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Pro-Kabila candidate unveils platform for DRC polls

2018-11-19 21:30

President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor has unveiled his platform ahead of a landmark election in the Democratic Republic of Congo next month.

Top Madagascar presidential hopeful alleges vote 'manipulation'

2018-11-19 21:30

The frontrunner in Madagascar's presidential race has accused election officials of "manipulation" in compiling results that showed him short of the absolute majority needed to avoid a second round run-off vote.

Local thugs fueling university tension: DRC police

2018-11-19 20:36

Kinshasa police have said that trouble-making infiltrators had triggered fresh tension at the city university, three days before the kickoff of campaigning for next month's presidential election.

Death toll in C Africa clashes rises to 48: UN

2018-11-19 20:36

At least 48 people were killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim-dominated militias in a restive Central African Republic town last week, according to an internal UN report seen by AFP.

DRC authorities free 17 pro-democracy activists

2018-11-19 19:30

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have provisionally freed 17 pro-democracy activists who were arrested in the capital on November 1, one of the group has said.

Zambia police defend anti-graft protesters

2018-11-19 17:12

A senior Zambian police commander has defended the right to protest of six activists on trial for staging a demonstration at parliament over a $42m firefighting procurement deal.

 
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Boko Haram attacks three military bases in NE Nigeria

2018-11-19 20:36

Boko Haram jihadists at the weekend have attacked three military bases in northeast Nigeria, putting the spotlight on insecurity in Nigeria just three months before presidential polls.

Police on high alert as armed gangs 'terrorise' Zimbabwean cities - report

2018-11-19 19:30

Zimbabwe's law enforcement agents are reportedly on high alert following a recent spate of armed robberies and heinous rape cases across the country.

Ethiopia's anti-graft drive slammed as ethnic witch-hunt

2018-11-19 18:30

A senior official in an influential faction of Ethiopia's ruling coalition has accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of ethnic profiling in an anti-corruption drive that has seen scores arrested.

Spanish PM visits Morocco to boost migration cooperation

2018-11-19 17:12

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has made his first official visit to Morocco, where he pushed for greater cooperation between the two countries on tackling migration.

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WATCH: Nigeria's pro-business opposition leader launches campaign

2018-11-19 15:55

Nigeria's opposition leader Atiku Abubakar has launched his presidential campaign vowing to create millions of jobs to tackle rising inequality and insecurity in Africa's top oil producer.

WATCH: Home is best for new breed of Nigerian tour operators

2018-11-19 12:26

Entrepreneurs in Nigeria want to make their country as appealing as other African hotspots like Kenya and Tanzania. Watch this video

Nigeria's Buhari starts presidential election campaign

2018-11-19 10:01

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has put the fight against corruption at the heart of his bid for another four-year term, as official campaigning gets under way for elections next year.

Soldier kills five mourners in DRC shooting

2018-11-19 08:00

A soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo attacked a congregation of mourners, shooting dead five people and injuring ten others, police sources say.

Travelling Africa soon? Where you need to watch out for malaria

2018-11-19 12:30

Going to Kenya or maybe Zanzibar this December? Be sure to check whether your holiday destination is in the malaria zone.

Three soldiers killed in CAR army shootout

2018-11-19 05:29

Three Central African military died in a shootout between soldiers in the town of Bambari in the centre of the restive country, a high-ranking military source says.

Pope prays for victims of Central Africa massacre

2018-11-18 19:05

Pope Francis has prayed for peace in the war-ravaged Central African Republic, where two priests were killed in ethnic unrest last week.

University professor, employee kidnapped in Cameroon

2018-11-18 19:05

A professor and staff member of the University of Buea in troubled western Cameroon have been kidnapped, a statement received by AFP has said.

AU warns Gabon as Bongo remains incapacitated

2018-11-18 17:06

The African Union has warned Gabon to respect constitutional order after a high court intervened in a crisis surrounding the country's hospitalised President Ali Bongo.

Two ex-presidents to contest Madagascar's run-off vote

2018-11-18 15:35

Two former presidents of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, came out top in the country's latest election, results have showed, and are set to compete in a run-off next month.

DRC Ebola response effort suspended in Beni after clashes

2018-11-18 12:58

Efforts to fight an Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo's restive eastern Beni region were suspended after clashes just a "few metres" from a local emergency centre and the hotels of several response teams, the health ministry has said.

Zimbabwe: daily life a year after Mugabe's fall

2018-11-18 11:09

Some Zimbabweans have dared to hope that the fall of long-time authoritarian leader Robert Mugabe a year ago would finally bring change after years of economic decline, corruption, and repression.

Somalia holds first boxing competition since civil war

2018-11-18 11:09

Somalia has held its first boxing competition in more than three decades, with young fighters in the conflict-torn nation dreaming of a career in international rings.

Peacekeeper, priest killed in restive Central Africa: UN, Church

2018-11-18 09:12

A peacekeeper died after an attack on a UN base in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR) and a priest was burnt to death, the UN and Catholic Church have said after sectarian clashes claimed nearly 40 lives.

