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PIC: Museveni visits site of deadly Uganda landslide

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Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni has visited eastern Bududa after at least 43 people died when a landslide caused a river to burst its banks, sending water and boulders cascading downhill.

Zimbabwe needs #MeToo moment, says acclaimed author

2018-10-15 08:26

Thirty years after her iconic debut novel, Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga is back with a final look at her heroine's harrowing journey through the Mugabe years, hoping to spark debate about violence against women in her country.

Egypt sentences three to death for killing policemen

2018-10-15 08:26

A court in Egypt has sentenced three people to death for their involvement in the killing of 10 policemen and for belonging to an extremist group, a judicial source says.

Red Cross urges Nigerian militants to spare 2 health workers

2018-10-15 05:46

The International Committee of the Red Cross has made an urgent appeal to an affiliate of the Islamic State organisation in Nigeria to spare the lives of two abducted health workers.

Mozambique opposition cries foul over election

2018-10-14 18:00

Mozambique's Renamo opposition has accused the government of falsifying local election results in several areas, warning that such a move could prompt it to abandon peace talks.

US charity school in Liberia in rape scandal storm

2018-10-14 15:35

An acclaimed US charity operating in Liberia has admitted to major failings after girls at a school set up to save them from a life of sexual exploitation were systematically raped.

 
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HANDSHAKE:   Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) greets Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni ahead of a bilateral meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, UK. (File, AFP)

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Burundi accuses Belgium of ordering hit on independence hero

2018-10-14 20:05

Burundi has accused former colonial power Belgium of ordering the assassination of independence hero and Crown Prince Louis Rwagasore in 1961, a move likely to further poison ties between the two countries.

Man who shot dead tout in tense Harare 'acted in self-defence': Lawyers

2018-10-14 15:35

A man who shot dead a parking tout in central Harare last week says he acted in self-defence after a mob chased him and set his car on fire, reports say.

Nigeria's opposition candidate Abubakar picks running mate for 2019

2018-10-14 14:08

Nigeria's main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar has picked his deputy from the south-east of the country, ahead of a bid to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from power in next year's election.

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DRC identifies 'second wave' of Ebola in east

2018-10-14 12:16

A second wave of the Ebola virus has been confirmed in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where an initial outbreak has already killed 125 people, a minister said Saturday.

Gabon ruling party wins first round of parliamentary vote

2018-10-14 07:31

Gabon's ruling party won just over half of the parliamentary seats in the first round of legislative elections in a vote marred by low turnout, the elections committee said.

At least 11 dead in suicide bombing in Somalia's Baidoa

2018-10-13 20:31

A suicide bomber detonated in the middle of a restaurant in the Somali town of Baidoa and a grenade struck a hotel nearby, leaving at least 11 people dead and more than 10 wounded, authorities say.

Zimbabwe court grants bail to trade unionists: lawyer

2018-10-13 17:39

Trade union leaders and scores of activists detained in Zimbabwe ahead of planned marches over the country's worsening economic crisis, have been released on bail , lawyers say.

At least 30 killed in Nigeria pipeline fire

2018-10-13 15:20

At least 30 people have been killed after a petrol pipeline caught fire and exploded in southeast Nigeria after a raid by suspected oil thieves, a survivor and officials say.

Gambia set to probe pain of past in Truth Commission

2018-10-13 12:34

The tiny West African state of The Gambia will journey into its grim past on Monday as it begins a probe into atrocities committed under former dictator Yahya Jammeh.

Morocco extradited Saudi national in 2015 on Interpol warrant: source

2018-10-13 10:00

A Saudi official "wanted by Interpol" was arrested in Morocco and extradited in 2015 "in full compliance with the law", an unnamed government source says.

DRC reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker is infected

2018-10-13 07:36

DRC is reporting five new confirmed Ebola deaths in its latest outbreak, while a worker with the United Nations peacekeeping mission is among several new cases under treatment.

Over 800 children stop working for anti-Boko Haram militia

2018-10-12 20:30

A ceremony has been held in northeast Nigeria on Friday to mark the formal separation of more than 800 children from a civilian militia helping Nigeria's military against Boko Haram Islamists.

Community fears grow as DRC Ebola death toll climbs

2018-10-12 19:29

Humanitarian workers are struggling to calm community fears in strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 125 people have died of Ebola, and cases of the virus are spreading fast.

Tiny Rwanda boosts influence with Francophonie chief role

2018-10-12 16:43

Rwanda has scored a major win with the election of its foreign minister to head a global association of French-speaking nations, as it seeks to boost its influence on the continent and further afield.

