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Mali singer Khaira Arby, 'Nightingale of Timbuktu', is dead

2018-08-20 21:14

Malian singer Khaira Arby, whose vocal prowess earned her the honorific "The Nightingale of Timbuktu," has died, her family has said. She was 59.

Teargas, warning shots as Ugandans protest MP arrest

2018-08-20 20:22

Ugandan police and soldiers have closed off parts of Kampala for several hours and fired teargas and shots into the air to break up protests over the arrest of a prominent opposition lawmaker.

UN calls on Libya to crack down on militias

2018-08-20 20:22

The United Nations has called on Libya's internationally recognised government to crack down on armed groups obstructing the work of state institutions in the chaos-wracked country.

Mali's top court declares Keita president after contested vote

2018-08-20 19:22

Mali's Constitutional Court has declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keita president after the 73-year-old incumbent won elections that his opponent, former minister Soumaila Cisse, 68, said were marred by fraud.

 
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Zimbabwe's hyperinflation offers a grim lesson for Venezuela

2018-08-20 19:22

Ten years after hyperinflation peaked in Zimbabwe at an estimated 500 billion percent, the country's economy still lies in ruins, unable to fund basic public services and plagued by mass unemployment and emigration.

Anger as Zambia announces tax on internet calls

2018-08-20 18:03

Zambia will tax phone calls made over the internet to protect traditional telecoms companies, the government has said, a move activists warned would stifle freedom of expression.

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Mali's top court declares Keita president after contested vote

2018-08-20 14:51

Mali's Constitutional Court has declared Ibrahim Boubacar Keita president after the 73-year-old incumbent won elections that his opponent, former minister Soumaila Cisse, 68, has said were marred by fraud.

PICS: Ethiopia opens plant to turn waste into energy

2018-08-20 13:41

Ethiopia has inaugurated a power plant which converts waste into energy, next to a filthy open-air dump in Addis Ababa where a landslide last year killed more than 110 people.

PICS: In Nigeria, thousands celebrate Osun, goddess of fertility and water

2018-08-20 12:16

"I'm dressed like a river," says priestess Osundele Okugbesan as she shows off her flowing white strapless dress and long beaded necklaces cascading down her chest.

8 bodies found after Tunisia police, migrants clash on boat

2018-08-20 11:04

Eight bodies have been recovered off Tunisia since security forces clashed with a group of migrants on a boat crossing illegally to Italy, a security official has said.

Egypt charges two Coptic monks with bishop's murder

2018-08-20 10:00

Egyptian prosecutors have charged two Coptic monks with murdering a bishop at a desert monastery, in a high-profile case that has shaken the Christian community in the country.

At least six dead in NE Nigeria after Boko Haram attack

2018-08-20 08:01

At least six people have been killed after Boko Haram jihadists raided a village in northeast Nigeria, burning houses and looting food supplies, a local militia leader and residents say.

1 killed in Ugandan riots over alleged torture of lawmakers

2018-08-20 06:30

Ugandan police say one person has been killed in riots over the arrests of opposition lawmakers, including two who are hospitalised for injuries sustained during detention.

Egypt says plane hijacker extradited from Cyprus

2018-08-19 20:07

Egypt's chief prosecutor says Cyprus has extradited the hijacker of an EgyptAir plane that was diverted to the Mediterranean island in 2016

Ebola deaths in DRC rises to 49 with 2 000 feared 'contacts'

2018-08-19 18:01

The deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern DRC has now claimed 49 lives since the start of the month, the government has said, and the World Health Organisation expects more cases.

Two children killed in Algeria grenade explosion

2018-08-19 16:12

Two children have been killed and four others wounded after a homemade grenade exploded in the Ahnif area east of the Algerian capital, a report says.

This 27-year-old was left for dead. He is now launching drones to deliver blood to Rwanda's hospitals

2018-08-19 15:23

Everyone died. Everyone except him. Today, Abdoul Salam Nizeyimana leads a team of young people in Rwanda who launch and retrieve autonomous drones that deliver blood to remote hospitals.

Tanzania rejects US criticism of local polls

2018-08-19 12:14

Tanzania is an "independent" country and will not be "intimidated", the ruling party says after the US expressed concern about the conduct of 70 recent by-elections.

Egypt president approves law tightening internet controls

2018-08-19 07:27

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has signed off on a law tightening controls over the internet in the country, the official gazette said Saturday.

Ghana mourns Annan, grandson of tribal chiefs to UN chief

2018-08-18 19:35

The West African nation of Ghana is mourning Kofi Annan, the grandson of tribal chiefs who became the first black African to assume the world's top diplomatic post.

