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Tanzania says over 40 killed in Lake Victoria ferry capsize

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More than 40 people died when a ferry capsized in the south of Victoria, Africa's largest lake, a Tanzanian government spokesperson has said.

Liberia slaps travel bans on 15 people as it probes missing cash

43 minutes ago

Liberia has imposed travel bans on 15 people, including the son of ex-president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, following a probe into the disappearance of new bills worth nearly 100 million US dollars.

Madagascar says plague outbreak 'under control'

2018-09-20 20:41

Madagascar's seasonal outbreak of plague, which has so far killed two people, is "under control", Health Minister Yoel Rantomalala has said.

Ugandan pop star vows to fight on after arriving from US

2018-09-20 19:22

Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine has vowed to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying," shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture.

Botswana fights claims of elephant poaching spree

2018-09-20 18:15

Botswana has rejected claims of a surge of elephant poaching made by a leading conservation charity and put on display carcasses of animals allegedly slaughtered for ivory - some with tusks still intact.

PICS: SA unions 'must support struggling comrades in eSwatini', says SAFTU

2018-09-20 16:51

The South African Federation of Trade Unions has criticised eSwatini’s police heavy handedness in dealing with striking workers this week after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

 
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UNREST:   Desta Hailu, who fled the violence in the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, reacts as she speaks with an AFP journalist at a youth centre used as a temporary shelter. (File, AFP)

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Egypt's ancient temples rescued from the Nile 50 years ago

2018-09-20 20:41

One of the world's biggest archaeological rescue operations has been successfully concluded 50 years ago after a massive ancient Egyptian temple complex was dismantled and hoisted to higher ground to prevent its flooding by the damming of the Nile River.

Egypt court removes judge who got Mubarak's sons detained

2018-09-20 19:22

An Egyptian court has accepted a defence motion to remove a judge who ordered the detention of former President Hosni Mubarak's two sons in connection with their ongoing trial on insider trading charges.

Trump suggested Sahara wall to stem migrants: Madrid

2018-09-20 18:15

Spain's foreign minister has revealed that US President Donald Trump suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert to stem the arrival of migrants, as he plans to do on the Mexican border.

Algeria sacks ground forces chief in army overhaul

2018-09-20 16:51

Algeria's commander of ground forces has been retired, the defence ministry has said, a day after confirmation of the air force chief's ouster as part of a sweeping overhaul of the military.

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Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib dies at 92

2018-09-20 16:51

Franco-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib, whose roles as villain or aristocrat made him a household name in Arab world, dies at 92.

Liberian leader Weah signs land-reform law

2018-09-20 15:36

Liberian President George Weah has signed a long-sought land reform law that gives local communities greater rights over "customary land" and lets foreigners and charities own property.

Uganda pop star put into police van on arrival

2018-09-20 13:19

A lawyer for Ugandan pop star and opposition activist Bobi Wine says his client has been out into a police van and driven after arriving home for the US.

Boko Haram kills nine villagers in NE Nigeria: militia

2018-09-20 12:30

Nine people have been killed and nine others injured after Boko Haram fighters raided two villages in northeast Nigeria, the civilian militia says.

Heavy security, arrests as Ugandan pop star set to come home

2018-09-20 10:11

Ugandan security forces have deployed heavily before the return of pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine from the United States.

Top Africa stories: Man kills worker's wife and 2 children, Zim cholera

2018-09-20 08:00

A Zimbabwe man has shot dead his worker’s wife and two young daughters in a row over stolen groundnuts, and Zimbabwe's government has forced vendors off the streets amid deadly cholera outbreak

#AfriTravel: African airline fastjet continues continues to be as punctual as ever

2018-09-20 10:30

This is the airline's sixth month this year where it achieved a 90% and above rating for being on time.

DRC's Bemba to file new ICC appeal: lawyer

2018-09-19 21:20

Congolese ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba will appeal his sentence for bribing war crimes witnesses and hopes to overturn his conviction in a case which has barred him from elections, his lawyer has said.

Morocco radio ban urged for singer accused of rape

2018-09-19 21:20

A social media campaign has been launched to ban the songs of Moroccan pop star Saad Lamjarred on the country's radio stations after he was charged in France in a third case involving rape charges.

Tanzanian opposition boycotts elections

2018-09-19 20:20

Tanzania's main opposition party has said it would boycott the electoral process until further notice after by-elections that it said had been wrecked by "militarisation" by the authorities.

At least 27 drown as riverboat capsizes in DRC

2018-09-19 19:38

At least 27 people drowned and others were presumed dead after a riverboat capsized on a tributary of the Congo River in northern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official has said.

Mistrust hampering S Sudan peace, UN says as Amnesty flags 'war crimes'

2018-09-19 18:12

The United Nations has warned that entrenched suspicion was clouding a newly-minted deal to restore peace to South Sudan, as Amnesty International accused government forces of war crimes.

