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Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir gets two years' detention for corruption

2019-12-14 13:36

A Sudanese court on Saturday ordered former president Omar al-Bashir to be detained for two years in a correctional centre for corruption in one of several cases against the ousted autocrat.

Nigeria has a mental health problem

2019-12-14 10:20

One in four Nigerians suffers from mental illness, but help is hampered by tight budgets and a lack of skilled staff.

 
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Eswatini government denies King Mswati III ordered treason arrests

2019-12-14 10:36

Earlier this week, The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) in South Africa tweeted that King Mswati III had passed a decree that four citizens be charged with high treason.

Zimbabwe President calls for dissidents in his party to be 'flushed out'

2019-12-13 19:38

Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has urged his party members to be wary of rivals of the ruling party seeking to divide the party which has been dogged by factionalism.

South Sudanese refugee killed in Uganda clashes

2019-12-13 14:15

A South Sudanese refugee was killed and several others seriously wounded in northern Uganda during clashes with locals, an official said Friday.

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Twenty-eight killed in Nigeria road smash

2019-12-13 12:47

Twenty-eight people were killed in northern Nigeria when two vehicles collided and caught fire, the country's Road Safety Commission said.

Sierra Leone 'must scrap pregnant girl school ban'

2019-12-12 22:01

A ban on pregnant girls attending school in Sierra Leone must be scrapped, a regional West African court ruled on Thursday in a case brought by rights groups.

WATCH | Protests, unrest mar Algeria's unpopular presidential vote

2019-12-12 19:45

Algeria has held a presidential election meant to bring stability after a year of political turmoil, but voting was marred as protesters ransacked provincial polling stations and rallied in the capital.

Algeria: a year rocked by anti-regime protests

2019-12-12 13:22

Algeria has been in political turmoil for most of the year, with mass protests against the government continuing even after the resignation of long-time president Abdelaziz Bouteflika in April.

Botswana ruling party insider claims 'vote rigging' in October election

2019-12-12 11:22

A Botswana ruling party member has claimed to have taken part in vote rigging during the October election that allowed President Mokgweetsi Masisi to win a five-year term.

On brink of 'man-made' starvation, Zimbabweans struggling to cope

2019-12-11 22:02

Zimbabwe is in the grip of its worst economic crisis in 10 years, with inflation soaring to 300 % and the population suffering fuel shortages, power rationing and currency woes.

Botswana's Khama hits out over corruption allegations

2019-12-11 19:35

Botswana's former president Ian Khama has hit back against corruption allegations, vowing to sue a lead investigator for defamation after he accused the ex-leader of syphoning-off billions in state funds.

Five killed in jihadist attack on Somali hotel, al-Shaabab claims responsibility

2019-12-11 11:35

Five people including three civilians were killed when jihadist militants stormed a hotel in Somalia's capital, police said Wednesday, adding that all five attackers had also died after an hours-long siege.

Zimbabwe escalates power cuts up to 24 hours as Eskom impact hits

2019-12-10 20:15

Zimbabwe’s state-owned Zesa Holdings escalated power cuts to as long as 24 hours after losing regional power imports, while local generation capacity remains critically constrained.

DRC policewoman arrested for killing 14-year-old protester

2019-12-10 18:34

A policewoman in the Democratic Republic of Congo was arrested Tuesday after allegedly shooting a young protester dead at close range in the eastern city of Goma, police said.

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.

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.

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.

Nigeria court puts 47 men on trial for homosexuality - lawyer

2019-12-13 09:48

A group of 47 men has appeared in a Nigerian court charged with homosexuality, a crime punishable by 14 years in prison in the country, their attorney has said.

Nigerian police fire in air to disperse Shiite protests

2019-12-12 21:02

Nigerian police have fired live rounds into the air to disperse protesters from a banned Shiite group in the capital Abuja.

Ebola cases sharply up in eastern DRC

2019-12-12 18:30

Twenty cases of Ebola have been recorded in three days in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where deadly violence is hampering efforts to end the 16-month-old epidemic, authorities say. .

Nigeria opens up visa-on-arrival access to all African countries, including SA

2019-12-12 12:45

South Africans currently need to apply for a visa before visiting Nigeria - but visa restrictions between the two countries are set ease come 2020.

Niger military camp attack kills more than 60: source

2019-12-11 22:02

Jihadists attacked a Niger military camp near the border with Mali with artillery and mortars, killing more than 60 people, a security source says.

Gabon president turning country into monarchy: opposition leader

2019-12-10 22:01

Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping says the appointment of the president's eldest son as his top aide showed that the Central African country is turning into a monarchy.

Sudan's deposed Bashir questioned over 1989 coup: lawyer

2019-12-10 20:35

Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir has appeared before a prosecutors' committee over the 1989 coup that brought him to power, his lawyer says.

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed picks up Nobel Peace Prize as pressure mounts back home

2019-12-10 12:16

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will collect his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, but as ethnic violence rises at home, he has kept festivities to a minimum and refused media requests.

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.

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.

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.

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