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Zambia oposition candidate, Hichilema fails to stop Lungu’s inuaguration

Zambia's High Court has rejected an application by the main opposition party to block President Edgar Lungu's inauguration set for next week after last month's contested election, his lawyers said on Friday. Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND)...

Deep crisis rocks South Africa’s ANC after heavy vote loss

Record electoral losses and deep internal divisions are threatening both the long hold on power enjoyed by South Africa's ruling ANC party and the political future of President Jacob Zuma. Since 1994, the African National Congress -- once led...

Zambia’s Lungu set to be sworn in, as opposition miss deadline to present case

Zambia will press on with swearing in its president, Edgar Lungu, for another five-year-term next week, after the opposition missed a deadline to challenge his re-election, a senior official said on Monday. Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema had filed a...

Aggrieved ANC members urge Zuma, other top leaders to quit party posts

Members of South Africa's ANC chanted slogans outside its headquarters on Monday demanding President Jacob Zuma step down in a rare public show of anger in the ruling party after its worst election performance since the end of apartheid...

Angola’s Jose Dos Santos fires finance minister Armando Manuel

Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos fired Finance Minister Armando Manuel on Monday two months after the government of Africa's biggest oil producer broke off talks with the IMF over emergency funding. In a cabinet reshuffle, dos Santos also...

Namibia gives illegal gun owners up till mid-November to turn guns over to police

The Namibian government declared an amnesty Friday to allow all those who have illegal firearms to surrender them to the police. Namibia Police inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga told a media briefing in Windhoek that the amnesty will run until...

Murder rate in South Africa jumps to astonishing 51 a day

South Africa's murder rate increased by 4.9 percent in the last year, official statistics showed Friday, with the police minister admitting the country was struggling with "a prevalent culture of violence". A total of 18,673 people were killed in...

Over 100 cases of attacks on Mozambique albinos since 2014

Albinos in Mozambique have suffered more than 100 attacks since 2014, a UN expert said Friday, with hunters persecuting them for everything from their toes to their faeces. Ikponwosa Ero, the UN Human Rights Council's special expert on albinism,...

South Africa finance minister, Gordhan says complied with police as row widens

South Africa's finance minister said on Thursday that he had complied with a police investigation, in a widening dispute which has also pitted government agencies against each other and rattled financial markets. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan declined last week...

First known TV interview with fmr South African leader, Nelson Mandela comes to light

The first known television interview with South Africa's late anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has emerged, featuring a bearded activist defiantly vowing to fight racism in footage believed to have dated from 1956. The Nelson Mandela Foundation, an NGO dedicated...
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UN calls for independent investigation into Cameroon anglophone village massacre

The UN called on Cameroon Tuesday to conduct an independent investigation into the "shocking" killing of 23 villagers in...
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Nigeria military invade community burns homes after sea pirates attack

Nigerian soldiers torched more than 20 homes in a community in the oil-rich Niger Delta after "suspected pirates" killed six people, security sources and...

Police in South Africa hunt for female guard who stole $267k in cash

South African Police are still on the hunt for a female security official who allegedly stole R4m(about $267,000) in cash from her employer, SBV...

Spain searching for over 100 aboard 3 missing migrant boats

Spanish authorities are searching for possibly dozens of migrants missing on three boats en route to the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, maritime...

Lesotho 1st lady set for trial in PM’s ex-wife murder March 27

The wife of Lesotho’s prime minister, who is charged with murdering her predecessor, will stand trial on March 17, a magistrate ruled on Tuesday...