Sierra Leone court halts preparations for presidential run-off

2018-03-24 19:33

Sierra Leone's High Court has ordered the electoral commission to halt preparations for a March 27 presidential run-off following a legal filing by a lawyer linked to the ruling party.

War of words over DRC's humanitarian crisis as children die

2018-03-24 18:00

A war of words has broken out between the United Nations and the DRC government which is shunning a donor conference in Geneva to raise $1.7 billion to tackle a humanitarian crisis that Kinshasa says has been vastly exaggerated by aid workers.

Egypt Interior Ministry says explosion in Alexandria kills 1

2018-03-24 18:00

Egypt's interior ministry says a bomb placed under a nearby car has exploded in the coastal city of Alexandria as the city security chief's convoy passed by, killing at least one.

Egypt deports British reporter as media crackdown escalates

2018-03-24 14:40

Egyptian authorities have arrested a British journalist and deported her as part of an escalating crackdown on media ahead of this month's presidential elections.

WATCH: Grace Mugabe becomes centre of mockery in hyped theatrical play

2018-03-24 10:00

A "thrilling" theatrical play about Grace Mugabe's role in her husband's shocking departure last year has reportedly made waves in Zimbabwe and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appears to have given it the nod.


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Sisi, Egypt's undisputed leader and 'father figure'

2018-03-24 16:00

With his trademark black sunglasses and blanket media presence, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi projects an air of benign paternalism.

WATCH: Freed Nigerian schoolgirls undergoing treatment

2018-03-24 12:36

The 105 Nigerian schoolgirls and their families have begun to recover after the Boko Haram fighters who abducted the girls released them earlier this week.

Egyptians to vote Monday, Sisi re-election guaranteed

2018-03-24 10:00

Egyptians will choose their next president in elections starting Monday, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to easily secure a second four-year term.

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DRC to shun Geneva donors meet, says UN overreacted

2018-03-23 21:38

The Democratic Republic of Congo has said it was shunning a donor conference in Geneva next month aimed at raising $1.7bn to tackle what the United Nations has called a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

In Egypt's impoverished south, Sisi is voters' only choice

2018-03-23 21:38

In the Egyptian village of Abu Shosha, far south of Cairo, residents hit hard by economic hardships are planning to vote for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in elections starting on Monday.

10 Ugandan aid workers held for stealing refugee rations

2018-03-23 20:39

Ugandan police has said they had arrested 10 officials working at a camp housing refugees, mainly from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, for stealing food aid.

UN troops find 8 bodies after bloodshed in eastern DRC

2018-03-23 19:39

UN peacekeepers have found eight decomposing bodies in a village in the volatile Ituri province of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the agency has said.

Nigeria's Buhari meets with Dapchi girls

2018-03-23 18:09

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has received the released Dapchi girls in a meeting clouded by the absence of a Christian student still held by Boko Haram for refusing to convert to Islam.

Zambia opposition seeks to impeach president

2018-03-23 17:06

Zambia's main opposition party has filed a motion to impeach President Edgar Lungu for violating the constitution, the presidency has said, in the latest development following a disputed 2016 election.

Watchdog: Nations helped Egypt's military consolidate power

2018-03-23 17:06

The international community is doing a disservice to the Egyptian people by supporting the country's armed forces with "few strings attached," an anti-corruption watchdog has said.

Mali PM in first top-level visit to restive Kidal since 2014

2018-03-23 16:07

Mali's Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga has landed in the restive town of Kidal, representing the first such visit since 2014 to an area that remains in the hands of former rebels.

Nigeria's Buhari vows to free the last captive Dapchi girl

2018-03-23 14:30

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to free the remaining Christian schoolgirl still held by Boko Haram, as he prepared to meet the other Dapchi students released by the Islamist militants.

Kenyan court rules forced anal exams as gay test unlawful

2018-03-23 13:24

A Kenyan appeals court has ruled unlawful the use of forced anal exams to test whether two men had gay sex, which is criminalised in the east African country.

Just 1 schoolgirl left in hands of Boko Haram and 'won't be abandoned', says Nigerian leader

2018-03-23 11:02

Just one Nigerian schoolgirl is still held by Boko Haram after the extremists released 104 classmates seized in a mass abduction and she "will not be abandoned," President Muhammadu Buhari says.

UN asks Liberia to consider 'unfinished business' of war

2018-03-23 10:07

A top UN official says the world body wanted Liberia to deal with the "unfinished business" of its long civil conflict, for which no one has ever been prosecuted for war crimes.

Top Africa stories: Ramaphosa, Grace Mugabe, Mnangagwa

2018-03-23 08:31

SA borders "need to be open for Africans to move freely and to promote business," says Cyril Ramaphosa, and Grace Mugabe ordered national parks officials to release ivory to her from its storerooms to be given as gifts to first ladies in Asia, says a report.

UN warns of 'catastrophic' aid crisis in DRC

2018-03-23 06:00

A humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo is worsening and has reached catastrophic levels in some parts of the country, with millions facing severe hunger, the UN Security Council warns.

Benin president taps China for controversial railway

2018-03-22 22:00

Benin's President Patrice Talon has asked local firm Petrolin and French giant Bollore to "withdraw" from a major rail infrastructure project to make way for China, in the latest development of the controversial scheme.

