Zimbabwe poll: The bar for success is low, the stakes are high and it’s a close race

2018-07-21 19:44

A new survey suggests opposition Zimbabwean leader Nelson Chamisa is closing in on the ruling Zanu-PF's President Emmerson Mnangagwa, writes The Conversation.

WATCH: Ethiopian journalist reunited with family after nearly 20 years

2018-07-21 18:01

Ethiopian journalist Addisalem Hadgu has been reunited with his wife and children after he flew to the Eritrean capital Asmara on the first direct flight between the two nations in 20 years.

Zimbabweans in South Africa fear elections won't be free and fair

2018-07-21 12:00

A handful of Zimbabweans living in SA picketed outside the Zimbabwe Consulate in Cape Town this week, demanding that the country's electoral body respect the SADC principles and guidelines governing democratic elections, GroundUp says.

EXCLUSIVE: Report hints at 900 000 ghost-voters in Zim election

2018-07-21 07:22

With less than two weeks to go until Zimbabweans head to the polls, a further analysis of the voter's roll has shown that as many as 900 000 records may have been tampered with, to influence the results, according to a report by TeamPachedu.


PROTEST:   A demonstrator holds a banner as he takes part in a march for peace organised by Churches Convergence on Peace Project, ahead of the Zimbabwe elections in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. (File, AFP)

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Swazi political party 'challenges electoral system in court'

2018-07-21 14:00

A Swaziland political party has challenged the country's political system a month before Africa's last absolute monarch goes to the polls.

At least 21 Nepalese girls 'rescued' from Kenya strip clubs

2018-07-21 10:03

Police in Kenya have rescued at least 21 young Nepalese women during a raid on two strip clubs in an upmarket suburb of the capital Nairobi, detectives say.

Top Africa stories: Beauty queen sentenced to death, Mnangagwa's medication at rally

2018-07-21 07:22

A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend, and a picture of Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa taking medication in front of his Zanu-PF supporters at a rally has gone viral.

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Mnangagwa takes vote campaign to Mugabe's hometown… says nothing about the nonagenarian

2018-07-20 20:54

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa this week took his election campaign to his predecessor Robert Mugabe's hometown, Chinhoyi, but he completely did not mention his name, says a report.

Zimbabwe jails Mugabe's ex-minister for graft

2018-07-20 19:30

A Zimbabwe court has handed a four-year jail term to a former energy minister who served in Robert Mugabe's last cabinet after he was found guilty of corruption, a report says.

Egypt's Sisi vows to back S Sudan peace bid

2018-07-20 19:19

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has backed an ongoing regional bid to resolve the conflict in South Sudan as he praised Khartoum for hosting peace talks between the country's warring groups.

Libya rejects EU plan for asylum processing centres

2018-07-20 17:50

Libya's prime minister has said he would not allow the EU to set up asylum processing centres in his country, in a new setback for European leaders seeking to curb new migrant arrivals.

Ethiopia or Eritrea? Border community fears split

2018-07-20 17:03

"This place is definitely Ethiopian," says farmer Haise Woldu, 76, gesturing to a church with an ornate brick facade in Engal, set to a backdrop of a jagged mountain range.

Four Cameroon troops held over summary execution video

2018-07-20 15:13

Four Cameroonian soldiers have been arrested after a video apparently showing three of them summarily executing two women and their two children accused of belonging to Boko Haram, sources close to the army say.

Burkina Faso captures 60 extremists near Mali, Niger border

2018-07-20 14:20

Burkina Faso's army says its counter-terror forces have captured at least 60 extremists along the border with Mali and Niger during operations conducted since July 8.

South Sudan power-sharing deal delayed over differences

2018-07-20 12:06

Sudan says the signing of a "preliminary" power-sharing deal between South Sudan's foes has been postponed as the warring factions have yet to fully agree on the draft.

UN, AU call for transfer of power in DRC

2018-07-20 10:18

The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union have called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

WATCH: Africa is slowly creating a new ocean

2018-07-20 08:30

Volcanic eruptions spewing red-hot magma & shifting tectonic plates mean our future maps of Africa will have a lot more blue on them.

GALLERY: Meet Zimbabwe's 23 presidential candidates

2018-07-20 06:17

Zimbabwe is heading to the polls on July 30 - the first vote after the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe, who ruled the country for 37 years. See pictures of all 23 presidential candidates participating in the election.

