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More protests in Togo as president chairs Ecowas summit

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Protesters again took to the streets of Togo's capital Lome to demonstrate against the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, who was in Nigeria chairing a summit of West African leaders.

Tunisia in new delay of first post-revolt local poll

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A new date next May has been set for Tunisia's first post-revolt municipal elections, already long delayed, polling officials has said.

Attacker 'shouting Allahu Akbar' wounds two Danes in Gabon

2017-12-17 09:04

Two Danish nationals have been wounded in a knife attack in Gabon's capital apparently committed in retribution for "US attacks against Muslims", a rare assault in a Central African nation that has escaped Islamist violence.

 
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Ecowas threatens Guinea-Bissau sanctions as crisis drags

2017-12-17 07:23

West African leaders have threatened to slap Guinea-Bissau with sanctions unless the country's grinding political crisis was resolved within two months.

What new president? Rural Zimbabweans missed Mugabe drama

2017-12-16 18:00

Some in Zimbabwe's far-flung areas still haven't heard about the dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe last month after 37 years in power.

Zim, Botswana to 'fix strained relations' after Mugabe exit – report

2017-12-16 16:00

Botswana's government is reportedly set to "fix strained relations" with Zimbabwe once the current engagements between the two nations foreign affairs ministers are completed.

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WHO certifies Gabon as polio-free

2017-12-16 16:00

The World Health Organisation has declared Gabon a "polio-free country", given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country.

Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

2017-12-16 14:03

Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children.

UN gives green light on Russia arms to C Africa

2017-12-16 11:55

Russia has been authorised to provide the Central African Republic's armed forces with light arms, under an exemption to an arms embargo on the country granted by the UN, diplomatic sources have said.

Armed fake agent breaches Mnangagwa security – reports

2017-12-16 07:09

An armed fake state security agent, who reportedly breached President Emmerson Mnangagwa's close security on two occasions last week with a fake Central Intelligence Organisation security clearance at state functions has appeared in court.

Flights between Russia and Egypt to resume in February: Moscow

2017-12-15 21:30

Flights between Russia and Egypt will resume in February, the Russian transport ministry has announced, after they were suspended in 2015 following an airliner bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

Dutch court convicts 63-year-old of war crimes in Ethiopia

2017-12-15 21:30

A court in the Netherlands has convicted a 63-year-old man of committing war crimes under a brutal Marxist regime in Ethiopia in the 1970s and sentenced him to life imprisonment, a ruling that one victim hailed as delivering justice to survivors.

Sierra Leone health workers sue government in Ebola case

2017-12-15 20:23

Two Sierra Leonean health workers has sued their government in a West African court, alleging its misuse of donor funds during the Ebola crisis had contributed to the deaths of thousands.

Liberia's ruling party petitions for election delay

2017-12-15 18:30

Liberia's ruling Unity Party has asked the Supreme Court to further delay the presidential runoff, which its candidate Vice President Joseph Boakai will contest on December 26.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa vows new path for 'desecrated' party

2017-12-15 17:00

Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa,drew a firm line under the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe in a keynote speech to the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Cameroon writer Nganang held in prison before court hearing

2017-12-15 17:00

Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang has been held in prison before a court appearance on Friday for the alleged publication of an article critical of the country's president.

UN peacekeeping chief visits Goma after deadly attack

2017-12-15 13:59

The UN's chief peacekeeper is in eastern DRC to visit those wounded in last week's deadly ambush that killed 14, the worst attack on a peacekeeping mission in 24 years.

Zanu-PF congress to seal Mugabe's fall from grace

2017-12-15 11:41

Zimbabwe's ruling party is meeting to finalise Robert Mugabe's fall from grace and make new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa its candidate for next year's elections.

Top Africa stories: Zim farm grabbers, Mugabe, al-Shabaab

2017-12-15 08:38

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has ordered land grabbers to vacate farms, and ex-president Robert Mugabe is set to miss the Zanu-PF's congress for the first time since 1963.

Mnangagwa set to strengthen grip on power at congress after Mugabe's shock ouster

2017-12-15 06:00

Zimbabwe's new president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is expected to use a conference of the ruling Zanu-PF party to consolidate his grip on power after Robert Mugabe's shock ouster last month.

Zimbabwe's new leader wants sanctions lifted

2017-12-14 21:31

Zimbabwe's new leader is calling for the "unconditional lifting" of sanctions that he says has crippled the once-prosperous country's development.

