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Nigeria turns the page on literary past

27 minutes ago

Mention Nigerian literature and the first names likely to spring to mind are Chinua Achebe, the author of "Things Fall Apart", or the venerable Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka.

Zim man in court for calling Mnangagwa a 'murderer'

2017-12-18 10:30

A Zimbabwean man has appeared in court after he was charged for undermining the authority of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, says a report.

UN peacekeeping chief meets DRC president after attack

2017-12-18 10:30

The UN's chief peacekeeper has held talks with DRC President Joseph Kabila, stressing the need for greater security and new elections after 14 peacekeepers were killed in the violence-wracked east of the country.

Mugabe son-in-law airline plan 'will be blocked': report

2017-12-18 08:36

Plans by local investors and Robert Mugabe’s son-in-law to set up a new airline in Zimbabwe appear to have suffered a set-back in the wake of last month’s military takeover, a newspaper reports.

Four dead in Boko Haram ambush on Nigeria convoy

2017-12-18 08:36

At least four people were killed when Boko Haram fighters opened fire on a military convoy transporting civilians and food aid in northeastern Nigeria, security sources say.

Top Africa stories: Zanu-PF seals Mugabe exit, Mnangagwa, Liberia

2017-12-18 06:00

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party officials have sealed President Robert Mugabe's fate, and Mugabe has been spotted for the first time since his ouster as he left a hospital in Singapore.

 
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Mugabe 'gets to keep his limo'... and wife Grace wants ALL her bodyguards: report

2017-12-18 06:00

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has had his travel and security expenses drastically cut but has been allowed to keep the presidential limo and a wing in State House, a newspaper reports.

Mnangagwa in tight spot over picking deputies – report

2017-12-17 17:59

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reportedly facing a tough time in choosing his two deputies after strong backlash for picking a militarised cabinet.

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Libya strongman says UN-backed government's mandate expired

2017-12-17 17:59

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has insisted that the mandate of the country's UN-backed government has run out after what he said was the expiration of a tattered 2015 political deal.

One dead as fans clash after Algeria derby

2017-12-17 16:01

Clashes between rival football fans after a derby in eastern Algeria have left one person dead, an official at the country's football federation said Sunday.

More protests in Togo as president chairs Ecowas summit

2017-12-17 10:59

Protesters again took to the streets of Togo's capital Lome to demonstrate against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, who was in Nigeria chairing a summit of West African leaders.

Attacker 'shouting Allahu Akbar' wounds two Danes in Gabon

2017-12-17 09:04

Two Danish nationals have been wounded in a knife attack in Gabon's capital apparently committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", a rare assault in a Central African nation that has escaped Islamist violence.

Ecowas threatens Guinea-Bissau sanctions as crisis drags

2017-12-17 07:23

West African leaders have threatened to slap Guinea-Bissau with sanctions unless the country's grinding political crisis was resolved within two months.

What new president? Rural Zimbabweans missed Mugabe drama

2017-12-16 18:00

Some in Zimbabwe's far-flung areas still haven't heard about the dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe last month after 37 years in power.

Zim, Botswana to 'fix strained relations' after Mugabe exit – report

2017-12-16 16:00

Botswana's government is reportedly set to "fix strained relations" with Zimbabwe once the current engagements between the two nations foreign affairs ministers are completed.

WATCH: 'I have list of looters and I'm ready to name and shame them,' warns Mnangagwa

2017-12-16 14:03

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly claimed that he has a list of individuals and companies that externalised money illegally into safe havens outside the country.

GALLERY: Zanu-PF congress seals Mugabe's fate

2017-12-16 11:55

Delegates from Zimbabwe's ruling party have gathered for an extraordinary conference in Harare to seal the fate of former president Robert Mugabe. See the pictures.

18 dead in DRC road accident

2017-12-16 07:09

Eighteen people were killed when a truck carrying goods and passengers overturned on a major highway in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has confirmed.

Strike shuts Dakar airport a week after grand opening

2017-12-15 21:30

Flights to and from Dakar's brand-new airport have been cancelled after air traffic controllers went on strike just eight days after it opened.

Zimbabwe ruling party seals Mugabe's fate

2017-12-15 18:25

Delegates from Zimbabwe's ruling party have sealed the fate of Robert Mugabe, a man they had revered for decades but removed from power in dramatic scenes last month.

DRC child soldiers awarded $10m in damages

2017-12-15 19:30

International war crimes judges have awarded $10m in landmark reparations to "hundreds or thousands" of former child soldiers left brutalised and stigmatised after being conscripted into a ruthless Congolese militia.

