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GALLERY: Zimbabweans mourn MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai

2018-02-19 17:19

Zimbabweans are mourning the death of MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week at a Johannesburg hospital where he was receiving medical treatment for cancer. See some of the pictures.

France urges UN top court to dump E Guinea case

2018-02-19 21:26

France has accused Equatorial Guinea of wanting to "paralyse" French criminal procedure in a top-level corruption probe, as it urged judges to throw out a case against it before the UN's top court.

Somalia appoints new police, intelligence chiefs

2018-02-19 21:26

The Somali government has announced it has appointed new police and intelligence chiefs, nearly four months after their predecessors were sacked following the deadliest ever terror attack in the war-torn nation.

Botswana hangs man after two-year hiatus

2018-02-19 20:09

Botswana at the weekend hanged a 28-year-old man following the murder of his girlfriend and her son in 2010, its first execution after a two-year hiatus, a prison official has said.

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

2018-02-19 19:12

About 224 million people are suffering from malnutrition across Africa as climate change and conflicts heighten food insecurity across the continent, a top UN food agency official has said.

Zimbabwe remembers Tsvangirai, the 'doyen of democracy'

2018-02-19 18:13

Thousands of Zimbabweans and foreign mourners took to the streets of Harare to pay tribute to Zimbabwe's iconic opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai who died after a battle with cancer.

 
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ATTENTIVE:  Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa listens as the brother of late opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai speaks at his home in Harare. (File, AFP)

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Pope backs down, OKs resignation of divisive Nigerian bishop

2018-02-19 20:09

Pope Francis has backed down and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his Ahiara diocese

Police accused of killing Boko Haram founder reinstated

2018-02-19 19:12

Five Nigerian police officers who were accused of killing Boko Haram's founder Mohammed Yusuf while in their custody have been reinstated, a police oversight body has said.

Israel announces 'historic' gas contract with Egypt

2018-02-19 18:13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced an "historic" contract for sales of billions of dollars' worth of Israeli natural gas to Egypt.

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Togo talks offer 'last chance' to resolve crisis

2018-02-19 17:19

After six months of political dialogue between Togo's government and the opposition is seen by many as the last chance to resolve a bitter dispute over the rule of embattled President Faure Gnassingbe.

Sudan frees dozens of activists detained after protests

2018-02-19 14:44

Sudan released dozens of opposition activists arrested last month in a crackdown on protests against rising food prices, an AFP correspondent has reported.

GALLERY: Tsvangirai's life in pictures

2018-02-19 11:43

Born in 1952 to a bricklayer father in drought-prone Buhera, in the southeast of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai prematurely ended his studies at Gokomere Mission to support his siblings. Here are some pictures about his life.

Nigeria frees 475 Boko Haram suspects for lack of evidence

2018-02-19 06:00

Nigeria has freed another 475 Boko Haram suspects following a series of mass trials in which most cases were dropped for lack of evidence, the justice ministry says.

PICS: Body of MDC's Tsvangirai arrives in Zimbabwe

2018-02-18 22:36

The late leader of Zimbabwe's opposition MDC-T and former prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been repatriated to Harare. Here are some pictures taken from the Robert Mugabe International airport.

Ethiopia emergency to last six months

2018-02-18 19:01

Ethiopia said Saturday that a state of emergency will remain in place for six months, as the authorities move to quell "chaos and unruliness".

Zimbabwe's Morgan Tsvangirai: Heroic herald of an epoch foretold

2018-02-18 12:31

But for Zanu-PF's coercion, Morgan Tsvangirai could well have ushered in a democratic era in Zimbabwe as the country's second president, writes The Conversation.

LATEST: US 'strongly disagrees' with Ethiopian emergency

2018-02-18 10:07

The United States says it "strongly disagrees" with Ethiopia's new state of emergency, saying the answer to the country's sometimes violent unrest is "greater freedom, not less".

Hundreds welcome Zimbabwe opposition leader's body

2018-02-18 07:06

Hundreds have thronged Zimbabwe's main airport as the body of opposition icon Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of cancer in neighbouring South Africa, arrived home for burial.

Tanzania's opposition accuse police of killing student

2018-02-17 18:04

Tanzania's main opposition party has accused police of shooting dead a female university student and seriously injuring at least four other people while trying to disperse a peaceful demonstration in the country's commercial capital Dar es Salaam.

No Ethiopia military takeover, minister says amid emergency

2018-02-17 16:03

Ethiopia's defence minister has ruled out a military takeover a day after the east African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century.

Inquest opens on death of baby in Kenya poll violence

2018-02-17 14:00

An inquest has started in Kenya's western town of Kisumu into the death of a six-month-old baby who was allegedly hit on the head by police during opposition protests last year against President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

Trio of suicide bombers kill at least 19 at crowded market in Nigeria

2018-02-17 12:10

Three suicide bombers have killed at least 19 people at a fish market in northeast Nigeria, civilian militia leaders say, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.

