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AS IT HAPPENED: 'All foreign investments will be safe,' says Mnangagwa

2017-11-24 12:00

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the new president of Zimbabwe, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Follow the live updates

Algerians elect local leaders as oil-reliant economy falters

2017-11-24 20:38

Ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has made a rare public appearance to encourage turn out in the country's local elections that have been marred by voter frustrations amid rising poverty.

Egypt's president condemns mosque attack

2017-11-24 18:32

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has condemned the extremist attack on a mosque in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, calling it "criminal" and "cowardly".

PICS: Mnangagwa sworn in as Zimbabwe's new president

2017-11-24 16:16

Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa vowed during his inauguration speech that he will work to improve the economy to reduce unemployment and return the country to prosperity.

 
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NEW ERA:  Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in as president at the inauguration ceremony in the capital Harare. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Nigeria former VP quits ruling party

2017-11-24 18:24

Nigeria's former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, has quit the country's ruling party, in a clear sign he wants to challenge Muhammadu Buhari for the presidency in 2019.

Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 200

2017-11-24 16:11

Gunmen have attacked a packed mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai province and set off a bomb, killing at least 200 people.

No business as usual, we have an economy to recover – Mnangagwa

2017-11-24 17:00

In his first speech as president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa has reiterated his and Zanu-PF's new commitment to growing the economy and creating jobs.

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Mnangagwa spells out economic plans

2017-11-24 14:45

Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to make job creation a priority and has given the assurance that foreign investments would be safe. However, there would be no reversal of the country's land policy.

Zimbabwe's new leader vows elections next year

2017-11-24 14:15

Zimbabwe's new president is vowing that "democratic" elections will be held next year as scheduled, and he declares that the country is renewing itself after 37 years of Robert Mugabe.

After the outbreak: Med schools boost Ebola-wrecked Liberia

2017-11-24 13:05

Teams from US universities and hospitals are helping to build Liberia's health care system back up following the devastation inflicted by the Ebola outbreak.

Sorrow, admiration in Mugabe's birthplace

2017-11-24 13:30

Local residents in the rural Zimbabwean village where Robert Mugabe was born, got married, and has a house say he was a great leader - but express sorrowful acceptance rather than anger at his ousting.

Mnangagwa assures Mugabe of 'maximum security'

2017-11-24 11:20

Zimbabwe's state-run Herald newspaper says incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has assured Robert Mugabe and his family of their "maximum security" as they remain in the country.

Egypt police kill 3 Islamists in shootout: ministry

2017-11-24 11:12

Egyptian police killed three alleged Islamist militants in a shootout and arrested nine belonging to the Lewaa al-Thawra group that assassinated an army general last year, the interior ministry has said.

'Jailing Mugabe would bring Zimbabwe bad luck', says survivor of Mugabe's torture

2017-11-24 05:26

A survivor of atrocities committed by former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe's regime, has called for a truth and reconciliation commission instead of jailing the former long time ruler.

500 trafficking victims rescued in west Africa: Interpol

2017-11-23 22:44

Forty people are facing prosecution after police raids in west and central Africa rescued nearly 500 victims of human trafficking,says Interpol.

Under protocol, Mugabe would attend swearing-in

2017-11-23 21:30

Zimbabwe's state-run broadcaster says that according to protocol, the country's outgoing leader would attend Friday's swearing-in of incoming President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Eight Uganda tabloid staff members charged with treason

2017-11-23 21:30

Eight editors and directors of one of Uganda's most popular tabloid newspaper groups have been charged with "treason" over an article implicating President Yoweri Museveni in a plot to overthrow his Rwandan counterpart, a defence lawyer has said

Somali pirates caught at sea, transferred to Seychelles

2017-11-23 20:30

Six suspected Somali pirates have been transferred to the Seychelles following their arrest for attacks earlier this month off southern Somalia, a Seychelles prisons official has said.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa: key dates

2017-11-23 19:38

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is set to be inaugurated as Zimbabwe's next president, is a political veteran and party hardliner who for decades worked closely with Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's new leader Mnangagwa still under US sanctions

2017-11-23 18:00

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa remains under United States sanctions for his activities as Robert Mugabe's deputy and enforcer.

Zimbabwe opposition 'cautiously optimistic'

2017-11-23 16:41

Zimbabwe's opposition party MDC-T, which supported Robert Mugabe's removal from office, says it is "cautiously optimistic" that incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa "will not mimic and replicate the evil, corrupt, decadent and incompetent Mugabe regime."

Ethiopia says massive dam is 'a matter of life and death'

2017-11-23 16:41

Ethiopia says the construction of its massive Grand Renaissance Dam is a "matter of life or death" for its people, too.

Egypt PM leaves country for medical treatment

2017-11-23 15:43

Egypt's Prime Minister Sharif Ismail has left the country for a three-week course of medical treatment and surgery in Germany amid speculation he would be permanently replaced in a cabinet shuffle.

