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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.

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.

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.

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.

 
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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."

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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.

WHO worried Ebola can 'transmit freely' in DRC, as death toll hits 41

2018-08-14 21:37

Raging conflict is hampering efforts to rein in an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organisation chief has warned, urging a ceasefire to stop the virus from transmitting freely.

Burundi plans plastic bag ban

2018-08-14 20:00

Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in the small central African country within the next 18 months.

Ebola death toll in DRC at 41 - new drug in use

2018-08-14 19:02

Forty-one people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, health authorities have said, adding that doctors were using a novel drug to treat patients.

Nigerian lawmakers postpone key election meeting

2018-08-14 18:00

Nigerian lawmakers have postponed a key election meeting about a spending proposal for February polls, raising fears that the election may be delayed.

DRC's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province

2018-08-14 16:30

Democratic Republic of the Congo's health ministry says a deadly Ebola outbreak has spread into Ituri province as a vaccination campaign in neighbouring North Kivu province continues in the country's northeast.

PICS: Tunisia anti-litter activist takes up 300-km, 30-beach challenge

2018-08-14 14:57

Bin bags at the ready, "long-distance activist" Mohamed Oussama Houij moves methodically along a beach in Tunisia's Mediterranean town of Nabeul, scooping up all kinds of trash as he goes along.

EU faces fresh standoff over Aquarius migrant boat

2018-08-14 12:23

European countries have been facing pressure to resolve a fresh standoff with the operators of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius which is stranded for the second time in the Mediterranean carrying 141 people.

Uganda opposition figure detained after his driver is slain

2018-08-14 11:30

An official says a prominent opposition figure has been detained following violent clashes that allegedly started when the president's motorcade was pelted with stones.

How roadblocks, not just minerals, fund rebels and conflict in DRC

2018-08-14 10:04

The Democratic Republic of Congo's roads are a crucial space where conflict, illegal taxation, and conflict financing entangle, writes The Conversation.

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.

Ethiopia court bails 'negligent' police in PM bomb case

2018-08-14 21:37

An Ethiopian court has granted bail to 11 police officers accused of negligence that allowed a deadly grenade attack on a rally addressed by the prime minister in June, state media has reported.

Libyan MP hurt as shots fired in row outside parliament

2018-08-14 20:00

Two people including a lawmaker were wounded when shots were fired during a row outside Libya's parliament, a witness has said.

Ethiopian special police force kills 41, official says

2018-08-14 19:02

An Ethiopian official says a notorious special police force in the country's Somali region killed 41 people and wounded 20 others as ethnic violence poses a challenge to the reformist new prime minister.

Burundi rights activist handed five-year term

2018-08-14 19:02

A Burundian activist has been jailed for five years accused of preparing reports on human rights abuses for a banned organisation, militant and legal sources have said.

UN: Libyan militia forces 1 900 people from camp in Tripoli

2018-08-14 18:00

The UN refugee agency says it's concerned over a Libyan militia forcing 1 900 displaced people out of their refugee camp in the capital, Tripoli.

Six dead in Burkina 'terrorist' attack

2018-08-14 16:30

Six people, five of them police, have been killed in a "terrorist attack" in eastern Burkina Faso, the defence ministry has said.

Kabil's decision to step aside won't change the DRC's power dynamics

2018-08-14 14:57

Emmanuel Shadary is President Joseph Kabila's preferred presidential candidate meaning that Kabila could remain in power if not in office, writes The Conversation.

Mom 'hangs self', leaves baby crying

2018-08-14 12:23

A Kenyan woman was reportedly found dead in her house after her one-year-old baby's endless cries alerted neighbours that something might have gone wrong.

WATCH: 'Fitting car stereos keeps me young,' says Kenyan great-grandmother

2018-08-14 11:30

Cecilia Wangari is a great-grandmother who works as a "car stereo technician" in Nairobi, Kenya. She says her job keeps her "young".

GALLERY: Mnangagwa calls for peace, unity as Zim celebrates Heroes Day

2018-08-14 10:04

Zimbabwe has honoured the country's liberation heroes during the annual Heroes Day commemorations held at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

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