Ethiopia declares state of emergency: state media

2018-02-17 10:03

Ethiopia has declared a state of emergency one day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation, state media reported.

Top Africa stories: Ramaphosa, Tsvangirai, Nigeria

2018-02-17 07:10

The body of Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai awaits repatriation home for burial, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to Zimbabwe.

Tunisia intercepts ship with undeclared military cargo

2018-02-16 21:01

Tunisian authorities intercepted and boarded a ship carrying undeclared armoured vehicles and other military equipment off the port of Sfax, customs officials have said.

Burundi opposition slams 'enforced' referendum enrollment

2018-02-16 18:58

Burundi's opposition parties have denounced the "enforced enrolment" of voters ahead of a referendum on changes to the constitution which would allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in office until 2034.

Ethiopian PM departure brings no change, opposition says

2018-02-16 17:16

Ethiopia's opposition has reacted cautiously a day after the surprise resignation of the prime minister, warning it did not herald real change since the ruling party remains in power.

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

2018-02-19 16:20

Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital, Maputo.

Three Egyptian soldiers killed in Sinai campaign

2018-02-19 13:01

Egypt says three of its soldiers have been killed in the Sinai Peninsula during a wide-ranging operation against the local branch of the Islamic State group.

Gambia announces 'moratorium' on death penalty

2018-02-19 11:43

Gambian President Adama Barrow has announced a suspension of the death penalty in his country, in a break from the former regime of the dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Mnangagwa visits Tsvangirai's family as MDC faces nasty power struggles

2018-02-19 08:30

Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Mnangagwa has visited the home of deceased opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to pay condolences to his family and to urge unity as power struggles within the opposition have heightened tensions.

#AfriTravel: SA access to Kenya set to increase

2018-02-19 06:30

Access to Kenya, a visa on arrival destination for South Africans, is set to increase from 06 June.

Zim president Mnangagwa hails late opposition hero Tsvangirai, urges unity

2018-02-18 19:01

Zimbabwe's president has praised opposition icon Morgan Tsvangirai who died last week as an outstanding political figure who had endured political hardship and deserved his place in the country's history.

WATCH: Amid party struggles, Tsvangirai's mom threatens suicide

2018-02-18 16:08

The mother of the late Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has threatened to commit suicide if the lawyer who says he's taken over from her son attends the funeral, local press reports say.

Tunisia coastguard rescues 48 migrants from sinking boat

2018-02-18 12:31

Tunisia's coastguard has rescued 48 Tunisian migrants whose boat began sinking as they tried to reach Italy by sea, the interior ministry said Saturday.

Five killed by suspected rebels in eastern DRC

2018-02-17 19:30

Five people have been killed in an ambush by suspected Ugandan Islamist rebels in the Beni region of Democratic Republic of Congo's chronically troubled east, officials said.

Grace Mugabe's PhD: UZ must provide 'paper trail' showing her registration and academic progression

2018-02-17 16:03

Zimbabwe's anti-corruption commission says the University of Zimbabwe must provide the "paper trail" showing Grace Mugabe's registration and academic progression after the vice chancellor of the university was arrested over the former first lady's doctoral degree.

Zimbabwe, Botswana set to sign diamond deal – report

2018-02-17 12:10

Zimbabwe is reportedly set to sign a diamond processing deal with Botswana within the next three months, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with his counterpart, President Ian Khama, this week in Gaborone.

Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PhD: Zim university vice chancellor arrested for ‘abuse of office’

2018-02-17 10:03

Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators say they had arrested a university professor over the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe.

No hero status for Tsvangirai… Mnangagwa offers state-assisted funeral - reports

2018-02-17 07:10

Zimbabwe's opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, who died on Wednesday after battling colon cancer, has been accorded a state-assisted funeral, but not the country's highest honour of a national hero, says a report.

DRC says 6 troops killed rebuffing Rwanda incursion

2018-02-16 21:01

Six soldiers died in fighting to repel an incursion by Rwandan troops in eastern Democratic of Republic of Congo this week, the army has announced.

Radical imam's widow jailed over Kenyan attack

2018-02-16 20:13

A Kenyan court has sentenced the widow of a radical imam to 10 years in prison for her role in a failed attack on a police station in the port city Mombasa.

Zimbabwe opposition risks split after leader's death

2018-02-16 17:16

Zimbabwe's main opposition party is facing the threat of damaging splits just months before a historic election, as feuding erupts after the death on Wednesday of its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

3 teachers killed in extremist attack in northeastern Kenya

2018-02-16 16:00

A Kenyan official says suspected al-Shabaab extremists have killed three teachers in an overnight attack in the northeastern county of Wajir.

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