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Gambian ex-President Yahya Jammeh 'stole $50m' from state
The Gambia's former president stole "at least" $50m (£38.4m) from the state before he left the country in January, the justice minister has said.
Chibok girls: 82 reunited with families in Nigeria
A group of the "Chibok girls" freed from Nigeria's Boko Haram militants have been reunited with their families.
Corruption 'weakens fight against Boko Haram'
The campaign group Transparency International says corruption in the Nigerian military is weakening the country's efforts to fight Boko Haram insurgents.
DR Congo jail-break: Bundu dia Kongo leader escapes
Members of a Christian sect have stormed a prison in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, freeing their leader and about 50 other inmates, a government spokesman says.
Ugandan activist Nyanzi collapses during bail hearing
The bail hearing for the Ugandan activist who is charged in connection with calling President Yoweri Museveni a "pair of buttocks" has been adjourned for 20 minutes because Ms Nyanzi collapsed as she…
Nigeria: Buhari hands over to VP as he leaves for indefinite medical leave in London
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled to London for follow-up medical tests after weeks of mounting concern about his health.
Nigeria Chibok girls: Eighty-two freed by Boko Haram
Islamist militants of the Boko Haram group have released 82 schoolgirls from a group of 276 they abducted in north-eastern Nigeria three years ago, the president's office says.
35-yr-old lady to challenge Kagame for Rwandan presidency
An independent candidate announced on Wednesday she would challenge President Paul Kagame, joining two other candidates hoping to defeat him in August elections after 17 years in office.
Nigeria: Prez Buhari misses 3rd cabinet meeting in a row
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has missed his third cabinet meeting in a row amid growing speculations on his state of health.
Buhari advised to take immediate medical leave
Nigeria’s ailing President Muhamadu Buhari, has been adviced by civil society to immediately take medical leave.
Kenya: Opposition alliance chooses Raila Odinga as presidential candidate
Kenya’s veteran politician Raila Odinga has been confirmed as the main opposition coalition’s presidential candidate for August’s election.
Buhari misses 2nd cabinet meeting in a row
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has missed his second cabinet meeting in a row, the Premium Times newspaper reports.
18 students killed in South Africa bus crash
At least 18 schoolchildren were killed when a minibus and a truck collided north of the South African capital of Pretoria on Friday, emergency services authorities said.
Cameroon ends internet shutdown on orders of President Paul Biya
Internet services in Cameroon's English-speaking regions have been turned back on three months after they were cut off following protests.
Zimbabwe: South African hunter eaten by crocodile
DNA tests on the carcass of a crocodile shot in Zimbabwe have confirmed that it contains the remains of a missing South African hunter, an investigator has told the BBC.
EXCLUSIVE: Untold Story of the N13billion recovered from Ikoyi, Lagos apartment
The $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from an Ikoyi apartment in Lagos was a discreet allocation released to the National…
$43 million dollars found in empty Nigerian house
More than $43m (£34m) has been seized from a flat in Nigeria’s main city, Lagos, the BBC has reported.
Nigeria 'still negotiating' over Chibok girls release
Nigeria’s government says it is still negotiating with militant Islamist group Boko Haram in a bid to secure the release of the remaining girls who were kidnapped from Chibok three years ago tomorrow.
Gambia's Barrow Wins Easy Majority in Parliamentary Vote
Voters in Gambia handed the political parties supporting President Adama Barrow a majority of seats in parliament, making it easier for the new government to carry out social reforms needed after the…
Egypt: 15 killed in explosion at Coptic Christian church
At least 15 people were killed by an explosion at a Coptic Christian church in northern Egypt during a service to celebrate Palm Sunday, state media reported.
DR Congo: Bruno Tshibala appointed new prime minister
Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila has appointed Bruno Tshibala as the new prime minister of the power-sharing government.
Random breath tests illegal, Kenyan court rules
Kenyans can no longer be charged after a breathalyser test, after a bar owner argued they were ruining his business.Kariuki Ruitha complained they violated Kenyans' constitutional rights to make…
Syria war: US launches missile strikes in response to chemical 'attack'
The US has carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town.
Anti-Zuma protests across South Africa
Protesters are gathering in major South African cities calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down after the sacking of a respected finance minister.
