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Senegal to revamp logging laws after massacre linked to timber trade

2018-01-18 18:42

President Macky Sall has suspended all authorisations for logging and ordered an overhaul of Senegal's forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber.

Egyptian president sacks intel chief, appoints replacement

2018-01-18 18:42

Egypt's president has fired the country's chief spy and assigned a confidante and head of his office to run the General Intelligence Directorate Agency temporarily.

Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak

2018-01-18 17:38

Zambia has struggled to contain one of its deadliest cholera outbreaks in years, sending soldiers into a slum last week to keep order, collaborating with the World Health Organisation on a vaccination program and even declaring a week of prayer.

At least 200 cases reported as typhoid hits Harare - report

2018-01-18 16:24

Zimbabwean health officials have reportedly said that at least 200 cases of typhoid have been recorded in Harare, adding that the country is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in Zambia.

 
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SPEECH:  The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb delivers a speech during a conference on Jerusalem at the Al-Azhar Conference Centre in Cairo.( File, AFP)

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'Massive' infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report

2018-01-18 17:38

Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but "massive investments" are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) has said.

UN envoy says military forces in Libya are flexing muscles

2018-01-18 16:24

The UN envoy for Libya has said that military forces "are flexing their muscles in many parts of the country" and the oil-rich nation needs a competent government.

Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia

2018-01-18 15:04

Egypt's president says he expressed his "extreme concern" over the lack of progress in talks over the construction of a massive Nile dam in Ethiopia during a meeting with that country's visiting prime minister.

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Tunisia is back on a knife edge – here's why

2018-01-18 13:37

Seven years after Ben Ali was deposed, Tunisians feel little happier with their lot, writes The Conversation.

Seven years since revolt, Tunisia struggles with economic woes

2018-01-18 12:30

It's been seven years since they ousted their longtime dictator in the first of the Arab Spring uprisings, but Tunisians are still taking to the streets.

Thousands of soldiers 'deployed throughout rural Zim', MDC claims… as it warns of violence ahead of polls

2018-01-18 08:45

Zimbabwean opposition, the MDC has reportedly claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has deployed thousands of soldiers throughout the rural areas "in a sinister move to scare villagers into voting the ruling Zanu-PF".

Ethiopian PM arrives in Egypt for talks on sharing Nile

2018-01-18 08:45

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Cairo for a two-day visit to discuss a massive dam that Egypt fears will cut into its share of the Nile

Mauritania private newspapers on sale after month's absence

2018-01-18 06:02

Privately-owned newspapers have went back on sale in Mauritania for the first time in more than a month, after a paper shortage forced them off the shelves and prompted complaints from the national press union.

Suicide attack at market in Nigeria's Maiduguri kills 12

2018-01-17 21:30

A double suicide bombing at a market in Nigeria's northern city of Maiduguri killed at least 12 people and wounded 48 others on Wednesday, residents and an emergency official have said.

Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid

2018-01-17 21:30

Supporters of a rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt's presidential election in May say bureaucrats loyal to the government are obstructing their efforts to get him on the ballot.

Public sector workers strike in Benin over right to strike

2018-01-17 20:32

Civil servants in Benin have walked out calling for the repeal of a new law banning them from taking industrial action.

UN needs over $1.5bn for DRC with country at "breaking point"

2018-01-17 19:30

The United Nations this year will seek more than $1.5bn to respond to the worsening humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), an official has said, warning the country was at a "breaking point".

Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

2018-01-17 18:14

Ethiopia's top opposition figure and hundreds of others have been released from prison as part of the government's recent pledge to free detained politicians and "widen the democratic space for all."

DRC revises mining code to make most of battery-driven cobalt boom

2018-01-17 16:50

As demand for batteries drives a surge in the price of cobalt, the Democratic Republic of Congo is gearing up to overhaul its mining regulations to harvest more profit from the coveted metal.

UN probes DRC clashes that killed Burundi refugees

2018-01-17 14:00

The United Nations has announced it will investigate the death of 39 Burundian refugees in clashes with soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo in September.

Former DRC army chief accused of coup bid held in Gabon

2018-01-17 12:02

Democratic Republic of Congo's former military chief, who has been accused by Kinshasa of an attempted coup against President Joseph Kabila in 2011, has been arrested in Gabon, sources say.

