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PICS: Song, dance and tears as Ethiopian flight lands in Eritrea

2018-07-19 06:05

The "fasten seatbelt" sign had barely pinged off when passengers on a historic flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea began singing and dancing in the aisle.

Grace Mugabe ally under police 'radar' in wake of grenade attack: report

2018-07-18 20:00

A former ally of Grace Mugabe has been placed on a "persons of interest" list by Zimbabwean police in the wake of last month's grenade attack on a ruling party rally, a report says.

South Sudan foes to sign 'preliminary' power pact this week

2018-07-18 19:05

Sudan says that South Sudan's warring factions have agreed to sign a "preliminary" power-sharing deal this week, which would be followed by a final one later in the month.

PICS: Champagne as historic commercial flight links Ethiopia and Eritrea

2018-07-18 18:00

Ethiopia and Eritrea have resumed commercial airline flights for the first time in two decades, marking the latest phase in a whirlwind peace process between the former foes.

Nigeria arrests Boko Haram members linked to Chibok attack

2018-07-18 16:33

A Nigerian police official says authorities have arrested 22 Boko Haram extremist leaders and fighters who are responsible for the mass kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok and more than 50 suicide bombings.

 
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Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change party leader Nelson Chamisa holds a press conference in Harare over the security of the ballot paper and credibility of the voters roll ahead of general elections. (AFP)

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E Guinea opposition demand govt resign over political prisoners

2018-07-18 19:05

An opposition leader in Equatorial Guinea has called for the government to resign over its failure to release political prisoners, a promise made by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

20 years on, ICC urges help to fight war crimes

2018-07-18 18:00

The International Criminal Court has marked its 20th anniversary, urging all nations to help its "vital work" seeking justice for war crimes victims, despite its controversial acquittal of a former Congolese militia chief.

At least 26 feared dead in DRC boat accident

2018-07-18 16:33

At least 11 people have died and 15 are missing after an overloaded boat with around 100 people onboard capsized on the Congo River, local officials say.

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Tanzania president John Magufuli says his party will rule 'forever'

2018-07-18 13:06

Tanzania's President John Magufuli who has come under fire for his authoritarian leadership style has vowed that his ruling party will be "in power forever, for eternity".

Mozambique 'losing $60m a year' to illegal fishing – report

2018-07-18 12:02

Mozambique is losing at least $60m a year because of illegal fishing, the country's minister of the sea, inland waters and fisheries, Agostinho Mondlane, has reportedly said.

WATCH: Senegalese student pedals to change people's perception of Africa

2018-07-18 08:22

Moustapha Ndiaye, a Senegalese student of Islamic studies in Turkey, sets off on a journey cycling across Turkey with his bike named 'Kusti' to change people's perception of Africa.

Another endangered black rhino dies after Kenya transfer

2018-07-17 21:00

Kenyan authorities say a ninth critically endangered black rhino has died after being moved from the capital to a new wildlife park.

Algeria to retry 'mentor' of jihadist attackers expelled from France

2018-07-17 19:29

A radical Islamic preacher, who became a mentor to at least two jihadists who carried out attacks in France, will be retried in Algeria after he was expelled from France, state media in Algiers says.

Zimbabwe election: Chamisa calls for SADC, AU to protect election

2018-07-17 15:33

Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has called for associations of African states to ensure that the country's historic election is fair, adding his party would not boycott the vote.

Migrant crossings from Niger to Europe fall by 95% says EU

2018-07-17 13:06

The flow of migrants crossing through Niger in a bid to reach Europe has fallen by 95%, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani has announced ahead of a visit to Niger.

Nigeria to bring back stranded football fans from Russia

2018-07-17 08:36

Nigeria's government has stepped in to repatriate scores of its nationals who were tricked into buying football World Cup passes to travel to Russia, the president's spokesperson says.

GALLERY: Barack Obama in Kenya

2018-07-16 22:23

Former US president Barack Obama is in Kenya where he helped launch his half-sister Auma Obama's sports, vocational training and resource centre. See pictures of him in the east African country.

Zimbabwean voters roll haunted by doppelgangers, ghosts

2018-07-16 20:29

A report compiled on the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission voters' roll for 2018 exposes major flaws in the current voters' roll - just weeks before Zimbabweans head to the polls for its national elections.

DRC's Kabila promotes blacklisted generals in army shake-up

2018-07-16 17:38

DRC President Joseph Kabila has replaced the country's army chief in a military shake-up that include the promotion of two key allies on a US sanctions blacklist.

