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African Union recalls observer team for Guinea vote

2020-02-28 22:51

The African Union says it is recalling a team to observe a constitutional referendum and legislative elections in Guinea on Sunday that have been overshadowed by fears of violence.

Vulnerable continent: Africa and the coronavirus

2020-02-28 22:03

The first detected case of coronavirus in Africa highlights the vulnerability of the world's poorest continent to outbreaks of contagious diseases.

Security forces surround home of Togo opposition rival

2020-02-28 22:03

Togo's security forces have surrounded the home of a main opposition challenger, after he called for protests against the reelection of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Ruling party retains sweeping majority in Cameroon election

2020-02-28 21:01

President Paul Biya's party has retained an absolute majority in Cameroon's parliament, the constitutional council has announced after the controversial February 9 vote.

Angola prosecutors close in on Dos Santos children

2020-02-28 18:23

Angola's former first son Jose Filomeno dos Santos has spent hours contemplating the marble floor and wood-panelled walls of Luanda's Supreme Court where he has been on trial since December.

 
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Kenya court blocks flights from China over virus fears

2020-02-28 21:01

Kenya's high court has ordered the suspension of flights from China after an uproar over the government allowing travellers into the country without compulsory quarantine for the new coronavirus.

Nigeria braces as coronavirus arrives in megacity Lagos

2020-02-28 19:45

Residents of Nigeria's economic hub Lagos are scrambling for hygiene products, after the chaotic megacity of 20 million announced the first confirmed case of new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Guinea Bissau candidate swears himself in as president despite vote row

2020-02-27 22:00

Umaro Sissoco Embalo swore himself in as the new president of Guinea-Bissau on Thursday, defying a bitter ongoing row about the outcome of the December 29 elections.

New Tunisia govt sworn in after winning confidence vote

2020-02-27 20:53

Tunisia's new government has been sworn in after winning a parliamentary confidence vote that broke four months of post-election deadlock.

Malawi passes medical cannabis legislation

2020-02-27 19:41

Malawi has become the latest African country to legalise the growing of cannabis, a crop that could supplement the tobacco industry, which has been the country's economic mainstay.

Algerian president's son acquitted in high-profile corruption case

2020-02-27 18:32

The son of Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been acquitted in a high-profile corruption case in which a prominent businessman was sentenced to prison, the national radio reports.

Candidate in chaotic Guinea-Bissau vote says inauguration set for Thursday

2020-02-26 21:57

One of two candidates in Guinea-Bissau's presidential elections said he would be sworn in on Thursday, even though a bitter row over the vote remains unresolved after nearly two months.

IMF says members pledged $334m in debt relief for Somalia

2020-02-26 21:22

More than 100 IMF members have pledged to provide $334 million in debt relief for Somalia, which then will unlock fresh funds to help the country, the International Monetary Fund has announced.

Togo opposition leader files suit over election result

2020-02-26 19:33

Togolese opposition leader Agbeyome Kodjo says he has filed a suit to overturn the result of presidential elections in which he placed a distant second to incumbent Faure Gnassingbe.

At least 22 'criminals' killed in clash with Burundi police

2020-02-26 18:30

At least 22 "armed criminals" and two police officers were killed in clashes between Burundi security forces and an unnamed armed group at the weekend, police say.

West African anti-colonial activist expelled from Senegal

2020-02-26 10:15

A West African political activist who set fire to a banknote in an "anti-colonialist" protest has been expelled from Senegal, his lawyer has said.

Ethiopia to free dozens of opposition prisoners

2020-02-25 22:04

Ethiopia has announced it would release dozens of high-profile prisoners from jail, including opposition activists held over an alleged coup and other high-ranking government critics.

UN says Libya talks to go ahead

2020-02-25 21:12

The UN's Libya mission insisted on Tuesday that planned peace talks in Geneva would go ahead the following day, after rival sides separately said they would not take part.

Netanyahu praises Mubarak's commitment to 'peace and security'

2020-02-25 18:45

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday aged 91, for his commitment to peace, while Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed his support for the "Palestinian cause".

WATCH | R3.9 billion bridge linking Durban to the Democratic Republic of the Congo comes to life

2020-02-25 12:03

The route is a notorious bottle neck for transport, with delays that can take up to 8 days to cross the mighty Zambezi river.

Algeria court seeks prison sentence for protest leader

2020-02-24 22:51

An Algerian prosecutor is seeking a year's prison sentence for Fodil Boumala, a leading figure in the country's protest movement, an advocacy group said Monday.

Nearly 50 rhino killed in Botswana in 10 months as poaching surges

2020-02-24 21:30

At least 46 rhino have been slaughtered in Botswana in 10 months, a government official says, as the southern African wildlife haven reports a surge in poaching of the endangered species.

