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Clues sought in copter crash that killed Zimbabwean opposition leader

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Investigators will comb through the charred wreckage in search for clues as to why the helicopter carrying Zimbabwe's Roy Bennett and his friends went down after dark on Wednesday.

Algeria court acquits 6 Mozabite Berber activists

9 minutes ago

Six Mozabite Berber activists accused of attempting to overthrow the Algerian government and damage state security were acquitted in court, says their lawyer.

Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns

2018-01-19 18:30

First, there was outrage in Africa at President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent. Now some governments and tourism operators are humorously exploiting it to promote Africa's many attractions.

PICS: Ethiopians throng streets for Christian Orthodox festival

2018-01-19 17:01

Under a blazing sun, a procession carrying a replica of the Ark of the Covenant marched on a path of red carpets through the streets of Ethiopia's capital, sending believers to their knees in reverence.

 
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DRC general ambushed in troubled eastern region

2018-01-19 18:30

A general commanding military operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was ambushed, army sources have said, as rebels launched fresh attacks in the troubled region.

Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia

2018-01-19 15:19

Egypt's president says he expressed his "extreme concern" over the lack of progress in talks over the construction of a massive Nile dam in Ethiopia during a meeting with that country's visiting prime minister.

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Living through the horrors of genocide: humanitarian workers in Rwanda

2018-01-19 14:08

It is shocking to see, from 1994 onwards, the extent to which humanitarian workers in Rwanda became regular eyewitnesses to violence, murder and large-scale massacres, writes The Conversation.

Group urges Sudan to halt arresting reporters amid protests

2018-01-19 12:45

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Sudanese authorities "to cease harassing and arresting" journalists covering anti-inflation protests.

IMF does not want austerity in Tunisia: spokesman

2018-01-19 11:33

The International Monetary Fund does not want austerity in Tunisia, and in fact proposed programs to protect the poor from the impact of economic reforms, a Fund spokesperson has said.

US says Africa important but no apology for Trump

2018-01-19 10:16

The chair of the Africa Group at the UN says US Ambassador Nikki Haley told envoys that "Africa is very important for the United States" - but she didn't apologise for President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent as demanded.

Roy Bennett helicopter crash 'claimed wealthy Texas investor, decorated pilots'

2018-01-19 08:45

Five friends, including Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett, traveling to a ranch in the US state of New Mexico died when their helicopter crashed in a remote area. Here's more about the prominent people on board

Roy Bennett and wife were 'two of Zimbabwe's greatest patriots'

2018-01-19 06:12

A prominent Zimbabwean opposition leader and a former finance minister Tendai Biti has tweeted that the Roy Bennett and his wife’s "tragic passing" is "a blow to our struggle", while David Coltart, an opposition figure, says the couple were "two of Zimbabwe's greatest patriots".

Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years

2018-01-18 20:59

Uganda's president has said he will sign the death warrants of "a few" prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African country.

Egypt, Ethiopia united against 'conflict' over Nile waters

2018-01-18 20:04

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn have said at talks in Cairo they were opposed to any "conflict" over the sharing of Nile waters.

Egyptian president sacks intel chief, appoints replacement

2018-01-18 18:42

Egypt's president has fired the country's chief spy and assigned a confidante and head of his office to run the General Intelligence Directorate Agency temporarily.

'Massive' infrastructure spending needed in Africa, says report

2018-01-18 17:38

Economic growth in Africa picked up steam last year and is set to accelerate strongly in 2018, but "massive investments" are needed in infrastructure, the African Development Bank (ADB) has said.

UN envoy says military forces in Libya are flexing muscles

2018-01-18 16:24

The UN envoy for Libya has said that military forces "are flexing their muscles in many parts of the country" and the oil-rich nation needs a competent government.

Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia

2018-01-18 15:04

Egypt's president says he expressed his "extreme concern" over the lack of progress in talks over the construction of a massive Nile dam in Ethiopia during a meeting with that country's visiting prime minister.

Zimbabwe elections in '4 to 5' months: president

2018-01-18 12:30

Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, the country's new president has said, pointing to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe.

Grace Mugabe's 'fake' degree: University students want vice chancellor to go

2018-01-18 11:08

Students have reportedly given the vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, Levi Nyagura, 48 hours to step down from the institution over former first lady Grace Mugabe's alleged “fake” degree.

Challenge in Uganda against removing presidential age limit

2018-01-18 11:08

Uganda's government says it is preparing a response to the court challenge filed by a lawyers' association against a new law removing a presidential age limit from the constitution.

