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Africa

Mugabe's UN exit threats 'reckless, undiplomatic'

26 September 2016, 19:04

Zimbabwean political analysts and opposition parties have reportedly described President Robert Mugabe as "delusional" and "insane", following his utterances over the weekend that the African continent was ready to pull out of the UN if its demands for reform were not met.

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75-year-old Malawian woman dies after 'drinking too much beer'

26 September 2016, 18:19

A 75-year-old Malawian woman has died after drinking an excessive amount of locally brewed Malawian beer without eating any food, a report says.

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The women who love Boko Haram

26 September 2016, 16:59

A few dozen women sit on mats in the shadow of a neem tree. Their giggles rise with the hot dusty air as they sketch elaborate designs on their hands with henna. Read more...

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170 bodies recovered so far in migrant boat disaster

26 September 2016, 15:52

An Egyptian Health Ministry official says a total of 170 bodies have been pulled from the waters, five days after a boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean while attempting to head to Europe.

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Drunk man stabs paramedics

26 September 2016, 13:41

An attack on three paramedics by four men at an accident scene has left one paramedic with stab wounds to the face and hand.

8 Nigerian soldiers killed in Boko Haram attacks

26 September 2016, 12:34

Nigeria's military says 8 soldiers killed and 17 wounded in attacks by Islamic extremists in northeast Nigeria.

Stop terrorising Zimbabweans or we'll impeach you, church leaders tell Mugabe

26 September 2016, 11:25

He's not as well-known as protest pastor Evan Mawarire. But this Zimbabwe church leaders brave plea to president Robert Mugabe to stop terrorising protesters or face impeachment may attract the attention of the authorities.

EU says Gabon court failed to address poll 'anomalies'

26 September 2016, 09:09

EU monitors say Gabon's top court has failed to rectify vote-counting "anomalies" in fiercely-disputed elections in which President Ali Bongo extended his family's rule in the oil-rich nation into a fifth decade.

Poaching behind worst African elephant losses in 25 years

26 September 2016, 07:37

Africa's overall elephant population has seen the worst declines in 25 years, mainly due to poaching over the past 10 years, according to a report released here on Sunday.

Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

25 September 2016, 15:37

The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has resurfaced in a video posted online, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded.

Egypt court sentences 7 to hang for shooting officer

25 September 2016, 08:37

An Egyptian court has sentenced seven men to hang for killing a police general in the unrest following the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist president Muhammadu Morsi.

Tanzanian lecturer charged with insulting president on WhatsApp

24 September 2016, 15:24

A Tanzanian lecturer has been charged with insulting President John Magufuli in a Whatsapp message, a senior official says, bringing the number of people charged under a tough new cybercrimes law to 10.

Five things to know about Gabon

24 September 2016, 08:04

One of Africa's largest oil producers and one of its wealthier nations, Gabon has been gripped by violence and uncertainty since the August 27 elections that saw President Ali Bongo declared winner by a wafer-thin margin.

Gabon on a knife-edge as court mulls vote outcome

23 September 2016, 18:11

The streets of Libreville have emptied rapidly, with residents fearing a new bout of bloodshed as the Constitutional Court prepared to rule on who will be Gabon's next president following a bitterly-contested election.

Sudan frees 21 rebel child soldiers: UN

23 September 2016, 17:05

Sudan has freed 21 child soldiers who were captured in war-torn Darfur last year during fighting between government troops and rebels, the United Nations has said

South Sudan's Machar banned from Ethiopia

23 September 2016, 16:46

Ethiopia has reportedly announced that South Sudan's former vice president, Riek Machar, will no longer be welcome into the east African country.

115 bodies pulled of the waters after Egypt boat tragedy

23 September 2016, 15:15

A senior Egyptian official says a total of 115 bodies were pulled out of the waters off the Egyptian coast, three days after hundreds of migrants heading to Europe drowned.

Nigeria hunts down 700 000 companies over tax evasion

23 September 2016, 13:49

Nigeria says it has hunted down 700 000 firms that have never paid taxes in a bid to seek new revenue sources to offset low oil prices that have pushed Africa’s biggest economy into its first recession in more than 20 years.

Police in Malawi torch 'sex-training' initiation shacks

23 September 2016, 12:10

Police in eastern Malawi have torched several initiation camps which were allegedly teaching children sexual skills instead of offering them “sound advice”.

Assessing the risk from Africa as Libya loses its chemical weapons

23 September 2016, 10:15

Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities, writes Scott Firsing.

Papers show Libyan ISIS bridal dowries of guns, explosives

23 September 2016, 08:24

Documents retrieved from Sirte, the ISIS’s last bastion in Libya, record the variety of dowries offered by militant grooms to their future wives.

Tense Gabon awaits court ruling on presidential vote

23 September 2016, 07:04

Gabon's constitutional court is to rule as early as Friday who will be the country's next president, ending weeks of uncertainty after disputed polls sparked a political crisis and violent protests.

Social media users make fun of Mugabe's UN summit speech

22 September 2016, 19:53

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has again blamed western countries for the ongoing economic difficulties facing his country, as a results social medai users made fun of his recent speech at the UN summit.

Ghana: Call to remove Gandhi statue over 'racist views'

22 September 2016, 19:53

A group of Ghanaian academics, students and artists is calling for the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus, saying the leader of India's independence movement was racist towards black people.

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