Across Africa, mourning over Kofi Annan

2018-08-18 17:30

People across Africa are expressing shock and sorrow over the death of Ghanaian-born Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general

Hundreds protest Mali election results marred by fraud claims

2018-08-18 15:33

More than a thousand supporters of Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cisse have gathered in the capital Bamako after he lost a presidential run-off to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita amid accusations of fraud.

Cop arrested after $1m gold vanishes from police station – reports

2018-08-18 07:49

An police officer was reportedly arrested in Zimbabwe after gold worth about $1m vanished from a Plumtree police station in Matabeleland south.

Building collapse in Nigerian capital spurs casualty fears

2018-08-17 21:08

A half-finished building has collapsed in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, triggering fears of multiple casualties.

Kabila slams foreign 'blackmail' ahead of DRC vote

2018-08-17 20:08

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila, who last week ended speculation by signalling he would not seek re-election has warned outsiders against using "blackmail' in DRC's politics.

Egypt officials: Car bomb kills officer, wounds 4 in Sinai

2018-08-20 13:41

Egyptian security officials say a car bomb has targeted members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing a military officer.

Zim: Mandela lawyer to help with Chamisa case, says report

2018-08-20 12:16

A top South African lawyer who once advised Nelson Mandela will join a team helping Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to overturn the results of last month’s presidential poll.

Mugabe will only get to keep one farm: Mnangagwa

2018-08-20 10:00

Former president Robert Mugabe will only be allowed to keep one farm in line with the government’s land policies, President Emmerson Mnangagwa says.

Zim to allow live broadcast of presidential court challenge on Wednesday

2018-08-20 08:01

In a first for Zimbabwe, the court challenge to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s election victory will be broadcast live on state television, local reports say.

Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PhD: Mnangagwa suspends Zim university boss

2018-08-20 06:30

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has suspended the vice chancellor of Zimbabwe’s main university ahead of his trial next month for allegedly improperly awarding Grace Mugabe a PhD four years ago.

Uganda arrests American man who attacked hotel staff

2018-08-19 20:07

Ugandan police are holding an American man who in video footage is seen attacking a hotel worker with punches and insults.

Regional leaders call for calm ahead of Zimbabwe poll ruling

2018-08-19 18:01

Southern African leaders have called for calm in Zimbabwe as the country awaits a Constitutional Court hearing on President Emmerson Mnangagwa's disputed election victory.

WATCH: Grace Mugabe takes the mic at 'Blue Roof'

2018-08-19 16:12

Grace Mugabe is still enjoying the high life and appears undiminished by her husband’s unceremonious fall from power last year, a new video appears to show.

Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus

2018-08-19 14:01

Egypt says researchers have determined the gender and age of the three skeletons found inside a black granite sarcophagus uncovered in July.

Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

2018-08-19 14:01

A prominent Moroccan feminist who campaigns for abortion access and LGBT rights has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order.

New SADC chair Hage Geingob slams critics of African leaders

2018-08-19 10:11

Namibian President Hage Geingob, who is hosting a summit of southern African leaders, has strongly rejected criticism of Africa by the West, saying there is undue pressure on the continent.

Samito’s mayoral contestation may spark revolution

2018-08-19 07:27

After not being considered as the ruling Frelimo Party’s mayoral candidate of Maputo in Mozambique’s upcoming local elections, to be held on October 15, Samora Machel junior has decided to contest outside of the party.

'Chamisa's SA lawyers must apply to me to work in Zim': justice minister

2018-08-18 19:35

Zimbabwe's justice minister has cast doubt on whether two leading South African lawyers can appear in a Harare court next week to support Nelson Chamisa's challenge to the July presidential poll.

Zim election dispute: Electoral commission trims Mnangagwa's lead

2018-08-18 17:30

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has trimmed down the percentage of votes it awarded President Emmerson Mnangagwa, but the alteration isn’t enough to overturn his victory in last month’s poll, it has emerged.

Kofi Annan was 'soft spoken but unshakeably firm', says Zim opposition leader

2018-08-18 13:31

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa says he is "deeply saddened" by the sudden death of "the iconic Kofi Annan" whom he met "a few days go" just before the Zimbabwe elections.

Mali opposition leader rejects presidential runoff result

2018-08-18 10:30

Mali's opposition leader Soumaila Cisse says he rejects results proclaiming incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita the winner of a runoff presidential election.

Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa not worried about US sanctions, Uganda

2018-08-18 07:49

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he is not worried about the continued US sanctions against his country, and a controversial Zimbabwean MP has proposed an age limit for presidential aspirants.

Media watchdog demands police action after Tanzania beating

2018-08-17 21:08

Media watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) has called on the Tanzanian authorities to prosecute police filmed beating a reporter who had been covering a football match.

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