Nigeria probes video showing manatee dragged down street

2020-02-24 18:30

Nigeria's environment ministry has ordered an investigation into a video showing an endangered manatee being dragged along a street after the images of the captured sea mammal sparked outrage from conservationists.

Lesotho PM yet to be formally charged over murder of estranged wife, despite court appearance

2020-02-24 15:30

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has appeared in court over the murder of his estranged wife after a weekend in which he was said to be receiving emergency medical care in South Africa.

Two sides claim victory in Togo vote as challenger cries foul

2020-02-24 10:11

Two sides have claimed victory in Togo's presidential election as the main challenger to incumbent Faure Gnassingbe cried foul, citing "revelations of fraud".

Togo counts votes as challenger claims 'fraud'

2020-02-23 19:29

Togo tallied ballots after a key challenger insisted he could cause a shock upset despite what he claimed was "fraud" in an election President Faure Gnassingbe was widely expected to win.

African Union preparing 3 000-troop deployment to Sahel

2020-02-27 20:53

The African Union says that it expects to send a temporary deployment of 3 000 troops to West Africa's Sahel region, where regional forces are struggling to respond to a nearly eight-year-old insurgency by armed Islamists.

At least 24 babies, pregnant teens freed from Nigeria 'baby factory'

2020-02-27 19:41

Nigerian police have rescued at least 24 babies and four expectant mothers from an illegal maternity home in the southern oil city of Port Harcourt, a spokesperson says.

Zimbabwe risks 'deep humanitarian' crisis, IMF warns

2020-02-27 18:32

Zimbabwe faces a grim economic outlook this year and is also at risk of an extreme humanitarian crisis, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

IMF urges DRC to cut budget, halt central bank loans

2020-02-26 21:57

The IMF has voiced concern over the Democratic Republic of Congo's 2020 budget and urged its central bank to stop drawing down foreign currency reserves and advancing money to the government.

Egypt's Sisi pays respect to ousted Mubarak at military funeral

2020-02-26 20:32

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has paid his respects at the military funeral of former leader Hosni Mubarak, whose three decades of strong-arm rule ended in the Arab Spring protests of 2011.

Egypt's toppled 'Pharaoh' Hosni Mubarak defiant to the end

2020-02-26 18:30

Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak ruled with an iron fist for 30 years before being deposed amid street protests, defending his chequered reign to the end.

Algeria reports first case of coronavirus

2020-02-26 13:05

Algerian authorities have announced the country's first case of the novel coronavirus, in an Italian citizen who arrived in the country on February 17.

Lesotho PM expects praise for early resignation

2020-02-25 22:04

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has lauded himself for "voluntarily" agreeing to resign after he was accused of having a hand in the 2017 murder of his estranged wife.

NGO urges shutdown of 'dilapidated' South Sudan oil pipeline

2020-02-25 22:04

A key South Sudan oil export pipeline suffered at least two massive spills last year, an NGO reports, urging the government to shut it down before it causes more environmental damage.

DRC graft probe nabs Lebanese construction boss

2020-02-25 20:00

A Lebanese construction company boss has been detained as part of a vast embezzlement investigation launched by President Felix Tshisekedi, a judicial source says.

Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91 - family

2020-02-25 13:33

Egypt's former long-time president Hosni Mubarak died on Tuesday at the age of 91 at Cairo's Galaa military hospital, his brother-in-law General Mounir Thabet told AFP.

Libya's warring sides propose draft ceasefire deal: UN

2020-02-24 22:51

Libya's warring sides have proposed a draft ceasefire agreement that would see the United Nations monitor the safe return of civilians to their homes, the UN says.

Tanzanian journalist freed after pleading guilty to economic crimes

2020-02-24 20:00

Tanzanian journalist Erick Kabendera, who was held in jail for seven months in a case that prompted international concern, has been freed after pleading guilty to economic crimes.

Togo leader hails vote win as opposition urges 'resistance'

2020-02-24 17:00

Togo's president Faure Gnassingbe has hailed a crushing election victory that gave him a fourth term in office, as his main rival insisted he had won and called on people to "defend" their votes.

Lesotho PM in court to be charged with murder of ex-wife

2020-02-24 10:57

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who at the weekend was receiving "emergency" medical treatment in South Africa, on Monday appeared in court where he is expected to be charged with murdering his estranged wife, an AFP correspondent reported.

Ethiopia: 29 injured in 'bomb attack' at pro-Abiy rally

2020-02-23 23:01

A "bomb attack" on a rally in support of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed injured nearly 30 people Sunday, a police official said, in the latest sign of instability ahead of elections in August.

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