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Madagascar ruling party says 'open to' talks to end crisis

2018-05-26 19:11

Madagascar's ruling party says it is "open to" holding negotiations with the opposition, a day after a court ordered a coalition government to be formed to end the island's political crisis.

Over 100 migrants escape from Libya trafficking camp

2018-05-26 18:01

More than 100 east African migrants have escaped from a camp in the Libyan town of Bani Walid where they were being held hostage and tortured, international agencies and local sources say.

48 including 16 children killed as Uganda bus rams into tractor and truck

2018-05-26 16:30

At least 48 people including 16 children have died in northern Uganda after a bus hit a tractor driving with no lights at night and then a truck, the Red Cross says.

Ethiopia releasing British national detained in 2014

2018-05-26 16:30

Ethiopia says it is releasing an Ethiopia-born British national detained in Yemen in 2014 under the country's infamous anti-terror law.

Bearded woman 'undressed by police', threatens to sue – reports

2018-05-26 12:04

A Kenyan woman has reportedly threatened to sue two police officers who allegedly forced her to undress in order to confirm her gender after they spotted she had a beard.

 
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DRC says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths

2018-05-26 14:40

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry says there are now 35 confirmed cases of Ebola in the country's northwest, including 10 deaths confirmed from the often lethal virus.

Somali leader urges calm after clashes in disputed north

2018-05-26 12:04

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has urged troops from two rival provinces to halt their fire after heavy clashes in a disputed northern border region left several dead.

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8 bodies found in restive Cameroon: opposition

2018-05-26 10:03

The bodies of eight young men have been discovered in Cameroon's restive Northwest anglophone region, an opposition MP and eyewitnesses say.

Top Madagascar court orders formation of unity government

2018-05-25 21:26

Madagascar's constitutional court has ordered the president to form a government of national union in a bid to end a prolonged political crisis.

Lesbian film ban 'ridiculous' says Kenya Film Commission

2018-05-25 19:31

The head of Kenya's film commission has slammed a decision to impose a domestic ban a Kenya-made film about lesbian love that received a standing ovation at this month's Cannes festival.

UN envoy urges dialogue with opposition after Burundi vote

2018-05-25 17:45

The UN special envoy for Burundi has urged the African nation's government to quickly restart dialogue with the opposition following a referendum that will allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

DRC priest infected with Ebola as death toll revised down

2018-05-25 16:14

A Catholic priest has been quarantined in the Democratic Republic of Congo after being infected with Ebola as health officials revised down the number of deaths to 22.

Equatorial Guinea leader Nguema to hold 'secret talks' with Mugabe – report

2018-05-25 15:00

Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema is reportedly in Zimbabwe on a two day state visit, and is also expected to hold "secret talks" with ousted president Robert Mugabe.

Magufuli hails Zim's 'peaceful transition', invites Mnangagwa to Tanzania

2018-05-25 12:00

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has reportedly commended Zimbabwe for its "peaceful transition" that took place last year, as he invited his counterpart President Emmerson Mnangagwa to visit his east African country.

Africans 'slowly taking interest in continental affairs'

2018-05-25 10:48

Africans are becoming more aware of the importance of Africa Day, as they are slowly taking an interest in continental affairs, the Institute for Security Studies has said.

Zim army threats: Opposition calls for action against ministers

2018-05-25 08:09

Zimbabwe's main opposition party says President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government must take action against ministers who recently said the army would not allow a Movement for Democratic Change victory in polls this year.

SA firm to supply paper for Zim ballots: report

2018-05-25 06:08

A South African firm will provide paper for the ballots in this year’s election in Zimbabwe, and the papers themselves will be printed inside the country, a newspaper says.

Over 50% of companies in Africa victims of financial crime - report

2018-05-25 09:20

Africa has a higher percentage of companies affected by financial crimes than the global average, according a Thomson Reuters survey.

South Sudan's quiet victims of war: With HIV, without help

2018-05-24 21:14

Tracing his fingers over his bald head, the 11-year-old boy shifts uncomfortably in his chair. "I'm scared," James Seferino says. "All I know is that if I don't take my pills I'll die."

Egyptian prosecutors order activist held for 15 days

2018-05-24 21:14

Egyptian prosecutors say they have ordered a prominent activist and blogger known for criticising the government detained for 15 days pending an investigation, the latest episode in Egypt's media crackdown

10 militia killed in DRC: army

2018-05-24 20:13

Ten suspected Ugandan militia members have been killed in an army offensive on a rebel base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the DRC military has said.

Algeria blasts NGOs for 'malicious campaign' over migrant explusions

2018-05-24 20:13

Algeria has blasted rights groups for leading a "malicious campaign" against it, after NGOs accused the North African country of arresting sub-Saharan migrants en masse and forcefully deporting them.

