Africa

How to beat Boko Haram? Treat women better, analysts say

2019-05-22 09:42

Tens of thousands of women have been freed from Nigeria's brutal Boko Haram fighters, but providing a safe future for them is critical to winning the war, analysts warned.

High-security Ebola burials spark dismay, anger in DRC

2019-05-22 06:57

People in Ebola-hit eastern DRC are struggling to come to terms with high-security burials that are part of a hard-pressed strategy to roll back the disease.

Nigeria keen to join Africa free trade zone, trade minister says

2019-05-22 05:02

Nigeria will sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement as soon as President Muhammadu Buhari approves an impact-assessment report he asked for, the country’s trade minister has said.

Fuel in Zimbabwe will now cost over R20 a litre

2019-05-21 11:53

Zimbabwe has announced a massive fuel price hike after the country's central bank said it would no longer provide fuel dealers with funding for petrol and diesel.

Zimbabwe to subsidise public transport as inflation accelerates

2019-05-21 07:45

The measure is introduced as the central bank and finance ministry injected $500 million to improve the liquidity of the foreign-exchange interbank market.

DRC must unite in Ebola fight amid 'high' risk of spread - WHO chief

2019-05-21 05:12

The World Health Organisation chief urged different political factions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to unite in the battle against Ebola, warning that the risk of spread "remains very high".

 
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Angola to re-bury body of rebel chief Savimbi

2019-05-21 11:17

The exhumed body of Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi, who was killed in 2002, will be reburied in his hometown next month, authorities said after DNA tests confirmed the identity of the remains.

Malawi votes in tight three-way election

2019-05-22 11:42

Malawi polls have opened after a closely-fought election campaign, with President Peter Mutharika battling to hold off two serious rivals in a race that has focused on corruption allegations and economic development.

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WATCH: 'Rivers' of plastic block Kinshasa's waterways

2019-05-19 16:51

In the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city Kinshasa residents are fed up of the 'rivers' of plastic waste taking over the city's waterways as thousands of plastic bottles have piled up over the years, causing deadly floods when it rains.

Egypt's Sinai: At least 47 fighters, 5 troops killed in battle

2019-05-16 19:04

Forty-seven fighters and five Egyptian soldiers were killed during Egypt's ongoing military offensive in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where it is fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Shots fired in Sudan ahead of crunch talks on ruling body

2019-05-15 22:15

At least eight people have been reported wounded by gunshots near a Khartoum sit-in , before crucial talks between military chiefs and protest leaders over a transitional governing body.

24 Algerian police officers wounded in protest

2019-05-15 18:49

At least 24 police officers have been wounded in clashes with protesters rallying against unemployment in central Algeria, state media reported.

Military stake stymies R57bn Zim platinum project

2019-05-15 12:40

A plan to build Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine at a cost of about $4bn, about R57bn, is floundering because a military stake in the project has deterred potential backers, according to people familiar with the funding discussions.

Grace Mugabe faces new assault charge

2019-05-15 09:14

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe is facing a new charge of assault, which stems from an incident with her housekeeper.

Inadequate health facilities failing Mozambique's mothers

2019-05-14 17:53

Thousands of pregnant and lactating women in Mozambique face hardships following destruction of health infrastructure by cyclones.

'Terrorist' attack on high-security Niger prison foiled

2019-05-13 21:33

Authorities in Niger have foiled a "terrorist" attack on a high-security prison near the capital Niamey, Interior Minister Mohamed Bazoum says on Twitter.

ISIS claims killing 11 soldiers in Borno state - Nigeria

2019-05-13 18:45

ISIS fighters killed 11 Nigerian soldiers in an attack on the northeastern town of Gajiganna, the group claimed through its news agency AMAQ.

Zim looks to SA's Eskom to help stave off load shedding

2019-05-12 15:03

Zimbabwe will turn to electricity imports from South Africa and Mozambique to ensure that the country does not resort to load shedding following a significant reduction of power generation from its anchor power station Kariba Dam.

WHO warns Ebola could breach DRC's borders unless attacks stop

2019-05-11 10:36

Frequent assaults on health workers, treatment centres threaten efforts to contain the deadly virus, WHO says.

Algeria protesters stage first mass rally of Ramadan

2019-05-10 19:10

Protesters thronged Algeria's capital for the first Friday mass rally of Ramadan, pressing their demands for reforms and the departure of key figures from ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's regime.

Egypt blackface sketch spotlights racism in region

2019-05-19 09:03

An Egyptian comedian has sparked anger by using blackface in a sketch and mocking Sudanese people, drawing attention to what experts say is a deeper racism problem in the region.

Aviation supports 6.2 million jobs in Africa

2019-05-18 19:00

The aviation industry supports $55.8bn of economic activity and 6.2 million jobs in Africa, according to the International Air Transport Association.

Angola is back – African Energy Chamber official

2019-05-18 14:51

Reforms Angola has done since 2017 will have implications for decades to come, says the new country head for Angola of the African Energy Chamber.

Uganda media in court after Bobi Wine coverage

2019-05-17 08:00

Media groups are challenging a decision by the country's communications regulator to remove dozens of senior journalists from their news management roles over coverage of music star turned politician Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu.

Anglo American opens Zimbabwe's first platinum smelter

2019-05-16 19:04

Mining giant Anglo American has opened a $62-million platinum smelter in Zimbabwe, the country's first such refinery, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed to boost the country's valuable platinum sector.

Egypt's Sisi hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Gulf tensions

2019-05-16 07:00

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has met Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the presidency says, amid rising tensions in the Gulf.

UN demands Tunisia drop charges against arms expert

2019-05-15 21:36

The United Nations has rejected Tunisia's reasons for the arrest in March of a UN expert on suspicion of espionage and demanded that charges against him dropped.

Feud between Rwanda, Uganda strongmen takes toll

2019-05-15 15:18

The people living on either side of the Ugandan-Rwandan border at Katuna never much considered the boundary: Children crossed for school, workers moved freely and trade thrived.

New energy minister for Zimbabwe as load shedding continues

2019-05-15 11:02

Zimbabwe started implementing load shedding on Monday, given low water levels at the Kariba Dam's hydroelectric power plant, generation constraints at local power stations and limited foreign imports.

How Zim is implementing load shedding as power cuts continue

2019-05-15 05:31

Zimbabwe has instituted rotational power cuts, following low water levels at Kariba Dam, generation constraints at Hwange Power Station and limited imports from neighbouring countries.

Sudan protest leaders say accord with army on transitional authority

2019-05-14 05:16

Sudan's protest leaders says they have reached a breakthrough agreement with the country's military rulers on transitional authorities to run the country.

MTN is raising R8bn in Nigeria for expansion

2019-05-14 08:31

MTN Group's Nigerian unit plans to raise about R8bn this year from a variety of sources including bank loans and bonds to expand operations in its biggest market.

Money, guns and brides fuel South Sudan's cattle wars

2019-05-13 20:15

Weak rays of early morning sun seep through the smoke rising from smouldering piles of dried dung, keeping flies away from the precious cattle.

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir charged over 'killing' of protesters

2019-05-13 18:17

Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir has been charged over the killings of protesters during the anti-regime demonstrations that led to the end of his rule, the prosecutor general announced Monday.

Ebola centre attacker killed in DRC

2019-05-13 17:35

Police and soldiers repelled an attack on an Ebola treatment centre in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo overnight, killing one assailant, a government official said.

WATCH: Ramadan unites Christians and Muslims in Egypt

2019-05-10 21:02

A group of Muslims and Christians have come together in Egypt to give their time to help the needy of society.

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