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Africa

Despite treatment advances, AIDS stigma lingers in rural South Africa

07 February 2016, 15:34

South Africa has the world's biggest AIDS epidemic, with nearly 20 percent of all adults HIV positive, and more than 2.7 million of an estimated 6.3 million people living with the virus are now on treatment.

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Militants free Australian woman kidnapped in Burkina Faso

07 February 2016, 10:59

A spokesman for Niger's president says an Australian woman kidnapped last month in northern Burkina Faso has been freed

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Al Shabaab retake Somali town from KDF: Reports

06 February 2016, 18:30

Residents in the southern Somali town of Marka say fighters from the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have taken control there after the withdrawal of African Union forces.

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500,000 condoms ready for Angolan carnival

06 February 2016, 11:52

Nearly 500 000 condoms will be distributed in the Angolan capital Luanda during a four-day annual carnival in a campaign to help prevent the spread of Aids, organisers say.

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Calls for Malawi's finance minister to resign

05 February 2016, 19:52

Malawians have reportedly called for Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe to resign, saying he has failed the Southern African country.

WATCH: Woman commits suicide after failing to kill children

05 February 2016, 16:56

A 35-year-old woman committed suicide at her Eldoret home in Kenya's Rift Valley after failing to take the lives of her two young sons.

Salary fraud: Nigeria to probe over 23 000 civil servants

05 February 2016, 14:29

The Nigerian government plans to investigate over 23 000 civil servants accused of involvement in an organised salary scam, Punch has reported.

3 killed in Somalia car bomb

05 February 2016, 12:03

Three people were killed Friday in a car bomb targeting an airport official in Somalia's capital, police said, as investigators probe an airplane blast experts fear was also a bomb.

Zimbabwe declares 'state of disaster' over drought

05 February 2016, 10:36

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Friday declared a "state of disaster" in many rural areas hit by a severe drought, with 26 percent of the population facing food shortages.

Dancing at dawn: South Africa's new pre-work party scene

05 February 2016, 08:39

As dawn breaks over a Johannesburg park, some 300 people dance in silence, some dressed as Batman, Spiderman or Wonder Woman.

Nigeria suspends choppers after crashes

05 February 2016, 07:08

Nigeria's aviation regulatory agency says it is suspending operation of all Sikorsky model S-76C++ helicopters following two crashes in six months.

Mourning widow forced to listen as gang rapes teen daughter

04 February 2016, 18:12

A man, who was found guilty of participating in two armed robberies that left a 16-year-old girl and a 31-year-old woman suffering from gang rape trauma, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Tensions rise in IDP camps as CAR elections draw near

04 February 2016, 16:11

As Presidential elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) draw ever close, renewed fighting between communities has sparked tension within the population.

Zimbabwe's civil servants to finally get bonuses

04 February 2016, 14:11

Zimbabwean Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa has finally unveiled payment dates for the country's civil servants bonuses, according to reports.

Russian, Filipino seamen held hostage in Nigeria

04 February 2016, 13:09

A shipping security expert says the crew of an oil tanker hijacked in Nigerian waters is from Russia, Georgia and the Philippines, and that they are probably being held for ransom.

Body of Italian student found outside Cairo

04 February 2016, 11:41

Partially burned body of a missing Italian student has been found by the side of a road on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Uganda readies for tense presidential polls, but few doubt winner

04 February 2016, 09:54

As the only female presidential candidate in Uganda, a male-dominated country where the leader is eyeing a fourth decade in power, Maureen Kyalya admits the odds are stacked against her.

Study grants for virgins 'illegal', says South African minister

04 February 2016, 08:34

A South African cabinet minister on Wednesday slammed as "illegal" a new scholarship scheme for female students who must pass virginity tests during the holidays to receive grant money.

UN: Only half of aid money gets to the needy

04 February 2016, 07:03

The co-chair of a U.N.-appointed panel says too often only half of the money from donors is getting to the millions of people devastated by conflicts and natural disasters who desperately need humanitarian aid.

Social media has potential to destabilise Zimbabwe, police boss warns

03 February 2016, 17:59

Zimbabwe police boss, Augustine Chihuri, has warned that the use of social media in the southern African country could lead to tension that have a ‘potential of causing instability in the country

We can't help ruling PF party's agenda, says Zambian opposition MP

03 February 2016, 16:03

Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front party has reportedly been told to fold up if it is not ready for the country's upcoming elections.

Buhari govt to spend millions on State House clinic

03 February 2016, 14:16

Fresh revelations from Nigeria's 2016 budget have shown that Pesident Muhammadu Buhari's government is set to spend more on the State House clinic than all 16 of the country's public health facilities combined.

Zimbabwe's prosecutor-general out on bail after arrest

03 February 2016, 13:01

Zimbabwe's prosecutor-general Johannes Tomana has been granted bail after appearing in court on charges related to an alleged plot to bomb a dairy belonging to the Mugabes.

Zuma to pay back money for home upgrade

03 February 2016, 11:35

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma will pay back some of the public funds used to upgrade his private home, his office said Wednesday, attempting to end a two-year scandal that has plagued his government.

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