DRC leader still coy on role in long-delayed election

2018-07-19 21:27

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila in a national address says the long-delayed December election is "a matter of sovereignty" but he still doesn't say what role he will play.

Zimbabwe defends electoral roll over 'ghost voters'

2018-07-19 19:09

Zimbabwean authorities have defended a new electoral roll after allegations that thousands of fake names, duplicates and dead people are registered to cast ballots in a July 30 vote.

Boko Haram kills six traders in Nigeria ambush: locals

2018-07-19 17:07

Boko Haram fighters killed six traders when they ambushed a convoy of lorries under military escort in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and a local resident have said.

WATCH: First Ethiopia-Eritrea flight in 20 years seals peace deal

2018-07-19 13:57

The first commercial flight to leave Ethiopia for Eritrea in 20 years has landed safely in Asmara, sealing a stunning reconciliation between the once warring nations.

At least 15 dead in armed clashes in DRC

2018-07-19 10:28

Fifteen people were killed during five days of clashes between armed militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, before the army intervened, local officials say.

DRC president Kabila to make address to the nation

2018-07-19 08:26

DRC President Joseph Kabila is expected to make a speech to parliament, less than a week before candidates can begin to register in postponed presidential elections.

Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after yearslong tension

2018-07-20 20:54

The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend their frayed ties following repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia

Ethiopian parliament approves amnesty for dissidents

2018-07-20 19:19

Ethiopia's parliament has approved an amnesty for dissidents, thousands of whom have been released as part of a series of unprecedented reforms since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power.

Missing Senegalese migrants found in Mauritanian city

2018-07-20 17:50

Senegalese migrants feared missing in the Mauritanian desert after their boat washed ashore have been found safe and well in the country's second-largest city, a security source has said.

Mozambique passes election reforms in peace progress

2018-07-20 17:03

The Mozambican parliament has passed electoral reforms putting back on track municipal voting due to be held on October 10, in the latest step of peace negotiations.

Girl, 10, dies after female genital mutilation

2018-07-20 16:15

An activist says a 10-year-old girl has bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia.

Zim election race tightens: Poll puts Mnangagwa on 40%, Chamisa on 37%

2018-07-20 15:13

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has only a narrow lead over opposition leader Nelson Chamisa ahead of Zimbabwe's landmark elections on July 30, according to a latest poll.

ICC denies damages to kids born after DRC village attack

2018-07-20 14:20

War crimes judges ruled Thursday that five children born after their parents were victims of a brutal 2003 attack on a Congolese village were not eligible to receive compensation.

Beauty queen, 24, sentenced to death for 'slashing' boyfriend to death

2018-07-20 12:06

A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane".

Cameroon military, separatists blamed for 'grave abuses'

2018-07-20 10:18

Violent tensions between Cameroon's government and Anglophone separatists have forced more than 180 000 people from their homes since December, Human Rights Watch says.

DRC leader maintains suspense over plans

2018-07-20 08:30

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, is keeping his country guessing over his political plans five months ahead of crucial elections.

Ramaphosa to meet high level Lesotho mediation team

2018-07-20 06:17

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community facilitator to Lesotho, is expected to meet with a high level mediation team at his official home in Pretoria.

Ethiopia names ambassador to Eritrea as ties thaw

2018-07-19 21:27

Ethiopia has appointed an ambassador to Eritrea for the first time in 20 years, state-affiliated media has reported, the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves between the neighbours.

Gambian govt condemns ex-president's 'shocking' return pledge

2018-07-19 20:05

Banjul has condemned former president Yahya Jammeh's pledge to come back to the West African country in a leaked phone call that went viral on social media.

One 20-year term, 14 acquittals in Senegal jihadists trial

2018-07-19 19:09

The alleged leader of a jihadist cell has been handed a 20-year term with forced labour in Senegal's largest terror-related trial, which has also seen 14 other suspects acquitted.

Nigerian leader backs major Shell project on Dutch trip

2018-07-19 17:07

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ended a four-day visit to the Netherlands, after voicing staunch backing for the ICC and giving oil giant Shell a nod for a new $5bn investment deal.

Cameroon's anglophone crisis hits palm oil, cocoa production

2018-07-19 15:36

The crisis in anglophone Cameroon is damaging the Southwest Region's economy, with palm oil plantations closing and the cocoa trade tumbling, an NGO report says.

Egypt passes bill to block popular social media accounts

2018-07-19 10:28

Egypt's parliament has passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that authorities accuse of publishing "fake news", the latest move in a five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent sources of news.

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