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DRC police fire bullets, tear gas on anti-Kabila rally: AFP

2018-02-25 11:59

At least two people were wounded as police fired live bullets and tear gas to break up a banned protest against DR Congo President Joseph Kabila in Kisangani, the country's third largest city, an AFP reporter has said.

New law brings hope to abused Tunisia women

2018-02-25 11:59

After years of "manipulation" by her husband, mother of two Sameh is filing for divorce, thanks to a new Tunisian law broadening the definition of violence against women.

Archaeologists find ancient necropolis in Egypt

2018-02-25 11:59

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry has announced the discovery of an ancient necropolis near the Nile Valley city of Minya, south of Cairo

Cameroon opposition party picks presidential candidate

2018-02-25 09:47

Cameroon's main opposition party has selected deputy leader Joshua Osih as its presidential candidate to challenge the long-ruling President Paul Biya in elections later this year.

No deal reached on DRC protest march

2018-02-24 19:02

A protest march by opponents of Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila looked set to go ahead after authorities and organisers failed to agree an official route, after two similar rallies were brutally put down last month.

 
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C Africa deploys troops to flashpoint after deadly clashes

2018-02-25 09:47

The government of Central African Republic has deployed troops alongside United Nations peacekeepers to a flashpoint district on Bangui after clashes between rival groups left at least three people dead.

Morocco detains, summons media workers after publisher held

2018-02-25 07:12

Moroccan police detained a journalist and summoned for questioning two employees from an independent media group, a day after its outspoken publisher was detained, his newspaper has said.

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Verdict in Dakar mayor corruption case due March 30

2018-02-24 19:02

The judge conducting a trial into controversial Senegalese mayor Khalifa Sall's alleged embezzlement of public funds will issue a verdict on March 30, the court has heard.

Opposition politician killed with machetes in Tanzania

2018-02-24 12:56

An opposition politician was hacked to death at his home in central Tanzania night, police have said, as his party described the murder as a "political assassination."

Al-Shabaab claims Somalia blasts that kill 18

2018-02-24 11:22

The Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabaab is claiming responsibility for the twin blasts in Mogadishu that have killed at least 18 people and injured 20 others.

Singapore-flagged tanker attacked off Somalia but escapes

2018-02-24 08:52

An international anti-piracy force says a Singapore-flagged chemical tanker has exchanged fire with attackers off the coast of Somalia before escaping unharmed.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, ex-SA colonel, Mugabe

2018-02-24 07:09

Zimbabwe's anti-graft agency has reportedly said that the ongoing investigation into Grace Mugabe's controversially acquired PhD will not lead to her arrest, and Robert Mugabe says "no" to a mini-birthday party offered by Zanu-PF youth.

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.

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.

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 .

Missing Nigerian girls town exposed by security gap: parents

2018-02-24 17:00

A town in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram is believed to have kidnapped scores of schoolgirls was vulnerable to attack because of a lack of security, residents have said.

Morocco police arrests prominent newspaper publisher

2018-02-24 17:00

Moroccan police arrested a newspaper publisher and prominent journalist, known for editorials critical of authorities in the North African country, a colleague has said.

DRC Catholics pray ahead of new protest march

2018-02-24 15:27

Roman Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo has heeded a call by Pope Francis to pray for peace, two days ahead of a planned protest against the regime.

S Africa's top court upholds Nigerian oil militant conviction

2018-02-24 12:56

South Africa's top court has reinstated a 24 year prison sentence for a Nigerian oil militant convicted of a series of terror attacks in his home country eight years ago.

'Just give us our benefits, ' Mugabe tells Mnangagwa

2018-02-24 11:22

Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe has reportedly demanded his pension and retirement benefits just less than two months after President Emmerson Mnangagwa gazetted the list of perks applicable to a retired president.

8 charged in murder of SA wildlife conservationist in Tanzania

2018-02-24 08:52

A US -based wildlife conservation group says authorities in Tanzania have arrested and charged eight people for the murder of the group's co-founder Wayne Lotter, who was shot in Dar es Salaam last year.

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.

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 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.

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.

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