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Nigeria's presidential election: The main candidates

2019-02-22 17:30

Nigeria's presidential election may feature more than 70 candidates but it is ultimately expected to be a head-to-head between just two men.

Nigeria's leader says many feared 'the worst' after vote delay

2019-02-22 10:31

Nigeria's president in a final appeal to the nation before the election says many "thought the worst might happen" after a surprise week-long delay but he pledges that people can go to the polls free from fear.

'I am guilty as charged': Zim central bank governor on overvalued bond notes

2019-02-22 11:17

Zimbabwe central bank governor Dr John Mangudya has admitted prejudicing the country’s exporters by exchanging their US dollar earnings at parity with the local bond note, when rates on the parallel market were at a 400% premium.

 
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In Nigeria, film stars deploy to plead for election peace

2019-02-22 05:55

As emergencies go, it has a catchy tune. Faced with a Nigerian election that could spiral into violence, some in the popular film industry known as Kannywood gathered this week to shoot an urgent music video appealing for peace.

SA yet to decide on Mozambique extradition, state says

2019-02-21 19:48

South Africa is still considering whether to extradite Mozambique’s former finance minister, Manuel Chang, to his home country or the US, a Department of International Relations and Cooperation official said.

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Zim says exchange rate to strengthen, thanks to 'new currency'

2019-02-22 09:02

Zimbabwe’s government expects the exchange rate of what is in effect a new currency to strengthen from its current black market level when it starts trading. The political opposition isn’t so sure.

Zimbabwe's inflation rate is being misread, Ncube says

2019-02-21 15:07

Zimbabwean Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube says the country’s inflation rate, which surged to the highest annual level since a hyperinflation blowout a decade ago, is being misread.

WATCH: Boko Haram displaced forgotten amid Nigerian election fever

2019-02-20 21:18

Residents of the Malkohi formal and informal settlement outside Yola, in Nigeria’s north east, feel forgotten as the country gets ready for its election.

Zimbabwe launches new currency measure

2019-02-20 19:05

Zimbabwe, without its own currency for a decade, has converted electronic money into a stand-alone local currency to freely float against other major currencies, abandoning an official but artificial parity with the dollar

Egypt detains, expels New York Times reporter entering at airport

2019-02-20 09:06

Egyptian authorities have detained and expelled a New York Times journalist upon his arrival at Cairo international airport, the latest move in the country's crackdown on free speech and the media.

Chinese 'Ivory Queen' trafficker gets 15 years in Tanzanian sentence

2019-02-20 06:10

A Tanzanian judge has sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was labelled the 'Ivory Queen' to 15 years in jail after she was convicted of smuggling about 700 elephant tusks.

Nigeria's opposition urges military to stay away from vote

2019-02-19 19:17

Nigeria's top opposition candidate is urging the military not to be involved in the upcoming presidential election, saying the army "has no role to play in the conduct" of the poll.

Suicide bomber kills 2 cops near famed Cairo tourist market

2019-02-19 09:32

Egypt's Interior Ministry says a suicide bomber has killed two police officers and wounded three more while he was being pursued near Cairo's famed Khan el-Khalili tourist marketplace.

DR Congo charges key 'witness' over UN experts' murder

2019-02-19 06:43

Military prosecutors in DR Congo say they have charged a key "witness" with conspiracy to murder over the 2017 killing of two UN experts in the war-torn central Kasai region.

Mozambique scrambles to contain debt fallout with vote looming

2019-02-18 19:02

Mozambique’s government is scrambling to contain the fallout from a US investigation into the country’s $2bn hidden-debt scandal, ordering a series of high-profile arrests in the past week.

Shootings kill eight in eastern DR Congo

2019-02-18 11:16

Eight people died in three shootings in Goma, eastern DR Congo, the town mayor said, while others complained authorities were slow to react to violence in North Kivu province.

About 40 people remain trapped in Liberian gold mine

2019-02-17 18:58

Fellow miners have been using their bare hands to remove debris in an effort to free some 40 gold miners who have been trapped for a week, a spokesperson for Liberia's disaster management agency has said.

Kenya recalls envoy from Somalia over maritime border spat

2019-02-17 17:34

Kenya has recalled its ambassador from Somalia for "urgent consultations" over a maritime border dispute that involves lucrative offshore oil and gas deposits.

