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Egypt raises transportation fares by 50 per cent

Egypt's official state news agency reports that the governor of the Egyptian capital has announced a 50% increase in transportation fares, a day after the government increased fees for drinking water and sewage.

Somali governor shot dead in Mogadishu

Al Shabaab militants have shot dead the governor of Galgadud and his brother in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

DRC warlord handed over to Kinshasa authorities

A Congolese rebel warlord wanted for crimes against humanity including mass rape was handed over to the authorities in Kinshasa on Friday, a UN spokeswoman said.

Car bomb kills at least one in centre of Somali capital

An explosives-laden car blew up in the centre of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu on Friday killing at least one person and injuring another, police said.

Electoral commission confirms Senegal ruling coalition landslide

Senegal's ruling coalition will take 125 of 165 seats in parliament, the body counting votes said Saturday, confirming an expected landslide for supporters of President Macky Sall ahead of a 2019 re-election bid.

News of raid on Kenya opposition head office described as ‘fake news’

A Kenyan opposition spokesman said police raided his alliance’s offices on Friday night, four days before elections – but the government quickly denied any raid had taken place, dismissing the report as “fake news”.

Mauritania votes on controversial constitutional reform

Mauritanians are voting on contentious constitutional changes sought by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz that some opposition legislators say could prompt slide towards authoritarian leadership.

Rwandans celebrate Kagame’s record 98% election landslide

Rwandans on Saturday celebrated the third term victory of President Paul Kagame who pledged to continue transforming the nation after winning re-election with a record 98 percent of the vote.

Women candidates face curses and worse in Kenyan elections

Kenyan Member of Parliament Peris Tobiko is on the last stretch of a campaign to retain her seat when voters go to the polls on August 8.

Angolan leader opens nation’s largest hydro plant

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down from office at the end of this month, on Friday officially opened the country's largest hydro-electric dam.

Ghana faces no known terrorist attack – minister

The Ghanaian government on Friday dispelled reports that the country was facing imminent terrorist attacks.

Ethiopia lifts state of emergency imposed in October

Ethiopia's government has lifted a state of emergency imposed in October after hundreds of people were killed in anti-government protests demanding wider political freedoms.

Rwanda’s Kagame wins 3rd term in vote he called ‘a formality’

Rwanda's longtime President Paul Kagame has won a third term in office in what he had called "a formality."

Italian troops wanted out of Libya

Libya has vowed to counter Italian ships helping control migrant movement on its territorial waters.

South Africa’s ANC rallies lawmakers to oppose vote of no-confidence on Zuma

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress, ANC, rallied behind President Jacob Zuma on Friday, saying its lawmakers would have to be “bewitched” to vote for a no-confidence motion to remove the scandal-prone leader.

US military probes torture claims at Cameroon base

The U.S. military has opened an inquiry into allegations of torture and murder of suspected Boko Haram militants at a Cameroonian army base used extensively by American troops, a spokesman said on Friday.

AG orders arrest of Ethiopian minister on suspicion of corruption

The Attorney-General’s Office on Friday ordered the arrest of Ethiopian Minister of State for finance on suspicion of corruption, part of an anti-graft drive that the government says has led to dozens of arrests in the last two weeks.

Zimbabwe confirms clash between soldiers and police

Zimbabwean security forces confirmed Friday that soldiers and police fought on the streets of Harare earlier this week, as nationwide tensions grow under 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

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