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Weah sworn in as Liberian president, completes historic transition

2018-01-22 15:38

Former international football star George Weah has been sworn in as Liberia's new president, in the country's first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Egypt presidential hopeful calls for neutrality in elections

2018-01-22 15:38

Egypt's former military chief of staff, who has announced he would run for president in March elections, has called on state institutions to maintain neutrality toward all candidates

Joy and hope in Liberia at Weah inauguration ceremony

2018-01-22 14:13

The inauguration of former football star George Weah as president of Liberia got underway to scenes of joy and giddy optimism, a moment marking the troubled country's first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.

EU open to send Zimbabwe vote monitors, wants credible polls

2018-01-22 13:14

The European Union says it stands ready to send election monitors to Zimbabwe and hopes that free and fair polls can be held soon.

Zim white farmer 'seeks Mnangagwa govt assistance to get back farm' – report

2018-01-22 10:57

A Zimbabwean white farmer Richard Seager is reportedly seeking President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government to assist him get back his 609 hectare farm that was seized from him in 2007 by an indigenous farmer.

Tunisia kills senior al-Qaeda member

2018-01-22 08:37

Tunisian security forces have killed a senior member of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb who was wanted by Algeria for two and a half decades, officials say.

 
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HANDSHAKE:   Liberia's president-elect and former football star George Weah (L) shakes hands with the country's outgoing president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during a church service at the centennial memorial pavilion in Monrovia. (File: AFP)

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George Weah: from football icon to Liberia president

2018-01-22 12:05

George Weah emerged from Liberia's slums to become a superstar footballer in the 1990s, and has spent the last 13 years building political credibility to match his status as a sporting icon.

7 die at Ethiopia's Epiphany in clashes with security forces

2018-01-22 10:57

An Ethiopian police official in the restive Amhara region in the north has confirmed that seven people were killed when people celebrating the Epiphany holiday clashed with security forces.

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Liberia's Sirleaf: Africa's first elected female leader

2018-01-22 08:37

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who shared the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as a champion of women's rights, is stepping down after making history as Africa's first elected female president in Liberia.

George Weah to be sworn in with Liberian hopes sky-high

2018-01-22 06:07

Former international footballer George Weah is set to be sworn in as Liberia's new president, a landmark moment that marks the troubled country's first peaceful democratic transition since 1944.

Zim finance minister says 'bond notes aren't going anywhere'

2018-01-21 18:00

Zimbabwe’s finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said the controversial bond notes are not going anywhere until the southern African country had its own currency, says a report.

DRC blocks internet ahead of banned protests

2018-01-21 15:03

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have blocked the internet in Kinshasa and set up roadblocks throughout the city ahead of planned protests demanding that President Joseph Kabila leave power.

Thousands of women in anti-president protest in Togo

2018-01-21 13:07

Thousands of women have taken to the streets of Togo's capital Lome to protest against the power of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Tanzania suspends its shipping 'flag of convenience'

2018-01-21 11:09

President John Magufuli has suspended the registration of foreign vessels in Tanzania, following the seizure of drugs aboard ships flying his country's flag.

US wants Africa to shun North Korea

2018-01-21 05:46

Nation has a number of sanctions that allow it to financially punish ‘any person or ­company’ involved in trade with the country.

Four US, Canadian captives freed in Nigeria: police

2018-01-20 17:34

Two Americans and two Canadians who were kidnapped in an ambush in northern Nigeria this week have been freed, police say.

WATCH: 'Mugabe forgot he fired me,' Mnangagwa reveals ex-president shocker

2018-01-19 21:22

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly claimed that his predecessor Robert Mugabe had forgotten he had fired him a week before a military intervention that culminated on the nonagenarian’s ouster last year.

Sixteen face prosecution in Senegal over Casamance massacre

2018-01-19 20:28

Sixteen people are to be prosecuted in connection with the massacre of 14 young men in Senegal's troubled region of Casamance, a source close to the case has said.

Boko Haram kills five in NE Nigeria village

2018-01-19 20:28

Boko Haram jihadists have killed five people in an attack on a village in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, a community leader and a local resident have said.

Algeria court acquits 6 Mozabite Berber activists

2018-01-19 19:23

Six Mozabite Berber activists accused of attempting to overthrow the Algerian government and damage state security were acquitted in court, says their lawyer.

Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns

2018-01-19 18:30

First, there was outrage in Africa at President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent. Now some governments and tourism operators are humorously exploiting it to promote Africa's many attractions.

PICS: Ethiopians throng streets for Christian Orthodox festival

2018-01-19 17:01

Under a blazing sun, a procession carrying a replica of the Ark of the Covenant marched on a path of red carpets through the streets of Ethiopia's capital, sending believers to their knees in reverence.

Living through the horrors of genocide: humanitarian workers in Rwanda

2018-01-19 14:08

It is shocking to see, from 1994 onwards, the extent to which humanitarian workers in Rwanda became regular eyewitnesses to violence, murder and large-scale massacres, writes The Conversation.

Group urges Sudan to halt arresting reporters amid protests

2018-01-19 12:45

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Sudanese authorities "to cease harassing and arresting" journalists covering anti-inflation protests.

IMF does not want austerity in Tunisia: spokesman

2018-01-19 11:33

The International Monetary Fund does not want austerity in Tunisia, and in fact proposed programs to protect the poor from the impact of economic reforms, a Fund spokesperson has said.

DRC democracy group says detained activists could be 'tortured'

2018-01-21 19:30

A pro-democracy movement has called for the release of five of its activists detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo, saying it fears they could be tortured.

At least five dead in DRC in banned anti-Kabila marches: UN

2018-01-21 16:09

At least five people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN says, as the authorities cracked down on a banned protest against President Joseph Kabila.

Somalia president fires mayor of Mogadishu

2018-01-21 15:03

Somalia's president has fired the mayor of the capital Mogadishu, in an apparent bid to defuse moves towards greater autonomy for the city.

Seven Niger troops killed in Boko Haram attack

2018-01-21 08:51

At least seven Niger soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others wounded last week in an attack by suspected Boko Haram militants in the country's southeast, the government says.

Liberia's Weah seeks to reassure ahead of inauguration

2018-01-20 19:29

Incoming Liberian president George Weah is seeking to dispel accusations he is ill-prepared to take the reins of his fragile west African country, and says his priority would be maintaining peace.

Egypt's Sisi says he will run for a second term

2018-01-20 17:34

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has announced that he will run for a second four-year term in March elections. He was widely expected to be a candidate, with no serious challenge to his re-election.

DRC army 'at war' with two militia groups: minister

2018-01-20 10:30

The defence minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo says the army is waging 'war' against two militia forces in the country's troubled east.

Top Africa stories: Roy Bennett, Mugabe, Senegal

2018-01-20 07:13

The late Roy Bennett and his wife have been described as 'two of Zimbabwe's greatest patriots', and Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa has reportedly claimed that his predecessor Robert Mugabe forgot he had fired him.

After two-year wait, Uganda gets its new cancer machine

2018-01-19 21:22

Uganda's only radiotherapy machine has been officially replaced, nearly two years after the previous one broke down, leaving the country without a crucial tool for treating cancer patients.

Angola's hefty airlines bill

2018-01-19 20:28

Angola still owes more than $500m to international airlines, one of many items in the in-tray of new President Joao Lourenco as he tries to revive the economy.

Clues sought in copter crash that killed Zimbabwean opposition leader

2018-01-19 19:23

Investigators will comb through the charred wreckage in search for clues as to why the helicopter carrying Zimbabwe's Roy Bennett and his friends went down after dark on Wednesday.

DRC general ambushed in troubled eastern region

2018-01-19 18:30

A general commanding military operations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo was ambushed, army sources have said, as rebels launched fresh attacks in the troubled region.

Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia

2018-01-19 15:19

Egypt's president says he expressed his "extreme concern" over the lack of progress in talks over the construction of a massive Nile dam in Ethiopia during a meeting with that country's visiting prime minister.

PICTURE GALLERY: Remembering Zim's Roy Bennett

2018-01-19 12:45

Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett has been killed in a helicopter crash in the United States. Here are some of the pictures that help describe his life during the time that he lived in Zimbabwe.

EXCLUSIVE: Roy Bennett 'suffered a lot in his attempt to build a new Zimbabwe'

2018-01-19 11:30

Zimbabwe's main opposition, the MDC party's deputy president Nelson Chamisa has described Roy Bennett’s unexpected death in a helicopter crash in the US as "a big loss to the country's democratic struggle".

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