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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.

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.

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.

 
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'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.

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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.

South Sudan plans to build new capital in former game park

2018-11-15 14:23

South Sudan's government says it is planning to construct a new state capital in a central location in what was a wildlife park, to make the seat of government more accessible.

Zim protesters' killings: Army generals' denials 'not surprising'

2018-11-15 11:31

The Institute for Security Studies has described as "unsurprising" the testimony by two Zimbabwean army generals who denied that troops killed six people on August 1 when the military was called in to crush protests following the country's disputed elections.

Malawi nurse under fire for taking selfie with naked pregnant woman in labour ward

2018-11-15 10:18

A nurse at a hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, has reportedly been suspended, pending further investigation, after she took a selfie with an unsuspecting naked pregnant woman in the background.

Namibia's Hosea Kutako International Airport set for R246m upgrade

2018-11-15 11:18

Namibia's Hosea Kutako International Airport is set to undergo a major upgrade with its government approving a R246m overhaul to begin in March 2019.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe 'was warned about coup', toddler dies from zebra cobra snake bite

2018-11-15 08:00

Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe was forewarned about the coup that toppled him from power', a former aide says, and a 2-year-old toddler has died from a zebra cobra snake bite in Namibia.

Nigerian judge says Biafran separatist must appear in court

2018-11-15 05:50

A Nigerian judge says she wants a missing pro-Biafra leader back in court after he resurfaced in Israel following a months-long disappearance.

Ugandan police say 10 students killed in arson attack

2018-11-14 21:02

Ugandan police say 10 students were killed in an alleged arson attack targeting a school dormitory in central Uganda

MDC's Chamisa 'faces arrest' for inciting post-election violence – report

2018-11-14 20:00

Zimbabwean police have reportedly said they are now close to arresting opposition leader Nelson Chamisa for inciting violence that led to the deadly military crackdown, which left six people dead.

UN 'increasingly alarmed' by fighting in eastern DRC

2018-11-14 18:49

The UN has sounded the alarm over fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, warning that violence, which is unfolding alongside an Ebola outbreak, could hamper next month's elections.

Madagascar heading toward runoff poll in presidential race

2018-11-14 17:45

Madagascar's election officials say two former presidents are in a tight race with results in from 70% of the polling stations, indicating that a runoff election is likely in December

Four kidnapped priests rescued in Nigeria: police

2018-11-14 16:28

Four Roman Catholic priests who were kidnapped by gunmen in southern Nigeria last week have been rescued, police have said .

Boko Haram kills at least 16 farmers in latest attacks in Nigeria's Borno state

2018-11-14 13:01

Boko Haram jihadists have killed at least 16 farmers and left dozens missing in the latest attacks in restive northeast Nigeria's Borno state, militia and residents say.

MDC MP held for calling Mnangagwa 'a dog incapable of leading Zim' - report

2018-11-14 11:45

A Zimbabwean opposition lawmaker has reportedly been arrested after he called President Emmerson Mnangagwa a "dog incapable of leading the country".

DRC candidate pleads for opposition unity after bustup

2018-11-14 10:27

A DRC legislator chosen by opposition leaders to be their champion in next month's presidential election has pleaded for unity after their historic deal was shot down by party activists.

Top Africa stories: DRC land dispute, Media laws in Africa

2018-11-14 08:10

German bank has been caught in a DRC colonial land dispute, and there has been a 'looming threat' of media laws in Africa.

3 civilians killed in attack targeting foreign troops in Mali

2018-11-14 06:06

Three Malian civilians have been killed and around 30 people wounded in a suicide attack in the country's violence-hit north, officials say.

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...

Nigerian governors reject $82 pay deal for workers

2018-11-15 14:23

Nigerian governors have rejected a deal to raise the minimum wage to 30 000 naira ($82) from 18 000 naira a month, a move that could trigger fresh labour unrest.

Death toll from DRC cholera outbreak at 857

2018-11-15 12:48

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 857 lives since the start of the year, the World Health Organisation says.

Inquiry into police brutality as 40 injured at Algerian match

2018-11-15 11:31

Algerian police are under investigation following social media images of officers apparently attacking fans after a first division match, according to official sources.

Fighting erupts in troubled Chad mountains

2018-11-15 10:18

Deadly clashes are unfolding in a troubled gold-mining region in northern Chad, pitching government troops against a local "self-defence" force, sources say.

African leaders meet for 'last push' on AU reforms

2018-11-15 08:00

African leaders are set to gather this weekend for a special summit aimed at pushing through long-debated reforms to their pan-continental body.

'It was a time of immense hope': Zimbabweans reflect on fall of Mugabe

2018-11-15 05:50

It's one year since the Zimbabwe army seized control of the country, rolled their tanks onto the streets of Harare and forced longtime leader Robert Mugabe out of power.

Two thirds of African cities face 'extreme climate risk'

2018-11-15 10:10

Rapid population growth and poor infrastructure have put two out of three cities in Africa at "extreme risk" of the threats posed by climate change, according to a new analysis.

Media watchdog slams Gabon over 'erosion' of freedom

2018-11-14 21:02

Freedom of the press is being eroded in Gabon, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said, after the government suspended a newspaper for commenting on the hospitalisation of President Ali Bongo.

Nigerian ISP's configuration error disrupted Google services

2018-11-14 17:45

A Nigerian internet provider says a configuration error during a network upgrade disrupted several Google services by diverting traffic through China and Russia.

Egypt calls on Israel to end military action in Gaza

2018-11-14 13:01

Egypt has called on Israel to end its military action in Gaza, after Palestinian militants in the enclave agreed to a Cairo-brokered ceasefire to halt the spike in violence.

Ethiopia jails ex-head of military company over corruption

2018-11-14 11:45

Ethiopia has detained the former head of a large military-run industrial conglomerate, a day after the country's attorney general disclosed that several hundred million dollars was embezzled from the firm.

Mugabe 'was forewarned about the coup that toppled him from power', former aide

2018-11-14 08:10

Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe trusted his then deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa and ex-defence force chief Constantino Chiwenga more than those who "warned" him that the two were plotting a coup against him, his former aide has said.

Nigeria's new minimum wage: too much to ask?

2018-11-13 21:02

On the campaign trail for re-election in February, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari may have spoken too soon when he backed an initiative to hike his country's minimum wage by a whopping two thirds.

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