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Nigerian president vows crackdown on abusive Islamic schools

2019-10-16 19:39

Nigeria's president ordered a crackdown on abuse at Islamic schools, after a second police raid in less than a month revealed men and boys subjected to beatings, abuse and squalid conditions.

UK chose Brexit to build ties with Africa - official

2019-10-16 15:57

The United Kingdom chose Brexit not because it does not like the Europeans, but because the UK believes the future of trade lies in a broader relationship with the fastest-growing regions in the world – Asia and Africa.

WATCH | Mozambique holds peaceful election after violent campaign

2019-10-16 08:31

Mozambique voted in a general election hailed by the president as a sign the country was progressing "peacefully", as fears the poll could be marred by violence proved unwarranted.

 
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Nigerian painting fetches 1.1m after Google search

2019-10-16 10:42

A painting by the Nigerian artist responsible for the "African Mona Lisa" sold at auction in London on Tuesday for £1.1m after the family who owned it googled the signature and realised its importance.

Botswana defends elephant hunts

2019-10-15 21:10

Botswana’s decision to reintroduce elephant hunting was necessary to protect its people and environment, and hasn’t adversely affected the $2 billion tourism industry, according to Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Joy Kenewendo.

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Zimbabwe doctors defy court, enter 43rd day of strike

2019-10-14 21:05

Striking Zimbabwe doctors on Monday defied a court order to return to work, saying a pay rise offered by the government failed to meet everyday costs.

UN joins search for missing DR Congo cargo plane

2019-10-12 22:08

UN forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo have sent three aircraft to help search for a DRC government cargo plane with eight people on board.

It's official: Hyperinflation has returned to Zimbabwe

2019-10-12 13:40

Zimbabwe is now a hyperinflation economy, according to the Public Accountants and Auditors Board, which is mandated to regulate auditing and accounting standards in the southern African country.

Plane veers off runway in Kenya, leaving some injured

2019-10-12 09:24

An aircraft flying 55 people from Kenya's capital to tourist attraction Lamu island veered off the runway during takeoff, skidding into some trees and leaving nine injured, aviation officials say.

Homosexuality to be punishable by death in Uganda

2019-10-11 14:00

Uganda has announced its plans for a Bill to be passed that will impose the death penalty on homosexuals, according to a report.

WATCH | Poo-lieve it or not: Recycling human waste in Nairobi is cleaning up the slums

2019-10-11 11:09

"When I started, there was poop in bags everywhere," said Ricky Ojwang, skillfully navigating a rubbish-strewn canal in Mukuru, a Nairobi slum where he's worked to improve sanitation since 2012.

Family says Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah beaten in jail

2019-10-10 22:01

A leading Egyptian activist who was arrested amid a recent clampdown following anti-government protests has been beaten, threatened and stripped to his underwear while in custody, according to his family.

OPINION | Buhari's visit to SA eased tensions, but more needs to be done

2019-10-10 19:47

Although Nigeria and SA are often cast as rivals, they have a strong bilateral relationship founded over the decades. This springs in part from Nigeria's historical role in its support for the liberation struggle against apartheid, writes Olayinka Ajala.

OPINION | A look back at the turbulent relationship between Nigeria and SA

2019-10-10 13:29

Nigeria is a major player in West Africa while SA is a major player in the Southern African Development Community region. Sustained tensions would be to the detriment of both countries - and Africa as a whole, writes Bheki Mngomezulu.

Facebook extends fact-checking programme to 10 new African states

2019-10-09 19:48

Facebook announced the expansion of its third-party fact-checking programme to 10 new African countries in partnership with Agence France-Presse and other media.

Ethiopian Airlines denies it tampered with flight records after crash

2019-10-09 13:19

Ethiopian Airlines denied whistleblower accusations that it tampered with the maintenance records of the Boeing 737 MAX jet which crashed in March, killing all 157 people on board.

Egypt will not allow protesters to spread 'chaos' - prime minister

2019-10-09 11:48

Egypt's prime minister has warned his government would not allow protesters to spread 'chaos' after small rallies erupted against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi last month.

Zimbabwe hoteliers count the cost of chaos

2019-10-08 21:50

Zimbabwean hoteliers are counting the losses from business disruptions caused by demonstrations earlier this year, with African Sun - which operates hotels in Victoria Falls and Harare - saying foreign occupancy levels are down 19%.

