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UN chief urges Mali's leaders 'not to go backwards' in election row

2018-08-16 21:07

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has spoken by phone with Mali's leaders to urge them "not to go backwards" following contentious elections in the strife-torn West African country, a spokesperson has said.

Save the trees, Niger urges ahead of roast sheep festival

2018-08-16 21:07

Niger has warned it would prevent excessive use of wood for roasting sheep for an upcoming Muslim festival, declaring the problem imperilled the Sahel country's fragile forests.

DRC: International arrest warrant for opposition's Katumbi

2018-08-16 20:12

Democratic Republic of Congo's government says it has issued an international arrest warrant for opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who has been in exile since 2016.

17 000 displaced by conflict in western Niger: UN

2018-08-16 20:12

More than 17 000 people have been displaced by violence in western Niger's Tillaberi region, which has been hit by jihadist incursions from neighbouring Mali, the United Nations has said .

'No shrinking violet': Mali's re-elected Keita

2018-08-16 19:02

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who notched up a landslide re-election victory, has built a reputation as an uncompromising leader.

Keita re-elected Mali president with landslide

2018-08-16 18:02

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been re-elected for a five-year term after winning a landslide in a runoff ballot, according to official figures.

 
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Tanzania to arrest entire village over broken water pipe

2018-08-16 19:02

Tanzanian police has said it planned to arrest all the residents of a village in the country's south after water pipes were destroyed by a mob.

War and Ebola: A double nightmare in eastern DRC

2018-08-16 18:02

First came the war, which developed into a brutal, bloody tussle between militias who abused civilians or killed them. Now Ebola, a name almost as dreaded as death itself, has come.

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Nigerian police secretly arraign detained journalist

2018-08-16 16:50

Nigerian police at a secret court appearance have accused a detained journalist of criminal trespass and stealing police documents, his news organisation has said.

Chad orders illegal gold miners out of troubled area

2018-08-16 15:36

The Chadian government has said it would assert control over part of the country's far north which has been troubled by a gold rush and a rebel incursion from neighbouring Libya.

Zanu-PF 'using army to carry out its political objectives', claims MDC's Chamisa

2018-08-16 10:30

Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, has reportedly applauded the country's military but has also criticised the ruling Zanu-PF party for using it to kill civilians after the country's crunch elections last month.

Top Africa stories: Ex-Zim first lady's grave, Zanu-PF files court papers

2018-08-16 08:05

Former Zimbabwean first lady's grave was reportedly 'abandoned' as ex-president Robert Mugabe 'snubbed heroes day celebrations', and Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has filed a counter-petition challenging the opposition's court bid to overturn election results.

Libya condemns 45 to death for 2011 demo killings: ministry

2018-08-15 20:49

A Libyan court sentenced to death by firing squad 45 militiamen for killing demonstrators in Tripoli during the 2011 uprising against dictator Muammar Gaddafi, the justice ministry has said.

Fears for historic city of Agadez as flooding continues

2018-08-15 20:49

Authorities in Niger have said floods threatened the historic centre of the 15th-century city of Agadez after weeks of heavy rain.

Mali presidential election results postponed to Thursday

2018-08-15 19:12

Provisional results for the runoff vote in Mali's presidential elections have been postponed from Wednesday to Thursday for logistical reasons, a senior official has said.

Nigerian journalist detained over report on parliament siege

2018-08-15 18:06

Nigerian police have detained a journalist for refusing to disclose the source of a story about last week's takeover of parliament by security agents, his employers has said.

New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

2018-08-15 16:33

Amnesty International's new leader says his first act is writing to Zimbabwe's next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara, saying "whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past."

22 children dead in Nile boat accident: Sudan media

2018-08-15 15:30

At least 22 Sudanese children drowned when their boat sank in the Nile while they were on their way to school, official media has said.

African migrants reel as Israeli law cuts into salaries

2018-08-15 15:30

African migrants in Israel have been detained, threatened with deportation and faced hostility from lawmakers and residents. Since last year, they face another burden: a de facto 20% salary cut that has driven them further into poverty.

Comoros prosecutor accuses arrested opponents of planning a coup

2018-08-15 14:00

Authorities in the Comoros have accused eight people, arrested last week following a controversial referendum boycotted by the opposition, of trying to organise a coup.

Zim President Mnangagwa wants court to toss opposition challenge

2018-08-15 12:39

Lawyers representing Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa have filed papers urging the country's Constitutional court to throw out n opposition challenge to his disputed election.

Tunisia denies migrants arrested on way to Italy were 'terrorists'

2018-08-15 12:39

Tunisian authorities have denied accusations by Italy that migrants it arrested as they tried to cross the Mediterranean for Italian shores were "terrorists".

Sierra Leone remembers victims of deadly mudslide

2018-08-15 11:28

Sierra Leone's president Julius Maada Bio has joined dozens of survivors of a mudslide that hit the capital of Freetown last year to remember the dead.

