Missing girls in NE Nigeria a 'national disaster': president

2018-02-23 21:19

President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria had suffered a "national disaster" over girls who went missing after Boko Haram jihadists attacked their school in northeast Nigeria.

Donors pledge $510m for West Africa anti-terror force

2018-02-23 21:19

International donors have pledged $510m to help five impoverished countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region set up a new counterterror force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.

Three dead, 7 hurt as armed groups clash in C Africa flashpoint

2018-02-23 21:19

Three people were killed and at least seven others wounded in clashes which erupted overnight between armed groups in a flashpoint district of Bangui, Central African Republic's capital, medical sources has said.

Two car bombings strike Somalia capital

2018-02-23 20:34

At least 18 people were killed and 20 wounded when two car bombs exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the city's main ambulance service has said.

5 Congolese refugees killed in protests, Rwandan police say

2018-02-23 20:28

Five Congolese refugees have been killed during protests over reduced food rations, with the UN refugee agency saying that police fired at the angry protesters.

2 blasts, gunfire rock Somalia's capital; 3 said killed

2018-02-23 19:39

Two car bomb blasts rocked Somalia's capital, followed by sustained gunfire, and at least three people were killed, a police official has said.


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Two shot dead by Zimbabwe police in minibus clash

2018-02-23 19:03

Zimbabwean police have said they had shot two people dead and injured four others during a confrontation in the capital Harare over a ban on commuter minibuses in the city centre.

UN wants prosecutions for South Sudan war crimes

2018-02-23 19:03

A UN rights commission in South Sudan has said there was sufficient evidence to charge at least 41 senior officers and officials with crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Ramaphosa's 'new dawn' must bring light to DRC too - expatriates

2018-02-23 17:53

The "new dawn" President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised South Africa, must also reach the Democratic Republic Congo, expatriates of that country have said outside Parliament.

Seychelles swaps debt for groundbreaking marine protection

2018-02-23 17:35

With deep blue waters, white sand beaches and rich marine life, the tiny island nation of the Seychelles is announcing a pioneering marine conservation plan as part of a debt swap deal with creditors.

African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel

2018-02-23 16:32

Even as he faces a potential deportation from Israel, 30-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker Johny Goytiom Kafl brims with satisfaction as he looks out upon thousands of fellow protesters rallying against the impending expulsions, all while peacefully secured by police.

Former South African colonel sentenced to death in South Sudan – report

2018-02-23 13:50

A former South African colonel, William John Endley, has reportedly been sentenced to death by a court in South Sudan on charges of plotting against Salva Kiir's government.

ISIS claims Libya suicide attack on strongman's forces

2018-02-23 10:50

The Islamic State group has claimed a suicide car bomb attack in central Libya against the forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar, a day after it killed three militiamen.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, AU, Boko Haram

2018-02-23 09:26

One of the lecturers who supervised Grace Mugabe's PhD thesis is reportedly being investigated by the Zimbabwe anti-graft agency, and Robert Mugabe has reportedly said that he stepped down for the sake of "peace and development".

UN says S Sudan kills, beats, arrests journalists

2018-02-22 19:58

In at least 60 incidents over the last year and a half journalists in South Sudan were killed, beaten, detained, denied entry or fired for doing their jobs, a UN report has said .

Somalia's first forensic lab targets rape impunity

2018-02-22 19:58

The new freezers at Somalia's only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five.

Boko Haram kills five civilians in Cameroon attack

2018-02-22 18:07

Boko Haram jihadists killed five civilians and wounded five others in northern Cameroon on Tuesday night after crossing the border from Nigeria, local sources have said.

Boko Haram: Profile of a jihadist threat

2018-02-22 16:31

Nigeria's Boko Haram, suspected of another mass kidnapping of school girls, started out as an Islamic anti-corruption group but mutated into an IS affiliate waging a lethal insurgency.

Cobalt prices soar, but DRC's small miners see little of the gain

2018-02-22 15:27

In global markets the price of cobalt, a mineral used in batteries for high-tech products from iPhones to Tesla electric cars, has nearly tripled to $81 500 a ton in two years.

Mugabe tells AU envoy he resigned 'for the sake of peace, development'

2018-02-22 13:38

Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe has reportedly told the visiting AU commission chairperson that he stepped down from his post for the sake of peace and development following a military intervention in November.

