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Zambia govt scraps meal subsidies for students in public universities

Authorities in Zambia have scrapped off meal allowances for state sponsored students at two public universities, a senior official said on Thursday. Minister of Higher Education Michael Kaingu said the government has decided to stop paying meal allowances to...

South Africa’s Zuma begins two-day official visit to Nigeria

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma begins a two-day state visit to Nigeria today, which observers see as an attempt to mend fences between the continent's largest economic powers. Nigeria President Mohammed Buhari and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma during...

Hope sky high for homemade Malawi helicopter

It has never taken off, and could well be a death trap, but a homemade helicopter built in Malawi is drawing crowds captivated by its creator's determination to succeed against all the odds. Felix Kambwiri, 45, has spent the...

South African family’s long battle for truth for apartheid victim

Nokuthula Simelane's university degree is still hanging on her mother's living-room wall. But the young anti-apartheid activist disappeared just weeks before her graduation ceremony in 1983.Thirty-three years later, the trial against her alleged killers has finally begun.The body of...

Expectations mount as BRICS New Development Bank set to open African branch

With the African branch of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) set to be opened later this month in Johannesburg, expectations are high for the NDB from all sectors in the country. The bank is launched by Brazil, Russia,...

Geoffrey Mwamba, Zambian opposition leader arrested over illegal militia

A leader of Zambia's official opposition party was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of conducting drills of party supporters to become an illegal militia, police said on Wednesday. Last week President Edgar Lungu accused political opponents of training a...

Jacob Zuma defeats no-confidence vote over economy

South African President Jacob Zuma survived his second no-confidence vote in a year on Tuesday, over what the main opposition Democratic Alliance party called his reckless handling of the economy. Zuma had the support of the African National Congress...

Angolan vice president implicated in Portugal bribery scandal

Angolan Vice President Manuel Vicente has been directly implicated in a corruption probe in Portugal which triggered the arrest of a magistrate this week, a source told AFP Thursday. Public prosecutor Orlando Figueira, 54, is suspected of receiving a...

Three South Africa universities forced to close after violent protest

Violent demonstrations and arson attacks that burnt down campus buildings forced at least three South African universities to shut their doors on Thursday in a new wave of student protests. Universities have been a focus for unrest in recent...

South Africa’s Zuma to lead high-level visit to Burundi on peace mission

A high-level committee of five heads of state and government will visit Burundi to assist with addressing the political situation in the country, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Monday. The committee was appointed during the recently held...
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Two killed, 20 wounded as suicide bomber detonates near Somali capital

At least two people were killed and more than 20 others wounded when a suicide car bomber targeted a...
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South African man shoots his wife, son and mother then himself

The Secunda community in South Africa is reeling in shock after a man Carel Naude, shot his wife, their disabled child, his own mother...

Museum in Benin rep. celebrates return of stolen artifacts from France

More than two years after France promised to return colonial-era treasures to their African homes, Benin — ostensibly the first recipient of the groundbreaking...

Suspense in Guinea-Bissau as Supreme Court calls for clarification of presidential vote result

The outcome of Guinea-Bissau’s presidential election was thrown into doubt on Friday after the Supreme Court called for a clarification of the tally hours...

Eastern Libya halts more than half the country’s oil output

Eastern Libya ports controlled by commander Khalifa Haftar, who is trying to seize the capital Tripoli, are shutting down oil exports, slashing national crude...