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Mnangagwa takes vote campaign to Mugabe's hometown… says nothing about the nonagenarian

2018-07-20 20:54

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa this week took his election campaign to his predecessor Robert Mugabe's hometown, Chinhoyi, but he completely did not mention his name, says a report.

Egypt, Sudan seek to bolster ties after yearslong tension

2018-07-20 20:54

The leaders of Egypt and Sudan have agreed to mend their frayed ties following repeated failures to reach a deal over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia

Zimbabwe jails Mugabe's ex-minister for graft

2018-07-20 19:30

A Zimbabwe court handed a four-year jail term to a former energy minister who served in Robert Mugabe's last cabinet after he was found guilty of corruption, state media has reported.

Ethiopian parliament approves amnesty for dissidents

2018-07-20 19:19

Ethiopia's parliament has approved an amnesty for dissidents, thousands of whom have been released as part of a series of unprecedented reforms since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power.

Missing Senegalese migrants found in Mauritanian city

2018-07-20 17:50

Senegalese migrants feared missing in the Mauritanian desert after their boat washed ashore have been found safe and well in the country's second-largest city, a security source has said.

Mozambique passes election reforms in peace progress

2018-07-20 17:03

The Mozambican parliament has passed electoral reforms putting back on track municipal voting due to be held on October 10, in the latest step of peace negotiations.

 
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PROTEST:   A demonstrator holds a banner as he takes part in a march for peace organised by Churches Convergence on Peace Project, ahead of the Zimbabwe elections in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. (File, AFP)

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Egypt's Sisi vows to back S Sudan peace bid

2018-07-20 19:19

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has backed an ongoing regional bid to resolve the conflict in South Sudan as he praised Khartoum for hosting peace talks between the country's warring groups.

Libya rejects EU plan for asylum processing centres

2018-07-20 17:50

Libya's prime minister has said he would not allow the EU to set up asylum processing centres in his country, in a new setback for European leaders seeking to curb new migrant arrivals.

Ethiopia or Eritrea? Border community fears split

2018-07-20 17:03

"This place is definitely Ethiopian," says farmer Haise Woldu, 76, gesturing to a church with an ornate brick facade in Engal, set to a backdrop of a jagged mountain range.

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Girl, 10, dies after female genital mutilation

2018-07-20 16:15

An activist says a 10-year-old girl has bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia.

Zim election race tightens: Poll puts Mnangagwa on 40%, Chamisa on 37%

2018-07-20 15:13

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has only a narrow lead over opposition leader Nelson Chamisa ahead of Zimbabwe's landmark elections on July 30, according to a latest poll.

ICC denies damages to kids born after DRC village attack

2018-07-20 14:20

War crimes judges ruled Thursday that five children born after their parents were victims of a brutal 2003 attack on a Congolese village were not eligible to receive compensation.

Beauty queen, 24, sentenced to death for 'slashing' boyfriend to death

2018-07-20 12:06

A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment "inhumane".

Cameroon military, separatists blamed for 'grave abuses'

2018-07-20 10:18

Violent tensions between Cameroon's government and Anglophone separatists have forced more than 180 000 people from their homes since December, Human Rights Watch says.

DRC leader maintains suspense over plans

2018-07-20 08:30

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, is keeping his country guessing over his political plans five months ahead of crucial elections.

Ramaphosa to meet high level Lesotho mediation team

2018-07-20 06:17

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community facilitator to Lesotho, is expected to meet with a high level mediation team at his official home in Pretoria.

Ethiopia names ambassador to Eritrea as ties thaw

2018-07-19 21:27

Ethiopia has appointed an ambassador to Eritrea for the first time in 20 years, state-affiliated media has reported, the latest in a series of dizzying peace moves between the neighbours.

Gambian govt condemns ex-president's 'shocking' return pledge

2018-07-19 20:05

Banjul has condemned former president Yahya Jammeh's pledge to come back to the West African country in a leaked phone call that went viral on social media.

One 20-year term, 14 acquittals in Senegal jihadists trial

2018-07-19 19:09

The alleged leader of a jihadist cell has been handed a 20-year term with forced labour in Senegal's largest terror-related trial, which has also seen 14 other suspects acquitted.

Nigerian leader backs major Shell project on Dutch trip

2018-07-19 17:07

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ended a four-day visit to the Netherlands, after voicing staunch backing for the ICC and giving oil giant Shell a nod for a new $5bn investment deal.

Cameroon's anglophone crisis hits palm oil, cocoa production

2018-07-19 15:36

The crisis in anglophone Cameroon is damaging the Southwest Region's economy, with palm oil plantations closing and the cocoa trade tumbling, an NGO report says.