Top Africa stories: Nigeria, Mnangagwa, Zim Army

2018-01-18 08:45

A Nigerian woman was left devastated after she made a public proposal to her boyfriend and got turned down, and Emmerson Mnangagwa says Looters 'have returned millions of externalised funds.

Zim hotels 'have old beds with linen that often smells of cigarette smoke', claims central bank chief

2018-01-18 06:02

Zimbabwe's central bank governor John Mangudya has reportedly criticised the country's top hotels and safaris, saying they are "filthy" as some of them "don't even change linens with bed-sheets often smelling of cigarette smoke".

PICTURE GALLERY: Remembering Zim's Roy Bennett

2018-01-19 12:45

Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett has been killed in a helicopter crash in the United States. Here are some of the pictures that help describe his life during the time that he lived in Zimbabwe.

EXCLUSIVE: Roy Bennett 'suffered a lot in his attempt to build a new Zimbabwe'

2018-01-19 11:30

Zimbabwe's main opposition, the MDC party's deputy president Nelson Chamisa has described Roy Bennett’s unexpected death in a helicopter crash in the US as "a big loss to the country's democratic struggle".

Rising seas from warming climate threaten major cities in Africa

2018-01-19 12:54

Approximately one million South Africans live in areas that will be inundated by rising seas as the climate warms - unless carbon emissions reduce dramatically by the year 2100.

World, we need you - Mnangagwa's message to Davos

2018-01-19 11:02

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has made history by responding to questions from ordinary citizens at the #RoadtoDavos meeting, ahead of his trip to to the World Economic Forum.

Burundi opposition says 42 held over referendum campaign

2018-01-19 10:16

Opposition lawmakers in Burundi have said 42 activists had been arrested for illegally contesting an upcoming referendum that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza extend his stay in office.

Top Africa stories: Zim Army, Mnangagwa, Grace Mugabe

2018-01-19 08:45

Zimbabwean soldiers have reportedly been deployed across the country's rural areas ahead of this year's crunch elections, and students have given vice chancellor of the UZ 48 hours to step down over Grace Mugabe's fake degree.

Baby dies amid migrant rescue chaos

2018-01-19 06:12

A three-month old baby has died after being picked up by rescuers at sea off Libya, because bad weather and a lack of boats made a medical evacuation impossible, aid organisations say.

Zimbabwe new leader promises to hold 'free, fair' post-Mugabe vote

2018-01-18 20:59

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced that the country will hold elections in five months, the first poll the southern African state since independence that does not involve former President Robert Mugabe.

Rights group: World must act to end Libya turmoil, abuses

2018-01-18 20:59

Human Rights Watch says the world must do more to help end rights abuses in chaotic Libya, which has emerged as one of the main corridors for migration to Europe

5 detained over fire bombs thrown at Tunisia synagogues

2018-01-18 20:04

A judge in Tunisia has ordered the detention of five people suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails at two synagogues during protests over price hikes.

Senegal to revamp logging laws after massacre linked to timber trade

2018-01-18 18:42

President Macky Sall has suspended all authorisations for logging and ordered an overhaul of Senegal's forestry laws after a massacre connected to the illegal trade in timber.

Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak

2018-01-18 17:38

Zambia has struggled to contain one of its deadliest cholera outbreaks in years, sending soldiers into a slum last week to keep order, collaborating with the World Health Organisation on a vaccination program and even declaring a week of prayer.

At least 200 cases reported as typhoid hits Harare - report

2018-01-18 16:24

Zimbabwean health officials have reportedly said that at least 200 cases of typhoid have been recorded in Harare, adding that the country is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in Zambia.

Tunisia is back on a knife edge – here's why

2018-01-18 13:37

Seven years after Ben Ali was deposed, Tunisians feel little happier with their lot, writes The Conversation.

Seven years since revolt, Tunisia struggles with economic woes

2018-01-18 12:30

It's been seven years since they ousted their longtime dictator in the first of the Arab Spring uprisings, but Tunisians are still taking to the streets.

Thousands of soldiers 'deployed throughout rural Zim', MDC claims… as it warns of violence ahead of polls

2018-01-18 08:45

Zimbabwean opposition, the MDC has reportedly claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has deployed thousands of soldiers throughout the rural areas "in a sinister move to scare villagers into voting the ruling Zanu-PF".

Ethiopian PM arrives in Egypt for talks on sharing Nile

2018-01-18 08:45

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has arrived in Cairo for a two-day visit to discuss a massive dam that Egypt fears will cut into its share of the Nile

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