Egypt arrests 13 on anniversary of 2013 crackdown

2018-08-15 10:08

Egyptian police have arrested 13 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members accused of inciting protests on the fifth anniversary of the violent dispersal of two mass sit-ins

Soldier gets 18 years for shooting dead boy, 14

2018-08-15 07:59

An Angolan army sergeant has been jailed for 18 years for shooting dead a 14-year-old boy at a protest two years ago, in a sentence welcomed by rights groups.

DRC's top opposition parties talk possible joint candidate

2018-08-15 06:06

Six major opposition parties in Democratic Republic of Congo that are registered candidates for December's long-delayed presidential election are discussing putting forward a joint candidate.

Ugandan pop star, government critic, to face military court

2018-08-16 15:36

A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government has been due to face a military court for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones.

Zimbabwe court to hear opposition election challenge August 22

2018-08-16 14:26

Zimbabwe's ruling party and opposition say the Constitutional Court will hear the opposition's challenge to the presidential election results on August 22.

WATCH: Tunisians push for equal inheritance rights for women

2018-08-16 13:26

Thousands of people have rallied in Tunis in support of the announcement made by Tunisia's president Beji Caid Essebsi to submit a draft bill to parliament equalising inheritance rights between men and women.

Darfur rebels strengthen foothold in Libya: UN report

2018-08-16 11:50

Rebel groups from Sudan's Darfur region are strengthening their foothold in Libya, building up their military strength in a bid to return to Sudan and fight on, according to a confidential report seen by AFP.

Egypt razes historical Cairo district, angering residents

2018-08-16 10:30

Egyptian authorities are demolishing a historical 19th century neighbourhood in Cairo to make way for high-end housing and business development a stone's throw from the Nile, angering residents who say they have not been properly compensated.

WATCH: Tunisian migrant boat turns down Aquarius rescue attempt

2018-08-16 08:05

A group of Tunisian migrants onboard a small dingy in the Mediterranean ocean has told rescuers from the Aquarius charity ship "we don't want to be rescued".

Cholera kills scores in DRC, Niger

2018-08-16 06:12

A cholera epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 127 people since February, while a further 22 have died in Niger, officials say.

Congo, IMF in talks rooted in 'trust', says president

2018-08-15 20:49

Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso says his government is negotiating "on a basis of trust" with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the country's financial problems.

Angola to exhume body of rebel chief Savimbi for 'dignified' burial

2018-08-15 19:19

The body of Angola rebel chief Jonas Savimbi, killed in 2002, will be exhumed before the end of the year so it be can be buried "with dignity," his party has said.

Nigerian soldiers protest as Boko Haram attacks surge

2018-08-15 19:12

Disillusioned and exhausted, Nigerian troops battling a surge in Boko Haram jihadist attacks have reached breaking point, protesting less than six months before presidential polls.

In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism

2018-08-15 18:06

The extremists approached the shepherd and made their intentions clear: They were seizing only the cattle owned by the deputy mayor of Burkina Faso's rural commune of Deou and leaving the others alone.

PICS: In Ivory Coast, global rubber glut erases profits

2018-08-15 16:33

"We're not earning anything from it any more, we have nothing," says a rubber farmer in Ivory Coast, Africa's top producer, where revenues from natural rubber have been slashed by global oversupply.

PICS: Kenyan farmers toast growing demand European demand for avocados

2018-08-15 15:30

It may be loved and derided as the go-to millennial brunch, but avocado toast is proving a boon for Kenyan farmers as they cash in on the seemingly ever-growing enthusiasm.

Zim elections: MDC's legal challenge 'has little chance of success'

2018-08-15 14:00

Analysts say that MDC's legal challenge to overturn election results that gave a narrow victory to incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa has "little chance of success given the courts' historic tilt towards Zanu-PF".

Ethiopia asks dissident runner Feyisa Lilesa to come home

2018-08-15 14:00

Ethiopia has asked dissident marathoner and Olympics silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa to come home, promising a "hero's welcome", in an open letter published.

Jihadist conflict in Cameroon diminishing, says thinktank

2018-08-15 12:39

Violence in northern Cameroon by Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists has diminished but rooting out their threat will need deft handling, the International Crisis Group has warned.

Zim: Mnangagwa files opposing papers to MDC's election challenge

2018-08-15 11:28

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly filed his opposing papers to the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s petition challenging his victory in the just ended elections.

UN, EU urge restraint in Mali after opposition leader spurns results

2018-08-15 10:08

The United Nations and European Union have called for restraint in Mali after the opposition candidate said he would reject the results of a presidential run-off.

Top Africa stories: MDC members plot to oust Chamisa, Kenyan mom 'kills self'

2018-08-15 08:04

Some members of the opposition MDC Alliance are reportedly plotting to topple leader Nelson Chamisa at the party's next congress in 2019, and a Kenyan mother was reportedly found dead in her house.

Former Zim first lady's grave 'abandoned' as Mugabes 'snub heroes day celebrations' – report

2018-08-15 06:06

Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe's late wife Sally and his sister Sabina's graves were reportedly "abandoned" after "no single relative appeared to have turned up to visit them" during the country's Heroes Day celebrations.

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