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Gunfire in Comoros as govt tightens crackdown

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Comoros security forces have intensified their crackdown against anti-government rebels on the island of Anjouan, with witnesses reporting heavy gunfire on the fourth day of clashes.

Nigerian football officials charged with $9.5m fraud

2018-10-19 09:23

Three Nigerian football officials have been charged with fraud after allegedly diverting $9.5m in FIFA grants for personal use, the country's anti-corruption unit said Thursday.

Zim leader tells graduates to create own jobs as formal job opportunities continue to shrink

2018-10-19 07:57

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa reportedly told more than 3 000 graduates last week to create their own jobs or "risk sinking into oblivion" as formal job opportunities continued to shrink.

MDC says 'ready to defy police ban' as it prepares for its 19th anniversary celebrations next week

2018-10-19 06:00

Zimbabwe's MDC party has reportedly set a date for its 19th anniversary celebrations after they were cancelled last month due to a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 50 people in the southern African country.

Report: South Sudan armed opposition seized girls as 'wives'

2018-10-18 20:05

South Sudan's armed opposition abducted women and girls as young as 12 and lined them up so commanders could choose "wives," and those not selected were left to be raped repeatedly by other fighters, a new UN report has said.

 
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UNREST:  Residents from the Comoros Island Anjouan main city Mutsamudu recover water after it was cut in Anjouan, Comoros. (AFP)

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Egypt denies forced disappearance reports of former lawmaker

2018-10-19 09:23

The Egyptian government is denying an accusation by the wife of a former lawmaker that her husband may have been detained by police.

Top Africa stories: Zimbabweans react angrily to Mnangagwa's pic, Man kills granny over witchcraft claims

2018-10-19 07:57

Zimbabweans have reacted angrily to a picture of President Emmerson Mnangagwa being vaccinated against cholera, and a Malawian man has reportedly been arrested for killing his 105 year-old grandmother over witchcraft allegations.

Mnangagwa's been wooing Zimbabwe's white sports heroes. Here's why

2018-10-18 20:05

In mending the relations with Zimbabwe's white community by roping in Kirsty Coventry and Bruce Grobbelaar, President Mnangagwa might just have pulled off a masterstroke, writes The Conversation.

Ethiopia PM says soldiers' protest attempt to derail reforms

2018-10-18 18:29

Ethiopia's reformist prime minister says a confrontation with disgruntled soldiers last week was an attempt to derail dramatic reforms and "there were some sides who regretted I was not killed."

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DRC threatens international action over Angola expulsions

2018-10-18 16:02

The Democratic Republic of Congo has threatened to take international action over Angola's recent, and allegedly violent, expulsion of some 200 000 illegal migrants from its west African neighbour.

DRC Ebola outbreak not global emergency 'at this time': WHO

2018-10-18 13:46

A deadly Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is deeply worrying, but does not yet merit being labelled a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation has.

Kip Keino hands himself over to police in corruption case

2018-10-18 12:23

Running great Kip Keino has handed himself over to police and is under arrest following allegations he and six other Kenyan sports and government officials embezzled and misappropriated more than $545 000 set aside for their team at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Uganda's Bobi Wine accuses police of blocking concert

2018-10-18 06:04

Ugandan pop star turned opposition MP Bobi Wine has accused police of blocking him from holding a much anticipated concert this weekend.

Father of midwife murdered by Boko Haram hails her humanitarian work

2018-10-17 21:41

The father of a young midwife executed by Boko Haram has blasted the jihadists for killing his daughter, hailing the "immense help" she gave to her community and expressing hope for the safe release of other hostages.

Benin's 'chicken king' to be no-show at drugs trial: lawyer

2018-10-17 20:33

Benin tycoon and opposition politician Sebastien Ajavon will not be in court on Thursday to face drugs charges, his lawyer has said.

Pressure grows in Liberia over US charity in 'school rape' storm

2018-10-17 19:32

Liberian Vice President Jewel Taylor has lent her voice to demands for a probe into a US educational charity after girls were raped at a school supposed to save them from a life of sexual exploitation.

Egyptian ex-lawmaker goes missing, may have been detained

2018-10-17 18:24

The wife of a former Egyptian lawmaker says he went missing nearly three weeks ago and may have been detained by security forces

Four parties agree to Western Sahara talks

2018-10-17 17:22

Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario Front have accepted a UN invitation to hold talks in December on ending the decades-old conflict in Western Sahara, according to UN officials.