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

2018-05-24 17:13

Taiwanese media say Burkina Faso is breaking diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage

Amnesty highlights sex-for-food claims in Boko Haram-hit Nigeria

2018-05-24 14:17

Amnesty International has urged Nigeria to act on claims soldiers and members of the civilian militia have raped women and girls in remote camps for people displaced by Boko Haram.

'We're not out to humiliate Mugabe,' says Zim committee probing alleged diamond theft

2018-05-24 10:30

Former president Robert Mugabe, who failed to appear on Wednesday before a parliamentary committee probing alleged diamond theft, has now been invited to appear early next week, an official says.

'Africa has 2% of world's cars but 20% of road deaths' - first safety observatory to curb horrendous death toll

2018-05-24 11:47

With the highest rate of road traffic fatalities compared to any other region in the world - despite only having only 2% of the world's vehicles - Africa's road safety crisis was in the spotlight at the International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit.

Top Africa stories: Zim elections, Africa Day, Mugabe

2018-05-26 07:30

A South African firm will provide paper for the ballots in this year’s election in Zimbabwe, and Africans are becoming more aware of the importance of Africa Day, as they are slowly taking an interest in continental affairs, says ISS.

NGOs demand the release of 26 activists in Niger

2018-05-25 20:19

Ten international NGOs including Amnesty International and Oxfam have called for the release of 26 civil society activists detained since March after a banned demonstration in Niamey.

Rebel, military fighting in DRC's northeast kills 19

2018-05-25 19:31

A Democratic Republic of Congo military spokesperson says 14 rebels and five soldiers have been killed in fighting in the country's northeast.

Algeria blogger given 10 years in prison over posts

2018-05-25 17:45

An Algerian blogger was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty on Thursday of providing intelligence to "agents of a foreign power", his lawyer has said.

50 dead in boat accident in northwest DRC

2018-05-25 13:57

At least 50 people have died in a boat accident on a river in remote northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say.

Egypt orders blogger be detained for 15 days

2018-05-25 12:00

Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered that blogger and journalist Wael Abbas, known for standing up against police violence, be detained for 15 days following his arrest, his lawyer said.

Burundi opposition appeals referendum result

2018-05-25 10:48

Burundi's opposition has filed a petition to the country's constitutional court in a bid to invalidate the result of last week's referendum, which is expected to strengthen President Pierre Nkurunziza's hold on power.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Ebola, Mozambique

2018-05-25 08:09

Zimbabwe's finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has reportedly said that he "feels sorry" for "principled" ex-president Robert Mugabe, and Democratic Republic of Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30 and warns against rumours.

At least 7 dead in Benghazi attack: security source

2018-05-25 06:08

At least seven people were killed and around twenty others injured late Thursday in a car bomb attack in the centre of Benghazi in eastern Libya, a local security official says.

Burundi's opposition asks court to reject referendum results

2018-05-24 21:14

Burundi's main opposition coalition has asked the constitutional court to invalidate the results of last week's referendum on constitutional changes to allow the president to stay in power until 2034.

Mozambique talks restart after Dhlakama death: party

2018-05-24 20:13

Mozambique peace talks have restarted after the unexpected death of rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama earlier this month threatened to end the tentative negotiations, his party has said.

Suspected Burkina Faso jihadists 'were planning attack'

2018-05-24 20:13

Three suspected jihadists who were killed in a pre-dawn raid by Burkina Faso security forces had been "planning an attack" in the capital Ouagadougou, the country's prosecutor has said.

Vigilante groups form in central Mali amid ethnic violence

2018-05-24 19:25

Two armed groups have formed in central Mali on either side of an ethnic rift that has caused violence to flare, their leaders have said.

Sudan teen files appeal against death sentence: lawyer

2018-05-24 17:13

A Sudanese teenager sentenced to death for killing her husband after he allegedly raped her has filed an appeal, her lawyer has said.

China, Russia rise in CAR as Western influence shrinks

2018-05-24 15:28

Russia and China are muscling their way into the Central African Republic as Western clout in the mineral-rich, strategically important nation seems to wane, analysts say.

DRC says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumours

2018-05-24 13:10

Democratic Republic of Congo's ministry of health says the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including 8 deaths in the three affected health zones in the country's Equateur province.

12 killed in clashes in CAR capital: Red Cross

2018-05-24 12:00

Twelve people have been killed in the volatile Muslim-majority district of PK5 in the Central African Republic's capital Bangui in clashes after a grenade went off, the Red Cross says.

US health chief pledges more action if Ebola spreads

2018-05-24 10:30

President Donald Trump's top health official says the US global partners will "take the steps necessary" to try to contain a new Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organisation says.

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