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Nigeria’s Buhari looks to consolidate victory at state polls

LAGOS, Nigerians go to the polls on Saturday for the second time in a fortnight for governorship and state assembly elections, against a backdrop of tensions and fears of violence. Elections for...

Algerian opposition figure arrested at Bouteflika’s hospital

GENEVA, Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz was arrested at a hospital in Geneva on Friday after demanding access to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is being treated there. Mr Nekkaz, who...

Thousands protest in Algeria as Bouteflika stays defiant

ALGIERS, Thousands of Algerians gathered on Friday chanting slogans against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term, despite the defiant leader's warning of the risk of...

Sudan scraps jail terms of protesters as scores rally

Khartoum, A court in Sudan on Thursday overturned prison sentences for eight protesters as scores of people rallied in Khartoum against tough measures imposed by President Omar al-Bashir to end...

Ailing Gabon president Ali Bongo has no ‘body double’: spokesman

LIBREVILLE, Ali Bongo of Gabon does not have a body double, his spokesman said Thursday, brushing aside rumours that a lookalike has been standing in for the 60-year-old president since he...

Outcry in Nigeria over election ‘militarisation’ ahead of next ballot

LAGOS Rights groups have gone on the offensive over the deployment of the military in Nigerian elections as a new polling day looms. With elections due on Saturday for governors in 29 states and...

Tanzanian opposition chief released from detention

The head of Tanzania's main opposition party was freed on bail Thursday after more than three months in detention on allegations that he took part in an illegal protest. Freeman Mbowe, a member...

Ailing Gabon president has no ‘body double’: spokesman

LIBREVILLE Ali Bongo of Gabon does not have a body double, his spokesman said Thursday, brushing aside rumours that a lookalike has been standing in for the 60-year-old president since he...

Algeria’s Bouteflika warns against chaos ahead of protests

ALGIERS Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika warned Thursday of the risk of "chaos", on the eve of a major planned protest against his bid for a fifth term in office. The 82-year-old leader,...

Algerian lawyers march against Bouteflika election bid

Algiers Hundreds of Algerian lawyers staged a demonstration Thursday in Algiers against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's re-election bid, saying his ill health should disqualify him from the...

Four dead in Mogadishu car bombing: police

Mogadishu, Four people were killed and nine wounded when a car bomb exploded near a restaurant in central Mogadishu on Thursday, police said, as the Al-Shabaab jihadist group claimed...

Zimbabwe says US renewal of sanctions ‘regrettable’

Johannesburg Zimbabwe on Wednesday slammed as a travesty of justice the "regrettable" year-long extension of sanctions targeted against selected government officials and institutions by the...

Tanzanian teacher sentenced to death after pupil died of beating

BUKOBA, A Tanzanian court sentenced a teacher to death Wednesday after a 13-year-old pupil died from a beating meted out by him in a case that sparked a national debate on corporal punishment in...

Fear reigns in heart of separatist Cameroon region

Cameroon In the capital of Cameroon's Southwest Region, people drily say the streets are so dangerous that even the dogs are too scared to go outside. The city has been stalked by violence for...

DR Congo’s Felix Tshisekedi and Joseph Kabila agree to form coalition

KINSHASA, DR Congo's recently elected president, Felix Tshisekedi and his predecessor Joseph Kabila on Wednesday said they had decided to form a coalition government following talks. Despite...

White farmers jailed for murder of black teen in S.Africa

MAFIKENG, A South African court on Wednesday handed jail terms of 23 and 18 years to two white farmers who murdered a black teenager suspected of stealing sunflowers in a remote farming...

C. Africa president meets pope, sticks by troubled peace deal

Vatican City Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera, during a visit to the Vatican Tuesday, stood by his country's peace deal the day after several militia groups rejected...

Bandits kill 30 in northwest Nigeria: police, witnesses

Kano, Nigeria At least 30 people have been killed by armed bandits who raided a village in northwest Nigeria, police and residents said Tuesday. Motorcycle-riding gunmen attacked Kware village...

Rwanda, Uganda in diplomatic war of words over rebel ‘aid’

Kigali,   Rwanda accused its much larger neighbour Uganda on Tuesday of supporting rebels opposed to the government in Kigali, a claim firmly rebutted by Kampala. Rwandan Foreign Minister...

Algerian army chief vows to secure protest-hit country

ALGIERS, Algeria's army chief on Tuesday pledged to guarantee the country's security following mass demonstrations against ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term in office....

Two soldiers among 7 killed in eastern DR Congo attacks

GOMA, Seven people were killed on Tuesday, three of them by machete-wielding assailants, in a fresh round of violence in eastern DR Congo, officials said. In the city of Butembo, two soldiers...

Sudan opposition leader held in protest crackdown freed: party

KHARTOUM, Sudanese authorities have released a senior opposition leader who had been detained since December in connection with demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir's rule, his party...

Boost to Cyril Ramaphosa as powerful Cosatu offers support

PRETORIA,South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa got a major boost ahead of the crucial May 8 elections after the powerful Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) resolved to support...

Detectives grill Henry Rotich over Kimwarer, Arror payments

At 5.45am Tuesday, the car carrying National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich entered the nerve centre of Kenya’s criminal investigations in the capital Nairobi. Mr Rotich was honouring...

Cleared cargo stranded at Gatuna as Uganda pleads with Kigali

As the border closure between Rwanda and Uganda entered day six on Monday, the Uganda Revenue Authority revealed that it was taken by surprise by Rwanda’s action, and that pleas to Kigali to...

Venezuela: 40 days of crisis as Guaido declares himself president

Caracas Opposition chief Juan Guaido stunned the world on January 23 when he declared himself acting president of Venezuela, plunging the crisis-hit country into new turmoil. More than 50...

Anger bubbles in Algeria as Bouteflika bids for 5th term

Algiers, Algerians on Monday dismissed President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's promise to quit early if re-elected for a fifth time in April and eyed fresh protests to push him from office. The ailing...

Liberia’s ‘missing millions’: Charles Sirleaf charged

MONROVIA The son of Liberia's ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been charged with economic sabotage in connection with the unlawful printing of local currency worth millions of dollars. <p...

Nigeria: Defeated election candidate’s relative, lawyer arrested

ABUJA, Nigerian anti-corruption investigators have arrested a relative of the runner-up in Nigeria's presidential elections as well as the candidate's lawyer, sources said on Monday. Alhaji...

Algeria’s Bouteflika, political survivor after 20 years at helm

ALGIERS, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria's longest-serving president and a veteran of its independence war, is a political survivor battling to stay in power despite ailing health after two...
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