Africa

Africa's Nobel Prize winners: A list

2019-12-09 22:51

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is set to receive the 2019 Nobel Prize for Peace for his "decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea". A look at the continent's Nobel laureates who have been honoured before.

Africa caught between climate and growth: top diplomat

2019-12-09 21:20

Mohamed Nasr, head of environmental affairs in Egypt's foreign ministry, is chair of the Africa Group, a 54-nation negotiating bloc at the UN climate conference under way in Madrid. He speaks about Africa's climate change dilemma.

Madagascar braces for tropical Cyclone Belna

2019-12-09 21:20

Cyclone Belna is expected to hit northwestern Madagascar after brushing past the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte and the Comoros archipelago.

Over 9 million facing food shortages in African Sahel: officials

2019-12-09 18:32

The number of people requiring urgent food aid in 16 countries across Africa's Sahel region more than doubled this year to at least 9.4 million amid an increase in violence and insecurity, officials and experts say.

Corruption trial of Angolan ex-president's son begins

2019-12-09 16:51

The son of former Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has appeared in court, at the start of his trial on corruption charges.

'Not true': Nairobi governor pleads not guilty to graft charges

2019-12-09 13:47

The flashy governor of Nairobi on Monday pleaded not guilty to over 30 charges of money laundering, receiving bribes and conflict of interest in a court appearance held under tight security.

 
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Beleaguered DRC rainforest attacked on all sides

2019-12-09 20:02

Lush rainforest covers millions of hectares of the DRC, a central part of Earth's natural defence against global warming - but it is under severe threat from a perfect storm of mismanagement and corruption.

SAA may only be offered 5% of money owed by Zim

2019-12-09 17:12

South African Airways, the national airline that’s entered a form of bankruptcy protection, may only be offered 5% of the $60m (R874m) that its owed by neighboring Zimbabwe in funds from ticket sales and hasn’t been able to extract from the country.

Algeria seeks heavy sentences for ex-PMs accused of corruption

2019-12-09 15:26

The Algerian prosecutor's office has requested 20-year prison sentences for several former politicians accused of corruption, including two prime ministers who served under former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, reports say.

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Rwanda begins vaccinating against Ebola near DR Congo border

2019-12-09 11:49

Rwanda has started a voluntary Ebola vaccination programme at its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly virus from its neighbour.

Namibia vows to change 'status-quo' of white-farm ownership

2019-12-08 14:26

Farmers wishing to sell their business must first offer it to the state, which parcels it into smaller plots and redistributes to 'previously disadvantaged Namibians' - but President Hage Geingob has been prompted to call for a more muscular approach.

Floods kill 12 people in western Uganda

2019-12-07 18:28

Twelve people have been swept to their deaths by floods in western Uganda, the Red Cross says, as the East African country is battered by torrential rain.

Zambian president allegedly involved in illegal timber trade: report

2019-12-06 23:00

Zambia's president Edgar Lungu and other senior government officials have been accused of facilitating rosewood trafficking, according to an environmental investigation report.

Nairobi building collapse: Several killed, more feared trapped

2019-12-06 18:22

At least two people have been killed in Kenya's capital after the collapse of a six-storey residential building, as rescuers struggled to reach those feared trapped under a mountain of rubble.

DR Congo survivors recount horror attacks by axe-wielding rebels

2019-12-06 15:52

"Those who didn't flee like myself were hacked to pieces with machetes," said nine-year-old Edvige Kalivanda, whose parents were butchered in the latest wave of terror to rock DR Congo's volatile east.

Malawians await ruling on contested presidential poll - and the implications are huge

2019-12-06 12:11

Over the past four months, Malawians have eagerly followed live broadcasts of witnesses presenting evidence to judges of alleged rigging in an election narrowly won by President Peter Mutharika.

Plea for aid to help millions of Zimbabweans buy food

2019-12-05 21:01

The United Nations has called for some $200m in extra funding to help four million Zimbabweans unable to buy food due to drought and triple-digit inflation.

Sudan says it captured six Boko Haram suspects

2019-12-05 19:29

Sudan's army says it has caught six Chadians accused of belonging to Boko Haram, in the country's first such arrests of suspected members of the jihadist group which originated in Nigeria.

Massive vote rigging uncovered in Botswana elections, claims opposition leader Duma Boko

2019-12-05 15:20

Leader of Botswana opposition coalition, Umbrella for Democratic Change, Duma Boko, claims there was massive vote rigging and fraud in the past Botswana elections by the leading party, the BDP, to favour the current President, Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi.

Uganda's Museveni leads much-derided walk against graft

2019-12-04 22:00

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has led thousands of civil servants, supporters and police officers on an anti-corruption walk through the capital in move derided by critics as a meaningless stunt.

Senegalese Koranic teacher sentenced for chaining truants

2019-12-04 19:38

A Senegalese court has issued a suspended prison term to a Koranic school teacher who chained up truants, in a much-publicised case that has split opinion in the west African country.

