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'Abducted' Zim activist is now in police custody - lawyer

26 August 2016, 20:13

A Zimbabwean activist who was reported abducted during protests in Harare has been found in police custody, a human rights lawyer says.

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Converting tweets into feet: can Zimbabwe’s social media activism oust Robert Mugabe?

26 August 2016, 13:55

Protests against the rule of Zimbabwe’s ageing president, Robert Mugabe, have become commonplace in recent months. In one of the latest incidents on August 24, police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a “Mugabe Must Go” protest in the capital Harare.

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Egypt TV host shuns Twitter after pro-president poll fiasco

26 August 2016, 12:44

An Egyptian TV host and staunch supporter of the country's army-chief-turned-president has shut down his Twitter account after his improvised poll in favor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi backfired.

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Group says Burundians don't want presidential term limits

26 August 2016, 11:57

A government-backed commission in Burundi says the majority of Burundians want presidential term limits removed from the country's constitution.

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Poverty, hardship emboldens protesting Zimbabweans

26 August 2016, 08:59

A failing economy and deepening poverty have spawned a wave of sporadic anti-government protests in Zimbabwe, the likes of which have not been seen in years.

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Gambia releases opposition figure on bail

26 August 2016, 09:57

A ruling party parliamentarian turned leading Gambian opposition figure has been released on bail, her lawyer said, after she was detained twice in one month over allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

As it happened: Zim's anti-Mugabe protest

26 August 2016, 17:30

Get the latest details as Zimbabwe opposition parties go ahead with the planned grand demonstration to press for the implementation of electoral reforms.

50,000 flee South Sudan's instability for Darfur, UN says

26 August 2016, 09:58

The U.N. humanitarian office says more than 50,000 South Sudanese have fled into the troubled Darfur region in neighboring Sudan this year.

Seven killed in Mogadishu beach restaurant attack

26 August 2016, 09:09

Seven people were killed in an attack by Shabaab jihadists on a beachfront restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, a spokesman for the city authorities said on Friday.

Burundi: 8 WhatsApp group members detained for defamation

26 August 2016, 09:09

Burundi police say they have detained eight people accused of being members of a WhatsApp group for defaming the government and insulting public institutions.

Supporters launch GoFundMe page after Ethiopian's Olympic protest

26 August 2016, 08:30

Following Ethiopian marathon runner, Feyisa Lelisa's courageous protest during the 2016 Rio Olympics, a GoFundMe initiative has been launched by supporters dedicated to the Olympian and his family.

Zimbabwe protests: a timeline

26 August 2016, 08:14

As opposition supporters in Harare brace for potential clashes with police during a planned march on Friday, here is a brief timeline of key dates in the protest movement in Zimbabwe over the last 18 months.

Conflict and drought threaten Mozambique's Gorongosa park

26 August 2016, 08:14

Passing through the aged faded gates into Gorongosa National Park, it's difficult to imagine you've just entered Mozambique's largest wildlife sanctuary.

Police won't stop our peaceful march, Zim's MDC says

26 August 2016, 08:14

Zimbabwe’s main opposition parties have gone to court to block police from disrupting a march planned for Friday, the latest of a string of protests in the southern African country.

ALERT: US Embassy issues advisory ahead of #MyZimbabwe protest

26 August 2016, 07:42

Discontent is rising in Zimbabwe on the back of high unemployment, cash shortages and brutality from a police.

Zim govt warns protesters ahead of Friday march

26 August 2016, 07:01

Zimbabwe’s home affairs minister says the government won’t tolerate any attempt to undermine peace in an apparent threat against a huge march by opposition parties on Friday.

PHOTOS: As Zim reaches tipping point, Mugabe checks potatoes

25 August 2016, 19:24

Crisis-hit Zimbabwe may be reaching a tipping point, but the First Family wants to prove it’s carrying on as if everything is normal.

#IfAfricaWasASchool: Africa laughs at itself with hilarious hashtag

25 August 2016, 12:42

Africans have always been known for their humour in the face of hardship and adversity. Social media users across the continent have taken to the internet to once again show why they are the leaders in satire.

County passes motion to remove prostitutes from Kenyan streets

25 August 2016, 11:35

The County will help prostitutes to explore other revenue generation avenues. It seeks to encourage prostitutes to explore other avenues of income.

Administrative ineptitude threatens to hobble Kenya’s track and field athletes

25 August 2016, 11:35

Kenya's international success in track and field hides management inefficiencies and corruption that have frustrated athletes and fed a pipeline of runners willing to ditch the national flag, writes Wycliffe W Njororai Simiyu.

'Agents provocateurs' could be behind Harare riots, says Zim former minister

25 August 2016, 11:31

A senior Zimbabwe opposition official has raised the possibility that "agents provocateurs" are behind looting and violence this week.

Kenyan carjacking survivor shot 17 times in his hospital bed

25 August 2016, 10:48

He had survived another shooting inside his car Wednesday evening, only to be shot dead in his hospital bed Thursday morning.

The link between uranium from the DRC and Hiroshima: a story of twin tragedies

25 August 2016, 10:48

The mine that produced the uranium that made the Hiroshima bomb has since been closed. But its troubling legacy continues to haunt the Democratic Republic of Congo and the local community, writes Susan Williams.

State Zim radio plays 'Talking 'Bout a Revolution as Harare riots rage

25 August 2016, 10:01

As riot police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters in central Harare, a DJ on Zimbabwe’s state radio agreed to play a rather daring choice of song: Tracy Chapman’s Talking 'Bout a Revolution.

Five things to know about Gabon

25 August 2016, 10:01

One of Africa's largest oil producers and among the continent's wealthier nations, small lush Gabon holds a presidential election Saturday at a time of rising social tension due to the global slump in oil prices.

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