Senegal delays trial of Dakar mayor until new year

2017-12-14 21:31

A Senegalese court has delayed the trial of popular Dakar mayor Khalifa Sall on charges of embezzling public funds until January 3, as his lawyers denounced a "hasty" start to proceedings.

Cameroon opposition attacks 'militarisation' in anglophone crisis

2017-12-14 20:31

Cameroon's main opposition party has accused the government of having "militarised" two regions shaken by unrest among the country's anglophone minority.

3 100 migrants repatriated from Libya in recent days

2017-12-14 19:31

The European Union and African Union say at least 3 100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks.

Rapes, other new allegations in Kenya's election unrest

2017-12-14 18:30

Kenya's opposition leader was targeted in a virulent online campaign created by a US-based company during the recent election turmoil, a privacy watchdog has said, while another rights group reported multiple gang-rapes by men in uniform in opposition strongholds.

WATCH: 'I have list of looters and I'm ready to name and shame them,' warns Mnangagwa

2017-12-16 14:03

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly claimed that he has a list of individuals and companies that externalised money illegally into safe havens outside the country.

GALLERY: Zanu-PF congress seals Mugabe's fate

2017-12-16 11:55

Delegates from Zimbabwe's ruling party have gathered for an extraordinary conference in Harare to seal the fate of former president Robert Mugabe. See the pictures.

18 dead in DRC road accident

2017-12-16 07:09

Eighteen people were killed when a truck carrying goods and passengers overturned on a major highway in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the government has confirmed.

Strike shuts Dakar airport a week after grand opening

2017-12-15 21:30

Flights to and from Dakar's brand-new airport have been cancelled after air traffic controllers went on strike just eight days after it opened.

Zimbabwe ruling party seals Mugabe's fate

2017-12-15 18:25

Delegates from Zimbabwe's ruling party have sealed the fate of Robert Mugabe, a man they had revered for decades but removed from power in dramatic scenes last month.

DRC child soldiers awarded $10m in damages

2017-12-15 19:30

International war crimes judges have awarded $10m in landmark reparations to "hundreds or thousands" of former child soldiers left brutalised and stigmatised after being conscripted into a ruthless Congolese militia.

Cameroon army repels attack by 'anglophone separatists'

2017-12-15 18:30

Armed separatists in Cameroon's troubled anglophone region attacked a village before being repelled by soldiers, security officials has said.

Gabon MPs pass disputed constitutional text

2017-12-15 17:00

A bill to revise Gabon's constitution, which opponents say risks letting President Ali Bongo retain power indefinitely, cleared a hurdle after the country's lower house overwhelmingly approved it, sources have said.

Zim govt pays workers on time... a first in many years, says report

2017-12-15 15:17

Zimbabwean state workers have reportedly applauded government after it was announced this week that they would receive their December salaries on time for the first time in years.

Kenya's 2017 elections: how new media stole the mainstream's thunder

2017-12-15 12:44

Across Africa, mainstream media have traditionally been the unrivalled custodians and originators of the public agenda. But this year social media took over as a new regime of information, writes The Conversation.

PIC: Ousted Robert Mugabe spotted leaving hospital in Singapore

2017-12-15 09:36

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from power last month, has visited a Singapore hospital during a trip to the city-state for a medical check-up.

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

2017-12-15 08:38

A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country's electoral commission.

UN Security Council warns on South Sudan peace efforts

2017-12-15 06:00

The UN Security Council is warning of "costs or consequences" for South Sudan's government and opposition if they undermine upcoming efforts to achieve a cease-fire and implement a 2015 peace agreement.

Nigeria governors approve $1bn to fight Boko Haram

2017-12-14 21:31

A Nigerian governor says 36 state leaders have approved the transfer of $1bn to the federal government to fight the deadly Boko Haram insurgency.

Madagascar prisoners escape in jail mob attack

2017-12-14 20:31

Some 120 prisoners broke out of jail in northeast Madagascar after a lynch mob stormed the prison in search of a murder suspect, the justice ministry has said.

US, Britain, France seek details on Russian arms to C Africa

2017-12-14 20:31

The United States, Britain and France asked that a Russian request to send light arms to the Central African Republic be put on hold as they seek more information on the shipments, diplomats have said.

Central Africa's free market plan hits the roadblock of reality

2017-12-14 19:31

At the frontier between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, a long queue stretches between two checkpoints as travellers wrestle with officialdom and the inevitable demand for a sweetener in order to cross.

US Homeland Security team in Chad after travel ban

2017-12-14 18:30

A US government delegation is visiting Chad, one of six mainly-Muslim countries affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban, in order to assess passport security, a foreign ministry official has said.

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