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Death toll in DR Congo Ebola outbreak now at 27

2018-05-22 21:29

The death toll from Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 27, the health ministry has said, after a fatality was recorded in a city on the front line of the outbreak.

UK pensioner convicted of raping children in Kenya

2018-05-22 21:29

A 72-year-old British man was convicted of raping two children in Kenya after a trial in Britain in which one of his victims gave evidence from Africa via video-link, prosecutors have said.

Church attack victims laid to rest in central Nigeria

2018-05-22 20:30

Two Nigerian priests and 17 worshippers have been buried, nearly a month after an attack on their church, as Catholics took to the streets calling for an end to a spiral of violence.

Woman killed in 'attack' on Darfur camp: Amnesty

2018-05-22 20:30

A young woman was killed in an "attack" by Sudan's counter-insurgency unit on a Darfur camp for displaced people, Amnesty International has said, but authorities said she was shot in a clash.

Egypt ramps up home demolitions in Sinai campaign: HRW

2018-05-22 19:19

Egypt's army has drastically stepped up its demolitions of homes, businesses and farms in the Sinai since launching a widespread campaign against militants in February, Human Rights Watch has said.

Suicide attack on strongman's forces kills 2 in east Libya

2018-05-22 17:57

A suicide attack against a checkpoint in eastern Libya killed at least two militiamen loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, a security source has said.

 
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Lesotho Constitutional Court declares offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional

2018-05-22 19:19

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre has commended Lesotho's constitutional court after it declared the offence of criminal defamation unconstitutional.

Three dead in anti-terror operation in Burkina capital

2018-05-22 17:57

Three suspected jihadists were killed and one was captured in a pre-dawn raid by security forces on a house in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the defence ministry has said.

PICS: DRC announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

2018-05-22 16:32

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million.

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Kidnappings multiply in Cameroon's restive anglophone region

2018-05-22 16:32

Kidnappings are proliferating in Cameroon's violence-torn English-speaking region, where officials, foreigners and locals alike are finding themselves targeted for abduction.

WATCH: 'Insulting' Egyptian TV series sparks diplomatic row with Sudan

2018-05-22 15:02

Khartoum has been angered by Egyptian Ramadan TV series 'Abu Omar el Masry' which depicts Egyptian rebels seeking refuge in Sudan.

Highwaymen rob Zim passengers along SA highway: report

2018-05-22 13:20

At least three buses carrying Zimbabwean passengers were robbed at gunpoint along the Musina Johannesburg highway at the weekend, a report says.

WATCH: Ebola is back in the DRC - but the outlook is hopeful

2018-05-22 12:17

The spread of Ebola to a major city in the DRC is worrying but the outlook is much more optimistic than when a major outbreak was reported in West Africa in 2014, the head of WHO says.

SA hunter 'bribed Zim govt officials to shoot an elephant illegally'

2018-05-22 10:47

The owner of a South African hunting company has been accused of bribing Zimbabwean government officials while guiding a Colorado tourist on a hunt for elephants and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the US.

Missing $15bn diamond revenue: Zim parliament 'to question Mugabe from his Harare mansion'

2018-05-22 08:37

A Zimbabwean parliamentary portfolio committee that is investigating the looting of diamond revenue amounting to $15 billion, has reportedly "resolved to meet former president Robert Mugabe at his private home instead of dragging him to parliament" for questioning.

Zanu PF aims to move Zim from pariah to global partner

2018-05-22 06:32

Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF says that if it is re-elected in the forthcoming elections, it will focus on opening the country for business, fighting corruption and making land productive again.

Ten killed by suspected Ugandan rebels in eastern DRC

2018-05-21 19:59

Ten civilians were killed overnight in a flashpoint area in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in an attack by suspected Ugandan rebels, an official have said.

Burundi votes to allow president to extend time in power

2018-05-21 18:59

A majority of Burundi's voters agreed to amend the constitution in changes that could prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza until 2034, the country's electoral commission has announced.

Ebola: Profile of a dreaded killer

2018-05-21 17:38

A factfile on the deadly Ebola virus, which has broken out in remote northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and spread to a city, a development likely to complicate containment efforts.

Nurse dead in DRC as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

2018-05-21 14:24

Democratic republic of Congo's health minister says a nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country begins a vaccination campaign.

Top UN peacekeeper in Sudan regrets new Darfur clashes

2018-05-21 12:13

The chief of the UN peacekeeping force in Darfur has expressed regret over recent clashes in Sudan's western war-torn region, which he says has left villages burnt and people displaced.

12 civilians killed in Mali market attack

2018-05-21 10:37

At least 12 civilians have been killed in northern Mali in an attack on a market that also involved the shooting of a Malian soldier, military sources say.

