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Four killed in Mozambique health centre assault: witnesses

2020-01-22 23:05

Four people were killed in central Mozambique after assailants targeted a health centre, witnesses say, the first attack since President Filipe Nyusi began his second term last week.

Zimbabwe tycoon's offer seeks to end doctor strike

2020-01-22 22:04

A funding offer by a billionaire Zimbabwe telecoms tycoon has prompted the country's doctors to consider ending a long-running strike over wage payments.

Libya neighbours to meet in Algiers

2020-01-22 22:04

Foreign ministers of states neighbouring Libya are set to meet in Algiers as part of international efforts to reach a political settlement to the country's conflict, the foreign ministry has announced.

32 killed in attack in disputed South Sudan border region: official

2020-01-22 21:46

At least 32 people have been killed after suspected nomadic Misseriya herders from Sudan attacked a village in the disputed oil-rich region of Abyei along the border of South Sudan, a local official says.

At least 6 killed in new east DRC militia attack

2020-01-22 20:44

Six civilians, including a child, were killed in an attack in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, the army said, in the first assault this year in an area that has suffered multiple massacres.

Ease African borders to drive growth, Pityana tells WEF

2020-01-22 18:19

African countries need to share their infrastructure, strategic advantages and resources in order to attract investment and drive growth more effectively, Business Unity SA President Sipho Pityana told the audience at a World Economic Forum panel discussion.

 
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Turkey says Haftar 'only problem' in way of Libya peace

2020-01-22 21:46

Turkey's top diplomat says Libyan eastern commander Khalifa Haftar is the only obstacle to a peace deal for the north African country, defending Ankara's cooperation with Moscow to end conflicts in Libya and Syria.

Kidnapped Greek tanker crew freed from Cameroon: govt

2020-01-22 20:44

A Greek oil tanker captain and seven crew members kidnapped last month from a Cameroon port have been released, Greek officials say.

Lesotho PM questioned over wife's murder

2020-01-22 19:38

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been questioned by police over the 2017 murder of his estranged wife, a police chief says.

Top banker arrested in Malawi election bribery case

2020-01-22 17:38

Malawi's anti-graft body says it has arrested a prominent businessman over allegations he tried to bribe judges hearing a legal challenge to the re-election of President Peter Mutharika.

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Caterpillar invasion worsens Malawi food insecurity

2020-01-22 16:01

An invasion of crop-munching fall armyworm caterpillars has inflicted a further blow to food security in Malawi, where nearly two million people have already been hit by drought, the government says.

Zimbabwe's main opposition warns of more protests

2020-01-22 11:12

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader on Tuesday warned his supporters to prepare for more demonstrations to force political and economic change in a country lurching from one crisis to another.

No evidence of Sudan paramilitaries fighting in Libya - UN

2020-01-21 11:11

A United Nations panel has said it had no 'credible evidence' of Sudanese paramilitaries fighting in conflict-wracked Libya for military strongman Khalifa Haftar as alleged by some media outlets.

Egypt extends state of emergency to three years

2020-01-20 20:16

Egypt's state of emergency is set to reach the three-year mark by April after the government announced it would extend it by another three months from Monday next week.

World powers agree new push for Libya peace

2020-01-20 09:58

World leaders committed to ending all foreign meddling in Libya's civil war at a Berlin summit Sunday, and to uphold a weapons embargo as part of a broader plan to end the long-running conflict.

Kenya arrests five for suspected terrorism

2020-01-19 17:29

Kenyan authorities have arrested five people suspected of preparing a terror attack in Nairobi, according to a police report seen by AFP on Sunday.

Libya oil exports blocked, raising stakes for Berlin peace summit

2020-01-18 19:25

Forces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country's main ports Saturday, raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation.

Lesotho PM confirms resignation after alleged link to wife's murder

2020-01-17 21:50

Lesotho's prime minister confirmed has confirmed that he would resign after police linked him to the murder of his estranged wife.

First arrest puts marital rape in spotlight in Eswatini

2020-01-17 11:52

The southern African kingdom of Eswatini is ramping up rights for married women, enforcing the charge of rape against offending husbands - a taboo in conservative Swati society.

Lesotho PM to resign over alleged links to wife's murder

2020-01-16 18:15

Lesotho's prime minister has bowed to pressure to step down over evidence allegedly linking him to the murder of his estranged wife.

Nearly 1 000 migrants forced back to Libya since start of year: UN

2020-01-15 08:58

Heavy clashes have spurred a growing exodus of migrants from Libya, but nearly 1 000 intercepted at sea have been forced to return to the war-ravaged country since January 1, the UN said on Tuesday.

