecutive day against a government decision to keep its clocks at summer time year round.

Libya strongman Haftar says not attending crisis conference

2018-11-13 10:28

Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar will not attend roundtable talks at a Palermo conference aimed at stabilising the North African nation but will meet regional leaders on the sidelines, his office says.

German bank caught in DRC colonial land dispute

2018-11-13 05:52

A German state-owned bank has found itself at the centre of a battle in the Democratic Republic of Congo over agricultural land dating back to the Belgian colonial period, a report says.

DRC opposition party rejects deal on unity candidate

2018-11-12 21:29

DRC's main opposition party has rejected a deal agreed by its leader just a day earlier to select a single opposition candidate for upcoming presidential elections.

At least 11 boys die in Uganda boarding school fire

2018-11-12 17:10

At least 11 boys perished and another 20 suffered severe burns in a fire that gutted their dormitories in Uganda while they slept, police say.

Cholera outbreak: 175 dead, over 10 000 affected in Nigeria

2018-11-12 15:15

Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council says.

1 year after Mugabe fall, Zimbabwe asks 'What has changed?'

2018-11-12 12:39

One year ago the unthinkable happened in Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe fell from power. A year later Zimbabwe's economic problems have worsened and restrictions on basic freedoms remain, bringing some Zimbabweans to ask 'What has changed?'

Nigerian opposition candidate says 'intimidated' by govt agents

2018-11-12 11:25

The presidential nominee of Nigeria's main opposition party has alleged that he was "intimidated" by armed government agents who searched his private plane at the Abuja airport.

PICS: DRC opposition picks joint presidential candidate

2018-11-12 10:02

Seven opposition leaders have picked little known lawmaker Martin Fayulu as theur joint candidate for key and long delayed presidential elections at the end of December.

WATCH: Thousands join Ethiopia-Eritrea peace run

2018-11-11 20:05

Thousands of Ethiopians and Eritreans have taken part in a 10km reconciliation run Sunday in Addis Ababa in the first joint sporting event since the former bitter foes launched a rapid diplomatic thaw in July.

Madagascar ex-president Rajoelina leads in vote count

2018-11-11 17:40

Former Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina is leading after last week's presidential election aimed at ending a political crisis, ahead of rival Marc Ravalomanana, according to preliminary results.

PICS: Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues

2018-11-11 12:30

A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds.

Somali, Eritrean leaders in Ethiopia to cement regional ties

2018-11-11 10:16

The presidents of Somalia and Eritrea have met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to cement regional economic ties as relations warm between the once-rival nations.

Cameroon journalist freed after state security charge

2018-11-11 07:33

A journalist and television presenter from Cameroon's restive anglophone region has been released after being detained on charges of "attacking state security", her employer says.

Mozambique opens $785m Chinese bridge

2018-11-10 15:25

Mozambique's president Filipe Nyusi has opened a Chinese-built bridge in the capital Maputo that cost $785 million, saying it would help link northern and southern Africa.

DRC opposition leaders in Geneva for unity talks

2018-11-10 12:30

Seven opposition leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrived in Geneva for talks to agree on a single candidate for next month's presidential election.

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