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Three pro-Kabila activists killed in DRC: family, party

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Three political activists have been killed while canvassing for Democratic Republic of Congo's pro-government presidential candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, family and party members have said.

African G5 force 'better' than UN's in Mali: Mauritania's Aziz

7 minutes ago

A fledgling African regional force fighting jihadists in Sahel countries is more effective - with fewer resources - than a UN mission with a similar remit in Mali, the Mauritanian president has said.

S Sudan woos investors as peace deal revives oil industry

2018-11-21 17:30

South Sudan has said that the country's latest peace deal had helped revive its war-battered oil sector, with an increase of 20 000 barrels per day in the past two months.

Cameroon military frees 9 abducted children, teacher

2018-11-21 16:02

A Cameroon military official says the military has freed nine children and their teacher who had been kidnapped by gunmen from a school in Kumba in the country's restive English-speaking South West region

 
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Campaigning for critical election opens in crisis-wracked DRC

2018-11-21 18:32

After two years of setbacks, broken promises and delays, the Democratic Republic of Congo has effectively opened the starting gates for a crucial election that could alleviate - or perhaps worsen - the decades-long crisis gripping the vast

Blocks found in Egypt bear name of famed pharaoh's builder

2018-11-21 18:32

Egypt says archaeologists digging in Cairo have found two blocks of limestone with inscriptions belonging to an engineer who worked for Ramses II, one of the longest ruling pharaohs in antiquity

Dozens of migrants forced off boat in Libya after standoff

2018-11-21 16:02

Dozens of migrants have been forced off a cargo vessel by Libyan authorities after refusing to disembark over fears of abuses, in a move decried by human rights groups.

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EXCLUSIVE: DRC political situation 'confused' as country heads to polls, says opposition leader

2018-11-21 08:00

DRC opposition leader Augustine Kikukama's wife Kuku Itambo has described as "confused" the current political situation in the central African country, which is headed for elections on December 23.

Motlanthe commission hearing: Question mark still lingers over Chamisa appearance

2018-11-21 05:49

It’s still not certain whether MDC leader Nelson Chamisa will agree to appear before a commission of enquiry into deadly post-election violence this week, a party spokesperson has said.

Madagascar presidential hopeful sues over poll conduct

2018-11-20 21:10

Presidential hopeful Marc Ravalomanana has lodged over 50 complaints at Madagascar's top court about the conduct of presidential polls to "correct irregularities," sources close to his campaign have said.

Boko Haram attacks leave 53 dead in pre-election show of force

2018-11-20 21:10

Boko Haram jihadists have killed 53 soldiers and farmers in three days of attacks in northeastern Nigeria, security sources have said, in a new show of force ahead of February elections in the West African country.

European zoos to send critically endangered rhinos to Rwanda

2018-11-20 19:59

Wildlife parks from three European countries are joining forces to send critically endangered eastern black rhinos back to their natural habitat in Rwanda, where the entire rhino population was wiped out during the genocide in the 1990s.

Zambian police quiz opposition leader over attacks on Chinese

2018-11-20 16:59

Zambian police have questioned opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema for allegedly fuelling attacks on Chinese nationals, in a sign of growing political tension in the country.

Zim govt warns pharmacies selling drugs in US dollar - report

2018-11-20 14:03

Zimbabwean Health Minister Obadiah Moyo has reportedly issued a warning to pharmacies and wholesalers demanding US dollar payments for drugs, saying they should accept the dreaded local surrogate currency called bond notes.

Man's body trapped down 45m well for a week after fatal snake bite: report

2018-11-20 10:33

A Zimbabwe man's body has been trapped at the bottom of a deep well for nearly a week after he was fatally bitten by a snake and rescuers were too afraid to retrieve his corpse, a newspaper says.

'I'll lead anti-Mnangagwa demos from the front,' says MDC's Chamisa

2018-11-20 08:00

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa has reportedly promised his supporters that he would lead his party’s planned protests against the “stolen vote” and the “state of the economy” from the front.

Man charged over Nigerian 'First Lady' email scam

2018-11-20 05:50

A 48-year-old man has appeared in court accused of attempting to defraud people around the world of $20.5 million by pretending to be Nigeria's first lady.

Top Madagascar presidential hopeful alleges vote 'manipulation'

2018-11-19 21:30

The frontrunner in Madagascar's presidential race has accused election officials of "manipulation" in compiling results that showed him short of the absolute majority needed to avoid a second round run-off vote.

Boko Haram attacks three military bases in NE Nigeria

2018-11-19 20:36

Boko Haram jihadists at the weekend have attacked three military bases in northeast Nigeria, putting the spotlight on insecurity in Nigeria just three months before presidential polls.