CAR ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

2018-11-18 06:57

Central African Republic (CAR) lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom was extradited to The Hague to stand trial in the International Criminal Court probing war crimes and crimes against humanity, a government source has said.

Nigerian court cuts jail terms for ex-state governors

2018-11-17 17:54

Nigeria's Court of Appeal has cut the sentences of two former state governors found guilty of multi-million-dollar corruption - the highest-profile convictions to date in President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-graft campaign.

MDC's Chamisa challenges Mnangagwa, Chiwenga to testify at Motlanthe commission - report

2018-11-17 16:03

Zimbabwean opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has reportedly called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga to appear before a commission probing the August 1 military crackdown that killed six people.

Kagame highlights reform 'urgency' as AU summit opens

2018-11-17 13:47

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has urged African heads of state to come to an agreement on long-debated reforms to their continental body at a special summit in the Ethiopian capital.

PICS: Lives at risk as drug prices soar in crisis-hit Zimbabwe

2018-11-17 11:50

Since starting treatment five years ago, 50-year-old Alice Chenyika has kept her blood pressure under control by adhering to doctors' strict instructions to take two daily doses of nifedipine.

Ten police injured, 30 people arrested at Algerian top-flight match

2018-11-17 09:17

Ten police officers were injured and 30 people arrested following crowd violence at the end of Thursday's Algerian top-flight match between USM Alger and CS Constantine, officials have announced.

The preacher who laid the ground for violent jihadi ideology in Kenya

2018-11-19 14:04

The jihadi initiative remains a loose political force in Kenya. This is dangerous for a few reasons. The Conversation explains why.

Undersea gas fires Egypt's regional energy dreams

2018-11-19 10:01

Egypt is looking to use its vast, newly tapped undersea gas reserves to establish itself as a key energy exporter and revive its flagging economy.

Madagascar heads to runoff election on December 19

2018-11-19 08:00

In Madagascar, two former heads of state have qualified for the second round of the presidential election, to be held on December 19.

PICS: AU leaders agree reforms to reduce donor dependence

2018-11-19 05:29

African Union leaders have finally agreed measures compelling members states to pay their dues as part of a drive to reform a body often seen as toothless and donor-dependent.

Seven Ugandan fishermen shot dead by Congolese militia

2018-11-18 19:05

Suspected Congolese militiamen shot dead seven Ugandan fishermen and wounded another on Lake Albert, which straddles the two countries' border, police have said.

WATCH: Key developments in Zimbabwe since Robert Mugabe's ousting

2018-11-18 17:06

Here is a summary of key developments since Robert Mugabe was ousted as president of Zimbabwe a year ago after 37 years in charge of the southern African country.

Ex-CAR militia leader 'Rambo' arrives at ICC detention centre

2018-11-18 17:06

A former Central African Republic militia leader nicknamed "Colonel Rambo" has arrived in The Hague, where he will stand trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court.

Search on for 8 missing Algerian migrants near Sardinia

2018-11-18 15:35

Italy's coast guard is searching for eight Algerian migrants who apparently tried to swim to shore when the motor of their boat failed off Sardinia's southwest coast

Nigerian troops foil Boko Haram attack

2018-11-18 12:58

Nigerian troops repelled an attack on a military base in northeastern Borno state in which a soldier was killed and four others were injured, military and militia sources have told AFP.

Film tribute to French photographer killed in CAR

2018-11-18 11:09

A gang of men rampage through a burning village in Central African Republic, rifles and machetes swinging, the bodies of their victims slain on the ground.

DRC rebels attack, burn homes near UN base in east

2018-11-18 09:12

Democratic Republic of Congo's army spokesperson says rebels have burned homes and a car in a neighbourhood in the east of the country where UN peacekeeping forces have a base.

African leaders applaud Ethiopia prime minister for reforms

2018-11-17 17:54

Africa's leaders have applauded Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for making substantial reforms in his country as they met to consider improvements to the continent-wide body at a summit that started on Saturday

Thirty-seven dead after CAR clashes: UN

2018-11-17 17:54

At least 37 people were found dead in a town in restive Central African Republic, the UN has said, after clashes between Christian and Muslim-dominated militias that saw a church torched in the latest surge of sectarian violence.

Egyptian sentenced to death for killing Christian doctor

2018-11-17 16:03

Egypt has sentenced an alleged Islamic State supporter to death for stabbing and killing an 82-year-old Christian doctor in Cairo

UN chief reports significant results against rebels in DRC

2018-11-17 13:47

The United Nations peacekeeping chief says a joint military operation by UN and Congolese forces to rout rebels from their strongholds in the Ebola-hit northeast Democratic Republic of Congo has "achieved quite significant results" and is still under way

Top Africa stories: Zim horror accident, Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania over gay rights

2018-11-17 11:50

Zimbabwe's horrific bus accident has killed more than 40 people, and Denmark has withheld aid to Tanzania over what it calls "negative developments" in human rights in the east African country.

Accra waterfront development leaves artists fearful

2018-11-17 09:17

Yussif Ayibesa stands in front of the ramshackle Centre for National Culture that backs on to the seafront in Ghana's capital, Accra, trying to encourage visitors to come in.

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