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US diplomat found dead at his house in Madagascar: police

2018-09-24 20:36

An American diplomat has been found dead after an apparent attack at his residence in Madagascar's capital, police has said, adding that a suspect had been arrested.

Aid groups halt Ebola work as DRC raid toll hits 21

2018-09-24 20:36

The death toll from a weekend attack in Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east has risen to 21, with the violence prompting aid groups to suspend their Ebola work in the area.

Kenya's military says it's killed 10 extremists in attack

2018-09-24 20:36

Kenya's military says it's killed 10 rebels from the al-Shabaab extremist group in an ambush in Kenya's south where several soldiers have died from roadside bombs.

Three police killed in Burkina after foreigners kidnapped

2018-09-24 18:51

Three police officers were killed in a northern region of Burkina Faso where they were hunting for a trio of kidnapped mineworkers, a security official has told AFP.

Singer Lamjarred case reopens Morocco violence against women debate

2018-09-24 17:36

Still adored at home despite three separate rape charges in France, Moroccan pop star Saad Lamjarred's latest arrest has reignited a debate on violence against women in the North African kingdom.

 
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Uganda's opposition pop star says he doesn't feel safe

2018-09-24 18:51

Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine says he is concerned about his safety four days after returning from the United States, where he sought medical care for injuries sustained during alleged state torture.

Egypt court confirms 20 death sentences over police killings

2018-09-24 18:51

An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences for 20 Islamists convicted of killing 13 policemen during violent unrest after the military overthrow of president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

An African migrant's journey to a Greek basketball court

2018-09-24 17:36

Seventeen-year-old Christ Wamba fled his homeland, the Congo Republic, for Greece, carrying a basketball. Now he plays for Thessaloniki's Aris team and dreams of the NBA.

Kenyan governor charged with pregnant lover's murder

2018-09-24 15:59

A Kenyan governor has been charged with murder following the death of his pregnant young lover whose body was found dumped in a forest earlier this month.

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Brotherhood chief, 65 others get life for Egypt attack

2018-09-24 15:59

An Egyptian court has sentenced 66 people to life in prison, including Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohammed Badie, over an August 2013 attack on a police station in Minya.

Top Africa stories: Zim cholera, Moz, Tanzania

2018-09-24 10:33

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly expressed outrage over the cholera screening process introduced by Zambian authorities, and at least people have been 12 killed and 14 others have been wounded in Mozambique jihadist attacks, says a source.

Egypt court sentences 65 people over 2013 violence

2018-09-24 09:30

An Egyptian court has sentenced 64 people to varying prison terms and one man to death over violence in 2013 when the military overthrew the elected Islamist president

Nigerian governorship vote ends in a stalement: official

2018-09-24 07:37

The governorship election in southwest Nigeria's Osun state has ended in a stalemate when the nation's electoral body failed to declare a clear winner.

Libya urges 'effective' UN action to end Tripoli violence

2018-09-23 17:58

Libya's internationally recognised government has called on the UN to take "concrete and effective" action to protect civilians and halt fighting near the capital that has killed more than 100 people since late August.

Nigerians vote to elect governor of key southwest state

2018-09-23 16:19

Voters in the southwestern Nigerian state of Osun have went to the polls to elect a new governor amid growing concerns about free and fair voting, six months ahead of a presidential election.

Sixteen dead in rebel attack on DRC village: witnesses

2018-09-23 16:19

Sixteen people, including 12 civilians, were killed in a rebel attack on the village of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, witnesses have told AFP.

Nigeria's Buhari under fire over 'astronomic' fuel subsidy bill

2018-09-23 14:06

It's only September but Nigerians are already dreading Christmas. For years, the holiday season has been marred by paralysing fuel shortages, grinding business to a halt.

Zimbabwe merely ‘postpones’ cholera outbreak

2018-09-23 11:29

Despite a declaration by the government that the current cholera outbreak has been tamed, public health professionals in Zimbabwe say the outbreak has merely been “postponed” as the measures put in place are “stop-gap” solutions.

Gabon hails 'brave' ICC decision not to probe violence claims

2018-09-23 08:43

Gabon has hailed as "brave" a decision by the International Criminal Court not to open a formal probe into claims of violence after a disputed presidential poll in a country ruled by the same family for nearly 50 years.

US airstrike kills 18 al-Shabaab after US attacked in Somalia

2018-09-22 19:34

The US military says it has carried an airstrike that killed 18 al-Shabaab extremists after US and local forces came under attack in southern Somalia.

WATCH: Survivor found inside capsized Tanzania ferry; toll hits 209

2018-09-22 17:28

A survivor has been found inside a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster on Lake Victoria, an official has said, while coffins arrived for at least 209 victims and counting.

WATCH: Survivor found inside capsized Tanzania ferry; toll hits 167

2018-09-22 15:32

A survivor has been found inside a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster on Lake Victoria, an official said on Saturday, while coffins arrived for at least 167 victims and counting.

