The number of bodies retrieved from Zim mine rises to 24

17 February 2019, 9:28 AM
The bodies of 24 illegal miners have now been recovered from a gold mine in Zimbabwe that was flooded following heavy rains. Authorities say at least 70 people were trapped when the disaster struck on Tuesday night.
Illegal mining.
Emmerson Mnangagwa
Zimbabwe’s president invites opposition for talks 6 February 2019, 6:45 AM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa invited opposition leaders to a meeting on Wednesday to draw up terms for a national dialogue, they said, following a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests.

Sudanese security forces use tear gas to disperse protesters 6 February 2019, 6:11 AM

Sudanese security forces used tear gas on Tuesday to disperse hundreds of lawyers pushing for the release of activists detained during recent anti-government protests, witnesses said. The demonstration outside the supreme court building in Khartoum was one of several staged by members of various professions, including teachers, doctors and pharmacists, following a call by the […]

DR Congo president hails victory on first trip abroad 5 February 2019, 9:32 PM

DR Congo's new president, Felix Tshisekedi, on Tuesday defended his disputed election victory as he visited neighbouring Angola on his first trip abroad since being sworn in last month.

Zambian cabinet minister held on corruption charges 5 February 2019, 7:41 PM

Zambia's anti-graft agency said Tuesday it had detained the country’s infrastructure minister, Ronald Chitotela, in a rare arrest of a serving minister under President Edgar Lungu's administration.

C.Africa government inks peace deal with militias 5 February 2019, 4:43 PM

The government of the Central African Republic and 14 armed groups on Tuesday inked a new peace accord seeking to end years-long fighting that has left thousands of people dead.

Libyans carrying the Libya flag
Lack of funding may prevent over half of Libya’s local elections 5 February 2019, 4:21 PM

At least 69 municipal councils out of 120 in Libya may not hold elections in March due to a lack of funding by the UN-backed government.

Jihadist soldiers
Jihadist attack in Burkina Faso leaves several civilians dead 5 February 2019, 6:50 AM

Fourteen civilians were killed in a jihadist attack in northern Burkina Faso near the Mali border, the military said on Monday.

Sudan protesters chant ‘freedom’ as police fire tear gas 4 February 2019, 7:34 PM

Crowds of Sudanese protesters chanted "freedom, freedom," as riot police fired tear gas on anti-government rallies in the capital and its twin city of Omdurman on Monday, witnesses said.

Zimbabwean nationals want Chiwenga to receive medical treatment back home 4 February 2019, 4:05 PM

A group of Zimbabwean nationals are protesting outside Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town where Zimbabwe's vice president, Constantino Chiwenga, is apparently receiving treatment.

Nigeria tribunal orders top judge to appear at trial on Feb. 13 4 February 2019, 2:28 PM

A tribunal on Monday ordered Nigeria's top judge to appear for trial on Feb. 13 in a case that has raised fears of interference in next month's presidential election, after an appeals court cleared the way for the hearing to begin.

AU council, Zimbabweans call on sanctions to be lifted 4 February 2019, 11:42 AM

The African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council has partnered with civil society in Zimbabwe in the call for sanctions imposed on the country to be lifted.

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Powerful explosion in busy market in Somali capital: police 4 February 2019, 10:45 AM

A powerful blast rocked a busy market Monday in the Somali capital, which is regularly targeted by Al-Shabaab Islamists, police said.

Nigeria elections
Insecurity throws Nigeria’s election preparations into disarray 4 February 2019, 9:25 AM

Muhammad Suleiman thought it was safe to go home after the army drove Islamist insurgents from his town in north eastern Nigeria three years ago.

Faustin Archange Touadera
CAR peace deal to be initialed Tuesday 3 February 2019, 8:15 PM

A peace accord between the Central African Republic government and 14 armed groups will be initialled in Khartoum on Tuesday, and signed in full at a later date, the government in Sudan, which hosted the peace talks, announced.