Nigerians and Eritreans 'freed from Libya prison'
Libyan authorities in the northern port city Misrata have freed 28 Eritreans and seven Nigeria nationals who had been in detention for months as authorities investigated their ties to the ousted…
South Africa President Jacob Zuma gets backing from ANC
South Africa's embattled president has been backed by a major decision-making body within the ruling ANC.
Benin parliament rejects single-term referendum
Benin's National Assembly has narrowly rejected a proposal by President Patrice Talon to hold a constitutional referendum seeking to limit his successors to a single six-year term in office.
Zuma to address supporters at rally
Members of the ANC Youth League are gathering to welcome embattled South African President Jacob Zuma, who is expected to address a rally on the outskirts of Johannesburg shortly.
Somalia al-Shabab Islamist militants kidnap aid workers
Four aid workers have been kidnapped by members of the Somali Islamist militant group, al-Shabab.
South Africa unions to Zuma: Time to go
South Africa's powerful trades union federation Cosatu has called for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
Mugabe's ministers present wheelchair to him as birthday gift
The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe on Monday received a gift from his cabinet ministers and it was a wheelchair.
Somalia piracy: India ship hijacked in new attack
Somali pirates have hijacked an Indian cargo ship off the coast of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, officials there say.
Helen Zille faces disciplinary action after colonialism tweets
South Africa's opposition party has launched disciplinary action against its former leader after she tweeted colonialism was not all bad.The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been under pressure to…
SEE: Zambian minister kneels to 'beg' President
A photograph of a Zambian minister kneeling in front of the country's president, Edgar Lungu has surfaced online with many wondering what might have necessitated such a situation.
South Africa leaders divided after President Zuma sacks Gordhan
South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the sacking of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as "totally unacceptable".
South Sudan oil workers freed
Three foreign oil workers seized by rebels earlier this month in South Sudan have arrived in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, following their release from captivity.
South Africa's Zuma sacks finance minister, reshuffles cabinet
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has sacked Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan from his cabinet.
Mozambique university bans people 'improperly dressed'
A university in northern Mozambique's northern Nampula province has banned workers, students and teachers from coming to the campus "improperly dressed."
Kenyan pastor storms mortuary to resurrect his dead wife
Mortuary attendants at the Gakwegori Funeral Home in Kenya were left shocked when a pastor stormed the mortuary to resurrect his dead wife.
Ahmed Kathrada funeral: South Africa's Zuma asked to stay away
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has not attended the funeral of veteran anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada at the request of his family.
Ahmed Kathrada funeral: South Africa's Zuma asked to stay away
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma is not attending the funeral of veteran anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada at the request of his family.
Court acquits Ivory Coast's former first lady Simone Gbagbo
A court in Ivory Coast has acquitted the country's former first lady, Simone Gbagbo, of crimes against humanity.
Tanzania rapper Nay wa Mitego arrested for criticising president
Tanzanian rapper Emmanuel Elibariki, known as Nay wa Mitego, has been arrested for releasing a song deemed insulting to the government.
Militia fighters decapitate 40 police officers in DR Congo
Militia fighters in DR Congo have decapitated about 40 police officers in an ambush in the central province of Kasai, local officials say.
South Sudan ambush leaves six aid workers dead, UN says
Six aid workers have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan, the UN says, in the deadliest single incident for humanitarians since the country's civil war began.
Egypt's Hosni Mubarak freed after six years in detention
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed from detention, six years after being overthrown.
Tanzania president sacks minister without notice
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has sacked Information Minister Nape Nnauye on Thursday morning without notice.
Kenya launches bond for mobile investors
Kenya's Treasury is launching a new government bond called M-Akiba, aimed at small investors who will be able to purchase the bonds via their mobile phone at a low cost.
Angry workers ‘shut down’ Nigeria's biggest airline
Nigeria's largest airline, Arik Air, has been shut down by angry workers, who are accusing the management of failing to reinstate sacked colleagues, local media report.
At least six dead in Burundi floods
At least six people have died in Burundi in a night of torrential rain and flooding that triggered landslides and caused widespread damage, the government said on Friday.
Landslide in Ethiopia kills 113
The death toll from Saturday's landslide at a vast dump in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, has now risen to 113 people, local officials say.
