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Zim government shelves plans to licence cannabis growers: report

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The Zimbabwe government has put on hold plans to issue licences to farmers to grow marijuana for medical and research purposes, citing the need to first carry out feasibility studies.

Ebola deaths rise to 26, says DRC health ministry

2018-05-21 06:00

Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest.

'Don't eat, smoke in public,' Zim police warned

2018-05-20 16:07

Zimbabwean police have reportedly been banned from eating and smoking in public, as the country's recently appointed police commissioner seeks to clean the image of the force ahead of a crunch election.

Sudan protests against Egyptian TV serial

2018-05-20 12:00

Sudan has said it has complained to Cairo about an Egyptian television serial that shows some Egyptians living in the African country being involved in "terrorism".

 
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DRC to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

2018-05-20 18:32

Democratic Republic of Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, DRC health minister has announced.

Burundi opposition rejects referendum result

2018-05-20 14:05

The coalition led by main opposition leader Agathon Rwasa ha said it did not recognise the result of a referendum on constitutional reforms that could leave President Pierre Nkurunziza in power until 2034.

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Taxpayers fund Mswati-Lungu bromance

2018-05-20 06:02

The growing bonds of friendship between Swaziland’s King Mswati III and Zambian leader Edgar Lungu have reached new, but worrying, levels for the two countries' citizens.

Egypt says prominent socialist activist arrested

2018-05-19 18:30

Egyptian security officials say a prominent activist and labor rights lawyer has been arrested on an array of charges including belonging to an outlawed group

DRC says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

2018-05-19 15:42

Democratic Republic of Congo's health minister says three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people.

Zim VP Chiwenga's mother-in-law takes ruling Zanu-PF to court – report

2018-05-19 12:01

Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga's mother-in-law, Helga Mubaiwa, has reportedly taken the ruling Zanu-PF party and its national commissar Engelbert Rugeje to court contesting her defeat in the just-ended primary elections.

Ebola in DRC not yet a global health emergency, WHO says

2018-05-19 10:16

Democratic Republic of Congo's latest Ebola outbreak does not yet warrant being declared a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation has announced, as health officials rushed to contain the often deadly virus that has spread to a city of more than 1 million.

The Latest: Ebola vaccinations to begin Sunday in DRC

2018-05-19 07:43

The World Health Organisation says vaccinations are planned to begin on Sunday in the Ebola outbreak in Democratic republic of Congo.

US aid group says 8 abducted staffers freed in South Sudan

2018-05-18 21:04

The US based aid group World Vision says eight local staffers and a Ugandan who were abducted earlier this week in civil war-torn South Sudan have been released.

'Yes' votes ahead in Burundi constitutional referendum

2018-05-18 20:15

Burundi looked set to adopt constitutional reforms that could allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to remain in power until 2034, with official results on Friday showing a "yes" vote winning in 14 of 18 provinces.

East Africa 'on high alert' over Ebola: regional bloc

2018-05-18 20:15

The East African Community regional bloc said in a statement has said it was on "high alert" following an Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

UN halts Sudan refugee resettlement after alleged fraud

2018-05-18 18:57

The UN refugee agency says it is temporarily suspending its programme for the resettlement of refugees from Sudan after allegations of fraud emerged in the scheme.

US references to Libya model ahead of Kim Summit confuse

2018-05-18 17:30

President Trump and his hawkish national security adviser have both referenced the Libya model ahead of the much-vaunted summit with North Korea's Kim Jun Un, but what is the historical context?

Egypt's president announces Rafah crossing open for Ramadan

2018-05-18 16:06

Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi says he has ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the longest length of time since 2013

Sudan teen's death penalty puts spotlight on women's rights

2018-05-18 13:30

When a Sudanese teenager was sentenced to death last week for killing her husband, who had allegedly raped her, activists knew that a new fight had begun for women's rights in Sudan.

UN peacekeeper killed, 8 hurt as CAR convoy hit

2018-05-18 11:59

A peacekeeper was killed and eight others were injured Thursday during an attack on a convoy in the Central African Republic, the UN's MINUSCA force and the Mauritanian army said.

