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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.

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.

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.

UPDATE: Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

2018-09-23 14:19

Tanzania's State broadcaster says burials have started of those who died when a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria as the death toll rose to 224.

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.

 
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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.

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'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.

Moroccan migrants risk it all to reach Europe

2018-09-21 19:30

In the Spanish enclave of Melilla in northern Morocco, 19-year-old Issam crouches near the port after hopping over a fence across one of the only land borders bridging Europe and Africa.

More mass graves discovered from Rwanda's genocide

2018-09-21 18:30

Authorities in Rwanda have found new mass graves they say contain 5 400 bodies of genocide victims nearly a quarter-century after the 1994 bloodshed.

Angola drops graft charges against ex-army chief

2018-09-21 15:50

Angolan prosecutors have dropped corruption charges against a former army chief of staff who was sacked in April by President Joao Lourenco as he moved to shake up his predecessor's administration.

Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 96

2018-09-21 14:36

Libyan authorities say the death toll from fighting between rival armed groups in the capital Tripoli has climbed to at least 96 people, including civilians.

Burkina Faso cracks down on motorbike-riding extremists

2018-09-21 13:15

Growing attacks by motorbike-riding extremists who flee into the forest have led Burkina Faso's government to ban the use of motorbikes and bike carts from sunset to sunrise in its troubled east.

Egypt court orders release of former president's sons

2018-09-21 11:55

An Egyptian court has ordered the release from detention of former president Hosni Mubarak's two sons who are on trial on insider trading charges.

Nine dead as fresh clashes erupt near Libya capital

2018-09-21 10:51

Nine people including two civilians have been killed near the Libyan capital in fresh fighting between rival armed groups, an official says.

Cholera: 'Outrage' as Zambia forces Zimbabweans to go through 'inhuman' screening process

2018-09-21 07:19

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly expressed outrage over the cholera screening process introduced by Zambian authorities at Chirundu border post, which involves making people take laxatives.

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.

Kenyan court lifts ban on lesbian love film

2018-09-21 19:30

Kenya has overturned a ban on Rafiki, a film about a lesbian love affair and the first ever movie from the country to be shown at the Cannes film festival.

Zambia orders arrest of DRC rhumba star Koffi Olomide

2018-09-21 18:30

A court in Zambia has ordered the arrest of rhumba star Koffi Olomide, who is from Democratic Republic of Congo, for allegedly assaulting a photographer six years ago.

At least 126 dead in Lake Victoria ferry disaster

2018-09-21 17:06

The death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria has climbed to 126, as Tanzanian rescue workers pressed on with the search to find scores more people feared drowned.

Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

2018-09-21 15:50

The death toll rises above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported on Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun.

At least 12 killed, 14 wounded in Mozambique jihadist attacks: source

2018-09-21 14:36

At least 12 villagers have been killed and 14 others injured in an attack by suspected jihadists on a village in a gas-rich region of northern Mozambique, a local source says.

5 years after mall Kenya attack, al-Shabaab's threat grows

2018-09-21 13:15

Five years after al-Shabaab fighters burst into a luxury shopping mall in Kenya's capital. analysts say the Somali-based extremist group has been pushed down Africa's east coast as far as Mozambique as its regional threat expands.

Cholera outbreak: 'We are living in fear...authorities are not doing enough,' residents say

2018-09-21 11:55

Sixty-year-old Emma Zhakata winces, struggling to hold back tears as she relates how her husband, one of 32 cholera victims in Zimbabwe, died within hours of falling ill. Read more...

'Desperate' search for survivors after at least 44 die in ferry accident in Tanzania

2018-09-21 09:19

At least 44 people died and scores were feared missing after a ferry capsized in Victoria, Africa's largest lake, with a desperate search for survivors set to resume in Tanzania on Friday.

Top Africa stories: Kenya nurses on infants' deaths, eSwatini

2018-09-21 07:19

Nurses in Kenya have reportedly denied any wrongdoing after bodies of at least 12 infants were found stuffed in boxes, and Police in eSwatini have come under fire after they used batons and stun grenades to disperse protesting workers in Manzini.

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