President Buhari returns to Nigeria today
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to return to the country today [Friday], March 10, 2017 after his extended medical leave in the UK, the presidency has said.
Congo opposition party expels top official in sign of infighting
Democratic Republic of Congo's largest opposition party said it expelled one of its leaders on Saturday amid infighting that weakens its effort to force President Joseph Kabila to stick to a deal to…
Felix Tshisekedi: Congo opposition leader's son takes over
The son of Etienne Tshisekedi, the Democratic Republic of Congo's late opposition leader, has been chosen as his father's successor.
Egyptian ex-president Mubarak acquitted over killing of protesters
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was Thursday acquitted of involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule.
Guinea: Teacher strike and violent protests get 3 ministers sacked
Three Guinean ministers, including the education minister, in a reshuffle after a long strike by teachers and violent protests.
Libya exposed as an epicentre for migrant child abuse
The United Nations has warned that large numbers of children are still risking their lives to make the dangerous journey from Libya to Italy.
Somalia's new President: Hope for a troubled nation
Every city one travels across Africa, whether it be Lagos, Accra, Nairobi, or Addis Ababa, the sight of Somalian refugees has become as good as a part of that city’s infrastructure.
Gambia's Barrow to be 'formally' inaugurated today
Thousands of people are expected at the main stadium in the Gambian capital of Banjul as new President Adama Barrow gets inaugurated formally alongside the 52nd independence anniversary celebrations.
SEE: Minister confesses she is no longer a prostitute
A female minister who was alleged to be prostitute has begged his people to forget about her past and focus on who she is presently.
South Africa: Blows in parliament over Zuma's State of Nation Address
Punches have been thrown in South Africa's parliament as opposition MPs tried to disrupt the State of the Nation address by President Jacob Zuma.
Kenyan closure of Dadaab refugee camp blocked by high court
Source: BBC The High Court in Kenya has blocked the government's bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world. A directive to shut the Dadaab camp and forcibly repatriate about 260,000 Somali…
Angola's President Dos Santos anoints deputy Lourenco
Angola's long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down before August's poll and has announced his likely successor.
ECOWAS forces in The Gambia seize weapons from Jammeh's home
The ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) has seized weapons and ammunition from the private home of exiled former President Yahya Jammeh in his hometown in the west of the country. The commander of…
Adama Barrow changes official name of Gambia
New Gambian President Adama Barrow has changed the official name of the tiny West African country.
Why I stepped down - Yahya Jammeh explains
Former President of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh has written a letter to his country people explaining his recent actions.
It's not necessary to shed a drop of blood says Yahya Jammeh as he steps down
The Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in the country’s last elections.
Adama Barrow sworn in as 3rd Gambian President in Senegal
Adama Barrow, the man who won The Gambia's disputed election, has been sworn in as the third president of the tiny West African nation.
WATCH LIVE: Inauguration of Gambia President-elect underway in Senegal
The inauguration of the President-elect of The Gambia is currently underway at the tiny West Afrcan nation's embassy in Senegal.
Gambia: Yahya Jammeh's veep resigns
Gambia’s Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy has quit amid rising political tensions as Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down as president despite losing a December election.
Gambia political crisis: What happens next?
A political crisis in The Gambia appears to be coming to a head, with Senegalese troops massing on the border as a deadline for President Yahya Jammeh to step down came and went without any apparent…
ECOWAS okays military intervention in Gambia
ECOWAS has issued an order for military intervention in The Gambia to oust President Yahya Jammeh at the stroke of midnight Thursday when his mandate ends.
The Gambia: Jammeh declares 90-day state of emergency
Outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency a day before his official mandate ends, state TV reports.
Gambia: Yahya Jammeh's ministers 'resign’ from gov't
Three senior government ministers in The Gambia have resigned, as President Yahya Jammeh defies calls to step down when his term expires on Thursday, the opposition Fatu network news site reports.
Gambia's President-elect Barrow to stay in Senegal until inauguration
Senegalese authorities announced on Saturday night that they agreed to host Barrow after the request was made. “Senegalese President Macky Sall agreed in Bamako on Saturday to host Gambian…
SA: Zuma endorses ex-wife for president
President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma has endorsed his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next President of South Africa, reports suggest.