Cameroon army repels attack by 'anglophone separatists'

2017-12-15 18:30

Armed separatists in Cameroon's troubled anglophone region attacked a village before being repelled by soldiers, security officials has said.

Gabon MPs pass disputed constitutional text

2017-12-15 17:00

A bill to revise Gabon's constitution, which opponents say risks letting President Ali Bongo retain power indefinitely, cleared a hurdle after the country's lower house overwhelmingly approved it, sources have said.

Zim govt pays workers on time... a first in many years, says report

2017-12-15 15:17

Zimbabwean state workers have reportedly applauded government after it was announced this week that they would receive their December salaries on time for the first time in years.

Kenya's 2017 elections: how new media stole the mainstream's thunder

2017-12-15 12:44

Across Africa, mainstream media have traditionally been the unrivalled custodians and originators of the public agenda. But this year social media took over as a new regime of information, writes The Conversation.

PIC: Ousted Robert Mugabe spotted leaving hospital in Singapore

2017-12-15 09:36

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power last month, has visited a Singapore hospital during a trip to the city-state for a medical check-up.

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

2017-12-15 08:38

A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country's electoral commission.

Gabon arrests dozens in knife attack that wounded two Danes

2017-12-17 16:01

Police in Gabon arrested dozens of people over a knife attack in the capital apparently committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", officials have said.

UN says life terms for DRC child rapists a 'major advance'

2017-12-17 13:00

The UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo has hailed as a "major advance" life sentences served this week on a provincial lawmaker and ten militiamen convicted of raping young girls.

Tunisia in new delay of first post-revolt local poll

2017-12-17 10:59

A new date next May has been set for Tunisia's first post-revolt municipal elections, already long delayed, polling officials has said.

WHO certifies Gabon as polio-free

2017-12-16 16:00

The World Health Organisation has declared Gabon a "polio-free country", given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country.

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

2017-12-16 14:03

Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children.

UN gives green light on Russia arms to C Africa

2017-12-16 11:55

Russia has been authorised to provide the Central African Republic's armed forces with light arms, under an exemption to an arms embargo on the country granted by the UN, diplomatic sources have said.

Armed fake agent breaches Mnangagwa security – reports

2017-12-16 07:09

An armed fake state security agent, who reportedly breached President Emmerson Mnangagwa's close security on two occasions last week with a fake Central Intelligence Organisation security clearance at state functions has appeared in court.

Flights between Russia and Egypt to resume in February: Moscow

2017-12-15 21:30

Flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in February, the Russian transport ministry has announced, after they were suspended in 2015 following an airliner bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Dutch court convicts 63-year-old of war crimes in Ethiopia

2017-12-15 21:30

A court in the Netherlands has convicted a 63-year-old man of committing war crimes under a brutal Marxist regime in Ethiopia in the 1970s and sentenced him to life imprisonment, a ruling that one victim hailed as delivering justice to survivors.

Sierra Leone health workers sue government in Ebola case

2017-12-15 20:23

Two Sierra Leonean health workers has sued their government in a West African court, alleging its misuse of donor funds during the Ebola crisis had contributed to the deaths of thousands.

Liberia's ruling party petitions for election delay

2017-12-15 18:30

Liberia's ruling Unity Party has asked the Supreme Court to further delay the presidential runoff, which its candidate Vice President Joseph Boakai will contest on December 26.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa vows new path for 'desecrated' party

2017-12-15 17:00

Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa,drew a firm line under the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe in a keynote speech to the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Cameroon writer Nganang held in prison before court hearing

2017-12-15 17:00

Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang has been held in prison before a court appearance on Friday for the alleged publication of an article critical of the country's president.

UN peacekeeping chief visits Goma after deadly attack

2017-12-15 13:59

The UN's chief peacekeeper is in eastern DRC to visit those wounded in last week's deadly ambush that killed 14, the worst attack on a peacekeeping mission in 24 years.

Zanu-PF congress to seal Mugabe's fall from grace

2017-12-15 11:41

Zimbabwe's ruling party is meeting to finalise Robert Mugabe's fall from grace and make new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa its candidate for next year's elections.

Top Africa stories: Zim farm grabbers, Mugabe, al-Shabaab

2017-12-15 08:38

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has ordered land grabbers to vacate farms, and ex-president Robert Mugabe is set to miss the Zanu-PF's congress for the first time since 1963.

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