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Missing $15bn diamond revenue: Zim parliament 'to question Mugabe from his Harare mansion'

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A Zimbabwean parliamentary portfolio committee that is investigating the looting of diamond revenue amounting to $15 billion, has reportedly "resolved to meet former president Robert Mugabe at his private home instead of dragging him to parliament" for questioning.

Top Africa stories: Ex-Grace Mugabe ally, Zim cannabis, Ebola

58 minutes ago

A key ally of Grace Mugabe is set to return to Zimbabwe six months after he fled into exile in the wake of the military takeover, and ex-president Robert Mugabe has 'sent emissaries for coalition talks with MDC leader Nelson Chamisa'.

DRC Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

2018-05-22 06:00

DRC has started an Ebola vaccination campaign in a northwest provincial capital in a major effort to stem an outbreak that has already made its way from rural towns into a city of more than 1 million people

At least 18 dead after cyclone hits Horn of Africa

2018-05-21 19:59

Flooding and strong winds caused by a tropical cyclone left at least 18 people dead and thousands homeless across two countries in the Horn of Africa, an aid agency has said.

Nigeria economy grows with bump in oil production

2018-05-21 19:59

Nigeria's economy grew slower than expected in the first quarter, official statistics have showed, with an expansion in oil production offset by a sputtering non-oil sector.

 
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HEALTH:   A woman walks past an Ebola notice at the entrance of the Wangata Reference Hospital in Mbandaka, northwest of DRC. (File, AFP)

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Zanu PF aims to move Zim from pariah to global partner

2018-05-22 06:32

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF says that if it is re-elected in the forthcoming elections, it will focus on opening the country for business, fighting corruption and making land productive again.

Ten killed by suspected Ugandan rebels in eastern DRC

2018-05-21 19:59

Ten civilians were killed overnight in a flashpoint area in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an attack by suspected Ugandan rebels, an official have said.

Burundi votes to allow president to extend time in power

2018-05-21 18:59

A majority of Burundi's voters agreed to amend the constitution in changes that could prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza until 2034, the country's electoral commission has announced.

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Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

2018-05-21 17:38

Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, the group says, marking a major step in the country's international re-engagement after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

Star Zambian musician freed on bail ahead of trial

2018-05-21 16:01

A Zambian court has released on bail a popular protest musician, who was arrested last week when he returned home having fled the country fearing for his life.

$15bn diamond looting: Zim parliament summons Mugabe to May 23 hearing

2018-05-21 13:11

A Zimbabwe parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on Wednesday about diamond corruption alleged to have cost billions of dollars during his rule.

Mugabe 'sends emissaries for coalition talks with MDC leader Chamisa' – report

2018-05-21 10:37

Zimbabwe's MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has reportedly been "approached by emissaries claiming to represent former president Robert Mugabe and seeking an electoral pact".

Zim government shelves plans to licence cannabis growers: report

2018-05-21 08:31

The Zimbabwe government has put on hold plans to issue licences to farmers to grow marijuana for medical and research purposes, citing the need to first carry out feasibility studies.

DRC to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

2018-05-20 18:32

Democratic Republic of Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, DRC health minister has announced.

Burundi opposition rejects referendum result

2018-05-20 14:05

The coalition led by main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa ha said it did not recognise the result of a referendum on constitutional reforms that could leave President Pierre Nkurunziza in power until 2034.

African nations vow to recover stolen assets

2018-05-20 08:12

Former British prime minister David Cameron two years ago was caught talking about an anti-corruption summit and calling Nigeria "fantastically corrupt".

Ethiopia says Saudi Arabia to free 1 000 detained citizens

2018-05-19 18:30

Ethiopia says more than 1 000 of its citizens will be released from detention centres in Saudi Arabia after a request by new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a visit to Riyadh.

200 arrests in anti-terrorist operations in West Africa

2018-05-19 16:45

More than 200 people were arrested last week in a joint anti-terror and security operation in the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo, the Burkinabe army has said.

14 000 flee Central African Republic after violence: UN

2018-05-19 12:01

At least 14 000 people have fled violence in the Central African Republic and crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo in less than a week, the United Nations has said.

In DRC city, worry and anger over Ebola scare

2018-05-18 21:04

People in Mbandaka in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are fearful and angry after an Ebola outbreak spread from remote villages to their densely-populated city.

Glencore may face UK probe over DRC deals: report

2018-05-18 21:04

Glencore may face a British fraud probe into alleged corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bloomberg has reported, sending the Swiss miner's share price tumbling.