Africa's youngest billionaire 'had no security detail with him when he was kidnapped'

2018-10-12 10:29

Police in in Tanzania have reportedly said that Africa's youngest billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, 40, who was kidnapped in Dar es Salaam, had no security detail with him when he was abducted.

100-year-old inmate on death-row seeks pardon – report

2018-10-12 05:51

A 100 year-old Nigerian man who was sentenced to death on a kidnapping and murder charge is reportedly seeking pardon.

More than 30 killed in DRC gold mine: sources

2018-10-11 21:06

More than 30 gold miners have died in an informal pit in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province after a landslide, officials have said, with dozens more feared trapped.

PICS: In fractured Mali, dance contest offers a sense of unity

2018-10-11 21:06

All 3 000 seats in the cavernous Palace of Culture in Bamako had been snapped up, and the mood was at fever pitch as the TV dance competition reached its climax.

Former Nigeria president Obasanjo endorses opposition candidate

2018-10-11 20:01

Nigeria's former ruler Olusegun Obasanjo has backed his ex-deputy to beat incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in elections next year, in a cautious endorsement after a years-long feud.

Egypt condemns 17 to death for church attacks

2018-10-11 19:03

An Egyptian military court has sentenced 17 people to death over a series of suicide bombings of churches claimed by the Islamic State group that left dozens dead.

Gandhi statue sparks controversy in Malawi

2018-10-14 07:31

Over 3 000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, saying the Indian independence hero had done nothing for the southern African country.

Congo opposition leader again stopped from travel: family

2018-10-13 20:04

Congolese opposition leader Paulin Makaya, recently released from prison after three years, has again been prevented from leaving Brazzaville, his family says.

Nigerian troops foil Boko Haram attack on base

2018-10-13 17:39

Nigerian troops have foiled an attempt by Boko Haram fighters to overrun a military base in the restive northeast leaving six soldiers wounded, the army says.

Search 'still on for kidnapped youngest African billionaire' – report

2018-10-13 10:00

Police in Tanzania are reportedly still searching for Africa's youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji, 43, after he was kidnapped by masked gunmen in the capital Dar es Salaam.

Italy's PM visits Eritrea to pursue 'rapport' with leader

2018-10-12 21:19

Italy's prime minister has made a rare visit to Eritrea to support its surprising new peace with neighbouring Ethiopia as the international community waits to see what happens next in one of the world's most closed-off nations.

Eritrean exodus intensifies after peace with Ethiopia

2018-10-12 20:30

For three years, fear and poverty kept Nebyat Zerea from leaving Eritrea to find her husband, until the day last month when the border with Ethiopia reopened and everything changed.

At least 34 dead after Uganda landslide

2018-10-12 18:33

At least 34 people have been killed after a river in eastern Uganda burst its banks, sending thick sludge and rocks barrelling into homes, disaster officials have said.

UN urges action on marking disputed Sudan-South Sudan border

2018-10-12 15:29

The Security Council has voted unanimously to extend the UN peacekeeping force in the disputed Abyei region on the Sudan-South Sudan border for the last time unless both countries demonstrate "measurable progress" on marking their border

Zim crisis: Opposition lawmaker calls for Mnangagwa's impeachment

2018-10-12 12:00

A Zimbabwean opposition lawmaker has reportedly called for the impeachment of President Emmerson Mnangagwa amid a worsening economic crisis facing the southern African country.

Top Africa stories: Africa's youngest billionaire kidnapped, Zim fast food outlets shut down

2018-10-12 08:13

Tanzanian officials say Africa's youngest billionaire has been kidnapped, and leading fast food chains in Zimbabwe have reportedly shut down their businesses due to cash shortages.

At least 15 dead as riverboat sinks in DRC

2018-10-12 05:51

At least 15 people drowned when an overcrowded and dilapidated riverboat sank in northwest DRC, local sources say, in the latest shipwreck disaster to hit the vast central African country.

Ruling party takes lead in Mozambique local elections

2018-10-11 21:06

Mozambique's ruling Frelimo party took a clear lead in early results from local polls, official data has shown, as the Renamo opposition looked to gain ground ahead of next year's general election.

Zim leader Mnangagwa's cabinet 'divided over new tax' – report

2018-10-11 20:01

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's cabinet is reportedly divided over a new 2c per dollar tax which has been imposed on electronic transactions by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube.

Cameroon challenger cries foul over 'false' election observers

2018-10-11 19:03

A Cameroonian opposition candidate, who stirred controversy with an unsubstantiated claim he won Sunday's presidential poll has cried foul over a group of "false" election observers.

Blast kills 3 soldiers in central Mali

2018-10-11 19:03

Three Malian soldiers were killed in a restive central region overnight when their vehicle hit a landmine, sources have said.

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