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Egypt's al-Sisi says most painful of reforms is over

2019-01-23 21:22

Egypt's president says the most painful part of his economic reform program is over, but cautioned there is still some way to go before it's completed

Nigeria government backs 50% hike in minimum wage

2019-01-23 21:22

Nigeria's government agreed to a 50 percent increase in the minimum wage, a minister has said, in a move designed to break a deadlock with unions and avert strike action.

Nigeria finds more than 20 000 kidnapped girls in Mali

2019-01-23 21:22

Most of the victims were sold as sex slaves after false promises or kidnapping, Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency has said.

DRC presidential inauguration set for Thursday

2019-01-23 19:40

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi will be sworn in on Thursday as Democratic Republic of Congo's next president, sources have said in Kinshasa, ending uncertainty about when the ceremony would take place.

Zimbabwe's civil servants to strike on Friday over salaries

2019-01-23 15:54

Zimbabwe faces a new wave of unrest as the group representing government workers announced that civil servants across the country will go on strike after salary negotiations failed.

 
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CONFLICT:   A man throws a stone at supporters (unseen) of Martin Fayulu, the runner up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo elections, during a protest against the newly-elected president in Kinshasa. (AFP)

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Tributes continue to pour in for Zim music star Oliver Mtukudzi

2019-01-23 20:01

One of Zimbabwe and Africa's most iconic musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, died on Wednesday in the capital, Harare, at age 66, a fellow musician confirmed.

Aid group warns of Central African Republic 'catastrophe'

2019-01-23 17:21

The leader of an international aid group says Central African Republic "is steering toward a catastrophe" unless a new round of peace talks in Sudan this week succeed.

EU, AU urge DRC leader to unite country after tense polls

2019-01-23 15:54

The European Union and African Union has committed to work closely with Democratic Republic of Congo's president-elect Felix Tshisekedi, backing off reservations about the disputed vote.

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No escape: Hunted down by Al-Shabaab in Nairobi attack

2019-01-23 15:54

"I think we are going to have to fight these guys", Ashford Maina told his colleagues, as Al-Shabaab gunmen closed in after chasing them through their office building.

Last moments of Kenya attack victims revealed at memorial

2019-01-23 14:25

Hiding from gunmen in an office building, a group of people heard gunshots getting louder and the clatter of a weapon being run along the metal banister of a staircase, according to a survivor of an Islamic extremist attack in Kenya last week.

Al Jazeera says Sudan withdraws journalists' work permits

2019-01-23 13:03

Qatari satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera says that its correspondents in Sudan have had their work permits withdrawn by security officials

Sudan's president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar

2019-01-23 10:19

Sudan's embattled president is in Qatar looking for support amid weekslong protests against his 29-year rule in the African nation.

Top Africa stories: Zim president returns home, Ramaphosa

2019-01-23 08:12

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has returned home in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown, and President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the lifting or easing of international sanctions on neighbouring Zimbabwe.

Nigeria wants top judge suspended during graft trial

2019-01-23 06:44

Nigeria's government wants the country's top judge to be suspended pending the outcome of his fiercely-disputed trial on corruption charges, a court has been told.

Liberia's footballer president Weah marks year in office

2019-01-22 21:10

Star footballer-turned-politician George Weah marks a year as Liberia's president on Tuesday as many in the impoverished country debate whether he has begun to deliver on dramatic campaign promises.

Millions of Zimbabweans living in SA 'must help resolve conflict back home' – ANC

2019-01-22 20:04

The ANC has called upon the millions of Zimbabweans who had made South Africa their home to get involved in turning around their country.

13 killed in run-up to latest CAR peace bid

2019-01-22 19:46

Thirteen people were killed in a weekend attack in the west of Central African Republic, just days before the opening of peace talks, local and UN sources have said.

Ugandan troops enter South Sudan in possible violation

2019-01-22 18:46

Observers say a number of Ugandan forces briefly entered South Sudan's Central Equatoria region last week in a possible violation of a United Nations arms embargo.

Ramaphosa says lift Zimbabwe sanctions

2019-01-22 16:39

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says his country favours the lifting or easing of international sanctions on neighbouring Zimbabwe, whose new government has cracked down on protests over a dramatic rise in fuel prices.

Ghana police quiz lawmaker after reporter's death

2019-01-22 14:58

A Ghanaian politician who promised to pay anyone who attacked an undercover reporter has been questioned as part of the investigation into his death, police have announced.

Zimbabwe charges labour leader with subversion

2019-01-22 11:06

Zimbabwe police have charged the leader of the country's largest labor union with subverting the constitutional government.

