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Over 80 injured in Algerian football violence

2018-10-23 08:00

Over 80 people, including 30 police officers, were injured after fans invaded the pitch at an Algerian first division match at the weekend, according to official sources.

Snap shot pictures of poverty in Nigeria aren't accurate. Here's the real deal

2018-10-23 06:10

A study of the mobility of poverty, or the movement of people in and out of poverty over time, provides a much more accurate picture. In Africa, where poverty levels remain high, these snapshots of poverty levels are a big deal, writes The Conversation.

E Guinea releases 34 political prisoners: opposition

2018-10-22 21:04

Equatorial Guinea's main opposition party has said 34 of its members were freed from prison following a pardon from strongman ruler Teodoro Obiang Nguema, but that many of them had been tortured.

Kenya is planning to privatise prisons: Why it's risky and needs careful planning

2018-10-22 18:37

Kenya is taking steps towards privatising its prisons. The Conversation asked expert Rob Allen, an independent researcher and cofounder of Justice and Prisons, about the benefits and risks of prison privatisation.

 
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Top Africa stories: Luxury cars for ex-Mugabe loyalists, Zim white rhino 'shot in pen'

2018-10-23 06:10

Top officials in Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are set to receive expensive Land Cruisers from SA, and one of the ten white rhinos captured in Zimbabwe for export to the DRC had to be shot after it injured a game ranger while in captivity, and

Ethiopia inks peace deal with separatist group

2018-10-22 19:31

Ethiopia has said it had signed a peace deal with the separatist Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), formally ending more than three decades of insurgency in the eastern Somali regional state.

DRC ruling coalition spokesperson says house attacked ahead of vote

2018-10-22 18:37

The Democratic Republic of Congo's ruling coalition spokesperson has said his house was sprayed with bullets overnight in the capital Kinshasa, just two months ahead of a key vote.

Africa's oldest president easily wins 7th term as Cameroon's leader

2018-10-22 16:47

Africa's oldest president, Cameroon's Paul Biya, has easily won a seventh term after a Constitutional Council that he appointed rejected all legal challenges to the election.

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African countries' policies must shift to achieve zero hunger

2018-10-22 16:37

For the third year in a row hunger is rising across the world. And, as a recent report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation shows, the situation is worsening in most regions in Africa, writes The Conversation.

Nairobi's slum residents pay a high price for low quality services

2018-10-22 15:16

The rental housing market in Nairobi's informal settlements offers its tenant households a perverse market outcome of higher prices for lower quality products, writes The Conversation.

Shooting in Nigerian House of Assembly... 3 people wounded - reports

2018-10-22 13:58

Several gunmen have reportedly invaded Nigeria's Edo State House of Assembly, chasing away lawmakers after the impeachment of the deputy speaker Victor Edoror.

Ethiopian marathoner who made Rio protest returns from exile

2018-10-22 12:24

The Ethiopian marathon runner who made global headlines with an anti-government gesture at the Rio Olympics finish line has returned from exile after sports officials assured him he will not face prosecution.

Niger to compensate child fluoride victims

2018-10-22 11:19

Niger is to pay out at least $3.5 million in compensation to hundreds of children of the central town of Tibiri who suffered deformities after drinking water with high fluoride content, state TV says.

Comoros island inches back to life after uprising

2018-10-22 10:11

Residents on the Comoros island of Anjouan have slowly returned to their daily lives after a six-day siege in the old quarter of Mutsamudu city where soldiers had fought with rebels down narrow lanes.

Curfew declared in Nigerian city after deadly sectarian violence

2018-10-22 08:00

Nigerian authorities have declared a 24-hour curfew Sunday in Kaduna after clashes between young Christians and Muslims left at least 55 people dead.

Boko Haram raid in Nigeria leaves 2 dead: witnesses

2018-10-22 06:07

Boko Haram jihadists razed three villages in northeast Nigeria in attacks that killed two people and injured several others, civilian militia and residents told AFP Sunday.

Is Africa starting to choke on China's lending glut?

2018-10-22 06:30

Sierra Leone's new government has scrapped a contract with a Chinese bank to build an airpor', bluntly declaring it 'uneconomical'. Instead it will use an existing, underused airport and improve access to it.

Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from SA

2018-10-21 18:06

Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials say.

Five DRC reporters freed after being held by police

2018-10-21 18:06

Five journalists in the DRC have been freed after 12 hours of interrogation by police following the publication of articles on the misappropriation of rations for police cadets, their newspaper said.

Gunmen abduct six children from Cameroon school: teacher

2018-10-21 16:00

Gunmen have abducted six children from a school in Bamenda, the capital of the northwestern, English-speaking Northwest region of Cameroon, a teacher says.

Fifty-five dead after market row in northern Nigeria: presidency

2018-10-21 14:09

Fifty-five people were killed last week in clashes between young Christians and Muslims in northern Nigeria following a dispute in a market, President Muhammadu Buhari says.

