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Uganda's ruling party endorses Museveni for sixth-term run

2019-02-20 13:01

Uganda's ruling party has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni, 74, as its candidate in 2021 elections, which could see him seek re-election for a sixth term, a party resolution said Wednesday.

Egypt detains, expels New York Times reporter entering at airport

2019-02-20 09:06

Egyptian authorities have detained and expelled a New York Times journalist upon his arrival at Cairo international airport, the latest move in the country's crackdown on free speech and the media.

Sudan protesters remain resilient, but Bashir unbowed

2019-02-20 06:41

Sudanese protester Osman Sulaiman has taken to the streets of Khartoum chanting "overthrow, overthrow" almost daily since demonstrations erupted against President Omar al-Bashir's iron-fisted rule in December.

Sisulu urges EU to lift Zim sanctions ahead of March bi-national meeting

2019-02-20 07:01

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has called on the European Union to give the Zimbabwean government and its people a chance to start afresh.

Disrupt vote at the 'expense of your life' - Nigeria's president

2019-02-19 12:01

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has warned of grave consequences for those who steal ballot boxes or attempt to disrupt rescheduled Nigeria elections.

Zimbabwe central bank is said to consider devaluing bond notes

2019-02-19 14:56

Zimbabwe’s central bank is considering devaluing its quasi-currency as part of a raft of reforms to the nation’s foreign-exchange system, according to a central bank official.

 
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Chinese 'Ivory Queen' trafficker gets 15 years in Tanzanian sentence

2019-02-20 06:10

A Tanzanian judge has sentenced a Chinese trafficker who was labelled the 'Ivory Queen' to 15 years in jail after she was convicted of smuggling about 700 elephant tusks.

Nigeria's opposition urges military to stay away from vote

2019-02-19 19:17

Nigeria's top opposition candidate is urging the military not to be involved in the upcoming presidential election, saying the army "has no role to play in the conduct" of the poll.

Suicide bomber kills 2 cops near famed Cairo tourist market

2019-02-19 09:32

Egypt's Interior Ministry says a suicide bomber has killed two police officers and wounded three more while he was being pursued near Cairo's famed Khan el-Khalili tourist marketplace.

DR Congo charges key 'witness' over UN experts' murder

2019-02-19 06:43

Military prosecutors in DR Congo say they have charged a key "witness" with conspiracy to murder over the 2017 killing of two UN experts in the war-torn central Kasai region.

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New species of Angolan 'horned' spider unearthed

2019-02-19 09:41

South African researchers have revealed the discovery of a new species of spider with an unusual horn-like protrusion on its back from the forests of central Angola, considered the first of its kind.

Zim's tech company launches Uber-type app for tractors

2019-02-19 10:55

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange listed tech company, Cassava Smartech, an off shoot of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, has launched a tractor sharing service app modelled along ride hailing service Uber.

Aid agency MSF suspends work in part of eastern DR Congo

2019-02-18 09:34

Doctors Without Borders has said it had suspended non-essential work in part of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo after gunmen abducted two of its local staff there earlier this month.

Extremist attack in Nigeria kills 4 civilians

2019-02-17 18:58

Nigeria's military says four civilians are dead in an extremist attack in the northeast that targeted a mosque during morning prayers.

Pro-Biafran group calls off Nigeria election boycott

2019-02-17 17:34

A pro-Biafran separatist group says it had lifted its call for a boycott of Nigeria's presidential and parliamentary elections this weekend.

Spanish priest, customs officers killed in Burkina Faso

2019-02-17 14:43

A Spanish priest and four customs officers were killed in separate attacks by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso, which is struggling with a radical Islamist insurgency, local sources have said.

Sudan lawmakers postpone meeting on extending Bashir term limits

2019-02-17 12:10

A Sudanese parliamentary committee has postponed a meeting on amending the country's constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for a new term, state media has reported.

14 Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya

2019-02-17 07:41

Militiamen have kidnapped a group of Tunisian workers near the Libyan capital and are demanding the release of a comrade held in Tunisia, a rights activist said on Saturday.

Nigeria's candidates blame each other in surprise vote delay

2019-02-16 18:55

Nigeria's top candidates have condemned the last-minute decision to delay the presidential election for a week until February 23, blaming each other but appealing to Africa's largest democracy for calm.

Egypt army: 7 Sinai jihadists killed, 15 soldiers dead or wounded

2019-02-16 17:25

Egypt's army has said seven suspected jihadists were "eliminated" and 15 soldiers killed or wounded in an attack in the Sinai Peninsula, where troops are fighting the Islamic State group.

