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Mugabe's nephew 'reacts angrily' as AU supports Mnangagwa' – report

2018-02-21 13:11

Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe's nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, has reportedly reacted "angrily" after an AU envoy Moussa Faki Mahamat praised the Zimbabwean government for the country's "peaceful political transition" last year.

'I inherited a broke country', says new Liberian president

2018-02-21 11:30

Liberia's new President George Weah has pledged to fight endemic corruption as he spoke about conditions in his "broke country" on the first day of an official visit to Paris.

DRC leader Kabila names new interior minister

2018-02-21 11:30

Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has named his party secretary general Henri Mova Sakanyi as the new interior minister and deputy prime minister, a report says.

'Bitter succession struggle' as Zim bids farewell to opposition hero Tsvangirai

2018-02-21 10:30

Thousands of Zimbabweans have gathered to bid a final farewell to opposition veteran Morgan Tsvangirai whose death last week has sparked a bitter succession struggle within the Movement for Democratic Change.

No lavish birthday celebrations for Mugabe as he turns 94 today – report

2018-02-21 08:40

Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe is reportedly not going to have his regular extravagant birthday celebrations this year despite the 21st of February being declared a public holiday.

 
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SPEECH:   Acting president of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, Nelson Chamisa, gives a speech during the burial of Zimbabwe's iconic opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week after a battle with cancer, at his rural village Humanikwa in Buhera. (File, AFP)

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Egypt opens border with Gaza temporarily

2018-02-20 21:29

Egyptian officials say the country will open its border with the Gaza Strip amid a military campaign against Islamic insurgents in restive northern Sinai Peninsula

Fears of another Chibok in Nigeria after school attack

2018-02-20 19:48

A Boko Haram attack on a girls school in northeast Nigeria has revived fears of another Chibok-style mass kidnapping, even as the government claims the jihadists are on the verge of defeat.

Uber pulls out of Morocco amid tensions

2018-02-20 19:37

Uber is pulling out of Morocco - a decision the San Francisco-headquartered company say is linked to the North African country's failure to reform its strict transport rules

Zimbabwean opposition leader is buried in rural home

2018-02-20 17:38

Thousands of people in Zimbabwe have gathered for the burial of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, whose death from cancer exacerbated divisions within his movement

Mozambique president presses peace deal with opposition

2018-02-20 16:29

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi has met the leader of opposition Renamo as part of efforts to broker peace between the group and his ruling Frelimo party.

Two Kenyan pilots released by S Sudan rebels

2018-02-20 15:12

Two Kenyan pilots held for over a month after crash-landing their plane in rebel-held South Sudan have been released, a rebel spokesperson has said.

Malema describes as 'nonsensical' the manner in which Tsvangirai was denied power by Mugabe in 2008

2018-02-20 14:06

EFF leader Julius Malema has reportedly paid tribute to the late Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai, describing as "nonsensical" the manner in which he was denied power by former president Robert Mugabe after winning elections in 2008.

2 aid workers killed in eastern DRC: UN

2018-02-20 11:37

Two Congolese aid workers have been killed and a third abducted by an unidentified armed group in the troubled North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations says.

Policeman killed in Guinea election, education protests

2018-02-20 10:00

A policeman has died from a head wound sustained as people protested over delayed local election results in Guinea and teachers went on strike over pay, a police spokesperson says.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Tsvangirai, Sudan

2018-02-20 08:21

Zimbabwe's ex-president Robert Mugabe is happy, health and still wears his trademark suits, and Mugabe has reportedly not said a word since the death of his toughest rival Morgan Tsvangirai.

EU embassies urge Sudan to free all political detainees

2018-02-20 06:01

European embassies in Sudan on Monday jointly urged Khartoum to release all remaining political detainees held since protests against rising food prices erupted last month.

France urges UN top court to dump E Guinea case

2018-02-19 21:26

France has accused Equatorial Guinea of wanting to "paralyse" French criminal procedure in a top-level corruption probe, as it urged judges to throw out a case against it before the UN's top court.

Botswana hangs man after two-year hiatus

2018-02-19 20:09

Botswana at the weekend hanged a 28-year-old man following the murder of his girlfriend and her son in 2010, its first execution after a two-year hiatus, a prison official has said.

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

2018-02-19 19:12

About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition across Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official has said.

Zimbabwe remembers Tsvangirai, the 'doyen of democracy'

2018-02-19 18:13

Thousands of Zimbabweans and foreign mourners took to the streets of Harare to pay tribute to Zimbabwe's iconic opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died after a battle with cancer.