Gambia poll winner Adama Barrow says Jammeh should not seek asylum
The winner of December's presidential election in The Gambia says there is no need for President Yahya Jammeh to seek asylum and he is confident direct talks can solve the crisis.
Egyptians turn to herbal remedies as currency drop hits medicine costs
Amid an acute medicine crisis, Egypt’s spice dealers have seen their customers grow, as people turn to herbal remedies.
Demobilised soldiers launch mutiny in Cote d'Ivoire
Demobilised soldiers launched mutinies in Ivory Coast’s second-largest city Bouaké on Friday, according to military sources and residents.
French trial of Equatorial Guinea's VP adjourned
A court in France has adjourned the corruption trial of Equatorial Guinea's flamboyant Vice- President Teodorin Obiang Nguema after his lawyers asked for more time to prepare his defence, AFP…
Historic swearing in of Somali-American legislator
Ilhan Omar has made history by becoming the first Somali-American to be sworn in as a lawmaker in the US.
Head of Gambia's electoral commission goes 'missing'
Head of The Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Alieu Momar Njai has gone into hiding, his family has told the BBC.
Girls turn human excreta to clean power in Cameroon
An initiative by youth organisations in Cameroon to turn human waste into biogas is reducing pollution and providing cheap, renewable energy to the growing populations of the university towns of Buea…
From the kitchen, Somali president's cook wins seat in parliament
From the presidential kitchen, Abdirahman Yonis has stepped up his position as Head of Cooks to Member of Parliament for Somaliland.
Suicide Bomber Kills 2 in Cameroon Market
A suicide bomber in the northern Cameroon town of Mora killed a young student and a woman in an attack on a market full of Christmas shoppers, an aide to the governor of Far North region said Sunday.
Judge rules against Mrs Mugabe in $1.3m diamond ring case
A Zimbabwean judge has ordered the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, to return properties she seized from a Lebanese businessman. The seizure was connected to a $1.3 million diamond ring deal.
Tonnes of 'plastic rice' seized in Nigeria
Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of "plastic rice" smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen, the customs service says.
Ivorian ruling party wins absolute majority in parliament with 167 seats
Ivory Coast’s ruling coalition party has won 167 parliamentary seats out of 254 in the country’s legislative elections held on Sunday.
Anti-Kabila protesters tear gassed in Kinshasa
Police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of youths from the streets of DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, early this morning, the Reuters news agency reports.
Gambian ambassadors urge Jammeh to step down
Eleven Gambian ambassadors serving in various countries around the world have called on outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to hand power and congratulate his rival Adama Barrow.
Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF confirms Mugabe as 2018 election candidate
Zimbabwe's governing Zanu-PF party has confirmed President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the 2018 elections.Mr Mugabe, who is 92, has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980.At the…
Tanzanian police charge Jamii Forums founder
The co-founder of a Tanzanian whistle-blowing website has been charged with obstructing an investigation after not handing over the details of people who post on the site to the police.
Gambia election row: Adama Barrow to declare himself president
The Gambia's President-elect, Adama Barrow, has told the BBC he will declare himself president on 18 January despite incumbent Yahya Jammeh's rejection of the election result.
Mozambique's Valentina Guebuza 'killed by husband'
One of Mozambique's richest women, Valentina Guebuza, has been shot dead by her husband in a case of domestic violence, police say.
South Africa: 'I'm ready to lead ANC' says Ramaphosa
Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC), has said he is ready to lead the party.
Former Mozambique president's daughter 'shot dead'
The daughter of former Mozambique president Armando Guebuza, Valentina Guebuza, is reported to have been shot dead in the capital Maputo.
Niger 'success' in battle to close Sahara migrant route
The number of would-be migrants travelling through Niger to reach Libya and from there Europe dwindled to less than 2,000 in November from 70,000 in May, the European Union (EU) says.
'Suicide car bomb' in Mogadishu
A suicide car bomb has exploded at a checkpoint near Somalia's national theatre in the capital Mogadishu, police have told Reuters news agency.
Ancient footprints found in Tanzania
Footprints made by early humans millions of years ago have been uncovered in Tanzania close to where similar tracks were found in the 1970s.
Uganda's Rwenzururu King Charles Mumbere charged with terrorism
The king of a region in Uganda has been charged with terrorism at a hearing in the east of the country before a courtroom packed with royal supporters.