Libya's strongman Haftar snubs peace deal in Moscow

2020-01-14 12:18

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar left Moscow on Tuesday without signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending nine months of fighting, leaving the future of a fragile truce uncertain.

Malawi to probe bribery attempts in alleged poll fraud case

2020-01-14 08:39

Malawi's anti-graft body said Monday it probe alleged attempts to bribe judges tackling a case linked to a controversial election which handed President Peter Mutharika a second term.

Military chiefs sacked after deadly Niger jihadist attack

2020-01-14 06:07

Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country's history.

Jihadists kill three teachers in attack on Kenya school

2020-01-13 14:19

Suspected Al-Shabaab Islamists killed three teachers and kidnapped another at a primary school in eastern Kenya on Monday, police said, the latest in a spate of attacks in the region.

China set to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe

2020-01-13 09:47

China's foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday pledged to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe despite a spat over bilateral aid figures in November.

Tanzania president moves to ease fears over election

2020-01-22 12:36

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has promised this year's general election will be "free and fair" and invited international monitors to observe proceedings amid concerns of a democratic crackdown in the East African nation.

Nigeria files graft charges against ex-minister over oil scandal

2020-01-22 09:34

Nigeria's anti-graft agency on Tuesday filed corruption charges against a former justice minister over a $1.3 billion dollar oil scandal involving international majors Shell and Eni.

Lesotho police summon PM for questioning over wife's murder

2020-01-20 20:54

Lesotho police have summoned Prime Minister Thomas Thabane for questioning over alleged links to the 2017 murder of his estranged wife.

More energy woes for Zim after floods at key power plant

2020-01-20 20:33

Heavy rains have battered Zimbabwe's Hwange district, flooding coal mines and the country's biggest thermal power station raising fears that the country might experience increased power cuts this coming week.

UK PM Boris Johnson seeks post-Brexit deals at Africa summit

2020-01-20 14:28

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets 16 African leaders at an investment summit that will see Britain cast out a net for trading partners in its new life outside the EU.

Four die in Nigeria oil pipeline fire

2020-01-20 11:16

Four people were killed and several shops and vehicles burnt after thieves breached a fuel pipeline in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, causing an explosion, emergency services said on Monday.

World powers in Berlin to seek elusive Libya peace

2020-01-19 12:17

World leaders will gather in Berlin on Sunday to make a fresh push for peace in Libya, in a desperate bid to stop the conflict-wracked nation from disintegrating into a "second Syria".

As SA retailers struggle, other African markets start to shine

2020-01-19 08:08

Seven of the top 30 economies whose retail sector showed considerable growth in 2019 were from Africa, however SA did not even get ranked among the 200 economies featured.

Libya ceasefire nigh? Putin to attend Libya peace conference

2020-01-17 21:41

Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a peace conference on Libya in Germany on Sunday, as world powers step up efforts to find a lasting ceasefire.

'Too early' to say Libya ceasefire collapsed: Turkey

2020-01-15 15:25

Turkey said Wednesday it was still confident the ceasefire in Libya would hold despite strongman Khalifa Haftar's refusal to sign a permanent truce.

Angola relaxes visa requirements, allows people to conduct business under a tourist visa

2020-01-15 08:52

The Angolan government has been introducing several initiatives to encourage investment and business opportunities in the oil rich country since former president, José Eduardo dos Santos stepped down.

Turkey threatens to 'teach lesson' to Libya's Haftar after peace deal snub

2020-01-15 06:03

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would "teach a lesson" to Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar if he resumed fighting after abandoning ceasefire talks in Moscow.

Minute of silence at UN for 89 Niger troops

2020-01-14 08:39

UN Security Council ambassadors stood for a minute of silence in memory of 89 soldiers killed during a jihadist assault on a Niger military base.

US wants to reduce presence in Africa, warns top officer

2020-01-14 07:59

The United States wants to reduce its military presence in Africa, Washington's top military officer says, as France hosts Sahel leaders as it seeks to bolster the fight against jihadists in the region.

Libyan rivals to sign ceasefire deal in Moscow

2020-01-13 20:55

Both sides in Libya's conflict are expected to convene in Moscow on Monday to sign an agreement on the terms of a ceasefire which went into effect over the weekend, ending nine months of fighting after weeks of international diplomacy.

89 Niger soldiers killed in jihadist attack on camp: govt

2020-01-13 10:53

A jihadist attack on a military camp in western Niger three days ago left 89 soldiers dead, according to a new toll announced by the government on public radio Sunday.

Both sides in Libya conflict accept ceasefire

2020-01-12 13:09

Both sides in Libya's conflict agreed to a ceasefire that started early Sunday following weeks of international diplomacy and calls for a truce by power-brokers Russia and Turkey.

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