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Heavily armed soldiers 'still deployed at Grace Mugabe's farm' – report

2017-12-12 10:00

Heavily armed Zimbabwean soldiers are reportedly still deployed at former first lady Grace Mugabe’s farming empire which she controversially acquired in Mazowe.

Top Africa Stories: Mugabe, Putin, Kenya

2017-12-12 08:33

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been leasing out some of his family’s farm land to white businessmen, a report says, and Kenya's main opposition has postponed a mock ceremony to inaugurate its leader as president.

Two dead in suicide bombing in Cameroon mosque

2017-12-12 06:00

Two people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists, sources have said.

Zim electoral body chief resigns after Mugabe ouster – report

2017-12-11 20:00

Zimbabwe's Electoral Commission chairperson Justice Rita Makarau has reportedly resigned just a couple of months before the crunch polls in 2018.

 
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Mugabe's 'obedient son' sought 'divine intervention' against Grace's tirades

2017-12-12 06:00

Home Affairs Minister Obert Mpofu says he would ask his wife to pray for him to shield himself from Grace Mugabe's tirades at ruling party rallies where she dished out the dirt against her opponents within the ruling Zanu-PF.

Six Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram ambushes

2017-12-11 21:28

At least six soldiers died in two separate Boko Haram ambushes in northeast Nigeria, military and civilian militia sources have said.

UN peacekeepers honour 14 troops killed in DRC

2017-12-11 20:00

The UN force in Democratic Republic of Congo has paid tribute to troops who were killed last week, in the peacekeepers' biggest single loss in nearly a quarter of a century.

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A look at Egypt-Russia relations as Putin visits Cairo

2017-12-11 20:00

Relations between Russia and Egypt have rapidly grown over the past three years, with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi forging a multi-faceted relationship that features economic, military and political cooperation.

Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

2017-12-11 18:30

Egypt and Russia have signed a final contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin.

UN seeks urgent resettlement of 1 300 refugees stranded in Libya

2017-12-11 17:00

The UN urgently has appealed for countries to take in 1 300 "extremely vulnerable" refugees stranded in Libya, following revelations of horrific abuse of migrants in the country.

Jordan referred to UN for not detaining Sudan leader

2017-12-11 15:35

War crimes judges has delivered a slap to Jordan, referring the Arab country to the United Nations for action for failing to arrest the visiting Sudanese president wanted on genocide charges.

Russia's Putin lands in Egypt in sign of growing ties

2017-12-11 14:31

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Cairo for talks with his Egyptian counterpart on their two countries' rapidly expanding ties.

A year of illusions: Five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

2017-12-11 13:09

The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries, writes The Conversation.

Tanzania at 56: Echoes of the best and worst of Nyerere under Magufuli

2017-12-11 10:36

A balance sheet of positives and negatives for Tanzania's president Magufuli is perhaps the most striking similarity with the legacy of Nyerere as the country marks another independence anniversary, writes The Conversation.

6 000 ISIS jihadists could return to Africa, AU warns

2017-12-11 08:51

Up to 6 000 Africans who fought for the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home, the African Union's top security official has warned, calling on countries to prepare for the threat.

Why the focus on China's role in Mugabe's fall missed the bigger picture

2017-12-10 17:25

A narrow interest in whether Beijing actively pushed for Mugabe’s fall is based on the assumption that the China-Africa relationship is an isolated phenomenon, writes The Conversation.

Egypt revives dream of new desert capital

2017-12-10 14:12

In Egypt's eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past.

Arab foreign ministers meet in Cairo over Jerusalem

2017-12-10 10:02

Arab foreign ministers have gathered in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, for an emergency meeting designed to formulate a unified response to President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Libya, Italy to join forces against people traffickers

2017-12-09 18:17

Italy and Libya will set up a joint commission in a bid to fight back against people traffickers and tackle the problem of illegal migration, the Tripoli government says.

Egypt's Coptic Pope rejects Pence meeting over Jerusalem: statement

2017-12-09 16:00

Egypt's Coptic Church head Pope Tawadros II has cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo later this month in protest at Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the church says.

UN approves Mali peacekeepers helping new Sahel force

2017-12-09 13:04

The Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution that will enable the UN peacekeeping force in Mali to provide support to the new 5 000-troop African force that is charged with fighting extremists in western Africa's vast Sahel region.

