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DRC minister urges punishment after police violence

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Democratic Republic of Congo's minister for human rights has called for the prosecution of police who opened fire on anti-government protesters at the weekend, in a crackdown condemned by the EU and UN.

Liberia's Weah makes first cabinet appointments

2018-01-23 18:17

New Liberian President George Weah has appointed the first members of his cabinet, all of them men, largely naming party allies but picking a foreign minister close to former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Egypt's military arrests presidential hopeful, ex-general

2018-01-23 18:17

Egypt's military have arrested former military chief of staff and presidential hopeful Sami Annan, leveling an array of serious allegations against him in what appears to be a calculated move by the armed forces and the incumbent to push him out of the race.

Egypt military accuses presidential hopeful of committing crimes

2018-01-23 17:00

Egypt's military has accused a former armed forces chief of staff who plans to stand in presidential elections in March of forgery and other crimes linked to his candidacy announcement.

Kenyans accuse largest hospital of rape, abuse of patients

2018-01-23 15:37

Hundreds of Kenyans have held a peaceful demonstration at the country's largest public hospital to demand that management act on allegations of rape and sexual harassment of patients.

 
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INAUGURATION:   Liberia's new Vice President Jewel Taylor waves during the swearing-in ceremony of Liberia's president-elect in Monrovia's stadium. (File, AFP)

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Six dead in latest herder-farmer violence in Nigeria

2018-01-23 17:00

Six people were killed last weekend when cattle herders battled farmers in northeast Nigeria, a state government official has said, in violence that has piled pressure on the government.

UN troops returning to only base in rebel-held South Sudan

2018-01-23 15:37

The UN peacekeepers are returning to the only United Nations base in South Sudan "clearly" in an area under opposition control as residents hope for protection from what they call growing attacks by government troops.

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Egypt's Brotherhood offers support to presidential hopeful

2018-01-23 14:08

A senior Muslim Brotherhood leader has written an open letter from exile to a retired Egyptian army general seeking to run for president, listing the outlawed group's conditions for supporting his candidacy.

Zim polls: President Mnangagwa 'faces resistance by his own Zanu-PF MPs', says report

2018-01-23 08:39

Zimbabwe’s new president Emmerson Mnangagwa is reportedly facing an internal Zanu-PF party revolt "after it emerged his calls for polls to go ahead as early as August could be resisted by his own Zanu-PF MPs".

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Zim government to ban live elephant trade

2018-01-23 09:20

It has been reported that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has banned the live elephant trade in Zimbabwe.

Ugandan army says 29 cattle raiders killed in three months

2018-01-22 22:34

Uganda's army says it had killed 29 armed cattle raiders in the porous northeastern region bordering South Sudan and Kenya, in a military operation which has entered its third month.

One dead in stampede at Morocco-Spain border

2018-01-22 22:34

One man died and several other people were injured during a stampede Monday on the border between Morocco and the Spanish overseas territory of Melilla, authorities and a rights group have said.

Lisbon graft trial of senior Angolan official opens

2018-01-22 19:30

The trial of Angolan former vice-president Manuel Vicente for alleged corruption has opened in his absence in the Portuguese capital, raising tensions between the oil-rich African country and its former colonial ruler.

Three killed by suspected rebels in eastern DRC

2018-01-22 18:04

Suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels killed three civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, despite an offensive by government troops, sources have said.

Gabon says major ivory trafficking ring dismantled, 10 held

2018-01-22 16:54

Gabon says a major trafficking ring that smuggled six tons of ivory out of the country in 2017 has been dismantled, in a victory against poachers who have killed large numbers of forest elephants in the Central African country.

Weah sworn in as Liberian president, completes historic transition

2018-01-22 15:38

Former international football star George Weah has been sworn in as Liberia's new president, in the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Joy and hope in Liberia at Weah inauguration ceremony

2018-01-22 14:13

The inauguration of former football star George Weah as president of Liberia got underway to scenes of joy and giddy optimism, a moment marking the troubled country's first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.

George Weah: from football icon to Liberia president

2018-01-22 12:05

George Weah emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has spent the last 13 years building political credibility to match his status as a sporting icon.

