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EU court rejects Mubarak bid to end European sanctions

2018-12-12 21:25

An EU court has rejected a bid by Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak to lift a freeze on his assets in Europe that followed his ouster in the 2011 revolution.

ICC: France arrests Central African Republic militia leader

2018-12-12 21:25

A senior leader of a Central African Republic militia has been arrested in France on a warrant issued by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes including murder and torture

Germany opens negligent homicide probe in Mali Airbus chopper crash

2018-12-12 21:25

German prosecutors have said they had opened a probe against three individuals for negligent homicide in the 2017 crash of a German military helicopter in a UN operation in Mali.

Activists fear states will fall short on UN migration pact

2018-12-12 20:05

As heads of state and government jetted out of Morocco after formally adopting a UN deal on migration, NGOs raised doubts about its implementation on the ground and the high seas.

WATCH: Togo's barter market... keeping tradition alive and poverty at bay

2018-12-12 18:29

Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, some 65km east of the capital, Lome, Togoville runs a lively traditional barter market. Watch this video

Rwandan government appeals verdict against dissident

2018-12-12 17:00

Rwanda's chief prosecutor has said he would appeal after dissident politician Diane Rwigara was acquitted in a high-profile trial.

 
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Tanzania agrees to construct $3bn dam in wildlife park

2018-12-12 20:05

Tanzania has signed a $3 billion agreement with Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a Unesco World Heritage site.

Egypt says 27 militants killed in Sinai, border with Libya

2018-12-12 20:05

Egypt says its security forces have killed at least 27 suspected militants in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula and along its porous border with Libya.

Egypt releases prominent activist blogger

2018-12-12 18:29

Egyptian authorities have released a prominent activist and blogger who had criticised the government after more than seven months of detention.

Tunisia's 'truth commission' winds up 4-year mission

2018-12-12 17:00

After four years working "under fire" and interviewing almost 50 000 witnesses, Tunisia's commission tasked with serving justice to victims of half a century of dictatorship is poised to submit its recommendations.

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Nigeria presidential candidate denies peace deal snub

2018-12-12 15:46

Nigeria's main opposition party has blamed a "communication lapse" for its candidate not being present to sign a deal with other candidates for peaceful elections.

Nigeria warned over Shiite Muslim crackdown

2018-12-12 13:16

Nigeria is facing calls to prosecute soldiers for using excessive force against Shiite Muslim protesters, exactly three years after a military crackdown killed more than 300.

'Fresh eviction threats' for Grace Mugabe tormented villagers – report

2018-12-12 12:09

Zimbabwean villagers who were evicted from Manzou farm in Mazowe in 2015 to pave way for the then first lady Grace Mugabe are reportedly facing "fresh eviction worries" as the country's ministry of lands is said to have "earmarked their land for redistribution to a suspected top government official".

Two dead at rally for DRC opposition candidate

2018-12-12 10:04

Two supporters of a DRC opposition presidential candidate have been killed in clashes with police at a rally, a local human rights organisation says, as tensions rise just 12 days before a crucial election.

Suspect in Rwanda genocide home after Denmark extradites him

2018-12-12 08:00

A Rwandan teacher accused of participating in the country's 1994 genocide has arrived home to face charges after his extradition from Denmark.

Third of DRC Ebola cases are children: UN

2018-12-12 06:15

Children account for a third of Ebola cases in an outbreak of the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with hundreds orphaned or isolated, the UN says.

Nigeria's Buhari signs election 'peace deal' with opponents

2018-12-11 21:31

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and a number of opposition leaders have signed a deal for peaceful elections but the main challenger for the country's top deal was not present.

DRC opposition candidate says barred from staging rally

2018-12-11 20:27

A frontrunner in Democratic Republic of Congo's presidential elections said he had been barred from staging a rally in a key city on Tuesday, 12 days before polling day.

Kenyan police: Key suspect in Italian's kidnapping arrested

2018-12-11 19:01

Kenyan police officials have said they have detained the man they believe to be responsible for the kidnapping of an Italian volunteer.

Naked couple posing atop pyramid in Egypt: Authorities start investigation

2018-12-11 15:31

Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into images of a naked couple on top of the Great Pyramid that sparked uproar in the conservative Muslim country, an official has said.

UN says Islamic State kills 6 captives in Libya

2018-12-11 12:09

The UN mission to Libya says Islamic State militants have killed six people captured during an attack on a small town in October

To achieve universal healthcare, Kenya must invest more in its nurses

2018-12-11 10:37

Nurses in Kenya are threatening to strike, protesting that the government has failed to increase their salaries in spite of an agreement which ended a five-month strike last year, writes The Conversation.

Top Africa stories: Zimbabwe's currency crisis, Boko Haram

2018-12-11 08:15

The holiday mood is not catching on in Zimbabwe where a currency crisis has forced people not to talk about Christmas anymore, and Boko Haram has killed two soldiers in Nigeria attack.