Somalia calls Trump Jerusalem move 'dangerous'

2017-12-09 10:00

A senior Palestinian official says the Palestinians will not meet with Vice President Mike Pence during his upcoming visit to the region because of the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Tanzania president in shock over UN DRC attack

2017-12-09 07:00

Tanzania's president is expressing shock over the killing of 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers in the deadliest single attack on a UN peacekeeping mission in recent memory.

Tanzania arrests 3 more over online video of women kissing

2017-12-08 21:30

Tanzanian police say they have arrested three more people over a video shared online in which a woman kisses and embraces another woman.

Writers call for release of Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang

2017-12-08 21:30

Writers and activists have appealed for the immediate release of the Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang, arrested after publishing a critical opinion piece about the country's president.

Clashes in northern C Africa threaten security plan

2017-12-11 18:30

Plans by Central African Republic's beleaguered government to reassert control in the north of the country were in difficulties after clashes marred the return of the state's top representative to a key city.

Egypt detains 8 anti-Trump protesters after Cairo rally

2017-12-11 15:35

A top Egyptian rights lawyer says at least eight protesters have been detained and accused of "association with a terrorist organisation" after joining a small protest in Cairo over the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Africa's richest woman prepares new deals after losing oil post

2017-12-11 15:01

Less than a month after being fired as head of Angola’s state-owned oil company, Isabel dos Santos, says she is studying new deals, including an opportunity in South Africa.

Mugabe's fall 'was just a moment of false hope and illusions'

2017-12-11 11:31

Saturday the 18th of November 2017 shall forever be remembered as the day which inscribed an indelible feature in the history of Zimbabwe. On that day, an entire nation conspired to run away from Satan in order to seek refuge in and surrender its soul to Lucifer.

Mnangagwa's ministers 'cancel festive season travel to meet set targets' – report

2017-12-11 08:51

Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in cabinet ministers are reportedly "putting in extra hours every day to meet targets" set by President Emmerson Mnangagwa "as a new work ethic takes root in government".

REVEALED: Mugabe 'was leasing out land to whites', says report

2017-12-11 06:06

Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe has been leasing out some of his family’s farm land to white businessmen – even though he threatened others for doing that while he was in office, a private newspaper says.

Thousands rally in Morocco against US Jerusalem move

2017-12-10 19:31

Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in Morocco's capital Rabat as demonstrations against US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital continued to spread.

Bodies of Tanzanian UN peacekeepers to be repatriated this week

2017-12-10 15:39

The bodies of 15 UN peacekeepers from Tanzania killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo will be repatriated in the coming days, the Tanzanian army says.

Continued occupation of streets by Zim army 'scares away investors' - opposition

2017-12-10 12:07

Zimbabwe's government, under newly inaugurated President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has announced "a new economic order" that signals a potentially significant change from the previous era of former President Robert Mugabe.

Kenya president says no talks with defiant opposition leader

2017-12-10 08:06

Kenya's president is ruling out dialogue with the opposition leader who boycotted the recent election and plans a mock "inauguration" next week.

Freedom for all: coming out in Africa

2017-12-10 06:10

From Botswana to the Seychelles, coming out as LGBTI brings the chance of freedom – but for many it also brings the pain of having nowhere to go.

Zimbabwe diaspora extends protest after Mugabe ouster

2017-12-09 16:00

After 15 years of protesting against Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean diaspora in the UK will continue to rally against the ruling Zanu-PF party, accusing its leaders of being "dictators who only believe in themselves ruling".

REVEALED: Grace, Mnangagwa bust-up was over plans to honour Mugabe - spokesperson

2017-12-09 07:00

Robert Mugabe's former spokesperson has told a private newspaper in Zimbabwe that relations between Grace Mugabe and then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa broke down irreparably over plans to honour his 93-year-old ex-boss.

World Bank signs $1.15bn loan with Egypt

2017-12-09 07:00

The World Bank signed a $1.15bn loan with the Egyptian government, a final tranche of funds to support economic reforms in the country, the international lender has said.

Grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar cancels meeting with US VP

2017-12-08 21:30

Al-Azhar's Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence after President Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Al-Azhar has said.

DRC attack is worst in UN's recent history

2017-12-08 20:32

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the attack on peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo is the worst in the UN's recent history and is "a war crime."

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