Rumours, conflict challenge Ebola response in eastern DRC

2018-09-19 17:41

The regional Africa chief for the International Federation of the Red Cross says the latest deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo presents complex challenges as long-running conflict hampers aid efforts.

Egypt court upholds suspended sentence against activist

2018-09-19 17:41

An Egyptian appeals court has upheld a three-month suspended prison sentence for a prominent rights lawyer convicted of offending public morals

Hunted for their ethnicity, displaced Ethiopians ask: why us?

2018-09-19 17:13

Askale Adacha, a 63-year-old living what she calls a "hand-to-mouth" life weaving clothes in the Ashewa Meda suburb of Ethiopia's capital, lost what little she had.

Uganda's opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home

2018-09-19 16:14

Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture.

Zim court drops charges against taxi-driver who called Mnangagwa a 'dog' - report

2018-09-19 14:20

A Zimbabwean man who reportedly called President Emmerson Mnangagwa a "dog" has been freed by a court after the state failed to prove its case.

eSwatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy

2018-09-19 13:06

The tiny country of eSwatini, until recently known as Swaziland, is ruled by a playboy king with many wives and supreme control over a nation struggling with poverty and HIV.

DRC unveils candidates for troubled vote

2018-09-20 15:36

Election officials in Democratic Republic of Congo have released an official list of candidates for December's presidential election, formally excluding two heavyweight opposition figures.

Zim govt won't buy cars for new cabinet ministers... at least for now – report

2018-09-20 13:47

Zimbabwe's government has reportedly diverted funds intended to purchase new vehicles for the new cabinet ministers and lawmakers, and "channelled the money towards fighting the cholera epidemic".

Seeking votes in eSwatini, where the king's rule is absolute

2018-09-20 12:30

On a patch of grass beside a mountain track, eSwatini parliamentary candidate Alec Lushaba makes one final push for votes - addressing an audience of five women and four children. Read more...

'We'll come up with a credible report,' says Motlanthe after taking oath for violence probe in Zim

2018-09-20 11:14

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly assured Zimbabweans that the commission of inquiry into Zimbabwe’s post-election violence that took place on August 1 will “come up with a credible report after the hearing”.

'We're overwhelmed by work,' nurses say after dead infants found stuffed in boxes

2018-09-20 08:00

Nurses at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, have reportedly denied any wrongdoing after bodies of at least 12 infants were found stuffed in cardboard boxes and plastic bags.

Rwanda's president to newly freed prisoners: Be careful

2018-09-20 06:01

Rwanda's president has warned a prominent opposition leader and others newly released from prison to be "humble" and "careful" or they'll end up behind bars again.

Italy court acquits Eni and ex-boss in Algeria corruption case

2018-09-20 06:01

An Italian court has acquitted energy major Eni and its former boss Paolo Scaroni of bribery in Algeria between 2007 and 2010.

Armed group behead youth chief in Burundi's ruling party

2018-09-19 21:20

A senior member of a youth movement that underpins the ruling party in Burundi has been beheaded and his wife shot dead, sources have said.

DRC set to unveil candidates for troubled elections

2018-09-19 20:20

The marathon road towards elections in Democratic Republic of Congo reaches a critical point with the publication of officially-vetted candidates for the December 23 poll in which two heavyweight contenders have been sidelined.

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58: rights group, source

2018-09-19 19:38

At least 58 people were killed during a weekend of ethnic violence in Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher has told AFP, citing a figure more than double the government estimate of 23 dead.

Zambia sacks minister over graft scandal

2018-09-19 18:12

Zambia has sacked its development minister a day after Britain suspended aid payments to the country over a mounting row about alleged corruption in President Edgar Lungu's government.

Ethiopia's stunning reforms now challenged by deadly unrest

2018-09-19 18:12

Ethiopia's stunning political reforms are now threatened by long-standing ethnic tensions that have roared back to life since a young prime minister took power just five months ago and promised greater freedoms.

African Union denounces 'slaves' jibe from Italy's Salvini

2018-09-19 17:41

The African Union has called on Italy's far-right interior minister to withdraw comments he made last week in which he referred to Africans as slaves.

Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

2018-09-19 17:13

With "staggering brutality," South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty International report says.

Nigerian president condemns Boko Haram killing of aid worker

2018-09-19 16:14

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is strongly condemning Boko Haram's killing of a Red Cross aid worker and vows his government will do everything possible to ensure the safe return of all held by the extremist group.

Liberia hunts for $100m in missing bank notes

2018-09-19 14:20

An inquiry is under way into the disappearance of newly printed bills worth nearly $100 million destined for Liberia's central bank, the government of the impoverished west African country says.

Algeria's air force chief fired amid military shake-up

2018-09-19 13:06

Algeria's defence ministry has announced its air force chief has been sacked, amid a broad shake-up of the country's military hierarchy.

Togo to hold elections in December

2018-09-19 11:16

Togo, ruled by Africa's longest serving political dynasty and rocked by months of anti-regime protests, will hold legislative and local elections in December as well as a referendum on constitutional reforms, the national poll body says.

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