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MDC's Chamisa 'faces arrest' for inciting post-election violence – report

16 minutes ago

Zimbabwean police have reportedly said they are now close to arresting opposition leader Nelson Chamisa for inciting violence that led to the deadly military crackdown, which left six people dead.

UN 'increasingly alarmed' by fighting in eastern DRC

2018-11-14 18:49

The UN has sounded the alarm over fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, warning that violence, which is unfolding alongside an Ebola outbreak, could hamper next month's elections.

Madagascar heading toward runoff poll in presidential race

2018-11-14 17:45

Madagascar's election officials say two former presidents are in a tight race with results in from 70% of the polling stations, indicating that a runoff election is likely in December

Four kidnapped priests rescued in Nigeria: police

2018-11-14 16:28

Four Roman Catholic priests who were kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria last week have been rescued, police have said .

Boko Haram kills at least 16 farmers in latest attacks in Nigeria's Borno state

2018-11-14 13:01

Boko Haram jihadists have killed at least 16 farmers and left dozens missing in the latest attacks in restive northeast Nigeria's Borno state, militia and residents say.

 
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Nigerian ISP's configuration error disrupted Google services

2018-11-14 17:45

A Nigerian internet provider says a configuration error during a network upgrade disrupted several Google services by diverting traffic through China and Russia.

Egypt calls on Israel to end military action in Gaza

2018-11-14 13:01

Egypt has called on Israel to end its military action in Gaza, after Palestinian militants in the enclave agreed to a Cairo-brokered ceasefire to halt the spike in violence.

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MDC MP held for calling Mnangagwa 'a dog incapable of leading Zim' - report

2018-11-14 11:45

A Zimbabwean opposition lawmaker has reportedly been arrested after he called President Emmerson Mnangagwa a "dog incapable of leading the country".

DRC candidate pleads for opposition unity after bustup

2018-11-14 10:27

A DRC legislator chosen by opposition leaders to be their champion in next month's presidential election has pleaded for unity after their historic deal was shot down by party activists.

Top Africa stories: DRC land dispute, Media laws in Africa

2018-11-14 08:10

German bank has been caught in a DRC colonial land dispute, and there has been a 'looming threat' of media laws in Africa.

3 civilians killed in attack targeting foreign troops in Mali

2018-11-14 06:06

Three Malian civilians have been killed and around 30 people wounded in a suicide attack in the country's violence-hit north, officials say.

All school kidnapping captives freed, says Cameroon leader

2018-11-13 21:02

All students and staff abducted more than a week ago from a school in Cameroon's restive North West region have been freed, a leader of the Presbyterian church has said

Egyptian policemen who killed detainee get light sentences

2018-11-13 19:26

An Egyptian court has sentenced a policeman to three years in prison and another to six months over the killing of a detainee in custody, relatively light sentences that prompted a backlash on social media

'Excluded' Turkey pulls out of Libya crisis talks: VP

2018-11-13 17:38

Turkey has pulled out of Italian-hosted Libya crisis talks after it was not invited to a meeting of key players on the conference sidelines, saying it was "deeply disappointed".

Nigeria wants former oil minister extradited from Britain

2018-11-13 16:30

The head of Nigeria's main anti-corruption agency has said he wanted former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke to be extradited to face trial because a corruption probe against her in Britain was taking too long.

Food ads stir questions in Nigeria about gender roles

2018-11-13 12:47

Adverts in Nigeria depicting career women gleefully juggling their job with kitchen duties have sparked a heated debate about gender roles in the fast-changing society of west Africa's largest economy.

Libya strongman Haftar says not attending crisis conference

2018-11-13 10:28

Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar will not attend roundtable talks at a Palermo conference aimed at stabilising the North African nation but will meet regional leaders on the sidelines, his office says.

German bank caught in DRC colonial land dispute

2018-11-13 05:52

A German state-owned bank has found itself at the centre of a battle in the Democratic Republic of Congo over agricultural land dating back to the Belgian colonial period, a report says.

DRC opposition party rejects deal on unity candidate

2018-11-12 21:29

DRC's main opposition party has rejected a deal agreed by its leader just a day earlier to select a single opposition candidate for upcoming presidential elections.

At least 11 boys die in Uganda boarding school fire

2018-11-12 17:10

At least 11 boys perished and another 20 suffered severe burns in a fire that gutted their dormitories in Uganda while they slept, police say.

Cholera outbreak: 175 dead, over 10 000 affected in Nigeria

2018-11-12 15:15

Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, the Norwegian Refugee Council says.

1 year after Mugabe fall, Zimbabwe asks 'What has changed?'