Seasonal plague kills two more in Madagascar

2018-09-22 15:32

Madagascar's seasonal outbreak of pneumonic plague has killed two more people, taking the death toll to four, the health ministry ha said.

The United Nations that Kofi Annan served pays tribute

2018-09-22 13:05

2 secretaries-generals and diplomats from the world that Kofi Annan served for nearly 45 years paid tribute to him at the UN, but the most moving words were from his wife and son who urged people to continue his fight for a fairer and peaceful planet

World leaders express shock at Tanzania ferry disaster, death toll hits 130

2018-09-22 07:36

Pope Francis, the United Nations secretary-general, Russian President Vladimir Putin and a number of African leaders have expressed shock and sorrow at Tanzania ferry disaster.

Tanzania President orders arrests over Lake Victoria ferry disaster

2018-09-21 21:24

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has ordered the arrest of the management of a ferry that capsized in Lake Victoria, as the death toll climbed to 131 and rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.

2 pilots killed in Sudan military jet crash: army

2018-09-21 20:36

A Sudanese military jet has crashed near the city of Omdurman, killing the two pilots on board, the army has said, in the latest accident to hit its ageing fleet.

Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed 227

2018-09-24 14:33

Tanzania's government has launched an inquest into the cause of the ferry disaster, in which 227 people died when a boat capsized in Lake Victoria last week.

Five killed in torrential Tunisia rains

2018-09-24 12:13

Flash floods in Tunisia's Cap Bon peninsula have killed at least five people, authorities say, as surging waters caused by heavy rains carried away homes, cars and chunks of road.

Cholera kills 97 in Nigeria's northeast

2018-09-24 09:30

A cholera outbreak in Nigeria's northeast has killed nearly 100 people over the past two weeks and infected thousands more, the United Nations says.

Mugabe ally 'shuts down' newly formed opposition party, rejoins Zanu-PF – report

2018-09-24 07:37

A Zimbabwean political party which was said to be backed by ousted president Robert Mugabe has reportedly been disbanded, with its leaders saying they are now rejoining the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Kenya's gay community revels in screening of lesbian love story, 'Rafiki'

2018-09-23 17:58

The lights dim in the packed cinema as the holding music fades. The film title "Rafiki" flashes up on the screen, and some 230 hushed spectators burst out in euphoric applause.

US, allied forces attacked in Somalia: Pentagon

2018-09-23 17:58

United States and allied forces came under attack in Somalia, triggering an air strike which killed 18 Al-Shabaab militants, the US military has said.

Four killed in torrential Tunisia rains: ministry

2018-09-23 16:19

Torrential rains and flooding in northeastern Tunisia have left at least four dead, including two sisters, the interior ministry has said.

Congo reports Ebola death close to busy Ugandan border

2018-09-23 14:06

A Congolese woman who refused an Ebola vaccination and then disappeared has died of the virus near the heavily traveled border with Uganda, which is preparing to begin vaccinations as needed.

'Say no to China': Anger mounts in Zambia over Beijing's presence

2018-09-23 08:43

"China equals Hitler" says the sign held up in the Zambian capital Lusaka by a protester opposed to Beijing's tightening grip on the economy of the southern African nation.

DRC vote could be a threat to Africa's stability

2018-09-23 06:54

Exiled opposition leader warns of civil strife across the continent in the absence of a free and fair election.

AU calls for eSwatini to end ban on political parties

2018-09-22 19:34

African Union election observers have urged eSwatini to lift a ban on political parties and allow candidates to campaign freely in the tiny country, which went to the polls this week.

Egypt court upholds corruption conviction of Mubarak, sons

2018-09-22 19:34

Egypt's highest appeals court has rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges

ICC will not investigate post-poll violence in Gabon

2018-09-22 17:28

The International Criminal Court will not open a formal investigation into claims of post-election violence following the disputed 2016 presidential election, an ICC prosecutor has said.

Cholera outbreak in Nigeria claims nearly 100 lives

2018-09-22 15:32

A cholera outbreak in north-eastern Nigeria has claimed nearly 100 lives over the past two weeks, the United Nations has said.

UPDATE: Tanzania ferry disaster toll rises to 151

2018-09-22 11:00

The death toll after a ferry capsized in Lake Victoria has risen to 151, state-run TV station TBC has said as rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.

Liberian ministers deny they are probing 'missing millions'

2018-09-22 07:36

Liberian ministers have denied a clam that tens of millions of dollars had disappeared from state coffers, seeking to douse widespread public anger after a government probe sparked speculation that vast sums destined for the central bank had gone mis

Lake Victoria, African lifeline regularly hit by sinkings

2018-09-21 20:36

Lake Victoria is the biggest lake in Africa and crossed every day by scores of boats that are often poorly maintained and overloaded, making them vulnerable to poor weather.

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