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Zimbabwe impound S. A-bound cash plane with dead body in landing gear

Zimbabwe authorities are investigating after a US-registered plane carrying a cargo of cash to South Africa made an unscheduled stopover in Harare where a body was found in the landing gear, officials said Monday. The plane asked to land...

Botswana’s Ian Khama launches economic stimulus program

The Botswana government on Saturday officially launched a holistic economic program namely Economic Stimulus Program (ESP), aimed at boosting the national economy. The ESP is a program that is meant to boost economic growth through increased government spending in...

South Africa’s Zuma set eyes on foreign investors as opposition disrupts speech

South African opposition members interrupted the annual state-of-the-nation speech by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, repeatedly jeering a leader they accuse of mismanaging the flagging economy. Zuma's speech highlighted policies to revive the economy, at a time when the...

South Africa’s Zuma set eyes on foreign investors as opposition disrupts speech

South African opposition members interrupted the annual state-of-the-nation speech by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, repeatedly jeering a leader they accuse of mismanaging the flagging economy. Zuma's speech highlighted policies to revive the economy, at a time when the...

Jonas Savimbi’s children appeared in court in Paris to sue ‘Call of Duty’ maker

The children of slain Angolan rebel chief Jonas Savimbi urged a French court on Wednesday to punish the makers of the wildly popular video game "Call of Duty" for representing their father as a "barbarian". Savimbi's son Cheya, 42,...

2 South Africans get 17 years term for killing Mozambican in Xenophobic violence

The two South African men who beat and stabbed a Mozambican man to death during a wave xenophobic violence in April last year were sentenced to 17 and 10 years in prison on Monday, local media reported. Mthinta Bhengu...

Zimbabwe’s Chinese-built Victoria Falls airport set for commissioning May

The Zimbabwe government expects to commission the new Victoria Falls International Airport, funded and built by Chinese, by May this year, a cabinet minister said on Friday. The airport expansion project funded by China Export Import Bank to the...

South Africa revise 2016 economic growth down by 0.6%

South Africa's economic growth is expected to moderate to 0.9 percent in 2016, comparing with the previous forecast of 1.5 percent for the year, the country's central bank said on Thursday. The domestic economic growth is projected to accelerate...

South African opposition DA in disarray over member’s ‘monkey’ post

A racist Facebook post by a member of South Africa's main opposition party has caused a national furor and left it scrambling to shake off its image of an organization that chiefly serves the interests of the minority white...

Zimbabwe constitutional court outlaws child marriage

Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court outlawed child marriage on Wednesday, in an effort to end a practice that a rights group says is common in this southern African nation. The Constitutional Court struck down provisions in the country's marriage laws that...
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U.S military says killed militant leader behind attack that killed Americans in Kenya

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Turkish immigration officials wrap a Cameroonian in bubble wrap to be deported

A Cameroonian businessman Emmanuel Chedjou, 47 was carried onto a Turkish Airlines plane wrapped in bubble wrap to be deported from Turkey, for allegedly...

Losses from Libya’s oil shutdown now over $2B

Financial losses over a protracted blockade of Libya’s vital oil fields and ports have rapidly swelled, surpassing $2 billion on Tuesday, the country’s National...

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, dies at 91

Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak who was ousted during the famous Arab spring, has died at the age of 91, weeks after undergoing surgery,...

Guinea-Bissau to recount votes just days before inauguration

Guinea-Bissau’s National Electoral Commission is to recount the votes from the second round of the presidential election that took place on 29 December.The commission...