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Rebel-controlled town in Mali concerns African leaders

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As West African leaders try to find ways to stop jihadist violence in the Sahel region, attention is turning to a rebel-held town in Mali's north accused of being a base for militants to launch attacks.

Nigeria army shuts aid group office in conflict zone: NGO staff

2019-09-19 19:33

The Nigerian army has shut down the office of NGO Action Against Hunger in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, staff says, as six of its employees remain held hostage by jihadists.

Cholera cases surge to 124 in Sudan

2019-09-19 19:33

Sudan says that the number of cases of cholera reported in the country have surged to 124, most of them in the war-torn state of Blue Nile.

WATCH | Tunisia's ex-president Ben Ali dies in exile

2019-09-19 17:11

Former Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to be toppled by the Arab Spring revolts, has died in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia's foreign ministry says.

Border closure leaves rice-loving Nigerians steaming

2019-09-19 10:19

The days of heaping 50kg sacks of rice across the saddle of their motorbike and slipping a few notes to a customs officer are now gone.

 
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LYING IN WAKE:  Mourners walk past a portrait of late Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe during a funeral wake as his casket arrives at his former Blue Roof residence in Harare. (Zinyange Auntony, AFP)

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WATCH | Nigeria becomes Africa's staging ground for illegal pangolin trade with Asia

2019-09-19 18:27

Porous borders, lax law enforcement, corruption and one of Africa's biggest ports has helped criminal networks in Nigeria corner most of the African trade in pangolins, considered to be the world's most trafficked mammal.

Mozambique rebel group threatens attacks during election campaign

2019-09-19 14:44

Breakaway Mozambique rebels have threatened to step up violence if campaigning is not suspended for upcoming elections - the first after a landmark peace deal - as they claimed responsibility for two recent car attacks.

At least 26 pupils, two teachers killed in Liberia school fire: presidency

2019-09-18 22:15

At least 26 young pupils and two teachers have been killed in a fire at a Koranic school near the Liberian capital Monrovia, the president's office says.

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Zim to de-racialise land ownership in new investment drive

2019-09-18 21:03

Zimbabwe says its land ownership rights will no longer take race into account as the southern African country continues to craft policies that seek to depart from those set under the Robert Mugabe regime.

Congo minister sacked after row with opposition leader

2019-09-18 20:22

Congo-Brazzaville's president Denis Sassou Nguesso has sacked his women's minister after a row over a recording in which she questioned the integrity of the opposition leader.

Nigerian police hold suspect after 8 women killed in hotels

2019-09-18 18:18

Nigerian police investigating the murders of at least eight women lured to hotels in the southern city of Port Harcourt say they have arrested a suspect.

Zimbabwe buys South African maize as nation faces food shortage

2019-09-18 15:17

Zimbabwe agreed to buy 150,000 tons of South African maize after a tender five times that size failed, leaving the country short of grain as the number of people without adequate food rises, according to people familiar with the situation

Zimbabweans forking out for cash as crunch worsens

2019-09-17 21:03

Cash-starved Zimbabweans are forking out premiums as high as 55% to get cash on the black market in the troubled Southern African country, as liquidity shortages worsen.

Tunisia: Saied, Karoui advance to run-off after topping polls

2019-09-17 19:31

Independent candidate Kais Saied and imprisoned media mogul Nabil Karoui have advanced to a run-off after obtaining the most votes in Tunisia's September 15 presidential election.

Zambia may double electricity prices as drought slashes supply

2019-09-17 16:23

Zambia, Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, may double power tariffs as the government seeks more costly imports to offset a shortfall from its drought-stricken hydropower dams.

ICC prosecutor appeals acquittal of I Coast's Gbagbo

2019-09-16 22:05

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has appealed against the shock acquittal of former Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo over post-electoral violence that killed around 3 000 people.

