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Ramaphosa welcomes South Sudan peace talks

2018-06-20 14:18

President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the participation of South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar in the peace talks facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

At least 10 killed in Zambia mine dump collapse: police

2018-06-20 14:18

At least 10 subsistence miners were killed when a mine dump collapsed in Zambia's second-largest city and copperbelt mining hub Kitwe, police say.

Eritrea sends delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks

2018-06-20 13:00

Eritrean diplomats say the reclusive nation's president is sending a rare delegation to neighbouring Ethiopia for peace talks, days after Ethiopia's new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival.

 
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WATCH: UN refugee chief urges 'co-operation' on migrant crisis

2018-06-20 13:00

The UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi has said during a visit to Libya the key to resolving Europe's migration crisis is "co-operation" rather than disjointed efforts by individual states.

South Sudan: Riek Machar, Salva Kiir to meet after two years

2018-06-20 12:11

The two figures at the centre of the civil war that has ravaged South Sudan are scheduled to meet for the first time in nearly two years.

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UN envoy to hold new round of talks on Western Sahara

2018-06-20 11:25

The UN envoy for Western Sahara is planning a new round of talks in Morocco and Algeria beginning next week to push for a return to negotiations on ending the conflict, diplomats say.

Top Africa stories: Twin girls burnt to death, Mnangagwa

2018-06-20 08:00

Social media has reacted angrily after 5-day-old twin girls were 'burnt to death in hospital' in Zimbabwe, and Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa reportedly stopped his motorcade to queue for fried chicken.

War-ravaged South Sudan at a glance

2018-06-20 05:59

South Sudan, the world's newest country, has been mired in a devastating civil war for more than four years, with tens of thousands of people killed, nearly four million displaced and its economy in ruins.

WATCH: Fire guts recently renovated tourist lodges in Mozambique's Barra Beach

2018-06-20 09:39

Lodge owners are heartbroken in Inhambane, Mozambique, after a fire caused by an electrical short circuit destroyed about 20 houses in Barra Beach, including two lodges.

CAR says Boris Becker's diplomatic passport is 'fake'

2018-06-19 21:00

The Central African Republic (CAR) has said that a diplomatic passport that tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain "is a fake."

South Sudan warring leaders to meet Wednesday, Ethiopia says

2018-06-19 16:54

South Sudan's warring leaders will meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on June 20 amid efforts to end a five-year civil war, the government of neighbouring Ethiopia has said.

At least 257 illegal baby factories uncovered in Nigerian state – report

2018-06-19 12:55

At least 257 illegal baby factories have reportedly been uncovered in the Imo State of Nigeria, in a move set to eradicate illegal orphanages.

WATCH: Why Kenyan school children say 'no', loudly

2018-06-19 11:33

Young girls in Kenya are being taught self-defence on how to report sexual and physical attacks. The training is given in areas where attacks have been prevalent

Vote for Mnangagwa for 'total liberation', VP Chiwenga tells Zimbabweans

2018-06-19 10:31

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has reportedly urged the electorate to vote for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to complete the military intervention that saw Robert Mugabe stepping down last November.

Nigeria Eid suicide attack death toll rises to 43

2018-06-18 21:23

Deadly weekend attacks by suspected Boko Haram jihadists using young girls as suicide bombers killed 43 people in northeastern Nigeria, officials have said, updating the toll.

Somali sent to prison in Canada for kidnapping after being lured with 'book deal'

2018-06-18 20:30

A Canadian judge has sentenced a Somali national to 15 years in prison for his role in the 2008 kidnapping of a Canadian and an Australian journalist.

Young refugees share what it’s like trying to finish school, find work and get married

2018-06-18 17:00

The transition into adulthood is challenging for young refugees: they face great adversity while trying to finishing school, find work and enter marriage, writes The Conversation.

The World Cup is a chance to talk about African identities and unity

2018-06-18 15:37

The football world cup offers a useful chance to consider the apparent division between North and sub-Saharan Africa, The Conversation writes.