Jury selected in Kansas bomb plot targeting Somalis

2018-03-22 22:00

A jury has been selected for the trial of three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in Kansas

Sierra Leone election body alleges police intimidation

2018-03-22 20:30

Sierra Leone's election commission has alleged police are disrupting its activities ahead of a March 27 presidential run-off as a top polling official was summoned for questioning.

Father says 5 of the Nigeria girls still missing are dead

2018-03-22 19:00

The father of one of the Nigerian schoolgirls still unaccounted for after Boko Haram extremists returned 104 girls from a mass abduction says he believes his daughter and others are dead and buried.

UN presses on with bid to restart Western Sahara talks

2018-03-22 19:00

The UN Security Council has told the peace envoy for Western Sahara to press on with talks on relaunching negotiations to settle the dispute over the North African territory.

Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa, Boko Haram, Mugabe

2018-03-24 07:33

Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly questioned the authenticity of the number of new political parties to contest this year's elections, and one Nigerian schoolgirl is still held by Boko Haram.

Govt official killed in restive anglophone Cameroon

2018-03-23 21:38

A government official was killed and a district administrator wounded in an ambush blamed on anglophone separatists in western Cameroon, a human rights activist has said.

Zimbabwe opposition fires deputy leader ahead of key polls

2018-03-23 20:39

Zimbabwe's main opposition party has fired its deputy president and two other senior officials on misconduct charges, stoking fears of a split in the party ahead of key elections in July, a month after the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai

Talks resume between Togo govt and opposition

2018-03-23 20:39

Talks between Togo's ruling party and the opposition has resumed after a month-long pause, with Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo acting as a mediator.

'China remains our all-weather friend,' says Zim fin minister

2018-03-23 18:09

Zimbabwe’s finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has reportedly said that the southern African government’s ties with their "all-weather friend" china remained intact despite revelations this week that a bulk of Chinese businessmen were found to have externalised funds.

$1bn World Bank loan to help I Coast end raw deal on cocoa, cashews

2018-03-23 18:09

The World Bank will provide Ivory Coast $1bn for development, in particular to help it get more value out of its agricultural exports, a top official for the bank's Africa region has said.

UN urges Liberia to ensure 'full and true reconciliation'

2018-03-23 17:06

A top UN official has urged Liberia to implement the recommendations of a truth commission, dating back to 2009, which included prosecuting eight ex-warlords for alleged crimes against humanity.

Jihadist threat haunts northern Mozambique

2018-03-23 16:07

What's left of the Nanduadua mosque lies deep within a labyrinth of alleyways in Mocimboa da Praia, a port town in Mozambique's far north.

HRW urges Tunisia to extend rights commission's mandate

2018-03-23 16:07

Human Rights Watch has urged Tunisia to extend the mandate of a commission set up to examine human rights violations during six decades of dictatorship.

Africa's young professionals embracing 'gospel of bitcoin'

2018-03-23 13:24

Some tech-savvy Africans are embracing bitcoin, the most popular virtual currency, despite the warnings of a few governments, seeing the volatility in its value a better risk than the usual hustle amid the continent's high unemployment.

'Disband compromised Zim electoral body and allow UN to supervise vote,' govt told

2018-03-23 11:46

Zimbabwe's trade union umbrella body has reportedly called on government to "disband" the country's electoral body, ZEC, and "allow the United Nations to supervise" the upcoming general elections.

Crocodile attacks, kills woman in Harare suburb

2018-03-23 10:07

A woman has been attacked and killed by a crocodile in Harare's Budiriro suburb, and national parks officials are warning people not to cross rivers as the reptiles have become more active and are showing up in unexpected places, a report says.

WATCH: Zim seizure of tobacco farms hamper production

2018-03-23 08:31

Zimbabwe's tobacco selling season has begun. The number of tobacco farmers has steadily increased over the years. However, observers worry that farms have been left derelict and that infrastructure is suffering.

Mnangagwa 'shocked' as 112 political parties register with electoral body ZEC

2018-03-23 06:00

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly questioned the authenticity of the number of new political parties that have been formed in the past few months to contest this year's elections.

Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko Haram

2018-03-22 22:00

The mother of the only Nigerian schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity after the extremists released 104 classmates has said her daughter was blocked from boarding the vehicle to freedom and told to convert to Islam.

Gaddafi's cousin calls Sarkozy charges 'God's punishment'

2018-03-22 22:00

Moammar Gaddafi's cousin says the corruption allegations against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy are "God's punishment" for his role in the NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed the longtime Libyan leader.

Freed Boko Haram girls in Abuja for debrief and president meeting

2018-03-22 20:30

More than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were in Nigeria's capital on Thursday, a day after their surprise release that fuelled rumours about how their freedom was won.

Former Burkina official abducted in troubled zone

2018-03-22 20:30

A former municipal councillor in Burkina Faso has been abducted in a northern zone bordering Mali which has been repeatedly targeted by jihadists, the security ministry has said.

European police break major Nigerian human trafficking ring

2018-03-22 19:00

The European Union's law enforcement agency says police have smashed a Nigerian organized crime ring in one of Europe's largest operations against human trafficking

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