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Military base in Somali capital rocked by bomb blast, at least 8 dead

A huge blast rocked a military base in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu near a stadium on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 14,...

Ivory Coast opposition says Ouattara 3rd term quest would destabilise country

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in office violates the constitution and will destabilise a country still recovering...

South African police clash with protesters at Zimbabwe embassy

South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters outside the Zimbabwean embassy in Pretoria on Friday, an AFP...

Ivory Coast’s Ouattara joins the infamous club, seeks for a third term

After weeks of denials and playing hide and seek, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has finally shown that like many African leaders, he cannot...

Lightning strikes again for Tanzanian miner with another huge gem find

Lightning has struck again for a small-scale miner in Tanzania Laizer Saninu, who became an overnight millionaire over a month ago when he unearthed...

Guinea’s Alpha Condé gets wish, set for a 3rd term run

Guinea's president Alpha Condé gets his wish as the ruling party on Thursday urged him to seek a third term in elections due this...
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West Africa

Ivory Coast opposition says Ouattara 3rd term quest would destabilise country

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in office violates the constitution and will...

North Africa

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan resumes talks over disputed dam

Three key Nile basin countries on Monday resumed their negotiations to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric...

Egypt’s Sisi ratifies law barring soldiers from politics

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday ratified a law banning active and former military personnel from running for the presidency or parliament without...

Interior minister Hichem Mechichi named as Tunisia new PM

Tunisia's interior minister Hichem Mechichi has been appointed to form the next government, the president's office said, amid political tensions among major parties in...

As much as 120 feared dead in Darfur, Sudan

UN officials on Sunday reported a fresh massacre of more than 60 people in Sudan's West Darfur, as the country's prime minister promised fresh...

Central Africa

Cameroon soldiers charged with murder over February massacre

Three soldiers have been charged with murder over a massacre in western Cameroon, where security forces are fighting anglophone separatists, the army said Thursday.At...

East Africa

Guinea’s Alpha Condé gets wish, set for a 3rd term run

Guinea's president Alpha Condé gets his wish as the ruling party on Thursday urged him to seek a third term in elections due this...

Floods kill 10 in Sudan, wreak homes, thousands displaced

At least 10 people were killed and more than 3 300 homes ruined, multiple infrastructure and farmlands ruined by seasonal torrential rains across Sudan,...

South Africa urges for talks on Nile dam to continue despite obstacles

South Africa, current mediator in a long-running feud over Ethiopia's dam on the Blue Nile, on Thursday urged talks to continue despite threats of...

Gambia records highest daily jump in coronavirus cases

Coronavirus cases continues to surge in Gambia, as the country reported a 17% rise on Thursday, its biggest ever daily jump, according to the...

Southern Africa

South African police clash with protesters at Zimbabwe embassy

South African police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse dozens of protesters outside the Zimbabwean embassy in...

After arrest, Zimbabwean novelist decries state “chokehold”

Award-winning Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker arrested at recent protests accused President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government on Tuesday of holding its...

CIVICUS, others condemn Zimbabwe continued crackdown on critics

Zimbabwe’s military and police continue the arrests of scores of critics/opposition figures after last week's aborted anti-government protest, according...

South Africa anti-corruption watchdog probes Covid-19 tenders

South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday it was investigating irregularities in government tenders during the coronavirus crisis.The inquiries...

Zimbabwe police intensifies crackdown on journalists, opposition, scores arrested

Zimbabwean police has intensified crackdown on opposing voices in the wake of opposition defiance to embark on protest over...

Entertainment

Idris Elba homecoming (Sierra Leone visit) in pictures

Christmas came a week earlier for proud Sierra Leoneans who welcomed their son and world renowned actor Idris Elba who returned to his father's...

Fight against music piracy boosted in East Africa with unified laws

East African Community (EAC) member states are set to harmonize their laws to boost cooperation in the fight against music piracy, an official said...

Conspiracy theories spread over Nipsey Hussle shooting

Amid glowing tributes, shock and sadness, conspiracy theories have circulated online in response to the shooting of Eritrean-American rapper Nipsey Hussle.

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Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 12, injure 48

Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 12 people and injured 48 others in an attack on Wednesday on the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri,...

Over 200 Cuban medical workers arrive South Africa to battle coronavirus

More than 200 Cuban health professionals touched down in South Africa in the early hours of Monday morning, greeted by South African and Cuban...

12 African nations in attendance as US opens embassy in Jerusalem

The United States Mission in Israel formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem amid deadly protests from Palestinians in Gaza. The move on Monday followed a...

Africa’s youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji, kidnapped

East Africa’s richest man, said to be Africa’s youngest billionaire, Mohammed Dewji, 43, has been kidnapped in Dar es Salaam, police...