Egypt restricts yellow vests sales to avoid copycat protests

2018-12-10 21:26

Egyptian authorities have quietly introduced restrictions on the sale of yellow reflective vests, fearing opponents might attempt to copy French protesters during next month's anniversary of the 2011 popular uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, security officials and retailers have said.

Meet the cocoa farmers who have never tasted chocolate

2018-12-11 08:57

Where does SA's chocolate come from? In Ghana - the world’s second-largest cocoa bean producer - farmers have spent their entire lives producing cocoa for industrialised nations, and never tasted chocolate.

Ancient village arenas remain a central force in Igbo life. Here’s why

2018-12-10 19:33

The Otobo remains an ancient symbol of democracy; it almost certainly helped to shape Nigeria's modern democracy in some ways, writes The Conversation.

Rwanda says forces clash with rebels from neighbouring DRC

2018-12-10 17:01

Rwanda's army says its forces have fought and repelled suspected rebels who crossed into the country from neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, killing four of them.

South Sudan to begin Ebola vaccinations as 'very high risk'

2018-12-10 14:11

The World Health Organisation says Ebola vaccinations will soon begin in South Sudan as the country is at "very high risk" in the current outbreak in neighbouring DRC.

In Zimbabwe's crisis, 'we cannot talk of Christmas anymore'

2018-12-10 11:22

Dressed as Father Christmas, a man dozes off while sitting in a supermarket in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. No one seems to care. Read more...

Boko Haram kills two soldiers in Nigeria attack

2018-12-10 08:07

Two soldiers were killed when suspected Boko Haram fighters loyal to factional leader Abubakar Shekau attacked a military base in northeast Nigeria, security sources say.

Egypt threatens Apple with legal action under competition law

2018-12-12 13:16

Egypt has warned it will take legal action against Apple if the US tech giant fails to remove alleged "restrictions" on local distributors within 60 days.

Mozambique names top ex-rebels to army command

2018-12-12 11:11

Mozambique has appointed three top commanders of Renamo, Mozambique's largest opposition party and former rebel movement, to key army command posts as part of peace-building efforts between the government and Renamo.

Mnangagwa says will make public Zim post-election violence report

2018-12-12 08:00

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly reassured Zimbabweans that he would make public the report by a commission of inquiry into the post-election violence that left at least six people dead on August 1.

Egypt investigates images of naked couple atop pyramid

2018-12-12 11:12

Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into images said to show a naked couple who scaled the Great Pyramid that has sparked outrage in the conservative Muslim country, an official said on Tuesday.

Top Africa stories: Zim political impasse, images of naked couple in Egypt

2018-12-12 06:15

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly offered to help end Zimbabwe's political impasse, and Egyptian authorities have launched an investigation into images of a naked couple on top of the Great Pyramid.

Ten slain in new massacre in eastern DRC

2018-12-11 21:31

Suspected militiamen killed ten civilians in a fresh attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo's troubled east, civil and military sources has said.

Somalia's president dodges impeachment move

2018-12-11 20:27

A bid to impeach Somalia's president for alleged abuse of office has been ruled "invalid" after the parliamentary clerk said over a dozen MPs had denied signing the motion.

France ships 1 400 assault rifles to CAR army

2018-12-11 16:59

France has handed over 1 400 AK-47 assault rifles and three amphibious vehicles to the Central African Republic to shore up its beleaguered armed forces.

Briton arrested in Egypt for spying charges says he is free

2018-12-11 14:01

A British-Libyan tourist says Egyptian authorities have released him two weeks after he was arrested over a video he filmed on his cellphone that showed a military helicopter in the background.

'We aren't interested in coalition talks with opposition,' says Zim VP

2018-12-11 10:37

Zimbabwe's vice president Kembo Mohadi has dismissed claims that President Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa of the Movement for Democratic Change are in talks for a unity government.

Motlanthe 'offers to help end Zimbabwe's political impasse' – report

2018-12-11 08:15

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has reportedly offered to mediate between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa in attempts to remedy a political impasse in that country.

Southern African nations need to up their groundwater management game

2018-12-11 06:09

Many African countries tend to mismanage their groundwater resources. In many instances it’s over exploited and heavily contaminated and in other situations it is merely considered an emergency resource.

US blocks ex-Gambian president, family from entering

2018-12-10 21:26

The US State Department says former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and members of his immediate family are now ineligible for entry into the United States

Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan migrant camp shows challenges

2018-12-10 20:36

As Morocco prepares to host the signing of a landmark global migration agreement next week, hundreds of migrants are languishing in a Casablanca camp rife with hunger, misery and unsanitary conditions

Armed group blocks key oil field in Libya

2018-12-10 18:22

An armed group has seized one of Libya's largest oilfields in the country's southwest, the state-owned National Oil Corporation has said.

EU prolongs sanctions against DRC ruling party candidate

2018-12-10 12:50

The EU has prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph kabila's chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich central African country.

Mukwege: Congolese 'Doctor Miracle' heals sexual atrocity victims

2018-12-10 10:19

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, they call him "Doctor Miracle" for his surgical skill and dedication in helping women overcome the injuries and trauma of sexual abuse and rape.

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