Zimbabwe crisis: What we know

2017-11-23 14:41

Zimbabwe was thrown into its worst political crisis since independence when strongman Robert Mugabe refused to resign despite a military takeover, mass street protests and an impeachment bid. Here is a snapshot of the turmoil of the past two weeks.

Mugabe 'granted immunity from prosecution', says he wants to die in Zim

2017-11-23 12:27

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, 93, has reportedly been granted immunity from prosecution after his resignation as the leader of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe's next leader Mnangagwa prepares to take power

2017-11-23 11:03

Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday to take power after the shock resignation of Robert Mugabe brought 37 years of authoritarian rule to an end.

Egypt destroys 10 SUVs carrying arms on Libya border: army

2017-11-23 10:01

The Egyptian army has destroyed 10 sports utility vehicles loaded with weapons and ammunition on the Libyan border, a statement says.

At least 54 killed in Egypt mosque attack

2017-11-24 14:22

Gunmen have attacked a packed mosque in Egypt's restive North Sinai province and set off a bomb, killing at least 54 and injuring at least 75 people, officials say.

New Zimbabwe president praises 'father of the nation' Mugabe

2017-11-24 13:36

Zimbabwe's newly sworn-in President Emmerson Mnangagwa has praised outgoing leader Robert Mugabe as "the father of the nation" during his inauguration address.

Zim's saviour or another Mugabe?

2017-11-24 12:49

While Zimbabweans celebrate Emmerson Mnangagwa's inauguration, political analyst Ralph Mathekga believes he could possibly be another dictator.

Avoid retribution, Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa says

2017-11-24 11:12

Zimbabwe's incoming leader is urging people to "remain patient and peaceful and desist from any form of vengeful retribution" on the eve of his swearing-in.

Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president

2017-11-24 05:26

Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to be sworn in as president, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover.

On disputed land, Zimbabweans see hope after Mugabe's exit

2017-11-23 22:44

For years, a group of Zimbabwean villagers has resisted efforts by the wife of former President Robert Mugabe to force them off a farm near the capital, enduring police raids and the demolition of their homes.

EU working without 'letup' to help migrants in Libya

2017-11-23 22:44

The EU has said it is working without "letup" for a durable solution to the plight of migrants in Libya, adding it shared French President Emmanuel Macron's anger over slave markets there.

Zimbabweans relish bribe-free roads after Mugabe's fall

2017-11-23 20:30

As Robert Mugabe's regime tottered and fell, one immediate benefit that Zimbabweans celebrated with glee was the sudden absence of bribe-extracting police who were a symbol of life under his rule.

Mugabe 'will be remembered as a fearless pan-Africanist liberation fighter', says AU

2017-11-23 19:38

The AU has welcomed Robert Mugabe's decision to step down as president of Zimbabwe, saying the people have expressed their will for a "peaceful transfer of power".

Repeal draconian laws, Mnangagwa urged

2017-11-23 18:00

Zimbabwean activists have urged incoming President Emmerson Mnangagwa to "repeal draconian laws" and push for the opening of "lines of direct foreign investment to revive the economy", a report says.

UN condemns rise in DRC rights violations

2017-11-23 18:00

The United Nations has said it regretted a new spike in human rights violations being committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, citing a report blaming the bulk of the violence on the police and army.

Zimbabwe has 'phantom-like' acting president

2017-11-23 16:41

A Zimbabwe legal think tank says the country currently has an acting president who is neither Robert Mugabe nor the incoming Emmerson Mnangagwa, even if his whereabouts are unknown.

Britain sends envoy to Zimbabwe ahead of inauguration

2017-11-23 15:43

Britain's Africa minister Rory Stewart has arrived in Zimbabwe for wide-ranging talks, ahead of the inauguration of a new president following Robert Mugabe's dramatic departure.

SA 'dangerous' for Mugabe and wife Grace - report

2017-11-23 14:41

Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace could face serious trouble if they seek refuge in South Africa, as some rights activists could "hound them for crimes" they allegedly committed in both countries.

Algerians elect local leaders as oil-reliant economy falters

2017-11-23 14:41

Algerian voters are choosing new local leaders in an election marred by frustration over growing poverty caused by low oil prices.

Uganda's foreign minister urged to quit over alleged bribe

2017-11-23 13:43

Uganda's foreign minister is being urged to resign following allegations in the US that he accepted a bribe shortly after finishing his term as president of the UN General Assembly.

First picture of Mugabe after resignation goes viral on social media

2017-11-23 11:03

A picture of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, 93, and his wife Grace - purported to have been taken just before the nonagenarian signed his resignation letter on Tuesday - has gone viral on social media.

'Where is Mugabe?,' Zimbabwe wonders

2017-11-23 10:01

As Zimbabwe prepares to swear in a new leader after 37 years, attention is turning to the fate of former president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace.

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