Africa

67 Ugandans arrested in gay-friendly bar charged with 'nuisance'

2019-11-12 22:03

Sixty-seven people arrested by police in a Kampala bar popular with gays have been charged with "common nuisance", but rights activists say it was a bid to intimidate the LGBT community.

Algeria jails 22 protesters over Berber flags

2019-11-12 22:03

Twenty-two Algerian demonstrators have been handed one-year jail sentences for "undermining national unity" by bearing the Berber minority's flag during anti-regime protests, a prisoners' rights group says.

Russia wants end to embargo on CAR diamonds

2019-11-12 20:32

Russia backs lifting an embargo on diamond exports from the Central African Republic, the deputy finance minister says, as Moscow is preparing to chair a global scheme regulating the gem trade.

Nigerian forces fire in the air to quell protest

2019-11-12 18:10

Nigerian security forces have used tear gas and fired in the air to disperse protesters seeking the release of an opposition figure held since August after calling for a revolution.

Burkina says 3 assailants killed in 'terrorist attack'

2019-11-11 22:01

At least three assailants were killed in a "terrorist attack" on army troops on Monday, Burkina Faso's military said, five days after the country suffered its worst casualties in a long-running jihadist revolt.

 
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South Sudan leaders miss deadline for unity government - again

2019-11-12 19:15

South Sudan's rival leaders have, once again, missed a key deadline to form a transitional unity government, raising new concerns for a fragile peace process in a country devastated by years of ruinous civil war.

Egypt opens jail after UN report on inmate Morsi's death

2019-11-11 20:39

Egyptian authorities have opened up Tora prison in Cairo for a media tour, following a UN report on the "brutal" conditions in which jailed ex-president Mohammed Morsi was held before his death.

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Nigeria urged to ban chaining people with mental health issues

2019-11-11 19:35

An international rights group has called the Nigerian government to ban chaining as it condemned the "terrible" abuse faced by thousands of people with mental health conditions across the country.

Zambia's president denies stifling opposition

2019-11-08 21:57

Zambia's president Edgar Lungu has denied stifling the rights of opposition leaders, saying authorities who refuse them permits to assemble and meet supporters are working within the law.

South Sudan's Kiir vows to honour peace deal army funding

2019-11-08 19:21

South Sudan President Salva Kiir says a new delay to set up a power-sharing government is"endurable" as he vows to honour a peace deal funding pledge for a unified army.

Fresh protests held in tense Guinea capital

2019-11-07 18:25

Thousands of Guinean protesters have taken to the streets in the capital Conakry , in fresh demonstrations days after deadly clashes marred a funeral march for those killed in recent anti-government marches.

Nigerian police free 259 people from Islamic institution

2019-11-05 22:00

Nigerian police have freed 259 people from an Islamic rehabilitation centre in the southwestern city of Ibadan, police say, taking the number rescued from abusive institutions since September to nearly 1 500.

Mauritius premier seeks mandate in first poll since succeeding father

2019-11-05 18:00

Mauritians will vote on Thursday in an election that will see Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth vie to win a popular mandate two years after he was handed the top job when his father stepped down.

Ethiopia's Abiy says protests' death toll rises to 86

2019-11-04 22:51

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said the death toll from protests last month stands at 86, calling on citizens to resist "forces" threatening to impede progress in the country

Ex-beauty queen accuses former Gambia president of rape

2019-11-02 10:48

A Gambian former beauty queen on Thursday accused former President Yahya Jammeh of raping her to punish her for rejecting his marriage proposal, in evidence to the country's truth and reconciliation commission.

East Africa reels from deadly floods in extreme weather

2019-11-02 10:38

A powerful climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean stronger than any seen in years is unleashing destructive rains and flooding across East Africa -- and scientists say worse could be coming.

WATCH | Ugandan coffee farmers wary of bitter taste over proposed bill

2019-10-31 21:37

Uganda's government says it wants to boost coffee production in the country and has tabled a bill in parliament that seeks to regulate the country's coffee sector, but not all farmers are happy with the proposed law.

Motsepe-Radebe on Botswana: 'I’ve never given money for anything regarding regime change'

2019-10-31 13:14

Businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe has denied allegations of political meddling in Botswana and rumours of an alleged affair with former president Ian Khama.

