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Mine blast kills two Cameroon soldiers

2018-04-21 07:31

Two Cameroonian soldiers have died and four were seriously injured after a mine exploded in an anglophone region hit by violence between separatists and the government.

Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack on French, UN forces in Mali

2018-04-21 07:31

Al-Qaeda extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mali that killed a UN peacekeeper and wounded seven French soldiers.

At least 27 killed in gang violence in northern Nigeria

2018-04-20 21:09

A fresh outbreak of gang violence in northern Nigeria has left at least 27 people dead, have locals told AFP, highlighting the volatile security situation in West Africa's largest economy.

Eight arrested in Burundi for planning to disrupt key vote

2018-04-20 21:09

Police spokesperson Pierre Nkurikiye has said security forces morning discovered two automatic weapons and ammunition during a "search and seizure" operation at the home of a suspect in western Burundi.

Liberia ex-warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' jailed for 30 years in US

2018-04-20 20:00

A Liberian former warlord whose forces committed atrocities including murders and cannibalism during the country's civil war has been sentenced to 30 years in US prison – for immigration-related fraud and perjury.

Poetry contest decision due for teen who fled native Zambia

2018-04-20 18:33

A federal judge is expected to rule whether a high school student who fled his native Zambia can compete in a government-funded national poetry contest

 
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PROTEST:   A girl stands by a box for complaint letters to Zimbabwe deputy President Chiwenga during a protest by nurses at Unity Square in Harare to demonstrate their discontent in a #BringBackOurNurses campaign after being summarily dismissed by Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. (File, AFP)

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Surprise and concern as king changes Swaziland's name

2018-04-20 20:00

Residents of the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland have weighed up their country's new official name after the king unexpectedly announced it would now be known as "eSwatini".

Zimbabwe nurses stage public protest after being sacked

2018-04-20 18:33

Scores of Zimbabwe nurses have protested in Harare's central city park after the government dismissed them for striking over low salaries and poor working conditions.

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Comoros president suspends constitutional court

2018-04-20 17:02

The president of the Comoros has suspended the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, in a move immediately denounced by the opposition in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Bashir fires Sudan foreign minister

2018-04-20 15:49

President Omar al-Bashir fired Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, state media has reported, after he said that Sudanese diplomats abroad had been unpaid for months.

$15bn diamond looting: Mugabe parliament appearance date set, says report

2018-04-20 13:00

Former president Robert Mugabe has been told to appear before a parliamentary committee on May 9 to give information on the alleged disappearance of diamond revenue while he was in power, a report says.

Mugabe, 94, 'rejects' invitation to attend Independence Day celebrations

2018-04-20 06:00

Former president Robert Mugabe reportedly "rejected an invitation from his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend this year’s Independence Day celebrations in Harare on Wednesday".

Angola passes law to attract foreign investment

2018-04-19 21:38

Angola has passed a law scrapping rules that previously forced foreign investors to partner with local firms, as President Joao Lourenco tries to revive the oil-dependant economy.

Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts

2018-04-19 21:38

Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

King renames Swaziland to 'eSwatini'

2018-04-19 19:19

The king of Swaziland, one of the world's few absolute monarchs, has announced that his country had changed its name to eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule

DRC football chief provisionally released in embezzlement probe

2018-04-19 19:19

The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's football association, who also serves on world governing body FIFA, was provisionally released, after being held for 21 hours as part of an embezzlement probe, an investigating magistrate has said.

Oil theft 'costing Libya over $750m annually'

2018-04-19 18:01

Fuel smuggling is costing Libya more than $750m each year and harming its economy and society, the head of the National Oil Company in the conflict-riddled country has said

IN PICTURES: Zimbabwe's 38th independence celebrations

2018-04-19 12:30

Zimbabwe on April 18 marked its first independence day without Robert Mugabe in power, with new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa vowing to hold "credible" elections. See pictures taken from the event .

Zimbabwe elections critical for economic growth, says Biti

2018-04-19 12:19

Zimbabwe’s elections scheduled to take place this year will be the most important in a generation and critical to restoring democracy and economic growth, says opposition politician Tendai Biti.

Student from Zambia fights to compete in US poetry contest

2018-04-19 11:00

Lawyers for a high school student who fled his native Zambia and is suing to compete in a US government-funded national poetry competition say the case is about an "educational benefit" for any public school student.