Ethiopian Airlines jet makes emergency landing in Dakar: official

2019-10-08 19:40

An Ethiopian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Dakar with one of its engines on fire, though all 90 passengers and crew were unharmed, airport and airline officials said.

Mali strife: UN peacekeeper killed, five others wounded

2019-10-07 13:31

One peacekeeper has been killed and five others were wounded after a roadside bomb exploded in strife-torn northeastern Mali, the UN mission MINUSMA has said.

Nigeria says no 'time limit' on border closure for goods

2019-10-14 19:35

Nigeria's customs chief says a ban on goods coming into the country across its land borders will last as long as it takes for neighbours to stem the flow of smuggled merchandise.

Amnesty decries 'climate of fear' for Nigeria journalists

2019-10-14 15:22

Amnesty International says journalists in Nigeria are operating under a "climate of fear", after 19 reporters were detained by security forces this year.

Media magnate, law master face off in Tunisia presidential vote

2019-10-13 11:33

Almost a month since the launch of Tunisia's presidential vote and whittled down from more than 20 candidates, conservative law professor Kais Saied and media magnate Nabil Karoui face off before the country's electorate of seven million.

Jihadist attacks kill seven in Nigeria: local sources

2019-10-12 16:39

Four civilians and three soldiers have been killed in attacks in northeastern Nigeria blamed on jihadist fighters, local residents and militias said Saturday.

Burkina violence forces 267 000 to flee in last 3 months - UNHCR

2019-10-12 10:17

Violence in Burkina Faso has caused more than a quarter of a million people to flee their homes over the last three months, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says.

OPINION | Economic chaos is causing a food security and humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe

2019-10-11 16:04

It's true that Zimbabwe's food economy has been transformed over the past 19 years. Aggregate production of maize has certainly declined, and imports have become more frequent, writes Ian Scoones.

WATCH | Ethiopian PM wins Nobel Peace Prize

2019-10-11 11:13

The son of poor villagers, a spy boss, and now the man behind dizzying attempts to reform Africa's fastest-growing economy and heal wounds with Ethiopia's neighbours, Abiy Ahmed has seen an unpredictable and peril-strewn rise to fame.

Ebola virus now squeezed into 'corner' of DRC

2019-10-11 06:38

Efforts to halt an Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo have made "significant progress", with the virus now contained to a far smaller and mainly rural area, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

'Gunmen kidnap' school head in northern Nigeria

2019-10-10 21:12

Gunmen have kidnapped a school principal in northern Nigeria's Kaduna state, his deputy says, a week after six female students and two staff at another school were seized for ransom.

Ghana puts nine 'coup plotters' on trial for treason

2019-10-10 18:22

Ghana has charged nine people with treason for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government, in a rare case for one of west Africa's most stable democracies.

Tunisia presidential hopeful walks free from jail in time for runoff

2019-10-10 11:56

Tunisia's presidential candidate Nabil Karoui received a hero's welcome as he walked free from jail, just days ahead of a runoff against a political newcomer.

Botswana rhinos risk wipeout as poaching rises

2019-10-09 15:00

Nine Botswana rhinos have been poached since April, the government say, an unprecedented rate of one per month that could see rhinos wiped out in the southern African country by 2021.

Egypt's Giza zoo loses Naima, its last elephant

2019-10-09 06:31

The Egyptian capital's Giza zoo has announced the death of its last elephant, Naima, who spent around 36 of her 40 years in captivity.

Malawi policeman stoned to death by protestors

2019-10-08 22:44

A policeman was stoned to death Tuesday in Malawi during clashes between pro- and anti-government protesters ahead of President Peter Mutharika's first public meeting since a disputed election, police said.

Elite Mozambique police unit linked to poll observer's murder

2019-10-08 21:51

Mozambican police said members of one of its elite units were involved in the murder of a poll observer in a ruling party stronghold just ahead of next week's election.

Mozambique poll observer killed in ruling party stronghold

2019-10-07 19:47

A Mozambique poll observer was shot dead on Monday in a ruling party stronghold, the latest killing in the run-up to next week's elections, a monitoring group said.

Mali president dismisses coup speculation

2019-10-07 11:31

Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has rejected as speculation talk of a military coup after recent jihadist attacks left dozens of soldiers dead near the border with Burkina Faso.

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