Facebook: Russian disinformation campaign targeted Africa

2019-10-30 21:02

Facebook says it has taken down accounts linked to a Russian ally of President Vladimir Putin seeking to spread disinformation on the social network in eight African countries.

Nigeria's Supreme Court upholds President Buhari's election win

2019-10-30 18:30

Nigeria's top court has dismissed an appeal by main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar to overturn the result of February's presidential vote in which President Muhammadu Buhari won re-election.

Anti-Ebola radio in DRC closes down after killing

2019-11-11 18:25

A local radio station that has been involved in the fight against Ebola in eastern DRC says it is closing down after one of its broadcasters was murdered.

UN experts call Morsi's death in Egypt 'arbitrary killing'

2019-11-08 21:57

An independent panel of United Nations experts says the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi in June could amount to "a state-sanctioned arbitrary killing".

Mali police rescue more than 60 trafficking victims: Interpol

2019-11-08 20:00

Malian police rescued more than 60 victims of human trafficking, mostly women and girls, who were subjected to sexual exploitation, forced labour and begging, Interpol says.

South Sudan rival leaders agree to 100-day delay to form unity government: minister

2019-11-07 19:46

South Sudan's president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to extend by 100 days a deadline to form a power-sharing government, a regional official says.

Zim considers wage and price freeze as workers go on strike

2019-11-06 14:32

Zimbabwe is considering freezing incomes and prices as it battles to contain runaway inflation which has eroded consumer disposable incomes and left many employees incapacitated to even report for work.

WhatsApp becomes battleground in Mali's jihad conflict

2019-11-05 19:03

A digital war is unfolding in Mali alongside a jihadist conflict that has claimed thousands of lives: the battle to sway young minds is being waged on the mobile phone.

Trump calls Egypt's Sisi, backs talks on disputed dam on Nile

2019-11-05 16:37

President Donald Trump backs talks between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan to resolve the ongoing dam dispute between the three African countries, the White House says.

Teenager killed as clashes erupt at Guinea protest funeral march

2019-11-04 22:51

A teenage mourner was shot dead and several others were wounded in clashes between Guinean police and protesters at a funeral march for those killed in recent anti-government demonstrations, the opposition and the victim's family say.

Mali declares three days mourning after deadly army base attack

2019-11-04 21:35

Mali's president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has declared three days of mourning after a militant attack on an army base killed more than 40 soldiers last week in one of the deadliest strikes on the country's military.

Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe cited in alleged $10bn theft of Botswana government funds

2019-11-04 05:09

South African businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe has been fingered as a co-signatory to at least two bank accounts holding some of the more than $10bn allegedly stolen from the Botswana government to finance 'terrorism'.

Nigerian pastor accused of abusing children who fled Boko Haram

2019-11-02 10:54

Deep in the tropical forest in southern Nigeria, an evangelical pastor runs a sprawling camp billed as a refuge for thousands of children who fled the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in the north.

Ethiopia arrests 400 as govt defends response to deadly ethnic violence

2019-11-02 10:38

More than 400 people have been arrested in Ethiopia during investigations into ethnic and religious violence that left 78 people dead last week, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Thursday.

Mozambique opposition files suit against 'massive electoral fraud'

2019-11-01 05:15

Mozambique's largest opposition party Renamo has lodged court papers calling for the October 15 election results to be annulled due to "massive electoral fraud".

Millions of Zimbabweans in need of food as worst regional drought in almost 40 years hit

2019-10-31 20:15

About half of the Zimbabwe’s 14 million people lack reliable access to enough food as a result of the worst regional drought in almost 40 years, according to the Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube.

Families seek release of Sudan's detained regime members

2019-10-30 22:00

Relatives of Sudan's former regime officials detained since the ouster of Omar al-Bashir have demonstrated, seeking their release and condemning the protest movement that led to the autocrat's downfall.

South Sudan's Machar seeks delay to unity government

2019-10-30 19:33

South Sudan's government is failing to push through a peace deal, the country's main opposition says, calling for a six-month delay in the formation of a unity administration.

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