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African Union denounces ‘slaves’ jibe from Italy’s Matteo Salvini

The African Union has called on Italy's far-right interior minister to withdraw comments he made last week in which he referred to Africans as slaves.

Egypt court upholds suspended sentence against activist

An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday upheld a three-month suspended prison sentence for a prominent rights lawyer convicted of offending public morals

Report: South Sudan troops raped, killed while peace pursued

With "staggering brutality," South Sudan government soldiers and allied militia targeted civilians by raping them, burning them alive, running them over with armored vehicles and hanging them in trees even as the government pursued a new peace deal to end a civil war, a new Amnesty International report says.
Bobi Wine lands in USA for medical treatment

Uganda’s opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home

Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture, while police say they will meet him at the airport.

Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa approves $64 million budget to fight cholera

Zimbabwean President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has approved 64 million dollars budget for immediate fight against cholera outbreak that killed at least 30 people in the capital Harare, a cabinet minister said.
Central Bank of Liberia - CBL

Liberia hunts for $100m in missing bank notes

An inquiry is underway into the disappearance of newly printed bills worth nearly $100 million destined for Liberia's central bank, the government of the impoverished west African country said Tuesday.
Zimbabwe President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa addresses a press conference at State House in Harare, on August 3, 2018. Mnangagwa defended the landmark election in which he was declared victorious, despite claims from the opposition of vote-rigging. MARCO LONGARI / AFP

Report: Zimbabwean court drops charges against taxi-driver who called President Mnangagwa a ‘dog’

A Zimbabwean man who reportedly called President Emmerson Mnangagwa a "dog" has been freed by a court after the state failed to prove its case.
Haliotis midae

South Africa gangs ‘threaten’ rare sea snail existence

Poachers linked to South African drug gangs are threatening the existence of a species of abalone, a sea snail that is highly prized by restaurants in China, a new report says.
Algeria's new strongman General Ahmed Gaid Salah

Algeria’s air force chief fired amid military shake-up

Algeria's defence ministry on Tuesday announced its air force chief has been sacked, amid a broad shake-up of the country's military hierarchy.

UK, Finland halt aid to Zambian social-welfare scheme over alleged misuse

Britain and Finland have frozen funding to Zambia on suspicion that the four million dollars they channelled into a social welfare scheme may have been misused, the Zambian presidency said on Tuesday.
Faure Gnassingbe

Togo to hold elections in December

Togo, ruled by Africa's longest serving political dynasty and rocked by months of anti-regime protests, will hold legislative and local elections in December as well as a referendum on constitutional reforms, the national poll body said on Tuesday.
Jerry Yekeh

Liberian referee Jerry Yekeh cleared by CAF

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has cleared Liberian referee Jerry Yekeh from all allegations of corruption.

UN warns South Sudan on lingering violence

Irked by the incessant violation of peace agreements by warring lords, the United Nations (UN) has warned gladiators in South Sudan to down their arms.
Nicholas Haysom

UN envoy tasks South Sudan warlords on peace

Warring parties in South Sudan must demonstrate their willingness to a peaceful end to their conflict by “making their guns fall silent, immediately and everywhere”,

Britain freezes aid to Zambia over graft fears

Britain has suspended aid payments to Zambia over concerns of alleged fraud and corruption by the government of President Edgar Lungu who has faced graft allegations from within his own party.

Burkina Faso arrests 30 over illegal female circumcisions

Burkina Faso authorities have jailed more than 30 adults after they carried out botched female genital mutilation on nearly 60 infants and girls who have been hospitalised.

Italian Catholic Priest kidnapped in Niger

An Italian Catholic Priest who was working as a Missionary in Niger Republic has been kidnapped, a Vatican news agency reported on Tuesday.
ethiopian police

Ethiopian police arrest 269 over deadly attack on civilians

Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state police on Tuesday said 269 individuals were arrested in connection with a deadly attack on civilians and property damage on the outskirt of Addis Ababa.

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Tanzanian opposition boycotts elections

Tanzania's main opposition party on Wednesday said it would boycott the electoral process until further notice after by-elections that it said had been wrecked by "militarization" by the authorities.
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Femi Adesina: Zainab Ahmed will be minister of finance

Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, says Zainab Ahmed will be minister of finance.
FILE PHOTO- Cameroon's President Paul Biya is seen at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S. September 22, 2017. REUTERS-Stephanie Keith - RC1A35221360-File Photo

Travel restrictions imposed on Anglophone Cameroon

Local officials in the Northwest, one of the two Anglophone Cameroon regions ravaged by an ongoing year-long armed conflict, said people fleeing from the region would be subjected to scrutiny.
Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika

Federal government suspends Nigeria Air indefinitely – minister

The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Wednesday, announced the suspension of the planned national carrier, Nigeria Air.
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Nigerians demand review of child adoption laws

Some Nigerians have called for a review of child adoption laws to discourage individuals or couples from patronising baby factories and other illegal outlets to adopt children.