Zimbabwe leader: Violence by security forces 'unacceptable'

2019-01-22 10:06

Zimbabwe's president calls violence by security forces "unacceptable" and says it will be investigated after a week of economic crisis and crackdown in which activists said a dozen people were killed.

'I'm happy that the country is quiet,' says Zim president as he arrives home after protest crackdown

2019-01-22 08:11

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he is "happy that the country is quiet", after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address Zimbabwe's economic crisis and crackdown.

Zim President Mnangagwa returns amid economic crisis, crackdown

2019-01-22 05:51

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Harare after cutting short his fund-raising trip in order to address the country's economic crisis and crackdown

DRC inauguration postponed, police stop opposition rally

2019-01-21 19:04

Democratic Republic of Congo's police have dispersed a gathering on Monday of supporters waiting to hear a speech by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, his spokesperson said.

Kenya’s security forces did better this time. But there are still gaps

2019-01-21 17:25

Kenya needs to disseminate and implement intelligence so that it can effectively prevent and counter future terror attempts, writes The Conversation.

Zimbabwe labour leader in court, charged with subversion

2019-01-23 14:25

A Zimbabwe labour federation leader charged with subversion has appeared in court along with dozens of others as their lawyers accuse the government of systematically denying them justice.

Nigeria's new outbreak of Lassa fever kills 16

2019-01-23 13:03

Nigerian health authorities have declared a new outbreak of Lassa fever that has killed 16 people since early January, despite successfully containing the disease last year.

Zimbabwe president struggles to draw line under brutal crackdown

2019-01-23 08:12

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to investigate security forces over their deadly crackdown on protesters, as he has returned to the country and scrambled to fend off a barrage of criticism.

MDC leader says calls for dialogue 'spurned and mocked'

2019-01-23 06:44

Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa says his attempts at dialogue have been "spurned and mocked", and that people must be free to talk without fear.

Zimbabwe troops assaulting people in capital

2019-01-22 21:10

Witnesses say Zimbabwean soldiers are still roaming the streets of the capital and assaulting people, even after the president denounced violence by security forces as "unacceptable".

Ethiopia says 13 000 granted amnesty

2019-01-22 21:10

Ethiopia said it had granted more than 13 000 people amnesty as part of a broad reform agenda pushed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, state media has said.

What needs to be done to stop Zimbabwe’s violent meltdown

2019-01-22 19:46

To stem the tide of the current crisis before it totally overwhelms President Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu-PF, he needs to immediately cease the brutal onslaught on civilians, writes The Conversation.

Sudan police tear gas protesters in Omdurman

2019-01-22 18:46

Sudanese police fired tear gas at crowds of demonstrators in the capital's twin city Omdurman protesting against the fatal wounding of a demonstrator last week, witnesses have said.

UN: 2 polio cases in Mozambique caused by virus from vaccine

2019-01-22 17:28

Global health officials say they have identified two cases of polio in Mozambique caused by a mutated virus in the vaccine, marking another setback for attempts to eradicate the crippling disease.

Egypt says clashes kill 7 troops, 59 militants in Sinai

2019-01-22 17:28

Egypt says at least seven troops including an officer have been killed in clashes with militants in recent operations in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula

Egypt arrests 24 in demolition protests near pyramids

2019-01-22 16:39

Egyptian security officials say police have arrested 24 people who tried to prevent authorities from removing illegal buildings near the Giza pyramids.

Nigeria accuses opposition of plotting election violence

2019-01-22 13:22

Nigeria's government has warned about an increase in violence before next month's elections, accusing the main opposition of trying to foment unrest to jeopardise the vote.

Long-awaited bridge over River Gambia inaugurated

2019-01-22 10:06

The presidents of Senegal and The Gambia have inaugurated the Senegambia bridge to facilitate trade and travel in West Africa after decades of delays.

Egypt TV host gets year in prison for interviewing gay man

2019-01-22 08:16

An Egyptian court has convicted a TV presenter of encouraging immorality after hosting a male sex worker on his show, sentencing him to one year in prison.

Kenyan court orders 4 more attack suspects to be held

2019-01-21 20:35

4 people suspected of helping Islamic extremists attack a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital last week have appeared in court

Zim High Court rules internet shutdown illegal, orders govt to restore full internet to the country

2019-01-21 17:25

Zimbabwe's High Court has ordered the government to restore full internet to the country. The court ruled that the government's shutdown of the internet was illegal.

President's inauguration in DRC may be postponed: party source

2019-01-21 16:13

The swearing-in of the newly-elected president of DRC, Felix Tshisekedi, may be postponed by two days until Thursday, a source in his coalition says.

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