Ebola deaths rise to 26, says DRC health ministry

2018-05-21 06:00

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest.

'Don't eat, smoke in public,' Zim police warned

2018-05-20 16:07

Zimbabwean police have reportedly been banned from eating and smoking in public, as the country's recently appointed police commissioner seeks to clean the image of the force ahead of a crunch election.

Sudan protests against Egyptian TV serial

2018-05-20 12:00

Sudan has said it has complained to Cairo about an Egyptian television serial that shows some Egyptians living in the African country being involved in "terrorism".

Taxpayers fund Mswati-Lungu bromance

2018-05-20 06:02

The growing bonds of friendship between Swaziland’s King Mswati III and Zambian leader Edgar Lungu have reached new, but worrying, levels for the two countries' citizens.

Egypt says prominent socialist activist arrested

2018-05-19 18:30

Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist and labor rights lawyer has been arrested on an array of charges including belonging to an outlawed group

UN envoy: Ending corruption and trafficking key in Libya

2018-05-22 16:32

The UN envoy for Libya warns that the oil-rich country's "perverse economic model" based on corruption and trafficking in people and goods "must be shattered" to end its political crisis and progress toward stability and democratic elections this year.

20 killed in DRC violence, including wildlife park

2018-05-22 15:02

Twenty people have been killed in a flareup of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including a fresh attack in the renowned Virunga National Park, officials say.

Switzerland opens criminal probe tied to Angola fund

2018-05-22 13:20

Swiss authorities have raided multiple sites as part of a money-laundering probe tied to Angola's sovereign wealth fund, the top prosecutor's office says.

Ex-minister named new Guinea PM: state media

2018-05-22 12:17

A former government minister and economist has been named the new prime minister of Guinea by President Alpha Conde, according to a decree read out on state media.

UN council calls on DRC to lift ban on demonstrations

2018-05-22 10:47

The UN Security Council has urged the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to lift a blanket ban on demonstrations ahead of key elections meant to end President Joseph Kabila's rule.

Top Africa stories: Ex-Grace Mugabe ally, Zim cannabis, Ebola

2018-05-22 08:37

A key ally of Grace Mugabe is set to return to Zimbabwe six months after he fled into exile in the wake of the military takeover, and ex-president Robert Mugabe has 'sent emissaries for coalition talks with MDC leader Nelson Chamisa'.

DRC Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

2018-05-22 06:00

DRC has started an Ebola vaccination campaign in a northwest provincial capital in a major effort to stem an outbreak that has already made its way from rural towns into a city of more than 1 million people

At least 18 dead after cyclone hits Horn of Africa

2018-05-21 19:59

Flooding and strong winds caused by a tropical cyclone left at least 18 people dead and thousands homeless across two countries in the Horn of Africa, an aid agency has said.

Nigeria economy grows with bump in oil production

2018-05-21 19:59

Nigeria's economy grew slower than expected in the first quarter, official statistics have showed, with an expansion in oil production offset by a sputtering non-oil sector.

Zimbabwe applies to rejoin Commonwealth

2018-05-21 17:38

Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, the group says, marking a major step in the country's international re-engagement after Robert Mugabe was ousted last year.

Star Zambian musician freed on bail ahead of trial

2018-05-21 16:01

A Zambian court has released on bail a popular protest musician, who was arrested last week when he returned home having fled the country fearing for his life.

$15bn diamond looting: Zim parliament summons Mugabe to May 23 hearing

2018-05-21 13:11

A Zimbabwe parliament committee has summoned former president Robert Mugabe to give evidence on Wednesday about diamond corruption alleged to have cost billions of dollars during his rule.

Mugabe 'sends emissaries for coalition talks with MDC leader Chamisa' – report

2018-05-21 10:37

Zimbabwe's MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa has reportedly been "approached by emissaries claiming to represent former president Robert Mugabe and seeking an electoral pact".

Zim government shelves plans to licence cannabis growers: report

2018-05-21 08:31

The Zimbabwe government has put on hold plans to issue licences to farmers to grow marijuana for medical and research purposes, citing the need to first carry out feasibility studies.

DRC to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

2018-05-20 18:32

Democratic Republic of Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, DRC health minister has announced.

Burundi opposition rejects referendum result

2018-05-20 14:05

The coalition led by main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa ha said it did not recognise the result of a referendum on constitutional reforms that could leave President Pierre Nkurunziza in power until 2034.

African nations vow to recover stolen assets

2018-05-20 08:12

Former British prime minister David Cameron two years ago was caught talking about an anti-corruption summit and calling Nigeria "fantastically corrupt".

Ethiopia says Saudi Arabia to free 1 000 detained citizens

2018-05-19 18:30

Ethiopia says more than 1 000 of its citizens will be released from detention centres in Saudi Arabia after a request by new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a visit to Riyadh.

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