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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.

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".

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.

Lesotho PM could step down earlier than expected

2020-02-22 18:35

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane could step down earlier than expected after he failed to show up in court to face charges of murdering his estranged wife.

 
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MURDER CHARGE? |  Eighty-year-old Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is accused of having acted "in common purpose" in the June 2017 killing by unknown assailants of Lilopelo Thabane, 58, then his wife. (Felix Dlangamandla/Gallo Images)

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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.

REVEALED | Details surrounding the court appearance postponement of Lesotho’s Prime Minister

2020-02-22 22:07

The court has agreed for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to return from “sick leave” before they resume a case where he is suspected of murdering his estranged wife.

Summit urges Uganda to probe 'anti-Rwanda' activity to end tensions

2020-02-21 22:50

Uganda has been urged to look into allegations that anti-Rwandan rebels are operating on its territory before the long-shuttered border between the neighbours can be re-opened, during a summit of regional leaders.

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Lesotho: Five things to know

2020-02-21 22:11

Lesotho, rocked by a politico-judicial saga involving the prime minister, is a small landlocked mountain kingdom entirely surrounded by South Africa. Here are five things you should know.

South Sudan rebel leader to be appointed vice president

2020-02-21 19:34

South Sudan President Salva Kiir is set to formally appoint rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, ahead of a swearing-in ceremony on Saturday, the information minister say.

Algerians mobilise to mark protest movement's first birthday

2020-02-21 16:00

Algeria this weekend marks a year since the birth of an unprecedented protest movement known as "Hirak" - one that quickly forced an ailing president from power and is now looking to maintain momentum.

Libya's Haftar ready to fight Turkish forces if talks fail

2020-02-21 15:06

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has vowed to fight Turkish forces if peace talks in Geneva fail, in comments to a Russian news agency.

Malawi MPs reject bill to amend presidential election law

2020-02-20 22:01

Malawi lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have meant a president could only be re-elected after securing at least 50% of votes cast, dismissing a landmark order by the country's top court.

Will Kagame and Museveni resolve their dispute?

2020-02-20 21:08

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is set to meet his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame on Friday at the central African countries' shared border in a bid to resolve a continuing dispute between the two leaders.

Sudan police fire tear gas, disperse protests over soldiers' retirement

2020-02-20 20:06

Sudanese police fired tear gas on Thursday at hundreds of protesters in Khartoum calling for the reinstatement of soldiers forced into retirement after having voiced support for last year's revolution.

Lesotho PM to be charged with murder of estranged wife, set to resign

2020-02-20 14:07

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is expected on Friday to be charged with the murder of his estranged wife, who was gunned down two days before his inauguration in 2017, police said Thursday.

South Sudanese demand leaders 'show us there is peace'

2020-02-20 11:35

From behind the razor-wire fence that she is too afraid to leave, under armed protection in her own land, Jenty John Musa hears that peace is apparently coming to South Sudan.

Zimbabwe threatens mines over unpaid licence fees

2020-02-19 21:00

Zimbabwe has given an ultimatum to holders of mining licences to pay an annual renewal fee by April, or face losing their licenses, mines Minister Winston Chitando announced on Wednesday.

Friction between DRC and Rwanda after dissident singer dies

2020-02-19 19:41

Rwanda has lashed out at the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the death of a dissident singer in Rwandan police custody has revived long-running criticism of Kigali.

At least 3 dead in suspected Islamist attack in Kenya

2020-02-19 18:38

At least three people have been killed after gunmen sprayed a passenger bus with bullets in northeastern Kenya, police say, the latest attack by suspected al-Shabaab militants from neighbouring Somalia.

Lesotho ruling party gives prime minister resignation deadline after wife charged

2020-02-19 13:07

Lesotho's ruling party has given its embattled prime minister an ultimatum to resign after his wife was charged in connection with the murder of her rival.

Angola ex-president defends son over embezzlement charge

2020-02-18 22:00

Angola's ex-president has defended his son and a former central bank governor who are accused of embezzling $500 million from the country's sovereign wealth fund, court documents show.

12 militiamen killed in CAR clash with UN troops: govt

2020-02-18 19:11

Twelve members of an armed group died in a clash with UN peacekeepers and government troops in northeastern Central African Republic, authorities say.

UN welcomes help in enforcing Libya arms embargo

2020-02-18 16:23

The United Nations has welcomed a new EU naval operation to enforce an arms embargo on Libya as the warring sides in the conflict met for military talks in Geneva.