South Africa apologises to Nigeria after anti-migrant violence

2019-09-16 20:16

A South African envoy expressed the country's "sincerest apologies" to Nigeria after a wave of anti-migrant attacks swept through Johannesburg and surrounding cities in recent weeks, fuelling diplomatic tensions.

Zimbabwe doctors march to support 'abducted' union activist

2019-09-16 18:43

Hundreds of Zimbabwean doctors and nurses have marched in Harare to protest the suspected kidnapping of a doctors' union leader by security forces for organising a slew of strikes.

Zimbabwe's forex inflows fall just when they are needed most

2019-09-16 10:49

Zimbabwe's foreign currency inflows fell by a quarter for the six months to June 2019, as the country is needing to pay for key imports from fertilizers and maize to electricity.

IMF sees Namibia growing in 2020 after three-year contraction

2019-09-14 10:00

Namibia’s economy will return to growth in 2020 after contracting for three straight years, but a failure to implement structural reforms could keep the southwest African nation stuck in a low-growth trap, according to the International Monetary Fund.

Algerians take to the streets to oppose presidential poll

2019-09-13 21:33

Algerians returned to the streets Friday, protesting proposed presidential elections after parliament passed bills that could pave the way for the announcement of a vote to take place in December.

Zambia's president pushes contested constitutional reforms

2019-09-13 16:45

Zambian President Edgar Lungu says his government would go ahead with proposed constitutional amendments despite flak from opposition leaders and civil society groups.

Malawi activists resume protests over presidential vote result

2019-09-18 19:26

Thousands of people gathered in three cities in Malawi to call for the sacking of the head of the electoral commission, as protests continue over May's presidential election result.

Russia to help Uganda develop nuclear energy

2019-09-18 16:13

Russia and Uganda have agreed to work together in the field of nuclear energy, the Russian nuclear agency Rosatom says, as Moscow seeks to strengthen its influence in Africa.

Algerians protest against planned presidential vote

2019-09-17 20:35

Protesters massed in the Algerian capital on Tuesday to demand the cancellation of a controversial presidential election planned for December 12.

France to press to drop Sudan from US terror blacklist

2019-09-17 18:29

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says that France will press to drop Sudan from the US blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism and to support efforts to reintegrate the country into the international community.

Militiamen death toll rises to 38 in Central African Republic rival fighting

2019-09-17 06:24

The death toll of militiamen killed in rival group fighting in the Central African Republic at the weekend has risen to 38, according to an internal United Nations report

What next after outsiders take the lead in Tunisia polls?

2019-09-16 22:05

Two political outsiders are set to go head-to-head in the race to become Tunisia's next president, according to the latest count after a first round of voting on Sunday.

Mugabe gets low-key farewell in Zimbabwe home village

2019-09-16 20:00

The remains of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, who died on September 6, has arrived in his home village for a subdued farewell at a dusty sports field after a weekend state funeral with African leaders in the capital.

Tunisia heads to polls in keenly fought presidential contest

2019-09-16 18:43

Rarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls to choose from a crowded field.

Anti-establishment figures claim first round wins in Tunisia polls

2019-09-16 10:24

Two anti-establishment candidates in Tunisia's divisive election claim to have won through to a runoff, hours after polling closed in the country's second free presidential poll since the 2011 Arab Spring.

Zimbabwe sees thaw in chilly ties with West

2019-09-15 08:53

Zimbabwe's frosty relations with Western powers are thawing despite tensions caused by a brutal repression of protests, the country's foreign minister says.

WATCH | Mugabe to be buried in 30 days

2019-09-13 18:54

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe will be buried at Heroes’ Acre in 30 days, this is according to his nephew Leo Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's farmers look back at 'hell' under Mugabe

2019-09-13 15:05

At its zenith, the Mount Carmel farm in northern Zimbabwe boasted 500 livestock and shipped its mangoes and lemons to Europe, a continent away.

Mugabe to be buried in 'heroes' monument

2019-09-13 10:19

The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him in the National Heroes Acre monument in Harare, a family spokesperson says.

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