Senior Liberia anti-corruption official quits over no pay

The Comptroller at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), J Barnard Nagbe has quit, citing the government's failure to pay his salary and benefits.In his...

MTN to go ahead with Nigeria stock sale amid market crisis

MTN will push on with a plan to reduce its majority stake in the wireless carrier’s Nigerian business, though turmoil caused by the coronavirus...

Africa Focus

24,000 health workers in S. Africa have contracted coronavirus

Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted the coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March, the health minister announced on Wednesday.South Africa is the hardest-hit country in Africa with at...

Growing numbers of orphans and street children in Africa

Official reports estimate that, at the moment, there are more than 34 million orphans in Africa and some 11 million of them have been...

Middlemen exploiting Kenya’s standard rail travellers

Middlemen are putting a muck on the recently launched mega modern Standard gauge railway linking Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, and its coastal city of...

Eritrea minister mourns Nipsey Hussle’s death

Eritrea's Minister of Information Yemane Meskel has tweeted his condolences following the killing of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose father...

Elder abuse prevalent among family members says group

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was marked all over the world on Monday June 15.  It was a brilliant opportunity for all to...

Video News

Tensions builds as distrust grows between Sudan military, protesters

Sudan's military rulers said Tuesday that six members of the security forces were killed during protests, as tensions mounted over the...

Bashir’s family say he’s been moved to Khartoum’s Kobar prison

Sudan’s deposed president Omar al-Bashir was moved to Kobar prison in the capital Khartoum late on Tuesday, two family sources said. 

Tear gassed and beaten; summary of Zimbabwe opposition protesters

Zimbabwe police fired tear gas and beat scores of opposition supporters gathered in central Harare on Friday, as authorities moved to enforce a ban...

Swaziland changes name to ‘eSwatini’

Swaziland’s King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch, said on Thursday he was officially renaming the country as the Kingdom of eSwatini. He announced the...

5 killed as record rains set off flash floods across Tunisia

Flash floods in Tunisia’s Cap Bon peninsula have killed at least five people, authorities said Sunday, as surging waters caused by...

Head of Sudan’s sovereign council invited to visit Washington

The United States on Sunday invited General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of Sudan’s sovereign council, to visit Washington, the council said, highlighting warmer bilateral...

Business & Finance

Independent experts clear African Development Bank chief

An independent panel of experts, headed by former Irish president Mary Robinson, has cleared the beleaguered leader of the African Bank of Development (AfDB)...

South Africa to halt lenders blacklisting borrowers during pandemic

South Africa’s government may temporarily ban lenders from blacklisting consumers whose credit records have been hit by the coronavirus crisis, a consultation document published...

Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan to resume talks on Renaissance dam

Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan have agreed to resume talks to break a deadlock on the Grand Renaissance Dam reservoir on the Blue Nile, the...

Zimbabwe accuses Econet Wireless of money laundering

Zimbabwean police have issued a warrant against the largest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless to hand over a list of its mobile money transactions...

Corruption, bribery trail Huawei’s 5G deal with Namibia

A Nambbia's capital city councillor has alleged she was offered a bribe by a local politician to ensure Chinese tech giant Huawei would win...

Sport News

Aubameyang strikes twice as Arsenal beat City to reach 21st FA Cup final

Arsenal reached a record 21st FA Cup final as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double clinched a shock 2-0 win over holders Manchester City at Wembley on...

Man City European football ban overturned

Manchester City’s two-year ban from European football has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), the Lausanne based court said on...

Arsenal tie Nigerian teenager Bukayo Saka to long-term deal

Arsenal has tied down Nigerian teenager, Bukayo Saka to a long-term contract on Wednesday, ending speculations over the highly-rated teenager's future.Saka, 18, has made...

Novak Djokovic and wife test positive for coronavirus

World number one Novak Djokovic said Tuesday he had tested positive for coronavirus, the Serb star becoming the fourth player to contract the virus...

Zimbabwe accuses Econet Wireless of money laundering

Zimbabwean police have issued a warrant against the largest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless to hand over a list of its mobile money transactions...

Corruption, bribery trail Huawei’s 5G deal with Namibia

A Nambbia's capital city councillor has alleged she was offered a bribe by a local politician to ensure Chinese tech giant Huawei would win...

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia deadlocked again in Nile dam talks

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have failed to reach agreement at a new round of talks hosted by the African Union to regulate the flow...

Local miner becomes millionaire after biggest tanzanite find

A Tanzanian small-scale miner has become multi-million dollars richer after uncovering two of the biggest of the country's precious tanzanite stones ever found and...