Comoros army regains control in Anjouan after uprising: minister

2018-10-21 12:26

The Comoros military has regained control of Mutsamudu's old city centre on the island of Anjouan, a minister says, after armed rebels staged an uprising earlier this week.

Boko Haram kill 12 farmers in Nigeria: militia

2018-10-20 18:55

Boko Haram jihadists on Saturday hacked 12 farmers to death as they worked on their fields in the volatile northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, civilian militia has told AFP.

WATCH: Africa's youngest billionaire says 'kidnappers spoke a southern African language'

2018-10-20 16:45

Tanzanian police say Africa's youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji, who is now free, has indicated to them that his abductors spoke a Southern African language, confirming suspicions that the kidnappers were foreigners.

'Trouble is brewing' in Mnangagwa's Zanu-PF party – report

2018-10-20 14:53

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF is reportedly embroiled in fresh infighting, as war veterans who were instrumental in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rise want former cabinet ministers kicked out from the party.

Zimbabwe post-poll violence inquiry to summon army, police

2018-10-20 11:56

An inquiry probing the killing of six people after soldiers opened fire on post-election protesters in Zimbabwe will summon police and the army to appear before it, an official has said.

Security beefed as Cameroon's Biya heads for crushing poll win

2018-10-22 16:37

Cameroon's long-serving ruler Paul Biya headed for a crushing win following a controversial presidential election, as the government tightened security in the capital and gunfire erupted in the country's volatile Anglophone region.

Nigerian former state governor charged with corruption

2018-10-22 15:16

A leading opposition politician and critic of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has appeared in court on corruption charges, less than a week after he stepped down as state governor.

Angola says at least 380 000 illegal migrants exit in weeks

2018-10-22 13:49

At least 380 000 illegal migrants, mostly from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, have left Angola in less than a month during a massive operation targeting diamond smuggling, a minister says.

Land audit gets under way in Zim as govt seeks to address agrarian reform 'injustices' - report

2018-10-22 11:19

Zimbabwe has reportedly started its land audit, as the southern African country tries to address some of the problems encountered during its controversial land reform programme.

Egypt denies alleged organ theft after British tourist's death

2018-10-22 10:11

Egyptian authorities have denied reports of alleged organ theft after the body of a British tourist who died suddenly while on holiday was returned home without some organs.

Luxury cars for ex-Mugabe loyalists: report

2018-10-22 08:00

Top officials in Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are set to receive expensive Land Cruisers from South Africa despite a severe foreign currency shortage, a newspaper is reporting.

Zimbabwe white rhino destined for DRC 'shot in pen': report

2018-10-22 06:07

One of the ten white rhinos captured in Zimbabwe for export to the DRC had to be shot after it injured a game ranger while in captivity, a newspaper is reporting.

Suspected militants kill 3 workers in Egypt's Sinai

2018-10-21 20:05

Egyptian security officials say three workers contracted to build a security wall in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish have been shot dead by suspected militants.

Kanye bonds with Africa

2018-10-21 14:58

He claims to be the best living recording artist with the spirits of Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Tupac Shakur running through him, but Kuti’s son soon put the record straight.

Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression

2018-10-21 18:06

Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia's reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favoured by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April.

DRC rebels kill 13, abduct kids in Ebola outbreak region

2018-10-21 16:00

Congolese rebels killed 13 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the centre of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, DRC's military says, as the violence threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts.

Zim state broadcaster explains why Mugabe interviewer is still at work - report

2018-10-21 14:09

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has reportedly said that its head of news and current affairs was rehired by its board and government after he had made a deal to pay back the $1 083 362, 09 he owed to the public broadcaster.

'Dark day': DRC rebels kill 2 health agents fighting Ebola

2018-10-21 12:26

It is a "dark day" for everyone fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak after rebels shot and killed two medical agents with the Congolese army, DRC's health minister says.

Comoros opposition sign government deal after clashes

2018-10-20 18:55

The Comoros government and main opposition have signed a deal that could end the latest bout of instability to rock the Indian Ocean nation after violence flared on Anjouan island.

Seven dead, 23 missing in DRC canoe accident

2018-10-20 16:45

Seven diamond miners died and another 23 were missing after two canoes capsized in central Democratic Republic of Congo, government and mining officials have said.

Violence eases on troubled Comoros island

2018-10-20 14:53

Violence on the troubled Comorian island of Anjouan has subsided after four days of deadly clashes between government forces and rebels opposed to President Azali Assoumani.

Red Cross assists in key prisoner release in South Sudan

2018-10-20 11:55

The International Committee of the Red Cross says it has assisted in the release of 24 people detained in relation to South Sudan's civil war, calling it the first release the organisation has supervised since the latest peace deal was signed last month.

Comoros opposition sign government deal after clashes

2018-10-20 09:47

The Comoros government and main opposition have signed a deal that could end the latest bout of instability to rock the Indian Ocean nation after violence flared on Anjouan island.

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