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Egypt's Sisi formally submits nomination documents

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President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has submitted his nomination documents to Egypt's election commission, a day after a potentially serious challenger was arrested over criminal allegations.

UN rights chief "concerned" over Ethiopia killings

2018-01-24 12:29

The United Nations human rights chief has expressed concern over the deaths of at least seven people chanting anti-government slogans during a religious festival in Ethiopia last week.

Liberia's youth betting on Weah economic miracle

2018-01-24 11:24

New President George Weah is nothing less than revered among Liberia's youth, who view his rise from the slums to stellar success in European football as proof he can also turn around their fragile economy.

Queen Elizabeth II 'seeks to reconcile Britain with Zimbabwe – report

2018-01-24 10:23

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is seeking to mend fractured relations between Zimbabwe and her country, a report says, adding that she is hoping the southern African country can rejoin the Commonwealth.

All eyes on Zimbabwe's new leader Mnangagwa at WEF in Davos

2018-01-24 08:31

A lot of attention will focus on US President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum under way in Davos. But from Africa, all eyes are on Zimbabwe's new President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

 
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UN says DRC forces target its rights workers in protests

2018-01-24 10:23

The United Nations human rights office says Congolese security forces targeted UN monitors, preventing them from doing their jobs, while using excessive force against demonstrators who were protesting against the government.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe's nephew, Weah, Trump

2018-01-24 08:31

Robert Mugabe's nephew says he plans to travel to Davos, Switzerland to thwart efforts by President Mnangagwa to lure investors to Zimbabwe., and President George Weah has appointed the first members of his cabinet.

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Botswana police release Grace Mugabe supercars impounded after freak accident

2018-01-24 06:00

Three luxury cars belonging to the Mugabe family were briefly detained in Botswana after the vehicles were involved in a crash as they were driven out of Zimbabwe, police have said.

Tanzania arrests pregnant schoolgirls to help catch the men

2018-01-24 06:00

Tanzanian authorities say they have arrested five schoolgirls so they can help with information on the men who impregnated them.

Nigerian police hold 'Chibok girls' activists, says group

2018-01-23 22:17

Nigerian police briefly detained activists calling for the release of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists nearly four years ago, campaigners have said.

Egypt presidential candidate to assess status

2018-01-23 20:30

A senior worker at the campaign of Egyptian presidential hopeful Khaled Ali says they are holding an emergency meeting to assess their position following the arrest of another hopeful

DRC minister urges punishment after police violence

2018-01-23 19:30

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.

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.

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.

Car bombs kill at least 27 in east Libya city of Benghazi

2018-01-24 08:54

Libyan authorities say twin car bombs have exploded as people left a mosque in a residential area of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing 27 and wounding over 30.

Ugandan president backs 'frank' Trump after 'shithole' remark

2018-01-23 22:17

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has hailed Donald Trump for speaking "frankly" to Africans, after the US president unleashed a storm by reportedly describing African nations as "shithole countries."

EU ready to review its policies on Zim

2018-01-23 22:17

The European Union says it welcomes Zimbabwe’s efforts to deliver economic reforms and will support the authorities in establishing a constructive re-engagement with international financial institutions.

Air Algerie flights resume but more strikes threatened

2018-01-23 20:30

Air Algerie flights has resumed after a wildcat strike by cabin crew grounded nearly all departures from the capital the previous day but their trade union threatened fresh action in the coming weeks.

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.

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.

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

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