UN troops returning to only base in rebel-held South Sudan

2018-01-23 15:37

The UN peacekeepers are returning to the only United Nations base in South Sudan "clearly" in an area under opposition control as residents hope for protection from what they call growing attacks by government troops.

Top Africa stories: Grace Mugabe, Zim white farmer, Weah

2018-01-23 08:39

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he believes former first lady Grace Mugabe had become mentally unstable towards the end of her husband’s long rule, and a Zimbabwean white farmer is reportedly seeking government's assistance in getting back his farm.

Ugandan army says 29 cattle raiders killed in three months

2018-01-22 22:34

Uganda's army says it had killed 29 armed cattle raiders in the porous northeastern region bordering South Sudan and Kenya, in a military operation which has entered its third month.

Ethiopia refuses World Bank arbitration over Nile River dam

2018-01-22 18:04

Ethiopia's leader has rejected arbitration by the World Bank on a disagreement with Egypt over the hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile River

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.

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.

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.

US says airstrike in Somalia kills 4 members of al-Shabaab

2018-01-19 17:01

The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the al-Shabaab extremist group.

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.

Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years

2018-01-18 20:59

Uganda's president has said he will sign the death warrants of "a few" prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African country.


Kenyans accuse largest hospital of rape, abuse of patients

2018-01-23 15:37

Hundreds of Kenyans have held a peaceful demonstration at the country's largest public hospital to demand that management act on allegations of rape and sexual harassment of patients.

Uganda's Museveni regrets halting death penalty

2018-01-23 06:02

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he regretted stopping executions in his "pre-industrial" country, just days after his vow to resume death sentences alarmed rights groups.

Sudan frees AFP, Reuters reporters detained covering protests

2018-01-22 20:30

Sudan has freed Agence France-Presse's reporter in Khartoum, Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali, and a Reuters journalist who were arrested last week while covering protests.

Punishment won’t stop teenage pregnancies in Tanzania because ‘bad behaviour’ isn’t the cause

2018-01-22 16:54

Tanzania's laws about forcing girls to leave school if they're pregnant are out-dated and miss the point, writes The Conversation.

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.

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.

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.

Burundi opposition says 42 held over referendum campaign

2018-01-19 10:16

Opposition lawmakers in Burundi have said 42 activists had been arrested for illegally contesting an upcoming referendum that could let President Pierre Nkurunziza extend his stay in office.

28 aid workers killed in South Sudan last year, a new high

2018-01-18 18:42

The United Nations says violence against aid workers in South Sudan reached a new high in 2017, with 28 killed.

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