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20 000 migrants rescued from Sahara in three years - IOM

2019-06-26 13:02

Nearly 20 000 migrants have been rescued from the Sahara desert in Niger over the past three years, the International Organisation for Migration said.

16 militia killed in northeast DR Congo: army

2019-06-26 08:23

Sixteen militiamen have been killed in northeastern DR Congo, the military said on Tuesday, an area where ethnic violence has left at least 160 dead and forced hundreds of thousands to flee in the past two weeks.

Egypt raids businesses over funding plot

2019-06-26 05:48

Egyptian authorities have raided 19 businesses allegedly tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and accused of funding a plot to overthrow the state, the interior ministry has announced.

ANALYSIS: African gay bashing 'a colonial import'

2019-06-25 07:00

Some decry Botswana's enlightened High Court judgment on gay sex. But studies show that homosexuality existed – and was tolerated – across pre-colonial Africa.

Zim's dollar returns, a decade after it became worthless

2019-06-24 20:10

Zimbabwe has brought back its own currency, the Zimbabwe dollar, just over a decade after its usefulness was destroyed by hyperinflation.

 
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ARRIVAL:  Supporters wait for the leader of the Democratic Republic of Congo's political party Movement for the Liberation of the Congo (MLC) Jean-Pierre Bemba as he returns to DR Congo in Kinshasa. (Alexis Huguet, AFP)

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We cannot fear change - Zim's Mnangagwa on currency

2019-06-25 21:10

In a statement released on Tuesday, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa said it had always been clear that for the country's economy to take off, "we need our own currency".

Ethiopia mourns after officials killed during failed coup bid

2019-06-25 14:06

Ethiopia held a day of mourning in the wake of a failed coup bid in the country's Amhara region that saw the killing of five senior officials.

Ethiopia army chief, local officials killed amid regional 'coup' bid

2019-06-25 05:16

Ethiopia's army chief and a top local leader have been shot dead during an attempt to overthrow a regional government in northern Ethiopia, underscoring political instability in the country as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed tries to push through reforms.

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Shots fired at mosque in Spain's Ceuta

2019-06-24 20:38

Two masked gunmen on a motorbike fired shots at a mosque in the Spanish territory of Ceuta on the northern coast of Africa, local officials said.

Zim dollars only: Finance minister Ncube bans foreign currency

2019-06-24 13:19

Foreign currencies are no longer acceptable as legal tender in Zimbabwe, with Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube saying Monday that the Zimbabwe dollar is now the only acceptable medium of exchange for local transactions.

Morocco's sole oil refinery battles for survival

2019-06-24 11:31

Three years after it was liquidated for racking up billions of euros worth of debt, Morocco's sole oil refinery and one-time economic flagship is struggling to attract a buyer and survive.

Zim pays Eskom US$10m in bid to ease power shortage

2019-06-23 17:17

Zimbabwe, which according to power utility Zesa was producing 1200MW as of Sunday, needs at least 1700MW per day to meet demand.

Ethiopia proposes civilian-majority ruling body for Sudan

2019-06-23 06:45

Sudanese protest leaders have said that an Ethiopian envoy mediating with the ruling generals has proposed forming a civilian-majority governing body for a political transition in Sudan.

Wandile Sihlobo: The great maize crisis of 2019

2019-06-22 09:00

It's not just Zimbabwe and Mozambique facing a worrying shortage of maize this year, says Wandile Sihlobo.

Egypt says Erdogan claims over Morsi death 'irresponsible'

2019-06-20 13:44

Egypt's foreign minister condemned as "irresponsible" accusations by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that his ousted Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi had been killed.

Mali army tightens security after massacre as survivors recall killings

2019-06-20 09:51

Mali's army has reinforced security around two ethnic Dogon villages where 41 people were killed, according to a UN count.

African religious leaders called on to help tackle genital mutilation

2019-06-19 13:26

Religious leaders in Africa must speak up against the practice of female genital mutilation, which affects millions of children across the continent, an international conference in Dakar has said.

Silence is golden for a Tanzanian mine

2019-06-19 06:09

In Tanzania, reporters trying to investigate violence, environmental damage and other wrongdoing connected to a gold mine in the north of the country are trapped between the silence of a mining giant and the lies of a repressive government.

Egypt's former president Morsi quietly buried in Cairo

2019-06-18 17:25

Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi has been buried, as the UN backed calls for an independent investigation into the causes of his death after he collapsed in a Cairo courtroom.

UN calls for 'independent' probe into death of Egypt's Morsi

2019-06-18 19:21

The UN human rights office called Tuesday for an "independent inquiry" into former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's death while in state custody.

How Africa’s porous borders make it difficult to contain Ebola

2019-06-18 16:01

Even though authorities have been screening millions of travellers moving between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a woman and her 5-year-old grandson died in Uganda, and they had tested positive for Ebola.

Wall collapses killing six street children in Uganda

2019-06-24 15:21

Six street children who were sleeping in a storm drain next to an elite school in the Ugandan capital have been killed after a wall fell on them, police say.

Zim so far paid $53m to compensate white farmers - Minister

2019-06-23 14:50

Minister Mthuli Ncube said government is now working on a grand agreement that will culminate in an MOU and a structure to pay the compensation over 20/30 yrs.

Algerian protesters rally despite arrests

2019-06-22 19:48

Hundreds of Algerian protesters gathered in the capital despite a spate of arrests ahead of the latest weekly rally since the April 2 resignation of longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, AFP correspondents said.

Sudan protesters hold night gatherings to rekindle movement

2019-06-22 12:57

As night fell, residents of a southern district in Khartoum briskly moved to set the stage for Sudanese protest leaders giving a brief on the movement's latest updates.

Zimbabwe leader wants new currency, IMF loan in revival bid

2019-06-21 15:36

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his finance chief want a new currency by March, would seek financing from the International Monetary Fund, and may even consider a Eurobond offering, as the struggling economy emerges from almost two decades of isolation.

WATCH: Why Ebola is continuing to spread in the Congo

2019-06-20 13:44

The persistence of Congo's Ebola outbreak and its deadly spread to Uganda in recent days show how societal issues are as crucial as scientific advances in controlling disease outbreaks, specialists in global public health say.

Sudan army ruler seeks to resume talks with protest leaders

2019-06-20 09:51

Sudan's army ruler have called on protest leaders to resume talks on the transfer of power without any conditions, as tension between the two sides persists after the bloody dispersal of demonstrators.

38 killed in attacks on Mali villages

2019-06-19 13:26

Thirty-eight people have been killed and many others wounded in attacks on two ethnic Dogon villages in central Mali, the government has said, in the latest in a cycle of violence in the volatile Sahel country.

SEE: Prisons under siege as Zimbabwe's economic woes persist

2019-06-18 22:18

The Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare is crumbling at the seams, assailed by overcrowding and a critical shortage of medicines, food and other basics as the economically-crippled country battles to care for its inmates.

West African finance ministers inch closer to single currency

2019-06-18 19:56

The 15-member regional organization has set a target to have a single currency by 2020, following a gradual approach that allows countries to join the monetary union when they meet the convergence criteria.

300 000 flee violence in northeast DR Congo: UN

2019-06-18 17:55

More than 300 000 people have fled violence and inter-ethnic attacks in northeastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two weeks, the United Nations says.

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