Zimbabwe's health woes: 250 babies born in make-shift maternity clinic as system continues to suffer

2019-12-04 12:45

The floor is dusty, the walls filthy and the furniture decrepit, but for two weeks last month a tiny flat in a Harare township was transformed into a maternity clinic where scores of babies were born.

UN: Zim needs US$293m for emergency food supplies as hunger worsens

2019-12-03 21:02

The United Nations, through its World Food Programme, plans to more than double the number of people it is feeding in Zimbabwe to 4.1 million by January 2020, it said on Tuesday.

WATCH: At least 23 killed as fire engulfs Sudan factory

2019-12-03 18:32

At least 23 people have been killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital, officials say.

US court acquits Lebanese businessman in Mozambique fraud scandal

2019-12-03 10:40

A US court on Monday acquitted the main defendant in a bribery case that plunged Mozambique into its worst-ever financial crisis following a trial in which he implicated the country's president.

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia resume talks over disputed Nile dam

2019-12-02 21:06

The irrigation ministers of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have met in Cairo for a new round of talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a multi-billion dam being built by the Ethiopian government.

US envoy to Zambia bemoans 'decaying' ties after gay ruling

2019-12-02 19:18

The US envoy to Zambia Daniel Foote has warned of "decaying" bilateral ties following a 15-year jail sentence slapped on two men for homosexuality.

Tunisian bus plunges off cliff, killing at least 24

2019-12-01 19:46

At least 24 Tunisians were killed and 18 more injured Sunday when a bus plunged off a cliff into a ravine in the country's north, officials said.

Eight killed in Kenya bus attack

2019-12-07 10:38

Several police officers were among at least eight people killed in an attack on a bus in northeast Kenya believed to have been staged by the Somali Islamist Shebaab group, a presidential spokesperson said on Saturday.

UK judge throws out torture case against Charles Taylor's ex-wife

2019-12-06 20:04

A British judge has dismissed torture charges against the ex-wife of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor, relating to the west African country's bitter civil war.

Nigerian activist re-arrested, hours after release: lawyer

2019-12-06 17:03

Nigerian state security police have re-arrested an opposition activist and former presidential candidate, a day after a court ordered him freed, his lawyer says.

Man burnt to death in freak accident at Lagos church

2019-12-05 22:00

A man has been burnt to death after a pastor mistook petrol for water during a healing service in Lagos, the emergency services says.

Burundi landslides kill 38 after heavy rains: police

2019-12-05 20:17

At least 38 people died in Burundi after heavy rains triggered landslides that swept through hillside communities in the northwest of the country, according to a provisional police toll.

Dozens of migrants drown as boat sinks off Mauritania: UN

2019-12-05 11:52

At least 58 migrants drowned as their boat sank near the Mauritanian coast after a week at sea, the International Organization for Migration said Thursday.

Amnesty slams proposed Nigeria laws as attack on free speech

2019-12-04 20:30

Amnesty International has urged the Nigerian parliament to stop further consideration of two proposed laws it says will let the authorities further strip away free speech in the country.

Outcry as Tanzania blocks cases from African rights court

2019-12-04 18:30

Human rights activists have raised alarm over Tanzania's plans to block individuals and NGOs from directly filing cases against the government to the African rights court.

Tunisia arrests 11 after clashes in birthplace of Arab Spring

2019-12-03 21:20

Eleven Tunisians were arrested during a night of clashes between protesters and police in the central region of Sidi Bouzid, the interior ministry says, after the self-immolation of a young man sparked outrage.

Flights disrupted in Zimbabwe due to 'operational limitations'

2019-12-03 12:46

Air Zimbabwe and fastjet has experienced operational issues at RG Mugabe International Airport in Harare.

Four soldiers 'killed by Boko Haram' at Lake Chad base

2019-12-02 22:00

Suspected Boko Haram jihadists have killed four Chadian troops in a newly established military outpost on Lake Chad, the military and local officials said.

Officials in Namibia corruption scheme to remain in custody

2019-12-02 20:14

Six Namibian officials and businessmen suspected of involvement in a bribery and money-laundering scheme will remain in custody until February 20, a court in the capital, Windhoek, has said.

Botswana defies outcry from human rights group, executes murderer

2019-12-02 18:11

Botswana has hanged a 44-year-old man for murdering his boss, prisons services announced, despite mounting criticism from rights groups and the European Union.

Ex-Chad PM arrested on fraud allegations

2019-12-02 13:16

A Chadian minister, who served as the country's premier from 2013-16 has been arrested over fraud allegations, a police spokesperson told AFP.

Women farmers hope to spread shea butter wealth

2019-12-01 13:55

The global shea butter market is expected to be worth $3.5bn by 2028 and women in a cooperative in the Nigerian village of Kodo are extracting its value.

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