Morocco sentences man to death over MP killing

2018-01-16 20:33

A Moroccan court sentenced to death a man over the murder of a member of parliament and jailed his widow, in a case involving sex and money, the government has said.

Liberia president rejects her expulsion from political party

2018-01-16 20:33

Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision

Cameroon lawyer gets boost for presidential bid

2018-01-16 20:33

A prominent lawyer's bid to end Cameroon President Paul Biya's 35 years in power has received a boost after nine opposition parties and grassroots groups backed his campaign, according to a statement seen by AFP.

Police: Kenyan Catholic priest arrested for sodomy

2018-01-16 19:32

A Kenyan police report says a Catholic priest is in police custody facing charges of allegedly sodomizing an 18 year old man

Three killed in Boko Haram raid in Nigeria

2018-01-16 18:19

Three people were killed and two others were critically injured in a Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, a community leader and a resident have said.

Sudan police beat protesters at demo against rising prices

2018-01-16 17:06

Anti-riot police fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons as hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated against soaring bread prices near a presidential palace in Khartoum, an AFP correspondent has said.


RESCUED:  Illegal migrants from Arab and African nationalities arrive at a naval base in the capital Tripoli after they were rescued off the coast of Zuwara, 130km west of the Libyan capital. ( File, AFP)

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Oil propels Nigerian shares to 9-year peak

2018-01-16 19:32

Nigerian stocks have jumped to a nine-year high as Africa's biggest economy emerges from its worst recession in 25 years, buoyed by the high price of oil at $69 a barrel.

UN says 100 000 people in Central African Republic need aid

2018-01-16 15:37

The UN says some 100 000 people in the Central African Republic town of Paoua have been caught in clashes between armed groups and urgently need humanitarian aid.

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Tunisian soccer fans clash with police amid economic unrest

2018-01-16 14:02

Tunisian soccer fans have clashed with police in the capital two days after a match was canceled amid nationwide economic protests.

Nigeria's abducted Chibok schoolgirls: a timeline

2018-01-16 12:04

A group of young women shown in a video released by Boko Haram are purported to be among the more than 200 abducted from Chibok, northeast Nigeria, in 2014.

Tropical cyclone threatens Mauritius and Reunion

2018-01-16 10:32

Tropical Cyclone Berguitta is intensifying in the southern Indian Ocean and is likely to have a major impact on the 'island paradises' of both Mauritius and Reunion.

Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Zambia

2018-01-16 08:30

Robert Mugabe's ex-spokesperson has revealed how the former president was told hat he could face the same fate as the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken to social media.

WHO says 'high' cholera risk in DRC capital

2018-01-16 06:05

The World Health Organization Monday said there was a high risk of a cholera epidemic after flooding in Kinshasa, the teeming and ramshackle capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Zambia police tear gas traders angered by anti-cholera ban

2018-01-15 21:16

Police in Zambia's capital Lusaka have fired tear gas at angry traders marching to the president's office in protest over a ban on street commerce aimed at curbing a deadly cholera outbreak.

Ethiopia to free opposition leader, hundreds of others

2018-01-15 20:22

Ethiopia's government has announced it would release hundreds of people awaiting trial including imprisoned opposition leader Merera Gudina and would pardon others convicts in the coming months.

Three DRC soldiers killed while fighting Ugandan rebels

2018-01-15 20:22

Three Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers died while repelling an attack in the eastern Beni region by ADF Ugandan Islamist rebels, who are suspected of murdering 14 UN peacekeepers last month.

Former Egyptian lawmaker pulls out of presidential race

2018-01-15 19:15

A former Egyptian lawmaker said on Monday he will not run in the March presidential election, saying the political "climate" wasn't conducive to campaigning.

Gabon opposition leader prevented from flying to France

2018-01-15 18:05

Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping was prevented from taking a flight to France by security forces who said he needed to stay over a judicial matter, he has said.

Boko Haram video: 'By the grace of Allah, we won't return,' abducted Chibok girls say

2018-01-15 15:31

Islamist militants Boko Haram has released a new video purporting to show at least 14 of the schoolgirls abducted from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok in April 2014.

World's fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

2018-01-15 13:45

A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds says, and could be worth as much as $40 million.

Zanu-PF to 'honour' Zim 'icon' Mugabe on his 94th birthday

2018-01-15 12:21

Zimbabwean ruling Zanu-PF party's youth league has reportedly said that it is planning to honour former president Robert Mugabe on his 94th birthday, saying that he remains the country's icon.