14 confirmed Ebola cases in DRC as emergency meeting held

2018-05-18 10:51

There are now 14 confirmed Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo's latest outbreak as health officials rush to contain the often deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million.

Top Africa stories: Mnangagwa, Lungu's mansion, Ebola

2018-05-18 08:00

An ex-zimbabwean minister fingers President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a fraud case, and Swaziland says the issue involving Zambian President Edgar Lungu's plans to build a mansion in that country is a "private matter"

Zimbabwe 'on track to regain its bread basket status', says Mnangagwa

2018-05-18 06:00

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly said that his country is doing well in regaining its breadbasket status, following the introduction of the command agriculture over the past two years.

Guinea heads for reshuffle after street protests end

2018-05-17 21:30

The government of the West African state of Guinea have resigned ahead of an expected reshuffle, a day after opposition parties suspended protests over disputed elections.

At least four killed in NE Nigeria suicide bombing

2018-05-17 20:23

At least four people were killed in northeast Nigeria in a suicide blast at an open-air mosque, militia and refugee camp officials have said.

African nations vow to recover stolen assets

2018-05-20 08:12

Former British prime minister David Cameron two years ago was caught talking about an anti-corruption summit and calling Nigeria "fantastically corrupt".

Ethiopia says Saudi Arabia to free 1 000 detained citizens

2018-05-19 18:30

Ethiopia says more than 1 000 of its citizens will be released from detention centres in Saudi Arabia after a request by new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a visit to Riyadh.

200 arrests in anti-terrorist operations in West Africa

2018-05-19 16:45

More than 200 people were arrested last week in a joint anti-terror and security operation in the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo, the Burkinabe army has said.

14 000 flee Central African Republic after violence: UN

2018-05-19 12:01

At least 14 000 people have fled violence in the Central African Republic and crossed into the Democratic Republic of Congo in less than a week, the United Nations has said.

In DRC city, worry and anger over Ebola scare

2018-05-18 21:04

People in Mbandaka in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are fearful and angry after an Ebola outbreak spread from remote villages to their densely-populated city.

Glencore may face UK probe over DRC deals: report

2018-05-18 21:04

Glencore may face a British fraud probe into alleged corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bloomberg has reported, sending the Swiss miner's share price tumbling.

UN slams death sentence for raped Sudan teen

2018-05-18 20:15

The UN has said it was "acutely concerned" for a teenager sentenced to death in Sudan for killing her rapist husband, warning her trial did not appear to have been fair.

US accuses Cameroon of 'targeted killings' in anglophone crisis

2018-05-18 18:57

The US ambassador to Cameroon has accused government forces of carrying out "targeted killings" and other abuses in the fight against militants demanding independence for two English-speaking regions.

Burundi counts votes after referendum on president's power

2018-05-18 17:30

Vote-counting has started in Burundi's referendum on constitutional changes that would extend the president's rule until 2034.

Watchdogs step up response in DRC as Ebola toll mounts

2018-05-18 16:06

World agencies and neighbouring countries have hiked their response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the toll from the notorious disease mounted.

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DRC

2018-05-18 14:35

An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has a high risk of spreading internally, the World Health Organisation warned ahead of a meeting on whether to declare it an event of international concern.

Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

2018-05-18 13:30

Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows US forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy.

Egypt opens Gaza border for month of Ramadan: president

2018-05-18 11:59

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.

Mnangagwa has achieved 'a lot' in a short space of time... vote for him, VP Chiwenga tells Zimbabweans

2018-05-18 08:00

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has urged Zimbabweans to vote for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the forthcoming elections, saying he is the only one capable of turning around the country's moribund economy.

Zim gets first UK funding in 20 years

2018-05-18 10:44

The UK government, in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, will provide $100m to be loaned to the private sector in Zimbabwe.

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia agree study of contentious Nile dam

2018-05-18 06:00

Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia have agreed to set up a scientific committee to study a dam Ethiopia is building on a tributary of the Nile, an Ethiopian minister says.

2 UN peacekeepers freed in DRC's southeast

2018-05-17 21:30

An official in Democratic Republic of Congo says two United Nations peacekeepers have been released after being held by rebels in the country's southeast.

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