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Africa

Major opposition rally banned in Congo after Kabila ruling

25 May 2016, 11:27

Public demonstrations have been banned in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, ahead of a planned opposition rally to denounce a controversial court ruling allowing President Joseph Kabila to remain in power beyond his mandate.

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Forensic expert suggests explosion downed EgyptAir jet

25 May 2016, 08:30

Parts of bodies recovered from the crash of EgyptAir Flight 804 show signs of burns and are so small that they suggest the jet was brought down by an explosion.

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Burundi talks mediator hopes to meet absent opposition

24 May 2016, 20:51

The mediator tasked with brokering talks to end Burundi's festering political crisis says he hoped to meet the opposition after it was barred from peace negotiations in Tanzania.

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Uganda protests to DRC over border police killings

24 May 2016, 19:19

Uganda has sent an official complaint to neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo after four police officers were shot dead on a lake between the neighbours.

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Step down and look after your grandson, Zimbabweans tell Mugabe

24 May 2016, 15:55

Zimbabweans have urged President Robert Mugabe, 92, to step down so that he can have more time to take care of his newly born grandson, a report says.

A quarter of a century after independence Eritreans still yearn for freedom

24 May 2016, 14:47

Eritrea marks 25 years of independence from Ethiopia this month. It is now one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world and is run by a repressive government. Thabo Leshilo sheds light on the secretive country as it marks this milestone.

Security 'tightens' ahead of Mugabe's birthday bash

24 May 2016, 13:34

Zimbabwean anti-riot police have beefed up security ahead of President Robert Mugabe's birthday celebration in the drought stricken Masvingo province, a report says.

Zambian bishop calls for probe into reports of foreigners registering to vote

23 May 2016, 20:21

Zambian bishop, John Mambo, has urged government to look into reports that foreigners are being allowed to register to vote in the upcoming presidential polls.

Would-be bomber escapes Boko Haram captors

23 May 2016, 18:57

A Nigerian mother of three has described how she escaped from Boko Haram Islamists after being abducted, drugged and told she was going to become a suicide bomber.

Better maternal care in Africa can save women from suffering in childbirth

23 May 2016, 16:04

Every year just over 500,000 women die from complications in pregnancy and childbirth across the world. Many of these complications are entirely avoidable – including obstructed and protracted labour and one of its side-effects, obstetric fistula.

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

23 May 2016, 14:40

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school.

PICTURES: Social media abuzz as Mugabe meets first grandson

23 May 2016, 17:26

Social media was abuzz on Monday after pictures of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, 91, and his grandson emerged.

Activists set to storm Malawian parliament over albino killings

23 May 2016, 13:29

Activists in Malawi are set to storm parliament on May 25, Africa Day, over concerns regarding the continued killing of albino nationals in the country, a report says.

Sudan ups pressure for exit of Darfur peacekeepers

23 May 2016, 09:26

As the UN Security Council begins talks next month on renewing its mission in Darfur for another year, Sudan has stepped up pressure for a complete exit of international peacekeepers from the war-torn region.

Mugabe complains of being food 'guinea pig'

23 May 2016, 07:38

A video clip has emerged of Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe complaining that his wife Grace changes her chefs so frequently at State House, that he feels like "a guinea pig".

In Rwanda, a phone text can save a baby

22 May 2016, 12:40

Find out how health workers in Rwanda are using mobile phones to prevent infant and maternal mortality.

Tanzanian president, John Magufuli fires drunk minister

22 May 2016, 08:12

The interior minister was allegedly unable to respond properly to questions because he was drunk.

First photos emerge of EgyptAir plane debris

21 May 2016, 18:22

The first photographs have emerged of debris of EgyptAir flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean on its way to Cairo from Paris, killing all 66 people on board.

AU urges international police force for Burundi

21 May 2016, 08:05

An African Union human rights report has called for an international police force and more military and rights observers to be sent to troubled Burundi.

Africa's ticking time bomb: $35 billion worth of Eurobond debt

20 May 2016, 18:43

The 2008 economic crisis is the single largest factor that has driven developing countries to seek alternative sources of financing for social and developmental infrastructure.

Peace and prosperity continue to elude Africa five decades on

20 May 2016, 17:55

Three years ago, to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the AU signed a solemn declaration to end strife on the continent and to work for peace and prosperity.

EgyptAir wreckage found in Mediterranean

20 May 2016, 16:29

Egypt's military said its search teams have found wreckage from the EgyptAir plane that crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.

'Absolutely no indication' what caused EgyptAir crash: France

20 May 2016, 15:03

France's foreign minister says there is "absolutely no indication" what had caused the crash of an EgyptAir flight, despite Egyptian authorities saying terrorism was the most likely cause.

Terrorism suspected in crash of Egyptian jet

20 May 2016, 13:29

An EgyptAir jetliner with 66 people aboard veered wildly in flight and crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, authorities say. Egyptian and Russian officials said it may have been brought down by terrorists.

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