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UPDATE: Madagascar leaders condemn deadly protests as 'coup'

2018-04-23 06:01

The president of Madagascar has condemned as a "coup" deadly opposition-led protests against new electoral laws and warned "troublemakers" against further action.

Calm in Madagascar as troops deployed to quell violent protests

2018-04-22 18:12

Dozens of soldiers have temporarily thrown a cordon around a public square in Madagascar's capital where opposition protests against new electoral laws have left two people dead in the restive island nation.

Archaeologists find bust of Roman emperor in Egypt

2018-04-22 18:12

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in the southern city of Aswan

Zim 'celebrates' as President Mnangagwa named among the world's most influential people

2018-04-22 16:07

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been listed among the world's top 100 most influential people by the Time magazine, and the government says his inclusion should be celebrated, according to report.

Thousands of Zimbabwe nurses call off strike

2018-04-22 14:06

Thousands of Zimbabwe nurses who were sacked after they went on strike for better wages have been told to return to work by their union, in a bid to allow fresh negotiations with the government.

Malawi under-20 player dies in Portugal of suspected malaria

2018-04-22 10:22

Malawi under-20 striker Abel Mwakilama has died of suspected cerebral malaria in Portugal, where he had only recently joined a lower-league side

 
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PROTEST:   A girl stands by a box for complaint letters to Zimbabwe deputy President Chiwenga during a protest by nurses at Unity Square in Harare to demonstrate their discontent in a #BringBackOurNurses campaign after being summarily dismissed by Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. (File, AFP)

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Mauritanian opposition to contest upcoming polls

2018-04-22 12:01

The National Forum for Democracy and Unity (FNDU), seen as a radical opposition grouping, has declined to participate in a number of votes against President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and his government, but has said it would take part in the elections slat

15 militants killed in anti-jihadist operation in Mali: army

2018-04-22 08:13

Fifteen militants have been killed in an anti-jihadist operation in central Mali, the Malian army has said, adding that one soldier died and two others were injured.

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Striking Zim nurses tell VP Chiwenga to 'go hang' - report

2018-04-22 06:00

A Zimbabwean nurses' union has reportedly told Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to "go hang" after he had summarily fired more than 15 000 striking health workers this week over what he called a "politically motivated" industrial action.

Security challenges loom over Buhari's re-election bid

2018-04-21 19:00

With elections approaching next year and Buhari,75, having declared his intention to seek a second, four-year term, the extent to which he has done that is coming under increasing scrutiny.

Minister's ouster unlikely to slow Sudan's push to get off US 'terror' list

2018-04-21 14:02

President Omar al-Bashir's dismissal of Sudan's foreign minister, Khartoum's top negotiator with Washington, is unlikely to affect efforts to have Khartoum removed from a US "terrorism" blacklist, experts say.

$15bn diamond looting: Will 'frail' Mugabe agree to appear before parliament?

2018-04-21 09:50

A report says it's not clear whether former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who is in frail health, would agree to appear before a parliament committee to give evidence over diamond corruption costing billions of dollars.

Al-Qaeda claims deadly attack on French, UN forces in Mali

2018-04-21 07:31

Al-Qaeda extremists have claimed responsibility for an attack in northern Mali that killed a UN peacekeeper and wounded seven French soldiers.

Eight arrested in Burundi for planning to disrupt key vote

2018-04-20 21:09

Police spokesperson Pierre Nkurikiye has said security forces morning discovered two automatic weapons and ammunition during a "search and seizure" operation at the home of a suspect in western Burundi.

Liberia ex-warlord 'Jungle Jabbah' jailed for 30 years in US

2018-04-20 20:00

A Liberian former warlord whose forces committed atrocities including murders and cannibalism during the country's civil war has been sentenced to 30 years in US prison – for immigration-related fraud and perjury.

Poetry contest decision due for teen who fled native Zambia

2018-04-20 18:33

A federal judge is expected to rule whether a high school student who fled his native Zambia can compete in a government-funded national poetry contest

Comoros president suspends constitutional court

2018-04-20 17:02

The president of the Comoros has suspended the Constitutional Court, the highest court in the country, in a move immediately denounced by the opposition in the Indian Ocean island nation.

Bashir fires Sudan foreign minister

2018-04-20 15:49

President Omar al-Bashir fired Sudan's Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour, state media has reported, after he said that Sudanese diplomats abroad had been unpaid for months.

$15bn diamond looting: Mugabe parliament appearance date set, says report

2018-04-20 13:00

Former president Robert Mugabe has been told to appear before a parliamentary committee on May 9 to give information on the alleged disappearance of diamond revenue while he was in power, a report says.

Mugabe, 94, 'rejects' invitation to attend Independence Day celebrations

2018-04-20 06:00

Former president Robert Mugabe reportedly "rejected an invitation from his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa to attend this year’s Independence Day celebrations in Harare on Wednesday".

Angola passes law to attract foreign investment

2018-04-19 21:38

Angola has passed a law scrapping rules that previously forced foreign investors to partner with local firms, as President Joao Lourenco tries to revive the oil-dependant economy.