Zim war vets: MDC's Chamisa 'is slowly turning himself into little Mugabe'

2018-06-18 11:26

Zimbabwe's war veterans leader Victor Matemadanda has reportedly claimed that the MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa's political approaches are turning him into a "small version of former president Robert Mugabe".

Mali admits soldiers implicated in deaths during security sweep

2018-06-20 10:12

Mali's defence minister has admitted that soldiers were involved in killings in the country's unstable centre, after the discovery of a mass grave backed up accusations of summary executions by government troops.

WATCH: Mozambique unrest displaces more than 1 000 people

2018-06-20 08:00

Human Rights Watch says more than 1 000 people in northeast Mozambique have been left homeless by armed attacks in recent months. The army has been criticised for brutal response.

Residents accuse Mali army of killing at least 25 civilians

2018-06-19 21:10

Malian soldiers killed at least 25 civilians in the central Mopti region last week, a civic association and residents have said, as concerns rose over alleged abuses during counterterror operations in an area where extremists linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have carried out attacks.

Boko Haram kills nine soldiers in Nigeria

2018-06-19 21:10

Boko Haram fighters killed nine soldiers and wounded two others in northeast Nigeria, according to military sources, just days after 43 civilians died in deadly suicide bombings.

Algeria to block internet to stop high school exam leaks

2018-06-19 18:30

Algeria's education minister says the Algerian government is taking the "extreme measure" of temporarily suspending the entire country's internet connection during national school exams to stop cheating and the leaking of answers

Egypt's shrinking 'Pharaonic Sea' has fishermen worried

2018-06-19 16:54

Egypt's shrinking freshwater "Pharaonic Sea" has residents in its nearly 50 surrounding fishing villages worried.

WATCH: Young Ugandan wins prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

2018-06-19 14:10

Brian Gitta, 24, has reportedly become the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, after he invented a device which tests malaria without drawing blood.

Ultra-secure lab in Gabon equipped for Ebola studies

2018-06-19 12:55

At a research facility in Gabon, one isolated building stands behind an electrified fence, under round-the-clock scrutiny by video cameras. The locked-down P4 lab is built to handle the world's most dangerous viruses, including Ebola.

Libyan coast guard rescues 186 migrants, recovers 5 bodies

2018-06-19 11:33

Libya's coast guard says it has recovered the bodies of five migrants and rescued 186 others, including women and children, in separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Gambian police kill two anti-pollution protesters

2018-06-19 10:31

Gambian police have killed two young men during a village protest against sand excavation they claim is damaging their rice fields, official sources said.

Top Africa stories: Chamisa falls on stage, Mali's Spiderman

2018-06-19 08:17

A video of Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa falling on stage has gone viral on social media, and Mali's 'real life Spiderman' has returned home to a hero's welcome

Clashes at Libya oil sites cause 'catastrophic losses'

2018-06-19 05:58

Libya's National Oil Company says it suffered "catastrophic losses" when two storage tanks were destroyed during fierce clashes in the country's northeastern oil crescent.

'Fired up' Mnangagwa warns 'rebels' in his Zanu-PF party – report

2018-06-18 20:01

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly "threatened unspecified action" against "rebel" Zanu-PF party officials, who registered as independent candidates for the upcoming polls after losing in primary elections.

Twenty-five bodies found after army sweep in Mali

2018-06-18 17:00

Twenty-five bodies were found in central Mali after the army carried out a sweep in the unstable region, sources have said, adding to concern about abuse by security forces in their fight against jihadists.

Mali's 'real life Spiderman' returns home to a hero's welcome... set to meet president – report

2018-06-18 14:05

The Malian migrant dubbed "Spiderman" following his heroic action in saving a small boy hanging in a balcony in Paris is expected to meet with Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

Libya's NOC says oil storage damaged in attack on key ports

2018-06-18 11:26

Libya's National Oil Corporation says an armed group opposed to Libya's self-styled national army has attacked key oil port terminals "significantly" damaging at least one storage tank.

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