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  • Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

    Trade unionist-turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s president yesterday, vowing to create jobs and

  • Blast hits Egypt tourist bus, 17injured

    An explosion struck a tourist bus yesterday near Egypt’s famed pyramids, injuring 17 people including foreigners, security sources said.

  • Sudan talks to resume today

    Talks between Sudan’s army rulers and protesters are set to resume, army rulers announced yesterday, as Islamic movements planned to rally for the inclusion of sharia in the country’s roadmap.

  • Military suspend talks for 72 hours

    At least nine people were wounded on Wednesday when Sudanese forces used live ammunition to clear demonstrators from central Khartoum, a protest group said, and talks on forming a body to lead Sudan to democracy have been suspended for 72 hours.

  • First black African woman makes Everest summit

    A South African business executive reached the top of Mount Everest yesterday in what is believed to be the first summit of the world’s highest mountain by a black African woman. S

  • Sudan parties agree on 3-yr transition period

    Sudanese army rulers and protest leaders yesterday agreed on a three-year transition period for transferring power to a full civilian

  • 4 killed in Somalia suicide bombing

    A suicide bomber killed at least four people and injured several others yesterday after detonating a car packed with explosives in

  • ANC set for win but support ebbs

    The African National Congress was headed for victory in South Africa’s election yesterday, although the party was on course for its worst performance since it took power 25 years ago.

  • French special forces free 4 hostages in Burkina Faso

    French special forces have freed two French hostages, an American and a South Korean in northern Burkina Faso in an overnight military raid that cost the lives of two soldiers, the French presidency says.

  • South Africa ANC takes early lead in polls results

    Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) surged into the lead in early official results yesterday with 55 percent of the vote in

  • South Africans vote in test for ruling ANC

    South Africans began voting yesterday in national elections which the ruling ANC, in power since 1994, is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment.

  • Strong 7.2 quake rocks Papua New Guinea

    A powerful but deep 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Papua New Guinea yesterday, officials said, cutting power and knocking items off

  • ‘55 killed in Niger tanker truck explosion’

    Fifty-five people die when a tanker truck explodes near the international airport of Niger's capital Niamey overnight, an interior ministry spokesman says.

  • 1,008 killed in DR Congo

    More than 1,000 people have now died of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, as aid workers warned that the highly contagious virus combined with insecurity in the restive region was creating a “deeply worrying situation”.

  • South Sudan rivals meet in bid to salvage stalled peace deal

    South Sudan's warring parties will hold talks in Addis Ababa, in a bid to salvage a stalled peace deal, with just days to go until a unity government is meant to be formed.

  • 6 killed in attack on church in Burkina Faso

    Six people, including a pastor, are killed in an attack on a Christian church in Burkina Faso, a government spokesman says.

  • 4 dead, 20 injured in Tripoli air raids

    Air raids by the self-styled Libyan National Army against the capital on Saturday night killed four people and wounded 20 others, Libya’s internationally recognised unity government said.

  • Algeria’s ex-top cop to face graft probe

    A former Algerian police chief, General Abdelghani Hamel, once considered a pillar of the regime of ousted president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been

  • Military, opposition agree in principle to joint council

    Sudan’s military rulers and opposition agreed in principle on Saturday to the formation of a joint body to lead a transition from 30 years of autocratic rule by Omar al-Bashir, but not on the new council’s make-up, two sources said.

  • S Africa floods toll ‘around 70’

    Around 70 people have been killed in devastating floods in South Africa, an official said yesterday, while 1,000 people have been

  • 157 children rescued from trafficking ring

    More than 150 children -- some as young as 11 -- were among 220 people rescued from sex and labor trafficking rings in West Africa, Interpol

  • Chad: The country without internet

    How do you run a digital business when your country’s president has shutdown the internet? The social media blackout in Chad began in March

  • Judges to join protests

    Sudanese judges will march from the Supreme Court in Khartoum to a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry, joining for the first time the anti-government protests, one of the judges said yesterday.

  • 51 killed by floods in South Africa

    Devastating floods in South Africa have left 51 dead and forced more than a thousand people from their homes, according to an updated toll issued Wednesday as President Cyril Ramaphosa flew to the deluged region.

  • Algeria sends richest man to jail over graft

    Algeria’s richest man Issad Rebrab has been detained in jail on the public prosecutor’s orders, state media reported yesterday a day after

  • 13 killed in church collapse in S Africa

    Thirteen people were killed and 16 injured when part of a church collapsed on worshippers following a violent storm near the eastern

  • Snakes bar Liberian President Weah from office

    Liberian President George Weah has been barred from his office for five days by two black snakes that slithered into the building this week, authorities say.

  • 11 Cameroonians killed in Boko Haram attack

    Boko Haram fighters torched a village in Cameroon’s troubled Far North Region overnight and killed 11 civilians in their sleep, security sources told AFP yesterday.

  • Move on to unveil civilian ruling body

    Protest leaders yesterday announced plans to unveil a civilian body to take over from Sudan’s ruling military council as crowds of demonstrators kept up the pressure outside army headquarters and Washington said it will send an envoy to encourage the transition.

  • 50 Boko Haram fighters killed in Nigeria

    More than fifty Boko Haram fighters have been killed in an attack on a multi-national force in northeastern Nigeria, a military