Egypt exhibiting previously unseen Ptolemaic artifacts

2018-04-19 21:38

Egypt is exhibiting artifacts from the Ptolemaic period for the first time in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

King renames Swaziland to 'eSwatini'

2018-04-19 19:19

The king of Swaziland, one of the world's few absolute monarchs, has announced that his country had changed its name to eSwatini to mark 50 years since independence from British rule

DRC football chief provisionally released in embezzlement probe

2018-04-19 19:19

The head of the Democratic Republic of Congo's football association, who also serves on world governing body FIFA, was provisionally released, after being held for 21 hours as part of an embezzlement probe, an investigating magistrate has said.

Oil theft 'costing Libya over $750m annually'

2018-04-19 18:01

Fuel smuggling is costing Libya more than $750m each year and harming its economy and society, the head of the National Oil Company in the conflict-riddled country has said

Clashes at Madagascar opposition protest leave one dead, 16 injured: medic

2018-04-21 19:00

One person has died and 16 others were injured in clashes between Madagascar's security forces and thousands of opposition activists protesting against new election laws ahead of a vote later this year in the politically-volatile island nation.

Hunters shoot dead second collared bull elephant outside Zim park

2018-04-21 16:15

Hunters in Zimbabwe have shot dead a bull elephant collared by scientists for research purposes, the second such killing in a month, a conservation group says.

Mine blast kills two Cameroon soldiers

2018-04-21 07:31

Two Cameroonian soldiers have died and four were seriously injured after a mine exploded in an anglophone region hit by violence between separatists and the government.

At least 27 killed in gang violence in northern Nigeria

2018-04-20 21:09

A fresh outbreak of gang violence in northern Nigeria has left at least 27 people dead, have locals told AFP, highlighting the volatile security situation in West Africa's largest economy.

Surprise and concern as king changes Swaziland's name

2018-04-20 20:00

Residents of the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland have weighed up their country's new official name after the king unexpectedly announced it would now be known as "eSwatini".

Zimbabwe nurses stage public protest after being sacked

2018-04-20 18:33

Scores of Zimbabwe nurses have protested in Harare's central city park after the government dismissed them for striking over low salaries and poor working conditions.

Senegal sets higher bar for presidential bids despite protests

2018-04-20 15:49

Senegalese parliament passed a law setting a higher bar for presidential candidates after protests that saw police fire tear gas on demonstrators, with dozens arrested according to the main opposition party.

Preventing sexual violence: lessons from rebel armies in Burundi and Uganda

2018-04-20 14:00

Not all rebel armies use rape and sexual violence as a weapon. Some have actually designed ways to prevent such atrocities. How and what can we learn from them?, writes The Conversation.

How much will it cost Swaziland to change its name to eSwatini?

2018-04-20 11:33

It is not immediately clear how much it will cost the landlocked African country to make the name change. But some Swiss have "responded with relief as the countries often are confused on online forms".

Zimbabwe's ex-finance boss Tendai Biti sees potential $100bn economy

2018-04-20 11:22

Zimbabwe’s opposition could expand the size of the economy more than fivefold to $100bn within eight years if it wins this year’s elections, says a former finance minister.

UN Security Council mourns death of Ivory Coast ambassador

2018-04-20 10:05

The Security Council bid farewell to veteran diplomat Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, the Ivory Coast's ambassador to the United Nations who died just months after starting a two-year term on the UN's most powerful body

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Zim prophet, King Mswati

2018-04-20 08:00

A Zimbabwean minister has reportedly likened former president Robert Mugabe to some of Africa's most brutal dictators, and a Zimbabwean prophet reportedly killed a congregant during baptism, saying she 'appeared like a vampire' .

Ivory Coast ambassador Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue to UN dies

2018-04-20 06:00

Veteran diplomat Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, the Ivory Coast's ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the UN Security Council, has died suddenly.

G Bissau parliament meets for the first time in two years

2018-04-19 21:38

Guinea Bissau's parliament has met for the first time in nearly two years after the appointment of a consensus prime minister to end a dragging political crisis.

Senegal police fire teargas to break up anti-government protest

2018-04-19 20:28

Police have fired teargas to break up a protest in Senegal's capital Dakar and arrested several people, including a former premier, protesting against a move to raise the bar for presidential candidates.

Morocco's child maids suffer like 'slaves'

2018-04-19 20:28

"Even a pet animal is better treated," sobs 17-year-old Fatima, one of thousands of young girls who have been exploited and too often abused while working as housemaids for unscrupulous employers in Morocco.

E Guinea calls for African 'human rights institutions'

2018-04-19 19:19

Equatorial Guinea has called for national human rights institutions to replace international organisations across Africa, after facing accusations of a bloody crackdown following a failed coup bid last year.

Nigeria's Buhari under fire for saying youths want everything free

2018-04-19 18:01

Nigeria's President has came under fire for criticising youths who he said "do nothing" and want everything for "free" in the oil-rich country.

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