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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

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.

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.

 
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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.

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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.

At least 7 killed in CAR clashes: sources

2018-11-17 07:22

At least seven people, including a priest, died in clashes between armed groups in Alindao, Central African Republic (CAR), UN and church sources have told AFP.

Madagascar police call for calm ahead of election result

2018-11-16 21:18

Madagascan police have called for candidates to exercise restraint as near-complete results were tallied from a first-round presidential election last week, with two former leaders looking set to go through to the run-off.

US gives Chad boats, trucks for fight against jihadists

2018-11-16 21:18

The United States have donated military vehicles and boats worth $1.3 million to Chad as part of a campaign against Islamist militancy in the country.

Rebels kill five civilians in eastern DRC

2018-11-16 20:00

Five people have been shot dead by a militant group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a civil society leader has said as the military attacked rebels in the Ebola-plagued region of Beni.

Zim horror accident: Mnangagwa sends condolences to bus victims

2018-11-16 18:05

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sent his condolences to victims of a horrific bus accident that was engulfed by an inferno, killing more than 40 people.

Zim city mulls compulsory cremation for people under the age of 25 – report

2018-11-16 16:01

Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, is reportedly planning to introduce mandatory cremation for people who die at the age of 25 and below due to shortage of burial space.

Track legend Keino turns state witness in Kenya graft case

2018-11-16 14:31

Kenya's former Olympic chief Kipchoge Keino will become a witness for the prosecution after charges of corruption at the 2016 Olympics against him were dropped, his lawyer has said.

Three Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack on military base

2018-11-16 12:35

At least three soldiers have been killed and several others are missing after a Boko Haram attack on a military base in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state, military and militia sources say.

Militia men convicted of bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

2018-11-16 11:30

Attorneys for three Kansas militia members who conspired to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in a western Kansas meatpacking town have asked the court to bar at sentencing any victim impact statements.

Russia warns France over CAR peace role

2018-11-16 10:21

Russia has warned France that it must put aside """parochial national interests" and recognise its peace efforts in the Central African Republic as negotiations continue on a contentious UN Security Council resolution.

1 Tanzanian, 7 Malawian soldiers killed in eastern DRC

2018-11-16 08:00

At least eight United Nations peacekeepers have been killed in an operation against a rebel militia in eastern DRC, the UN Security Council says.

Top Africa stories: Malawi nurse, Zimbabweans reflect on Mugabe ouster

2018-11-16 05:51

A nurse in Malawi is under fire for taking a selfie with a naked pregnant woman in a labour ward, and Zimbabweans are reflecting on former president Robert Mugabe's ouster a year ago.

Ghana says on track to exit IMF bailout

2018-11-15 21:31

Ghana is on track to exit its almost $1.0bn bailout programme with the International Monetary Fund by the end of the year, finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta has said.

'Let's help Mnangagwa move Zim forward,' says former deputy PM

2018-11-15 19:30

Zimbabwe's former deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe has reportedly called for "unity of purpose" among various stakeholders in the southern African country, which is currently battling a battered economy.

Morocco to unveil Africa's first ever high speed train line

2018-11-15 19:30

French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI are inaugurating his country's first high-speed rail line in Morocco, the first ever high speed train in in the African continent

HRW denounces Angola's expulsion of 400 000 Congolese

2018-11-15 18:29

A global rights watchdog has called on Angola to halt mass deportations after more than 400 000 migrants mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo fled or were expelled from Angola in just weeks.

Nigeria 'sex-for-marks' don charged with corruption

2018-11-15 16:45

A Nigerian professor accused of demanding sex from a student to boost her marks has been charged with corruption, one of the country's main anti-graft bodies has announced.

I Ran for president in Cameroon. Here is what I learnt

2018-11-15 15:49

On 6 November, Paul Biya was inaugurated for the seventh time. The 85-year-old has already been in power for the last 36 years and will now serve another seven-year term. Read more...

Zim bus company 'remorseful, deeply shaken' by tragic accident

2018-11-17 07:22

Zimbabwean bus company Brooklyn Buses says it was "remorseful, deeply shaken" by the loss of so many lives following a tragic accident that killed more than 30 people.