7 die at Ethiopia's Epiphany in clashes with security forces

2018-01-22 10:57

An Ethiopian police official in the restive Amhara region in the north has confirmed that seven people were killed when people celebrating the Epiphany holiday clashed with security forces.

DRC democracy group says detained activists could be 'tortured'

2018-01-21 19:30

A pro-democracy movement has called for the release of five of its activists detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying it fears they could be tortured.

At least five dead in DRC in banned anti-Kabila marches: UN

2018-01-21 16:09

At least five people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN says, as the authorities cracked down on a banned protest against President Joseph Kabila.

Somalia president fires mayor of Mogadishu

2018-01-21 15:03

Somalia's president has fired the mayor of the capital Mogadishu, in an apparent bid to defuse moves towards greater autonomy for the city.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zim white farmer, Weah

2018-01-23 08:39

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he believes former first lady Grace Mugabe had become mentally unstable towards the end of her husband’s long rule, and a Zimbabwean white farmer is reportedly seeking government's assistance in getting back his farm.

Five things George Weah has promised Liberians

2018-01-23 08:47

Former football star George Weah has promised to tackle Liberia's economic and social problems as he was sworn in - in the first democratic transfer of power for more than 70 years.

Uganda's Museveni regrets halting death penalty

2018-01-23 06:02

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he regretted stopping executions in his "pre-industrial" country, just days after his vow to resume death sentences alarmed rights groups.

Militia leader convicted in Central African Republic

2018-01-22 22:34

Human rights groups in Central African Republic say a former warlord who fought in the anti-Balaka militia has been sentenced to life in prison, a first for this conflict-wracked country

Sudan frees AFP, Reuters reporters detained covering protests

2018-01-22 20:30

Sudan has freed Agence France-Presse's reporter in Khartoum, Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali, and a Reuters journalist who were arrested last week while covering protests.

Strike grounds Air Algerie flights from capital

2018-01-22 20:30

A strike by Air Algerie crews grounded flights by the carrier out of the North African state's capital, the airline and a union have said.

Several injured in stampede at Morocco-Spain border

2018-01-22 19:30

Several people were injured, at least one seriously, during a stampede on the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, authorities and a rights group have said.

Ethiopia refuses World Bank arbitration over Nile River dam

2018-01-22 18:04

Ethiopia's leader has rejected arbitration by the World Bank on a disagreement with Egypt over the hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River

Egypt presidential hopeful calls for neutrality in elections

2018-01-22 15:38

Egypt's former military chief of staff, who has announced he would run for president in March elections, has called on state institutions to maintain neutrality toward all candidates

EU open to send Zimbabwe vote monitors, wants credible polls

2018-01-22 13:14

The European Union says it stands ready to send election monitors to Zimbabwe and hopes that free and fair polls can be held soon.

Zim white farmer 'seeks Mnangagwa govt assistance to get back farm' – report

2018-01-22 10:57

A Zimbabwean white farmer Richard Seager is reportedly seeking President Emmerson Mnangagwa's assistance in getting back his 609 hectare farm that was seized from him in 2007 by an indigenous farmer.

Tunisia kills senior al-Qaeda member

2018-01-22 08:37

Tunisian security forces have killed a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was wanted by Algeria for two and a half decades, officials say.

Liberia's Sirleaf: Africa's first elected female leader

2018-01-22 08:37

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of women's rights, is stepping down after making history as Africa's first elected female president in Liberia.

George Weah to be sworn in with Liberian hopes sky-high

2018-01-22 06:07

Former international footballer George Weah is set to be sworn in as Liberia's new president, a landmark moment that marks the troubled country's first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.

Zim finance minister says 'bond notes aren't going anywhere'

2018-01-21 18:00

Zimbabwe’s finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said the controversial bond notes are not going anywhere until the southern African country had its own currency, says a report.

DRC blocks internet ahead of banned protests

2018-01-21 15:03

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have blocked the internet in Kinshasa and set up roadblocks throughout the city ahead of planned protests demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave power.

Thousands of women in anti-president protest in Togo

2018-01-21 13:07

Thousands of women have taken to the streets of Togo's capital Lome to protest against the power of President Faure Gnassingbe.

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