'Some' missing Nigerian schoolgirls rescued after Boko Haram attack

2018-02-22 11:58

The families of dozens of girls missing for several days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria faced an anxious wait for their return after confirmation some had been rescued.

Kidnapped aid worker freed in DRC: NGO

2018-02-22 09:58

A Congolese humanitarian worker, kidnapped at the weekend in the troubled east of Democratic Republic of Congo by an armed group that killed two of his colleagues, has been freed, his NGO has said.

Mugabe is 'well and resting' but 'won't speak to the media', says ally

2018-02-22 06:35

An ally of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe says that the nonagenarian is "well and resting" but will not speak to the media as he says "it is not time to speak to the press".

More than 100 girls 'missing' after Boko Haram school attack

2018-02-21 21:22

More than 100 girls were missing, police have said, two days after a Boko Haram attack on their school in northeast Nigeria that has raised fears of a repeat of the 2014 Chibok kidnapping that shocked the world.

Over 5 million seek to vote in controversial Burundi poll: election chief

2018-02-21 21:22

More than five million people have signed up to vote in Burundi's controversial constitutional referendum in May and elections in 2020, which could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in power until 2034.

Third of Burundi population needs humanitarian aid: UN

2018-02-21 19:15

One in three Burundians will need humanitarian assistance this year, a 20% increase on 2017 as conditions worsen in one of the world's poorest countries, the UN development body has said

Cameroon's main opposition leader rules out presidential run

2018-02-23 17:35

Cameroon's veteran opposition leader and perennial presidential hopeful John Fru Ndi has said he will not challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in this year's elections.

Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

2018-02-23 16:32

The latest report on human rights abuses in South Sudan's five-year civil war, released by a United Nations commission, says it has identified more than 40 senior military officials "who may bear individual responsibility for war crimes."

Boko Haram jihadists kill 7 in Cameroon, Chad

2018-02-23 13:50

Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists have killed five civilians and two soldiers in fresh attacks in Cameroon and Chad, local sources say.

Seven soldiers, 71 jihadists killed in Egypt Sinai op: military

2018-02-23 12:41

Seven Egyptian soldiers and 71 jihadists have been killed since the launch of a wide-ranging operation to quell an Islamic State group affiliate in Sinai earlier this month, the military said.

Anger in NE Nigeria over Boko Haram 'abduction' response

2018-02-23 10:50

Anger has erupted in a town in remote northeast Nigeria after officials fumbled to account for scores of schoolgirls who locals say have been kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists.

Egyptian court sentences 21 to death on terrorism charges

2018-02-22 19:58

An Egyptian court has sentenced 21 people to death and seven others to up to life in prison over terrorism-related charges

Rights group challenges Kenya's anti-gay laws in court

2018-02-22 18:07

Kenya's High Court has begun hearing arguments in a case that challenges parts of the penal code seen as targeting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Cops catch child falling from 3rd floor

2018-02-22 16:31

Three Egyptian policemen have been able to catch a 5-year-old child as he fell from a third-floor apartment balcony in the southern city of Assiut, saving the boy's life.

Diarrhoea kills 26 Congolese in Ugandan refugee camp

2018-02-22 15:27

Twenty-six Congolese refugees at a fast-growing camp in western Uganda died from acute diarrhoea in just three days, the UN has said.

Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa, Mugabe, Boko haram

2018-02-22 14:16

Tensions are reportedly "intensifying" between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the "military clique surrounding him", and ex-president Robert Mugabe is reportedly not going to have his regular extravagant birthday celebrations this year.

Chad and Glencore agree to restructure $1bn oil loan

2018-02-22 13:38

Chad has announced it had struck a deal with Swiss mining giant Glencore to restructure debt of more than $1bn from a cash-for-crude-oil loan.

DRC pushes ahead with electronic voting despite criticism

2018-02-22 11:58

Authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo have unveiled an electronic voting machine that will be used in key elections this year, despite accusations that the technology could skew the outcome.

Tanzania civil society decries 'unprecedented' violations

2018-02-22 09:58

More than a hundred Tanzanian civil society groups have raised their voices against "unprecedented" violations of human and democratic rights under the government of President John Magufuli.

Weah's promised land: Liberia confronts age-old disputes

2018-02-21 21:22

Morris Kidir gestures at a wide expanse of dark-green land he says was earmarked for a school or clinic in his northern Liberian village, now covered in young oil palm trees.

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