Morocco jails 16 over protests in impoverished mining town

2018-11-17 07:22

A Moroccan court has sentenced 16 people to prison terms ranging from two months to five years in connection with protests in the impoverished former mining town of Jerada, their lawyer has said.

In Uganda, special court offers justice for rape

2018-11-16 21:18

Courts across Uganda have begun trying hundreds of stalled sexual violence cases, including many of child rape, in an effort to provide long-overdue justice for victims.

Mnangagwa saved Chamisa from arrest, says Zim police chief

2018-11-16 20:00

Zimbabwean police have reportedly said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is the reason why they have not arrested the opposition MDC party leader Nelson Chamisa for "inciting violence", which led to a deadly military crackdown on August 1.

ISIS backed Boko Haram faction claims Nigerian attack

2018-11-16 20:00

The Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram claimed an attack on a military base in Nigeria's northeast that killed three, the SITE Intelligence Group has said.

Cameroon journalist accused of justifying terrorism

2018-11-16 18:05

A Cameroon journalist has been charged with justifying terrorism, says his lawyer, one of at least six reporters detained since a disputed presidential election on October 7.

Two DRC students shot dead: police

2018-11-16 16:01

Two students died this week after being shot during protests at a university in Democratic Republic of Congo, and a police officer has been arrested, the city's police chief has said.

Zim horror accident: Bus was headed to SA, 'completely incinerated'

2018-11-16 12:35

The Red Cross says its teams responded to a "horrific accident" in Zimbabwe involving a bus heading to South Africa, with pictures showing the remains of the bus completely incinerated.

PICS: Passengers in Zimbabwe caught in bus fire... at least 42 killed

2018-11-16 11:30

At least 42 passengers have been confirmed dead, Zimbabwean police say, after a suspected gas tank exploded on a bus, with pictures showing the burnt-out wreckage of the vehicles.

WATCH: Zim opposition leader Chamisa calls his supporters 'stupid'

2018-11-16 10:21

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Nelson Chamisa has had to apologise to his supporters for calling them "stupid" for taking to the streets on August 1 to protest a delay in poll results, resulting in a deadly army crackdown.

US cutting counterterror forces in Africa

2018-11-16 08:00

The Pentagon says it is reducing its counterterrorism forces in Africa and is studying whether to make similar moves elsewhere in the world.

Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania over gay rights

2018-11-16 05:51

Denmark is cutting about $10 million in aid to the government of Tanzania over what it called "negative developments" in human rights in the east African country

Seven peacekeepers killed, 10 wounded in DRC fighting: UN

2018-11-15 21:31

Seven peacekeepers were killed and 10 others were wounded during a joint military operation with troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo against rebels in the east of the country, a UN spokesperson has said.

France, Russia, US wrangle at UN over CAR

2018-11-15 21:31

France, Russia and the United States are locked in negotiations to overcome differences over peace efforts in the Central African Republic ahead of a deadline for renewing the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission there.

Libya planning to extradite Manchester bomber's brother: PM

2018-11-15 20:35

Libya is planning to extradite the brother of Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi to Britain by the end of the year, Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj has told the BBC in an interview.

Gabon's constitutional court intervenes over Bongo's absence

2018-11-15 19:30

Gabon's Constitutional Court has intervened in a crisis surrounding hospitalised president Ali Bongo, declaring to a storm of criticism that it had modified the constitution to address his "temporary incapacity".

Madagascar rivals set for election run-off

2018-11-15 18:29

Two former presidents of Madagascar look set to compete in a hotly-contested run-off election in December after partial results have showed they were frontrunners in the first-round vote.

UN troops hurt in offensive against militia in east DRC

2018-11-15 18:29

UN peacekeepers and Congolese troops have been wounded in an offensive against a militia in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations' mission to the country has said.

UN lifts sanctions on Eritrea, keeps arms embargo on Somalia

2018-11-15 16:45

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to lift sanctions against Eritrea following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighbouring countries - but it kept an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabaab militants.

Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya

2018-11-15 15:49

Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days after being picked up at sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them.

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