African News

Zambian opposition leader moved to max security prison ahead of trial

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Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, facing treason charges for impeding a presidential motorcade, has been moved from a Lusaka prison to a...

Three UN peacekeepers killed in Mali

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Militants killed three United Nations peacekeepers in an attack outside their base in Kidal in northern Mali, the UN said in a...

Biggest Boko Haram raid on Maiduguri in 18 months

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Boko Haram insurgents launched their biggest attack on the north-east Nigerian city Maiduguri in 18 months on Wednesday, the eve of a...

Franco/Egyptian security ties firmed up

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France's foreign minister said he had firmed up security ties with Egypt, the "central element" to ensuring regional stability as the two...

Ethnic tension rising in Nigeria

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A northern Nigerian state's governor ordered the arrest of activists for demanding eviction of eastern Igbo people, amid rising tensions between ethnic...

UN assisting Ivory Coast arms cache investigation

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A United Nations expert mission is assisting Ivory Coast authorities investigating an arms cache discovered last month in the home of an...

ISS: Do Egypt and Sudan have anything in common anymore?

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This is an especially tense time in the relationship between Sudan and Egypt, which has always been fraught. But as the geopolitical...

Nigerian refining capacity is a sixth of needs

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Nigeria's daily domestic refining capacity is now at six million litres, while the country's daily consumption stands at 35 million litres, the...

Chad recalls ambassador from Qatar

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Chad recalled its ambassador from Qatar for consultations, the foreign ministry said joining other African states in showing support for Saudi Arabia...

Acting Nigerian president in Maiduguri after attack

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Nigeria's acting president is visiting the north-eastern city of Maiduguri after an attack by Boko Haram jihadists which killed 14 people and...

Nigerian shelter shrugs off attacks to save girls from marriage and street work

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Disowned by her parents after running away from the 55-year-old man they forced her to marry in the Nigerian city Yola, 13-year-old...

Fourteen dead in Maiduguri attack

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An attack by Boko Haram jihadists on the northern Nigerian city Maiduguri killed 14 people, police said in the first official toll. The...

International inquiry into DR Congo massacres sought

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The top United Nations human rights official called for the establishment of an international investigation into massacres and other crimes committed in...

Lesotho Prime Minister concedes election defeat

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Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili conceded defeat in a parliamentary election to Thomas Thabane, government said easing concerns of political instability in...

Deadly convoy attack in South Sudan

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South Sudan rebels claimed responsibility for an ambush on a convoy of buses and other vehicles travelling on a major highway that...

Somalia president vows revenge on al Shabaab after deadly attack

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Somalia's president said the country's army was in "hot pursuit" of Islamist group al Shabaab fighters after the insurgents' assault on a...

ICC pre-trial chamber to meet on South Africa’s non-arrest of Al-Bashir

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The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court repeated her call for States to arrest and surrender the suspects of alleged genocide, war...

UN emergency food aid in Nigeria cut

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has had to scale back plans for emergency feeding of 400,000 people in Boko Haram-hit...

Zimbabwe domestic debt at $4 billion

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Zimbabwe's domestic debt rose 40%to $4 billion during the year to March while the budget deficit was $230 million in the first...

Sisi can be beaten – would-be candidate

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Conditions are so dire in President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's Egypt anyone could beat him in next year's presidential election if the vote...

Major attack launched on Nigerian city

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Suspected Boko Haram fighters attacked Maiduguri in north-east Nigeria on Wednesday, the Islamist militant group's most serious assault on the regional capital...

Hilchilema treason case headed for trial

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Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema will go on trial at a high court on treason charges, a magistrate said, in a case...

Al Shabaab claims killing 61 in Somali military base attack

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Al Shabaab militants captured a town in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, a senior official said and the group said it had killed...

Nigeria receiving Streit armoured vehicles

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The Nigerian military has received the first 25 of 177 Streit armoured vehicles, which include Typhoon and Spartan armoured personnel carriers. The Nigerian...

Mauritania breaks diplomatic ties with Qatar

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West African country Mauritania, a member of the Arab League, severed ties with Qatar over allegations it "supports terrorists", the state news...