Egypt official: Home-made bomb explodes near mosque, 3 hurt

2019-02-16 16:29

An Egyptian security official says a home-made bomb has exploded near a mosque in Cairo's district of Giza, leaving three people wounded.

Sexual violence rampant in South Sudan's Unity area, says UN

2019-02-16 15:29

Brutal sexual violence committed with "pervasive impunity" and a level of "premeditation" persists in South Sudan's northern region, the United Nations has said

Civic group criticizes Nigeria's election delay

2019-02-16 13:52

A civic group monitoring Nigeria's now-delayed election says the last-minute decision to postpone the vote a week until Feb. 23 "has created needless tension and confusion in the country."

WATCH: Nigeria elections postponed by a week

2019-02-16 12:18

Presidential and parliamentary elections in Nigeria have been postponed by a week, five hours before the crunch vote was scheduled to take place.

WATCH: Nigerians arrive at polling stations to find them closed

2019-02-16 11:35

Nigerians are waking up to the news that the elections, which were due to happen today, have been postponed by a week. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the one week delay just hours before polls were due to open.

Uganda deports MTN chief over 'national security'

2019-02-15 19:56

Uganda has deported the Belgian head of South African telecoms giant MTN's local branch, the company said Friday, making him the fourth employee to be kicked out of the country this year.

WATCH: Cameroon: 187 ex-Boko Haram fighters surrender arms

2019-02-15 13:07

Nearly 200 Cameroonians who were members of Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadist group have returned home and surrendered to the authorities after breaking with the organisation, the government said.

Bomb hidden in corpse kills Burkina Faso army doctor

2019-02-15 09:12

A bomb hidden in a corpse dressed in military uniform has killed an army doctor and wounded two police officers in northern Burkina Faso, a security official has said.

Mozambique scrambles to contain debt fallout with vote looming

2019-02-18 19:02

Mozambique’s government is scrambling to contain the fallout from a US investigation into the country’s $2bn hidden-debt scandal, ordering a series of high-profile arrests in the past week.

Shootings kill eight in eastern DR Congo

2019-02-18 11:16

Eight people died in three shootings in Goma, eastern DR Congo, the town mayor said, while others complained authorities were slow to react to violence in North Kivu province.

About 40 people remain trapped in Liberian gold mine

2019-02-17 18:58

Fellow miners have been using their bare hands to remove debris in an effort to free some 40 gold miners who have been trapped for a week, a spokesperson for Liberia's disaster management agency has said.

Kenya recalls envoy from Somalia over maritime border spat

2019-02-17 17:34

Kenya has recalled its ambassador from Somalia for "urgent consultations" over a maritime border dispute that involves lucrative offshore oil and gas deposits.

Egyptian troops hit by deadly jihadist attack in Sinai: army

2019-02-17 16:14

An attack on an Egyptian army checkpoint in the restive Sinai Peninsula left 15 soldiers dead or wounded and seven of the suspected jihadist assailants killed, the military has said.

24 bodies retrieved from flooded Zimbabwe gold mine: report

2019-02-17 13:29

Rescue workers retrieved 24 bodies and eight survivors Saturday from two flooded gold mines in Zimbabwe where officials fear dozens more illegal miners are still trapped, state television has reported.

Egypt says deadly extremist attack hits Sinai checkpoint

2019-02-17 11:12

Egypt's military spokesman says extremists have attacked an army checkpoint in the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, resulting in 15 casualties, including the killing of at least one officer.

Boko Haram kills eight in northeast Nigeria, militia says

2019-02-16 18:55

Boko Haram insurgents killed eight people in Nigeria during an attack on the northeastern city of Maiduguri, a civilian militia leader has said

Top Nigerian challenger urges patience on delay

2019-02-16 16:29

The top challenger to Nigeria's president in the now-delayed election is urging Nigerians to be patient and says he is heading back to the capital to consult with other "stakeholders" on the way forward

Nigeria's Buhari calls for calm after election delay

2019-02-16 14:29

President Muhammadu Buhari has called for Nigerians "to refrain from all civil disorder and remain peaceful" after a last-minute postponement to Saturday's presidential election where he was standing for a second term.

66 killed in Nigerian state before delayed presidential election

2019-02-16 13:18

Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state are reporting at least 66 deaths after a wave of violence just before the country's presidential election

8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; others remained trapped

2019-02-16 11:23

Eight artisanal miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though some of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead.

Zambia will cull hippo despite global backlash

2019-02-15 10:19

South African hunting outfitters are eagerly awaiting the end of the Zambian rainy season in April to start a killing-spree of up to 1 250 hippopotamus living in the world-renowned Luangwa Valley.

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