Sudan diplomats unpaid for months: minister

2018-04-19 10:00

A cash shortfall has seen several Sudanese foreign diplomats go unpaid for months and they have been seeking to return home as a result, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour says.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Zim nurses, Nigeria

2018-04-19 08:00

Former president Robert Mugabe and his family left the official presidential residences in a terrible state, and Zimbabwe has fired all nurses who were on strike to demand higher salaries.

Senegal sets higher bar for presidential bids despite protests

2018-04-20 15:49

Senegalese parliament passed a law setting a higher bar for presidential candidates after protests that saw police fire tear gas on demonstrators, with dozens arrested according to the main opposition party.

Preventing sexual violence: lessons from rebel armies in Burundi and Uganda

2018-04-20 14:00

Not all rebel armies use rape and sexual violence as a weapon. Some have actually designed ways to prevent such atrocities. How and what can we learn from them?, writes The Conversation.

How much will it cost Swaziland to change its name to eSwatini?

2018-04-20 11:33

It is not immediately clear how much it will cost the landlocked African country to make the name change. But some Swiss have "responded with relief as the countries often are confused on online forms".

Zimbabwe's ex-finance boss Tendai Biti sees potential $100bn economy

2018-04-20 11:22

Zimbabwe’s opposition could expand the size of the economy more than fivefold to $100bn within eight years if it wins this year’s elections, says a former finance minister.

UN Security Council mourns death of Ivory Coast ambassador

2018-04-20 10:05

The Security Council bid farewell to veteran diplomat Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, the Ivory Coast's ambassador to the United Nations who died just months after starting a two-year term on the UN's most powerful body

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Zim prophet, King Mswati

2018-04-20 08:00

A Zimbabwean minister has reportedly likened former president Robert Mugabe to some of Africa's most brutal dictators, and a Zimbabwean prophet reportedly killed a congregant during baptism, saying she 'appeared like a vampire' .

Ivory Coast ambassador Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue to UN dies

2018-04-20 06:00

Veteran diplomat Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, the Ivory Coast's ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the UN Security Council, has died suddenly.

G Bissau parliament meets for the first time in two years

2018-04-19 21:38

Guinea Bissau's parliament has met for the first time in nearly two years after the appointment of a consensus prime minister to end a dragging political crisis.

Senegal police fire teargas to break up anti-government protest

2018-04-19 20:28

Police have fired teargas to break up a protest in Senegal's capital Dakar and arrested several people, including a former premier, protesting against a move to raise the bar for presidential candidates.

Morocco's child maids suffer like 'slaves'

2018-04-19 20:28

"Even a pet animal is better treated," sobs 17-year-old Fatima, one of thousands of young girls who have been exploited and too often abused while working as housemaids for unscrupulous employers in Morocco.

E Guinea calls for African 'human rights institutions'

2018-04-19 19:19

Equatorial Guinea has called for national human rights institutions to replace international organisations across Africa, after facing accusations of a bloody crackdown following a failed coup bid last year.

Nigeria's Buhari under fire for saying youths want everything free

2018-04-19 18:01

Nigeria's President has came under fire for criticising youths who he said "do nothing" and want everything for "free" in the oil-rich country.

Ethiopia prime minister names new cabinet

2018-04-19 18:01

Ethiopian new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to stem growing discontent with the long-ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) coalition.

Nigeria police recover stolen Senate mace under flyover

2018-04-19 17:00

Nigerian police have said they had recovered the ceremonial mace - the parliamentary symbol of authority - under a flyover after it was stolen from the Senate.

How practices, and meaning, of genital cutting are changing in Tanzania

2018-04-19 13:54

Efforts to discourage girls from being cut in Tanzania have changed the cultural meaning and practices around the ceremonial rite of passage, writes The Conversation.

Prophet kills congregant during baptism, says she 'appeared like a vampire' – report

2018-04-19 11:00

A Zimbabwean prophet, 37, has appeared in court after he allegedly killed one of his congregates during a baptism session in Nyaure River in Domboshawa.

Trump's petty policy on used clothes for Africa

2018-04-19 10:00

The US and east Africa are involved in a trade dispute over used clothing. Countries like Rwanda want to restrict imports of second-hand clothes from the US. But the Trump administration is threatening retaliation.

Mugabe 'in same league as DRC's Mobutu, CAR's Bokassa' - report

2018-04-19 06:00

A Zimbabwean minister has reportedly likened former president Robert Mugabe to some of Africa's most brutal dictators who wanted to"anoint their wives and mistresses as [their] successors".

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