Nigeria Senate probes state oil company over import subsidies

2018-10-17 13:02

The Nigerian Senate has launched a probe into spending by the state oil company of some $3.5bn in import subsidies which was not approved by parliament, a statement says.

7 killed, almost 80 injured in Morocco train derailment

2018-10-17 11:34

At least seven people have died and nearly 80 have been injured after a shuttle train linking the Moroccan capital to a town farther north on the Atlantic coast derailed, authorities say.

12 killed in fresh Mali violence

2018-10-17 10:06

At least 11 people were shot dead in restive central Mali by unidentified gunmen, while a blast killed one person and injured two, sources say.

Africa only has one Megahub in the World’s Most Internationally Connected Airports Top 50 list

2018-10-17 12:10

Megahubs International Index 2018 details the world’s mos connected airports, with Heathrow leading the pack.

Floods in Niger claim 45 lives since June: UN

2018-10-17 05:43

Forty-five people have died in the arid west African country of Niger in flooding since June, and nearly 209,000 have been affected, the UN said on Tuesday.

New Zimbabwe documentary on massacres takes aim at president

2018-10-18 17:36

A new documentary on massacres by Zimbabwe's military has led to harsh exchanges as the 1980s killings challenge a new president who preaches unity but refuses to apologise for his alleged role in one of the country's deepest wounds.

EU moves to tighten borders, boost Africa ties on migrants

2018-10-18 16:02

EU leaders are set to push ahead with plans to boost cooperation with northern African countries and beef up the bloc's borders in an effort to stop migrants entering Europe

Tunisian fighter jet crashes into sea, pilot unharmed

2018-10-18 14:53

A Tunisian fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during an exercise but its pilot was unharmed, the defence ministry has said.

Comoros clashes worsen despite official claims

2018-10-18 13:46

Comoros' government has claimed that clashes between troops and opponents of President Azali Assomani on the island of Anjoiuan had subsided despite witnesses describing continued violence.

Why African countries should strengthen their public service

2018-10-18 11:05

Public Service in Africa. This is a topic that, despite its fundamental role in governance and leadership, is seldom discussed. In this Q&A the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s research team explains why African countries should strengthen their public services.

Sudan appoints new peace envoy to S Sudan

2018-10-18 09:13

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has appointed a peace envoy to South Sudan, mired in conflict since it won independence from its northern neighbour in 2011.

EXPLAINER: Why DRC's latest Ebola outbreak is worrying

2018-10-17 21:41

The World Health Organisation is announcing whether Democratic Republic of Congo's latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus should be declared a global health emergency.

Two dead including child in Tunisia floods

2018-10-17 20:33

Flash flooding in central Tunisia killed at least two people including a six-year-old child, the interior ministry has said.

US airstrike wiped out al-Shabaab camp, intel officials say

2018-10-17 19:32

Somali intelligence officials say the largest US military airstrike against al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp where recruits were preparing to graduate and killed more fighters than the US announced.

African Union calls for talks to end 'crisis' in Comoros

2018-10-17 17:22

The African Union has called for peace talks to urgently re-start in the coup-prone Comoros islands after clashes erupted between government forces and opponents of President Azali Assoumani.

Six Tanzanian schoolchildren killed in lightning strike

2018-10-17 16:00

At least six children were killed and 25 injured when lightning struck a primary school in northern Tanzania, a local government official has said.

Zimbabwe says 'bye bye to maize imports' as farmers 'deliver over 1m tons' – report

2018-10-17 13:02

Zimbabwe is reportedly now "food secure" and is likely not going to import maize as farmers have delivered over 1 million tons to the Grain Marketing Board after a "successful Command Agriculture Programme".

Mnangagwa, Chamisa dialogue plan 'collapses', Zim churches say

2018-10-17 07:34

The Zimbabwe Council of Churches has reportedly said that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his rival Nelson Chamisa are "seemingly not ready to compromise" their political positions, making it difficult for the two leaders to hold a dialogue.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe interviewer sued, Kanye West gets Ugandan name

2018-10-17 07:34

A veteran interviewer of former president Robert Mugabe is being sued for $1m by ZBC, and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni has given US rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian Ugandan names.

WHO convenes emergency meeting on DRC's Ebola outbreak

2018-10-17 05:43

The World Health Organisation says it is convening a meeting to determine whether DRC's latest Ebola outbreak constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

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