Police on high alert as armed gangs 'terrorise' Zimbabwean cities - report

2018-11-19 19:30

Zimbabwe's law enforcement agents are reportedly on high alert following a recent spate of armed robberies and heinous rape cases across the country.

Ethiopia's anti-graft drive slammed as ethnic witch-hunt

2018-11-19 18:30

A senior official in an influential faction of Ethiopia's ruling coalition has accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of ethnic profiling in an anti-corruption drive that has seen scores arrested.

Spanish PM visits Morocco to boost migration cooperation

2018-11-19 17:12

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has made his first official visit to Morocco, where he pushed for greater cooperation between the two countries on tackling migration.

The preacher who laid the ground for violent jihadi ideology in Kenya

2018-11-19 14:04

The jihadi initiative remains a loose political force in Kenya. This is dangerous for a few reasons. The Conversation explains why.

Peacekeepers left more than 6 000 children in Liberia

2018-11-21 14:21

The only memento Moses Z Kaine has from his father is a T-shirt, left more than two decades ago when the peacekeeper's tour of duty finished and he returned home, leaving his pregnant girlfriend behind. Read more...

WATCH: Surfers ride big waves as strong swell hit Dakar coast

2018-11-21 10:00

Surfers take advantage of an exceptional swell on the Senegalese coast to ride the "Ouakam wave" - one of the most beautiful in the country, according to specialists.

US, China at odds over UN push to fund African peacekeeping

2018-11-21 05:49

A push at the United Nations to secure financing for peace operations led by the African Union has won strong backing from China but the United States has poured cold water on the proposal.

CAR ex-militia leader 'Rambo' to face ICC judges

2018-11-20 21:10

A former Central African militia leader Alfred Yekatom, also known as "Colonel Rambo" will face international war crimes judges for the first time on Friday, the International Criminal Court has said.

PICS: Young Africans tell the world about the Africa they want

2018-11-20 19:59

Children from at least six west and central African countries recently took to the the stage of the Africa Dialogues conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to tell the world about the future they envisioned on their continent.

Rights group: Egypt tortures, disappears children

2018-11-20 18:30

An international rights group says Egypt has committed "shocking violations" against children, including torture and enforced disappearance

Nine farmers killed in Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

2018-11-20 15:33

Boko Haram members have killed nine farmers and abducted 12 others in a village in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, the cradle of the jihadist movement, locals have told AFP.

Moroccan in UAE arrested for butchering boyfriend, serving his remains to workers in traditional dish

2018-11-20 12:22

Prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates are accusing a Moroccan woman of killing her boyfriend, then butchering and cooking his body and serving his remains to Pakistani workers in a traditional rice and meat dish known as machboos.

Ethiopia Jews protest Israeli government's emigration delays

2018-11-20 10:13

Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews have gathered in the capital, Addis Ababa, to protest the Israeli government's decision not to allow all of them to emigrate to Israeli, leaving their families divided between the two countries.

Top Africa stories: AU agrees on reforms, Zim 'terror' gangs

2018-11-20 08:00

African Union leaders have agreed on reforms to reduce donor dependence, and police are on high alert as armed gangs are reportedly 'terrorising' Zimbabwean cities.

Pro-Kabila candidate unveils platform for DRC polls

2018-11-19 21:30

President Joseph Kabila's chosen successor has unveiled his platform ahead of a landmark election in the Democratic Republic of Congo next month.

Local thugs fueling university tension: DRC police

2018-11-19 20:36

Kinshasa police have said that trouble-making infiltrators had triggered fresh tension at the city university, three days before the kickoff of campaigning for next month's presidential election.

Death toll in CAR clashes rises to 48: UN

2018-11-19 20:36

At least 48 people were killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim-dominated militias in a restive Central African Republic town last week, according to an internal UN report seen by AFP.

DRC authorities free 17 pro-democracy activists

2018-11-19 19:30

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have provisionally freed 17 pro-democracy activists who were arrested in the capital on November 1, one of the group has said.

Zambia police defend anti-graft protesters

2018-11-19 17:12

A senior Zambian police commander has defended the right to protest of six activists on trial for staging a demonstration at parliament over a $42m firefighting procurement deal.

WATCH: Nigeria's pro-business opposition leader launches campaign

2018-11-19 15:55

Nigeria's opposition leader Atiku Abubakar has launched his presidential campaign vowing to create millions of jobs to tackle rising inequality and insecurity in Africa's top oil producer.

WATCH: Home is best for new breed of Nigerian tour operators

2018-11-19 12:26

Entrepreneurs in Nigeria want to make their country as appealing as other African hotspots like Kenya and Tanzania. Watch this video

Nigeria's Buhari starts presidential election campaign

2018-11-19 10:01

Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has put the fight against corruption at the heart of his bid for another four-year term, as official campaigning gets under way for elections next year.

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