UN slams death sentence for raped Sudan teen

2018-05-18 20:15

The UN has said it was "acutely concerned" for a teenager sentenced to death in Sudan for killing her rapist husband, warning her trial did not appear to have been fair.

US accuses Cameroon of 'targeted killings' in anglophone crisis

2018-05-18 18:57

The US ambassador to Cameroon has accused government forces of carrying out "targeted killings" and other abuses in the fight against militants demanding independence for two English-speaking regions.

Burundi counts votes after referendum on president's power

2018-05-18 17:30

Vote-counting has started in Burundi's referendum on constitutional changes that would extend the president's rule until 2034.

Watchdogs step up response in DRC as Ebola toll mounts

2018-05-18 16:06

World agencies and neighbouring countries have hiked their response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toll from the notorious disease mounted.

Ebola: Profile of a dreaded killer

2018-05-21 17:38

A factfile on the deadly Ebola virus, which has broken out in remote northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and spread to a city, a development likely to complicate containment efforts.

Nurse dead in DRC as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

2018-05-21 14:24

Democratic republic of Congo's health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign.

Top UN peacekeeper in Sudan regrets new Darfur clashes

2018-05-21 12:13

The chief of the UN peacekeeping force in Darfur has expressed regret over recent clashes in Sudan's western war-torn region, which he says has left villages burnt and people displaced.

12 civilians killed in Mali market attack

2018-05-21 10:37

At least 12 civilians have been killed in northern Mali in an attack on a market that also involved the shooting of a Malian soldier, military sources say.

Ebola deaths rise to 26, says DRC health ministry

2018-05-21 06:00

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest.

'Don't eat, smoke in public,' Zim police warned

2018-05-20 16:07

Zimbabwean police have reportedly been banned from eating and smoking in public, as the country's recently appointed police commissioner seeks to clean the image of the force ahead of a crunch election.

Sudan protests against Egyptian TV serial

2018-05-20 12:00

Sudan has said it has complained to Cairo about an Egyptian television serial that shows some Egyptians living in the African country being involved in "terrorism".

Taxpayers fund Mswati-Lungu bromance

2018-05-20 06:02

The growing bonds of friendship between Swaziland’s King Mswati III and Zambian leader Edgar Lungu have reached new, but worrying, levels for the two countries' citizens.

Egypt says prominent socialist activist arrested

2018-05-19 18:30

Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist and labor rights lawyer has been arrested on an array of charges including belonging to an outlawed group

DRC says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

2018-05-19 15:42

Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister says three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people.

Zim VP Chiwenga's mother-in-law takes ruling Zanu-PF to court – report

2018-05-19 12:01

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's mother-in-law, Helga Mubaiwa, has reportedly taken the ruling Zanu-PF party and its national commissar Engelbert Rugeje to court contesting her defeat in the just-ended primary elections.

Ebola in DRC not yet a global health emergency, WHO says

2018-05-19 10:16

Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak does not yet warrant being declared a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation has announced, as health officials rushed to contain the often deadly virus that has spread to a city of more than 1 million.

The Latest: Ebola vaccinations to begin Sunday in DRC

2018-05-19 07:43

The World Health Organisation says vaccinations are planned to begin on Sunday in the Ebola outbreak in Democratic republic of Congo.

US aid group says 8 abducted staffers freed in South Sudan

2018-05-18 21:04

The US based aid group World Vision says eight local staffers and a Ugandan who were abducted earlier this week in civil war-torn South Sudan have been released.

'Yes' votes ahead in Burundi constitutional referendum

2018-05-18 20:15

Burundi looked set to adopt constitutional reforms that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in power until 2034, with official results on Friday showing a "yes" vote winning in 14 of 18 provinces.

East Africa 'on high alert' over Ebola: regional bloc

2018-05-18 20:15

The East African Community regional bloc said in a statement has said it was on "high alert" following an Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN halts Sudan refugee resettlement after alleged fraud

2018-05-18 18:57

The UN refugee agency says it is temporarily suspending its programme for the resettlement of refugees from Sudan after allegations of fraud emerged in the scheme.

US references to Libya model ahead of Kim Summit confuse

2018-05-18 17:30

President Trump and his hawkish national security adviser have both referenced the Libya model ahead of the much-vaunted summit with North Korea's Kim Jun Un, but what is the historical context?

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