PICS: Obama visits Kenyan family

2018-07-16 15:44

Former US president Barack Obama has paid a visit to his extended family in Kenya, his first trip to the country since 2015 during which he will open a youth centre.

Obama praises Kenya's political reconciliation

2018-07-16 14:06

Former US President Barack Obama says Kenya is making progress in getting the government and opposition to work together.

DRC's Bemba acquittal overturns important victory for sexual violence victims

2018-07-16 13:01

In early June the International Criminal Court appeals chamber acquitted Jean-Pierre Bemba in a 3-2 ruling. The decision astounded observers, writes The Conversation.

Libya state oil company shuts terminal after attack

2018-07-18 14:38

Libya's state oil company says it has halted crude exports at its Zawiya terminal due to falling production after an attack in which four workers were kidnapped.

UN: At least 1 dead, 20 injured in CAR

2018-07-18 13:06

The United Nations says at least one civilian has been killed and more than 20 others have been injured along with three UN peacekeepers during an exchange of fire in the Central African Republic.

UN 'deeply concerned' as communal violence surges in Mali

2018-07-18 12:02

The United Nations says it is "deeply concerned" about a surge in intercommunal violence in central Mali that has killed hundreds of people since the start of the year.

Ivory Coast president launches umbrella party

2018-07-18 10:38

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has made it clear he will not seek re-election in 2020 as he launched a new umbrella party that he said would help ensure continuity.

Libyan coast guard rescues some 160 Europe-bound migrants

2018-07-18 08:22

Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted about 160 Europe-bound African migrants, including dozens of children and women, in the Mediterranean Sea near its shores.

Rescue group: Libya left woman, toddler to die in Mediterranean

2018-07-18 06:25

A migrant aid group has accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including an adult woman and a toddler who have died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation.

Woman, small child found dead in deflated dinghy off Libya

2018-07-17 19:29

Rescuers operating off the coast of Libya have discovered the bodies of a small child and woman in a deflated dinghy, while a second woman was found alive but suffering from hypothermia and shock.

Egypt lawmakers decry bill 'selling' foreigners citizenship

2018-07-17 19:29

Egypt's parliament has backed a draft bill that grants foreigners citizenship if they deposit the sum of at least 7 million Egyptian pounds, or about $391,000, in a local bank, save it there for five years and reside in the country during that period

Nigerian politician responds to 'Twitter hate' with a picture of his Ferrari

2018-07-17 16:33

Nigerian politician and senator, Dino Melaye has responded with some shade to a tweet by a social media user, who sarcastically referred to his luxury car collection as a way he was "fighting for the poor".

At least 49 killed, 20 missing in Nigeria floods

2018-07-17 14:12

Flooding caused by torrential rains on Nigeria's border with Niger has left at least 49 people dead and another 20 missing, the emergency services say.

Cash-for-votes fears before Nigerian general election

2018-07-17 16:23

Nigerian civil society groups have accused leading political parties of buying votes, after reports of cash inducements at a key governorship election.

Tunisia leaders meet for talks on 'political crisis'

2018-07-17 12:12

Tunisia's top political leaders have met for crisis talks after President Beji Caid Essebsi suggested in a controversial interview that his prime minister should resign.

Children among 8 migrants who suffocated in Libya truck

2018-07-17 10:17

At least eight migrants, mostly children, suffocated to death trapped in a refrigerator truck carrying around 100 people in western Libya, security forces say.

Tanzania opposition members released on bail

2018-07-17 08:36

At least 20 members of Tanzania's main opposition party, including an MP, have been released on bail after being arrested over the weekend, police say.

In Mozambique, classes come alive in local languages

2018-07-17 05:59

About 50 children sit on a bare classroom floor in front of their teacher in what could be any lesson in Mozambique, except that they are not learning in Portuguese, the country's official language.

Libya says 8 migrants suffocated inside shipping container

2018-07-16 22:23

Libya says at least 8 people, mainly children, died of suffocation inside a shipping container crammed with migrants in the western coastal city of Zuwara.

PICS: Thousands rally in Morocco for jailed Rif opponents

2018-07-16 17:38

Thousands of people have demonstrated in Morocco's capital Rabat against the jailing of leaders and activists of a northern protest movement.

Eritrea re-opens embassy in Ethiopia amid thaw

2018-07-16 15:44

Eritrea's president Isaias Afwerki has reopened his country's embassy in Ethiopia, more than 20 years after the two countries broke off relations when they went to war.

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