WATCH: Woman's proposal gets rejected in shopping mall

2018-01-17 08:30

A woman has been left devastated after she made a public proposal to her boyfriend and got turned down. Watch the video here.

#AfriTravel: Ethiopian Airlines to re-launch Zambia's national carrier

2018-01-17 09:38

Ethiopian Airlines says it has finalised an agreement with Zambia to re-launch the southern African country's national carrier.

8 children die after eating turtle in Madagascar

2018-01-17 06:07

Eight children have died after suffering acute food poisoning believed to have been caused by eating sea turtle meat in northern Madagascar, the country's health service has said.

Zimbabwe elections in '4 to 5' months: president

2018-01-18 12:30

Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, the country's new president has said, pointing to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.

Grace Mugabe's 'fake' degree: University students want vice chancellor to go

2018-01-18 11:08

Students have reportedly given the vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Levi Nyagura, 48 hours to step down from the institution over former first lady Grace Mugabe's alleged “fake” degree.

Challenge in Uganda against removing presidential age limit

2018-01-18 11:08

Uganda's government says it is preparing a response to the court challenge filed by a lawyers' association against a new law removing a presidential age limit from the constitution.

Top Africa stories: Nigeria, Mnangagwa, Zim Army

2018-01-18 08:45

A Nigerian woman was left devastated after she made a public proposal to her boyfriend and got turned down, and Emmerson Mnangagwa says Looters 'have returned millions of externalised funds.

Zim hotels 'have old beds with linen that often smells of cigarette smoke', claims central bank chief

2018-01-18 06:02

Zimbabwe's central bank governor John Mangudya has reportedly criticised the country's top hotels and safaris, saying they are "filthy" as some of them "don't even change linens with bed-sheets often smelling of cigarette smoke".

Zim govt failed to give ex-VP Mujuru state benefits - report

2018-01-17 21:37

Zimbabwe’s ex-deputy President Joice Mujuru has reportedly claimed that she was also not given her retirement benefits after she was sacked in 2014.

American, Canadian kidnapped by gunmen in central Nigeria

2018-01-17 21:30

A Nigerian police spokesperson says an American and a Canadian have been kidnapped in Kaduna state in the central part of the country.

Saudi preacher shot dead in Guinea village

2018-01-17 20:32

A Saudi Arabian preacher was shot dead in Guinea's east after organising a prayer service that angered some villagers in the majority-Muslim West African country, local sources have said.

Sudan police fire tear gas as protesters march against price rises

2018-01-17 20:32

About 200 protesters have marched in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman against rising food prices, with anti-riot police firing tear gas to disperse the rally.

Nigerian civil servants 'stole anti-corruption funds'

2018-01-17 19:30

Two Nigerian civil servants are facing charges for allegedly embezzling funds earmarked for a day to publicise the fight against corruption, a court official has said.

E Guinea leader denies opposition death in custody claims

2018-01-17 18:14

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has rejected opposition claims that one of its activists died in custody after being tortured, and that about 200 of their members are under arrest.

Boko Haram kills nine in NE Nigeria

2018-01-17 15:16

Boko Haram jihadists have killed nine people in two separate attacks in northeast Nigeria, militia members and local residents say, underlining the persistent threat to civilians.

Zim army 'on high alert' amid Grace Mugabe ally bloodshed threats – report

2018-01-17 12:02

Zimbabwe's home affairs minister has reportedly said that the military and security sector is on high alert amid fears that supporters of former first lady Grace Mugabe could regroup outside the country in efforts to destabilise Zimbabwe.

Looters 'have returned millions of externalised funds', says Zim's new leader

2018-01-17 10:34

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that his call last year for the return of externalised funds is "being heeded and substantial millions" have been returned.

Tunisia 'queer film festival' seeks to make a difference

2018-01-17 10:34

The first ever film festival celebrating the LGBT community is underway in Tunisia, a Muslim country where homosexuals can face up to three years in prison.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Mugabe ex-deputy, Nigeria

2018-01-17 08:30

Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe supported her ageing husband's "decision to resign", says ex-aide, and Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly remained mum over the pension of former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko.

Nigeria army releases 244 who denounced Boko Haram

2018-01-16 21:39

Nigeria's army has released 244 Boko Haram suspects who have denounced their membership in the deadly extremist group Nigerian army officials have said.

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