Egypt passes bill to block popular social media accounts

2018-07-19 10:28

Egypt's parliament has passed a bill targeting popular social media accounts that authorities accuse of publishing "fake news", the latest move in a five-year-old drive to suppress dissent and silence independent sources of news.

HRW slams Morocco over journalist's 3-year jail term

2018-07-19 08:26

Human Rights Watch has criticised a Morocco court for sentencing a prominent journalist to three years in prison on a "dubious charge" relating to a northern protest movement.

PICS: Song, dance and tears as Ethiopian flight lands in Eritrea

2018-07-19 06:05

The "fasten seatbelt" sign had barely pinged off when passengers on a historic flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea began singing and dancing in the aisle.

South Sudan foes to sign 'preliminary' power pact this week

2018-07-18 19:05

Sudan says that South Sudan's warring factions have agreed to sign a "preliminary" power-sharing deal this week, which would be followed by a final one later in the month.

PICS: Champagne as historic commercial flight links Ethiopia and Eritrea

2018-07-18 18:00

Ethiopia and Eritrea have resumed commercial airline flights for the first time in two decades, marking the latest phase in a whirlwind peace process between the former foes.

At least 26 feared dead in DRC boat accident

2018-07-18 16:33

At least 11 people have died and 15 are missing after an overloaded boat with around 100 people onboard capsized on the Congo River, local officials say.

Four Cameroon troops held over summary execution video

2018-07-20 15:13

Four Cameroonian soldiers have been arrested after a video apparently showing three of them summarily executing two women and their two children accused of belonging to Boko Haram, sources close to the army say.

Burkina Faso captures 60 extremists near Mali, Niger border

2018-07-20 14:20

Burkina Faso's army says its counter-terror forces have captured at least 60 extremists along the border with Mali and Niger during operations conducted since July 8.

South Sudan power-sharing deal delayed over differences

2018-07-20 12:06

Sudan says the signing of a "preliminary" power-sharing deal between South Sudan's foes has been postponed as the warring factions have yet to fully agree on the draft.

UN, AU call for transfer of power in DRC

2018-07-20 10:18

The top security bodies of the United Nations and the African Union have called for a peaceful transfer of power following elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year.

WATCH: Africa is slowly creating a new ocean

2018-07-20 08:30

Volcanic eruptions spewing red-hot magma & shifting tectonic plates mean our future maps of Africa will have a lot more blue on them.

GALLERY: Meet Zimbabwe's 23 presidential candidates

2018-07-20 06:17

Zimbabwe is heading to the polls on July 30 - the first vote after the ouster of former president Robert Mugabe, who ruled the country for 37 years. See pictures of all 23 presidential candidates participating in the election.

DRC leader still coy on role in long-delayed election

2018-07-19 21:27

Democratic Republic of Congo's President Joseph Kabila in a national address says the long-delayed December election is "a matter of sovereignty" but he still doesn't say what role he will play.

Zimbabwe defends electoral roll over 'ghost voters'

2018-07-19 19:09

Zimbabwean authorities have defended a new electoral roll after allegations that thousands of fake names, duplicates and dead people are registered to cast ballots in a July 30 vote.

Boko Haram kills six traders in Nigeria ambush: locals

2018-07-19 17:07

Boko Haram fighters killed six traders when they ambushed a convoy of lorries under military escort in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and a local resident have said.

WATCH: First Ethiopia-Eritrea flight in 20 years seals peace deal

2018-07-19 13:57

The first commercial flight to leave Ethiopia for Eritrea in 20 years has landed safely in Asmara, sealing a stunning reconciliation between the once warring nations.

At least 15 dead in armed clashes in DRC

2018-07-19 10:28

Fifteen people were killed during five days of clashes between armed militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, before the army intervened, local officials say.

DRC president Kabila to make address to the nation

2018-07-19 08:26

DRC President Joseph Kabila is expected to make a speech to parliament, less than a week before candidates can begin to register in postponed presidential elections.

Grace Mugabe ally under police 'radar' in wake of grenade attack: report

2018-07-18 20:00

A former ally of Grace Mugabe has been placed on a "persons of interest" list by Zimbabwean police in the wake of last month's grenade attack on a ruling party rally, a report says.

E Guinea opposition demand govt resign over political prisoners

2018-07-18 19:05

An opposition leader in Equatorial Guinea has called for the government to resign over its failure to release political prisoners, a promise made by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

20 years on, ICC urges help to fight war crimes

2018-07-18 18:00

The International Criminal Court has marked its 20th anniversary, urging all nations to help its "vital work" seeking justice for war crimes victims, despite its controversial acquittal of a former Congolese militia chief.

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