Omar al Bashir
Al Bashir vows rural development as new protests loom 3 February 2019, 5:55 PM

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday pledged to bolster rural development, as he seeks to face down anti-government demonstrations that have rocked cities and villages.

Yemi Osinbajo
Nigeria’s vice president survives chopper crash 3 February 2019, 12:55 PM

A helicopter carrying Nigeria's Vice President crash landed on Saturday en route to a political campaign two weeks before an election, but he survived the incident in central Kogi state unharmed, saying later he was safe and sound.

Cape Verde seizes record cocaine haul from Russian ship 3 February 2019, 7:25 AM

Police in Cape Verde seized nearly 10 tonnes of cocaine from a Russian vessel transiting through the port, the judicial police said in a statement, the largest single drug seizure in the country's history.

CAR reaches peace deal with armed groups :UN 2 February 2019, 7:10 PM

The Central African Republic and 14 armed groups reached a peace deal during talks in Khartoum on Saturday, the United Nations said.

Laurent Gbagbo
Belgium agrees to host former Ivory Coast president Gbagbo 2 February 2019, 5:45 PM

Belgium said Saturday it has agreed to host Ivory Coast ex-president Laurent Gbagbo pending a possible appeal against his acquittal by the International Criminal Court in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity.

A Fulani cattle herder walks with his cows outside the city of Tillaberi, southwest Niger.
Jihadist violence leaves Niger in need of humanitarian aid 2 February 2019, 3:51 PM

Just over 10% of Niger's population need humanitarian aid because jihadist violence that forced people to flee their homes has exacerbated the country's food crisis, the UN said Saturday.

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Uganda seizes ivory, pangolin scales worth millions of dollars 2 February 2019, 11:44 AM

Uganda seized a contraband shipment of ivory and pangolin scales it said was the largest the country had ever taken, with a market value estimated at more than $8 million.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and vice-president Constantino Chiwenga
Mnangagwa denies rift with deputy 2 February 2019, 6:45 AM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa dismissed rumours of a rift with his deputy, which have gathered momentum since he promised action in response to a brutal security crackdown that began last month while he was abroad.

‘Golden handshake’ for DR Congo’s outgoing ministers 1 February 2019, 9:29 PM

In the weeks leading up to Democratic Republic of Congo's controversial election, those leaving power quietly passed two decrees guaranteeing themselves money and benefits that would ensure their financial security for decades to come.

Four die in first clash of Libyan force’s southward push 1 February 2019, 8:17 PM

At least four Libyan soldiers were killed on Friday when forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar fought for hours with a local armed group as they sought to expand south, military officials said.

ICC orders conditional release of former I.Coast leader Gbagbo 1 February 2019, 6:19 PM

The International Criminal Court on Friday ordered the conditional release of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo after he was cleared last month on charges of crimes against humanity.

Mnangagwa accuses West of ‘backing violence’ in Zimbabwe 1 February 2019, 2:22 PM

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday accused western countries of supporting violent countrywide protests last month that were sparked by a huge rise in fuel prices.

US imposes visa restrictions on Ghana 1 February 2019, 6:33 AM

The United States said on Thursday it was imposing visa restrictions on Ghana.

Guinea-Bissau public media on strike over pay, censorship 31 January 2019, 9:20 PM

Journalists working for public media in Guinea-Bissau have gone on strike over back pay and an end to "censorship", the media's union and press watchdog Reporters without Borders (RSF) said Thursday.

‘Raped by soldiers’: Zimbabwean women live in fear 31 January 2019, 8:16 PM

Graphic content: Police have arrested more than 1,100 people, including opposition lawmakers, trade unionists and some children.

Kigali ‘terrorising’ the opposition: exiled Rwanda general 31 January 2019, 6:04 PM

Rwanda's exiled former army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa on Thursday accused Kigali of "intimidating" and "terrorising" the opposition after state prosecutors reportedly issued a warrant for his arrest.