Tunisians call on leaders to remember 2011 revolution goals

2018-01-15 10:26

More than 2 000 Tunisians have called on the North African nation's leaders to do away with punishing price hikes that triggered days of unrest and to respect the goals of the revolution that drove out the country's autocratic ruler seven years ago.

New Zim president takes to Twitter, FB… and already he's got 32K followers

2018-01-15 08:45

Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe infamously called social media "filthy" - but his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has burst onto the scene with Twitter and Facebook accounts.

'We feared Mugabe would be dragged through streets like Gaddafi': ex-spokesperson

2018-01-15 06:03

Robert Mugabe's ex-spokesperson has revealed how the former president was told in November that he could face the same fate as the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi if he refused to step down.

Nigerian cattle herders hit back after farmer clashes

2018-01-15 06:03

Nigerian cattle breeders on Sunday defended themselves from criticism after recent clashes with farmers left 80 dead, claiming they had lost more than 1,000 people to violence since mid-2017.

Mugabe's ex-deputy 'doesn't deserve exit package... he deserted his post', war vets claim

2018-01-16 12:04

Zimbabwean authorities have reportedly remained mum over the pension of former vice president Phelekezela Mphoko amid accusations by the country's war veterans that he deserted his government position.

Africa should respond to Trump's racist rant by taking the moral high ground

2018-01-16 10:32

The Trump administration's incompetence makes it difficult for African countries to engage Washington in seeking meaningful explanations, much less substantive negotiations, writes The Conversation.

Mugabe 'desperately tried to reappoint his ex-deputy at the height of massive street protests'

2018-01-16 08:30

An aide to former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has revealed how the nonagenarian desperately tried to reappoint his ex-deputy at the height of massive street protests in November just before he stepped down.

20 killed in clashes at Libya's main international airport

2018-01-15 21:16

Fighting at the Libyan capital's only working international airport killed at least 20 people, officials have said, after militiamen attacked it in an attempt to free colleagues held at a jail there.

Sisi vows to protect Egypt's water supply

2018-01-15 21:16

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to protect Egypt's water supply while striving for peace with the Nile upstream countries of Sudan and Ethiopia, which is building a controversial dam.

Egypt's leader seeks to defuse tension with Sudan, Ethiopia

2018-01-15 20:22

Egypt's president has sought to defuse tensions with Ethiopia and Sudan, reassuring them that his country is not meddling in their internal affairs or planning to go to war against them

Policeman killed in fresh violence in anglophone Cameroon

2018-01-15 19:15

A policeman was killed by presumed separatists in a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon, where the situation remained extremely tense, sources have said.

Two Morocco female porters die in border stampede

2018-01-15 19:15

Two women carrying goods between Morocco and Spain's Ceuta enclave were killed in a stampede at the border between the two countries, a rights group and officials have said.

Clashes in Libyan capital kill 9, close airport

2018-01-15 18:05

Libyan officials say heavy clashes among rival militias in Tripoli have left at least nine people dead and forced the capital's only functioning airport to shut down

Somalia's Shabaab forcing civilians to hand over children: HRW

2018-01-15 17:13

Somalia's al-Qaeda linked Shabaab insurgents are increasingly threatening civilians to force them to hand over young children for "indoctrination and military training", Human Rights Watch says.

Protests mark Tunisia uprising anniversary

2018-01-15 15:31

Tunisians have marked seven years since the uprising that launched the Arab Spring, with fresh protests and some people expressing pride but others anger over persistent economic problems.

CAR bishops urge fighters to lay down arms

2018-01-15 13:45

Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have appealed to armed groups controlling swathes of the chronically unstable country to stop looting and lay down their arms.

Madagascar cyclone death toll hits 51, 22 missing

2018-01-15 12:20

The cyclone that slammed into Madagascar earlier this month has claimed 51 lives, with 54 000 people displaced by flooding, heavy rain and high winds, authorities say.

Liberia party drops Sirleaf after Weah poll win

2018-01-15 10:26

Liberia's ruling party says it has expelled outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for not backing her vice-president, Joseph Boakai, in a presidential election run-off lost to former footballer George Weah.

Senegal arrests 22 over Casamance loggers massacre

2018-01-15 08:45

Senegalese police say they have arrested 22 people suspected of involvement in a January 6 massacre of 14 young men in the troubled region of Casamance.

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