Egyptian troops hit by deadly jihadist attack in Sinai: army

2019-02-17 16:14

An attack on an Egyptian army checkpoint in the restive Sinai Peninsula left 15 soldiers dead or wounded and seven of the suspected jihadist assailants killed, the military has said.

24 bodies retrieved from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine: report

2019-02-17 13:29

Rescue workers retrieved 24 bodies and eight survivors Saturday from two flooded gold mines in Zimbabwe where officials fear dozens more illegal miners are still trapped, state television has reported.

Egypt says deadly extremist attack hits Sinai checkpoint

2019-02-17 11:12

Egypt's military spokesman says extremists have attacked an army checkpoint in the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, resulting in 15 casualties, including the killing of at least one officer.

Shutting down the internet doesn't work - but governments keep doing it

2019-02-22 06:15

The Zimbabwean government recently blocked internet access in an bid to crack down on protests against fuel price hikes. They're not alone in using this tactic, says George Ogola.

Anti-gay laws widespread in Africa, despite gains

2019-02-21 12:00

More than half of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa have anti-homosexuality laws, although others have moved toward legal tolerance, watchdogs say.

Security forces free Mali official from jihadists

2019-02-20 20:25

A senior government official and a journalist abducted by suspected jihadists in Mali have been freed, a security source told AFP.

Uganda's ruling party endorses Museveni for sixth-term run

2019-02-20 13:01

Uganda's ruling party has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni, 74, as its candidate in 2021 elections, which could see him seek re-election for a sixth term, a party resolution said Wednesday.

Sudan protesters remain resilient, but Bashir unbowed

2019-02-20 06:41

Sudanese protester Osman Sulaiman has taken to the streets of Khartoum chanting "overthrow, overthrow" almost daily since demonstrations erupted against President Omar al-Bashir's iron-fisted rule in December.

Sisulu urges EU to lift Zim sanctions ahead of March bi-national meeting

2019-02-20 07:01

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on the European Union to give the Zimbabwean government and its people a chance to start afresh.

Disrupt vote at the 'expense of your life' - Nigeria's president

2019-02-19 12:01

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned of grave consequences for those who steal ballot boxes or attempt to disrupt rescheduled Nigeria elections.

Zimbabwe central bank is said to consider devaluing bond notes

2019-02-19 14:56

Zimbabwe’s central bank is considering devaluing its quasi-currency as part of a raft of reforms to the nation’s foreign-exchange system, according to a central bank official.

New species of Angolan 'horned' spider unearthed

2019-02-19 09:41

South African researchers have revealed the discovery of a new species of spider with an unusual horn-like protrusion on its back from the forests of central Angola, considered the first of its kind.

Zim's tech company launches Uber-type app for tractors

2019-02-19 10:55

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed tech company, Cassava Smartech, an off shoot of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, has launched a tractor sharing service app modelled along ride hailing service Uber.

Aid agency MSF suspends work in part of eastern DR Congo

2019-02-18 09:34

Doctors Without Borders has said it had suspended non-essential work in part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after gunmen abducted two of its local staff there earlier this month.

Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians

2019-02-17 18:58

Nigeria's military says four civilians are dead in an extremist attack in the northeast that targeted a mosque during morning prayers.

Pro-Biafran group calls off Nigeria election boycott

2019-02-17 17:34

A pro-Biafran separatist group says it had lifted its call for a boycott of Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections this weekend.

Spanish priest, customs officers killed in Burkina Faso

2019-02-17 14:43

A Spanish priest and four customs officers were killed in separate attacks by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso, which is struggling with a radical Islamist insurgency, local sources have said.

Sudan lawmakers postpone meeting on extending Bashir term limits

2019-02-17 12:10

A Sudanese parliamentary committee has postponed a meeting on amending the country's constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for a new term, state media has reported.

14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya

2019-02-17 07:41

Militiamen have kidnapped a group of Tunisian workers near the Libyan capital and are demanding the release of a comrade held in Tunisia, a rights activist said on Saturday.

Nigeria's candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

2019-02-16 18:55

Nigeria's top candidates have condemned the last-minute decision to delay the presidential election for a week until February 23, blaming each other but appealing to Africa's largest democracy for calm.

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