Two dead in Sinai shootout

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Two police officers were killed in a shootout with gunmen who probably belonged to Islamic State in Egypt's northern Sinai, security sources...

Homemade bomb kills three

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Three people were killed in eastern Kenya when their vehicle ran over a homemade bomb, police said. The incident, the latest in a...

Libya’s neighbours push political deal over military solution

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Libya's neighbours Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia agreed to push for political dialogue to end the crisis in the North African country and...

Niger opposition leader convicted of inciting coup

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A court in Niger handed an opposition leader a three-month suspended sentence for agitating for the overthrow of government, a move his...

Nigeria to prove soldiers alleged misconduct at refugee camp

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Nigeria's army is investigating alleged misconduct by soldiers providing security at a camp for people who fled an Islamist insurgency, a military...

FBI helping South Sudan in murder and rape trial

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A US Federal Bureau of Investigation official is helping South Sudan to prosecute suspects in the murder of a South Sudanese aid...

US Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team completes first exercise in Africa

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U.S. Marines from Alpha Company 1st Platoon of Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company Europe (FASTEUR) completed the first embassy engagement training exercise...

Russia begins delivering S-300VM missiles to Egypt

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The Egyptian military has begun to receive S-300VM/Antey-2500 surface-to-air missile systems, with photos emerging of the missiles and vehicles being unloaded in...

Taiwan donates two UH-1H helicopters to Burkina Faso

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Taiwan has donated two UH-1H Huey helicopters to Burkina Faso's Air Force during the visit of General Wang Hsin-Lung, Chief of Staff...

US urges UN chief to look into death of investigators in DRC

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The United States urged the United Nations to investigate who murdered two UN sanctions monitors in Democratic Republic of Congo amid mounting...

US Embassy personnel in Egypt told not to visit religious sites

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Personnel assigned to the US Mission in Egypt are prohibited from visiting religious sites outside greater Cairo until further notice, the embassy...

ECOWAS extends Gambia military mission

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West African troops extended a military mission in Gambia by a year after entering the country in January to force out longtime...

DR Congo faces UN deadline for human rights probe

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Congo has two days to heed UN calls to jointly investigate violence in Kasai province or risk having an international human rights...

Al Shabaab claims bomb attack on Somali police station

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A bomb planted in a police station killed at least one policeman in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayu with militant Islamist...

First Sudanese FTC-2000 unveiled

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China's Guizhou Aircraft Industries Corporation (GAIC) has unveiled the first FTC-2000 fighter-trainer for Sudan, after it received an order for six of...

Saudi, Egypt lead Arab states cutting Qatar ties, Iran blames Trump

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting terrorism and...

Twenty Mali Islamists killed by French soldiers

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French soldiers killed about 20 Islamic combatants in northern Mali last week in an operation to defend France's troops there, the defence...

Migrant bodies found in truck in Libya

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Seven African migrants died, apparently from suffocation, after being locked for days in a refrigerated truck abandoned by people smugglers on the...

Children strapped with explosives kill nine in Cameroon

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Two children carrying explosives blew themselves up near a camp in northern Cameroon housing civilians displaced by Nigeria's Boko Haram militants, killing...

DRC opposition leader wants protection if he returns

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DR Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi filed a legal complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee, in the hope of international protection...

Thousands protest in northern Morocco

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Several thousand people protested in a provincial northern Moroccan town to demand authorities release an activist arrested for leading demonstrations against official...

France not yet ready to re-open embassy in Libya

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France's foreign ministry said security conditions were still not right to reopen its embassy in Libya despite a claim by the prime...

Cameroon soldiers demand pay, block highway

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About fifty armed Cameroonian soldiers demanding unpaid salaries briefly blocked off a major highway in the north of Cameroon, an army source...

Lesotho votes two years after previous election amid instability

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People in Lesotho voted in a national election two years after the previous one as the Southern African kingdom struggles with political...

East Libya forces push west, take desert air base

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Libyan forces loyal to eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar have taken the strategic military base of Jufra after rival factions withdrew. The move consolidates...