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Nigerian university builds trench to stop Boko Haram attacks

Authorities in north-eastern Nigeria have begun digging a 27km (17 mile) trench around the University of Maiduguri to prevent attacks by Boko Haram Islamist militants.
27 June 2017
 
Angola police fire on separatists, kill one: activists

Angolan police fired on a march staged by a separatist group at the weekend killing one demonstrator and injuring 13, activists said, with officials confirming on Tuesday that 78 people were arrested.
27 June 2017
Kenya records five million new voters for August polls

enya's election commission announced on Tuesday that there would be five million new voters taking part in August polls, raising the stakes for incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his longtime rival Raila Odinga.
27 June 2017
Photos of alleged strippers at South African prison prompt investigation

he head of South Africa's corrections department promised an immediate investigation Monday after photos purportedly showing strippers dancing with inmates at a Johannesburg prison circulated online.
26 June 2017
Egypt's president ratifies islands deal with Saudi Arabia

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a controversial treaty that transfers two largely uninhabited Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.
25 June 2017
Russian adventure over for Cameroon

Cameroon's Fifa Confederations Cup adventure in Russia is over after a 3-1 defeat to Germany in their final Group B game on Sunday.
25 June 2017
Ghana's ex-President erred in US deal to accept Gitmo detainees: top court rules

Ghana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the the erstwhile government acted unconstitutionally by accepting two former detainees of Guantanamo Bay in an agreement with the US government.
23 June 2017
Botswana mourns its ex-President who 'fought' for southern Africa's liberation

The Botswana government on Friday announced the death of its former leader, Ketumile Masire. Masire who ruled the nation for close to two decades died at the age of 91.
23 June 2017
South Sudan no longer in famine, but situation critical

South Sudan no longer has areas in famine, but almost two million people are on the brink of starvation, the country's government and the United Nations said in reports.
22 June 2017
South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

South Africa's highest court has ruled that a vote of no-confidence against President Jacob Zuma can be held in secret.
22 June 2017
Six killed in Cameroon suicide attack

Yaounde - A double suicide attack killed six civilians on Wednesday in Cameroon's restive Far North, which is regularly hit by Nigeria-based Boko Haram jihadists, security sources said.
22 June 2017
Pope pledges more than $500 000 in South Sudan aid

Vatican - Pope Francis is offering more than $500 000 in aid for South Sudan to help finance two hospitals, a school and farm equipment.
21 June 2017
Egypt sends fuel to power-starved Gaza, undercuts Abbas

Gaza - Officials say Egypt has begun trucking 1 million liters of cheap diesel fuel to Gaza's power plant, in a rare delivery meant to ease a crippling electricity crisis in the Hamas-ruled enclave.
21 June 2017
'Dozens killed' in CAR's Bria despite ceasefire deal

Around 50 people have been killed in Bria, in the Central African Republic, when clashes broke out between rival armed factions despite the signing a day earlier of a truce deal, the mayor of the town has said.
20 June 2017
Deadly car bomb attack rocks Somalia's Mogadishu

At least 15 people have been killed after a suicide car bomber posing as a milk delivery van detonated at a district headquarters in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said.
20 June 2017
London Grenfell Tower fire: Seventy-nine people feared dead

Seventy-nine people are either dead or missing presumed dead after the fire at Grenfell Tower, police have said.
19 June 2017
'Half' Nigeria food aid for Boko Haram victims not delivered

Up to half the food aid meant for people who have fled Nigeria's Islamist insurgency has reportedly been diverted, the government says. It described it as a "diversion of relief materials", which correspondents say is a euphemism for theft.
CAR: Church shelters Muslims fleeing Anti-balaka

At least 1,500 people, mostly Muslim civilians, currently stuck in a Catholic church in the country's southeast, are growing increasingly desperate.
18 June 2017
At least two dead after attack at Mali tourist resort near Bamako

At least two people have been killed after a tourist resort near Bamako, the capital of Mali, was attacked. A spokesman for the country’s security ministry said one of the dead was a French national.
18 June 2017
Mugabe orders reduction in roadblocks... but will it really happen?

President Robert Mugabe has reportedly ordered police to reduce the number of roadblocks, which put off tourists and anger local Zimbabweans because of the demands for bribes and fines.
17 June 2017
DRC's future 'is in grave danger', former African leaders say

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and several former African leaders are warning of an "acute political crisis" in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
17 June 2017
London Grenfell Tower: Police hope fire death toll 'not triple figures'

The police officer overseeing the Grenfell Tower probe says he hopes the death toll will not reach triple figures.
16 June 2017
Islamic State leader Baghdadi 'may have been killed by Russia'

Russia's defence ministry is investigating whether one of its air strikes in Syria killed the leader of the Islamic State militant group (IS).
16 June 2017
Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's wife shot dead

The estranged wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been shot dead two days before his inauguration.
15 June 2017
Tensions between Muslims and Christians rise in CAR

At least 26,000 people live in squalid camps around a largely abandoned town after armed groups faced-off there in May.
15 June 2017
London fire: Six killed as Grenfell Tower engulfed

Six people have been confirmed dead after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, and police expect that number to rise.
14 June 2017
Are African footballers more susceptible to heart attacks?

The recent death of Ivorian footballer Cheick Tiote brought sadness in the world of football. This left us asking if there is any evidence to suggest that African players are more likely to die on the pitch.
14 June 2017
Building collapse in Nairobi leaves several missing

At least five people were missing after a seven-storey building collapsed in a residential area of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
13 June 2017
South African girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'

A 17-year-old girl, who handed herself in to South African police, has been charged with murder after killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her.
12 June 2017
UN experts' murder trial resumes in DRC

Kinshasa - A Democratic Republic of Congo military court held a second day of hearings on Monday in the trial of a man and a teenager accused of killing two UN experts in March, their lawyer said.
12 June 2017
Nigeria army says it killed Boko Haram leader, frees 9 kids

Maiduguri - A Nigerian official says a top Boko Haram commander was among many insurgents killed on Sunday as soldiers fought to rescue nine children being trained at a secret camp.
12 June 2017
Prison attack in eastern DRC kills 11, frees 900 prisoners

Kinshasa - A Democratic Republic of Congo official says armed men have attacked a prison in the eastern city of Beni, killing at least 11 and freeing more than 900 prisoners.
11 June 2017
Gaddafi's son released after more than 5 years of detention

Seif al-Islam, the son and one-time heir apparent of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi, has been released after more than five years in detention, his captors said on Saturday.
11 June 2017
UK: May faces calls to resign as election hangs in balance

UK Prime Minister Theresa May faced calls to quit in the early hours of Friday after her election gamble to win a stronger mandate appeared to backfire and threw British politics into turmoil.
09 June 2017
Ghana gives state burial to top soldier who was lynched

The national mood in Ghana is solemn as the country buries an army captain who was mistaken for an armed robber, lynched and his body burnt while went jogging barely two weeks ago.
09 June 2017
Cameroon – USA Cooperation: A member of the American Congress warns Paul BIYA

Donald Payne, a Representative of the American Executive, demands from the US Congress the opening of an investigation into the military aid in Cameroon “following the flagrant violations of human rights”.
08 June 2017
South Africa: 10,000 Knysna residents evacuated amid fire

Up to 10,000 people have been evacuated from a scenic coastal town in South Africa that has been devastated by wildfires, officials have said.
08 June 2017