Popular Rwandan singer found dead in police cell: Police

2020-02-17 22:04

A popular Rwandan gospel musician who in 2015 was found guilty of conspiracy to murder or harm President Paul Kagame was found dead in a police cell in the capital, Kigali, in what authorities called a suicide.

Niger stampede kills at least 20 at handout for refugees

2020-02-17 19:43

At least 20 people, many of them women and children, were trampled to death on Monday in a stampede for food and money for refugees in southeast Niger, sources say.

Nigeria court frees scores of Shiites

2020-02-21 21:00

A Nigerian court has freed 87 members of a pro-Iranian Shiite group accused of killing a soldier following clashes with troops more than four years ago, their lawyer says.

Burkina violence displacing 4 000 people daily: UN

2020-02-21 18:16

More than 4 000 people are being forced to flee their homes each day in Burkina Faso, as attacks on civilians by jihadist militants increase in number and frequency, the UN's refugee agency has said.

Lesotho PM fails to appear for murder charge on medical grounds: aide

2020-02-21 11:20

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who was due to be charged with the murder of his estranged wife, failed to appear in court on Friday on medical grounds, an aide said.

Dos Santos says seized assets block her from repaying debt

2020-02-20 22:01

Angolan billionaire former first daughter Isabel dos Santos says her companies in Portugal, where prosecutors seized her bank accounts last week, still owes local banks €180 million after repaying the bulk of the loans.

I don't feel like a dictator, says Togo's longtime leader

2020-02-20 21:08

Togo's president Faure Gnassingbe has insisted he was not a "dictator", days before an election in which he is aiming to extend his family's decades-long domination over the West African nation.

Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home

2020-02-20 20:06

Ethiopia's government has assumed custody of a priceless 18th-century crown that a former refugee had kept hidden in his apartment in the Netherlands for two decades.

South Sudan's warring leaders to form long-delayed unity government

2020-02-20 18:47

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending more than six years of war.

Lassa fever hits Lagos as Nigeria deaths top 100

2020-02-20 12:48

An outbreak of Lassa in Nigeria has killed 103 people this year, health authorities have said, as the first confirmed case was reported in the economic hub Lagos.

Five dead hostages found after eastern DRC massacre

2020-02-19 22:01

Five hostages taken by an armed group that killed 10 people in eastern DR Congo this week have been found dead, a local official says.

Chad says it has repelled rebel attack in gold region

2020-02-19 21:00

Chadian soldiers have repelled an incursion into a volatile northern gold-mining region from neighbouring Libya, the army says.

Togo bars observer group from monitoring election

2020-02-19 19:41

Togo's election authorities have barred a main independent observer group from monitoring an upcoming poll expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe extend his family's decades-long rule.

Libya's UN-backed government suspends participation in Geneva talks

2020-02-19 13:55

Libya's UN-backed government announced late on Tuesday it would halt its participation in talks aimed at brokering a lasting ceasefire between warring sides in the conflict.

Locust swarms arrive in South Sudan, threatening more misery

2020-02-18 21:11

Swarms of locusts which are wreaking havoc across East Africa have now arrived in South Sudan, the government says, threatening more misery in one of the world's most vulnerable nations.

Nigeria military burns homes after 'pirates' kill six

2020-02-18 18:00

Nigerian soldiers have torched more than 20 homes in a community in the oil-rich Niger Delta after "suspected pirates" killed six people, security sources and residents say.

Cameroon army blames 'unfortunate accident' for village massacre

2020-02-18 13:33

Cameroon's army has denied opposition charges that it had massacred villagers in a troubled English-speaking region, blaming instead an 'unfortunate accident' caused by an explosion of fuel during a firefight.

Pompeo hails Angola's anti-graft campaign

2020-02-17 22:04

Visiting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has lauded Angolan President Joao Lourenco's anti-corruption drive, which has seen him pursue his predecessor's children over accusations they fleeced state coffers.

DRC halves budget in blow to Tshisekedi plans

2020-02-17 20:48

The Democratic Republic of Congo must nearly halve government spending plans this year, the finance ministry says, in a blow to President Felix Tshisekedi's much-touted anti-poverty schemes.

Burnt to the bone: Uganda's acid attack survivors seek justice

2020-02-17 18:40

Ugandan university student Linette Kirungi was on her way to class when she heard footsteps behind her. The next thing she felt was liquid on her face - then burning agony.

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