2018-11-12 12:39

One year ago the unthinkable happened in Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe fell from power. A year later Zimbabwe's economic problems have worsened and restrictions on basic freedoms remain, bringing some Zimbabweans to ask 'What has changed?'

Nigerian opposition candidate says 'intimidated' by govt agents

2018-11-12 11:25

The presidential nominee of Nigeria's main opposition party has alleged that he was "intimidated" by armed government agents who searched his private plane at the Abuja airport.

PICS: DRC opposition picks joint presidential candidate

2018-11-12 10:02

Seven opposition leaders have picked little known lawmaker Martin Fayulu as theur joint candidate for key and long delayed presidential elections at the end of December.

Ethiopia jails ex-head of military company over corruption

2018-11-14 11:45

Ethiopia has detained the former head of a large military-run industrial conglomerate, a day after the country's attorney general disclosed that several hundred million dollars was embezzled from the firm.

Mugabe 'was forewarned about the coup that toppled him from power', former aide

2018-11-14 08:10

Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe trusted his then deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa and ex-defence force chief Constantino Chiwenga more than those who "warned" him that the two were plotting a coup against him, his former aide has said.

Nigeria's new minimum wage: too much to ask?

2018-11-13 21:02

On the campaign trail for re-election in February, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari may have spoken too soon when he backed an initiative to hike his country's minimum wage by a whopping two thirds.

Zimbabwean generals deny troops shot and killed 6 protesters

2018-11-13 19:26

Zimbabweans have reacted with stunned disbelief to the testimony from two generals who denied troops killed six people in August when the military was called in to crush protests following the country's disputed elections

Gabon opposition party raises temperature on Bongo's health

2018-11-13 17:38

A Gabonese opposition party has accused the government of peddling a "lie" over the health of President Ali Bongo after he was hospitalised in Saudi Arabia nearly three weeks ago.

Pope to visit Morocco in March

2018-11-13 16:30

Pope Francis, who has made building bridges between Christianity and Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, will visit Morocco in March, the Vatican has said.

3 civilians killed in attack on UN contractor in Mali

2018-11-13 14:53

At least three Malian civilians were killed and four foreigners working for a UN-contracted mine-clearing operation wounded in a suicide attack Monday in the country's violence-hit north, the security ministry and other official sources have said.

Egypt's retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison

2018-11-13 12:47

An Egyptian court has sentenced Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's greatest all-time soccer players, to a year's imprisonment for tax evasion.

UN report finds violations of South Sudan arms embargo

2018-11-13 11:42

A UN panel of experts has found violations of the arms embargo imposed on South Sudan, reporting to the Security Council that there are "alarming levels" of sexual violence, hunger and human rights abuses in the war-scarred country.

Chad set to postpone November vote: election panel

2018-11-13 10:28

Legislative elections in Chad planned for November are set to be postponed to May, a member of the electoral panel organising the vote says.

Ethiopia arrests 63 suspected of rights abuses, corruption

2018-11-13 08:06

Ethiopia has arrested 63 intelligence officials, military personnel and businesspeople on allegations of rights violations and corruption, the country's attorney general says.

Madagascar ex-president denies election bribery claims

2018-11-13 05:52

Madagascar's former president Andry Rajoelina has rejected allegations by EU observers that he bribed local officials in return for their support in last week's presidential vote.

Nigeria appoints new commander against Boko Haram

2018-11-12 19:10

The Nigerian army has appointed a new commander to lead the fight against Boko Haram jihadists in the country's restive northeast, where attacks on military targets have spiked in recent months.

DRC ruling party gives a nod to opposition presidential candidate

2018-11-12 17:10

The Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling party has acknowledged the opposition's choice of a little-known lawmaker to run for next month's key presidential elections but wondered if he would have enough time to prepare.

Ivory Coast twins struggle for a way between superstition and poverty

2018-11-12 14:36

Cutely clad in matching white robes and skullcaps, five-year-old twins Salim and Mahamadou Cisse step carefully through blocked traffic and pedestrians in Abidjan's teeming Abobo district, holding up a begging bowl. Read more...

Rebels kill six, kidnap five in east DRC

2018-11-12 12:48

Suspected Ugandan rebels killed six people, hacking one to death, and kidnapped five others - mostly children - in the DRC's restive east, officials say.

Libya in chaos since 2011 overthrow of Gaddafi

2018-11-12 11:25

Libya has been mired in chaos since the ouster and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with two rival authorities and a multitude of militias still vying for control of the oil-rich country.

Gabon: Government says president recovering in Saudi Arabia

2018-11-12 10:02

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is recovering from an undisclosed illness in Saudi Arabia and still performing his duties, a statement says amid mounting speculation about his health.

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