Togo talks offer 'last chance' to resolve crisis

2018-02-19 17:19

After six months of political dialogue between Togo's government and the opposition is seen by many as the last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the rule of embattled President Faure Gnassingbe.

Sudan frees dozens of activists detained after protests

2018-02-19 14:44

Sudan released dozens of opposition activists arrested last month in a crackdown on protests against rising food prices, an AFP correspondent has reported.

GALLERY: Tsvangirai's life in pictures

2018-02-19 11:43

Born in 1952 to a bricklayer father in drought-prone Buhera, in the southeast of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai prematurely ended his studies at Gokomere Mission to support his siblings. Here are some pictures about his life.

Nigeria frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for lack of evidence

2018-02-19 06:00

Nigeria has freed another 475 Boko Haram suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence, the justice ministry says.

Pastor Evan Mawarire warns Zimbabwe elections may be rigged

2018-02-20 20:33

A prominent Zimbabwean activist has voiced doubt that upcoming elections - the first since Robert Mugabe's ouster - will be credible, as the new president's commitment to basic rights was still unclear.

Togo to free 45 opposition supporters from custody

2018-02-20 19:37

Nearly half of the opposition supporters arrested during a wave of anti-government demonstrations in Togo will be pardoned, Ghanaian mediators have said as talks to end a six-month political crisis got under way in Lome.

E Guinea slams France for 'violating' sovereignty in VP graft case

2018-02-20 18:45

Equatorial Guinea has angrily denounced the conviction of its vice president for corruption by a French court as a "flagrant violation" of international law, and insisted on its "total independence."

Egyptian officials say resumption of Russian flights delayed

2018-02-20 17:38

The planned resumption of Russian flights to Egypt over two years after they were banned by Moscow over security concerns has been postponed until April, Cairo airport officials have said, citing delays in booking procedures and the reopening of offices of the countries' national airlines.

Libya coastguard rescues 441 migrants from drifting boats

2018-02-20 16:29

Libya's coastguard rescued 441 migrants in two separate operations as their boats drifted off the western coast, the navy and a doctor has said.

Egypt adds detained Islamist politician to terror list

2018-02-20 15:12

Egyptian court adds a senior Islamist leader to a terror watch, over his alleged links to the country's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group

Picture of Mugabe, wife Grace and AU's Faki goes viral on social media

2018-02-20 12:17

A picture of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace with the African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki has gone viral on social media.

MDC leader Tsvangirai to be laid to rest in his rural home village

2018-02-20 10:00

Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is set to be laid to rest in his rural home village of Buhera. Tsvangirai died last week in a Johannesburg hospital. He was 65.

How Zim ex-first lady Grace Mugabe got her 'fake' PhD - report reveals

2018-02-20 08:12

The head of the University of Zimbabwe reportedly took lecturers from the institution of higher learning to former first lady Grace Mugabe's Mazowe orphanage in order for her to take oral examinations for her disputed Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Mozambique dump collapse: At least 17 dead, homes destroyed

2018-02-20 06:01

At least 17 people have been killed in Mozambique after a rubbish dump collapsed on nearby houses amid fears others may be buried under the mountain of rubbish.

GALLERY: Zimbabweans mourn MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai

2018-02-19 17:19

Zimbabweans are mourning the death of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week at a Johannesburg hospital where he was receiving medical treatment for cancer. See some of the pictures.

Somalia appoints new police, intelligence chiefs

2018-02-19 21:26

The Somali government has announced it has appointed new police and intelligence chiefs, nearly four months after their predecessors were sacked following the deadliest ever terror attack in the war-torn nation.

Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

2018-02-19 20:09

Pope Francis has backed down and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his Ahiara diocese

Police accused of killing Boko Haram founder reinstated

2018-02-19 19:12

Five Nigerian police officers who were accused of killing Boko Haram's founder Mohammed Yusuf while in their custody have been reinstated, a police oversight body has said.

Israel announces 'historic' gas contract with Egypt

2018-02-19 18:13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced an "historic" contract for sales of billions of dollars' worth of Israeli natural gas to Egypt.

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

2018-02-19 16:20

Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital, Maputo.

Three Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai campaign

2018-02-19 13:01

Egypt says three of its soldiers have been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group.

Gambia announces 'moratorium' on death penalty

2018-02-19 11:43

Gambian President Adama Barrow has announced a suspension of the death penalty in his country, in a break from the former regime of the dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Mnangagwa visits Tsvangirai's family as MDC faces nasty power struggles

2018-02-19 08:30

Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has visited the home of deceased opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to pay condolences to his family and to urge unity as power struggles within the opposition have heightened tensions.

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