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Africa

The link between uranium from the DRC and Hiroshima: a story of twin tragedies

25 August 2016, 20:37

The mine that produced the uranium that made the Hiroshima bomb has since been closed. But its troubling legacy continues to haunt the Democratic Republic of Congo and the local community, writes Susan Williams.

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Tensions rise as Zim anti-riot police deploy ahead of national protest

25 August 2016, 19:33

Residents of the Zimbabwean town of Masvingo have been left dismayed by the deployment of anti-riot police ahead of a planned national protest, the Zimbabwe Mail reports.

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'Agents provocateurs' could be behind Harare riots, says Zim former minister

25 August 2016, 18:23

A senior Zimbabwe opposition official has raised the possibility that "agents provocateurs" are behind looting and violence this week.

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State Zim radio plays 'Talking 'Bout a Revolution as Harare riots rage

25 August 2016, 17:33

As riot police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters in central Harare, a DJ on Zimbabwe’s state radio agreed to play a rather daring choice of song: Tracy Chapman’s Talking 'Bout a Revolution.

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#IfAfricaWasASchool: Africa laughs at itself with hilarious hashtag

25 August 2016, 14:20

Africans have always been known for their humour in the face of hardship and adversity. Social media users across the continent have taken to the internet to once again show why they are the leaders in satire.

Son-in-law 'knew it was mom and not wife in bed'

25 August 2016, 13:07

Charges have been withdrawn against a man who was caught with his pants down in bed with his mother-in-law because both were too inebriated to remember exactly what happened.

Gabon's old guard hopes to unseat Bongo dynasty scion

25 August 2016, 09:58

The increasingly disgruntled people of Gabon go to the polls in a presidential election in which a last-minute opposition pact has robbed incumbent Ali Bongo of a clear run at a second term.

Mozambique: Renamo leader rejects VP position

24 August 2016, 19:48

Leader of the opposition Mozambique National Resistance, Alfonso Dhlakama has rebuffed a proposal to offer him the position of a deputy president.

Manhunt launched after brutal killing of woman, 88, and domestic worker

24 August 2016, 18:30

Police have launched a widespread manhunt following the brutal killing of an elderly woman and her domestic worker in Makotopong village outside of Polokwane, Limpopo.

Pro-Mugabe columnist attacks Kofi Annan

24 August 2016, 17:14

Kofi Annan and his co-Elders are “Western puppets” and “busybodies”, a pro-Robert Mugabe columnist has charged after the internationally respected statesmen asked SADC to support a smooth transition in crisis-hit Zimbabwe.

Zim conservationists looking for elephant with trunk snare injury

24 August 2016, 16:16

Conservationists in northern Zimbabwe - looking for an elephant with a deep wound high up on its trunk, likely due to a snare - say they're worried the animal could already have lost up to 80% its trunk.

Zim supermarket at centre of storm over ex-newscaster's arrest

24 August 2016, 15:10

A leading supermarket in Zimbabwe has found itself at the centre of a social media storm over the way it handled the arrest of a former news anchor who was caught shoplifting, but later found to have a mild form of dementia.

Zambia regulator suspends three private broadcasters

24 August 2016, 14:09

Authorities in Zambia have suspended the licenses of three private broadcasters, saying they had posed a risk to peace and stability during this month's presidential election.

Nicaraguan teacher arrested for helping Congolese immigrant

24 August 2016, 13:00

Police in Nicaragua have arrested a schoolteacher for allegedly aiding a migrant from the African nation of Congo to cross the border along with her baby.

South Sudan fighting kills at least 275, both sides say

24 August 2016, 11:25

South Sudan fighting kills at least 275 in northeastern town, both sides say

South Sudan's Machar in Khartoum for 'medical treatment'

24 August 2016, 07:05

South Sudan's former rebel leader, Riek Machar, has arrived in Khartoum for "medical treatment", the Sudanese government says, after he had escaped to the Democratic Republic of Congo following deadly clashes in Juba.

EXCLUSIVE: SABC allegedly pays executive millions in settlement agreement

23 August 2016, 19:37

A Gauteng TV sales account executive at the SABC has allegedly been paid a multi-million rand settlement after he was suspended last year.

Seven held after double murder off Madagascar

23 August 2016, 18:24

Police investigating the double murder of two French volunteers on an island off Madagascar have arrested seven suspects.

Slow start to national shutdown in DRC

23 August 2016, 17:03

It remains unclear whether DRC nationals are going to heed opposition party calls for a national shutdown in the country.

Malawian president under fire over $330m graft scam

23 August 2016, 16:03

Malawian President Peter Mutharika is under fire from opposition lawmakers for allegedly shielding cabinet ministers implicated in a $330m corruption scam.

Gambian opposition says party member dies in custody

23 August 2016, 13:35

A member of Gambia's main opposition has died in state custody, the United Democratic Party says, in the second such case in five months.

Kerry urges deployment of South Sudan 'protection force'

23 August 2016, 12:33

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for the deployment of a 4 000-strong "protection force" to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

27 Tanzanians arrested in connection with burning of schools

23 August 2016, 12:33

The arrested suspects included teachers and students of the burnt schools.

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