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Africa

Two Ebola cases reported in past week but risks remain - WHO

04 August 2015, 18:25

Guinea and Sierra Leone each recorded a single cases of Ebola in the past week, putting a year-end goal of ending the deadly epidemic within reach although risks remain, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

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South African court throws out Malema corruption case

04 August 2015, 15:00

A corruption case against South African firebrand politician Julius Malema was thrown out Tuesday after three years of delays, a judge said.

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South African opposition firebrand Malema faces corruption charges

04 August 2015, 13:38

South African opposition firebrand Julius Malema appeared in court charged with money laundering, racketeering and corruption on, kicking off a hearing that could see President Jacob Zuma's most vocal critic jailed.

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Switzerland seizes large ivory haul in transit to China

04 August 2015, 12:32

A large haul of ivory, worth more than $400,000 on the black market, was seized at Zurich airport last month on its way from Tanzania to China, Swiss authorities said Tuesday.

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11 soldiers killed in terror attack on Mali camp

04 August 2015, 09:49

Eleven soldiers were killed in a "terrorist" attack on their camp in northern Mali's Timbuktu region, a government statement said, an assault claimed by Al-Qaeda's front group in the region.

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Boko Haram 'under siege' as Nigeria rescues 178 hostages

03 August 2015, 17:31

Nigeria's military said it had "besieged" Boko Haram positions in the Islamist militant group's northeastern heartland after setting free 178 hostages, mainly women and children.

Moroccan dies while being smuggled into Spain in suitcase

03 August 2015, 15:13

Moroccan dies while being smuggled into Spain in suitcase in trunk of brother's car.

Nigerian army says has freed nearly 180 Boko Haram hostages

03 August 2015, 09:44

The Nigerian army has freed 178 people being held hostage by Boko Haram including more than 100 children.

Mali soldiers killed in convoy ambush

03 August 2015, 07:13

A convoy in the centre of Mali has been ambushed.

Burundi in crisis as top general assassinated

02 August 2015, 18:19

A top Burundian general and right-hand man to President Pierre Nkurunziza was killed in a rocket attack on his car on Sunday, prompting fears of further instability in the crisis-hit country.

Egypt says militant leader killed in shootout

01 August 2015, 19:27

Egyptian armed forces have killed a leading member of the country's Islamic State affiliate in a shootout outside his North Sinai home, the army spokesman said in a statement.

Suicide bomber kills 16 as Boko Haram strikes again in Nigeria

31 July 2015, 18:14

A female suicide bomber and Boko Haram gunmen killed 16 people in Nigeria as the commander of a new multinational force tasked with fighting the Islamists pledged on Friday to crush the insurgency "very soon".

Museveni, in power for 3 decades, seeks re-election

31 July 2015, 15:43

Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni, in power for 3 decades, seeks re-election as top challenger cries foul.

Blast kills at least 5 in Nigeria market

31 July 2015, 12:12

At least five people have been killed by a bomb in Gamboru market in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, a police and a rescue worker say.

Teacher flees naked after being caught in adultery

31 July 2015, 12:12

A primary school teacher who was caught red-handed while having an affair with a married female colleague surprised his students and other teachers when he fled naked.

Zuma might still have to pay back some money - report

31 July 2015, 10:46

Irrespective of what Parliament says, SA President Jacob Zuma could still end up paying a few millions rand for his Nkandla homestead, it has been reported.

UN adopts resolution to fight wildlife poaching

31 July 2015, 09:30

The United Nations called on its member states to work harder in combating poaching of endangered species such as elephants and rhinoceroses.

Nigeria military poorly equipped to fight Boko Haram

31 July 2015, 07:02

Nigeria's military is underfunded and poorly equipped in its battle to check Boko Haram's rampaging insurgency, the country's outgoing chief of defence staff said.

Woman cuts off husband's private parts over sex starvation

31 July 2015, 08:21

A woman in the Central Uganda district of Mubende cut off her husband's private parts accusing him of starving her sexually.

Nigeria, Cameroon pledge coordinated Boko Haram fight

30 July 2015, 17:18

Nigeria's president pledges greater cooperation against Boko Haram during Cameroon visit.

"What lion?" Zimbabweans ask, amid global Cecil circus

30 July 2015, 17:18

As social media exploded with outrage this week at the killing of Cecil the lion, the untimely passing of the celebrated predator at the hands of an American dentist went largely unnoticed in the animal's native Zimbabwe.

South Sudan soldiers accused of stealing relief food

30 July 2015, 14:31

South Sudan government troops accused of stealing relief food, killing at least 7 people.

For some, hunting lions in Africa is the ultimate experience

30 July 2015, 14:31

Trophy hunting is big business in parts of Africa despite threats to lions, other species.

Boko Haram slits throats of 10 fishermen near Lake Chad

30 July 2015, 12:47

Boko Haram Islamists slit the throats of 10 fishermen in villages near Baga, on the shores of the Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, a leading fisherman and a resident said.

Date set for Niger’s presidential election

30 July 2015, 11:00

The first round of Niger’s presidential election will be held on February 21 in 2016, the country’s election commission says, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou set to seek a second term.

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